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.



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.

Global Forum 2019 & ICMASim 2019

Facing Innovation, Simulation & Realities

Monday 7th & Tuesday 8th October 2019
Angers, France – Centre de Congrès Jean Monnier

GF 2019 Proceedings

See the GF 2019 Pictures

Sunday 6th October

Welcome Event at Galerie David d’Angers, an outstanding mixture of 13th century architecture and modern design


Monday 7th October 

Welcome Addresses [8:45 am – 9:15 am]

Chairs & Moderators: 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
Keynotes Speakers
Edith Cresson, Former France Prime Minister; Former European Commissioner, President École de la Deuxième Chance, France Welcome Adresse
Benoît Pilet, Deputy Mayor of the City of Angers, Vice-President of the Angers Urban Community, France
Laurent Prétrot, Vice-President, Digital Economy, Regional Council “Pays de la Loire”, France

Opening Session: Future Visions [9:15 am – 10:30 am]

Chair & Moderator: Jean-Pierre Chamoux, Professor Emeritus, Université Paris Descartes, France GF 2019 Opening Future Visions
Joëlle Durieux, General Director, Finance Innovation; National Secretary, Réseau Thématique French Tech #FinTech, France
Ted Hewitt, President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Speaking Notes
Samia Melhem, Global Lead, Digital Development, Digital Development Team, WorldBank  
Nagaaki Ohyama, Professor of Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Sarah Zhao, Partner BakerHostetler, USA/China

S1: Transformative Infrastructures to Support Digital Applications, 5G & Evolution of Integrated Platforms [11:00 am – 12:30 pm]

Chair: John Giusti, Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA  
Moderator: Sylvie Albert, Professor, Department of Business & Administration, University of Winnipeg, Canada
Aurélie Beaupel, Digital Independant Expert, France How to make technology quickly avalaible to end-users ?
Jean-Pierre Bienaimé, Chairman, IREST – Institute of Economic & Social Research on Telecommunications, France Unlocking the benefits of 5G for the Enterprise Market:
5G empowering vertical industries

Marc Dufayet, 5G Marketing Product Manager, Orange Business Service, France
5G – Towards Real-Time Transformation
Sophie Le Pallec, Head of Public Policy, GS1 France Data as an Infrastructure
Emmanuel Simiyu, Co-Founder & CEO, GOIP, Kenya
Yoshio Tanaka, Professor Tokyo University of Science, Japan Things and Systems on IOT/5G era

Keynote Session: [2:00 pm – 2:30 pm]

Moderator: Ingrid Andersson, Associate Senior Expert, IKED, Sweden Digital enablers in context of NBS
Stéphane Grumbach, Senior Scientist, INRIA; Deputy director IXXI, Complex Systems Institute, ENS Lyon, France Environmental complexity, What role for IT?
Steven Lafosse Marin, CEO & Co-founder, DGT4leaders–UMAN ; President ISEP Business Angels, France with Abdessamad Ait El Cadi, Lecturer, Assistant Professor & Logistic Researcher Université Polytechnique Hauts de France; Expert Advisor, UMAN, France  Innovation 4 Good

S2: Artificial Intelligences & Data [2:30 pm – 4:00 pm]

Moderator: Alan Shark, Executive Director & CEO, PTI – Public Technologies Institute, USA Artificial Intelligence and Data
Namir Anani, President & CEO, ICTC – Information and Communications Technology Council, Canada  The Intelligence Economy – Where Technology, Markets & Humanity Intersect
Simon Boisserpe, Innovation Development Advisor, Atlanpole, France  The Role of Data in the Economy
Walid El Abed, Founder & CEO, Global Data Excellence, Switzerland with Philippe Denis, Executive Denis & Partners Consulting, France   DEMS Cognitive and Social IT Platform: The  European Alternative to the US and Chinese AI
Etienne Gehain, Digital Innovation Officer, ENGIE, France
Alessandro Guarino, Founder and CEO, STAG, Italy  The Geopolitics of AI
Kaiser Naseem, Digital Transformation Professional, United Arab Emirates


S3: Promises and Realities of IoT: Roll Out of Digital Transformation [4:15 pm – 5:45 pm]

Chair & Moderator: Hervé Rannou, President, SenX & Items International, France
Gwendal Azous, IoT Consultant Manager for Smart Cities, Smart Industries & Smart Building, Axians Consulting, France  Smart city Promise and reality of IoT, The Roll-Out of Digital Transformation Nitya Karmakar, Professor, Peter Faber Business School, Faculty of Law and Business, Australian Catholic University, Australia Fire & Fury in the realm of Internet of Things (IoT): Winners and Losers
Renaud Montin, Managing Director Consumer Division, Parade Connect; Chief Transformation Officer, ERAM Group, France  Parade Connect
Eikazu Niwano, NTT Research Professor, Secure Platform Laboratories, NTT Corporation, Japan  Structured ID Components Over Secure Environments
Gérald Santucci, Ambassador, INTEROP-VLab, Belgium IoT: A European Journey

S4: Digital Policy, Regulation & Governance [4:15 pm – 5:45 pm]

Chair & Moderator: Thomas Mackenzie, Senior Research Consultant, Internet Governance, Items International, France
Koffi Fabrice Djossou, Regional Director, Gilat Telecom, Israel   Policy Regulation Challenges in Africa
Alain Ducass, President & Director, www.energeTIC.fr, France Too Many International Digital Projects Fail or Produce White Elephants
Alessandro Guarino, Founder & CEO, STAG, Italy Digital States and Digital Peoples
Alice Pezard, Attorney at Law & Arbitrator, France
Jenny Romelsjö, Case-Handler, Unit C.6 – Antitrust: E-commerce and Data Economy, DG Competition, European Commission Competition Policy for the Digital Era
David Rousseau, Professor in Data Sciences, University of Angers, France Where legislation meets climate change and electronics
Fabrice Tocco, Co-Founder & co-CEO, Dawex, France Making Data Exchange Scalable & Secure
Paul Wormeli, Innovation Strategist, Wormeli Consulting, USA USA  Governance, An alternative to regulation?

GALA DINNER at Greniers Saint Jean, a unique & sumptuous event space built in the XII century, former Saint-Jean hospital


Tuesday 8th October 

Keynote Opening Session Day 2 [8:45 am – 9:45 am]

Chair & Moderator: Jeremy Millard, Senior Policy Advisor, Danish Technological Institute, Denmark
Darin Beach, Chief Business Development Officer, Images & Réseaux, France The Digital Tech That Will Change the Economy
Eyal Bloch, Head & Co-founder, TOP Global, Israel  How Can We Innovate For the Wellbeing of Humanity and Mother Nature?
Alain Guillaume, Business Development and Marketing Manager, Citeos, a VINCI Energies Brand, France Futuristic Visions of the Smart City
Arnaud Leroy, President, ADEME – Agence de l’Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l’Énergie, France
Olivier Sala, General Manager, ENGIE Digital, France Be The World Leader In Zero-Carbon Transition “As a Service”

S5: From Smart & Intelligent To Cognitive Cities, Regions & Communities [9:45 am – 11:15 pm]

Chair & Moderator: Hugo Kerschot, Founder, IS- Practice, Belgium
Sylvie Albert, Professor, Department of Business & Administration, University of Winnipeg, Canada Innovative Solutions to Creating Sustainable Cities  
Gwenaëlle Carfantan, CEO, Setur, France Urban Think
Valérie Champetier, Founder, ThinkandAct, France Cognitive Cities
Eric Legale, Managing Director Issy Media, City of Issy-les-Moulineaux, France Smart or Collaborative Cities?
Thomas Mackenzie, Senior Research Consultant, Internet Governance, Items International, France
Sylvain Nachef, International Business Development Director, Bouygues Energies & Services, France
Alan Shark, Executive Director & CEO, PTI – Public Technologies Institute, USA  Smart to Cognitive Cities – A Work in Progress
Jean-François Soupizet, Scientific Advisor, Futuribles International, France The Smart City: Rupture or Adaptation ?

S6: Safety & Security in an Interconnected Society [9:45 am – 11:15 pm]

Chair & Moderator:  Randy Yaloz, Founding Partner & Attorney at Law, E.L.C. Group, USA / France
Mohammad Al Madhani, Data Management Director, ADDA – Abu Dhabi Digital Authority, United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi  Data Management Program Open Data Initiative
Sherif Aziz, Advisor, Strategic Planning, Madayn, Sultanate of Oman Choiceless in a world full of choices
Marek Canecky, Second Secretary, Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the EU, Slovakia Cyber Security in the EU
Philippe Denis, Executive Denis & Partners Consulting; Founder Resonate SDG, France Trust, Tech Trust Challenges, Algorithm Issues, AI intelligence
John Erik Setsaas, Vice-President, Identity and Innovation, SIGNICAT, Norway How Federated eIDs Increases Security and Convenience and Reduces Fraud
Tom Whitney, Head of Solutions Consultancy, iProov, United-Kingdom Digital Transactions: How can we ensure Trust?
Christophe Ysewyn, Senior Adviser Security & Retired Colonel, France  Concrete Forms Cyberattacks Take in 2019

S7: Environnemental Impacts of Digital by ADEME – Agence de l’Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l’Énergie [11:30 am – 12:45 pm]

Chair & Moderator: Hervé Rannou, President SenX & Items International, France
Fredéric Croison, Manager, Inextenso Innovation, France
Hugues Ferreboeuf, Project Manager, Shift Project, France Digital Carbon Footprint
Raphael Guastavi, Deputy Head of Department – Products and Material Efficiency ADEME, France
Caroline Vateau, Director, Business Unit Digital Responsible, Neutreo, France Feedback on Ecodesign of Digital Services

S8: Women in Digital Services [11:30 am – 12:45 pm]

Chair & Moderator: Dalia Badawi, CEO, Cairo, Egypt All Session PPTs
Valérie Champetier, Founder, ThinkandAct, France
Sylvie Chauvin, Founder, Markess by Exaegis, USA Presentation
Mariane Cimino, CEO Hoa-Ora, France Feminist? No, humanist
Nolwenn Germain, Business Development Director, E-mma, France  Never stop asking! Never stop dreaming!
Davide Adams Sokeng, Entrepreneur, Redactor in Chief, Aza-Mag, Senegal Presentation

Tuesday 8th October [2:00 pm – 6:30 pm] Common sessions Global Forum 2019 & ICMASim

Keynote: The New Perspectives of Simulation [2:00 pm – 2:45 pm]
Christophe Béchu, Mayor, City of Angers, France
Jan Roche, President, SimAust, Australia

S9: Digitalization in Healthcare [2:45 pm – 4:15 pm]

Chair & Moderator: Marc-Antoine Custaud, Vice-President, Innovation and Scientific Valorization, University of Angers, France  
Philippe Allain, Professor of Neuropsychology, University of Angers, France / co-authors Paul Richard, Associate Professor, University of Angers, France & Deborah Foloppe, Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Angers, France The Potential of Virtual Reality Techniques to Assess and Enhance Functional Autonomy in Patients With Alzheimer’s Disease
Frédéric Banville, Associate Professor, University of Montreal, Canada Assessment and Rehabilitation Tools : the Usefulness of Immersive Virtual Reality
Alberto Cendron, Administrative & Commercial Manager, Logos, Italy Integrated Pharmaceutical Logistics in Venice
Damien Claverie, INSERM, France / co-authors Florent Sigwalt, Guillaume Petit, Jean-Noel Evain, Monique Bui, Angélique Guinet-Lebreton, Marion Trousselar, Frédéric Canini, Dominique Chassard, Antoine Duclos, Jean-Jacques Lehot, Thomas Rimmelé and Marc Lilot Tactics to optimize the potential, a stress management training strategy, and experience modify independently phasic and tonic electrodermal activities of residents during critical simulated situations
Vincent Dochez, University of Nantes, France / co-authors Falvie Laidin, Rozenn Collin, Estelle Boulvais, Guillaume Legendre and Norbert Winer  Implementation of the simulation in the maternities of the Réseau Sécurité Naissance (Pays de la Loire – France) and impact of training on the feeling of self-esteem
Paul Wormeli, Innovation Strategist, Wormeli Consulting, USA Opioid Use Disorder Prevention Playbook

S10: Industry 4.0 / Smart Industry [2:45 pm – 4:15 pm]

Chair & Moderator: Jeremy Millard, Senior Consultant, Danish Technological Institute, Denmark The 4th Industrial Revolution also Needs a Socio-Ecological Revolution
Patrick Grimberg, Founder DPS – Digital Product Simulation, France      
Didier Longueville, CTO, ZeKat Group, France  Communicating and Intelligent Systems
Nicolas Mauduit, Business Manager, SMI IA – Group Bouygues Energies & Services, France
Philippe Scheimann, Co-Founder, TOP Global, Israel Coffee Industry 4.0 → 4.All
Michael Stankosky, Professorial Lecturer, Engineering Management & Systems Engineering, George Washington University, USA Convergence of Ideas – Industry 6.0
Eliane Ubalijoro, Deputy Executive Director (programmes), GODAN – Global Open Data Initiative for Agriculture and Nutrition, United-Kingdom Why We Need SMART Agriculture to Feed The World?

S11: Simulation & Transports [4:45 pm – 5:45 pm]

Chair & Moderator: Sébastien Personnic, Project Manager, Development and Partnerships, ID4Car, France
David Hartnagel, Ministry of Defense / Institute for Biomedical Research of the Armed Forces (IRBA)
Hakim Mohellebi, Expert Engineering Simulation Functional architecture, AD SIMULATION & VIRTUAL REALITY, Renault-Nissan Alliance, France
Mathieu Robichon, Thermal Simulation Engineer, Valeo, France
Patrick Vautier, Head of Marketing and Innovation, RATP Dev, France RATP Dev Experiences with AI and Big Data technologies: a Major Tool to Improve Performance

S12: Technologies and Tools related to Simulation [5:45 pm – 6:30 pm]

Chair & Moderator: Paul Richard, Associate Professor, University of Angers, France
Marc Boucker Programme Manager, EDF R&D, France Experience in Developing Digital Twins to Support Operation and Maintenance of French Nuclear Plants
Deborah A. Foloppe, Post Doctoral Researcher, University of Angers, France Simulation Tools
Based on Virtual Reality Technologies

Laurent Tard, President AFSim – Association Française Simulation, France
Lena K. Swedberg, Quality Coordinator, Patient Security &Quality & Peter Rodmalm, Innovation Coordinator, Södertälje Hospital AB, Sweden Södertälje Hospital AB, Sweden Smart Training Platform –An innovative simulation tool to prepare management and staff for the move to a new hospital building

Networking Cocktail at the Congress Center [7:00 pm – 9:00 pm]



The 28th edition of the Global Forum / Shaping the Future was as passionating and innovative as previous events, this edition was organized in parallel with ICMASim 2019 – International Conference for Multi-Area Simulation.

The Global Forum 2019 took place on October Monday 7th & Tuesday 8th followed by ICMASim on October 8-10th in the city of Angers, France.

The Global Forum is an important international platform for networking, thought-provoking debates & exchanges at high-level with in-depth insights and various point of views expressed in a friendly atmosphere favoring the creation of partnerships and new projects. It is an appropriate crossroads of personalities and ideas.

ICMASim 2019 – International Conference for Multi-Area Simulation, a new event supported by Global Forum/ Items International focusing on simulation in all of its complexity and facets. Simulation is gaining increasing importance as a means to improve knowledge and to develop technical and behavioral skills in a secure environment.

This “Digital Week” in Angers is a great opportunity to network and develop innovative solutions and partnerships in a stimulating and inspiring environment gathering a diversified international audience.

This first common edition of Global Forum & ICMASim will bring together more than 500 experts, key stakeholders and decision-makers from around the world in the field of digital and simulation: representatives of companies, industries, academies, scientists; international organizations, European Commission, training centres….

The association of the Global Forum 2019 & ICMASim offers an unparalleled opportunity for visibility over the two events, several partnership opportunities are possible. We are at your disposal to exchange with you in order to make a tailored made proposition for your organization.

Venue & Accommodation information

The Global Forum 2019 is taking place in Angers, France on October Monday 7th & Tuesday 8th. For the very first time in its 28 years history, the GF will be held in conjunction with another major event: ICMASim 2019 – the International Conference for Multi-Area Simulation. The first edition of ICMASim will take place from October 8th to 10th.

ICMASim is a new event supported by the Global Forum and focusing on simulation in all of its complexity and facets. Simulation is gaining increasing importance as a means to improve knowledge and to develop technical and behavioral skills in a secure environment.

The Welcome Event on October 6th Sunday will be at the Galerie David d’Angers which is outstanding mixture of 13th-century architecture and modern design.
Restored in 1984, this ancient abbey church covered over with a contemporary glass roof exalts the beauty of the lines and volumes of the sculptures of David d’Angers (1788-1856). Located in the heart of the historic Centre, at 7 minutes walk from the station, the Galerie David d’Angers welcomes you for your receptions in a unique heritage place.

The Gala Dinner on October 7th Monday will be at the Greniers Saint Jean, this former Saint-Jean hospital, built in the XII century, which today constitutes a unique  & sumptuous event space & setting for prestigious events. It is ideally located in the heart of La Doutre quarter, on the Maine’s quays, few minutes from the historic city centre.


BY Plane: 50min from Nantes Atlantique; 2h20 from Paris Charles de Gaulle
By Train: 90min from Paris; 35min from Nantes; 3h40 from Lyon
​BY Car: 2H30 from Paris; 1h from Nantes by A11 highway; 1h20 from Tours by A85; 3h40 from Bordeaux by A87/A10Located in the heart of the Western region, Angers is very easy to reach !


For More Information on SPONSORSHIPS & REGISTRATION GLOBAL FORUM / Shaping the Future 2019 / ICMASim 2019

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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