EPPC 2017 Speakers

AMBASSADOR ANTONIO MARTINS da CRUZ
INTERNATIONAL POLICY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
Ambassador da Cruz has held a long and distinguished career in both diplomatic service and as a policy maker in Portugal. His extensive experience includes service as foreign affairs advisor to the Prime Minister of Portugal and head of the Diplomatic department of the Prime Minister’s office. Ambassador da Cruz has also held distinguished positions as Portugal’s Ambassador to NATO and Spain. In 2002, Ambassador da Cruz was both Foreign Minister of Portugal and served as the Chairman-on-Office of the OSCE. Ambassador da Cruz continues today to use his wide breadth of experience as a consultant on various international policy issues.

 

VINCENT TOMS
ETHICAL HACKER
Vincent Toms works as a cyber security consultant and is co founder of GDI.Foundation. In the last 15 years he has gained extensive knowledge in advising & providing assurance in the areas of IT Security, Governance, Risk and Control. He worked for more than 12 years for the Ministry of Defense as IT auditor and did several postgraduate courses in the field of IT Governance, Risk and Control. He uses his knowledge in advising organization(s) about Cyber Risk, Controls and Ethical Hacking.

 

VICTOR GEVERS
ETHICAL HACKER
Victor Gevers (also known as 0xDUDE) is a senior security specialist working as innovation manager for the Dutch Government, specialized in network, mobile, web application security and co founder of GDI.Foundation. He performs research on state-of-the-art attack and defense mechanisms, general ethical hacking techniques, protocols. In his free time he is a vulnerability researcher and hunts down weak security implementations. In several occasions he has being pointed out to be a true responsible disclosure evangelist, practicing the art over 18 years and has made over five thousand responsible disclosures world-wide.

 

ELISA LIRONI
EUROPEAN CITIZEN ACTION SERVICE
Elisa Lironi is the Digital Democracy Manager for the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS). She develops and leads ECAS’ Digital Democracy agenda by implementing EU projects and research studies in this focus area. She is currently managing the project Digital Ecosystem for E-Participation Linking Youth (Erasmus+ programme) and coordinates ECAS’ part in the EUCROWD (Europe for Citizens programme). One of her most recent publications includes the “Potential and Challenges of E-Participation in the EU” for the European Parliament and she is currently working on research projects on crowdsourcing at the EU level and on EU online public consultations. She also coordinates ECAS’ Support Centre on the European Citizens’ Initiative.

 

BRIAN D. LOADER
CO-DIRECTOR, CENTRE FOR POLITCAL YOUTH CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION
Brian D. Loader is a political sociologist and Co-Director of the Centre for Political Youth Culture and Communication (CPAC) at the University of York, UK. His academic interests are focussed around social relations of power in a digitally mediated world including social media and democratic politics. More specifically his research interest is in young citizens, civic engagement and social media; social movements and digital democracy; community informatics and the digital divide. He is the founding Editor of the international journal Information, Communication and Society. Recent books include Young Citizens in the Digital Age (Routledge, 2007); Social Media and Democracy (Routledge, 2012) and The Networked Young Citizen: social media, political participation and civic engagement, (edited with Ariadne Vromen and Mike Xenos), New York: Routledge. (2014).

 

STEFFAN STAAB
PROFESSOR-UNIVERSITÄT ERLANGEN-NÜRNBERG
Steffen Staab studied computer science and computational linguistics at the Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg and at the University of Pennsylvania and received his Dr. rer. nat. from Universität Freiburg. Steffen is professor for databases and information systems at Universität Koblenz-Landau, where he founded the Institute for Web Science and Technologies (WeST) in 2009 and a master’s programme in Web Science in 2011. In parallel, he holds a Chair for Web and Computer Science at University of Southampton since March 2015. Steffen is chair of the international Web Science Trust Network that includes two dozen research labs in researching the development of the internet.

 

PAULA FORTEZA
CEO-JAILBREAK.PARIS AND PRESIDENT OF OGPTOOLBOX.ORG
Paula Forteza is CEO at jailbreak.paris, a digital transformation agency and President of OGPToolbox.org. Before, she worked at Etalab, the French Prime Minister’s taskforce for Open Data, Open Government and Data Science, on public innovation at the government of the City of Buenos Aires and developed fashion and gastronomy projects as an entrepreneur. She pursued applied research on social protection and labor policy at CIPPEC and lectured on political theory at UTDT. She holds a Master in Public Administration from Sciences Po and a BA in Political Science from UTDT.

 

NIKOLA SCHMIDT
PROFESSOR-CHARLES UNIVERSITY
Nikola Schmidt holds a bachelor degree in sociology from Charles University Prague and a masters degree in international relations from Metropolitan University Prague. He earned his PhD from Charles University Prague, during which he focused on the formation of cyber security as a national security agenda. He currently teaches cyber security and space security graduate courses at Charles University. After attending the Space Studies Program organized by the International Space University in 2015 in Athens, United States, he focused on the political questions of planetary defense and is currently editing a book on Planetary Defense against Asteroids and Comets. His academic interests vary from the theory of securitization – especially the question of just securitization – to governance of global threats to human survival and the role of technology in governance of these essential global questions.

 

SEBASTIAN POPA
MANNHEIM CENTRE FOR EUROPEAN SOCIAL RESEARCH
Sebastian Adrian Popa got his PhD form the Central European University in 2015. He previously worked as a research fellow at the Mannheim Center for European Social Research (MZES), University of Mannheim. His research interests cover topics such as: political behavior in a comparative perspective, the study of public opinion using Social Media,political knowledge, European Parliament elections, and the genetics of political behavior. His work was published in scientific journals such as: Party Politics, European Union Politics, Journal of Communication, Electoral Studies, and Politics & Gender.