Keynote speakers


Chris Boos


Chris Boos has a mission: empowering human potential, freeing up time for creativity and innovative thinking through artificial intelligence (AI). To that end, Chris founded Arago in Germany in 1995, pushing existing boundaries in AI technology to build a general AI.
Since then, Chris has led Arago to become a key partner and driver for the established economy, positioning Arago’s AI HIRO™ as a platform for companies to reinvent their business models in the digital age. As CEO of Arago, Chris Boos vision is to transform traditional companies into future-proof, AI-enabled enterprises – regardless of their respective industry. Arago’s international client base includes IT service providers, banks and companies in the telecommunications, steel and metals industries.
But his ambitions go far beyond: a strong believer in integrating machine reasoning and machine learning, Chris is constantly challenging current thinking on AI. As a strategic corporate and political advisor, as well as angel investor, Chris’ multifaceted engagement for AI makes him a much respected public speaker and thought-leader on issues of global importance, such as the man-machine-relationship, the way societies deal with information and the future of labor.
Chris Boos studied computer science at ETH Zurich and the Technical University Darmstadt. His ongoing research focuses on graph theory, machine reasoning and machine learning.

Pierre Chastanet

DG CONNECT, Cloud and Data, European Commission

Pierre is Head of Unit Cloud & Software at the European Commission and is notably in charge of the European regulation on the free flow of non-personal data and the implementation of cloud policies. He has been working for 12 years at the European Commission in various management and policy development assignments, in the area of cybersecurity, digital privacy, ICT for societal challenges, green ICT and telecom innovation.

Prior to that, Pierre acquired over 10 years of ICT experience, mostly in various IT management positions in a large multinational company.

Pierre holds a M.S. in Telecommunication Engineering from Telecom ParisTech, a M.A. in International Politics from the Free University of Brussels and a B.Sc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Michael G. Cole

CTO PGA European Tour

Since November 1st 2017, Michael is appointed as CTO for the PGA European Tour, with responsibility extending across Digital Systems, Scoring Sytems, Technology Infrastructure and Data Management including Official World Golf Rankings.

Formerly, Michael was CEO And Co-founder for TrueGold Communications, a sports marketing agency specialising in technology-based global sport sponsorship, supporting the number of Olympic Games and sponsors for Rio2016, Pyeongchang 2018 and Tokyo2020, as well as the 2019 Pan American Games in Peru.

Prior to this, Michael was the London 2012 Marketing and Communications Director for BT Global Services, responsible for activating BT Global Services’ highly successful London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games marketing campaign worldwide, as well as being responsible for operational and crisis communications across BT’s highly acclaimed London 2012 Delivery programme.

Michael led BT to being awarded a number of industry accolades for its performance throughout the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, including recognition for the company that provided the greatest corporate contribution to the success of London 2012, and helped secure BT’s position into the Global 100 brands for the first time in its history.

Michael worked extensively with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games, and with 25 years of experience in the technology industry, remains a regular speaker at international sporting conferences as a global thought-leader discussing the role of sponsors and the impact of technology on major sporting events.

Michael was also a member of the Paralympics Ireland commercial advisory board, remains a member on the executive board of UK Government’s Department for International Trade Global Sports Advisory council and a business adviser to StreetGames, a British-based sports charity.

Klaus Deibel

Director Corporate Sector Information Systems & Services at Robert Bosch GmbH

Is heading the IT Department “Cross Application Services” with worldwide scope. Application Services contents Output Management, Workload Automation, Continuous Delivery, Application Infrastructure Consulting and Application Operations. With the background of 30 Years of experiences in Operations at Bosch Corporate IT Sector, he consolidated the classical Printing servers around the globe to a central Output Management Solution for any kind of office-, ERP, ITM and IOT applications in the company. Based on this Solution new services like Central Asset Management, Firmware Management, Managed Print Services, Bosch Cloud Printing, Floor planning tool and central printer security management could be built up.

He also serves as independent director in the board of listed companies and strategy.

Markus Ehret

Head of Global Output Management at Robert Bosch GmbH

Markus Ehret is leading the group “Output Management Services” with the worldwide responsibility for ERP and Office output services. The current focus is to drive the Digital Transformation of Bosch in the End‐user, Office and Production environment. Previously he was IT Consultant and SAP Enterprise Architect at Mercedes‐AMG, a subsidiary of Daimler AG and the performance brand of Mercedes‐Benz. With 18 years of work experience and almost 10 years expert‐knowledge on managing and implementing Enterprise Solutions and Services, he is particularly specialized in SAP Technologies and Architectures as well as IT‐Security, Cloud and IoT.

Emmanuel Gaudin

Chief Information Officer Lagardère and the co-chairman of EuroCIO

49 years old, graduated from Ecole Centrale de Nantes.
After working in the automobile industry (VALEO, 1995-2000) and the smart card sector (GEMALTO, 2000-2003), he joined LAGARDERE TRAVEL RETAIL in June 2003 as a projects director before becoming vice president in charge of business operations.
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Christian Pagel

Head of Information Technology Management/CIO at ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions

Christian Pagel is Head of Information Technology Management/CIO at ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions in Essen, Germany since March 1st, 2014. Together with a team of about 480 employees, Pagel is responsible for the worldwide operation and development of corporate business and technical IT systems, applications and processes. Previously Christian Pagel held further leading positions in different companies. Before joining the ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions AG he held the position as Vice President Corporate Business Systems / CIO at SGL Carbon SE since 2004. Further stations in his career are:

  • Head of Information Technology and Organisation at SGL Acotec GmbH,
  • Managing Director at Edding Information technology GmbH,
  • Head of SAP R/3 Competence Center at Coca Cola Erfrischungsgetränke AG,
  • Group Project Coordinator SAP R/3 at Berentzen Gruppe AG
  • Senior Consultant at Deloitte & Touche Germany.

Christian Pagel is 53 years old and lives with his family in Bonn.

André Richier

Principal Administrator, European Commission

André Richier is responsible for policy issues concerning skills related to digital and key enabling technologies within the Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW). In 2016, he contributed to the design of the Blueprint for sectoral cooperation on skills. He played a leading role in the e-Skills (2007-2016), e-Economy (2001-2006) and e-Learning (1997-2000) initiatives, and the launch of the European Schoolnet in 1997. He was the 2002-2003 EU Fellow at the LBJ School of Public Affairs (University of Texas) at Austin. He was in charge of IT research projects (1991-1996) within the European Strategic Programme for Research in Information Technology (ESPRIT). Prior to joining the European Commission in 1991, he worked in the IT industry and started his career at IBM in 1985.

Neil Thacker

CISO EMEA Netskope

Neil holds 20 years’ experience in the Information Security industry with 10 years financial services experience in the insurance and banking arena. Neil is a member of the ENISA Threat Landscape stakeholder group where he contributes to the EU agency program alongside CERTs to position the threat landscape, offer mitigation advice and threat analysis and automation innovation. Neil is also co-founder and board member of the Security Advisor Alliance, a not-for-profit organisation formed to help security leaders in their role, engage and support interest in the infosec industry and offer advice and tools to move organisations towards improved risk and data-centric strategies.