SPEAKERS 2017

Federica Mogherini
Federica Mogherini European Commission High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and..
Federica Mogherini

Federica Mogherini is EU High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission. Prior to that, she served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy. 

Elżbieta Bieńkowska
Elżbieta Bieńkowska European Commission EU Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry,..
Elżbieta Bieńkowska

Elżbieta Bieńkowska is EU Commissioner in charge of Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. She served as Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Infrastructure and Development from 2013 – 2014.

Jorge Domecq
Jorge Domecq European Defence Agency Chief Executive
Jorge Domecq

Jorge Domecq was appointed Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency in 2015. Prior to his appointment, he served as Ambassador Permanent Representative of Spain to the OSCE and as Ambassador of Spain to the Republic of the Philippines.

Camille Grand
Camille Grand NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment
Camille Grand

Camille Grand is Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment since 4 October 2016. He was previously Director and CEO of the Fondation pour la recherche stratégique (FRS), the leading French think tank on defence and security.

Fabrizio Luciolli
Fabrizio Luciolli The Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA) President
Fabrizio Luciolli

Fabrizio Luciolli is the President of both the Atlantic Treaty Association and the Italian Atlantic Committee. He is also a professor of security-related issues at the Center for High Defense Studies of the Italian Ministry of Defense.

David Bond
David Bond Financial Times Security and Defence Editor
David Bond

David Bond is Security and Defence Editor for the Financial Times. Based in London David covers global defence strategy and terrorism as well as writing about cyber security and international intelligence. David only recently took up the role having joined the FT in 2016 as European Media Correspondent. Before joining the FT David worked as a sports journalist and editor for almost 20 years, most recently as the BBC’s Sports Editor, leading BBC News’s coverage of the London 2012 Olympics and the 2010 World Cup.

Giedrimas Jeglinskas
Giedrimas Jeglinskas Government of the Republic of Lithuania Vice-Minister of National Defence
Giedrimas Jeglinskas

Giedrimas Jeglinskas is Vice Minister at Ministry of National Defense of Lithuania. He is a former military officer with service experience at NATO/Afghanistan and background in intelligence and geopolitical analysis.

Teri Schultz
Teri Schultz NPR & Deutsche Welle Freelance Reporter
Teri Schultz

Teri Schultz has been covering the European Union, NATO and the BeNeLux region since 2007, reporting regularly for National Public Radio and Germany's public broadcaster, Deutsche Welle. She has a particular interest in in Afghanistan, having made six reporting trips there. Schultz has held journalism fellowships in Russia and Pakistan. She has a Master's in International Relations from the University of Helsinki and a journalism degree from New Mexico State University. You can follow her on Twitter @terischultz.    

Christina Wilén
Christina Wilén Government of the Kingdom of Sweden Deputy Director Ministry of Defence
Christina Wilén

Christina Wilén works as Deputy Director in the Swedish Ministry of Defence. Prior to joining the Ministry, Ms Wilén worked as Senior Analyst at FMV – a civil authority under the Ministry of Defence providing defence logistics to the Swedish Armed Forces.

Chris Lombardi
Chris Lombardi Raytheon Vice-President, European Business Development
Chris Lombardi

Chris Lombardi is Vice President of European Business Development, having joined Raytheon in 2002. He is responsible for facilitating sales in Europe and developing strategic objectives and planning for international customers and US agencies. Prior to this, Mr. Lombardi worked with Thales Raytheon Systems. as Manager for International Business Development, where he worked closely with NATO in developing ballistic missile defence capabilities.

Rudy Priem
Rudy Priem UTC Director, Security - Defense - Space Government Relations,..
Rudy Priem

Rudy Priem is a retired Lieutenant Colonel (Belgian Air Force). In 2010, he joined the United Technologies Corporation’s Government Relations team in Brussels. In his current role, Rudy is responsible for communicating the positions and concerns of UTC in matters of defense, security and space to European and NATO decision makers, as well as for monitoring and advising the business units of UTC on EU and NATO rulemaking and policy decisions.

Pierre Delsaux
Pierre Delsaux European Commission Deputy Director General DG GROW
Pierre Delsaux

Pierre Delsaux is Deputy Director General at the European Commission DG GROW. He worked in the private sector before joining the European Commission in 1991. He was appointed Deputy Director General with responsibilities for the Single Market in the EU. Since December 2015, he is in charge of Space Policy and Defence.

Jerzy Kwieciński
Jerzy Kwieciński Government of Poland Secretary of State, Ministry of Economic Development
Jerzy Kwieciński

On 20 November 2015, Jerzy Kwieciński was appointed Secretary of State in the Ministry of Economic Development. Responsible for issues related to the development of strategies and plans and programming the socio-economic development, as well as issues concerning Polish membership in the European Union.

Brooks Tigner
Brooks Tigner Jane's Defence Weekly EU/NATO Affairs
Brooks Tigner

Based in the Belgian capital, Brooks has analysed and reported on European security and defence issues for more than 25 years – from the post-Cold War’s impact on NATO to the EU’s burgeoning role in security and defence. 

Gunnar Muent
Gunnar Muent European Investment Bank Director of Innovation and Competitiveness
Gunnar Muent

Gunnar Muent is Director of the Innovation and Competitiveness Department within the Projects Directorate at the European Investment Bank. Previously, he was Head of the RDI division in the same department since 2007. He joined the EIB in 2001 as an economist in the Projects Directorate.

Arturo Alfonso-Meiriño
Arturo Alfonso-Meiriño OCCAR Director General
Arturo Alfonso-Meiriño

Arturo ALFONSO-MEIRIÑO is since 1 March 2017 the Director of the OCCAR Executive Administration. Prior to that, as Major General of the Spanish Air Force, he was Deputy National Armaments Director for International Relations, after his nomination by the Defence State Secretary in Jan. 2011. 

George Sharkov
George Sharkov Goverment of Bulgaria Adviser on Cyber Defense, Ministry of Defence
George Sharkov

Dr. George Sharkov is Adviser on Cyber Defence to the Minister of Defence, and served as National Cyber Security Coordinator for the Bulgarian Government (2014-2017), responsible for development and implementation of the National Cybersecurity Strategy “Cyber Resilient Bulgaria 2020”. He leads the Cyber Security Lab at Sofia Tech Park, and the center of the European Software Institute for Eastern Europe.

Jaanus Tamm
Jaanus Tamm Defendec CEO
Jaanus Tamm

Jaanus Tamm serves as Chief Executive Officer of Defendec Inc. Mr. Tamm has extensive experience in international sales and also has experience establishing three separate IT companies.

Octávia Frota
Octávia Frota Senior Advisor on Aerospace, Defense and Security
Octávia Frota

Dr. Frota was appointed Deputy Director for Research & Technology with the European Defence Agency, in November 2004. From January 2008, Dr. Frota is a Senior Advisor to Governments and Industry within Aerospace, Security and Defence fields.

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