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


Opening Address

Zoë Imhof, Katie Treadwell, Members of the Organisation Committee

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



Opening Keynote

Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, Parlamentary Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Latvia 


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

Malte Beyer-Katzenberger, Policy Officer, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Luukas Ilves, EU Presidency, Counsellor for Digital Affairs at Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU

Aad Versteden, Innovation manager at TenForce, Partner of the Big Data Europe Project

Cecilia Zappalà, EU Policy Manager, Facebook

Moderator: Christopher Spillane, Digital and Media Advisor, Weber Shandwick



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

Brando Benifei, Member of the European Parliament, S&D

Björn Hacker, Professor of Political Economy, Hochschule für Technik und Wissenschaft in Berlin

Isabell Hoffmann, Project Manager Program Europe’s Future and Senior Expert, Bertelsmann Stiftung

Matthew Karnitschnig, Chief Europe Correspondent, Politico

Moderator: Leonie Völker, Member of the Organisation Committee


– – – – – lunch break – – – – –




Seb Dance, Member of the European Parliament, S&D [young generation]

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’

Francois Delerue, Researcher, Institute for Strategic Research (Institut de Recherche stratégique de l’École militaire, IRSEM) & Castex Chair of Cyberstrategy

Jakub Kalensky, EU East StratCom Task Force, EEAS

Vesta Matveeva, Senior digital forensic specialist, Group IB, Russia

Ruurd Oosterwoud, Disinformation specialist, Founder ‘Drog’

Moderator: Laurens Cerulus, Politico


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)

Elizabeth Press, Director Planning and Programme Support, IRENA

Simone Sala, International Expert on Digital/Innovation for Development, currently with FAO, Data-Pop Alliance

Yentyl Williams, Founder of ACP Young Professionals Network

Moderator: Michèle Kiermeier, World Food Programme


From 16:30h onwards: Get-together