Panellists 4.1 New Markets and New Jobs in the Digital Economy


Andrus Ansip   Andrus Ansip was appointed Vice-President of the European Commission with responsibility for the Digital Single Market in November 2014. Before moving to Brussels, he was a member of both the Estonian and European Parliaments. This followed almost nine years in Tallinn spent as Estonia's longest-serving Prime Minister, when Ansip worked with both centre-right and centre-left parties to lead three different coalition governments. During his time as Prime Minister, he also acted as chairman of Estonia's liberal Reform Party. Ansip first entered national politics in September 2004 when he became Minister of the Economy. Up to this point, his career was spent in Estonia's second largest city of Tartu where he was born in 1956. Ansip was Mayor of Tartu for six years after working in banking and business. A chemistry graduate from the city's university, Andrus Ansip is married with three children.
Rogelio Garza   Rogelio Garza Garza is the Undersecretary of Industry & Commerce, at the Mexican Ministry of Economy. Previously, he served as the Director General of the National Chamber of Electronic Industry, Telecommunications and Information Technology (CANIETI) for 12 years. At the Mexican Ministry of Commerce and Industrial Development, he held the positions of Personal Assistant of the Minister, Deputy Director General of International Trade Negotiations and Deputy Director of Negotiations of the Automotive and Electronic sectors. In the Ministry of General Comptroller and Administrative Development he served as Director of Economic Deregulation. He was also Quality Coordinator in the ISO-9002 Program at the office of the Minister of Commerce and Industrial Development as well as Coordinator of the Certification Program ISO-9002 in CANIETI.He has served as Vice-president of the Association of Economists of Nuevo León as well as proprietary board member in the Mexican Industrial Chamber Confederation (CONCAMIN) and proprietary board member in the Standardization and Electronic Certification body (NYCE). Rogelio holds a BA degree in Economy from the Institute of Technology and Higher Studies in Monterrey and Diploma Studies in International Trade from the University Pontificia de Comillas in Madrid, Spain.
  State Secretary Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch, Attorney, MBA, SECO Di-rector and Director of the Foreign Economic Affairs Directorate since 1 April 2011. From 2007 Federal Council Ambassador and Delegate for Trade Agreements, Swit-zerland's chief negotiator at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) as well as member of the SECO Board of Directors and in addition to the WTO responsible for the OECD and free trade agreements as head of the World Trade Division in the Foreign Eco-nomic Affairs Directorate. Previously, from 1999 to 2007, head of the WTO sector. From 1995 head of section in the WTO section of the Federal Office of Foreign Eco-nomic Affairs FOFEA. 1992/1993 she worked at the World Bank (Washington D.C., USA) as assistant to Switzerland's Executive Director's. From 1990 to 1995 scientific adviser in the Legal Service and International Investment and Technology Transfer Service in the FOFEA. 1989 gained her MBA from INSEAD (Fontainebleau, F). 1988 Junior Consultant at McKinsey in Zurich. 1987 gained her law degree at the Universi-ty of Berne qualifying as an attorney.
  Arijandas Šliupas has been the Vice-Minister of Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania since 21 December 2012. Prior to this role he was Director of Commerce, JSC “Litcargus”, General Manager SE “Kauno Aerouostas” and JSC “Balti Logistika”. He was also Executive Director, JSC “Nordnet” (former JSC "Paskirstymo sistem┼│ valdymas“) and Transport Manager, JSC DSV (former JSC DFDS Transport). Mr. Šliupas has a Master's degree in International management and business administration from ISM University of Management and Economics and a Master's degree in International transportation and logistics from Vilniaus Gediminas Technical University. He is married with one son, Jonas. 
Alan Davidson   Alan Davidson is the first Director of Digital Economy at the U.S. Department of Commerce and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Commerce.  Prior to joining the department, Davidson was director of the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C.  Earlier, Davidson led Google’s public policy and government relations efforts in North and South America from 2005-2012. Alan has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science and a master’s degree in technology and policy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is a graduate of the Yale Law School.
  Jody Greenstone Miller is the Co-Founder and CEO of Business Talent Group, the leading global marketplace for top independent consultants and executives doing project-based work. Previously, she was a venture partner with Maveron and served as acting president and COO of Americast, Disney’s digital television venture.  Ms. Miller was also Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton and Deputy to David Gergen, Counselor to the President. She began her career at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and was a White House Fellow under President George H. W. Bush. Miller writes frequently about the future of work and has been featured in outlets such as HBR, WSJ, NYT, The Economist, and the FT. Fortune named Miller one of its 2015 “Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs.”  She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia School of Law.
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Damon A. Silvers is the Director of Policy and Special Counsel for the AFL-CIO.  He joined the AFL-CIO as Associate General Counsel in 1997. Mr. Silvers serves on a pro bono basis as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the state of New York and is a Senior Fellow for the Roosevelt Institute.  He is a member of the Investor Advisory Committee of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Treasury Department’s Financial Research Advisory Committee, and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s Investor Advisory Group.  Mr. Silvers received his J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School and his M.B.A. with high honors from Harvard Business School.  He is a graduate of Harvard College, summa cum laude, and has studied history at Kings College, Cambridge University.

 ‌   Dr. Ing. Konstantinos Karachalio is a globally recognized leader in standards development and intellectual property, Dr. Ing. Konstantinos Karachalios is managing director of the IEEE Standards Association and a member of the IEEE Management Council. As managing director, he has been enhancing IEEE efforts in global standards development in strategic emerging technology fields, through technical excellence of staff, expansion of global presence and activities and emphasis on inclusiveness and good governance, including reform of the IEEE standards-related patent policy. As member of the IEEE Management Council, he championed expansion of IEEE influence in key techno-political areas, including consideration of social and ethical implications of technology, according to the IEEE mission to advance technology for humanity. Results have been rapid in coming and profound; IEEE is becoming the place to go for debating and building consensus on issues such as Internet governance and ethics in design of autonomous systems.

Iain Mac Labhrainn (MacLaren) is Director of the Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching and Professor of Higher Education at the National University of Ireland, Galway. A graduate of Edinburgh and Durham Universities, his original academic specialism was in Astrophysics, researching the evolution of galaxies in the early universe. Working as a research fellow, lecturer and Reader in Durham, Edinburgh and the University of the West of Scotland, his interests extended beyond physics towards understanding student learning and curricular innovation. He has led or participated in a number of projects at national and international levels on aspects of learning technologies and curricular design. He has taught at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in physics, mathematics, computing, technology and education. As the Lead partner in the multi-institutional 'All Aboard!' project, his team have developed a Digital Skills Framework for all of Irish higher education.  He is also a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the board of Ireland’s National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning.

Key Interveners  
Dr. Robert D. Atkinson   Dr. Robert D. Atkinson is one of the country’s foremost thinkers on innovation economics. With an extensive background in technology policy, he has conducted ground-breaking research projects on technology and innovation, is a valued adviser to state and national policy makers, and a popular speaker on innovation policy nationally and internationally. Before founding ITIF, Atkinson was Vice President of the Progressive Policy Institute and Director of PPI’s Technology & New Economy Project. He received his Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon and was named a distinguished alumnus in 2014. He received his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989.
    Bhairavi Desai, a native of India, has been organizing taxi drivers since 1996. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of the 19,000-member New York Taxi Workers Alliance since 1998, and President of the National Taxi Workers Alliance. Bhairavi also serves on the Executive Council of the AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations.)  In 2012, NYTWA won a livable income raise, first-time regulations of taxi companies, and a Health and Disability Fund for drivers, the first for taxi drivers nationwide and one of the first for independent contractors. In 2015, NYTWA won the Taxi and Livery Driver Protection Act as drivers are thirty times more likely to be killed on the job than other workers - to name only a couple of their more recent accomplishments. In 2013, at the AFL-CIO’s convention, Bhairavi became the first Asian American and non-traditional union or worker center representative to be elected to the Executive Council at a convention.


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