Reiner Anderl


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reiner Anderl was born in 1955 and graduated in Mechanical Engineering at Karlsruhe University, Germany, in 1979 (Diplomingenieur). He received the Dr.-Ing. Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Karlsruhe University in 1984. From 1984 to 1985 he served as technical manager of a medium sized company. In 1991 he habilitated and in 1992 he received the Venia Legendi, which includes the authorization to teach CAD/CAM technology. Since 1993 he holds the full-time professorship for Computer Integrated Design (Fachgebiet Datenverarbeitung in der Konstruktion, DiK) at the depart ment Mechanical Engineering, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany. From 2005 until 2010 he served as Vice-President of Technische Universität Darmstadt.

Prof. Anderls´ research interest covers virtual product development and production planning, environmentally sound and sustainable product development, Industrie 4.0 and smart engineering of smart products. Furthermore he is strongly involved in technology transfer and standardization. Since 2006 he is a member of the Academy of Science and Literature, Mainz and since 2009 he is a member of the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), Berlin. At acatech he acts as chairman of the topic network “Product Development and Production”. He also acts as chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German National Plattform Industrie 4.0.



Dr. Andrea Bertolini


Andrea Bertolini is an assistant professor of private law at the Dirpolis Institute of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa (SSSA) and adjunct professor in private law at the University of Pisa Department of Economics and Business.

He started studying the legal and economic implications of robotics with the Robolaw project in 2012. In September 2014 he was first invited to present his research and proposals at the European Parliament (JURI Committee for legal affairs) and since then on numerous subsequent occasions.

His interests range from liability and risk management, to standardisation and transnational private regulation.

His research heavily rests on a comparative and law and economics approach.

Since 2015, he is the coordinator of a project aimed at developing new liability models for advanced bionic limbs and exoskeletons (‘RELIABLE’), financed by the Italian Ministry of Research, and of a Jean Monnet Module entitled ‘Europe Regulates Robotics’, offering a wide range of graduate and Ph.D courses in law and robotics.

Dr Bertolini holds undergraduate degrees in law from SSSA and the University of Pisa, a Ph.D in private law from SSSA, as well as a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Yale Law School.

Dr Bertolini is an attorney licensed to practice in Italy and New York.


Mario Buisán


Mr. Mario Buisán is currently Director General of Industry and SMEs and has previously been Head of Cabinet of the Secretary General of Industry and SMEs

Before, from 2009 to 2014, was the Trade Commissioner of the Embassy of Spain in Miami, Florida. Since 2004 he was Director General of Information and Investments at the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX). Prior to this he was Deputy Director General of International Affairs at Banco de España. He also worked at the MIGA Agency of World Bank. He was a former Trade Commissioner of Spain in Düsseldorf, Germany and has occupied several positions in the Ministry of Economics and Finance.

At the moment he is President of CERSA (Compañía Española de Reafianzamiento) and Memeber of the Board of Enisa (empresa nacional de Innovación) and he has been before Member of the Board of IDAE, Pymar, Cofides, Compañía Española de Financiación del Desarrollo, S. A. (SPANISH COMPANY FOR FINANCE AND DEVELOPMENT) and of the Sociedad Estatal Española P4R, S.A. (SPAIN STATE NATIONAL SOCIETY).

He holds a double Major in Economic and Business Sciences, and a Law Degree and a postgrade course at IESE and he is a member of the Commercial and Economic Technical Personnel Organization of the Spanish Government.


Christian Decker

Christian Decker, born 1967, graduated from the University of Bremen/Germany in engineering and company design. He began his career in subjects of new technologies and rapid prototyping in the applications for the automotive and aircraft industries. In 1997 he entered the company DESMA and was responsible for many projects of reorganisation and integration of ERP systems and CAD design tools, followed by a variety of managing positions in development and design of all DESMA products. Since 2009 Christian has joined the managing board and is today CEO of DESMA.


Ineke Dezentjé Hamming-Bluemink

President of FME

Ineke Dezentjé Hamming-Bluemink – born in 1954 in Amsterdam – read Law at Erasmus University Rotterdam and obtained a degree in Business Administration.

Ms Dezentjé Hamming-Bluemink served as Managing Director of the Rotterdam Port Promotion Council (RPPC) from 1993 to 2003. The RPPC manages the strategic marketing and communication activities of the Dutch port and maritime industry. In this capacity she led several trade missions in various parts of the world to promote the Dutch port sector. Before that she worked as a PR Executive at the container handling company ECT in Rotterdam for 11 years, after having held a position as Head of PR & Advertising at Van Leeuwen Buizen Groep in Zwijndrecht.

In 2003 Ms Dezentjé Hamming-Bluemink made a career switch to politics and became an MP for the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie – VVD). Initially, she was responsible for the Education & Youth Services and Finance & Economics portfolios. Towards the end of her term of office she was appointed chair of the Permanent Committee on Finance and consequently also became responsible for the State Pension & Retirements portfolio.

On 14 November 2011 Ms Dezentjé Hamming-Bluemink was elected President of the employers’ organisation FME by the general meeting.

In September 2014 Ms Dezentjé Hamming-Bluemink was appointed President of the the European employers' organisation CEEMET representing 200,000 companies. Currently she holds the position of vice-president.

Ms Dezentjé Hamming-Bluemink is also member of the Executive Board of the employers’ organisation VNO-NCW.

In January 2016 Ms Dezentjé Hamming – Bluemink was appointed Member of the Supervisory Board of the Royal Dutch Touring Club ANWB.


Dr. Alexander Duisberg

Partner, Bird & Bird LLP

Alexander Duisberg is a partner of Bird & Bird in Munich and member of Bird & Bird’s international Tech & Coms Steering Group.

Alexander is considered a leading expert in matters of digital transformation, data protection and date security.

Alexander is an appointed and practicing panelist to the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre and is a member of the Federal Government’s legal work groups in the think-tanks projects "Trusted Cloud", "Smart Data" and "Platform Industry 4.0", and a legal advisor to the "Industrial Data Space". He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and contributes regularly to publications on technology-related topics. Alexander speaks German, English, Italian, Spanish and French.


Nigel Edmondson


Nigel Edmondson has been the Managing Director of MADE – Manufacturing Academy of Denmark since the organization was launched in 2014. He has extensive knowledge of manufacturing and logistic industries within Denmark, and has been employed at Grundfos and Maersk Line. Nigel has significant experience of business process optimization, global change projects, revenue management, robotics and design for manufacture and has an industrial PhD in Robotics from Loughborough University.


Kerstin Eichmann


Kerstin Eichmann joined the Innovation Hub of Innogy in 2017 as the new Lighthouse Lead for the Machine Economy sector. Previously, she worked for 2 years in the developer experience division of Microsoft where her core role was to drive excitement of technical audiences. Prior to that she was part of the founding team of Fidor Bank, who disrupted the traditional banking sector during the financial crisis with a first peer-to-peer community banking approach. In her role as Machine Economy Lighthouse Lead Kerstin Eichmann is responsible for blockchain related business models and it’s disruptive potential for the energy market and beyond such as mobility, autonomous driving, payment and manufacturing.


Dr. Bernhard Fischer

Chief IP Attorney, Vice President SAP SE

Following practice in renowned international patent law firms, Dr. Fischer joined SAP in 2002. In his position as Chief IP Attorney, he is inter alia entrusted with all IP public policy activities at global level. Also, since more than 10 years, Dr. Fischer has chaired numerous corresponding initiatives for broader European based IT industry. Dr. Fischer earned his law degrees from the Universities of Munich, and Montpellier. Before being admitted to the bar in 1995, he began his IP career in 1992 as a fellow of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law in Munich.


Tomas Hedenborg

Orgalime President

Tomas Hedenborg is Group CEO of FASTEMS, a supplier of flexible manufacturing systems and robotics-based automation with a strong emphasis on software.

Mr Hedenborg previously held the position of President and CEO of both Finn-Power Oy (machine tools) and HBPO (front end modules for the automotive industry).

He has a strong background in mechanical engineering, specifically in the automotive and machine tool sector. Having spent half of his professional life in management positions in the R&D area, the last 15 years he has managed companies with high development potential, through times of radical strategic renewal.

Born in Finland, Mr Hedenborg holds an MSc in mechanical engineering from Teknillinen korkeakoulu-Tekniska högskolan.

Other positions:

  • Board member of the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries
  • President of Orgalime, the European Engineering Industries Association
  • Chairman of the Board of DIMECC Ltd (Digital, Internet, Materials & Engineering Co-Creation)
  • Chairman of the Board of SME contract manufacturer Suomen Levyprofiili Oy


Peter Olson

Vice President - Head of European Affairs, Ericsson

Peter Olson is Vice President and Head of the Ericsson European Affairs Office in Brussels since 2011. From May 2012 until June 2016 he also served as President of DIGITALEUROPE, representing the European digital technology industry.

Preceding his present position, he worked as Regional Head for Latin America within group function Sales & Marketing for three years, and prior to that as Program Manager for the Ericsson strategic focus area on software business. This was preceded by five years in the position as Head of product marketing and strategic business development at Ericsson Group level.

He has held several managerial roles in Product Portfolio Management as well as Sales and Marketing within the areas of both fixed and mobile communications.

Peter Olson holds an MBA from INSEAD, France (1988) and a Masters of Science from the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, Sweden (1982).


Luigi Perissich


Mr. Luigi Perissich is General Counselor for European policy, Research and Industry Digitization of Confindustria Innovative and Technological Services, Rome (Italy) one of the sector federations of Confindustria, that represents companies that operate in consulting services, advertising and marketing research and surveys , information technology and services, digital contents, engineering, facility management, ESCO and energy services, certification bodies, satellite digital applications and services, training, cultural and museum services, other technological and professional services. Altogether all the above sectors are a very significant part of the economy representing 800.000 companies, 2.1 million workers; 255 €billions of turnover and 110 €billions of added value. He received his MBA in Management from Stern School of Business of New York University and since then he has always been involved in the Italian Industry representation first in Brussels with Federlegno- Arredo, the Italian wood and furniture federation, then in Rome as Director General of Confitarma, the Italian Shipowners association for six years and after that as Director General of FITA, the Italian Federation of professional services that evolved to become Confindustria Servizi Innovativi e Tecnologici. He is member of the Board of ACCREDIA, the Italian accreditation body, of ABI LAB the innovation consortium of ABI the Italian Banking Association. He is national expert for Societal Challange 6 of H2020 and coordinates the Italian Technology Platform on Cultural Heritage IPOCH2. He currently lives between Rome and the Belgian countryside near Namur where his wife and two children reside.


Dr. Carsten Polenz


Dr. Carsten Polenz is Vice President for Internet of Things Strategy and Seed Innovations at SAP. He is responsible for the external, political activities of SAP within the areas of Industrie 4.0, Internet of Things and Digitization of Industry.

Dr. Carsten Polenz works at SAP since 1999 and held several executive positions in the areas of Corporate Strategy, Product Development, Design and Service and Support. Besides this he was project lead for a variety of strategic projects (e.g. acquisitions) reporting directly to the Executive Board of SAP. Before working at SAP he was researcher at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Energy and Resources, working in the area of sustainable energy consumption.

Dr. Polenz has a Master of Science in Physics, studying at the RWTH Aachen and the Universities of Edinburgh and Heidelberg. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Kassel with a work on the innovation dynamics of energy-efficient electrical cars.


Celina Ramjoué


Celina Ramjoué is Deputy Head of Unit for the Data Innovation and Policy Unit at the European Commission's Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology (DG CONNECT). She was previously Head of Sector for "Data policy for science" and for "Open Access to Scientific Publications and Data" for the same Directorate General. Before joining DG CONNECT in 2012, Celina worked on open access, open science and science and society issues for the Directorate-General for Research & Innovation (DG RTD). Prior to joining the European Commission in 2005, Celina was a researcher in the field of comparative public policy and science and technology studies at the University of Zurich. Celina holds a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in political science and foreign affairs (Universities of Virginia, Munich and Zurich) and been a visiting researcher at Harvard University and the European University Institute.


Oliver Röthig

UNI Europa Regional Secretary

Since May 2011, Oliver Röthig heads UNI Europa, the European service workers union with 7 million members, as its Regional Secretary.

He is member of the Executive Committee of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and of the Management Committee of the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) since 2011. He also sits on the Executive Board of UNI Global Union, which represents 20 million workers worldwide and of which UNI Europa is the European regional organisation.

Oliver Röthig was member of the European Commission’s high-level working group on business services (2013-2014). He was Vice-President of Finance Watch, the European NGO representing non-industry interests and championing fair financial markets 2012 to 2014 (and before a board member starting in 2011).

From 2003 to April 2011, Oliver Röthig was Head of UNI Finance, the global union for the banking and insurance industry, driving UNI Europa’s work on the financial crisis, EU financial regulation and supervision, and involved in extensive work with the European institutions, building social dialogue and European works councils. As part of his global remit, he coordinated activities of finance unions within the context of the G20.

From 1998 to 2002, he was policy officer for the European regional organisation of the global union FIET (now UNI Europa); he was executive officer of Eurocadres, the European trade union organisation of professional and managers, from 1998-2001.

Born in Essen/Germany, Oliver Röthig studied political science, industrial relations, history and law at the universities of Bonn and Aberdeen and graduated from the London School of Economics.


Dr. Martin Sauer

Senior Expert Working Conditions/Labour Relations 4.0, Robert Bosch GmbH

Since January 2017 Martin Sauer is, as a team member of the projecthouse Bosch Connected Industry, responsible for labour market topics, in particular Work 4.0. Martin Sauer was born in Berlin in 1984. After civilian service he was awarded a diploma in economics at the Humboldt University of Berlin in 2010. In 2013 he completed his PhD in economics (research stays in Sweden and Austria) on the subject of intellectual property rights within the scope of social networks and globalization. Before joining the Robert Bosch GmbH, Martin Sauer served as a director for different employers` associations in Germany being responsible for labour market issues. This included committee work at regional as well as at federal level, including being a member of several self-government bodies.


Maria Spiliopoulou


Maria Spiliopoulou holds an degree in economics from Athens University. She has been working at the European Commission since 1991. She has dealt with a wide range of EU policies, such as industrial and competitiveness policies, environment, trade and internal market. From 2003 to 2009 she was Deputy Head of Unit "Mechanical, Electrical and Telecom Equipment" in the Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry. She was responsible for all aspects of the mechanical engineering sector, such as internal market legislation covering health and safety as well as environmental aspects, i.e. the EU Directives on Machinery, Lifts, Personal Protective Equipment and Equipment used in Explosive Atmospheres, the control of gaseous emissions of internal combustion engines as well as the control of noise for outdoor equipment. From 2009 to 2015 she was Deputy Head of the Unit "Metals, Minerals, Raw Materials" in same Directorate-General, dealing with raw materials, metals, minerals and forest-based industries. She was more particularly responsible for environmental aspects in relation to extractive industries and for the improvement of the regulatory framework conditions for the sustainable supply of raw materials within the EU and the development of indicators in order to monitor and assess Member States’ performances relating to minerals policies.

Since 2015 she is Deputy Head of Unit "Enforcement of the Internal Market" dealing with infringement co-ordination and smart enforcement in the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. She is more particularly responsible for actions and tools developed under the Single Market Strategy aiming at improving overall compliance with Single Market rules, including improving the monitoring of Single Market legislation. Apart from her mother tongue, Greek, she also speaks English, French, Italian, German and Swedish.


Mirko Wesling

Mirko Wesling is Head of Unit "Statistics and Empirical Analysis of Vocational Education" in the Department of Vocational Education and Training at the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts and Small Businesses (ZDH) and responsible for all aspects of education policy on digitization in the crafts sector. He studied Economics (B.A.) at the Berlin School of Economics and Law and Public Economics (M.Sc.) at the Freie Universität Berlin. Prior to his work at the ZDH, he was a researcher at the German Institute for Employment Research (IAB).


Thomas Zeller

CDO UnternehmerTUM, Founder Digital Product School

Thomas Zeller started his career in Product Management with the international e-commerce company Ciao. Followed by that he worked in various product- and technology leadership positions at Microsoft and Hotzbrinck before he joined UnternehmerTUM as a CDO and founder of Digital Product School. In his current role he evangelizes digital technology and culture to students, startups, and enterprises. UnternehmerTUM’s mission is building an open ecosystem that produces new scalable high-tech startups next to fresh innovation inside existing organizations.

Mr. Zeller owns a diploma in computer science for business (University of Bamberg/University of California at Santa Barbara) and an MBA (Steinbeis University Berlin).


Thilo Zimmermann

Dipl.-Kfm. Thilo Zimmermann graduated in Business Administration in 2006 from University of Augsburg, and holds a Certificat d’Etudes Politique Européennes from IEP Strasbourg (Science Po Strasbourg). Thilo Zimmermann has been working as research project manager since March 2008 for Fraunhofer IPA and its spin-off GPS Gesellschaft für Produktionssysteme GmbH. Currently he is managing the German project Future Work Lab (innovation lab for work, people and technology), earlier the European Robotics projects SMErobotics, euRobotics, BRICS, and SMErobot as well as the German funded service robotics project DESIRE. Before that, Thilo Zimmermann was officer for the service industry (“Dienstleistungsreferent”) at the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Munich and Upper-Bavaria (“IHK für München und Oberbayern”).

You will find further information at https://www.linkedin.com/in/thilozimmermann.