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How to sustain global digital leadership

Shortly after the launch of the Commission’s mid-term review on its digital single market strategy, BusinessEurope and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will hold a joint event on the transatlantic digital economy and its impact on privacy, data flows, cybersecurity, the 4th global industrial revolution, artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things.

Following a presentation by Hunton & Williams LLP on the attributes of an effective data protection authority, panellists will first discuss (1) how to foster effective and modern data privacy regimes before turning to how to (2) build a Transatlantic digital partnership. A cocktail reception will follow.

Please find the programme below. Speakers will be added as and when confirmed. Check this page for updates!

The Sofitel Hotel (Europe)
Place Jourdan 1, 1040 Brussels


14.00 Registration open
14.30 - 14.40 Opening remarks
BusinessEurope and U.S. Chamber of Commerce
14.40 - 14.55 Presentation of "Seeking Solutions: Attributes of Effective Data Protection Authorities"
14.55 - 15.45

Discussion 1: Fostering effective and modern data privacy regimes

  • Ralf Sauer, Deputy Head of Unit, Data Protection, DG JUST, European Commission
  • Jeremy Rollison, Director, Government Affairs, Microsoft
  • Louise Townsend, Legal Counsel, Data Privacy Compliance at Accenture
  • Corinna Schulze, Director, EU Government Relations, SAP
  • Hielke Hijmans, Senior Policy Advisor, Hunton & Williams LLP's Centre for Information Policy Leadership (CIPL)

Moderator: John Wyles, Senior Adviser, EPC

15.45 - 16.00


16.00 - 17.00

Discussion 2: Building a Transatlantic digital partnership

  • Eva Maydell MEP, European Parliament
  • Isabelle Roccia, Policy Advisor, U.S. Mission to the EU
  • Aliki Foinikopoulou, Senior Manager, European Government Affairs, Salesforce
  • Chris Padilla, Vice President, IBM Government and Regulatory Affairs

Moderator: John Wyles, Senior Adviser, EPC

17.00 - 18.00 Cocktail reception

* this conference will be held under Chatham House rules

Last updated: 10 May 2017