6th Annual QED Conference on Cybersecurity


Öykü Işik

Assistant Professor, Information Systems Management, Vlerick Business School

Öykü Işik is an Assistant Professor of Information Systems Management at Vlerick. After studying Computer Science and Mathematics and earning and MBA degree in Istanbul, she moved to TX, USA to pursue her PhD in Business Computer Information Systems. Before she joined Vlerick, Öykü Işik has taught Information Systems courses at the University of North Texas and Istanbul Bilgi University. Ms Işik’s main research interests are in the fields of data privacy & protection, Business Intelligence (BI) & analytics, and Business process management (BPM). At Vlerick, her main teaching duties concentrate on digital disruption, BPM, data privacy and protection both in the degree programmes (Masters and MBA) and in executive programmes.


Vivienne Artz

Chief Privacy Officer, Refinitiv

Vivienne Artz joined Thomson Reuters as the Chief Privacy Officer in November 2017, based in London, leading the global Privacy Team and overseeing global privacy strategy and practice. In October 2018, the Financial and Risk business of Thomson Reuters became Refinitiv, of which Vivienne Artz is the now the global Chief Privacy Officer.

Previously, Ms Artz was a Managing Director and Global Head of Privacy Legal and Head of International for the Intellectual Property and Technology Law Group at Citi in the General Counsel’s Office in London. Prior to joining Citi in 2000, Vivienne Artz worked in private practice in London.

Ms Artz chairs the International Regulatory Strategy Group Data Working Group and sits on the European Advisory Board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Until recently, Ms Artz was the chair of the AFME Data Protection Working Group, engaged in the UK Finance Data Protection Working Group, and co-chair of the IAPP Knowledge Net for the United Kingdom.

Vivienne Artz is the current President of Women in Banking and Finance, having been awarded the “Champion for Women” Award at the Women in Banking and Finance Awards for Achievement 2016. Ms Artz has many years of experience leading a broad range of diversity initiatives and groups both within firms and across sectors.

Derek Ho

Assistant General Counsel, Privacy and Data Protection, Mastercard

Derek Ho is the Assistant General Counsel for privacy and data protection at MasterCard for the Europe, Asia Pacific and Middle East Africa regions. Mr Ho is a Singapore qualified lawyer and he specializes in privacy and data protection, technology and telecommunications law. Prior to MasterCard, Derek Ho held senior legal positions in multinational companies in the Asia Pacific region, and was part of Drew & Napier LLC’s telecommunications, media and technology practice in Singapore. Derek Ho is also a Vice-President of AsiaDPO which is a registered society of data protection officers focused on developing and advancing practices in data protection and serving as a trusted resource of industry expertise. Mr Ho graduated from the National University of Singapore, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional and a Certified Information Privacy Manager.

Gregory Mounier

Head of Outreach and Stakeholder Management, EC3 - European Cybercrime Centre

Gregory Mounier is the Head of Outreach for the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) of EUROPOL. He is responsible for EC3's partnerships with the private sector with a view to support EC3's operational teams in combatting cybercrime. Gregory Mounier also leads EUROPOL's policy engagement on Internet Governance. He is a member of the GAC Public Safety Working Group of ICANN (PSWG) and he is also involved with the RIPE community, IGF and EuroDIG where he represents the law enforcement community interests.

Gregory Mounier joined the office of the Director of Europol as a policy advisor in 2008 to deal with EUROPOL's external relations. In 2010 he became team leader of the External and Strategic Affairs unit where he was in charge of devising and implementing Europol's stakeholders management strategy. He also led Europol's strategic relations with the US and the European Parliament. He advised the Director on cybercrime and terrorism policies and worked on the establishment of the European Cybercrime Centre in 2013 and the EU Internet Referral Unit (EU IRU) in 2015. He joined the European Cybercrime Centre in 2015.

Gregory Mounier has a PhD in Politics and a MA in European politics from the College of Europe.

Līga Rozentāle

Director of Cybersecurity Policy, Microsoft

Līga Raita Rozentāle recently joined Microsoft as the Director of EU Governmental Affairs for Cybersecurity Policy bringing to the role her experience 15 years of government experience, both as and a senior expert at the Latvian Ministry of Defence and as the Counsellor on Cybersecurity Policy at the Latvian Permanent Representation to the EU and the Latvian Delegation to NATO. During the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU, she was the Chairwoman of the Council Working Party on Telecommunications on the NIS Directive and for the Friends of Presidency on Cyber Issues. Ms Rozentāle has also worked for the Global Cyber Alliance and James Martin Center for Non-proliferation Studies. Ms Rozentāle completed her studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and the University of Illinois U-C. Ms Rozentāle is a former UN Fellow on Disarmament.

Vibhu Sharma

Trusted Digital Transformation, Siemens

Vibhu Sharma is leading the global regulation for business for trusted digital transformations at Siemens. Prior to that, he worked in the broader area of Internet of Things and Autonomous Driving. Vibhu Sharma graduated from S. University of New York - Stony Brook, USA with M.S in EE and Ph.D. in EE from imec/KU Leuven, Belgium.

Cătălin Sorin Ivan

Member of the European Parliament

Mr Cătălin Ivan is a Member of the European Parliament since 2009. He is an economist who believes in social responsibility, creation of individual wealth, but also cares for the environment and is actively involved in the fight against poverty and reducing disparities. In a permanent and rapidly changing world, Mr Ivan is convinced that the future belongs to new technologies of communication and information, innovation, research, and alternative educational approaches.

Aristotelis Tzafalias

Assistant Policy Officer, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Aristotelis Tzafalias is a Policy Officer in the Unit 'Cybersecurity and Digital Privacy' within the European Commission in Brussels (Directorate-General Communication Networks, Content and Technology).

Mr Tzafalias is dealing with a range of topics including ICT Security Certification, the CSIRTs Network, Crisis Management and e-Privacy and works closely with other Commission Services and the European External Action Service on cybersecurity policy in areas such as financial services, trade, cybercrime and law enforcement.

Before joining the European Commission, he was employed by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Greece where he was an advisor to the Ministry's CISO and liaison with the Greek National Security Agency and National Accreditation Authority on matters of compliance and accreditation. Mr Tzafalias has also served in the Greek Embassies in Islamabad and Damascus. Mr Tzafalias studied Computer Science at the University of Crete in Heraklion.

Axel Voss

Member of the European Parliament

Axel Voss is a trained lawyer, lecturer and current MEP.

Upon re-election as the Member of the European Parliament in 2014, Mr Voss became a Vice-Chair of the Committee on Legal Affairs. He gave up the Vice-Chair in the Committee on Legal Affairs to become Coordinator for the EPP Group in January 2017. He is substitute member in the Committee of Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs; and furthermore was appointed Vice-Chair of the Delegation for Relations with Australia and New Zealand.

Already during his first legislative term as MEP (2009-2014), the European Data Protection Package was a crucial element of his parliamentary work. He further focuses on the PNR dossiers, the NSA Inquiry Committee and European criminal law as well as EU relevant judiciary topics.

Wojciech Wiewiórowski

Assistant Supervisor, EDPS - European Data Protection Supervisor

Wojciech Wiewiórowski was born on June 13th 1971. In 1995 he graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Gdańsk, and in 2000 he was awarded the academic degree of Doctor in constitutional law.

After graduation he was editor and then publisher in legal publishing houses. In 2002 he began to work as lecturer at Gdańsk College of Administration, and since 2003 he was assistant professor and head of Legal IT Department at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Gdańsk, with which he has been associated since 1995.

Since 2006 he has been working for public administration. He was among others adviser in the field of e-government and information society for the Minister of Interior and Administration, as well as Vice-president of the Regulatory Commission of the Polish Autocephalous Orthodox Church. In 2008 he took over the post of the Director of the Informatisation Department at the Ministry of Interior and Administration. He also represented Poland in committee on Interoperability Solutions for European Public Administrations (the ISA Committee) assisting the European Commission. He was also the member of the Archives Council to the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. He is a member of the Polish Association for European Law.

In 2010 he was elected by Polish Parliament for the post of the Inspector General for the Protection of Personal Data (Polish Data Protection Commissioner) which he served by November 2014 being reelected for the second term in 2014.

Vice Chairman of the Working Party Art. 29 since February till November 2014.

The author of numerous studies, publications and lectures in the field of personal data protection, IT law, e-government and legal informatics. His areas of scientific activity include first of all Polish and European IT law, processing and security of information, legal information retrieval systems, informatisation of public administration, electronic signature and application of semantic web and legal ontologies in legal information processing.

Pēteris Zilgalvis

Head of Unit F3 - Start-ups and innovation, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Pēteris Zilgalvis is the Head of Unit for Digital Innovation and Blockchain in the Digital Single Market Directorate in DG CONNECT and is the Co-Chair of the European Commission FinTech Task Force. He was nominated on the list of CoinDesk’s Most Influential People in Blockchain 2017. He was the Visiting EU Fellow at St. Antony's College, University of Oxford for 2013-14, where he is an Associate of the Political Economy of Financial Markets Programme. From 1997 to 2005, he was Deputy Head of the Bioethics Department of the Council of Europe, in its Directorate General of Legal Affairs. In addition, he has held various positions in the Latvian civil service (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Environment). He was Senior Environmental Law Advisor to the World Bank/Russian Federation Environmental Management Project and was Regional Environmental Specialist for the Baltic Countries at the World Bank. He has been a member of the California State Bar since 1991, completed his J.D. at the University of Southern California, his B.A. in Political Science Cum Laude at UCLA, and the High Potentials Leadership Program at Harvard Business School. A recent publication of his is “The Need for an Innovation Principle in Regulatory Impact Assessment: The Case of Finance and Innovation in Europe” in Policy & Internet.