Discover the speakers of the conference
Global Director Corporate Public Policy, METRO AG
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."
Activity 3 : Climate neutrality
Ivonne is Global Director of the Corporate Public Policy department at METRO AG since July 2018. She is responsible for governmental relations and representation of interests of METRO as well at its sales lines and service organizations, covering the national, European and international level.
Before taking over her current position, she led the International Affairs division within the Corporate Public Policy Department. She joined METRO as Manager Public Policy for Eastern Europe in June 2013. Prior to that, Ivonne had been working in German Bundestag as personal advisor to then President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. Before, she worked as Desk Officer for the Coordinator of the Federal Government for German-Russian inter-societal relations in the Federal Foreign Office. Ivonne holds a diploma in Political Sciences from the University of Hamburg.µ
Member of the Foreign Trade Committee of the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK)
Member of the Steering Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Germany
Member of the Board of the German Asia-Pacific Business Association (OAV)
Member of the Advisory Board of the German-Russian Forum
Treasurer of the German-Ukrainian Forum
Member of the Foreign Trade Committee of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Dusseldorf
Associate Director, Head of the Europe in the World Programme at the EPC
A more autonomous, yet open Europe - inspirational dialogue
A more autonomous, yet open Europe - inspirational dialogue
Ricardo is Associate Director and Head of Europe in the World Programme at the European Policy Centre, an independent, not-for-profit, Brussels-based think tank dedicated to fostering European integration through analysis and debate.
Ricardo is also an Associate Fellow, Global Fellowship Initiative, at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.
Ricardo holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) from The Fletcher School and a DPhil (PhD) in International Relations from the University of Oxford (St Antony’s College).
Besides Portugal, he has lived in the US, UK, Turkey, and lately in Belgium.
He enjoys running and the outdoors. @ricbdc
Co-Founder of the "WhyWeCraft: Cultural Sustainability in Fashion" Project
We are the Next Generation EU
Young Europeans are keen to take control of their lives and engage with and support others. Yet in the current context many face uncertainties about their future, as a result of technological change, demographic trends, discrimination, social exclusion, fake news and populism with yet unknown effects on jobs, skills or the way our democracies work. With the current COVID contest, more than ever, they need to be resilient and able to adapt to these challenges. In today's interconnected world, many young people are concerned about global issues such as climate change or peace and security. Still many are able to turn these challenges into opportunities, for them and for others. They represent new, fresh thinking, and new way to do things: create business, bring added value to the society and to the planet.
Monica Boța-Moisin is a cultural intellectual property and fashion lawyer, cultural sustainability consultant and author of the TEDx Talk: “Cultural Fashion: Transform the Fashion Industry From Villain to Hero” and founder of the Cultural Intellectual Property Rights Initiative (CIPRI). Monica mediates and designs benefit-sharing business models based on integrating traditional craftsmanship and collaborations with craft and artisan communities in contemporary fashion supply chains. She promotes a holistic approach to sustainable development.
Founder and Managing Director of the AI start-up i2
Green = growth, or how European companies can champion green transition
Industry will give an essential contribution to reach our ambitious climate targets and stop climate change. By leading this transition, European companies can secure their competitiveness in traditional and emerging ecosystems, while delivering quality jobs for current and future generations of Europeans.
Activity 2 : Circular economy
Commissioner for Internal Market
Thierry Breton, Commissioner for the Internal Market An engineer by training with a degree from Supélec in computer science, Thierry Breton begins his career as an entrepreneur in the new technologies sector. In 1981, he sets up in the United States Forma Systems, a SME he heads for 5 years. At the same time, he publishes a number of science-fiction novels, including Softwar, sold at 2 million copies and translated into a dozen languages. In France, he designs and then heads the Futuroscope, the first science and technology tourism park, between 1986 and 1990. In parallel, he is elected as regional councillor and then Vice-President of Poitou-Charentes from 1986 to 1992. He runs a number of companies in the market for goods, as well as in the IT sector and new technologies. He is the Director of Strategy and Development, then Managing Director of Bull between 1993 and 1997. He then takes the head of Thomson Multimedia, a global electronics company. In 2002, he is appointed CEO of the multinational operator France Télécom. In 2005, he becomes France's Minister for Economic Affairs, Finance and Industry, a position he holds until 2007. Following his ministerial office, he teaches Governance at the Harvard Business School. In 2009, he becomes CEO of Atos, a technology and digital services company, until 2019. He chairs ANRT, France’s National Association for Research and Technology, until 2019. He is a member of the Technology Academy. In 2019, he becomes European Commissioner for the Internal Market. He is in charge of industry, services, digital, defence and space, as well as tourism and audiovisual.
Director of CERRE
What kind of a digital future we want
As we stand at the start of a new decade, and look ahead to that digital future, the one thing we can say for sure is that none of us knows exactly how technology is about to change our lives. That’s partly because the digital world is so innovative – and innovation is uncertain by its very nature. However, as shown by recent Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Acts, the digital future will be powerfully shaped by our own choices and actions. That includes issues such as use of data while respecting democratic access to business opportunities, research and development for digital technologies driven by a human-centric approach and social innovation.
Activity 1 : Advanced Technologies
Bruno Liebhaberg is the Director General of the Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE), a European think tank founded in 2010 at his initiative. CERRE brings together close to fifty university centres, regulatory authorities, corporations within digital and network industries, such as energy, water, internet, telecommunications, audiovisual media and mobility. With its independent research and dissemination activities, the mission of CERRE (www.cerre.eu) is to contribute to cutting-edge and forward-looking robust, stable and professional regulation systems and practices.
Bruno Liebhaberg is currently also Chair of the EU Observatory on Online Platform Economy and he was a Professor at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), from 1979 to 2018. He started his career as a European Commission trade official, involved in GATT (now WTO) negotiations, before joining the private office of former European Commission President Jacques Delors as advisor for industrial affairs and R&D policy. He was also Vice-President and President of the Scientific Council of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) between 2012-2017.
A frequent commentator in the media, Bruno Liebhaberg has an MA in Management Sciences from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, ULB, a Ph.D in Industrial Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Case Handler, DG COMP, European Commission
IPCEIs policy update
"In January 2021, the European Commission approved a second Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI) in the battery value chain. This highlights once again the importance of pan-European cooperation and public financing to tackle the massive innovation challenges that come with the green and digital transition. This session will explain IPCEIs as a State aid instrument. It will show that IPCEIs make it possible to bring together knowledge, expertise, financial resources and economic actors throughout the Union to overcome important market or systemic failures and societal challenges."
Professor at Politecnico di Milano, School of Management and Chair of Torino Social Impact
People-centred industrial policy: how community economy can create opportunities for allInequalities across Europe caused by globalisation, technological change, the previous economic crisis or current COVID pandemic are hampering economic growth and can lead to social conflict, reducing participation in society and leading to increased social exclusion. At the same time, the industrial transformation should serve everybody: all citizens and all companies should have their share in the digital and green transition. This session will discuss various necessary ingredients and innovative tools ensuring modern equality: from skills, access to technologies and data for all, local green deals, IPR sharing etc.
Head of Global Infrastructure and Networks of Enel
Low carbon, affordable energy for industrial transformation
" Following our increased climate ambition and the need for post-Covid recovery with a strong emphasis on future proof investments, it is clear that the historic growth rate of EU’s renewable energy industry of 6% is insufficient to meet our targets. The renewable energy market will have to grow 15-20% annually to achieve the 2030 renewable energy targets, with other clean energy technologies, value chains and infrastructure needing to scale up equally quickly. Clean energy value chains have a strategic dimension for the sustainable recovery of the EU’s economy, its resilience and its strategic autonomy. Structured engagement between the industry and policy-makers and industrial alliances are necessary to tackle issues such as the identification of critical supply chain segments, the needs for critical raw materials and end-of-life management. This session will discuss the critical issues that such dialogues should address, and the policy gaps – current or future – as regards domestic and global expansion of the EU clean energy sector. It will also present the new mandate of the Clean Energy Industrial Forum."
Activity 2 : Circular economy
Antonio Cammisecra is the Head of the Global Infrastructure & Networks business line at Enel Group since 1 October 2020.
Prior to that, he was Head of Global Power Generation since October 2019 and served as Chief Executive Officer of Enel Green Power and Head of the Africa, Asia and Oceania region since 2017. Until 2019 he was also Head of the North and Central America region.
He joined the International Department of Enel Group in 1999. He was then appointed Business Development Manager for Latin America, working in various countries in South and Central America.
He joined Enel Green Power on its foundation in 2009, as Head of Business Development Italy, and in 2012 was named Head of Operations and Maintenance Hydro, Wind & Solar.
In 2013, he became Head of Global Business Development, leading a team of more than 200 people, working in over 20 countries across 5 continents.
Antonio Cammisecra was born in Naples (Italy) in 1970. He graduated cum laude in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Naples “Federico II" in 1996. In 2004 he obtained an Executive MBA at Bocconi University, Milan.
Policy Director of ocean energy Europe
Unlocking the full potential of renewables through EU industrial policy - from emerging to commercial technologies
Organiser: Ocean Energy Europe The European Green Deal is a unique opportunity to strengthen European global leadership in renewable energy technologies. A coherent industrial policy can guide the investments needed to roll out renewable energy technologies at scale and deliver a socially and economically just transition. This session will explore how forward-looking European policies focusing on R&I, trade policy, skills, infrastructure, and market scale can enable the EU to remain a global leader in renewable energy technologies.
Activity 2 : Circular economy