09:00 - 09:45 - Opening Panel: GAIA-X = Trust? • Emma Wehrwein - Project Manager Digital Business Models - ECO • Amanda Brock - CEO - OpenUK • Claudia Frese - CEO - STRATO | CBO - IONOS • Christine Wenzel - Head of Corporate Affairs - Hewlett Packard Enterprise • Stéphanie Finck - VP Government Affairs EMEA - Salesforce • Lise Fuhr - Director General - European Telecommunications Network Operators Association (ETNO)
09:45 - 10:30 - Automotive: Decentralised Collaboration in GAIA-X enabled digital service delivery • Hartmut U. Mueller - CTO - Daimler AG • Florian Baumann - CTO, Automotive & AI - Dell Technologies • Heiko Huettel - Head of Automotive, Mobility & Travel EMEA - Microsoft • Peter Busch - Product Owner Distributed Ledger Technologies Mobility - Robert Bosch GmbH • Robin Pilling - Founder & CEO - Dis3bute
10:30 - 11:15 - Finance & Banking: GAIA-X = Trustworthy AI? • Dirk Thomas - Bereichsleiter Big Data Advanced Analytics - Commerzbank • Jochen Papenbrock - Financial Technology & Partnership Manager - NVIDIA • Prof. Dr. Michael Hellmich - Partner & Managing Director Audit Analytics - Deloitte • Patrick Benoit - Director Analytics, AI & Cloud - Denodo
11:15 - 12:00 - Sustainability First • Vincent Barro - Vice President Data Centre Business, DACH - Schneider Electric • Thomas Seeber - Director Commercial Operations - Innio Group • Svein Atle Hagaseth - Chief Sales Officer - Green Mountain • Dr. Deborah Andrews - Associate Professor - London Southbank University • Dr. Béla Waldhauser - CEO - Telehouse Deutschland GmbH • Tim Schorno - Co-Founder & Host - Uptime Punks
12:00 - 12:45 - Telecommunications • Carlo D'Asaro Biondo - CEO - Noovle – A Telecom Italia Company • Erik Ekudden - CTO - Ericsson • Antonietta Mastroianni - Chief Digital and IT Officer - Proximus Group • Paolo Grassia - Director of Public Policy - European Telecommuncations Network Operators Association (ETNO) • Stéphane Demartis - VP - Orange Labs Network
12:45 - 13:30 - GAIA-X = Transformation? • Andreas Weiss - Member executive team & GAIA-X - eco e.V. • Jörg Heese - Head of Partner Management Cloud Services - IONOS • Stefan Schäfer - Head of Global Product Marketing - OVHcloud • Ralph Schirmeisen - Chief Technologist for Public Sector - Hewlett Packard Enterprise • Chris Brigland - Senior Director, Solutions Engineering EMEA - Couchbase
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 · 8:55 a.m.
Berlin (GMT +2:00)
Claudia Frese - CEO STRATO | CBO IONOS
Claudia Frese, born in 1971, has been Chief Executive Officer of STRATO AG and a member of the Executive Board of IONOS since September 2020. After receiving her degree in International Studies at the University of Cologne, Claudia Frese started her career with a variety of start-ups before holding a number of management positions at eBay GmbH. She then moved on to adviqo AG, where she was in charge of all online activities. Before STRATO, Frese was CEO of MyHammer AG and MyHammer Holding AG. Altogether, she has more than 20 years of experience in digital business.
Lise Fuhr - Director General - European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association (ETNO)
Lise is Director General of ETNO, the Association representing Europe’s leading telecom operators, which she joined in 2016. She leads and oversees all the activities and she is the main external representative of the Association. On behalf of the Association, she is also a Board and an Administrative Committee member of ECSO, the European Cybersecurity Organisation. Lise is Chair of the Boards of Public Interest Registry (.org domain name registry) and the Public Technical Identifiers (PTI), formerly IANA, and affiliate of ICANN.
Hartmut U. Mueller - CTO - Daimler AG
Hartmut U. Mueller is an Executive at Daimler AG. For Daimler he is leading the CTO Organization globally. He is running IT Technology and Cross Functions with more than 5000+ people driving Daimler’s platform business, Future Edge Cloud, Global Network, Cyber Security, Enterprise Architecture, Workplace Solutions and Global Service Delivery Model. He studied economics and computer sciences. Specialities: Transformation Management, General Management, Portfolio Management, Globalization, M&A, Restructuring & Business Improvement Programs, Industrialisation and Internationalization, Agile Leadership and Cloud Computing.
Ralph Schirmeisen - Chief Technologist for Public Sector - HPE
Ralph Schirmeisen has spent 25 years at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) advising organizations in the private and public sectors on large scale digital transformation projects and deployment of cutting edge cloud and data solutions. During his tenure at HPE he has served in a number of roles including as a lead architect for the healthcare industry and Smart Cities and as a Big Data solution architect. As a Distinguished Technologist he is now focused on bringing in his expertise to improve hybrid cloud solutions with a multi-cloud and decentralized approach especially in the context of GAIA-X.
Svein Atle Hagaseth - Chief Sales Officer - Green Mountain
Svein has a 20+ year long sales, sales management and executive experience in the IT and Financial Services markets both in Norway, Europe and in North America working for companies like Telenor, CSC, Tieto, Lindorff and CGI before joining Green Mountain in 2016. Svein currently run a global sales organization with offices in Canada, Spain, UK and Norway, positioning Norway and Green Mountain’s green and energy efficient data center services. Svein and his family currently reside in Toronto, Canada.
Dr Deborah Andrews - Associate Professor - London South Bank University
Deborah has 20+ years expertise in sustainable design and manufacture and is proud to be a Chartered Environmentalist. In addition to teaching on under and post-graduate students on design and engineering courses, Deborah carries out enterprise and consultancy work for external clients. She is also actively involved in research and supervises industry and EPSRC-funded PhD projects with particular emphasis on design for sustainability, Life Cycle Assessment and the Circular Economy.
Chris Bridgland - Senior Director, Solutions Engineering EMEA, Couchbase
Chris heads up Couchbase’s Solutions Engineering teams and Services business in EMEA. His primary goals are to ensure that customers get the most value from investing in Couchbase’s NoSQL technology, to help deliver ever-richer and ever more personalised customer and employee experiences, and to think beyond business as usual. Prior to joining Couchbase, Chris spent 4 years at Veritas and 14 years at EMC and RSA Security (now Dell EMC) in various Presales, Consulting and Management roles to bring new solutions to address continuous changes in how businesses need to operate.
Group CTO, Senior Vice President and Head of Technology & Strategy - Ericsson
As Group CTO and head of Technology and Strategy, Erik Ekudden is responsible for
setting the overall strategy and direction of technology leadership for Ericsson. In 2017
he re-located to Kista, Sweden, after nearly seven-years in Santa Clara, California.
His focus for the group is on strategic decisions and investments in mobility, cloud,
artificial intelligence and Internet of things. This builds on his decades-long career in
technology strategies and industry activities with leading customers and partners from
2G to 5G and beyond. Ekudden first joined Ericsson in 1993 working on mobile systems,
but rapidly moved into leadership within research and technology. He has served as
research area director and vice president of technology strategy, standardization and
He holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Institute of
Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of
Engineering Sciences (IVA).
Carlo D'Asaro Biondo - CEO - Noovle (A Telecom Italia Company)
Born in Rome in 1965, Carlo d’Asaro Biondo has dual French and Italian nationality. He's started his career as a consultant in 1988initially in Rome to progressively grow as a management consultant to become President and CEO of KPMG consulting in France starting 1999. He then served in C level positions in leading It and Content companies (UNISYS Vice President and Managing Director EMEA Telecommunications and Media President and CEO of AOL France and later of AOL Europe, CEO of International Operations for Lagardère Active Media). 2009 to 2020 he served at Google: From 2009 up to the beginning of 2015 President Southern Europe, Middle East, Africa Operations; 2015 to 2020 he was President EMEA in charge of partnerships and strategies and institutional relationship management. Carlo joined TIM in April 2020 as Leader of the Cloud Project that brought to the creation of Noovle S.p.A. of which is currently CEO, he also oversees partnerships for TIM group.
Antonietta Mastroianni - Chief Digital & IT Officer - Proximus
Antonietta Mastroianni, citizenship Italian, has been a member of Proximus Exco since April 2021. Before joining Proximus, she was Group CIO and CDIO at the Danish TDC, Head of IT and Business Partner at Swiss Sunrise, she had several roles in Swisscom and H3G Italy. She is an influential IT leader with 20 years of international Telecom experience in leveraging technology to drive organizational growth, performance and profitability. She focuses on digital and agile transformation, the impact of leading-edge technology on business, technology and product innovation as well as IT and Telco transformation. She has worked in different European countries (Italy, Switzerland, Denmark and Belgium) and has been a member of the Management board and a council member of Etis. Antonietta Mastroianni studied Computer and Automation Engineering at university of Siena and she is a member of the National Council Italian Engineers.
Stéphane Demartis is leading the build of Telco cloud solutions within Orange, and Vice President of Orange Labs Networks. He has a wealth of experience spanning 17+ years in Cloud Services, Telco and digital transformation.
Stephane Demartis leads the convergence and standardization of Telco cloud solutions for all Orange Countries with other operators and VNF vendors.
Before, Stephane lead the Engineering of Orange cloud services, defining the Orange cloud offers for B2B market and deliver them to our customers. He began his career as an operation manager in a start-up in the domain of wan & telephony. Very used to heterogeneous environments and thanks to his technical skills, he developed the ability to identify specific areas of the market where to develop business.
His background in sales and his leadership drove him to play a key role in the strategic and technologic orientations of Orange.
Bereichsleiter Big Data Advanced Analytics
Financial Technology & Partnership Manager NVIDIA
Dr. Béla Waldhauser - CEO - Telehouse Germany - KDDI Germany
Dr. Béla Waldhauser is the Chief Executive Officer of Telehouse Deutschland GmbH since
2012 and the head of the integrated operational business of KDDI and Telehouse in
Germany since April 2014.
Between 2007-2012 he was the Managing Director of Global Switch in Germany. Prior to this
he held the same position at TeleCity where he was responsible for TeleCity’s German
operations for four years. Before assuming this position he had been the Managing Director
of Teleglobe and responsible for their activities in Germany and Austria.
Dr. Waldhauser earned a degree in theoretical physics and began his professional career at
Telenorma/Bosch Telecom, where he has started as a trainee and later worked as an
Executive Assistant. Following these early years he went on to GTS-Westcom and later to
First Telecom as their Sales and Marketing Director.
Since many years Dr. Waldhauser is orchestrating the “Competence Group Data Centre &
Infrastructure” at the eco e. V. In this position he is also leading the related working group.
Furthermore he is a part of the jury team for “Deutscher Rechenzentrumspreis” since 2011.
The price is awarded in conjunction with the yearly “Future Thinking” congress.
In July 2014 the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) appointed Dr.
Waldhauser in his position as an industry expert and member of the eco e.V. – guiding the
organisation’s expert task force for data centres. For the BMBF he is involved in the
development of the new strategy platform “IKT in H2020”.Dr. Béla Waldhauser is appointed as the spokesman for the Alliance to Strengthen the Digital
Infrastructure in German since February 2018. The Alliance was founded by firms active in
the digital infrastructure sector in Germany. In this position Dr. Waldhauser actively
communicates his personal conviction regarding the relevance of digital infrastructure and its
key role in securing Germany’s future economic capabilities. In addition, he is also active as
a co-creator and speaker within the Alliance to ensure that the importance of
“digital sovereignty” is recognized at the political level and in the German economy.
Dr. Béla Waldhauser is a member of the Dreieich Lions Club.
Director of Public Policy, ETNO
Paolo joined the European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association (ETNO) in August 2017 as Head of Regulatory Affairs. Since May 2019, Paolo is ETNO's Director of Public Policy. He leads ETNO’s work and institutional engagement on privacy and data protection, data economy, cybersecurity, and digital services. Paolo is a Board member at the European Internet Forum (EIF). He is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional and Manager by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).
Heiko Huettel - Head of Automotive, Mobility & Transport, EMEA - Microsoft
Peter Busch - Product Owner DLT Mobility - Robert Bosch GmbH
Peter works for Technical Mobility Strategy of Bosch. He is working on the future Connectivity strategies for the Mobility Business Units of the Bosch Group and as consultant for the Executive Board and has 25+ years of experience in international project management, coaching and training in SW/HW development.
Founder & CEO - Dis3bute
Robin is an expert on open software platforms and distributed technologies. After building emerging tech products at Daimler for over five years, Robin recently started Dis3bute. Dis3bute helps DAX 30 & Fortune 500 companies to introduce open software and distributed technologies to gain full control over their entire business pipeline in a digital platform economy. Robin started his career as a development engineer at Mercedes-Benz Vans, where he was part of developing an autonomous vehicle for future transportation solutions. Robin got first exposure to distributed systems when he was working on payment mechanisms for intelligent power networks as a graduate researcher at National Taiwan University (NTU) in 2013. Robin combines both an economics and engineering background.
Emma Wehrwein - Project Manager Digital Business Models - ECO
Project Manager Digital Business Models at eco Association for the Internet Industry. She holds a master’s degree of Science and worked as IT Project Manager within the chemical industry for many years before joining eco.
Since 2020 she is heading the Project Management Office for the German Gaia-X Federation Services initiative and is active as Ambassador for Gaia-X via Events and Social Media.
Christine Wenzel - Head of Corporate Affairs - Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Christine Wenzel joined HPE 5 years ago as Head of Corporate Affairs for DACH and Head of the HPE Berlin office. She has driven strategic outreach campaigns with political stakeholders and orchestrated HPE expert and executive positioning to advance HPE business and to increase the company reputation. Christine is also a public sector business developer and has worked on the GAIA-X initiative since 1.5 years when it was initially founded. Prior to joining HPE, Christine has worked in the Federal German Ministry for Economics and the Foreign Office, for SAP and the European Commission in Brussels, as well as for the United Nations in New York on ICT policy.
Amanda Brock - CEO - OpenUK
Amanda is CEO of the UK body for Open Technology, being open source software, open hardware and open data”, OpenUK; European Representative of the world’s biggest defensive patent pool, the Open Invention Network; OASIS Open Projects' Advisory Council Member (open source and open standards); Advisory Board Member KDE; Charity Trustee Creative Crieff; and a member of various commercial and start up Advisory Boards including Mimoto as well as mentoring C Suite individuals
Prof. Dr. Martin Hellmich
Partner & Managing Director DELOITTE Audit Analytics
Martin`s key responsibilities encompass the development of a global service oriented architecture to deliver the Deloitte automated framework for valuation of financial securities), the development of tools based on Optical Character Recognition, development of machine learning procedures, and development of artificial intelligence based methods for relative value pricing of financial securities.
Stéphanie Finck - VP Government Affairs EMEA, Salesforce
VP Government Affairs EMEA - Salesforce
Stéphanie has built and led Salesforce's Government Affairs and Public Policy efforts in Europe, Africa and the Middle East since September 2013. Prior to joining Salesforce, she worked for several years for a Brussels-based lobbying firm advising various technology companies. Before turning to the private sector, she did a stint in the administration of the German Federal Parliament in Berlin and in the European Commission's Competition Department. She holds a Master of Law from Europa Institut Saarbrücken and a degree in political science from Science Po Strasbourg. She speaks English, French and German. Stéphanie is French and has been living in Brussels with her husband for over a decade. They have two daughters.
Andreas Weiss - Member executive team & GAIA-X, eco e.V.
Andreas Weiss identifies and facilitates crossover competencies and evolvesbusiness models for digital platforms in the range of core infrastructure up to high level digital services and interconnected digital platforms.
Jörg Heese - Head of Partner Management Cloud Services, IONOS
Joerg Heese is managing the strategic partnerships of IONOS. In his role he is taking care of the successful cooperation with various technology partners and international consortia. Before that, he was in charge of the IONOS product management and development. Joerg Heese has over ten years of experience in the hosting & cloud business with a strong focus on infrastructure solutions. He holds a degree in Business Administration but has also a strong technical background. Before joining IONOS, Joerg Heese worked in different positions at Claranet and Interoute. He has also been part of the founding team of a technology start-up in the late 1990s.
Stefan Schäfer - Product Marketing Team Manager - OVHcloud
Marketing Executive with proven experience in product management, IT and marketing. Strong expertise in the development of market entry strategies on an international level. More than 15 years in senior leadership roles.
Vincent Barro - Vice President Data Centre Business, DACH - Schneider Electric
Vincent Barro is Vice-President of the IT Business in Switzerland & End-Users in the DACH Region (Germany, Austria, Switzerland), he's as well Vice-President of Business Development for Switzerland & Austria. After several years leading this business in France, Ireland, UK and now DACH region, Vincent has acquired a lot of experiences and a solid network. Passionate about different cultures and customer approaches, he knows that the devil is always in the details and that communication, transparency are key. Vincent has more than 12 years’ experience in the Data Centre business, he holds an MBA from IAE Aix and a Master’s degree in Innovation and Strategy from Toulouse School of Management.
Thomas Seeber - Director Commercial Operations - Innio Group
Thomas Seeber works for INNIO Jenbacher since 2009, where he currently holds a role as Sales and Business Development Director. In this role he is focused on positioning reciprocating gas engines in the various segments of power generation and its applications (e.g. data center).
Tim Schorno - Co-founder & Host at Uptime Punks | Senior Content Executive, CloserStill Media
Tim Schorno joined CloserStill Media's Tech Portfolio in 2019, where he oversees the Conference and Content Production of Big Data & AI World Frankfurt. He works closely with all stakeholders to ensure the editorial and commercial success of the event. His passion for digitial transformation and change led him into the world of podcasts as the Co-Founder & Host of the UptimePunks. Before joining CloserStill Media, Tim worked for Switzerland´s biggest news outlet as a freelance reporter on local and national level and was deputy head of the regional office in St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Paul Hammer - Uptime Punk & German Tech Portfolio Manager
Co-founder and Host of the Uptime Punks, the world's fastest growing Tech podcast and oxygen to the digital world. Paul is passionate about digital transformation and infrastructure. In his podcast, he and his Co-host meet digital leaders from organisations around the world to talk about current challenges such as climate change, sustainability, skills shortage and emerging tech. Paul is also the Event Manger of CloserStill Media's German Tech Events namely Cloud Expo Europe, Big Data & AI World and Data Centre World, the latter being the event where he first got in touch with the magic of Data Centres.