Parallel Session 2

Klaus BehrlaKlaus Behrla is Vice-President, Business Development for Europe, at the Linux Professional Institute (LPI). He has been with LPI since 2005 and has been instrumental as Managing Director of LPI Central Europe in the growth of LPI in the region. Klaus is also the Chairman of the German LPI association with a strong power and focus on community and exam development activities. Klaus has held management positions in the IT Training business since 1998. Klaus is also chairman at the working group “Skills in the ICT sector” at the German Institute for Standardization (DIN). He represents this working group at the CEN Project Committee on Professions for ICT (CEN/PC 428), which is working towards making the European e-Competence Framework (e-CF) a European standard. See more…


Fiona FanningFiona Fanning is Secretary General of CEPIS, the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies.

She is member of the Executive Committee of the European e-Skills Association (EeSA), a community of stakeholders supporting the development of digital literacy and e-skills in Europe, and a high level advisor to the European Centre for Women and Technology (ECWT) and a member of the Advisory Board of Telecentres Europe. Fiona has led CEPIS’s work in the development of a pan-European framework on ICT professionalism, as well as the CEPIS e-Competence Benchmark – an online tool for ICT professionals powered by the European e-Competence Framework. See more…


Dietmar KilianProf. Dr. Dietmar Kilian is a Professor and Head of the “Business Process and Enterprise Network” Department at the Management Center Innsbruck, Austria (MCI) and Chairman of the Academy Cube gGmbH (non-profit organization). He has spent over 20 years working at companies such as Nixdorf, Digital Equipment and SAP in management and leadership positions before he came to MCI to serve as an expert in process, project and information management. He also functions as an advisor at IT companies and serves on Executive Board at pma Austria.


Werner B. KORTEWerner B. Korte shares the directorship of empirica with Simon Robinson since 1988 and is responsible for managing many large-scale international research and development and consulting projects in relation to the new forms of work and employment, e-Skills, monitoring and benchmarking the information society, demographic change and ageing, ICT services for energy saving in social housing and public buildings and other topic areas for different DGs of the European Commission (DG INFSO, GROW (formerly: ENTR), EAC, EMPL), the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, IPTS, national ministries, federal and regional governments and ministries in Germany, other European countries, in Qatar and global IT industry players like Cisco or Microsoft. See more…


Andre RichierPrincipal Administrator, DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission

André Richier is Principal Administrator at the European Commission in Brussels within the Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (Key Enabling Technologies and Digital Economy Unit). He is responsible for policy issues relating to information technology, competitiveness and innovation and the digital economy in particular e-leadership and the EU e-skills strategy. He is contributing to the “Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs” launched in March 2013. He was the 2002-2003 EU Fellow attached to the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin. See more…


Niels van der LindenNiels van der Linden (36 from Utrecht, the Netherlands) is a managing consultant for Capgemini Consulting with a background in Public Administration and State Law. His area of expertise is digital transformation in the public sector, and he is passionate about supporting public organisations develop and improve. He was responsible as a project manager for various international and national studies in the field of eGovernment and eSkills, commissioned by various DG’s, national, regional and local governments. He managed the project that established a first version of the pan-European Foundational ICT Body of Knowledge in 2014 (commissioned by DG GROW – formerly DG ENTER). He also leads the eGovernment Benchmark (since 2011, for DG CONNECT) and was involved in a study into the impacts of eInclusion projects in Europe.


Uldis ZandbergsUldis Zandbergs is a lead researcher in competence framework development project supported by ERAF and a doctoral student at Faculty of Information Technologies at Latvia University of Agriculture. Uldis holds MBA degree and has worked as a consultant at an IT company implementing IT projects for 9 years. Uldis has been a PMP certified professional and a trainer of project management professionals from various IT companies at BDA for 6 years.

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