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Speakers – Plus Europe

Second Plus Europe Conference


Opening Session

abruzzini[su_expand height=”100″ more_icon=”icon: sort-desc” less_icon=”icon: sort-asc”]Arnaldo Abruzzini is Secretary General of Eurochambres, the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry since 1999. He is a senior lobbyist in Brussels and represents the voice of over 20 million companies through members in 43 countries and a network of 1.700 regional and local Chambers.

He is also an active entrepreneur, having founded several companies. He still owns shares in Telecommunication (Interactive Media), Energy (InRes) and Business Consulting (Consir) firms.

Mr Abruzzini has worked as Managing Director of several companies active in the Telecommunication (EPTA), marketing and communication (MediaCamere) and business advices (CoFiCom) in Italy and US.

He has also served in the financial sector, actively working in Investment Banking (MedioBanca) and Insurance companies (Bavaria).

He started his career as auditor in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1979 (Arthur Andersen) Born in Rome (Italy) on 5 August 1957, he is a graduate in Economy with major in Finance from the University of Rome. He’s fluent in English, French and Spanish other than his mother tongue.[/su_expand]

janssens[su_expand height=”100″ more_icon=”icon: sort-desc” less_icon=”icon: sort-asc”]Daniel Janssens is the Secretary General of the European Union Committee of the Regions since 2013. Previously, he has been Director for Finance and Administration at the EU Committee of the Regions, Head of Unit of Resources at the European Commission and Acting Director for Resources at the European Commission.

He also has been Head of Sector in the EU’s Innovation Programme, Desk Officer in the European Commission responsible for transnational technology transfer networks and the development of a European venture capital industry.

In the eighties, he worked as Market research manager at Monsanto Europe, Management consultant at McKinsey & Co (Amsterdam) and Senior market analyst at Batten, Barton, Durstine & Ostborn (New York).[/su_expand]

Jacques di Costanzo

[su_expand height=”100″ more_icon=”icon: sort-desc” less_icon=”icon: sort-asc”]Jacques di Costanzo is Member of the Board of Rotary International. He is a gastroenterologist from the University Hospitals of Marseille. A history enthusiast, he is the president of Préhistoire, Epistémologie, Philosophie and the vice president of Société Napoléonienne.

Di Costanzo has been a Rotarian since 1989. He has served RI as RI training leader, RI president’s representative, resource group zone coordinator, and district governor. He chairs the French division of the Rotary Leadership Institute and has served as president of the France-Egypt Intercountry Committee since 2011.[/su_expand]

Session 1: ‘Challenges for Civic Participation in the European Democrativ Governance’


[su_expand height=”100″ more_icon=”icon: sort-desc” less_icon=”icon: sort-asc”]Elena Flores was appointed Director for Policy Strategy and Coordination in DG ECFIN in 2011. Previously, she was Director, Economies of Member States II (from 2007) and head of the unit for Public finance in the euro area and the EU (from 2002).

From 1999-2002, Ms. Flores served as Advisor in Commissioner Solbes’ office, responsible for economic policies, employment, taxation and financial issues. She became head of the unit Monetary union: technical and market questions in January 1997, and head of the unit Financial markets and financial intermediaries in January 1999. In 1990, Elena Flores was a member of the team responsible for economic and monetary union within DG ECFIN.

Before joining DG ECFIN, Elena Flores worked in the Directorate General for Budget, in particular undertaking the financial reform of the European Community (1987-1990).

Ms. Flores was an assistant professor at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) in the field of international economics from 1982 to 1986. She has a Master’s degree from the UAB (1982) and a Master in European Economy from the College of Europe in Brugge, Belgium (1984).[/su_expand]

wouters[su_expand height=”100″ more_icon=”icon: sort-desc” less_icon=”icon: sort-asc”]Jan Wouters (1964) is Full Professor of International Law and International Organizations, Jean Monnet Chair ad personam EU and Global Governance and Director of the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and Institute for International Law at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven).

In Leuven, he teaches public international law, international organizations, the law of the World Trade Organization and humanitarian and security law. As Visiting Professor at Sciences Po (Paris) and the College of Europe (Bruges) he teaches EU external relations law.

He also teaches international law in the Master of Laws in International Economic Law (IELPO) at the University of Barcelona and international criminal law in the European Master’s in Human Rights and Democratisation (EMA, Venice). He is President of the Flemish Foreign Affairs Council, which advises the Flemish Government, is President of the United Nations Association Flanders Belgium, and practises law as Of Counsel at Linklaters, Brussels.

He is a Member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and Arts. He studied law and philosophy in Antwerp and Yale University (LLM 1990), was a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School and obtained his PhD at KU Leuven (1996). He taught at the Universities of Antwerp and Maastricht, was Visiting Professor at Liège and Kyushu University and Référendaire at the European Court of Justice (1991-1994).

He is Editor of the International Encyclopedia of Intergovernmental Organizations, Deputy Director of the Revue belge de droit international and an editorial board member in ten international journals. He has published widely on international, EU, corporate and financial law (over 500 publications including 46 books and 90 international journal articles).

Recently he published inter alia a treatise on international law (2005) and on The World Trade Organization (2007) and co-edited The European Union and Conflict Prevention (2004), Legal Instruments in the Fight Against International Terrorism (2004), The United Nations and the European Union (2006), Multilevel Regulation and the EU (2008), The Europeanisation of International Law (2008), European Constitutionalism Beyond Lisbon (2009), Belgium in the Security Council (2009) Accountability for Human Rights Violations by International Organizations (2010), Upgrading the EU’s Role as Global Actor (2011), The European Union and Multilateral Governance (2012), International Prosecutors (2012), Informal International Lawmaking (2012), Private Standards and Global Governance (2012), China, the European Union and Global Governance (2012), The EU’s Role in Global Governance (2013),National Human Rights Institutes in Europe (2013) and The Law of EU External Relations (2013).

Apart from his participation in many international research networks, he advises various international organizations, trains international officials and is often asked to comment international events in the media. From June 2013 onwards he is coordinator of a large-scale FP7 Programme FRAME, “Fostering Human Rights Among European (External and Internal) Policies”.[/su_expand]

areilza[su_expand height=”100″ more_icon=”icon: sort-desc” less_icon=”icon: sort-asc”]José M. de Areilza is Professor of Law and Jean Monnet Chair at ESADE, Ramón Llul University, and Secretary General of Aspen Institute España, a foundation affiliated with The Aspen Institute in the US.

He has published extensively in the fields of European Union constitutional law and Spanish foreign policy. Between 1996 and 2000 he served as advisor to the Spanish Prime Minister on European and North American affairs.

He holds a Doctorate from Harvard Law School and is admitted to the New York Bar. He is a Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations and a Senior Research Fellow at Elcano Royal Institute. In 20014 he has published the book “Law and Power in the European Union” (Civitas Thomson Reuters).

zwaan[su_expand height=”100″ more_icon=”icon: sort-desc” less_icon=”icon: sort-asc”]Jaap W. de Zwaan is Professor of the Law of the European Union at the Law School of Erasmus University Rotterdam and Lector European Integration at the The Hague University of Applied Sciences.

He is born in 1949 in Amsterdam, and has studied Law at Leiden University and the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. In 1993 he obtained his PhD degree in Law at the University of Groningen. De Zwaan started his professional career in 1973 as a member of the The Hague Bar.

From 1979 until 1998 he worked for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague (European Integration Department and Legal Service) as well as in Brussels (Permanent Representation of the Netherlands at the EU). His domain of activities concerned essentially the process of European Integration.

In 1998 Jaap de Zwaan was appointed full time professor of the Law of the European Union at Erasmus University Rotterdam. In the period 1999-2001 he was Dean of International Affairs of his faculty. In the period 2001-2004 he also served the Erasmus Law School as Dean.

In September 2005 De Zwaan was appointed Director of the Netherlands Institute of International Relations, ‘Clingendael’, a think tank as well as diplomatic academy specialized in European studies, international security issues, diplomacy studies and international energy questions.

In May 2011 De Zwaan returned to the Erasmus University Rotterdam. In May 2012 he was also appointed, on a part-time basis, Lector European Integration at the The Hague University of Applied Sciences.[/su_expand]

emmanouilidis[su_expand height=”100″ more_icon=”icon: sort-desc” less_icon=”icon: sort-asc”]Janis A. Emmanouilidis is Director of Studies at the European Policy Centre (EPC) in Brussels. He has published widely on the EU’s overall political and institutional development, the perspectives of differentiated integration in an EU 28+, the Union’s foreign, security and defence policy and on EU enlargement.

He has been an advisor of various governments, EU institutions, European parties and NGOs and has commentated widely on EU affairs in the media. Between 2007-2009 he was Stavros Costopoulos Research Fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) in Athens, Greece.

Between 1999-2007 he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Applied Policy Research (C·A·P) in Munich. Before that he worked as a Research Fellow at the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) responsible for the research area on the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP).

Janis is member of the Scientific Council and Research Associate at Eliamep and EU Institutional Development Advisor of the Polish think-tank demosEUROPA – Centre for European Strategy in Warsaw. He has studied international relations and strategic studies in the UK and economics in Germany.[/su_expand]

Session 2: ‘Possible Models of Retail Banking in Europe’

vaart[su_expand height=”100″ more_icon=”icon: sort-desc” less_icon=”icon: sort-asc”]Sjerp Van der Vaart is Director of the Information Office of the European Parliament to the Kingdom of Belgium. He was born on October 29th 1952 in Rotterdam. He studied at Rotterdams Lyceum HBS-A: 1972, and studiend an MA at the Universiteit of Utrecht in 1981.

He has an extensive work experience including: Editor at the Financieele Dagblad, (Financial Times of Holland) Amsterdam (1982-1994); EU-correspondent for the Financieele Dagblad, Brussel (1994-1998); Member of board SDU-managementteam at SDU-uitgevers Den Haag; Editor in Chief of the Nederlandse Staatscourant (1998-2000); Boardmember Dutch News Agency ANP, Rijswijk (9/2000-1/2003); Director ANP-AFX B.V. Financial News, Rijswijk (1/2003-9/2003); director (info-) Office European Parliament in the Netherlands 1/9/2003-1/9/2012.

From the first of September 2012 he is the director of (info) Office of the European Parliament in Belgium. He is also member of various advisory councils, and member and Past President of Rotary-Club ‘s- Gravenhage Oost, the Netherlands. Living in Brussels and The Hague.[/su_expand]

soler[su_expand height=”100″ more_icon=”icon: sort-desc” less_icon=”icon: sort-asc”]Josep Soler-Albertí is the Chief Executive of the Institut d´Estudis Financers (IEF) in Barcelona, a financial training institute, which was founded in 1990 as an initiative of the largest Spanish banks and the Catalan government to provide specialized financial training to employees in the financial services industry. The Institute is the leading financial training provider in Spain.

In addition to his responsibilities at IEF, he is Chairman of the European Financial Planning Association (EFPA) which he founded in 2000, and board director of EFPA Spain. He is also a board member of the Barcelona Financial Centre Association, of the European Bank Training Association (EBTN), and of several investment and money management firms as independent board director.

Mr. Soler-Albertí is a regular contributor and columnist at several newspapers, economic magazines and television and radio stations, as well as a frequent lecturer at seminars and conferences.

Prior to founding the IEF, he was General Manager of Databolsa and Commercial Manager of the Barcelona Stock Exchange; and he was employed as a Senior Auditor for the European Commission and as Commercial Consultant for the U.S. Department of Commerce.

He holds a Degree in Economics from the University of Barcelona, a Diploma in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics, where he was also a researcher, and a Bachelor degree and MBA from ESADE in Barcelona.[/su_expand]

brower[su_expand height=”100″ more_icon=”icon: sort-desc” less_icon=”icon: sort-asc”]Sébastien de Brouwer is Executive Director in charge of Legal, Retail, International, Economic and Social Affairs at the European Banking Federation. He is a member of its Management Committee.

He is a Belgian national with a Law Degree from the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve and a postgraduate in International law (University of Leiden) and in Business Studies (London School of Economics and Political Science).

Sébastien joined the EBF in 2006. Before joining the EBF, Sébastien was Head of European Affairs and Member of the Executive Committee with Febelfin, the Belgian Federation of the financial industry (including banks) and previously legal adviser where he dealt with issues ranging from consumer protection, payments, Compliance and AML (in charge of the Belgian Compliance Forum), as well as MiFID, Market abuse, Prospectus.

Prior to that Sébastien also worked in an International bank (Custodian) and an Insurance Company (management of important claims).[/su_expand]

neumann[su_expand height=”100″ more_icon=”icon: sort-desc” less_icon=”icon: sort-asc”]Wolfgang Neumann is Chairman of the WSBI-ESBG Coordination Committee and Director at the EU Representation of Deutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverband DSGV (German Savings Banks Association) in Brussels.

He holds a diploma in Economics and Business Administration from Cologne University. Since 1995 in charge of the Brussels representation office of DSGV; co-ordinator for the co-operation with the European Savings and Retail Banking Group (ESBG) and the World Savings and Retail Banking Institute (WSBI).

He is a German member of the CSR-Committee of ESBG/WSBI and Chairman Co-ordination Committee ESBG/WSBI.[/su_expand]

Session 3: ‘The Standards of a Social Model in Europe’

prats[su_expand height=”100″ more_icon=”icon: sort-desc” less_icon=”icon: sort-asc”]Xavier Prats Monné is the Deputy Director General for Education at the European Commission (DG EAC). In this capacity, he is responsible for the modernisation of European education and training systems; EU policies and progammes for mobility and cooperation in education, including the new Erasmus+ Programme for 2014-2020; and relations with international organisations and non-EU countries in the field of education. He is the European Commission representative in the Governing Board of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT).

Until 2010, he served as Director for employment policy, and was one of the five founding members of the EC´s Impact Assessment Board, reporting to the President of the European Commission. He previously served as Director of the European Social Fund; as Deputy Chief of Staff of the EC Vice-President for international relations; as Advisor of the EC Commissioner for Regional policy; and as Assistant to the Spokesman under President Jacques Delors.

He completed his primary and secondary education at the Istituto Massimo of Rome, Italy. He holds degrees in Social Sciences/Anthropology from the Central University of Madrid, Spain; in Development Cooperation from the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies in France; and in European Studies from the College of Europe in Belgium, where he graduated first of the Class of 1981-82 and served as assistant professor.

He is from Spain, fluent in Spanish, English, French, Italian and Catalan.[/su_expand]

pont[su_expand height=”100″ more_icon=”icon: sort-desc” less_icon=”icon: sort-asc”]Joan Francesc Pont is Vice-president of the Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona. He was born in Barcelona, 1957.

Ph D in Law, lecturer at the University of Barcelona since 1982, Full Professor since 2003. Fellow: Spanish Royal Academy of Economic and Financial Sciences since 1999.

General Secretary (1989-1992) and Dean of the University of Barcelona Business School (1992-1998 and 2004-05). Director-general: University of Barcelona Institute for Life Long Learning (IL3 – UB) (2005-07).

Member of the Governing Board of the University of Barcelona (2001-05). Chairperson: Legal and Tax Commission of the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce (since 2010).

Third Vice- president: Barcelona Chamber of Commerce (since 2013). Researcher on business tax problems. Director of the Seminar on Business Tax Law at the University of Barcelona. President of Pont Mestres, a Law firm established in Barcelona and Madrid, since 2008.

Member of the Advisory Committee of the scientific review Impuestos (since 2008) and of the Editorial Committee of Difusión Jurídica y Temas de Actualidad S.A (since 2010). Member of the Advisory Board: Research Center for Applied Epistemology in Barcelona.

Two of his most relevant books are: La economía de opción and La simulación, Editorial Marcial Pons. Some of his last published papers are: “Cuando la Economía era aún una ciencia social” and “The Building of a European Society: From the Enlightenment to the End of Borders” [2009]; “La suspensión de las sanciones en vía contencioso- administrativa” [Revista Técnica Tributaria], “Il Diritto al rimborso dell’indebito tributario a seguito di una violazione del Diritto comunitario” [University of Bologna, 2009]; Spanish version in Quincena Fiscal, March 2010; “El persistente desequilibrio en las relaciones entre la Administración tributaria y los contribuyentes”, Impuestos, nº 14, July 2010; “El abuso de los conceptos dilaciones indebidas del contribuyente y dilaciones no imputables a la Administración tributaria en la praxis inspectora”, Impuestos, nº 23-24 (December 2010); “Laicidad sin adjetivos”, Revista de Estudios de Juventud, nº 91 (December 2010); “El problema fundamental de la liquidación en el proceso penal tributario”, Quincena Fiscal, nº 11 (June 2011), Spanish and Finnish perspectives on European economic development (Helsinki, february 2012), La laïcitat a la vida política (Club de Roma, february, 2012), Citoyenneté, éducation et valeurs partagées [Lausanne, june, 2013), La exención por reinversión en la propia vivienda [Impuestos, february, 2014].

President of the Francisco Ferrer y Guardia Foundation (since 1987) and President of the Magín Pont Mestres y Antonio Lancuentra Buerba Foundation (since 2008).[/su_expand]

piperaki[su_expand height=”100″ more_icon=”icon: sort-desc” less_icon=”icon: sort-asc”]Stavroula-Ina Piperaki is a PhD Pharmacist with great experience in Research and Education, Computer Sciences, Pharmaceutical Industry and Business. She has been teaching at university level for many years. She has been distinguished for her rich literary activity which comprises many scientific publications in several international journals, books and a lot of announcements in International Congresses.

She is effectively involved in European matters as she was President of the Organization Committee of the International Conference “Construire l’Europe, Construire le Monde” (Athens, June 2008) and President of the Organisation Committee of the Euro-Mediterranean conference “Identification des Différences Culturelles qui Empêchent la Création d’un Espace Communautaire en Méditerranée”.

She represents a NPO within the Bureau of European Policy Advisers of the European Commission. She was President of a European working group for the period 2011-2014, and she is member since 2007.

Regarding the pharmaceutical industry, she is a scientific Associate in the University of Athens (in the topics of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Personalized Medicine & Pharmaceutical Care) and has been Director of Regulatory Affairs & Pharmacovigilance, R&D Departments, at Sanofi S.A. Dr. Piperaki was successfully involved in the worldwide development of new pharmaceutical compounds and the pre- and post-marketing surveillance of new pharmaceutical entities, as well as Pricing and Reimbursement strategies in the aforementioned multinational pharmaceutical company.

She is nowadays running her own business, specialized on Business Consultancy, Strategic Planning, Research & Development, Regulatory Affairs & Pharmacovigilance, Market Research & Feasibility Studies, Crisis Management, Lobbying, Social Networks Management, Quality and Knowledge Management, Business Process Re-engineering, Cluster Management and Innovation & Creativity.

She has been awarded and listed in international biographical dictionaries, universities and received national awards for “Excellency”.

She is an active member of many Scientific Societies and Civil Organizations. She is actively participating in the European Construction and she is interested in the current social situation in Europe; she defends social rights, civil liberties and she is working to eradicate social exclusion and poverty.[/su_expand]

stokkink[su_expand height=”100″ more_icon=”icon: sort-desc” less_icon=”icon: sort-asc”]Denis Stokkink is the President of the European Think Tank Pour la Solidarité. He is a trained economist with a comparatively broad and rich professional experience.

His position as consultant for the Belgian Secretary of Labor allowed him to actively participate in the Belgian presidency of the European Union in 2001. He also is administrator of numerous social economy organizations in Europe and provides essential knowledge on socio-economic European politics to several Belgian and French training organisms.

Pour la Solidarité (PLS) is a European non-governmental organisation, constituted as a think tank. It provides information and support to European citizens, economic and social organizations and public authorities.

In constant relation with the European Institutions, Pour la Solidarité is a place for thoughts and actions. This organisation aims to develop solidarity – all forms of solidarity – through a specific demarche, which is to create networks of competences, or European poles of “linking”, between the 5 majors key actors of the society namely companies, public authorities, trade unions, associations representing civil society and universities. Pour la Solidarité has a strong experience in European affairs and relies on a large network of partner organisations on local bases as well as on a transnational level.[/su_expand]

moran[su_expand height=”100″ more_icon=”icon: sort-desc” less_icon=”icon: sort-asc”]José Manuel Morán is Vicepresident of the Spanish Chapter, Club of Rome. He is an Aeronautical Engineer, Bachelor in Philosophy and Political Science, PDG by IESE Business School and PADE from ESADE Business School.

He is the author of several publications related to the development of the European Union, the interactive society and advanced technology applications for the inclusion of people with disabilities. among other issues. He has published several articles related to business management, the social impact of technological change and sustainability.

He has devoted his professional career initially to telecommunications and the development of foundational activities in the areas of strategic planning, service innovation and business regulations, and executive management. Moreover, he was the founder and director of the Spanish Confederation of Foundations. He was president and director of various foundations and he is patron of several others.

Currently he is advisor of certain corporations and institutions on issues of governance and sustainability.

He is counsellor of the Spanish Economic and Social Council since its inception, and Associate Member of the Club of Rome, being Vicepresident of its Spanish Chapter. He has participated in the working teams aimed at the preparation of reports of the Club of Rome on “The future of the disabled” and “The Network”.[/su_expand]

Interactive Dialogue with Citizens Organisations and Business Representatives

pinto[su_expand height=”100″ more_icon=”icon: sort-desc” less_icon=”icon: sort-asc”] João Diogo Pinto, born in Nampula, Mozambique, is Secretary General of the European Movement International, one of the largest pan and pro-European civil society organisations with currently more than 70 Member Organisations, bringing together representatives from European associations, political parties, industry and business associations as well as trade unions.

He grew up in Guimarães, but studied sociology at the Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa in Lisbon, Portugal. He was President of the Portuguese National Youth Council from 1995–1998 and became National Director of Intercultura Portugal in 2001.

In May 2005, he was elected Secretary General of the European Youth Forum, a platform of national youth councils and international non-governmental youth organisations in Europe, which strives for youth rights in international institutions such as the European Union, the Council of Europe and the United Nations. He stayed with the European Youth Forum until May 2009, when he was offered the position and later appointed as European Movement International Secretary General.

He is co-author of two books: 20 Ideias para 2020 – Inovar Portugal (2005) and Ideias Perigosas para Portugal (2010).

João Diogo Pinto is a Member of the Spinelli Group and since 2010 a Board Member of Fondation EurActiv PoliTech.[/su_expand]

fluhrer[su_expand height=”100″ more_icon=”icon: sort-desc” less_icon=”icon: sort-asc”]Helmut Fluhrer is the CEO of the European Language Technology Group. He is an entrepreneur and business professional with over 30 years of experience in building mid- to large-sized companies from scratch.

European Language Technology Group focuses on solutions using most modern Internet technologies for mitigating the language barriers especially in the European Union to push the potential for a unified market.

Dr. Fluhrer is also founder of brainmate, a company specialized for IP and patents, giving advice for industry, investors and governments how to improve their portfolios and strategies in a fast evolving global competition.

He also did pioneering work in the Internet business with “Health Online Service“, the first b-to-b offering in the healthcare industry, and founded companies in the environmental sector. Fluhrer spent many years in Asia, USA, Australia, United Arab Emirates, as well as West and East European countries.

In the past he worked in the media world, creating technology leaders in the areas of satellite television (SAT 1) and digital publishing (Axel Springer Publishing, Hubert Burda Media). He managed the biggest medical publication in the world, “Medical Tribune”, in over 15 countries and co-managed a European-wide network of leading business papers.

Dr. Fluhrer dedicated a lot of his time to creating and supporting institutions for entrepreneurship. As a member of the World Economic Forum, Senator of the Junior Chamber International, a long-term member of “Europe’s 500” (association of Europe’s fastest growing companies), the initiator of the prize “Bavaria’s Best 50” and of several Russian and East-European business institutions, he has participated in many events for entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership.

He is a member of Rotary International. He holds a PhD in political sciences and an MBA and published the book Less State – More Private.

For his efforts that lead to the creation of a global healthcare Internet network for the Roman Catholic Church, he was knighted by the Order St. John.[/su_expand]

nyman[su_expand height=”100″ more_icon=”icon: sort-desc” less_icon=”icon: sort-asc”]Adam Nyman is the Director of Debating Europe, the online discussion platform launched in 2011, designed to engage European citizens and policymakers in an ongoing conversation on the vital issues shaping our future.

Debating Europe has launched Vote 2014, the first ever pan-European online e-vote directly linked to the European Parliament elections in May.[/su_expand]

alonso[su_expand height=”100″ more_icon=”icon: sort-desc” less_icon=”icon: sort-asc”]Natalia Alonso is Agriculture engineer and Deputy Director of Advocacy and Campaigns, Advocacy Offices, Oxfam International in Brussels and coordinates the work across Oxfam’s in 8 European countries.

Natalia and her team focus on policy and campaigns work to foster an ambitious EU response to climate change, food security, sustainable agriculture, humanitarian crisis and development and linking these challenges to the ongoing debates on the future of the EU’s external policies –including EU development policy- within the EU’s new architecture.

Her previous posts in Brussels were at Plan International, where she was head of the EU office and at Amnesty International’s EU office as Deputy Director. Natalia has worked 9 years overseas, mostly in India and the Dominican Republic, for the European Commission and others on development issues, including governance, natural resources management and agriculture investment.

As from February 2014 Natalia became Deputy Director of Advocacy & Campaigns and manages also the work of Oxfam international Advocacy Offices in Geneva, New York and Washington.[/su_expand]

Gala Dinner

nemitz[su_expand height=”100″ more_icon=”icon: sort-desc” less_icon=”icon: sort-asc”] Paul F. Nemitz is the Director for Fundamental rights and Union citizenship in the Directorate-General for Justice of the European Commission. The Free movement of people in Europe, Data protection and Children’s rights are also key responsibilities of his Directorate.

Before joining DG Justice, Nemitz held posts in the Legal Service of the European Commission, the Cabinet of the Commissioner for Development Cooperation and in the Directorates General for Trade, Transport and Maritime Affairs. He has a broad experience as agent of the Commission in litigation before the European Courts and he has published extensively on EU law. He is teaching EU Law as a visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges.

Nemitz studied Law at Hamburg University. He passed the state examinations for the Judiciary in Hamburg and for a short time was a teaching assistant for Constitutional law and the Law of the Sea at Hamburg University. He obtained a Master of Comparative Law from George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., where he was a Fulbright grantee. He also passed the first and second cycle of the Strasburg Faculty for comparative law, supported by a grant of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).[/su_expand]

Session 4 (part 1): Case Studies ‘Common Ground for the Different Pension Funds in Europe’

meerten[su_expand height=”100″ more_icon=”icon: sort-desc” less_icon=”icon: sort-asc”]H. van Meerten, (1974) is Barrister and expert on Pension Law, at Clifford Chance Amsterdam. He advises clients in relation to pension pooling structures in The Netherlands and abroad.

Hans has studied Dutch, European and International Law at the VU University of Amsterdam and at the LMU in München (1993-1999). He obtained his doctorate in European Law in 2004.

Hans has extensive knowledge of various ascpects of EU-legislation and processes. One of his specialisms is the EU and Dutch legislation relating to pensions and cross-border activities of financial institutions.

In 2008-2010 Hans was co-author of the legislation on the Premium Pension Institution (PPI). This institution has a European IORP passport and has the freedom to offer its services in the EU and in non-EU countries.

Hans was also involved in the negotiations in Brussels with regard to the Services Directive and the Solvency II Directive. Moreover he was closely involved in the negotiations concerning The Treaty of Nice and the European Constitution.

Hans regularly publishes in (inter)national magazines with regard to pension and financial legislation and supervision.

breuil[su_expand height=”100″ more_icon=”icon: sort-desc” less_icon=”icon: sort-asc”]Arnaud Breuil is the Managing Director of the Institute of International Social Cooperation (Icosi) since 2007. This association has as main objectives, the international promotion of the democratic modes of governance and the social economy sector. The specific programmes that Icosi builds, concern the promotion of international labour law, decent work and the minimum implementation of standards for social welfare.

Arnaud Breuil is also, since 2011, responsible for international and social partnerships in the co-operative Group Chèque Déjeuner, and works on different projects in favour of social innovation.

He was previously permanent member of a French trade union from 2000 to 2007. As such, he was a member of the social protection group at the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) from 2001 to 2007. During this period, he was also member of the follow-up committee for the coordination of the social protection systems for migrant workers.

He holds a Masters degree in Social Law (Paris II-Panthéon Assas University in 2001) and a Masters Degree in International Public Law (Paris XI University).[/su_expand]

bergloff[su_expand height=”100″ more_icon=”icon: sort-desc” less_icon=”icon: sort-asc”]Elin Berglöf is working as an Actuary at the Swedish Pensions Agency. She has been working with pension evaluation and analyses within the Swedish public pension system since 2006. Most recently, she has been one of the analysts in the ongoing work with changing the rules for the automatic balance mechanism which is now broadly discussed within the Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs.

Ms. Berglöf graduated with a M.Sc. in Engineering Physics and has also studied Insurance Mathematics.[/su_expand]

iglesias[su_expand height=”100″ more_icon=”icon: sort-desc” less_icon=”icon: sort-asc”]José Antonio Iglesias is the Deputy Managing Director of Clients and Bids at VidaCaixa. He holds a degree in Business Sciences and Economics from the University of Barcelona.

Mr. Iglesias began his career in the insurance sector at Caja de Barcelona in 1981, working in various offices and the Department of Central Services, taking up a managerial responsibility position in the Marketing Department from 1987 to 1990.

In 1992 he became part of La Caixa Insurance Group, previously known as SegurCaixa Holding. Following various corporate transactions that changed the name of the company and its shareholder structure, José Antonio Iglesias took up his current position as Head of Marketing and Segment Development at VidaCaixa, the leading Life Insurance and Pension Plan company of La Caixa.[/su_expand]

stuchlik[su_expand height=”100″ more_icon=”icon: sort-desc” less_icon=”icon: sort-asc”]Andrej Stuchlik is a political scientist and Project Manager at the Brussels Office of Bertelsmann Stiftung, a German think tank.

He is responsible for a monitoring project on social policy reforms and social inclusion in the EU member states. Apart from that his research and consultancy work focuses on European Labor Markets and European Economic Governance.

Over the last ten years he has been working on a variety of EU and social security issues. He has been assistant professor at the German University of Administrative Sciences in Speyer, Lecturer at Andrássy-University in Budapest, Research Fellow at Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation in Berlin and also Visiting Fellow at the Statistics Department of the German Pension Insurance. Having studied in Germany and Canada, he holds a PhD in Political Economy from Free University Berlin.[/su_expand]

Session 4 (part 2): Expert Panel ‘What is the State of Pension Reform in Europe?’

jimenez[su_expand height=”100″ more_icon=”icon: sort-desc” less_icon=”icon: sort-asc”]Javier Díaz-Giménez is Professor of Economics at IESE Business School. He has dedicated most of his professional life to doing research, teaching and advising in macroeconomics.

His recent research explores the macroeconomic consequences of fiscal policy and pension system reforms. He has published the results of his research in some of the leading professional journals such as the Journal of Political Economy and the Journal of Monetary Economics, and he has coauthored two articles with Edward C. Prescott, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2004.

He is also the author of the undergraduate textbook Macroeconomía: Primeros Conceptos (Macroeconomics: Primary Concepts).

Prof. Díaz-Giménez has consulted for the Spanish Ministry of Industry and, briefly, for the Economic Bureau of the President of Spain (2004). He has also served in the strategic committee of Consulnor, and he is an economic commentator at the Cadena Cope, one of Spain’s nationwide radio networks.[/su_expand]

Closing Session

duch[su_expand height=”100″ more_icon=”icon: sort-desc” less_icon=”icon: sort-asc”]Jaume Duch is Director for Media and Spokesperson of the European Parliament.

Before becoming spokesperson and Director, Duch was head of the press room unit (1999–2006) and press adviser with the private office of the then President of the European Parliament José Maria Gil-Robles (1997–1999).

He started his career within the Parliament administration as an official in 1990, prior to which he was an assistant to a Member of the European Parliament (1987–1989) from a Catalan party and associate professor for international public law and European law at the University of Barcelona (1986–1990). He holds a Master in law from the University of Barcelona.

Duch speaks Spanish, Catalan, English, French and Italian. He is married with three children and lives in Brussels. He has published various articles on matters related to the EU and communication.[/su_expand]