Europe still stands out in regards to fit industrial leadership, social market economy model, inclusive and open societies and robust democracies. But the European Union faces multiple geopolitical, economic and societal challenges. Maintaining Europe's competitiveness and ability to innovate in light of fast-paced digitization and increasing competition with China and the US will be key for the future of the European idea.
Thus, the Digitising Europe Summit wants to inspire a debate on "The Future of Made in Europe - Advancing Europe's vision of a social market economy for a digital age". How can European governments, businesses, academic institutions and civic society shape the digital transformation of economy, society and policy on Europe's terms, grounded in European strengths and in shared values?
by, CEO, Vodafone Group Plc
by, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany
The state of the digitalization of industries varies across sectors, between large companies and SMEs and also between EU states and regions. While Europe defends its leadership in 20th century industries the US an China fiercely complete regarding the leadership on 21st century technologies such as Artificial Intelligence.
, Managing Director & Group CEO, Generali, , CEO, Airbus SE and , Co-Founder & CEO, Palantir Technologies Inc.
, Founder & CEO, PT Scientists
, Director Munich School of Robotics & Machine Intelligence and , Chief Technology Officer, NXP Semiconductors
, Chairman of the EIT Governing Board
, Co-founder and Chief Product Officer, tado°, , CEO and Co-Founder Skeleton Technologies and , Co-Founder and COO, FibriCheck
An orientation towards the common good, an emphasis on equal opportunities for all citizens and public welfare are the core of European societies. European states, as well as the European Union, need to find ways to protect and adapt their social contract in the age of self-learning algorithms and robots.
, President, Global Solutions Initiative
, President, German Trade Union Confederation and , Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills, OECD
Europe stands out in regard to the importance of people’s well-being, ethical guidelines, and humanity. While these values lie at the heart of the European Union, they imply comprehensive responsibilities.
Governance in the digital age requires agile policy-making. The European institutions but also national governments need to re-think governance models to become a catalyst for digitisation
by, CEO, Vodafone GmbH
Dr. Hannes Ametsreiter
Prof. Luciano Floridi
University of Oxford
Prof. Sami Haddadin
Munich School of Robotics & Machine Intelligence
German Trade Union Confederation
Palantir Technologies Inc.
Dr. Angela Merkel
Vodafone Group Plc
Dr. Margarete Schramböck
Republic of Austria
Prof. Dennis Snower
Global Solutions Initiative
Dirk Jan van den Berg
European Institute of Innovation & Technology
Bieke van Gorp
Dr Hannes Ametsreiter (born 1967) has been CEO of Vodafone Germany and member of the global Vodafone Group’s Executive Committee since 1 October 2015. Born in Salzburg, the reputed telecommunications manager has more than 20 years of telecoms experience in convergent markets and outstanding expertise in marketing and brand management. He played an instrumental role in positioning Vodafone as a gigabit company and restoring growth by introducing increasingly fast speeds, convergent solutions and attractive products that integrate mobile, fixed, internet and TV. Before joining Vodafone, Dr Ametsreiter served for 6 years as Chairman of the Management Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Telekom Austria Group, and was also CEO of A1 Telekom, a company created through the merger of Mobilkom Austria AG and Telekom Austria TA AG. He also has longstanding experience in corporate finance. The Vodafone Germany CEO is married with two daughters.
Robert Boehme is founder and CEO of PTScientists. He took his childhood passion for science fiction to the next level when, together with six friends, he founded the “Part-Time Scientists” and entered the Google Lunar XPRIZE. Over the past decade he has grown the team from a small group of passionate volunteers, to a full-fledged new-space company, employing over 50 people.
Robert wants to increase access to space and enable non-traditional players to take part in lunar exploration. His vision for the future involves developing reusable infrastructures on the Moon that could be used as a blueprint for enabling deeper exploration of the solar system.
Before taking the leap from “part-time scientist” to full time CEO, Robert spent his time as an IT Security specialist working with the German government. He’s probably the only person (foreign agencies aside!) to successfully to hack all eight generations of the so-called “Merkel Phone”, the secure phone that German politicians use – but thankfully he was just testing for security flaws.
Christian Deilmann is Co-founder and Chief Product Officer of tado°. Responsible for product and service offerings, Christian also drives business development. His passion is cutting-edge energy technology and its successful application. Prior to co-founding tado° Christian Deilmann worked with the venture capital firm Target Partners, co-founded the mobile telecommunication company BellPepper and worked with the consulting firm A.T. Kearney. Christian holds an MSc in mechanical engineering from MIT (Cambridge, MA) as well as a Dipl.-Ing. in engineering & management from the Technical University of Munich. His passion is cutting-edge energy technology and its application in successful products. As CPO at tado°, Christian is in charge of product and service offerings, as well as business development.
Karen Dolva is CEO and co-founder of No Isolation, a company that develops technology solutions for groups living in loneliness or social isolation. She studied Computer Science and Interaction Design at the University of Oslo, a leading institution in the field of education and research. She began her career at StartupLab Oslo, before co-founding UX Lab, a user interaction consultancy. Karen is a board member at Norway Health Tech, and in 2016 she was awarded the Innovator of the Year 2016, E24 Leadership talents. In 2018 she was awarded the European Commission’s Women Innovators: Rising Innovators prize, which recognises excellent female entrepreneurs under the age of 30. She’s an avid supporter of female entrepreneurship, and strongly encourages girls to pursue careers in tech.
Philippe Donnet was appointed Managing Director and Group CEO of Generali on 17 March 2016.
He joined Generali in October 2013 as Country Manager Italy and CEO of Generali Italia. In this role, he led the integration and simplification program of Generali’s Italian operations.
Prior to Generali he held various positions within the AXA Group between 1985 and 2007. In 2007 he became the Managing Director for Asia Pacific at Wendel Investissement, Singapore and in 2010 he was named Managing Partner at the investment management company HLD in Paris.
Mr Donnet was born in France in 1960 and is a Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite and a Chevalier dans l'Ordre de la Légion d'honneur.
Dr. Thomas (“Tom”) Enders was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Airbus SE, on the 1st of June 2012, after having been CEO of the Airbus Commercial Aircraft Division since 2007. Before that he served as Co-CEO of EADS between 2005 and 2007. He was Head of the Group’s Defence Division from 2000 to 2005. He has been a member of the Executive Committee of Airbus S.E. since its creation in 2000. Prior to joining the aerospace industry in 1991, Enders worked, inter alia, as a Member of the “Planungsstab” of the German Ministry of Defence and in various Foreign Policy think tanks. He studied Economics, Political Science and History at the University of Bonn and at the University of California in Los Angeles. In 2014, Enders joined the Advisory Council of the Munich Security Conference as well as the Senate of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft. He is patron of the German Mayday Foundation which supports airmen, women and their families in times of need. Tom Enders is a member of the BDI Board (German Industry Association) since 2009, the Governing Board of HSBC Trinkhaus since 2012, the Joint Advisory Council of Allianz SE since 2013 and the Supervisory Board of Linde AG since 2017.
Luciano Floridi is the OII’s Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford, where he is also the Director of the Digital Ethics Lab of the Oxford Internet Institute, and he is Distinguished Research Fellow of the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics of the Faculty of Philosophy and Research Associate and Fellow in Information Policy of the Department of Computer Science. His research primarily concerns information and digital ethics, the philosophy of informa-tion, and the philosophy of Technology.
Prof. Sami Haddadin holds the Chair of Robotics Science and Systems Intelligence. His research interests include intelligent robot design, robot learning, collective intelligence, human-robot interaction, nonlinear control, real-time planning, optimal control, human neuromechanics and robot safety. From 2014 to 2018, Sami Haddadin was Full Professor and Director of the Institute of Automatic Control at Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany. Prior to that, he held various positions as a research associate at the German Aerospace Center (DLR). He received degrees in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Technology Management from the Technical University of Munich and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. He received his doctorate with high distinction from RWTH Aachen. He has presented his work at conferences and published Websitemore than 130 scientific articles in international journals. He has been honored with numerous prestigious awards and prizes for his scientific work.
Reiner Hoffmann is since May 2014 president of the German Confederation of Trade Unions. He holds a degree in economics and committed important stages of his life to the cause of the trade union movement. After having worked at the European Economic and Social Committee of the European Community in Brussels he joined in 1983 the Hans Böckler Foundation in Düsseldorf where he became Head of Department and was responsible for research funding. In 1994 he was appointed as Director of the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) in Brussels. At the 2003 Congress of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), he was elected as Deputy General Secretary of the ETUC and was re-elected at the 2007 Congress. In November 2009, he became regional Chairman of the Industrial Union for Mining, Chemicals and Energy (IG BCE) for the district of “Nordrhein” (a region of the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia).
Mishal Husain is one of the presenters of BBC Radio 4’s influential Today programme and presents the television news on BBC1. In 2016, she was named by the Sunday Times as one of the 500 most influential people in Britain. She has won several awards for her work over the years, including Broadcaster of the Year at the 2015 London Press Club Awards and Presenter of the Year at the 2015 Women in Film and TV Awards.
Dr Alexander C. Karp is co-founder and CEO of Palantir Technologies Inc. The company, which was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California, builds software that is used by governments and businesses around the world to address their most important challenges. Palantir’s clients include leading defense and intelligence agencies, both in the United States and abroad, along with companies across the commercial sector, such as firms in the energy, financial, and healthcare industries.
In 2013, Dr Karp was featured on the cover of Forbes magazine. He has also appeared on Charlie Rose. In December 2015, he joined the board of directors of The Economist.
Dr Karp was born in New York City in 1967. He attended Haverford College, earning his B.A. in 1989, and went on to Stanford Law School, graduating in 1992.
Dr Karp, who speaks German and is proficient in French, received his Ph.D. and graduated magna cum laude, from the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, in 2002.
Justin Macmullan spearheads Consumers International’s advocacy efforts, including our digital change agenda and the management of our work on food safety and nutrition, sustainable consumption and consumer justice and protection. In recent years Justin has led Consumers International’s contribution to the first ever G20 Consumer Summit, our input into the revision of the UN Guidelines for Consumer Protection and our advocacy on the development of G20 principles on financial consumer protection, Before joining Consumers International in 2007 Justin worked for a UK development agency on international campaigns for the cancellation of developing countries’ debts, fairer international trade and action to tackle climate change
Taavi Madiberk is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Skeleton Technologies. His business development, sales and marketing and company management skills have been instrumental in setting-up and driving growth. He has been the driving force for excellent customer traction, (the company counts as customers European Space Agency and several Tier 1 automotives), business strategy (leveraging the advantage in materials technology to energy storage cells and modules), product development and fundraising from venture capital, private equity and public sources in German, Estonian and EU level. Mr Madiberk brings knowledge from the IT, locomotive and NGO sectors from his experience prior to Skeleton Technologies. Among other Board positions he has served as the youngest ever Chairman of the Supervisory Board in Estonian Railways Ltd (AS Eesti Raudtee) from 2012-2014 the national railway. He also served as a Member of the Supervisory Board of RKAS in 2014, an Estonian state-owned real estate company with over 400 M EUR of assets.
Angela Merkel was born in Hamburg on 17 July 1954, but spent most of her childhood in Templin, in Brandenburg, East Germany. After reading physics at Leipzig University (1973 1978), she conducted research into quantum chemistry at the Central Institute of Physical Chemistry at the Academy of Sciences in Berlin. She obtained her doctorate in 1986 with a thesis on calculating the velocity constants for simple hydrocarbon reactions.
In late 1989, Angela Merkel joined “Demokratischer Aufbruch” (Democratic New Beginning). She soon became their Press Spokeswoman and then, following the first free elections to the People’s Chamber of the then GDR on 18 March 1990, she was appointed Deputy Government Spokeswoman for Lothar de Maizière’s Government. She has been a member of the CDU (Christian Democratic Union of Germany) since August 1990, and a member of the German Bundestag, for the constituency of Stralsund, North Western Pomerania and Rügen, since December 1990. From 1991 to 1994 she served as Federal Minister for Women and Youth, subsequently becoming Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, a position she held until 1998.
From December 1991 until her election as General Secretary of the CDU on 7 November 1998, she held the post of Deputy Chairwoman of the CDU in Germany. She was simultaneously Chairwoman of the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania CDU from May 1993 to May 2000. She has been Chairwoman of the CDU in Germany since April 2000. She also served as Chairwoman of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag from September 2002 until she was first elected as Chancellor in November 2005.
Since her third re election as Federal Chancellor on 14 March 2018, Angela Merkel has led a government of the CDU/CSU (Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union) in coalition with the SPD (Social Democratic Party of Germany).
Valerie Mocker has developed and launched a range of impactful programmes with her team at Nesta, ranging from international networks for high-level policy makers to develop digital skills and life-long learning policies to programmes for making corporate-startup collaborations successful, which over 300 leading corporates have used already. She built many new partnerships with organisations ranging from the Founders Forum to Google, Telefonica, Endeavor, the Global Entrepreneurship Network and the European Commission. Valerie Mocker holds a BA in Archaeology/Anthropology and a MSc in Environmental Policy/Behavioural Economics, both with a distinction, from the University of Oxford.
Nuria Oliver, is Director of Research in Data Science at Vodafone and Chief Data Scientist at Data-Pop Alliance. She has over 20 years of research experience in the areas of human behavior modeling and prediction from data and human-computer interaction. She holds a PhD in perceptual intelligence from MIT. She worked as a researcher at Microsoft Research for over 7 years and as the first female Scientific Director at Telefonica R&D for over 8 years. At the end of 2016 she was named Chief Data Scientist at Data-Pop Alliance and in early 2017 she also joined Vodafone as the first Director of Research in Data Science.
Nick Read was appointed Chief Executive Officer on 1 October 2018. He was appointed to the Vodafone Group PLC Board on 1 April 2014 and was Group Chief Financial Officer until 27 July 2018.
Since joining Vodafone in 2001, Nick has held a variety of senior roles including CFO, CCO and CEO of Vodafone Limited, the UK operating company. In his role immediately prior to Group CFO, he was the Regional CEO for Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific for five years and was a Board member of the listed companies of Vodacom, Safaricom, and Vodafone Qatar, our subsidiaries in India and Egypt, and our joint ventures, VHA in Australia and Indus Towers in India.
Prior to joining Vodafone, he held senior global finance positions with United Business Media Plc and Federal Express Worldwide.
In June 2018, Nick was appointed to the board of Booking Holdings Inc. as a non-executive director and a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.
Lars Reger is Chief Technology Officer of NXP’s Automotive business unit. In this role, he is responsible for managing Research and Development (R&D) and new business activities for NXP Automotive. Prior to joining NXP in 2008, he gained deep insights into the microelectronics industry – with a strong focus on the automotive sector – in various functions with Siemens, Infineon, Siemens VDO and Continental. Before joining NXP, Lars was Director of Business Development and Product Management within the Connectivity business unit at Continental. His past roles at Infineon included Head of the Process and Product Engineering departments, Project Manager for Mobile System Chips, and Director of IP Management. He began his career with Siemens Semiconductors as Product Engineer in 1997. Lars holds a university degree in physics from Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelms University of Bonn and an executive MBA from London Business School.
Before joining Vodafone in April 2017, Joakim was the Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Prior to that, he spent more than 15 years in the foreign service of Sweden, including as Deputy Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador to the World Trade Organization and at the Permanent Representation to the European Union. He also served as an EU negotiator with DG TRADE at the European Commission.
A Swedish national, Joakim holds a Masters in Economics from the London School of Economics and a Masters in Political Science from Lund University.
Andreas Schleicher is Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He initiated and oversees the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and other international instruments which create a global platform for policy-makers, researchers and educators to innovate and transform educational policies and practices. He has worked for over 20 years with Ministers and educational leaders around the world to improve quality and equity in education. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said about Andreas in The Atlantic (7/2011) that “He understands the global issues and challenges as well as or better than anyone I’ve met, and he tells me the truth”. Secretary of State Michael Gove in the United Kingdom called Andreas “the most important man in English education”, never mind that he is German and lives in France. Andreas is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the “Theodor Heuss” prize, awarded for “exemplary democratic engagement” in the name of the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany. He holds an honorary professorship at the University of Heidelberg.
Margarete Schramböck was born in Tirol, Austria in 1970. She studied business administration at the University of Economics and Business in Vienna (WU), where she obtained her doctorate in Social and Economic Sciences in 1997. Before entering politics, Margarete Schramböck held various management positions in the telecom industry, for example at Alcatel. From December 2008 to December 2011, she was Managing Director of NextiraOne Germany. In 2014, Schramböck became the CEO of Dimension Data Austria, a globally leading provider of network and communications technologies. From 2016 and 2017, she was CEO of A1 Telekom Austria. On 18 December 2017, Margarete Schramböck was appointed Federal Minister of Science, Research and Economy and on 8 January 2018 she was appointed Federal Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs.
Dennis J. Snower is President of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and Professor of Economics at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel.
He is Director of the Global Economic Symposium and Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research (London), at IZA (Institute for the Future of Work, Bonn), and CESifo (Munich).
Dennis J. Snower earned a BA and MA from New College, Oxford University, an MA and a PhD at Princeton University. Prior to becoming President of the Kiel Institute, he was Professor of Economics at Birkbeck College, University of London.
He is an expert on labor economics, public policy and inflation-unemployment tradeoffs. As part of his research career, he originated the “insider-outsider” theory of employment and unemployment with Assar Lindbeck, the theory of “high-low search” with Steve Alpern, and the “chain reaction theory of unemployment” and the theory of “frictional growth” with Marika Karanassou and Hector Sala. He has made seminal contributions to the design of employment subsidies and welfare accounts. He has published extensively on employment policy, the design of welfare systems, and monetary and fiscal policy.
He has been a visiting professor at many universities around the world, including Columbia, Princeton, Dartmouth, Harvard, the European University Institute, Stockholm University, and the Vienna Institute of Advanced Studies. Furthermore, he has advised a variety of international organizations and national governments on macroeconomic policy, employment policy and welfare state policy.
Currently Dirk Jan holds the Chair of the Sanquin Foundation. Sanquin operates the national blood supply system in the Netherlands, houses a world leading research institute on immunology, hematology and transfusion healthcare and owns and manages several businesses in products and services in the area of plasma based pharmaceuticals, reagents and diagnostics. Sanquin stimulates innovations through its Sanquinnovate Inc Since July 2018 Dirk Jan is the chair of the Governing Board of the EIT. Dirk Jan has several supervisory roles, in Gasunie BV (gas transport services in the Nl), FMO (the Nl development bank), CPB (Nl Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis) and TRADESPARENT BV (a startup/scaleup in data management software). In his previous career Dirk Jan has hold high level positions in the Dutch diplomatic and civil service, as secretary general of the MFA, permanent representative to the UN in New York and ambassador to the PR of China. In academics he served as the (executive) president of Delft University of Technology.
Having acquired a Master in Business Administration at KU Leuven – part of which she completed in Bangalore, India – and a Master in Finance at LSBE, Bieke started in Mergers & Acquisitions at BNP Paribas and was based in Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris and New York. Next, Bieke worked at Pomin (owner of different Belgian firms) where she was a direct strategic advisor to the owners and a true interpreneur. In 2013, people became an entrepreneur and launched her first start-up in the digital health landscape. At FibriCheck, her second start-up, she is responsible for business development and uses her extensive strategic expertise to manage the steps required for a successful market preparation and rolling out the different business models. Bieke has also a strong legal background and is certified as Data Protection Officer (DPO)
Part One - People & Society
Part Two - Industry & Employment
Part Three - Governance
How do People feel about new technologies? A study conducted by the opinion research institute Ipsos on behalf of the Vodafone Institute has found that Europeans are generally less optimistic about digitisation and future technologies than people in Asia. The study of 9,000 people in nine countries examines the differences in attitudes towards the digitisation of societies and perceptions of the benefits it will bring as countries move towards becoming Gigabit Societies. The findings constitute one of the largest cross-continental studies of technology acceptance against the background of digitisation. The majority of people surveyed have a positive attitude towards digitisation. However, there are large regional differences. Nations in Western Europe and the USA are far less optimistic about the benefits that digitisation can bring (around 50 percent) than nations such as China, India or Bulgaria (around 80 percent) According to respondents, the greatest benefit of digitisation is the potential to save resources through the use of smart systems and improve mobility through smart traffic systems. 48 percent of respondents said cyber attacks are the greatest danger associated with new technologies and 63 percent fear that new technologies could lead to people being controlled by machines. While there are very few differences in the way men and women view digitisation in China and India, in Europe the study found that women are far less optimistic about the adoption of new technologies than men. In Germany, for example, 55 percent of the men surveyed see digitisation as “very positive” or “positive”, but only 41 percent of the women surveyed see it as positive. In the USA, the difference amounts to 19 percentage points (64 percent positive attitude among men, 45 percent positive attitude among women). “People and Society” forms the first part of the Vodafone Institute’s research into technology acceptance. The second part “Industry”, which looks at business sentiments towards new technologies will be published in November. The third part “Governance” will focus on policy maker views and will be published parallel to the Digitising Europe Summit on “The Future of Made in Europe” taking place on 19 February 2019 in Berlin.
The economic world is changing with unheard of impact and speed. How do people from different continents view this development? Do they consider their countries to react appropriately? How important is education in this matter – both at work and outside of it? The latest study ‘The Tech Divide – Industries’ offers answers to these questions. It forms the second part of the Vodafone Institute’s technology acceptance publications, for which the polling organisation, Ipsos, queried 9000 people as well as chosen experts from nine countries. It is one of the first intercontinental studies on the acceptance of digitisation. In international comparison, the degree of digitisation and the use of new technologies is considered most advanced in the USA, China and Sweden. Here, success stories of well-known Silicon Valley companies and leading Chinese businesses, respectively, play an important part. Sweden’s Spotify is one of the few disruptive European enterprises in recent years. The country’s extensive digitisation since the late 90s, the ‘PC reform’, adds to the positive impression. In other countries, comparable success stories receive less attention. Over 50 percent of respondents in Germany, India, Bulgaria and Italy think that the degree of digitisation in their country lags behind that of other countries. Of the tested countries, India is considered the least digitised – although Indians themselves consider their country more advanced than Europe and China.
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