Please see agenda for the event below





Conference: e-Skills International

e-Skills: the international dimension and the impact of globalisation


26 March 2014, Hotel Crowne Plaza – Le Palace, Brussels


 9:00 – 10:00 h

Registration & welcome coffee

10:00 – 10:10 h


·      Mr Pedro Ortún, Director, Service Industries, DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission

10:10 – 10:35 h

Keynote 1: Global operations, global risks

·      John Higgins, CBE Director-General DIGITALEUROPE

10:35 – 11:00 h


Keynote 2: The Global Digital Economy

·      Ralf Dreischmeier, Global Leader (IT Practice), The Boston Consulting Group

11:00 – 11:25 h

Coffee break

11:25 – 11:45 h


International dimension of e-skills

·      Dr Clare Thornley,  Research Fellow, Innovation Value Institute

11:45 – 12:00 h

Globalisation trends

·       Marianne Kolding, Vice President, European Services, IDC

12:00 – 13:00 h

Lunch break

13:00 – 13:20 h

EU Policy action assessment

·      Fiona Fanning, Secretary General, CEPIS

13:20 – 13:50 h

Future ICT workforce scenarios

·      Gabriella Cattaneo, Associate Vice President, IDC Italia

13:50 – 14:00 h

Developing the ICT Talent Pool for Future in Europe

Industry Demand for new ICT skills and curricula- general overview and the example of “Big Data”

·      Werner B. Korte, Director, empirica GmbH

14:00 – 14:10 h

Big Data Education via the “Data Analytics Track”

·       Dr Holmer Hemsen, Database Systems and Information Management (DIMA) group, Technical University Berlin

14:10 – 14:20 h

Executive training in “Data Analytics for business” at INSEAD

·      Theodoros Evgeniou, Professor of Decision Science and Technology management, INSEAD elab

14:20 – 14:50 h

Coffee break

14:50 – 15:10 h

The Road Ahead

·      Dr Stephen McLaughlin, Head of Research and Development, Innovation Value Institute 

15:10 – 15:50 h

Roundtable discussion / Q & A


·      Frits Bussemaker (Partner and Liaison European Relations, CIONET)

·      Peter Hagedoorn (Secretary  General, European CIO Association)

·      Peter Hellberg (Vice President ICTS, UNI Europa)

·      Christoph Möller (Director of the Agentur für Arbeit Rostock German Federal Employment Agency)

·      Gerard Walker (Senior Policy Advisor, Forfás)

15:50 – 16:00 h

Closing statement

  • Michel Catinat, Head of Unit ‘Key Enabling Technologies and Digital Economy’, Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry, European Commission


Practical information


There are no registration fees for this conference.



Crowne Plaza Brussels - Le Palace 
Rue Gineste 3

B-1210 Brussels - Belgium
T: +32 2 203 62 00 - F: +32 2 203 55 55


Conference timings

Registration for the event will open at 9am.

The first speaker will start at 10am. The conference is scheduled to finish at 4pm.


Conference language

All speeches and on-stage discussion will take place in English.

Unfortunately, there will not be any translation services provided at the event.



Welcome coffee and refreshments will be served from 9:00 h.

A standing buffet will be served at 12:00.



For further information

Innovation Value Institute

National University of Ireland Maynooth

·       Carol Travers:

·       Sarah Hetherington:

Tel. : +353-1-708-6931


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