Innovation and Blockchain Policy Officer at the European Commission in DG CONNECT, Chiara has been working in the innovation field since 2010. She is in charge of Blockchain and DLT applications in the Digital Innovation and Blockchain Unit and is a member of the European Commission Task Force on FinTech. She also worked on access to finance, start-ups and scale-ups policies. Previously she was at the helm of the Brussels EU Office of the Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (France) after she gained extensive experience in Research and Innovation policies dealing with local, regional stakeholders as well as national ministries. In the past she assisted the Director General of a French local authority and was associate professor in Sciences Po Paris. Chiara holds a Diploma In European Affairs, Law and Economics from Sciences Po (France) and University of Pavia (Italy).
Erik is activily engaged in several jobs / activities, which activities include:
Since January 2015 Erik left a big4 to start up TrustCore.EU and is currently active in the roles mentioned in the list above. Erik has years of experience/expertize in amongst others: Governance/Risk/Compliance, eGovernment/eBusiness/eBanking, Trust Services and Trusted/Trustworthy (eco-)systems, Enterprise (Security) Architectures, Service Oriented Architectures and Cloud Platforms, Information & CyberSecurity (Management) etc. Erik's engagements include activities in public sector (Chancellery of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Federal ICT Department (Fedict), the eGov & ICT agency of the Flemish Gov, DG Connect, DG Employment, DG RTD, EC-ISA, etc.) as well as activities in a diverse spectrum of private sector organizations (incl. NBB, ING, KBC, Electrabel Suez, Infrabel, DeLijn, BPost, Euroclear).Erik's achievements include being one of the fathers/authors of the blueprint for the Belgian Personal Identity Card Project (BelPIC) and being one of the fathers of key egov-supporting services at the Flemish government (wide range of (trust-)services wrt e-identification / e-authentication / authorisation / e-signing / stamping, etc). Currently Erik is focusing on Enterprise (Security) Architecture, on the effects/implementation of the eIDAS-Trust Regulation and on the upcoming Payment Services Directive 2.
Joost van Dijk works as Technical Product Manager for SURFnet, the ICT cooperation organisation of higher education and research in the Netherlands. Among other things, he is responsible for the SURFconext service, the federated authentication and authorisation infrastructure with which more than 1 million users from more than 160 organizations log in daily.
Axel van Drongelen joined Egress Software Technologies in 2019 and is responsible for all Sales and Marketing operations across the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.
Egress has built a reputation in the market based on technological excellence and the ability to help customers to deliver cutting-edge solutions that reduce the risk organisations’ own staff pose to the sensitive data they process and share. Split into three divisions, the Egress Sales Team supports new business development and channel partner growth, as well as management of existing customers already subscribed to Egress services.
Prior to joining Egress, Axel held an Executive role at Cryptagon B.V.; The BeNeLux exclusive distributor for Egress Software Technologies. Prior to that Axel has worked in Singapore, Australia, UK and the Netherlands with fast International growing, technology driven companies in senior management roles.
Patrik started as a system engineer and with that experience he evolved into a sales advisory role. With his understanding of networks, applications and infrastructure he can understand the customer challenges and translate them in the best solution for them. His experience is spread over systems & performance management, security incident & event management, data protection, identity access and governance.