State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community and Federal Government Commissioner for Information Technology, Germany
Dr. Markus Richter is the State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community and Federal Government Commissioner for Information Technology since May 2020. Dr. Richter previously worked as Vice-President of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees and Head of IT units at the Federal Office of Administration. He holds a doctorate in law from the Westfälische Wilhelms Universität in Münster.
Within the Federal Government, the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community is also responsible for the public administration, from the federal public service and legislation on administrative procedures to open administration and open government. The Federal Ministry of the Interior is also supposed to drive an ongoing process of modernization in the public administration.
The Federal Minister of the Interior and the Federal Government Commissioner for Information Technology are active in various bodies and numerous projects to develop e-government, and they represent federal interests in the political sphere. The IT Planning Council is the main body for managing federal and state IT. The chair alternates between the Federal Government Commissioner for Information Technology and representatives of each of the 16 German states. The IT Planning Council adopted the National E-Government Strategy and is working to implement it.
The Federal Ministry of the Interior is responsible for the strategic orientation and development of e-government in Germany. E-government helps reduce bureaucracy and modernize the public administration, making Germany a more attractive place to do business.
The principal aim of this strategy and the E-Government Act is to provide more administrative services that are independent of time and location. The E-Government Act is intended to facilitate electronic communication with public administration. Moreover, it enables federal, state and local authorities to offer more simplified, user-friendly and efficient electronic administrative services.
Stéphane is the founder of the “La 27e Région”, a think and do-tank launched in 2008. He has a background in management and social innovation. After a few years in big companies, he left and worked as a civil servant in local governments, such as the Limousin Regional Government. He became an associate in a consultant agency dedicated to public organisations, and worked with a think-tank focused on the digital transformation of the society (FING), before launching La 27e Région in 2008. He is the author of many books and reports in the public sector innovation field. German Marshall Fund Fellow 2005
Benjamin ist the Director of CityLAB, Berlin’s first public innovation lab. He is a renowned expert and public speaker with many years of experience in e-government, the development of digital prototypes and the strategic and technical management of open source- and open data-related projects involving public administration, academia and civil society. He wrote a PhD thesis on the history of digital governance and worked as a journalist and curator in New York, Nicosia, Rotterdam and Frankfurt/Main.
Head of the Division “Federal Digital Transformation Programmes” in the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community, Germany
Björn Bünzow is Head of the division Federal Digital Transformation Programmes in the directorate-general Digital Administration; Management of the Online Access Act at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community.
After studying Administrative Sciences at the University of Potsdam he worked as an advisor and Head of the division Budget/Financial Management at the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW), as advisor in various occupations in the division Administrative Modernisation and Organisation as well as in the division Organisation of the Federal Ministry’s Executive Agencies at the Federal Ministry of the Interior.
From 2015 to 2018 he was Head of the Project Group Digital Administration 2020 working on the implementation of the Government’s Digital Transformation Programme, from 2018 to June 2020 he was Head of the division Digital Administration; Digital Transformation Programme. Since then he has been working in his current position.
Silvana is a senior professional with overall 20 years of experience in Innovation and Digital transformation from top brands in IT and financial services, of which 13 years in the payment industry.
With 12 years of international experience, has led the creation of innovative digital solutions and the execution of multi-country projects, defined marketing strategies to drive product adoption among consumers and business, led cross-border and cross functional teams. Educated at MBA level and with a Ph.D. in Physics, is actively involved in leadership and women development.
She currently leads Digital Identity solutions within the Digital Transformation Team for the Italian Government.
Researcher at the Competence Center Public IT (ÖFIT)
Basanta is a researcher at the Competence Center Public IT (ÖFIT), a German government think tank on the digitalisation of government and society, and pursues a PhD at the University of Potsdam. He studied political science, public administration, and economics at the universities of Münster and Potsdam and worked at research institutions such as Hertie School of Governance, the European Research Center for Information Systems and Tallinn University of Technology. He founded the N3GZ Young Professionals’ Network on Digital Government within the German National Competence Center for eGovernment.
Secretary General fit4internet Association, Austria
fit4internet was initiated by the Federal Ministry for Digital Affairs and Economy in Austria. It is organised as a non-profit association and acts in close cooperation with companies, institutions and organisations as a platform for increasing digital literacy. The structured implementation of DigComp AT offers employees and employers a common understanding of digital competences. It allows to evaluate digital competency profiles through assessment tools and to qualify accordingly through qualification offers referenced to DigComp AT. A national certification system for digital competences is currently developed by the Digital Competency Hub run by fit4internet, in close collaboration with scientific institutions and Austrian ministries. As founding member of the Alliance for Digital Skills and Jobs in Austria fit4internet also leads various projects to understand how digital upskilling efforts can be scaled at cost-/resource-efficiency.
Ulrike previously worked in politics, journalism and industry. She holds a master`s degree in political science (University of Salzburg) and an MBA (MIT).
Christian is the Chief Innovation Officer in the Joint eGov and Open Data Innovation Lab (JIL) as well as in the software and digital consulting company MACH AG.
From 2003 till 2018 he was the Federal Executive Secretary appointed by the Austrian Government for eGovernment and Spokesperson of the Federal Platform Digital Austria. Christian was also the Plenipotentiary for eBusiness and SME Digital of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber for more many years.
He is considered to be one of the pioneers of developing eBusiness and eGovernment Strategies in Europe. Christian is an Executive Board Member and founder of the UN framework organization World Summit Awards, and is also serving other boards, like the National eGovernment Competence Centre in Berlin.
He has advised more than twenty governments worldwide, organizations and corporations (like the European Commission, Council of Europe, European Investment Bank, the World Bank or Chamber Organizations) on digital transformation and innovation.
Christian is frequent lector at international universities, panelist and speaker as well as program committee on the most prestigious ICT conferences worldwide on topics such as digital transformation and strategies, innovation and disruption, Smart City, Data Governance and eGovernment.
Minister-President State Government Schleswig-Holstein
Daniel Günther is a German politician of Christian Democratic Union of Germany. Since 28 June 2017 he serves as the Minister President of Schleswig-Holstein. From 1 November 2018 to 31 October 2019 he served as President of the German Bundesrat and until now as Vice-President.
For many years, Schleswig-Holstein has been committed to supporting tomorrow’s technologies – in the development of artificial intelligence, alternative energy sources, in medical technology or marine science. The social and economic change we are currently experiencing as a result of digitisation is treated by the state government as an interdepartmental cross-cutting task of the utmost importance. For this reason, the state government has established a digitisation cabinet headed by the Minister President.
Scientific Lead of Joint eGov and Open Data Innovation Lab
Moreen is Professor for E-Government and Open Data Ecosystems at the University of Lübeck (Institute for Multimedia and Interactive Systems). She is also scientific director of the Joint Innovation Labs in Lübeck, where innovative solutions for the public sector are designed, developed and evaluated in close cooperation between science, public administration and business.
She conducts research on human-centred and process-oriented applications in the public sector. These include a wide range of e-government applications, but also applications in the context of open government.
Head of the Digital Governance Lab Estonia
Professor of e-Governance at Ragnar Nurkse Department
Since 2017, Robert has been coordinating TOOP, the EU H2020 large-scale pilot on exploring and demonstrating the feasibility of the once-only principle
Nora Wolloch holds a Diploma in German Literature and Theatre Science. Since 2005, she worked as a Production Manager for various international Theater Festivals, as Vienna Festival, Linz 2009 European Capital of Culture or Salzburgfestival. Nora joined the ICNM Team in November 2010 as Event & Project Manager for the World Summit Awards. She is responsible for partnerships, fundraising as well as the strategic development of the initiative.
Head of Digital Innovation Team / E-Government Agency in the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community
Ole has been working on the digital transformation of administration for 15 years.
He has a soft spot for pink animals, for bad puns and for questioning rules. He cannot live without music and firmly believes that innovation and agile working will make administration better. That it will lead to more transparency, cooperation and openness. And that is a good thing..
Director, Public Administration Reform Team, Prime Minister Office, Serbia
Marta Arsovska Tomovska is the Director of the Public Administration Reform team in the Office of the Prime Minister of Serbia. Previously, she was Macedonian Minister for ICT and Public Administration, and a C-level executive in several companies in the IT and telecommunication industry. She is considered to be one of the pioneers of the internet access in the Western Balkans, leading one of the first Internet Service Providers and several cyber security initiatives. Marta is an Executive Board Member of the UN framework organization World Summit Awards, and is also serving other boards. Certified by the UN’s ITU for building national digital innovation ecosystems, she is now advising governments, organizations and corporations on digital transformation and innovation. BSc. in Electrical Engineering, MSc. in Economy and Computer Science, educated at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Marta is frequent panelist and speaker on the most prestigious ICT conferences worldwide on topics such as digital transformation, innovation, and eGovernment.
Edison attended “Young Leaders…” program initiated by Robert Schuman Institute (RSI) in the year 2015. Since than he has been an impressive active member of RSI by participating and contributing with his excessive experience in Albania and abroad.
He is multidimensional in different spheres including government and non-government organizations, e.g. Volunteer – Let’s Get Started Organization – British Council Albania , President of Initiative Group Alpbach Albania, Mayor’s Senior Adviser – Municipality of KLOS, Expert at Coordination & Development Directory Municipality of KAMEZ, Head of Entrepreneurship Support Sector Albanian Development Fund for Diaspora, External Professor of Law at University of Tirana Faculty of Law and at “Luarasi” University, External Professor at Faculty of Education “Aleksander Moisiu” University in Durrës, Atlas Corps Fellow program – Open Government Hub Washington D.C.
Currently, Edison is actively working by implementing the Open Gov Hub Albania mission and vision in Albania. He is working toward making governments and public policy becoming more efficient, transparent and accountable in Albania. He believes that one of the best ways for Albania to move forward is through the education, transparency, Open Government, accountability, civic engagement and training of young generations who are capable of understanding, confronting and resolving global, regional and domestic issues based on International trends, and innovations.
Head of Department for Scientific Documentation and Supervision, Hellenic Parliament
Fotis has an academic background in law, economics and engineering, and a working experience of more than 15 years in governance. After a career as a research engineer in Germany, he worked as Special Advisor for Business and Industry in the Greek Ministry of Development. Since 2007, he has been working in the Hellenic Parliament; initially as Scientific Advisor to the Speaker and later as Head of the Department within the Scientific Service. Dr. Fitsilis is a seasoned researcher with more than 30 academic publications, including two monographies. He teaches legal informatics at the National School of Public Administration and Local Government, Greece, and he has been Visiting Professor at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. Dr. Fitsilis is a certified PRINCE2 practitioner and, in 2017, he co-founded the Hellenic OCR Team, a crowdsourcing initiative for the processing and analysis of parliamentary data.
State Secretary and Head of State Chancellery Schleswig-Holstein
Dirk Schrödter, born in 1978, is head of the State Chancellery of the State of Schleswig-Holstein. In this function he is primarily responsible for planning and coordinating the political priorities of the state government.
State Secretary Schrödter studied economics at the University of Potsdam. He is a lecturer in Economics and Public Finance at the University of Applied Sciences for Administration and Services of the State of Schleswig-Holstein and author of numerous articles for the Yearbook of Public Finance.
Bruno is a sociologist, having completed a degree, master’s and doctorate in this scientific area. He was a PhD fellow and a post-doctoral fellow with the support of the Foundation for Science and Technology. Nowadays, he is coordinator of the LabX – Experimentation Lab for Public Administration, a team of the Administrative Modernization Agency (AMA, I.P.). He is highly engaged with the principles of the citizen-centric Public Administration, sustains the adoption of evidence-based decision-making, promotes the participatory logics in public policies and the use of experimentation in the development of better public services.