CSI Piemonte

Désirée Bua  has been working on international activities all her career. She has had various multicultural experiences (consultancies in Uruguay and Ecuador, backstopping activities on project in South Africa, Ecuador, EuropeAid project in Algeria, coordination of EU funded projects). She is skilled in EU Project Design and Management, International Donors Project Design and Management (World Bank, InterAmerican Development Bank, UN) and has worked in several transnational teams, such as European Consortia in the frame of EU funded projects. Moreover, she is competent with EU Programme Legislation Framework, Programmes management rules, project design as well as donors cooperation programmes.

Coordinator of ELANET and Area Manager at INESCTEC

Rui Barros is a software engineer and a researcher, currently working on electronic services and digital inclusion. Expert on Digital Local Agenda implementation and regional development in the context of the Information Society. Rui is the coordinator of the ELANET – European Local Authorities Network and chairman of the EISCO – European Information Society Conference. Member of the OECD Steering Meeting of Experts: Anticipating the Special Needs of the 21st Century Silver/Ageing Economy. From Smart Technology to Services Innovation.

Head, MDDA, Manchester City Council. UK.

Dave Carter is Head of the Manchester Digital Development Agency (MDDA), part of Manchester City Council. MDDA runs the Manchester Living Lab, an innovation centre focusing on digital technologies and their applications to support smart, inclusive and sustainable economic growth. MDDA coordinates strategic initiatives and projects across the Greater Manchester city-region and European funded projects, including those supported through the Future Internet enabled services in ‘Smart Cities’ programme. He is a founder member of the Telecities network set up in 1993, now the Eurocities Knowledge Society Forum (KSF), and the first President of Telecities (1994-96), and a founder member of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL). He is currently Chair of the EU Connected Smart Cities Network and Portfolio Working Group, which coordinates the fifteen projects supported under the EU’s 2010 Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP) and Co-Chair, with the City of Barcelona, of the Eurocities KSF Smart Cities Working Group. MDDA is also currently involved in projects supported through the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and the Interreg programme.

Vice President - Global Public Sector – Capgemini UK

Graham has worked internationally all his career, firstly across four continents with the oil and gas giant Shell, then with Capgemini.

Graham presently leads Capgemini’s global activities in Cities & Regions, the European Commission, and eGovernment, where he draws upon his extensive experience in public sector policy, strategy, transformation and technology programmes to lead and support a number of international projects.

Graham enjoys developing original thought leadership positions on issues of public sector futures, city governance, customer-centric service transformation, urban mobility, cloud computing and the like.

Former Czech Prime Minister

Jan Fischer is a Czech politician who was the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic from May 2009 to June 2010, in the period of the Czech presidency of the EU. A lifelong statistician and expert in the economic statistics, he was from 2003 the president of the Czech Statistical Office. In 2010 Jan Fischer became the Vice President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London. In 2012, Fischer has announced his candidacy for the 2013 presidential elections and finished at the third place. 
Jan Fischer is a member of several professional societies, e.g. the Czech Statistical Society, the International Statistical Institute (ISI), the Scientific Council and Board of Trustees of the Economics University in Prague and the Scientific Council of Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem. In 2004-2006 he was a member of the Bureau of the Committee on Statistics of the OECD.

21c Consultancy

Dr. Julia Glidden completed her D.Phil. in International Relations at Oxford University, and has extensive experience working with public administrations across Europe to drive public service innovation.  An internationally recognised expert on eGovernment, Julia has authored numerous articles on citizen engagement, including a Council of Europe sponsored volume on eParticipation.  Julia recently helped to found Citadel on the Move, a flagship project of the European Commission aiming to combine Open Access Data and Mobile Application tools to create ‘smart,’ innovative citizen-generated services that can be used in across Europe.  She is a member of the United Nations Expert Working Group on the 2014 eGovernment Survey and the European Commission’s Expert Group on the forthcoming Horizon 2020 programme.

Director of the European Affairs Department of the Ministry of Regional Development of the Czech Republic

She is responsible for European and international affairs of the Ministry as well as for the preparation of the policy aimed at economic, social and territorial cohesion in the Czech Republic for the programming period 2014-2020, including the negotiation of the new European legislation in this field. She is a member of the Bureau of the Committee on Housing and Land Management of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and a member of the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Construction Engineering of the Czech Technical University. In two electoral periods, she was a member of the Prague One Municipality Council as an elected independent candidate. Her educational background includes a MBA from the Sheffield Hallam University and PhD from the Faculty of Architecture of the Czech Technical University in Prague.

Co-founder and Director of ITAPA Congress, Slovakia

Michal is deeply involved into the monitoring the global development of eGovernment in Slovakia. He has a comprehensive university education in human sciences and technologies. His professional highlights include preparation of Revisited National eGoverment Strategy, execution of governmental fund related to eGovernment (1.162 mil. EUROs), co-founding and leading of ITAPA – the key annual Slovakian congress related to eGovernment. Michal was also working as CEO in business company APEL. In the Slovak national government he has being holding significant management positions, such as the Director General of Managing Authority, Operational Program for the Informatisation of Society, Deputy Government Plenipotentiary for the Informatisation of Society, Director of Strategy and Planning Department (Prime Minister’s Office).

Mayor of the Municipality of TKON on the Island of Pašman, Zadar County, Croatia

Elected mayor in four consecutive terms, independent, graduate of political sciences at the University of Zagreb. Member of the Euro-Mediterranean Assembly (ARLEM), which has its Brussels office at the Committee of the Regions. Actively promoting the implementation of good sustainable development practices and information society on the European islands and the Zadar archipelago.


Brunel University (UK) and DTI (DK)

Jeremy Millard works on electronic and open government, regional development and open/social innovation. Customers include UN, OECD and WB. Recent EC assignments: Information Society in EU rural development and regional policies, eGovernment 2020 Vision Study and planning H2020 research on ICT-driven Public sector Innovation.


Head of the IT Strategy unit, IT Department of the Prague City Hall

He started his work for the city ICT as a manager of Information system on Prague environment. Between 2000 – 2007 he took responsibility for strategic development of ICT in the city administration (eStrategy) and co-operation with other local governments on national and European level. He participated at preparation of several ICT projects and applications for EU funding. In the period 2008 – May 2012  worked for the Union of Town and Municipalities of the Czech Republic – SMOCR (external relations, including CEMR) and private consultancy SIKS (IT for sustainable environment and energy). Since June 2012 he returned to City of Prague´s administration as head of IT Strategy Unit and continues in strategic and co-operation issues (new eStrategy, contact with national authorities, associations of municipalities/regions, EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum, project Local Digital Agenda in V4 countries etc.)


Mrs Madeleine Siösteen Thiel holds a degree in Master of Business Administration, Stockholm School of Economics.
During a long period she has worked with Planning, RTD programmes and  International Cooperation in Swedish national research funding agencies. She holds a large network of eGOV stakeholders at a high policy level in Europe.
Currently she works as Senior Programme Manager within the Services and ICT Division at VINNOVA, Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems. Chairman  Steering Committee Nordic/Baltic Citizens´ Services RTD Programme. Member European Steering Committee international ICT-conference Global Forum-Shaping the Future.

Project manager in EPMA

Iva has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the USA and a Master’s degree in International Relations from Turkey. Before she joined EPMA in August 2010, she has worked for the Czech national administration. She has also worked on and led several projects undertaken by NGOs in the Czech Republic, Turkey and India.
In EPMA she manages EU funded projects. Her professional interests include eGovernment, eInclusion and eAccessibility, social inclusion and regional development. Iva regularly speaks at international conferences and publishes in international press.

President, Global Forum, founder & partner, ITEMS International, Professor at the Institute of European Studies, University of Paris, France 

Doctor Sylviane Toporkoff is partner & founder of ITEMS International - a company specialized on strategic ICT consulting, and full Professor at the University of Paris 8, Institute of European Studies, in France. She obtained her doctorate in Economics from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne.

Sylviane Toporkoff is specialized on international research & consulting  in the area of the Information Society; public policy; economic & strategic international partnerships for industrialists, operators & local authorities; marketing on issues related to e-Business; e-Gov; e-health; local, regional and international development through the use of ICT; e-Democracy; and telecommunications industry regulation.

Dr. Toporkoff serves as expert to the UNESCO Commission of the French Republic for Education, Sciences and Culture, in particularly to its "Committee on Communication, New Technologies and Socio-Cultural Affairs”. Dr. Toporkoff serves as expert to the European Commission. She is also Member of the Scientific Committee of the Medici Framework at the Politecnico Milano, Italy; Member of the Scientific Committee of Market Management, Editions ESKA; Founder and animator of ENSA “European Education New Society Association” - an association on the future of education and ICT.

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Director of Social Media and PoliTech Founder at Fondation EurActiv PoliTech

Daniel VAN LERBERGHE is Director of Social Media and PoliTech Founder at Fondation EurActiv PoliTech [www.euractiv.com]. Previously, Daniel was President & Founder of POLITECH INSTITUTE - European Center of Political Technologies. In the framework of his activities, he manages the team work, the organisation finances and external contacts with partners and stakeholders and he contributes to European RTD projects, develops innovative concepts, organises seminars and lectures at events and workshops within high profile international conferences. Daniel was also joint editor-in-chief of the European Review of Political Technologies, which he created, a unique pan-European periodical and policy-shaping instrument bridging the converging domains of Political Technologies. He is also a member of various Steering and Scientific Committees and has published various articles in different academic reviews. Daniel is an official member of the “Commission pour le dialogue sur l’Europe” of Saint-Gilles Municipality (Brussels), and Secretary General of the European Institute for International Relations since 2001. He is also lecturing in seminars for civil servants of EU Member States organised on a regular basis by the European Institute of Public Administration, Maastricht, NL. In 2007, he was rapporteur for the Council of Europe Conference on eDemocracy on the use of Web 2.0 to strengthen Democracy. His report contributed to the recommendations on eDemocracy of the COE.

Director of EPMA

Dr. Irina Zalisova, Director and co-founder of EPMA, has a university background in philosophy, politics &social sciences, completed with computing, social analyses and management. From 2004 Irina is leading EPMA, a half–public organisation, co-founded by BMI Association and Vysocina Region, focusing on implementation of eGovernment and eParticipation across EU regions, ICT for Government and Policy Modelling, PSI re-use and other related topics, bridging research and practice. Irina is a member of Scientific Committees of different eGovernment conferences, program director and co-organizer of 5 annual Eastern European eGovernment Days in Prague. She is shaping the programme of the ONE Conference Prague 2013.