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Lassmann Jens

Lassmann Jens

Head of Sites Department Germany, Ariane Group

Lesson learnt from COVID crisis? Resilience through increasing Europe’s strategic capacity

Lesson learnt from COVID crisis? Resilience through increasing Europe’s strategic capacity

European industry benefits from the integration in global value chains. We need to ensure open and undistorted access to international markets and the free flow of exports and imports that our industry and citizens benefit from, but the COVID19 crisis has shown certain vulnerabilities of global value chains. Increasing resilience and ensuring the provision of goods and services can mean diversification of sourcing, stronger alliances with like-minded partners, and, in some cases, reinforcing production capacities in Europe. Investing in strategically important future technologies and infrastructures is essential to improve the resilience of our industrial ecosystems. This panel will discuss how to implement this approach in practice.

24 Feb 2021 | 10:35 - 12:00
Activity 3 : Climate neutrality

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Lassmann Jens

•        More than 25 years of experience in Space Launcher Development in ArianeGroup and its originating companies.
•        Following a PhD in Space Technology at the University of Technology in Berlin, Jens Lassmann started his career in launcher pre-projects. He then took over the development of the Ariane 5 cryogenic upper stage as Project Manager. This stage is today still delivering reliably large Satellites into space as part of the European space transportation work horse Ariane 5.
•        In 2005 he took over the Ariane5 Development Program Management in Paris. During the last 12 years Jens Lassmann lead several Launcher Engineering teams in Bremen, Turin, Paris and Bordeaux in the fields of System Engineering, Mechanics, Electrics, Propulsion and GNC.

Lazarou Elena

Lazarou Elena

Acting Head of External Policies Unit, European Parliamentary Research Service

A more autonomous, yet open Europe - inspirational dialogue

A more autonomous, yet open Europe - inspirational dialogue

26 Feb 2021 | 10:25 - 10:45

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Lazarou Elena

Elena Lazarou is the Acting Head of the External Policies Unit of the European Parliamentary Research Service. Her work focuses on global governance, transatlantic relations and EU foreign and security policy. Previously she headed the Center for International Relations of the Getulio Vargas Foundation, Brazil. She received a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Cambridge and has held research positions at the University of Cambridge and the London School of Economics. She is an Associate Fellow of the “US and Americas” programme at Chatham House.

Lehne Johanna

Lehne Johanna

Senior Policy Advisor, E3G

Ready for the 21st century: Driving industrial innovation towards European Green Deal goals

Ready for the 21st century: Driving industrial innovation towards European Green Deal goals

Organiser: Climate Action Network Europe Achieving climate neutrality will need several transformational actions, from fuel switches to product and process ecodesign and new business models based on product leasing and the sharing economy. We will explore some solutions to show how they can contribute to European Green Deal objectives.

25 Feb 2021 | 10:45 - 12:15
Activity 2 : Circular economy

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Lehne Johanna

Johanna Lehne is a Senior Policy Advisor in E3G’s Brussels office. She works on industrial decarbonisation, competition policy and EU climate politics.
Johanna works with NGO partners, industrial stakeholders and policymakers on issues relating to decarbonising energy- and resource-intensive sectors. Her expertise includes industrial policy, circular economy, built environment and trade and competition policy.
Before joining E3G in August 2019, Johanna was a research associate in the Energy, Environment and Resources Department at Chatham House. 

Liedtke Dr Christian

Liedtke Dr Christian

Head of Strategic Alliances, KUKA AG

From crisis to opportunity: Digital solutions for a sustainable economic recovery

From crisis to opportunity: Digital solutions for a sustainable economic recovery

Organiser: CECIMO "This session will focus on the uptake of new digital technologies and their impact on economic, social, behavioural and business opportunities, critical areas to achieve economic growth and sustainable development. It will discuss how to ensure and maximize the benefits of digital technologies for a sustainable economic recovery. The event is meant to be an exchange of views on the new business processes and models needed to speed up the uptake of disruptive technologies in the manufacturing sector. We will address the issue of cultural change and other challenges companies and their workforce face while implementing and using digital solutions."

25 Feb 2021 | 10:45 - 12:15
Activity 1 : Advanced Technologies

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Liedtke Dr Christian

Christian Liedtke received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hanover. He is currently the Head of Strategic Alliances for KUKA AG in Augsburg. Before joining KUKA he held C-Level positions in consulting companies for eight years and prior to that he worked as a Vice President of Operations in production and plant management for ten years.

Mair Stefan

Mair Stefan

Executive Chairman and director, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik / German Institute for International and Security Affairs

Between competitiveness and protectionism – what does the future of European trade look like?

Between competitiveness and protectionism – what does the future of European trade look like?

Organiser: EuroCommerce " The main goal of this session is to create a common understanding of the importance of free global trade and the dangers that nationalism and protectionism pose to our businesses and our society. Protectionism has grown over recent years, causing tensions with many key EU trading partners. Trade policy is increasingly used as a vehicle to export non-trade related issues such as human rights or environmental goals. At the same time, the use of EU trade defense measures has increased, and there are calls to further strengthen and expand their use. The new trade reality has a significant impact on the competitiveness of the EU, and the EU should avoid pressures to follow suit. Instead, the focus should lie on intensifying the efforts in reaching free trade agreements with like-minded countries around the world. The debate on the future of European trade will be approached from different angles by speakers representing the academic, political and economic perspectives. In a discussion between the speakers and the participants of the EU Industry Days it will be debated, if the future of European trade lies in protectionism or free trade."

26 Feb 2021 | 15:45 - 17:15
Activity 3 : Climate neutrality

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Mair Stefan

Dr Stefan Mair has been Director of the German Institute for International
and Security Affairs and Executive Chairman of the Stiftung
Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) since October 1, 2020. Before that,
he has been Member of the Executive Board of the Federation of German
Industries (BDI) since 2010.
Between 1992 and 2001, Dr Stefan Mair held a position as research
associate at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs
(SWP), then as head of the Middle East and Africa Research Division
of SWP until 2007 and as Research Director and member of the executive
board from 2009 – 2010.
He earned his doctorate from Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
in 1992 and his areas of expertise include: Foreign and security policy
challenges of Germany and the EU, geopolitical and geo-economic
dynamics, trade and foreign economic policy.

Malo Jean David

Malo Jean David

Director European Commission – DG Research and Innovation – European Innovation Council (EIC) Task Force

European Innovation Council

European Innovation Council

" Highly innovative SMEs with potential for high growth can take full advantage of partnering opportunities. Finding the right partner can generate great competitive benefits for small businesses. The European Innovation Council (EIC) stimulates strong collaboration between the innovative companies it funds and large corporates, investors, technology giants and industrial leaders to spur new partnerships and help small companies scale-up their business. Speakers from the Commission and multinational companies will cover how bridging the gap between start-ups/scale-ups and large companies can prove to be a vital strategy for business acceleration and growth."

24 Feb 2021 | 12:30 - 13:45

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Malo Jean David

Director European Commission – DG Research and Innovation – European Innovation Council (EIC) Task Force
Jean-David Malo studied in the Institut National Supérieur des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (INSEEC Paris) and the University of California (Berkeley). He started his career as Head of internal control management in the Comité Professionnel de la Distribution de Carburants in France before joining ARMINES, a body managing contractual research and innovation for French engineering schools (Ecoles des MInes, Ecole Polytechnique, ENSTA, …), where he created, developed and managed the European Affairs Directorate. He joined the European Commission in January 2001. In the Directorate General for Research and Innovation, he participated actively to a number of developments on the design of funding instruments, rules for participation, funding schemes, etc, both for FP6 and FP7. Assistant of Director Robert-Jan SMITS (2003-2006), Head of Sector in charge of the Risk Sharing Finance Facility (RSFF), Head of Unit in charge of regional aspects (2006-2010), he was managing from 2011 to 2013 a newly created unit in DG Research and Innovation, the main objective of which was to contribute to increase private finance and close market gaps in investing in research and innovation by expanding the scope and scale of existing EU innovative financial instruments (like the RSFF) and by developing new ones in the fields of debt (including guarantees) and equity financing, notably in the context of Horizon 2020 ("InnovFin"). The EU state aid framework, tax incentive schemes and philanthropic funding were also areas covered by the work of the unit, as well as Horizon 2020SMEs (i.e. EUROSTARS II, SME Instrument and the Fast Track to Innovation). Appointed as Director for Open Innovation and Open Science in February 2017, he designed/launched and/or expanded initiatives such as the European Innovation Council (EIC), the VentureEU Initiative, the RDI dimension under the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the European Open Science Cloud, the long-term sustainable investments for Research Infrastructures, the monitoring of the ERA Roadmaps, the transposition of Plan S principles, etc… 
Since June 2019, as a follow-up of the European Council request to immediately set up the EIC, he has appointed as Director of the EIC Task Force. In charge of the EIC, the EU innovation ecosystems programme as well as R&I related financial instruments (InnovFin, EFSI, InvestEU), he is also a member of the EFSI Steering Committee, an alternate member of the EIF Board of Directors, as well as the High Level Representative of the Commission in EUREKA. Last but not least, he is the proud father of 2 boys.

Mangiat Lucas

Mangiat Lucas

Your Europe Team Leader, European Commission

Single Digital Gateway

Single Digital Gateway

"The Single Digital Gateway aims at helping citizens and businesses to navigate the complexities of the single market thanks to easy online access to the information that citizens and businesses need to get active in another EU country. In December 2020, the Single Digital Gateway was launched under the Your Europe public interface with high-quality information on rights, rules and procedures, a number of related assistance services, usage data collection systems and user feedback tools. This session will cover what the Single Digital Gateway can do to help SMEs find new growth opportunities in the Single Market."

24 Feb 2021 | 12:30 - 13:45
Activity 1 : Advanced Technologies

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Manuel Mendigutia

Manuel Mendigutia

Strategy adviser/Programme coordinator, European Innovation Council

European Innovation Council

European Innovation Council

" Highly innovative SMEs with potential for high growth can take full advantage of partnering opportunities. Finding the right partner can generate great competitive benefits for small businesses. The European Innovation Council (EIC) stimulates strong collaboration between the innovative companies it funds and large corporates, investors, technology giants and industrial leaders to spur new partnerships and help small companies scale-up their business. Speakers from the Commission and multinational companies will cover how bridging the gap between start-ups/scale-ups and large companies can prove to be a vital strategy for business acceleration and growth."

24 Feb 2021 | 12:30 - 13:45

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Manuel Mendigutia

Manuel is Strategy adviser and Programme coordinator at the European Innovation Council (EIC) of the European Commission.
He works in the design and management of the Business Acceleration Services of the European Innovation Council, a +10€ initiative under Horizon Europe supporting  top-class innovators, entrepreneurs, small companies and scientists with bright ideas and the ambition to scale up internationally. It provides funding, coaching and business acceleration opportunities for those at cutting edge of innovation. 
Manuel is in charge of the EIC Corporate Partnership Programme that bridge the gap between EIC beneficiaries and the largest firms in Europe and manage the Overseas Trade Fairs programme, bringing the EIC beneficiaries to the main markets outside the EU. 
With almost 20 years of experience in the European arena, he has developed his professional career in the fields of economic development and business innovation.
Manuel holds a degree in economics from the University of Salamanca with specialization in European affairs in the University of Leuven and a Master in International Business Economics from the Leuven School of Business and Economics. He also holds a diploma from the Spanish diplomatic school.

Mensink Marco

Mensink Marco

Director General, Cefic

Transition to safe and sustainable chemicals – opportunities and challenges

Transition to safe and sustainable chemicals – opportunities and challenges

26 Feb 2021 | 15:45 - 17:15

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Mensink Marco

Marco Mensink is Director General of Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council, that represents the voice of medium and small chemical companies across Europe. With members adding over 550 billion Euro to the EU economy annually, Cefic is the largest industry sector representation of its kind in Brussels. As part of this role, Marco Mensink shapes the strategy and direction of the European chemical industry, uniting 31 national federations and 650 members and affiliates from all over Europe. Marco Mensink also has the role of Council Secretary of the International Council of Chemical Industries (ICCA), uniting 95% of global chemical production. For this he actively engages with the Chinese, American and US counterparts of Cefic and the CEO’s of the global companies. ICCA represents the industry in global UN discussions, UNFCCC, SAICM, ICCM, etc. A Dutch national, he is an established authority and a frequent commentator on all aspects of EU policies affecting European businesses. He has lived and worked in Brussels since 2006, and has an extensive network of contacts within the European Institutions and wider Brussels sphere.
Mila Shamku

Mila Shamku

Advocacy Coordinator at CECOP

Accelerating industrial transformation and workers’ skills development through worker cooperatives

Accelerating industrial transformation and workers’ skills development through worker cooperatives

Organiser: Mondragon Corporation The COVID-19 crisis showed the importance to maintain industrial capacity in the EU when global supply chains are disrupted. Worker coops invested in skills development, like Mondragon, have a role to play in the preservation of European industrial capacities. According to CECOP, the European Confederation of Industrial and Service Cooperatives, more than 8000 cooperatives are active in the field of industry and construction in Europe in 2019Reskilling and upskilling of workers and opportunities for lifelong learning ecosystems are key to worker cooperatives such as Mondragon and others. Policy makers and social economy enterprises should find solutions that align companies and educational centres in the development of more effective learning.

24 Feb 2021 | 15:45 - 17:15

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Mila Shamku

Mila Shamku is the Advocacy Coordinator of CECOP, the European confederation of industrial and service cooperatives. 
In November 2020, she was elected in the Board of the Social Platform. She holds a double Master’s degree in Public Policy Analysis and Local Governments’ Management from Sciences Po Grenoble (France) and the University of Turin (Italy).