Opening plenary: Europe supporting the future networking

In just few decades, the Internet has become the exclusive electronic media supporting our digital life, revolutionising many aspects of business, public and privates spheres and connecting individuals to the rest of the world. What challenges? what opportunities? what building blocks for future networks? are some of the key questions that the conference will address through high-level interventions and holistic approach encompassing technology, legal, social, governance and ethical aspects. The opening session will prepare the ground for such exchange by convening the key European policy messages together with inspiring and exploratory talks from industry leaders.

Welcome address by Pearse O'Donohue
Keynotes speeches:

Eva Kaili 
Member of the European Parliament
Erik Ekudden from Ericsson
Lie Junius from Google
Guido Romeo from REISearch


Erik Ekudden

Ericsson, Group CTO and Head of Technology & Architecture

Erik Ekudden is Head of Ericsson Group Technology Strategy and CTO Americas. Since 2005, he has been responsible for Ericsson’s technology strategies and industry activities. He is based in San Jose, California.

Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Ekudden held various positions within research and development in Ericsson, including research area director and vice president of standardization. He joined Ericsson in 1993, working on mobile systems.

He holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

Lie Junius

Google, Director of EU Public Policy and Government Relations

Lie Junius joined Google in November 2015 when she was appointed the new Director of Public Policy and Government Relations in Brussels. She has more than twenty years of European and international public affairs experience. Before Google, Lie led Government Affairs in EMEA for Goodyear Dunlop from 2008, and also managed Corporate Communications. Previously, Lie was Senior Vice President of Government Relations for ABN Amro Bank and worked in the Government Affairs Team of General Motors Europe. Lie holds a Master’s Degree in Political Sciences from the Catholic University of Leuven and a Master’s Degree in Advanced European Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges.

Guido Romeo

Atomium - European Institute for Science, Media and Democracy - REIsearch Internet of the future Initiative

Guido Romeo is Science Editor in Chief for REIsearch's Internet of the future Initiative at Atomium - European Institute for Science, Media and Democracy. He is a data and business journalist, writes for Il Sole 24 Ore and has been on the team of two projects receivers of a Google DNI grant. He is also co-founder of the Ngo Diritto di Sapere (Your Right To Know) and among the most active promoters of Foia4Italy, the civil society initiative which was instrumental in drafting the first Italian Freedom of Information Act passed in 2016. He holds a journalism degree from the Ècole Supérieure de Journalisme in Lille, France, and a masters in communications. He has been Armenise-Harvard science-writer fellow at the Harvard School of Medicine and winner of the Astra Zeneca award for science communication, the Piero Piazzano science and environment reporting award, the Amundsen prize for coverage of climate change and the Voltolino, Italy’s most prominent prize for science reporting. In 2013

Eva Kaili

Member of the European Parliament

Eva Kaili is a Member of the European Parliament, elected in 2014.

In her capacity as the Chair of the European Parliament's Science and Technology Options Assessment body (STOA) she has, been working intensively on promoting innovation as a driving force of the establishment of the European Digital Single Market. She has been particularly active in the fields of blockchain technology, m/eHealth, big data, fintech and cybersecurity.
Since her election she has also been very active in the field of taxation, where she has been the Rapporteur of the ECON committee's annual tax report. As a member of the ECON committee she has been focusing on EU's financial integration and the management of the financial crisis in the Eurozone.

Prior to her position in the European Parliament, she has been elected two times in the Greek Parliament (serving between 2007-2012), with the PanHellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK).

Pearse O'Donohue

European Commission,
Director "Future Networks" in DG CONNECT

Pearse O'Donohue is Director "Future Networks" in DG Communication Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT), where he is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of policy on cloud computing and on software and services.
For the moment, Pearse is also Acting Director of Future Networks directorate.

Until the end of October 2014, Pearse was Deputy Head of Cabinet of Vice-President Neelie Kroes, outgoing European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda. He was responsible for advising the Vice-President on the development and implementation of policy on electronic communications, networks and services, as well as broadband, spectrum and other related policies.

Prior to that, Pearse was Head of the Radio Spectrum Policy Unit in the European Commission, DG CONNECT. He was responsible for the development and implementation of policies for efficient spectrum use and a coordinated approach to frequency management in the EU. This also involved the development of spectrum harmonisation measures in the electronic communications field, including the digital dividend, and in other internal market sectors such as transport and research

Pearse O'Donohue began his career in the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, following which he was posted to the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the EU in Brussels. Before joining the European Commission he worked as Assistant Director at the Brussels office of the Irish Business & Employers' Confederation. He was a member of the Cabinet of the Commissioner for Social Affairs and Employment before joining DG INFSO (now DG CONNECT) in 1999. There he held several posts, including as Assistant to the Director-General and as Deputy Head of the Unit responsible for monitoring and enforcing implementation of the EU regulatory framework in electronic communications.