About Global Forum

The Global Forum/Shaping the Future is an internationally recognized think-tank for exchange and networking among governments at national, regional & local levels, private & public organizations, research & development experts.

The Global Forum is an independent, high profile, international, non-for-profit event dedicated to business and policy issues affecting the successful evolution of the Digital Society. The Global Forum brings each year in a different city around the world more than 300 key policy-makers and public/private stakeholders from more than 30 countries from all continents, it is often considered as the Davos for ICT.

Organizers & Co-organizers


Items International is an international consulting firm based in Paris, dedicated to Information & Communication Technologies strategies. ITEMS International is specialized in digital technologies and services: broadband, Internet, broadcast and software.

ITEMS proposes a various range of consulting assistance: Strategic studies, Market analysis, International benchmarks, Technological Analysis, Business plans, Due diligence, Roll out assistance.

Created in 1994, the company has a long experience in strategic and marketing consulting, networking, knowledge sharing and transfer. ITEMS has launched a strategic activity in smart grids and smart cities (including contactless, open data, e-Gov, mobility and smart energy). ITEMS operates with public and private institutions, including the European Commission and the French government. The different backgrounds and the versatility of our consultants lead to a unique company’s expertise in the areas of ICT strategies, project management, services
and usages.


Kora propose a new way to grow yourself, your ideas and your business. Created by Regus, Kora is an international network of inspiring partners, events and places to work.

Join a growing entrepreneurial community, connecting with Kora and Regus members and partners from the worlds of business and learning.

Find the inspiration, knowledge, skills, services and people you need through our learning and networking events and our local Kora directors and connectors.

Make a home for your business in the nurturing environment of Kora locations around the world.


The Brainport region, with Eindhoven at its heart, is a world-class top technology region. High-tech and design are combined with high-end manufacturing industry and entrepreneurship. Cooperation and sharing knowledge are part of our DNA and provide the basis for the characteristic open innovation culture which makes Brainport Eindhoven so intelligent and strong. By quickly anticipating the world-wide changes and continuously forming new connections, we create new opportunities for everyone. This attracts talent and companies from all over the world. In a unique business climate we work together in finding solutions for societal challenges with regards to health, mobility, energy, food and safety. When you google innovation, it is no coincidence that the first images you will find are light bulbs. 125 years ago, Philips brought light to Brainport Eindhoven. The company transformed the region into a vibrant industrial success story.

Nowadays Eindhoven is a city of opportunity, encouraging possibilities. Of brainpower, work ethic, of fun. There is a constant flow of new developments in the fields of creativity, innovation, technology, design and knowledge. Eindhoven is bursting with energy!  Geographically situated in the southern part of the Netherlands, the Brainport Eindhoven region has a population of around 750,000 and a workforce of 400,000. The economic success can be attributed to cooperation, both regional and international. The cooperation among industry, knowledge and educational institutions and the government – the so-called triple helix collaboration – is unique. This economic success in Brainport is crucial to the international competitiveness of the Netherlands: along with Amsterdam (airport) and Rotterdam (seaport), Brainport Eindhoven is one of the main cornerstones of the Dutch economy. www.brainport.nl/en

Global Forum 2016


Show  #CrèvelaBulle, see some GF 2016 Attendees vision on Digital Innovation & Europe (from AlmouwatinTV in partnership with InnoGage Limited – French Audio for now) 

SEE THE GF 2016 Press Release 


WELCOME ADDRESSES 8:45 am – 9:15 am

  • Marta Arsovska-Tomovska, Minister of Information Society and Administration, Macedonia
  • Mark Bressers, Director of the Directorate-General for Entreprise and Innovation Regulatory Reform and ICT Policy Department, Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Netherlands
  • Joep Brouwers, Vice Director, Brainport Development, the Netherlands
  • Sébastien Lévy, Vice President Global Forum/Shaping the Future & Partner Items International; France
  • Sylviane Toporkoff, President, Global Forum/Shaping the Future; Founder & Partner Items International, France


OPENING SESSION: FUTURE VISION [9:15 am – 11:00 am] 

  • Chair/Moderator: Ambassador Miriam Sapiro, Partner, Finsbury USA
  • Per Blixt, Adviser for International Relations linked to Future Networks, European Commission
  • Mark Bressers, Director of the Directorate-General for Entreprise and Innovation Regulatory Reform and ICT Policy Department, Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Netherlands Presentation
  • Hiroyuki Hishinuma, Director, International Economic Affairs Division, Global ICT Strategy Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), Japan Presentation
  • David Kibler, Consultant with Director General – Digital Affairs, General Directorate of Globalization, Culture, Education and International Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Development, France
  • Suvi Linden, Chairperson NxtVn Finland, Former Finland Minister of Communications Responsible for Media and Telecommunications 2007-2011, Finland Presentation
  • Theresa Swinehart, Senior Vice President, Multistakeholder Strategy & Strategy Initiatives, ICANN – Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers


S1: Infrastructures Challenges for Digitalization [11:15 am – 12:45 pm]

  • Chair: Antonio Amendola, Executive Director International Regulatory Affairs, AT&T
  • Moderator: Gérard Pogorel, Professor of Economics and Management-Emeritus, Telecom ParisTech, France
  • Cécil Ameil, Chairperson Working group on regulation, ESOA – European Satellite Operators Association Presentation
  • Clément Allain, R&D project manager on precision livestock farming at the French Livestock Institute, France Presentation
  • Erik Huizer, CTO Surfnet, the Netherlands / Chair, Dutch IPv6 Task Force IPv6 Presentation 
  • Gérald Santucci, Adviser for Cross-cutting Policy/Research Issues, DG CONNECT, European Commission Presentation
  • Herman Schepers, Senior Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs, GSMA
  • Michael Stankosky, Research Professor, George Washington University, USA Presentation
  • Paul Wormeli, Innovation Strategist, Wormeli Consulting LLC Presentation 


S2: Digital Health Revolution Improving Society [11:15 am – 12:45 pm]

  • Chair: Giuseppe Grassi, Director Cardiology Department- Venice Hospital ULSS 12, Italy Presentation
  •  Moderator: Ingrid Andersson, CEO, Corporate Wellbeing Oman
  •  Ian Craddock, Professor University of Bristol / Director, SPHERE (an EPSRC IRC) United-Kingdom Presentation
  • Sophia Eberhard, MD, Senior consultant in Psychiatry and Child- and adolescent psychiatry Head of the Child – and adolescent psychiatric inpatient clinic, Malmö University Hospital, Sweden, Presentation
  • Bernard Grundlehner, System Architect, IMEC, the Netherlands Presentation
  • Joe Jarzombek, Global Manager Synopsys- Software Assurance, USA Presentation
  • Line Kleinebreil, Consultant, “Be He@lthy Be Mobile” WHO /ITU program (World Health Organisation/International Telecommunication Union); Vice-President, Université Numérique Francophone Mondiale (UNFM) Presentation
  • Janet Munro, SVP of Clinical Science, IXICO, United-Kingdom Presentation
  • Alexis Normand, Healthcare Development Director, Withings, France Presentation
  • Nagaaki Ohyama, Professor Imaging Science and Engineering Laboratory, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan Presentation
  • Toni Pekkola, Project Planner, JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Finland Presentation


Keynote Session: [2:00 pm – 2:40 pm]

  • Moderator: Outi Rouru, Senior Advisor, International Affairs, Central Administration, City of Oulu, Finland
  • Stephen Brennan, Chief Digital Advisor, Irish Government; founder and CEO, Centuri Analytics, Ireland Presentation
  • Kirsi Ekroth-Manssila, Head of Unit for KETs (Key Enabling Technologies), Digital Manufacturing and Interoperability, DG GROW, European Commission Presentation
  • Steven Lafosse Marin, Head of Sales Private Sector CyberSecurity, Airbus Defence and Space – Cybersecurity, France Presentation
  • Elly Plooij – Van Gorsel, Independent Chair of the e-Strategic Council, the Netherlands Presentation


S3: Cyber & Security [2:45 pm – 4:15 pm] 

  • Chair/Moderator: Steven Lafosse Marin, Head of Sales Private Sector CyberSecurity, Airbus Defence and Space – Cybersecurity
  • Jacques Bus, Secretary General DEF Digital Enlightenment Forum, Belgium  Presentation
  • Chris Clark, Principal Security Engineer – Strategic Initiatives, Synopsys, USA Presentation
  • Don Davidson, Chief, Lifecycle Risk Mgt + CS/Acquisition Integration Division, In the Office of the Deputy DOD-CIO for Cybersecurity (CS), US Department of Defense, USA Presentation
  • Koffi Fabrice Djossou, Senior Sales Director, Africa, ABS – Africa Broadcast Satellite, South Africa Presentation
  • Louis Granboulan, Cybersecurity Expert, CTO, Airbus Group Corporate, France Presentation
  • Michel van Leeuwen, Head of Cybersecurity Policy Division, Directorate for Cyber Security, Ministry of Security and Justice, the Netherlands
  • Shakeel Tufail, CEO, Secureninja, USA Presentation
  • Philippe Wolf, Project Manager, IRT – Institut de Recherche Technologique SystemX, France Presentation


S4: The Digital Industry: The Fourth Industrial Revolution and Societal Challenges  [4:30 pm – 6:00 pm]

  • Chair: Desiree Miloshevic, Senior Public Policy and International Affairs Adviser, Afilias, Ireland
  • Moderator: David Langley, Senior Research Scientist, TNO, the Netherlands
  • Marie Ekeland, Member, CNN – Conseil National du Numérique ; Founder, Daphni, France,
  • Denis Gardin Senior Vice-President, New Technology Ventures & Managing Director, Airbus, France Presentation
  • Adrianus Melkert, Director of The Board, NXTVn, Finland Presentation
  • Jeremy Millard, Senior Consultant, Danish Technological Institute, Denmark Presentation
  • Raphael Schoentgen, Director Research and Technologies (CTO) and Member of the Executive Committee, ENGIE, France Presentation
  • Marc Vancoppenolle, Global Head, Government Relations, Nokia, Belgium Presentation


S5: Revaluating Policies & Regulation [4:30 pm – 6:00 pm]

  • Chair: Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer, CRTC – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, Canada
  • Moderator Thaima Samman, Partner / associated lawyer /President European Network for Women in Leadership
  • Serafino Abate, Director of Competition Economics, GSMA Government and Regulatory Affairs
  • Antonio Amendola, Executive Director International Regulatory Affairs, AT&T, Belgium
  • René Arnold, Head of Department Markets and Perspectives; WIK- Consult, Germany OTT StudyOTT Streaming Services
  • Nigel Hickson, Vice President, UN and IGO Engagement, ICANN
  • Suvi Linden, Chairperson NxtVn Finland
  • Radoslav Repa, Third secretary, Permanent Representation of Slovakia to the EU; Chair of the Telecom and Information Society Working Party of the Council of the EU, Belgium Presentation
  • Sarah Zhao, Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, China Presentation



Keynote Opening Session Day 2  [9:00 am – 10:00 am]

  • Chair and Moderator: Jay E. Gillette, Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair in Information and Communications Technologies, University of Oulu, Finland 2014-2015; Professor of Information and Communication Sciences, Center for Information and Communication Sciences, Ball State University; Senior Research Fellow and Institute Secretary, Digital Policy Institute Presentation
  • Christian Buchel, Deputy-CEO, Chief Digital & International Officer (CDIO), ENEDIS; Vice-Chairman of EDSO, France Presentation
  • Julia Glidden, General Manager, IBM Global Government Industry, USA Presentation
  • Gwenael Prié, Telecom & ICT Project manager, AFD – Agence Française de Développement, France Presentation
  • Khaled Sedrak, Founder and CEO, NxtVn, Belgium
  • Yoshio Tanaka, Professor, Tokyo University of Science (TUS), Graduate School of Innovation Studies, Japan Presentation


S6: Innovation / Open Innovation in a Digital World [10:00 am – 11:30 am]

  • Chair: Bror Salmelin Advisor to the DG for Innovation Systems DG CONNECT (Communications, Networks, Content and Technology) European Commission Presentation
  • Moderator: Mariane Cimino CEO of Group Homecare, Expert in health digital transformation ITG, France
  • Giulia Barbagelata, International cooperation, Stam, Italy Presentation
  • Raphael Briner, Chief Marketing Officer & Co-founder, Knowledge Plaza, Switzerland Presentation
  • Julia Glidden, General Manager, IBM Global Government Industry, USA Presentation
  • Laurent Journaux, General Secretary Inter-professional Association for Genetic improvement of ruminants, France Génétique Elevage, France Presentation
  • Nikolaus Lindner, Director Government Relations DE/AT/CH and Russia, eBay Inc. Public Policy Lab EMEA, Belgium
  • Nitya Karmakar, Phd, Australian catholic university, north Sydney, Australia Presentation
  • Mika Rantakokko, Chief Operating Officer 6City Strategy, Open Innovation Platforms, BusinessOulu, Finland Presentation
  • Jyan-yi (Jeremy) Shen, Economic Counsellor, Taipei Representative Office in the Netherlands, Taiwan Presentation


S7: Workshop: Cyber and Supply Chain [10:00 am – 11:30 am]

  • Chair: Don Davidson, Deputy Director CS/Implementation & CS/Acquisition Integration, Office of the Deputy DoD CIO for Cybersecurity, USA Presentation
  • Moderator: Bénédicte Suzan, CIS, R&T and Innovation Coordination, Airbus Defence and Space, France
  • Yannick Fourastier, Innovation Manager, Industrial System Design, Cybersecurity, Airbus Group Corporate, France Presentation
  • Isabelle Hirayama, Strategy Analyst, IRT – Institut de Recherche Technologique SystemX, France Presentation
  • Joe Jarzombek, Global Manager, Software Supply Chain Management, Synopsys Software Integrity Group, USA Presentation
  • Florence Nnanga-Dupré, Security Policies & Compliance Manager, Airbus Group, France Presentation
  • Alain Ribera, Senior Manager Cyber Security Program, Airbus Group Corporate, France Presentation
  • Gérald Santucci, Adviser for Cross-cutting Policy/Research Issues, DG CONNECT, European Commission
  • Colin Williams, Director SBL, United-Kingdom Presentation
  • Philippe Wolf, Project Manager, IRT – Institut de Recherche Technologique SystemX, France Presentation


S8: Smart City & Region [11:45 am – 1:15 pm]

  • Moderator Hugo Kerschot, Managing Director, IS-practice, Belgium Presentation 
  • Jiri Bouchal, Project Manager IS-practice Presentation
  • John Jung, Executive Director ICF Canada (Toronto); Chairman & Co-founder Intelligent Community Forum (NYC); President, Intelligent Community Forum Foundation (NYC), Canada Presentation
  • Eric Legale, City of Issy-les-Moulineaux, France “Smart LivingPresentation
  • Mika Mannervesi, Director of City Development Services, City of Salo, Finland Presentation
  • Eikazu Niwano, Producer R&D Planning Department, NTT Corporation, Japan Presentation
  • Cristina Pronello, Professor Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning, Politecnico di Torino, Italy Presentation ;  Project Opticities
  • Gaby Rasters, Strategic Advisor, City of Eindhoven, the Netherlands Presentation
  • Jean François Soupizet, Scientific Counsellor, Futuribles International, France Presentation
  • Eelko Steenhuis, EU Project Advisor, Cities Northern Netherlands, The Netherlands Presentation
  • Céline Vanderborght, Smart City Manager Brussels Region, Brussels Regional Informatics Centre (BRIC), Belgium Presentation 


S9: The Data Revolution [11:45 am – 1:15 pm]

  • Chair : Hervé Rannou, Président CityzenData, France Presentation
  • Moderator: Jeremy Millard, Senior Consultant, Danish Technological Institute, Denmark
  • Scott Cunningham, Associate Professor of Policy Analysis, Delft University of Technology,  the Netherlands Presentation
  • Sandro Etalle, Professor Head of Security Group, TU/e – Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands Presentation
  • Stephane Grumbach, Research Director, INRIA, France
  • Laurent Journaux, General Secretary Inter-professional Association for Genetic improvement of ruminants, France Génétique Elevage, France Presentation
  • Ali Kone, Chief Operating Officer/Co-Founder, Coders4Africa Inc, USA Presentation
  • Herbert Lust, Vice-President and Managing Director, Conservation International Europe, Belgium
  • Alfredo Ronchi, Secretary General EC MEDICI Framework, Politecnico di Milano, Italy Presentation ; My data are still mine?
  • Arjan van den Born, Academic Director, Jheronimus Academy of Data Science; Professor Creative Entrepreneurship Tilburg University Presentation


S10: Digital Communities [11:45 am – 1:15 pm]

  • Chair/ Moderator Véronique Inès Thouvenot, Co-founder & Scientific Director Foundation Millennia2025 WeObservatory , Namur, Belgium Presentation
  • Mame-Yaa Bosomtwi, Public Health Specialist; Member Fondation Millennia2025, France
  • Franka Cadée, Project lead, programme developer, owner social enterprise
  • TwinToWin; Main researcher Maastricht University,Utrecht, Netherlands Presentation
  • Effat El Shooky, Technical Director, Women Business Development Center – WBDC, Egypt
  • Samia Melhem, Chair, eDevelopment Group Information and Communication Technologies Sector Unit, World Bank Group Presentation
  • Chetan Sharma, COO & Director, Datamation Group, India Presentation
  • Cécile Wendling, Head of Foresight Group Strategy, Sustainability and Public Affairs, AXA, France Presentation
  • Doyna Zharavina Project Manager, blogger Foundation Millennia2025 WeObservatory , Namur, Belgium

BYTE Project Workshop Panel Discussion Following S9: Data Revolution [2:15 pm – 4:00 pm]
The BYTE project is exploring scientific and industrial organizations in Europe to gain a
greater understanding of the positive and negative externalities associated with Big Data.
In this workshop, a policy roadmap for big data in Europe will be presented.

GISCO, The Global Innovation Startup Competition [2:15 pm – 4:00 pm]

See the GISCO Report & Jurors profiles



Eindhoven is a truly digital friendly city with an ecosystem of universities, research institutes, companies, valorisation centres and SME associations.

Eindhoven is the industrial and innovative heart of the Netherlands and has been awarded the Intelligent Community of the Year award and is ranked among the top “European Cities and Regions of the Future” by the Financial Times close to London and Helsinki.

Evoluon Center
The Evoluon is the iconic and welcoming environment where entrepreneurial people meet and build on their success. The Evoluon’s mission is to provide the optimum facilitation of inspiring gatherings and meetings. Evoluon aims at turning every meeting, event, conference or exhibition a great success.

The Evoluon is a conference centre and former science museum erected by the electronics and electrical company Philips at Eindhoven in the Netherlands in 1966. Since its construction, it has become a landmark and a symbol for the city.

The building is unique due to its very futuristic design, resembling a landed flying saucer. It was designed by architects Leo de Bever and Louis Christiaan Kalff  while the exhibition it housed was conceived by James Gardner. De Bever and Kalff only got two demands for the design of the building, it had to be “spectacular” and it had to be possible to hold exhibitions in the building.

Its concrete dome is 77 metres (253 ft) in diameter and is held in place by 169 kilometres (105 mi) of reinforcing steel bars.


For More Information on SPONSORSHIPS & REGISTRATION GLOBAL FORUM / Shaping the Future 2016

Please contact:
Dr. Sylviane Toporkoff, President Global Forum

Mr. Sébastien Lévy, Vice-President Global Forum

Tel: + 33 1 46 42 48 76
Fax: + 33 1 41 08 94 27


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