Keynote address: Carlos Moedas, Secretary of State to the Prime Minister of Portugal, Commissioner-Designate for Research, Science and Innovation
Bernhard Felderer, President of the Austrian Fiscal Advisory Council
Brian Hayes, Member of the European Parliament, Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs
Vladimír Šucha, Director-General of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission
Nicolas Véron, Senior Fellow at Bruegel
Moderated by: Gabriele Steinhauser, European Economy Reporter at the Wall Street Journal
Break: 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Bernard Felderer has a doctoral degree from the University of Vienna, and from 1974-1991 he has been a professor of Economics at the University of Cologne. In 1991, Bernard Felderer was appointed as the director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna. In 2002, he also became a member of the General council of the Austrian National Bank, and a member of the Austrian Government Debt Committee. In 2006, he became the president of the Austrian Government Debt Committee, and since November 2013 he has been the president of the Austrian Fiscal Advisory Council.
Born in 1969, Brian studied history and sociology at the National University of Ireland, St Patricks College Maynooth. He also studied at Trinity College Dublin. Prior to his election to the Irish Parliament, Brian worked as the National Youth & Education Officer to Fine Gael. He was also delegation secretary to Fine Gael during the Peace & Reconciliation forum. Brian served as a member of Dail Eireann (Irish Parliament) from 1997-2002 and 2007-2014. He was Leader of the Opposition in Seanad Eireann (Senate) from 2002-2007. In 2011 Brian was appointed as Minister of State at the Departments of Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform, a position he held until his election to the European Parliament. During his time as Minister of State, Brian attended Eurogroup, ECOFIN and Budgetary Council meetings on behalf of the Irish Government. As Minister of State in Ireland he was responsible for procurement reform, public sector reform, the Office of Public Works and developing flood alleviation projects in Ireland.
Carlos Moedas is Secretary of State to the Prime Minister of Portugal and Commissioner-Designate for Research, Science and Innovation. He was born in Beja in 1970 and graduated in Civil Engineering from the Higher Technical Institute (IST) in 1993 and completed the final year of studies at the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, Paris. He worked in engineering for the Suez-Lyonnaise des Eaux group in France until 1998.He obtained an MBA from Harvard Business School (USA) in 2000, after which he returned to Europe to work in mergers and acquisitions at investment bank Goldman Sachs.He returned to Portugal in 2004 as Managing Director of Aguirre Newman and member of the Executive Board of Aguirre Newman in Spain. In 2008, he founded his own investment company.He was a member of the Social Democratic Party team that negotiated the 2011 State Budget and was one of the party representatives at the meetings with the EU-IMF-ECB delegation to negotiate Portugal's economic and financial adjustment programme.
Gabriele Steinhauser is a journalist who has been covering the European Union economy and financial regulation for The Wall Street Journal since May 2012, focusing on the bloc’s response to the eurozone debt crisis and the creation of a banking union. This year, she led the Journal’s coverage of the European elections and the setting up of a new European Commission. Before joining the Journal’s Brussels bureau, she was a Business Writer for the Associated Press in Brussels and an editor on the Journal’s European news desk.
Vladimír Šucha is the Director-General of the Joint Research Centre, the in-house scientific service of the European Commission, since 1 January 2014. Previously, he was the JRC Deputy Director-General and before that he spent six years as Director for culture and media in the Directorate-General for Education and Culture. Before joining the European Commission, he was Director of the Slovak Research and Development Agency, the national body responsible for funding research. From 2004-2005 he was principal advisor for European affairs to the Slovak Minister of Education. From 2000 to 2004, he worked at the Permanent Representation of Slovakia to the EU as research, education and culture counsellor. In parallel, Mr Šucha has followed a long-term academic and research career, being a full professor in Slovakia and visiting professor/scientist at a variety of academic institutions in other countries. He has published about 100 scientific publications.
Nicolas Véron is a scholar both at Bruegel, which he cofounded in 2002-04, and at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, which he joined in 2009. His research is primarily about the economics and political economy of financial systems and financial services policy. A graduate of France’s Ecole Polytechnique, his earlier experience was in the French government and the private sector. He is an independent board member of the global derivatives trade repository arm of DTCC, a financial infrastructure company that operates on a non-profit basis. He has been a witness at parliamentary hearings in the US Senate, European Parliament, and in several European member states; a financial policy expert for the European Commission and Court of Auditors; and a consultant to the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. In September 2012, Bloomberg Markets included Véron in its annual 50 Most Influential list, with reference to his early advocacy of European banking union.