Plenary Session

Michel CatinatHead of Unit ICT for Key Enabling Technologies and Digital Economy, DG Growth, European Commission

Michel CATINAT is a civil servant with the Commission of the European Union, having joined in 1986. Since the 1st of October 2010, Michel CATINAT is Head of Unit “Key Enabling Technologies and Digital Economy”, Directorate General for Growth. Amongst other duties, he is currently in charge of the European policy on “Digital transformation of industries and enterprises” and on “Key Enabling Technologies”.

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Arnis DaugulisArnis Daugulis holds the position of Deputy State Secretary (ICT & E-Government) at Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia. In this role, he carries responsibility of defining ICT and E-Government policy, strategy and implementation plans for the government of Latvia.

Before joining the government of Latvia, Arnis was a Chief Information Officer (CIO) and member of the management board at AS “Latvenergo”, one of the largest power utility companies in Baltic countries. During 12 years at the CIO position, Arnis has accrued huge experience in running ICT function for large company, taking care of both ICT governance, business alignment, strategic development, and ICT operations. See more…

Kaspars GerhardsMr Kaspars Gerhards, Minister for Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia

Kaspars Gerhards was appointed as Minister for Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia in November 2014. The Ministry is responsible for implementing policy in three areas – environment protection, regional development as well as information and communication technologies (information society and e-government).
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John HigginsJohn Higgins was appointed Director General of DIGITALEUROPE, the association for the digital technology industry in Europe, in November 2011 following nine years leading its UK member association, Intellect.

After graduating from the University of East Anglia with an honours degree in Mathematics and then gaining a post graduate Diploma in Accounting and Finance, John began a career in IT. He trained as a systems analyst with the London Brick Company, held senior positions with Ernst & Young and worked in Chicago with leading software company SSA. In 1995 he was appointed CEO of the Rocket Networks, a California based that provided the world’s first online recording studios. See more…

Mara JakobsoneDr. Mara Jakobsone is vice-president and ICT and e-skills project manager at the Latvian Information and Communication Technology Association (LIKTA). Her responsibilities include development, coordination and implementation of information society and e-skills related policies, initiatives and projects.

From 1984-99, she was researcher and assistant professor at the Faculty of Business administration, University of Latvia. She holds a Doctorate in economics from the Institute of Finances and Economics, St.Petersburg, Russia (1988) and University of Latvia. In 1993 Mara has created the first ICT journal in Latvia „Datorpasaule„ and was an editor in-chief until 2005. See more…

Alexa JoyceAlexa Joyce
Director of Policy, Teaching and Learning
Worldwide Education

As Director of Policy, Teaching and Learning Alexa supports national and regional governments and other education bodies in transforming education and deploying 1:1 device programs in schools across Europe, Middle East and Africa. See more…

Piotr PlutaPiotr Pluta
Cisco Senior Manager Corporate Affairs – EMEAR

Piotr has started his career in Cisco ten years ago by joining European leadership team in CEE region, which was just created to accelerate business growth. Since 2012 he has been leading Cisco Corporate Affairs in Europe with broad responsibility for Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility Programs in Europe. Cisco CSR includes pillars like Governance and Ethics, Supply Chain, Social and Environmental corporate impact. Education, Healthcare, Economy Development are key areas of Cisco CSR impact in Europe. See more…

Dana Reizniece-OzolaDana Reizniece-Ozola is the Minister of Economics of the Republic of Latvia. She has been elected as a Member of the 10th, 11th and 12th Saeima of the Republic of Latvia and worked as the Chairperson of the Commission on Education, Culture and Science, Member of the Legal Affairs Commission and Member of the European Affairs Commission. There she came forth with the initiatives for the improvement of professional education quality in Latvia and protection of vulnerable consumers in the process of electricity market liberalization.

From 2006 to 2014, Mrs. Dana Reizniece-Ozola was Advisor to the Board, Board Member and Head of Ventspils High Technology Park. See more…

Reinis ZitmanisReinis Zitmanis, Digital Champion of Latvia

Promoter of advantages, the Digital age can bring both for our work and lifestyle. Tech-entrepreneur, specializing in online marketing and sales solutions, training and integration. Tech-journalist, blogger and Public speaker. Member of the Latvian Internet Association. Frequent host and moderator of various ICT events, conferences and seminars.

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