Dr. Nils Olaya Fonstad

Research Scientist, MIT Center for Information Systems Research (CISR)

Nils researches how organizations build digitized platforms that enhance and sustain competitive business agility as well as how they define, access and foster new skills and leaders for operating and innovating digitally.
In 2010, he co-founded with CIONET the European CIO of the Year Awards ( to raise awareness of the expanding strategic roles of digital leaders. Before returning to MIT CISR, Nils served as Associate Director of a similar research center at INSEAD. Now based in Madrid, Nils is responsible for both fostering relations with organizations from Europe and Latin America and conducting field-based research on how firms maximize business value and minimize risks from digitization. Nils earned his PhD degree in Information Technology and Organization Studies from MIT Sloan School of Management; an MS from the MIT Technology and Policy Program; and a BS in Mechanical Engineering and BA in Film Studies from Cornell University.

Silvia Leal

Academic Director, IE Business School, Madrid and CIONET Committee Member

Silvia Leal PHD (Cum Laude) is Director of Information Technologies and Digital Innovation Programmes at IE Business School. She is Advisory Committee Member at CIONET and Thinking Heads, member of the Steering Committee of the e-leadership skills initiative service contract run by the European Commission and member of executive board and spokesperson  of ATI (Asociacion de Tecnicos de Informatica). 

Speakers and Panellists

Alvaro Arenas

Head of the Information Systems and Technologies Department and Professor of Information Systems, IE Business School Madrid

Alvaro Arenas is Head of the Information Systems and Technologies Department and Professor of Information Systems at E Business School in Madrid, Spain. Prof. Arenas studies the ways that information technology affects businesses. His main research interests include IT governance, trust and security in distributed information systems, and digital innovation.
He holds a M.Sc. and a D.Phil. in Computation from Oxford University, as well as a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in Systems Engineering and Computation from Universidad de los Andes, Colombia. His research has been published in a number of top tier academic journals. Highlight of some of his research work includes risk management in open innovation, models for reputation management in service computing, and trust management in virtual organizations and business collaborations.
Prof. Arenas has been active in the European Research Area. He is currently investigating on e-skills and e-leadership in the context of Spanish SMEs, as part of the EU initiative on ‘e-Leadership skills for SMEs’.  He was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the EU Contrail project and led the topic of “trust and security in large-scale distributed systems” within the ERCIM CoreGRID Working Group. He was the scientific coordinator of the EU GridTrust project, led the security work in the EU XtreemOS project, and the Virtual Organization Management work in the EU TrustCoM project.

Prof Liz Bacon

BCS President and Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Greenwich

Professor Liz Bacon BSc, PhD, CEng, CSci, FBCS, CITP, FHEA, is President of the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, and a Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Greenwich in London, with a University wide remit leading the development of Technology Enhanced Learning. She is, a past Chair of the BCS Academy of Computing, and CPHC (Council of Professors and Heads of Computing) national committee. She is / has been involved in many professional activities during her career which include working with e-skills UK, the Science Council, Parliamentary IT Committee (PITCOM) and EQANIE (European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education).

Prof Bacon is a Co-Director of the eCentre research group and has been involved in eLearning, software engineering, and crisis management research for more than 10 years. She also researches and publishes on the supply and demand of e-skills to the IT industry and was a member of the steering committee for the recent report published by European Commission DG Enterprise and Industry on e-skills in August 2014. She is an experienced systems designer and developer, with the bulk of her research and practice activity being directly industry facing, through knowledge transfer and consultancy.

Drs Trijntje van Dijk

Function Board member HBO-I, Manager Security Management at Saxion University of Applied Sciences, NL

Trijntje van Dijk has developed several university IT and Laws programs, the most recent one being Security Management focussing on the critical infrastructure sectors. She is also the designer of the Saxion Honours Student profile applied in 16 Saxion Honours Programs; in co-operation with business representatives the profile has become transdisciplinary and is benchmarked with the National Collegiate Honours Council in the US.

She has been chairman of the HBO-I Foundation with 56 university programs and is an ardent advocate of designing competence frameworks in a cubicular model, flexible for various applications. She is also a CEN Steering Committee member.

Deborah Elalouf

CEO Tralalere

Deborah Elalouf, CEO of TRALALERE

A pioneer in digital pedagogy, Deborah creates new ways of leveraging technologies for education. She holds a joint master’s degree in multimédia from ENSBA (Beaux-Arts School of Paris) and Telecom Paris Tech.

Deborah founded in 2000 TRALALERE, a leading French producer of digital educational programs (cartoons for cross-media productions, serious games, apps & ebooks, museographic installations), to help children question major society issues. 

On the outlook for changes in digital behaviors of children as well as their parents and educators, TRALALERE coordinates the national “Safer Internet” campaign and  created programs (like Vinz and Lou)  that have been broadly adopted among educational networks.

As CEO, she manages a team of 25 multidisciplinary talents to design innovative contents in partnership with educational networks (schools, informal education) as well as media partners.

In 2008, she also co-founded be angels, a social media advertisement company.

Deborah was nominated  in 2013 as sector leader for e-education by the French ministry of Industry. Since 2014, she is an ambassador for the Code Week.

Fiona Fanning

Secretary General of CEPIS

Fiona Fanning is Secretary General of CEPIS, the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies and an active member of the European e-Skills community for several years in various capacities.  She is member of the Executive Committee of the European e-Skills Association (EeSA), a community of stakeholders supporting the development of digital literacy and e-skills in Europe, and is a high level advisor to the European Centre for Women and Technology (ECWT).  Fiona has led CEPIS’s work in the development of a pan-European framework on ICT professionalism, as well as the CEPIS e-Competence Benchmark -  an online tool for ICT professionals powered by the European e-Competence Framework. She has been involved in numerous European initiatives, including the Euro-Inf Project which focused on refining and exploiting Framework Standards and Accreditation Criteria for Informatics Education. 

She joined CEPIS in 2007, since then she has been advising on policy issues and representing the organisations interests in the capacity of Senior Policy Advisor, prior to becoming Secretary General. Ms Fanning’s previous positions include owner and Director of Beyond Words Translation Services, Director at the American Red Cross, and Project Manager for an international relief and development organisation’s operations in West Africa. Fiona Fanning graduated from Dublin City University (Ireland) with a Masters in Translation Studies and a specialisation in Law. She also holds a BA International in French and German and a DEUF from l’Université Lyon III (France).

Anders Flodström

Director Education, EIT ICT Labs

Anders Flodström is a Professor in Physics and started his career at Xerox PARC in Palo Alto, US. Flodström did a combined academic and industrial career by running his own SME (20 employees) for almost 10 years. Flodström started a university management career as President of Linköping University in Sweden and later as the President of KTH (the Royal Institute of Technology) in Stockholm. In 2008 he was appointed University Chancellor for all Swedish Universities. In this year he furthermore was one of the founding members of EIT and a vicechair of EIT for 4 years. At present Anders Flodström is the Educational Director of EIT ICT Labs. He has supervised 40 PhDs and been actively teaching on all university levels. Anders considers education as being the mind of mankind and as such fundamental to human values and progress. He is fascinated of the present educational development where education faces that job cycles are shorter than education cycles and professional education needs to assume new roles.

Dr. Fabrizio Gagliardi

ACM Europe Council Chair

Born in Pisa, Italy, Doctoral Degree from the University of Pisa in 1974
Long scientific career in distributed and high performance computing, mostly at CERN, but also in industry (Microsoft) and in academia with several appointments in Italy and Spain
Involved in many European Commission funded projects, since 1985
Major interests in Cloud Computing, Big Data Analytics, Distributed Computing
Strong advocate of the cause of women in science

Current positions:

Chair of the ACM European Council
Distinguished Research Director, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain
Visiting professor, Gran Sasso Scientific Institute, Aquila, Italy
Independent computing consultant, Geneva, Switzerland
Member of the board of Informatics Europe

Previous positions held positions:

2009-2013: Director, Microsoft External Research, for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)
2005-2008: Microsoft, Director for Technical Computing for Europe, Middle east, Africa and Latin America; on leave of absence from CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics
2000-2002: Director of the CERN school of Computing
1975-2005: Various scientific and senior management positions at the European Centre for Particle Physics (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland

Andrea Gerosa


Working with and for young people since 2002, andrea started his career at university joining the junior enterprise network. Today he is the founder of a non profit think tank for youth (, a consulting company focused mainly on student housing (, a series of summer schools for young entrepreneurs ( and a coworking space for start-ups ( Recently andrea has been appointed to the executive board of Rentxpress SA, an agency that enables travellers to rent plug&play accommodation all around the world ( In 2013 the European Commission and the Italian Prime Minister office nominated andrea “face of the year 2013” for Italy.

Hans van Grieken

Vice president Capgemini – Expert Business Innovation

Hans van Grieken is Vice President Business Innovation at Capgemini and part of the company's international innovation network. Part of his activities is to help companies understand the current IT driven innovation trends in numerous markets, sectors and technologies to find examples of “open” innovation outside of their respective sectors. This includes to help clients understand and apply effective innovations to their business to make them more successful. Hans van Grieken covers about 26 different markets and sectors in which technology driven innovation plays a key role, both in the private as well as in the public sector. Through this exposure to numerous markets/trends, Hans van Grieken is frequently consulted for his ideas around transferring Global Innovation Best Practices from one market to the other.

Dr. Oliver Grün

Vicepresident of PIN-SME (Pan European ICT & eBusiness Network for SME), President of BITMi (Federal Association of ICT-SMEs of Germany)

Dr. Dipl.-Ing. Oliver Grün, born in 1969, is founder, sole shareholder and director of GRÜN Software AG, as well as president and chairman of the German Association of Medium-Sized IT-Companies (BITMi). Moreover, Grün is vice president of the Pan European ICT & eBusiness Network for SMEs (PIN-SME) and since 2013 member of the Advisory Council for IT of the Federal Ministry of Economy, which gives advice on issues concerning the digital economy.

Prof. Dr. Steven de Haes

University of Antwerp - Antwerp Management School

Steven De Haes, PhD, is Associate Professor Information Systems Management at the University of Antwerp – Faculty of Applied Economics and at the Antwerp Management School. He is actively engaged in teaching and applied research in the domains of IT Governance & Management, IT Strategy & Alignment, IT Value & Performance Management, IT Assurance & Audit and Information Risk & Security.

He is alumnus of the International Teacher’s Program (Kellogg School of Management) and teaches at bachelor, master and executive level. He also acts as Academic Director for the Executive Master of IT Governance & Assurance, the Executive Master of Enterprise IT Architecture and the Master in Management.  

His research has been published in international peer-reviewed journals such as MISQ Executive, Journal of Information Technology (JIT) Teaching Cases, Journal of Information Systems (JIS), Communications of the Association of Information Systems (AIS), Information Systems Management (ISM), Journal for Information Technology Case Studies and Applications (JITCA), Journal of Enterprise Information Management (JEIM) and the proceedings of the Hawaiian International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), the European Meditinerean Conference on Information Systems (EMCIS) and of the IRMA International Conference.  He is co-editor-in-chief of the International Journal on IT/Business Alignment and Governance ( and co-authored and/or edited several books, such as "Implementing Information Technology Governance: Models, Practices and Cases" (IGI Publishing, 2008), "Enterprise Governance of IT: Achieving Strategic Alignment and Value" (Springer, 2009) and “Business Strategy and Applications to Enterprise IT Governance” (IGI Publishing, 2012).  He also acts as Academic Director of the IT Alignment and Governance (ITAG) Research Institute.

He held positions of Director of Research and Associate Dean Master Programs for the Antwerp Management School. He also acts as speaker and facilitator in academic and professional conferences and coaches organizations in their IT governance, alignment and assurance efforts. He is involved in the development of the international IT governance framework COBIT as researcher and co-author.

Eiji Hayashiguchi

Chief Advisor, Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan

Eiji Hayashiguchi had been working in IBM Japan as a systems engineer. He had been involved in big Japanese banking online system development projects. After that, he had been working as a consultant in Technology Strategy consulting practice in IBM Japan. He supported various industries such as manufacturing, financial, trading, construction, government etc. He was an Asia Pacific Leader of Technology Strategy consulting practice of IBM Consulting Group and was also a Global Relationship Partner for Toyota Motor Corporation.
After joining IPA (Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan), he has been working in the area of the designing competency frameworks. He has been involved in iCompetency Dictionary developing project and has led Skill Dictionary development. Currently, he is a Chief Advisor in HRD(Human Resource Developing) Initiative Center in IPA. 
He received his BS and MS in Applied Mathematics and Physics from Kyoto University and MSE in Computer Science from Princeton University. He has authored or co-authored numerous articles and books.


Dr. Diem Ho 

Manager of University Relations for IBM Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA)

Dr Diem Ho is manager of University Relations for IBM Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He is in charge of research collaborations, skill development, and technology access with/for the academic community and driving higher education reforms to meet industry needs and societal challenges.
Diem has held many different positions in IBM, from research, consulting to management. He has successfully led management consulting engagements in Management Technologies (Business Analytics and Optimization) at 16 leading European banks and financial services companies throughout Europe.
He was elected to the IBM Academy of Technology in 1995.
He is an associate editor of the Journal of Computational Economics, member of the editorial board of the Journal of Organization Design, and has been guest editor for a number of journal special issues.
He is also a member of the peer review teams for the EFMD-EQUIS and EPAS accreditation programmes (European Foundation for Management Development - European Quality Improvement System and Programme Accreditation System) and has involved in a number industry group initiatives such as the Career Space Consortium (ICT skills and new University curricula for the 21st Century Economy) and the European Learning Industry Group (ELIG,
He’s supervised PhD candidates and published widely in Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Remote Sensing, Image Processing, Optimization, Finance, and Business Intelligence.
He is also a frequent invited contributor to the OECD and UNESCO conferences and publications.
Diem obtained 2 M.S. degrees and a Ph.D. degree from Stanford University, California.

Tobias Hüsing

Senior Research Consultant, empirica GmbH

Tobias Hüsing is a Senior Research Consultant at empirica. He specializes in analysing and consulting on e-leadership and e-skills policies and labour market developments, as well as research, innovation and knowledge transfer policies, building on a long experience in empirical research, survey methodology, indicator development, foresight and scenario development, benchmarking and statistical analysis.

He currently coordinates the study on ‘e-Leadership skills for SMEs’ for the European Commission, which brings together several Higher Education institutions and other major stakeholders to develop educational offers for start-ups and SMEs to provide them with relevant e-leadership skills and qualifications for entrepreneurs, managers and advanced ICT users.

Tobias leads the e-skills supply and demand forecasting team at empirica, analysing industry and labour market insights and the supply system for e-skills and e-leadership education and training, based on research of policy and stakeholder initiatives and the dialogue between policy makers and stakeholders.

He has developed and implemented research methodologies and analysis frameworks in several large scale, cross-cultural empirical research and policy evaluation projects.

Tobias studied economics and sociology at the University of Cologne.

Marianne Kolding

Vice President, European Services, IDC

Marianne Kolding is vice president of IDC's European Services Research group, based in London. She leads the team responsible for IDC's European research on consulting, application services, outsourcing, infrastructure services, cloud services, and the competitive landscape for the services industry. Her research responsibilities cover a wide variety of topics, but current hot research areas are focused on strategic changes in the services market and ICT skills demand. She is the executive sponsor for IDC's European Customer Experience IT practice as well as part of IDC's Global Sourcing research team. She is often engaged in custom projects on a variety of subjects and frequently takes on speaking engagements, both for IDC conferences and seminars and on behalf of clients. Marianne has been in the IT research industry for more than 20 years. Prior to this, she held various positions with IBM. She has a master's degree in international marketing and international trade from Aarhus Business School in Denmark. Her background and experience ensure a wide understanding of issues affecting the IT services marketplace, its players, and its customers.

Werner B. Korte

Director, empirica GmbH

Werner B. Korte shares the directorship of empirica with Simon Robinson and is responsible for managing many large-scale international research and development and consulting projects in relation to the new forms of work and employment, e-Skills, monitoring and benchmarking the information society, demographic change and ageing, ICT services for energy saving in social housing and public buildings and other topic areas for different DGs of the European Commission (DG INFSO, ENTR, EAC, EMPL), the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, IPTS, national ministries, federal and regional governments and ministries in Germany, other European countries, in Qatar and global IT industry players like Cisco or Microsoft.

In the e-skills domain Werner was the project coordinator of studies on monitoring and Forecasting e-skills demand and supply, benchmarking, studies on policies on multi-stakeholder partnerships for e-skills in Europe quality labelling and responsible for the development of several executive briefings for Cisco Systems and another e-skills forecasting project for the ING Belgique Bank.

He is currently working on the initiatives ‘European Guidelines and Quality Labels for e-Leadership Curricula’ and ‘e-Leadership skills for SMEs’ all for the European Commission.

Dr. James Lapalme

An enterprise architecture and engineering scholar and consultant

Dr. James Lapalme is an enterprise architecture and engineering scholar and consultant. Through his work, he strives to help leaders and workers achieve innovative and sustainable enterprises. In the financial sector, his contribution to enterprise architecture yielded results that were qualified as world-class by MIT and covered in a case study by Gartner. His thought leadership has also been recognized by Forrester.

Dr. Lapalme posses a multidisciplinary background in computer science, software engineering, organizational transformation and community development.

Dr. Lapalme is Assistant Director of the Numerix Research Laboratory at the l’École de technologie supérieure in Montreal, Canada. He is also a faculty member of the Software and IT Engineering Department in the same university. His research team is one of the largest enterprise architecture-focused teams in Canada. James’ primary research interest include enterprise architecture and engineering, organizational transformation, innovation, and information management.

Dr. Lapalme is the Chair of the EABoK Panel of Advisors; a delegate for the IEEE Computer Society in the Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations (FEAPO); Chair of the ACM Enterprise Architecture Techpack, Founder of the Considerate Enterprise Architecture LinkedIN Group; and a reviewer for a number of academic journals related to enterprise architecture and systems thinking.

Jan Muehlfeit

Chairman, Microsoft Europe

Jan Muehlfeit is an ICT industry veteran and almost 19 years at Microsoft. He served in different positions in Microsoft Czech/Slovak subsidiary between 1993 and 2000, led CEE region in 2000-2005. He became Vice President of Microsoft’s Public Sector team in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) in 2005, Vice President, EMEA Corporate & Government Strategy in 2006 and later Chairman Europe, Microsoft Corporation. Mr. Muehlfeit is a Vice-Chair of the Academy of Business in Society (ABiS), board member of JA, Co-Chairman of the European e-Skills Association and a member of the Board of AIESEC and Ovum advisory body.

Jan Muehlfeit has been serving in different advisory boards of several European governments in the field of ICT, national competitiveness and education. He also represents Microsoft on the TABD, the Transatlantic Business Dialogue and is involved in his advisory capacity in different projects of WEF, OECD and European Policy Center (EPC). He is also a board member of Czech National museum and member of IBLF Leaders Council. He graduated from Czech Technical University and later on completed executive development programs at Wharton, LSE and Harvard.

Dr. Jochen Müller

Executive Director of the Executive Master of Business Engineering and the Executive Diploma in IT Business Management at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland

Jochen Müller (1966, German, permanent residency in Switzerland) is the Executive Director of the Executive Master of Business Engineering and the Executive Diploma in IT Business Management at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. He also serves as a lecturer for Information- and Communication-Technologies at the University of St. Gallen. He maintains relationships with Santa Clara University in California and with Antai Business School, Jiao Tong University, Shanghai (China) and sets up and runs joint Executive Education activities with these institutions.

Jochen Müller holds a master and a doctorate in business economics (Dr. rer. oec.) from the University of Bochum, Germany. For his doctoral thesis, he received the „ECDM Award“ from the European Center for Database Marketing. His research interests target the field of Business Engineering as well as the design and quality of information systems.

Jochen Müller also possesses experiences as an entrepreneur and worked as an industrial purchaser.

James de Raeve

VP Certification and GM India

James de Raeve is the Vice President Certification at The Open Group, and oversees all certification and testing programs of The Open Group, including the TOGAFÒ, ArchiMateÒ, Open FAIR, Open CA and Open CITS.

In 2012, James also became the General Manager for The Open Group's activities in India and visits customers, partners and staff there on a monthly basis.

Since joining the company in 1989, James has been closely involved with all of the certification and testing activities of The Open Group and its predecessor X/Open, as well as the programs developed for other consortia.

Before joining The Open Group, James worked in business development and technical roles in protocol testing and telecommunications. He holds an MSc in Digital Systems and a BSc in Physics.

André Richier

Policy Officer, DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission

André Richier is Principal Administrator at the European Commission in Brussels within the Directorate General Enterprise and Industry (Key Enabling Technologies and ICT Unit). He is responsible for policy issues relating to the competitiveness of the ICT industry and human capital, in particular the follow up of the Communication on "e-Skills for the 21st Century".

He was the 2002-2003 EU Fellow attached to the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin. He played a leading role in the preparation of the “eLearning: Designing Tomorrow’s Education” Initiative and Action Plan in 2001 within the Multimedia Unit of the Directorate General Education and Culture.

In the 1990s, he was in charge of research projects in the field of multimedia within the European Strategic Programme for Research in Information Technology (ESPRIT) of the Commission. Prior to joining the Commission in 1994, he held sales and marketing positions in the ICT industry. He started his career at IBM in 1985.

Christian Pagel

Head of Information Technology Management/CIO, ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions

Christian Pagel is Head of Information Technology Management/CIO at ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions in Essen, Germany since 1 March 2014. Together with a team of about 480 employees, Pagel is responsible for the worldwide operation and development of corporate business and technical IT systems, applications and processes.  Previously Christian Pagel held further leading positions in different companies. Before  joining the ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions AG he became Vice President Corporate Business Systems / CIO at SGL Carbon SE in 2004. Further stations in his career are:

  •     Head of Information Technology and Organisation at SGL Acotec GmbH,
  •     Managing Director at Edding Information technology GmbH,
  •     Head of SAP R/3 Competence Center at Coca Cola Erfrischungsgetränke AG,
  •     Group Project Coordinator SAP R/3 at Berentzen Gruppe AG  
  •     Senior Consultant at Deloitte & Touche Germany.

Christian Pagel is 49 years old and lives with his family in Bonn.

Andrea Parola

General Manager of EeSA

Andrea Parola is consultant based in Brussels. He is currently the General Manager of the European e-Skills Association (EeSA), a multi-stakeholder platform based in Brussels.

EeSA acts as the reference European platform to develop ICT skills and competences for professionals, practitioners and citizens across all sectors and society to build a more inclusive, competitive and innovative Europe. EeSA promotes the exchange of ideas, awareness raising and good practices in Europe and supports the development of tools and methodologies for the governance of e-skills. Andrea also leads as Managing Director, the company he created in 2009, EU Strategy, which is involved in public affairs and advocacy.

Karoliina Raudsepp

Programme manager, Department of State Information Systems

Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications

Karoliina Raudsepp currently works at the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications in the Department of State Information Systems. She manages various projects that develop e-skills in Estonia, both on the very basic digital literacy level, but also on developing the skills necessary for Estonians to become e-leaders and increase exports of e-services. She is a member of the Estonian National Defence League’s Cyber Defence Unit. Before joining public service, Karoliina worked at the diplomatic advisory group Independent Diplomat.

Simon Robinson

Director, empirica GmbH

Simon Robinson, MA (Cantab) is director of empirica Communication and Technology Research. He heads consultancy and research teams at empirica on innovation, research governance, knowledge transfer, health and social care innovation and evaluation of public interventions, including major EU energy saving initiatives. Simon has consulted for DG Information Society and Media on policy topics from e-infrastructure to consumer issues in the information society, as well as initiating and leading multi-national research projects across a wide R&D spectrum. In the e-skills domain he initiated the approach taken by ‘European Guidelines and Quality Labels for e-Leadership Curricula’ for DG Enterprise and Industry and now coordinates a consortium working on European Guidelines and Quality Labels for New Curricula.

Martina Šimičic

Back-end developer at Inspire

Martina is a graduate of the University of Zagreb, with a degree in Information & Software Engineering. She wrote her Master’s thesis on the best practices of agile software development (including Scrum). Martina previously worked as a web developer and Scrum Master at Tecla Colorida Lda in Portugal.

Prof. Dr. Rainer Strack

Senior Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group

Rainer Strack is a Senior Partner and Managing Director at the Düsseldorf office of The Boston Consulting Group. Since joining the firm in 1994, he has led a wide range of projects on strategy, controlling, restructuring, organization, and HR management. From 1996 to 1998, he was based at BCG's office in Boston under the auspices of the firm's Ambassador Program.

Rainer Strack is Head of the BCG practice area People & Organization in Central Europe, Middle East and Africa, as well as the global leader of the HR topic. In the field of HR, Mr. Strack has led many projects on HR strategy, HR controlling, talent management, performance management, strategic workforce planning, leadership development, demographic risk management, and HR organization for major international groups and banks.

In 2001, Rainer Strack received the Erich Gutenberg Award for the development and implementation of new HR and customer controlling concepts. In 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013, the journal Personalmagazin named him one of the 40 leading minds in human resources in Germany—the only member of a top consulting firm to receive this distinction. He has authored numerous articles, such as on HR controlling and people business in 2005 and on demographic risk management and strategic HR planning in 2008, both published in the Harvard Business Review. Mr. Strack is the initiator of the "Creating People Advantage" series, co­published from 2007–2013 with the EAPM (European Association for People Management) and the WFPMA (World Federation of People Management Associations). He was a member of the Global Agenda Council for talent mobility of the World Economic Forum and presented twice on this topic in Davos.Rainer Strack has a master's degree in physics, a master's degree in business, and a PhD in physics (summa cum laude) from RWTH Aachen University, Germany. In 2008, he was named an honorary professor for strategic HR and people management at Witten/Herdecke University, Germany.

Conrad Thompson

Global Business Design Leader, PA Consulting

Conrad Thompson leads PA's business design capability comprising over 300 business and IT architects. He has over 20 years’ experience in successfully architecting and delivering complex change for organisations including easyJet, Sainsbury’s, the European Patent Agency and the United Nations. Conrad has recently led the development of PA’s business design capability which has seen year on year revenue growth of 40%.

Adam Thilthorpe

BCS Director for Professionalism, Policy and Public Affairs

Adam Thilthorpe is BCS Director for Professionalism, Policy and Public Affairs.

He speaks regularly at BCS, public sector and industry seminars and conferences engaging with companies and organisations that employ IT practitioners. He raises awareness of the changes in the IT profession; the challenges and the opportunities. 

Adam gained his early experience in the City of London with financial institutions JP Morgan Chase and Co and Georgeson Shareholder.

Dinand Tinholt

Vice president Capgemini Consulting

Dinand is a Vice President with Capgemini Consulting and its global leader for the European Union. He has a primary focus on the public sector and his dominant areas of expertise concern eGovernment policy and implementation as well as public service improvement. Dinand has been working for Capgemini Consulting since 2008. Before that time he worked as a line manager for a regulatory authority in the Netherlands and before that also in the consulting sector.

Dinand has been involved in a wide range of international programmes in the field of e-Government, pan-European interoperability of online public services, e-skills, (digital) entrepreneurship, public, e-Justice and public sector innovation.

Dinand holds a Masters degree in European Public Administration and an Executive MBA. He is a recognised international speaker on topics such as eGovernment, interoperability, Digital Transformation, e-skills, public service improvement, electronic identity management, etc. He has published papers and articles on topics such as e-Government, Open Data and user centric online services.

Dr. Bernd Vogel

Director Henley Centre for Engaging Leadership

Associate Professor of Leadership and Organisational Behaviour

Bernd is an Associate Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour and he is the Director of the Henley Centre for Engaging Leadership. Earlier roles include project leader in the Organizational Energy Program (OEP) and Lecturer at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and Visiting Scholar at University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.

Bernd’s research focuses on new forms, practices, and sources of engaging leadership, mobilizing and maintaining energy in organisations and senior management teams, creating leadership and followership capacity, co-creating leadership, leadership and followership climate, CEO decision making and identity, and organizational change.

His latest book called “Fully Charged: How Great Leaders Boost Their Organization's Energy and Ignite High Performance” is published by Harvard Business Review Press. He has published in international top-tier journals and developed several case studies about leadership in multinational businesses.

He is teaching, consulting, and speaking internationally for a variety of global companies and universities based on his expertise in creating and sustaining organizational energy, developing leadership and followership capability, developing management teams, and leading change. Bernd has worked with global clients in various sectors, with an emphasis on retail, manufacturing, and FMCG, including Alstom Power Service, Ella’s Kitchen, Evonik, Lufthansa, Jenny Packham, Manor, Migros, or SAB Miller.

Freddy Van den Wyngaert

CIO Agfa-Gevaert Group

Freddy Van den Wyngaert obtained a Master of Science in Computer Engineering and a MBA degree in Finance & Marketing at the University of Leuven, Belgium.

After his studies, he joined ExxonMobil Chemical. In more than 20 years, Freddy held various management positions in IT (infrastructure, applications) and business (knowledge management, process re-engineering, business analyst). He worked in Belgium, France, the European and the US headquarters.

In September 2000, Freddy joined the Agfa-Gevaert group at their headquarters in Mortsel, Belgium as Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the Global Shared Services of “Agfa ICS” (Information and Communication Services).

Freddy is Board member of ADM, a Business/IT network in Belgium. Since 2009, he is Chairman of the Board of CIOforum Belgian Business and early 2014 he became Chairman of the Board of the European CIO Association (EuroCIO).

Charlene “Chuck” Walrad

Chair, Professional Activities Board, IT Committee IEEE Computer Society

After her doctoral fellowship in theoretical linguistics at the University of California, San Diego, Chuck utilized advances in both computing and linguistics to produce a multilingual translation system still used by US Government agencies, multinational corporations, and the European Commission—and as the original Babelfish on the Internet.

She later managed engineering functions at software companies  to produce a courseware authoring system used at organizations such as Boeing, managed the first PC version of Ingres and the first truly distributed RDBMS (Ingres Star), and managed FrameMaker and PostScript engineering at Adobe.

This software engineering experience led her to form Davenport Consulting, Inc. to propagate successful commercial software product creation strategies in both product companies and in IT organizations. Clients have included Adobe, BMC, Cisco, IBM, Ford, Microsoft, and have ranged from small Silicon Valley  start-ups, several of which were subsequently acquired by large companies, to large IT organizations in businesses as diverse as fashion, railroads, and insurance.

Chuck has also been an invited speaker at conferences and has published articles in Computer magazine, ITPro, and the IBM Systems Journal, among others.

Chuck serves this year as IEEE computer Society Treasurer and is Editor of the Standards column in Computer magazine.


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