2nd Annual QED Conference on Industry 4.0

Digitalisation and Big Data: unlocking the potential for economic growth


Georges Ataya

Academic Director of IT Management Education, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management

Georges Ataya is managing partner with ICT Control NV/SA, a Brussels-based firm involved with consulting and management advisory. Clients include various organisations in the public and private sector relying on ICT Control Advisors to assist them in creating benefits, avoiding risks and improving the governance of information technology.

Mr Ataya is also Academic Director of IT Management Education at Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management. Since 2006, he is professor at the Master in Management delivering Entrerprise Consulting workshop and from 2011 is in charge of IT Governance.

Previously, amongst other positions, Mr Ataya acted as President of the Belux/Belgium Chapter at ISACA from 2003 to 2006, later became International Vice President of ISACA from 2006 to 2010, and finally worked as Chair of the External Relations Committee from 2010 to 2012.


Mathias Coopmans

Global Senior Manager, Pre-Sales Support, SAS Institute

Mathias Coopmans is Principal Business Solution Manager at SAS in the South-West Europe region. He works with customers and partners throughout the region on subjects such as the Internet of Things, Big Data architectures and innovation management. He often speaks on seminars about the role and impact of data and analytics in our daily lives.

Mr Coopmans holds an engineering degree from KULeuven and a business management degree from the école de commerce Solvay.

Kim Gagné

Executive Director, European Cloud Alliance

Kim Gagné is Executive Director of the European Cloud Alliance, an organization that brings together businesses across the cloud value chain to promote the advantages of the cloud, and to provide an authoritative voice on cloud-related policy issues. Mr Gagné is also a Senior Counsellor at APCO, a global strategic communications firm. Before assuming his current roles, Mr Gagné spent twelve years in senior leadership and government relations positions at Microsoft, working across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Mr Gagné previously was a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State and a partner in a Washington, D.C. law firm. He holds undergraduate and law degrees from Duke University, and an M.A. from Middlebury College.

Patrick Grant

Adviser, Internal Market Department, BusinessEurope

Patrick Grant holds a law degree from the University of Surrey and a postgraduate diploma in legal practice. Prior to working at BusinessEurope, he was an accredited parliamentary assistant for James Elles MEP following completion of the Schuman Traineeship programme. Mr Grant joined BusinessEurope in July 2014 where his expertise covered the free movement of goods, standardisation and public contracts. He is now an adviser for issues relating to the digital economy.

Arian Zwegers

Programme Officer, Unit A2 - Technologies and Systems for Digitising Industry, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Arian Zwegers is a Programme Officer at the European Commission, Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology, unit “Technologies & Systems for Digitising Industry”. He received a Ph.D. from the Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands for his contribution to the system architecting field, which focused on reference architectures, shop floor control architectures, and modular software design. After his Ph.D., he worked for the Philips Electronics’ Centre for Manufacturing Technology, Baan Development, and PlatteConsult. In the Commission, he used to be responsible for a cluster of projects around Enterprise Interoperability before changing units and dealing with projects about Service Engineering. Later he worked with the Future Internet Public-Private Partnership and now on the Digitising European Industry initiative.