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Dutto Diego

Dutto Diego

EESC Member and Rapporteur of the opinion "Public procurement as a tool to create value and dignity in work in cleaning and facility services"

Circular procurement: public and private

Circular procurement: public and private

Public procurement can be a powerful tool in the transition to a sustainable and just circular economy. The aim of this workshop is to walk policymakers and decision-makers through the circular procurement process. Our goal is to share/highlight the daily concerns and huge change in mindset for those involved in procuring. We want this workshop to help policy makers tackle the bottlenecks in legislation and we hope to give a unique insight for businesses and decision-makers on how they should transform their range of products & services to enter the circular economy. Organised by European Economic and Social Committee

24 Feb 2021 | 14:00 - 15:30

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Dutto Diego

Professional Educator, since May 2019 member of the scientific committee envisaged by the Convention between Institutes of Biorobotics and Dirpolis of the Scuola Superiore S.Anna in Pisa and Legacoopsociali, from June 2018 member of the Board of Directors Fondazione Con il Sud, from September 2015 member of the Economic and Social Committee European, since May 2015 National Director of the Legacoopsociali Association.

Dyrholm Morten

Dyrholm Morten

Global Senior VP of MarCom, Public Affairs and Sustainability

Low carbon, affordable energy for industrial transformation

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."

24 Feb 2021 | 14:00 - 15:30
Activity 2 : Circular economy

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Dyrholm Morten

Morten Dyrholm is Group Senior Global Vice President for Vestas Wind Systems;

He has been with Vestas for the last ten years and is an expert in wind energy. He is currently based in Vestas Headquarters in Denmark, where he is leading Vestas Marketing, Communications and Public Affairs activities.

He has extensive experience from the wind industry around the World, but particularly in Asia, and has worked three years for Vestas in China where he was in charge of business development and government affairs.

Morten Dyrholm holds a Master degree in Political Science and Chinese Politics. Morten is currently the Chairman of the Global Wind Energy Council, Vice-Chairman of the Danish Wind Association, Vice-Chairman of the Danish Chinese Business Forum and Board Member of WindEurope

El Filali Maria

El Filali Maria

Director General, Moroccan Aerospace Industries Association – GIMAS, Morocco

Session - Value chain integration: EU and the Neighbourhood countries

Session - Value chain integration: EU and the Neighbourhood countries

"As a response to the Covid crisis, some EU businesses are reconsidering their value chains, where some strategic products would be manufactured on the European continent and its proximity. How can we leverage our geographical and cultural proximity with the Eastern and Southern Neighbours to bring manufacturing closer, diversify and ultimately achieve greater open strategic autonomy? What would it take in terms of regulatory alignment, business environment and EU policy engagement? Improving the business environment, rule of law, and regulatory aspects on goods production has been for several years an area where the EU is encouraging the neighbourhood partners to progress – and many of which do. What more can and needs to be done? The Commission has also been working on how to strengthen the support of European foreign direct investment for SMEs in the region via European equity. Particularly on regulatory aspects, benefits from better regulatory alignment could influence the choice of investors to integrate parts of their production line from neighbouring countries. What role could alignment processes (e.g. Agreements on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products) play in this regard? While some countries are quite advanced in this process, others see more challenges for their economic and regulatory environment. What options could be leveraged to mutually benefit the relevant ecosystems?"

26 Feb 2021 | 10:50 - 12:20

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El Ramsy Siada

El Ramsy Siada

Director Geenral of DoT Europe

What kind of a digital future we want

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.

25 Feb 2021 | 14:05 - 15:35
Activity 1 : Advanced Technologies

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Elvira Cesar

Elvira Cesar

LA IP Business Advisor

Intellectual Property SME Helpdesks

Intellectual Property SME Helpdesks

"Good management of Intellectual Property (IP) can be at the heart of commercial success for SMEs operating at the EU level as well as internationally. The International IP SME Helpdesks, as well as the European IP Helpdesk, provide expert advice to EU SMEs, SMEs from COSME associated countries, EU multipliers, participants and candidates to EU-funded projects and EU innovation stakeholders. This session will explain how the IP Helpdesks can help manage, disseminate and valorise technologies and other IP rights and assets at the EU level. Using successful examples of Helpdesk users, we will also showcase how IP Helpdesks contribute to the internationalization of EU SMEs by ensuring they protect and enforce their IP in countries such as China, South-East Asia, India or Latin America. "

25 Feb 2021 | 12:30 - 13:45

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Engelmann Ulla

Engelmann Ulla

Head of Unit Advanced Technologies, Clusters and Social Economy at European Commission

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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Engelmann Ulla

Ulla Engelmann is Head of Unit Advanced Technologies, Clusters and Social Economy at the European Commission.  

Erfurt Gunter

Erfurt Gunter

CEO of Meyer Burger

Low carbon, affordable energy for industrial transformation

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."

24 Feb 2021 | 14:00 - 15:30
Activity 2 : Circular economy

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Erfurt Gunter

As CEO of Meyer Burger Technology AG, Gunter Erfurt is managing one of the leading global technology providers in the solar industry and its transformation from an equipment supplier to a manufacturer of high-efficient solar cells and modules. He has been working in the PV industry for many years and, as a PhD in physics, dedicated his work life to bring solar in the position to be the number 1 energy source worldwide. Gunter contributed to a number of technical papers and held several managing functions as well. Since 2020, he is CEO and member of the Executive Board at Meyer Burger Technology Ltd. Gunter has been with the company already since 2015, first as Managing Director and Member of the Board at Meyer Burger (Germany) AG, from 2017 as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and member of the Executive Board of the Company, later as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). In the solar cell and module business, Gunter gained experience in his time as Managing Director of the R&D branch of Solarworld AG.
Esko Tõnu

Esko Tõnu

Vice Director of Development and head of Estonian Biobank Innovation Center at Institute of Genomics, University of Tartu, where he holds Professor Human Genomics position genomics

Session - Data 4 Healthy Recovery

Session - Data 4 Healthy Recovery

Data 4 Healthy Recovery The main goal of the session will be to raise awareness on the topic and launch Data 4 Healthy Recovery Hackathon. During the Data 4 Healthy Recovery Hackathon in June 2021 participants will design the concepts and build the prototypes to solve key smart health challenges of European health care market players and make their contribution for long-term social and economic recovery.

25 Feb 2021 | 15:45 - 17:15

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Esko Tõnu

Tõnu Esko, PhD, is a Vice Director of Development and head of Estonian Biobank Innovation Center at Institute of Genomics, University of Tartu, where he holds Professor Human Genomics position genomics. Dr Esko is also a Research Scientist at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, Cambridge, USA and visiting researcher at the Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA. He has founded and is co-leading several international consortia. He serves as Scientific Advisory Board member for several global companies.
 
The Estonian Biobank hosts a comprehensive data repository of 200,000 participants from Estonia. Over the past 13 years, Dr Esko has been coordinating Biobank R&D activities both in native Estonia and internationally, both in the academic and private sector. He has also been a crucial member of the Biobank's strategic leadership team in areas of fundraising, investment decision making on IT, technology and data infrastructure, and building partnerships with leading academic and industry players. His team is contributing to the Estonian Precision Medicine Initiative related activities by developing computational algorithms and feedback reports for personalized medicine applications.

Currently his work at Estonian Biobank Innovation Center is focused on building public private partnerships both with early-stage startups, SMEs, global corporations and VC funds across the fields of HealthTech, BioTech and MedTech by utilizing the rich Estonian Biobank digital health repositories as well as world-class scientific expertise. His latest endeavor is to set up an holding company for University of Tartu, an entity to park IP and data access based equity from startups, accelerators and even VC fonds.
 

Esteban Palayo

Esteban Palayo

Regions in industrial transition: making digital work for SMEs in regional innovation ecosystems

Regions in industrial transition: making digital work for SMEs in regional innovation ecosystems

Organiser: Vanguard Initiative Discuss the opportunities for digital solutions for industrial SMEs with us during this workshop and online. Regions all over Europe are key drivers in the twin transitions of greening and digitalisation to shape the future strong European industrial value Chains. We discuss the opportunities of the European Digital Strategy and the Industrial Strategy with the EC. We learn from regional examples connected in the Vanguard Initiative and Eurada.

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

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Eva Revilla penaranda

Eva Revilla penaranda

Policy officer for EU industry clusters

European Cluster Collaboration Platform

European Cluster Collaboration Platform

" Launched in 2016, the European Cluster Collaboration Platform now boasts more than 1,200 industry clusters from all over Europe. In 2021, the ECCP offers more services than ever to strengthen the European economy through collaboration. The European Resource Efficiency Knowledge Centre is an integral part of the platform, offering an essential reference point to make resource efficiency a key aspect of EU businesses’ competitiveness in their transition to a green industry. Come to this session and discover how it can help your business grow and collaborate with others."
26 Feb 2021 | 12:30 - 13:45

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Eva Revilla penaranda

Policy officer for EU industry clusters at the Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission. Expert in business measures in support of the European Green Deal, both in the EU and in third countries. Formerly international policy coordinator for Latin America in EuropeAid. Before joining the Commission she worked in several companies in the private sector. She holds a Master by research in macroeconomics from the University of Limerick, Ireland, and Bachelors in Business and Economics from Universidad Carlos III Madrid, Spain.