Panellists 3.1 Consumer Trust and Market Growth


Axelle Lemaire  

Axelle LEMAIRE has been the French Ministry of State for Digital Affairs since April 2014. She calls her now position the “portfolio for imagination”. Born in Canada in 1974, she studied political science at Sciences Po in Paris and law at the Sorbonne and King’s College London. She worked as a researcher and international lawyer before entering politics as a parliamentary assistant in the House of Commons. In 2012, Axelle LEMAIRE was elected in the French National Assembly to represent the French diaspora living in Northern Europe. As the Secretary of the Law Committee and a member of the European Affairs Committee, her main areas of interest were the digital society and digital economy, the protection of human rights and gender equality, and European politics. The mother of two children, Axelle enjoys reading, running, and travelling.

Welmer Ramos  

Welmer Ramos was appointed Minister of Economy, Industry and Commerce in May 2014. Previously he worked has Parliamentary Counselor in the Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica, and has more than 15 years of experience in the Costa Rican Central Bank. He has been Chairman of the Central American Evaluation Association, Member of the Coordinating Committee of the Network Monitoring, Evaluation and Systematization of Latin America and the Caribbean (ReLAC) and Member of the Board of the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE). He also is a Postgraduate Professor for several public and privates universities en Costa Rica. Mr Ramos has a Bachelor Degree in Economics and a Master Degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Finance and a Master Degree in Program Evaluation and Development Projects.

  Gerd Billen is State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection since January 2013. Prior to joining the Federal Ministry, he was Executive Director of the Federation of German Consumer Organisations (Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband), having previously headed the Environmental and Social Policies Division at the Otto Group. From 1991 to 2005, he guided the activities of the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) in his role as National Managing Director. He started work as a freelance journalist before becoming the Press Officer for the Federal Association of Environmental Action Groups (Bundesverband Bürgerinitiativen Umweltschutz). Gerd Billen was one of the founders and National Chairman of the “Consumer Initiative” (Verbraucher Initiative e.V.).
    Víctor Calvo-Sotelo Ibáñez-Martín has been Secretary of State for Telecommunications & Information Society, Member of Parliament from Zamora since 2011. Prior to this he was Partido Popular. Head of the Analysis Department of the President and Advisor to the President. Getinsa. Before 2005, Mr. Calvo-Sotelo held a number of positions including: President and CEO of Correos, Spanish Public Postal Operator, Visiting fellow, Anderson School of Management at UCLA and  Undersecretary, Ministerio de Fomento, Ministry of Transport, Housing and Telecommunications. He holds a Civil Engineer Msc. Master in Transportation, Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and a Master in Business Administration, INSEAD, France. 
Edith Ramirez   Edith Ramirez was sworn in as a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission in April 2010 and became Chairwoman of the FTC in March 2013. At the FTC, Chairwoman Ramirez has focused on promoting competition and innovation in the technology and healthcare sectors, protecting consumers from deceptive and unfair practices, and safeguarding consumer privacy. Before joining the FTC, Chairwoman Ramirez was a partner in the Los Angeles office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, where she litigated complex business disputes, including intellectual property, antitrust, unfair competition, and advertising matters. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review, and Harvard College. 
John Pecman   John Pecman was appointed Commissioner of Competition on June 12, 2013 for a five year term.  Mr. Pecman is an economist and holds an M.A. from McMaster University and has worked at the Competition Bureau as an investigator, manager and senior executive for more than 30 years. Mr. Pecman provides stewardship for the enforcement efforts of the Competition Bureau in the areas of mergers, civil and criminal matters, and deceptive marketing practices. Mr. Pecman is also invigorating the Bureau's role in the area of competition advocacy conducting strategic regulatory interventions. He also introduced an Action Plan on Transparency that aims to promote the development of a more cost effective, efficient and responsive agency, all the while providing Canadians with more opportunities to learn about its work.
  Delia Rickard is the Deputy Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. She has a passion for consumer protection and ensuring that markets act fairly and consumers have the information, tools and confidence they need to make informed choices and exercise their rights. In the past she has been an active member of the OECD’s Financial Literacy committee. In 2011 she was awarded the Australia Day Public Service medal for her contribution to consumer protection and financial services.

Paulo Alexandre Ferreira was born in 1977. Bachelor and Master in Economics from the Faculty of Economics, University of Porto (Portugal).  Technical Advisor to the Bank of Portugal, he served as Budget Counsellor in the Permanent Representation of Portugal to the European Union in Brussels (Belgium). He was Advisor to the Minister of State and Finance of the XVII and XVIII Constitutional Governments and Desk Officer of the Tax and Customs Authority (Ministry of Finance).  In 2011 he was Assistant Professor at the Institute of Social Science and Policy at the Technical University of Lisbon.

  Ms. Mawakana is the Vice President of Global Government Relations, where she is responsible for public policy strategy, legislative affairs, competition policy and regulatory matters for eBay’s suite of brands in the US, Canada, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. She leads a global team of experts who work closely with lawmakers, regulators, and public policy professionals around the world on key issues impacting eBay and its global community of users, including ecommerce taxation and regulation, small business empowerment, trade facilitation and promotion, privacy, intellectual property, internet governance, high-skilled immigration reform and cybersecurity. Ms. Mawakana has two decades of experience in providing strategic counsel and direction on critical public policy, legal, regulatory and crisis-driven issues facing technology, online media and e‑commerce companies.  In May 2015, she was recognized as a Tech Titan by Washingtonian Magazine. Ms. Mawakana received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, and her B.A. magna cum laude from Trinity College. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and son
Key Interveners  
Cancun Ministerial   Andreas Schwab has been a Member of the European Parliament since 2004. Born in 1973, he studied law at the University of Freiburg and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris, and obtained an L.L.M. from the University of Wales in 2000. He worked as a consultant for the European Convention in the Department of European Affairs of the Baden-Württemberg State Ministry while obtaining a doctorate in law in 2002 and absolving his second state law exam in 2003. He is the EPP Group Coordinator in the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection, a substitute Member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, a member of the Bureau of the EPP Group, and a substitute Bureau Member of the CDU/CSU Group in the European Parliament.


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