Aiming to contribute to the debate around the EU Data Strategy from a Southern European perspective, PromethEUs organised a Hybrid Conference on Wednesday 7 June, at 18:00 CET at I-Com premises in Brussels (Avenue des Arts, 50).
The event set the discussion on the strategy, that the network analysed in three key aspects – economic, geopolitical, and regulatory – with specific applications in key important industries such as healthcare.
The recording of the event is available below.
Migle ALENCIKAITE, Government Affairs and Public Policy – EU, Google
Hans DE CANCK
Hans DE CANCK, Chair, The Confederation of Laboratories for Artificial Intelligence Research in Europe (CLAIRE) in Brussels
Hans manages and directs the development of the AI Experience Center of the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB). The AI Experience Center will become a state of the art Digital Innovation Hub in Brussels. Several research centers from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel have joined forces to develop a multi-disciplinary Research and Innovation offering on AI towards Academia, Industry, Policy makers and the broader public. The AI Experience Center will accelerate this offering.
Hans works with the research teams across the university and acts as a coordinator for the AI for the Common Good initiative, launched by rector Caroline Pauwels early 2019.
MEP Ibán GARCÍA DEL BLANCO
MEP Ibán GARCÍA DEL BLANCO, Rapporteur for Opinion for JURI Committee on the Data Act
Iban García del Blanco is a Spanish politician who was elected as a Member of the European Parliament in 2019, member of the JURI Committe. García del Blanco served as León municipal councillor, provincial deputy in León and Senator. He was appointed to the post of chairman of Acción Cultural Española in 2018. García del Blanco stood as candidate for the 2019 European election in Spain, included sixth in the PSOE list. Elected as member of the European Parliament, he joined the Committee on Legal Affairs. In addition to his committee assignments, García del Blanco is part of the Spinelli Group and the European Parliament Intergroup on Artificial Intelligence and Digital.
Antonio GRASSO, EU Policy Director, European Digital SME Alliance
Antonio joins DIGITAL SME in 2022 to lead its policy work and advance its priorities in line with the mission to put digital SMEs at the centre of the European agenda. He is motivated to support small scale innovators such as digital SMEs to make digital transformation a sustainable process, thus contributing to achieve a greener, more inclusive society in Europe and beyond.
With over six years of experience in EU policy, Antonio previously worked for an organisation active in the healthcare sector, being responsible for its economic and health policy dossiers, and contributing to the representation of the organisation in several multi-stakeholder fora at EU level. Prior to moving to Brussels, he also worked and studied in Ireland, Switzerland and Denmark.
Antonio holds a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Copenhagen. Besides his mother tongue Italian, he speaks fluent English, intermediate French and some German.
Carlos ROMERO DUPLÁ
Carlos ROMERO DUPLÁ, Digital Transformation Attaché, Permanent Representation of Spain to the EU
Mr Romero Duplá has been working as the Digital Transformation Attaché of the Permanent Representation of Spain to the European Union since November 2013.
Previously he was Deputy Director General of Information Society Contents of the Secretary of State for Telecommunications of the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism in Madrid, a position he held from 2012 to 2013. State Attorney since 2001, he held positions in the State Attorney’s Offices in Vizcaya as well as in the National Court and the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade. Between 2006 and 2012 he was General Secretary and Secretary of the Board of the Public Business Entity Red.es.
Stefano VERRECCHIA, Deputy Permanent Representative of Italy to the EU
Born in Rome in September 1967, he graduated in Economics at the University La Sapienza
of Rome, obtained a PhD in International Law at the University of Tor Vergata University in Rome and entered the diplomatic service in 1996.
His first assignment at the Farnesina is at the Directorate General for Political Affairs, where he
relations with the countries of Western Europe and North America.
North America. In 1998 he moved to the secretariat of the Directorate General for Political Affairs and in 1999 he became deputy head secretary to the Undersecretary of State for Foreign
Foreign Affairs. From 2001 to 2004 he was First Secretary at the Embassy in Berlin with the functions of Head of the Press Office. During the mission, he serves for a year as
Austauschbeamter’ in the European Integration Directorate of the German Ministry of Foreign
German Foreign Affairs, as part of a cooperation and exchange programme.
From 2004 to 2006, he was First Secretary at the Italian Embassy in Moscow. From 2006 to 2008 he is Consul General in Moscow. Returning to Rome in 2008, he was appointed Head of the Office for Policies for the development of Italians abroad of the General Directorate for Italians abroad and migration policies. In 2010 he is directly subordinate to the Director General for Italians abroad and migration policies. Italians Abroad and Migration Policies, with the task of attending to the activities of the Secretariat of the General Council of Italians Abroad. In 2013 she was Deputy Head of the Press Service and Institutional Communication. From July 2014 to December 2016 he ensures the regency of the Service. From 16 January 2017 he is Head of the Farnesina Crisis Unit. On 19 October 2021 he is appointed Deputy Permanent Representative and Ambassador at Coreper I to the Permanent Representation of Italy to the European Union.
Federico MILANI, Deputy Head of the Unit Data Policy and Innovation, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Federico Milani is the Deputy Head of Unit of the Data Policies and Innovation Unit of CONNECT Directorate General. The unit supports the data economy in the Digital Single Market through policy initiatives addressing new and emerging issues (such as data ownership and brokerage, open data policies by ensuring the correct implementation of the Public Sector Information Directive). The unit steers together with industry the strategic research and innovation agenda.
Federico Milani has previously worked as a project officer for making accessible European digital content since October 2001 and as Deputy Head of Unit the Creativity Unit As responsible for supporting the creative industry sectors and Europeana project since 2008.