Re-Inventing Europe Youth Conference; 21st October 2017, College of Europe, Bruges


Opening Address

Martin Lestra, Zoë Imhof, Members of the Organisation Committee [young generation]

Jörg Monar, Rector of the College of Europe



Opening Keynote

Kersti Kaljulaid*, President of the Republic of Estonia



PANEL I: “Big data, the gold of the 21st century?”        

Søren Auer*, Project Coordinator, Big Data Europe

Roberto Viola*, Director, DG CONNECT

Cecilia Zappalà, EU Policy Manager, Facebook

Lorenzo Pregliasco*, Director, YouTrend start-up [young generation]

Moderator: Duncan Robinson*, Financial Times



PANEL II: ‘Inequality and populism – can economics help us to understand Europe’s needs?’

Marianne Thyssen*, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility

Matthew Karnitschnig, Chief Europe Correspondent, Politico [young generation]

Björn Hacker, Professor for Political Economy, Hochschule für Technik und Wissenschaft in Berlin [young generation]

Isabell Hoffmann, Project Manager EU, Bertelsmann Stiftung

Moderator: Leonie Völker, Team Re-Inventing Europe 2017 [young generation]


– – – – – lunch break – – – – –




Mariano Rajoy Brey*, President of the Government of Spain

Moderator: Olivier Costa*, Director of the European Political and Administrative Studies Department, College of Europe


– – – – – coffee break – – – – – (30 minutes)



PANEL III: ‘Cyberthreats in the post-truth era’

Jean-Baptiste Demaison*, Board Member of Enisa

Jon Kyst*, Diplomat, EU East StratCom Task Force, EEAS

Ruurd Oosterwoud, Disinformation specialist, Founder ‘Drog’ [young generation]

Vesta Matveeva, Senior digital forensic specialist, Group IB [young generation]

Moderator: Laurens Cerulus*, Politico [young generation]


PANEL IV: European External Development – innovation and digital solutions for a more equal world’

Erik van der Marel, Director of European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE)

Yentyl Williams, Founder of ACP Young Professionals Network [young generation]

Leonard Mizzi, Head of Unit, DG DEVCO

Emmanuel Faber*, CEO, Danone

Moderator: Michèle Kiermeier, World Food Programme [young generation]


From 16:30h onwards: Get-together


* speaker requested but not yet confirmed