European Tech Policy Primer

As part of CES Unveiled and in close collaboration with the American Embassy and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, Considerati proudly presents our first European Tech Policy Primer.

The Tech Policy primer will explore the tension between increasing societal pressures to regulate digital technology and the ambition to nurture innovation within the tech industry. Is European tech policy, for example on AI and data protection, forward thinking and in the interests of society and business, or an obstacle to economic growth, innovation and free trade?

The session will provide participants with a critical analysis of the current state-of-play of the European tech sector. It will further stimulate debate among the industry, policy makers and politicians on what policies we do need to make European tech successful.

This is an invitation only event. If you are interested in our future Tech Policy series, please register here.

Our speakers

State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy

Mona Keijzer

Mona Keijzer is the State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy in the Netherlands since October 26, 2017. As State Secretary she is strongly committed to supporting small and medium enterprises, promoting female entrepreneurship and creating a fair and sustainable economy. Prior to joining the third Rutte government, Ms. Keijzer was a member of parliament for the Christian Democratic Alliance (CDA) since 2012. She held the policy responsibility for chronic care for older and disabled people. Later on she was the spokesperson for hospital care and asylum, migration and integration policy.

Board of Directors of Akamai, AkzoNobel, Bharti Airtel and OFCOM

Ben Verwaayen

Ben Verwaayen has an impressive career spanning more than three decades. He was Chief Executive Officer of BT Group PLC and Alcatel-Lucent and President of KPN Telecom. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Akamai, AkzoNobel, Bharti Airtel and OFCOM. Verwaayen has been awarded for his efforts with a multitude of different honors. He is an Officer of the order Oranje-Nassau, Honorary Knight of the British Empire (KBE) and Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur.

 

U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands

Pete Hoekstra

Peter Hoekstra, U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands, was born in Groningen and later immigrated to the United States. He has an impressive record of public service, as he has served as a Member of Congress for representing Michigan’s 2nd district for eighteen years. Throughout his career he was committed to promoting Dutch-American ties and founded the Congressional Caucus on the Netherlands. He is also specialized in matters related to intelligence, cyber and security. He led the Congressional oversight of U.S. intelligence and served as National Security Advisor.

Head of Public Affairs EMEA at Booking.com

Inge Janssen

Inge Janssen is Head of Public Affairs EMEA at Booking.com. Since 2016, she has been working from the Amsterdam international headquarters of the successful Dutch e-commerce company, which invests in digital technology that helps take the friction out of travel. Furthermore, with its Booking Booster program, Booking.com encourages startups to use digital technologies for a sustainable society. Between 2009 and 2016, Inge was a public affairs manager at Liberty Global, working on EU telecom and media policies. Prior to that Inge worked for 3 years in the European Parliament as a Policy Advisor. 

Head of Autonomous Driving at TomTom

Willem Strijbosch

Willem Strijbosch is the Head of Autonomous Driving with TomTom. He is involved with all aspects of the development process, from setting the strategy to product management and engineering. During his time as Head of Product Office with TomTom, he gained experience in the area of strategic business development and corporate development. Strijbosch was also as Associate Principal with McKinsey & Company for more than ten years.

Executive Vice President, Strategy at Elsevier

Alexander van Boetzelaer

Alexander served as director of strategy for Elsevier’s Science & Technology division and director of business development for the Academic & Government markets. In these roles Alexander defined and drove the strategic roadmap for Elsevier’s largest business line. Prior to joining Elsevier in 2006, Alexander worked as management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton on the development of corporate and innovation strategy for companies primarily in consumer goods, financial services and telecommunications across Europe. Alexander holds a MA degree in Civil Law and BA degree in History from Leiden University in the Netherlands.

President of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)

Gary Shapiro

Gary Shapiro is the president of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). This U.S. trade organisation represents more than 2,200 consumer technology companies. For three consecutive years, he has been named as one of the top lobbyists in Washington, as well as mentioned as one of the 100 most influential people in the D.C. political arena by Tech Titan.

Head of the Commission's Representation in The Hague

Didier Herbert

Mr Didier Herbert is the Head of the Commission's Representation in The Hague since 1 March 2019.  Mr Herbert, a Belgian national, was previously Director and Acting Chair of the Regulatory Scrutiny Board, an independent body of the Commission, which provides a central quality control and support function for the Commission's impact assessment and evaluation work.  A highly experienced civil servant with over 30 years of working experience in the European Commission, Mr Herbert occupied several positions. Before joining the Regulatory Scrutiny Board, he was Acting Director in the Directorate-General (DG) for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW). He was responsible for policy coordination, Economic analysis, International affairs (Trade and external affairs) and the external representation, while at the same time also being a Member of the Impact Assessment Board. Prior to these positions, he was Head of Unit for Industry, Climate Change, Environment, Transport and Energy Policy (2008-11), dealing with files, such as energy taxation and negotiations on emission trading and sustainable growth. He was also Head of Unit for Competitiveness, Single Market and Standardisation Policy (1998-2008) and member of the Cabinet of then Vice-President Martin Bangemann in charge of Telecommunications, Internal Market and Industry (1993-99).

Managing Partner Considerati

Ton Wagemans

Ton is managing partner of Considerati. He advises private companies, governments and regulators on public affairs and stakeholder management. In the 16 years since founding Considerati, Ton has built a large network of public officials, politicians, industry leaders, scholars and NGO’s, both nationally and internationally. Before Ton founded Considerati he worked as a technology public affairs consultant at an international communication consultancy company and as a consultant at e-business think tank ECP. He also worked as an expert on internet regulation for the European Commission and the United Nations. Additionally, Ton held a research position at the University of Oxford, where he was researching internet self-regulation.