Note: This is a provisional agenda and timings are subject to change.

All session timings below are in CET.

08:45 – 09:15

Event Opening

Registration, Platform and Venue Open, Virtual Networking

09:15 – 09:45

Welcome Remarks

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Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl
Director General, DIGITALEUROPE


Hilary Mine
President, DIGITALEUROPE and Vice President Strategy & Technology, CX, Nokia

09:45 – 10:10

Opening Keynote


Ursula von der Leyen
President, European Commission 

10:10 – 10:50

Panel Debate in association with

The European Economy of the Future – Lean, Green and High-Tech

Europe is a manufacturing powerhouse and is leading the way on industry 4.0. It has strengths in traditional sectors like transport, energy and others. Our technologies are world-leading in terms of driving down emissions. What are the pioneering examples of Europe’s industrial renaissance, and where do we need to focus to roll them out across the continent? 

Katrina Sichel 400

Moderated by: Katrina Sichel
Communications Specialist


Florence Verzelen
Executive Vice-President Industry, Marketing & Sustainability, Dassault Systèmes

Mathieu Weill 400

Mathieu Weill

Head of Digital Economy Department, French Ministry of Economy

Rainer Brehm 400

Rainer Brehm

CEO Factory Automation, Siemens Digital Industries

10:50 – 11:05

Coffee Break

11:05 – 12:05

Panel Debate

How Innovation can Underpin Europe’s Recovery

150 billion + euros of COVID recovery funds provide a once-in-a-generation opportunity to overhaul Europe’s digital infrastructure. Using case studies of Italy and Spain, our high-level panel will look at the different ways that companies, as well as governments, can work together to develop and rapidly scale new solutions to societal challenges. More specially, how does the principle of open innovation help to modernize the public sector, clean up our cities, and support our traditional industries to be more productive? Are there technical challenges and policy roadblocks to getting there? Are we ready to fully unlock Europe’s potential?

Katrina Sichel 400

Moderated by: Katrina Sichel
Communications Specialist


Vittorio Colao
Minister for Technical Innovation and Digital Transition, Government of Italy

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Carme Artigas 
Secretary of State for Digitization and Artificial Intelligence, Government of Spain


Roberto Viola
Director General, DG CNECT, European Commission


Gianni Anguilletti
Vice President for the Mediterranean Region, Red Hat

Sophie Proust 400

Sophie Proust

EVP Chief Technology Officer, Atos

12:05 - 12:50

Under the Microscope

Future Health Trends – How Technology will Transform Medicine

Data and artificial intelligence are revolutionising the way we treat patients and create new medicines and vaccines. Meanwhile, the pandemic accelerated the use of virtual health technologies as we were stuck at home. How can we make sure the advances made over the past few months are here for good? Join our expert panel as we discuss what is possible now, and what will be possible in the next 10 years, if we get the policy right.


Moderated by: Jillian Deutsch
Reporter, Bloomberg News

Isabelle Zalbit 400

Isabelle Zablit-Schmitz

eHealth Europe & International Director, French Ministry of Health


Francesco Buonarroti
Chief Information Officer, Janssen Pharmaceuticals EMEA, Johnson & Johnson


Nicolas Monsarrat
Managing Director, Accenture Health, Digital Health Europe Lead

12:50 - 13:50

Lunch Break

In-Person Roundtables, Virtual Networking, Breakouts, VIP Lunch

13:50 - 14:10

Keynote Conversation

Are the EU’s Connectivity Goals Ambitious Enough?

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Pekka Lundmark (pre-recorded)
President and CEO, Nokia

14:10 - 14:30

Keynote Conversation

Digital Innovation as a Pillar of Peace and Security


Mircea Geoană
Deputy Secretary General, NATO

14:30 - 14:33

Keynote Speech


Gina M. Raimondo (pre-recorded)

U.S. Secretary of Commerce

14:33 - 15:20

Panel Debate

Setting Transatlantic Standards for Tech Governance

Europe is racing ahead with new rules for artificial intelligence and online content moderation, both in Brussels and in some member states. Meanwhile, the new transatlantic Trade and Technology Council wants to set the standard on tech in a wide range of areas. How should the EU and US work together to shape global technology norms? And what would success for the TTC look like? 

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Moderated by: Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl
Director General, DIGITALEUROPE


Stefano Sannino
Secretary General, European External Action Service

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Peter Harrell

Senior Director for International Economics and Competitiveness, White House

Karen Massin 400

Karen Massin

Head of Government Affairs and Public Policy, EU Institutions at Google

Daniela Braga

Daniela Braga

Founder and CEO,

15:20 - 15:30


15:30- 15:40

Keynote Speech


Mariya Gabriel 
European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth

15:40 - 16:15

Future Unicorn Award Ceremony

Presented by Commissioner Gabriel

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Moderated by: Jennifer Baker 

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Douglas Johnson-Poensgen

CEO and Co-founder, Circulor

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Olcay Silahlı

Co-founder and CEO, Fazla Gıda

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Frederik Fahning

Co-Founder & Managing Director, Zenjob

16:15 - 16:30


16:30 - 17:25

Panel Debate

Data and the Green Recovery – The Power is at our Fingertips

Data is essential to harness the power of digital across the different economic sectors and support them to become more efficient and greener. Examples include data on rainfall patterns to enable farmers to make smart decisions on water and fertiliser usage, or real-time data in production processes to optimise energy usage. How can we best make sure of the information that is all around us, blending public and private data and encouraging sharing amongst different industries? What should policymakers do to maximise this potential?

Katrina Sichel 400

Moderated by: Katrina Sichel
Communications Specialist

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Clara de la Torre
Deputy Director General, DG CLIMA, European Commission

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Irma Jiménez-Guler

Director of  Corporate Affairs, EU, HPE

Annika Hedberg 400

Annika Hedberg

Head of Sustainable Prosperity for Europe Programme, European Policy Centre


Ellen Carey

Head of Public Affairs & Strategy, Circulor

17:25 - 17:55

Keynote Conversation


Margrethe Vestager
Executive Vice-President, European Commission

17:55 - 18:00

Event Closes

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