Martin Bruncko, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Nubi, former Senior Director and Head of Europe at the World Economic Forum
Kumardev Chatterjee, Founder and President, European Young Innovators Forum
Gunnar Hökmark, Member of the European Parliament, Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs
Markku Markkula, Member of the EU Committee of the Regions
James Waterworth, Vice President for Europe of Computer and Communications Industry Association
Moderated by: Christian Kremer, Deputy Secretary General of the European People's Party
Martin Brunko is a technology entrepreneur, investor and former public policy leader. He holds management, board and advisory positions in several globally innovative deep technology companies in Europe, covering areas from engineering to biotech and fin tech. He is the founder and former executive chairman of Neulogy, the first major advisory and investment boutique in Central Europe focusing on R&D and technology startups. Previously, Martin Brunko was a Senior Director and Head of Europe at the World Economic Forum. He also held several senior positions in the Government of Slovakia, including Plenipotentiary for Knowledge Economy and deputy for European affairs of the minister of finance. Martin Brunko holds a B.A. in International Relations and Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford and a M.P.A. from Harvard Kennedy School.
Kumardev Chatterjee is a Young Innovation leader, top-tier ICT industry professional, European Commission appointed expert and New York Times published opinion leader, all by the age of 35. Chatterjee’s vision, opinions and views have been published by the New York Times, World Economic Forum, European Commission, European Business Summit, Microsoft and leading tech media across Europe. Chatterjee is one of the 50 leading digital minds around the world who have been invited to contribute to the European Commission's Visions for Europe's future in the new digital era, alongside Eric Schmidt of Google. He is an Advisory Board member of the Journal of Innovation Management with Henry Chesbrough. In recognition of his Innovation leadership and the high-impact achievements of EYIF, the European Commission and INTEL have awarded him as an Innovation Luminary – Young Innovation Champion.
Gunnar Hökmark is a Member of the European Parliament. Degree in economics, Lund University (1975). Reserve officer, armoured troops (1975). Trainee within the Unilever Group (1976). Product manager, Unilever (1977). Head of Timbro Idé (1985-1991). Managing Director of the Reform Institute (2000-2002). Chairman of the Moderate Party Youth League (1979-1984); member of the party's Executive (1979-1984); Party Secretary of the Moderate Party (1991-2000). Chairman of Democrat Youth Community of Europe (1981-1983). Member of the Swedish Parliament (1982-2004); chairman of the Committee on Laws (2000-2004). Vice-Chairman of the European Enterprise Institute (2004). Chairman of European Friends of Israel (2006-2011) Chairman of the Sweden-Israel Friendship Association. Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian decorations.
Christian Kremer is Deputy Secretary General of the European People’s Party (EPP) and Member of the EPP’s German member party, CDU. He is Head of the Policy and Strategy Department and in charge of the overall coordination of the EPP Ministerial Meetings that bring together centre-right ministers in the fields of Economy and Finance, Justice and Home affairs and Foreign Affairs, amongst others. Next to this he administers the EPP Working Groups on European Policy, Economic and Social Policy, Membership and the ad hoc Working Group on Climate Change. He is also involved in the EPP Campaign Managers Meeting, where an exchange takes place twice a year between the EPP member parties. Before his current post he served as an adviser for the EPP and in the German Parliament. He has been active in politics on local, regional and national level from a young age. He studied at the University of Duisburg-Essen, where he graduated in 1998 holding a Master’s Degree in Political Science.
Markku Markkula is a member of the Committee of the Regions (CoR) with influential positions as the First Vice-President of the EPP-CoR and the Chair of EPP-CoR Task Force on Europe 2020, and the Rapporteur on opinions such as “European Industrial Policy Package”, “Digital Agenda for Europe”, “Horizon 2020”, and “Closing the Innovation Divide”. He is the member of the EU Smart Specialisation Mirror Group. He works within Aalto University as Advisor to Aalto Presidents. He is a former member of the Finnish Parliament (1995-2003). He has been the President of EPTA Council, European Parliamentary Technology Assessment Network. He is the Chair of the Espoo City Planning Board.
James Waterworth is Vice-President of the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA). Previously, he was the Director of Government Affairs for Nokia, where he lead calls for the European Union to create a Digital Single Market, a unified market to the advantage of business and consumers. From 2007 to 2008 he worked for the Nokia CTO on media relations. Between 2001 and 2005 he worked in London for Cable & Wireless and then Telefonica UK on telecommunications network regulation, most notably on the regulation of the wholesale broadband market and the structural separation of the former UK telecommunications incumbent BT. Between 2009 and 2012 he was President of the European Digital Media Association. He has a bachelor's degree in Political Science and French from the University of Leeds and a master's degree in European Politics from the University of London.