Edition 2016

The fourth edition of the Conference took place on October 22, 2016 at the College of Europe in Bruges.

Opening session

Zoë Imhof, Martin Lestra, Members of the Organisation Committee

Jörg Monar, Rector of the College of Europe


Opening Keynote

Euclid Tsakalotos, Finance Minister, Greece


PANEL I: ‘Industry 4.0: Smart investment in a decelerating global economy’ 

David Dab, Chief Innovation Officer, ING Belgien

Johannes Kotte, Managing Director, Visual Meta [young generation]

David Rinaldi, Research Fellow, CEPS

Maciej Surowiec, EU Public Affairs Manager, Microsoft [young generation]

Moderator: Peter O’Donnell*, POLITICO


PANEL II: ‘Threats and uncertainty: security and defence cooperation in tumultuous times’ 

Edward Hunter Christie, Defence Economist, Emerging Security Challenges Division, NATO

Siobhan Martin, Senior Programme Officer, Geneva Centre for Security Policy [young generation]

Serge Stroobants, Major (GS), Belgian Army

Moderator: Giulia Paravicini, POLITICO


 Miro Cerar, Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia



PANEL III: ‘Think global, eat local? Exploring new “sustainable” ways of living’ 

Paul Asselman, Owner & General Manager, Eco-Hotel Fevery Bruges

Esmeralda Colombo, My Foody, Founder [young generation]

Hugo-Maria Schally, Head of Unit Eco-Innovation & Circular Economy, Directorate-General for Environment, European Commission

Joran Vuye, Founder, Re-Fruit

Moderator: Michèle Kiermeier, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN


PANEL IV: ‘Is Germany’s migration policy shaping the future of European politics?’ 

Tamira Gunzburg, Deputy Director of Brussels Office, ONE Campaign [young generation]

Beste Isleyen, Assistant Professor, University of Amsterdam [young generation]

Kinga Szczawińska*, JHA Counsellor, Permanent Representation of Poland to the EU [young generation]

Thiébaut Weber, Confederal Secretary, European Trade Union Confederation

Moderator: Christopher Glück, College of Europe


Wrap-up: Summary and outlook of the conference

Kathleen Burkhard, Clemens Domnick, Members of the Organisation Committee


Informal get-together for conference participants and speakers