Ms. Elisabetta Capannelli, an Italian national, is an economist with 25 years of experience in the development field. She worked in Italy as consultant and researcher for Nomisma, Bologna, started her international career with the Asian Development Bank in 1992 and moved to the World Bank in 1998.
She has worked in more than 30 countries in the East Asia and Pacific; South Asia; Middle East and North Africa and Europe and Central Asia Regions covering macro-economics, urban development, infrastructure and governance issues. Between 2005-2008 she took leave from the World Bank and worked for the European Commission. She was member of the Cabinet of Joaquin Almunia, then Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, in charge of the international portfolio, the G7/G8/G20 and the IFIs. Most recent assignment was as World Bank Country Manager for Romania and Hungary.
Ms. Capannelli holds a Laurea (MPhil) in Political Science with a Major in Economics from Bologna University, and a Master of Arts in Development Economics from Sussex University.
Andreja Marusic is the Global Lead for Business Environment at the World Bank Group’s Macroeconmics, Trade & Investment (MTI) Global Practice. She has over 20 year’s expertise in investment climate and regulatory governance, including implementation of institutional reforms and capacity strengthening with public sector agencies. In her professional career, she worked on designing and implementing business environment and regulatory reform programs in many countries, in Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Africa. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, she held several high level government advisory positions such as Head of the Regulatory Reform Unit at the Prime Minister’s Office in Serbia and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Serbian Business Registers Agency. She also managed her own corporate law firm for a number of years which enabled her to keep in touch with “real life” problems investors’ face in complex regulatory environments.
Lukas Praml studied Communications Engineering and International Business Economics in Austria and holds a Master´s degree from the University of Vienna.
After working as a strategic marketing consultant for several years he finished his studies in 2003 and started working in the Austrian State Printing House. He held different positions in project management and business development while he implemented the new Austrian passport with integrated chip in a leading position and simultaneously added the ability to personalize ID documents in the company. Two years after starting the department of Innovations in 2011 he was appointed Chief Innovation Officer. In 2013, he became CEO of the Austrian State Printing House with the main focus on secure digital identities, innovation and exponential technologies.
Following the introduction of the first fully integrated solution for electronic identity management MIA (MyIdentityApp), the Austrian State Printing House founded the subsidiary youniqx Identity AG in 2017 with him as an executive board member. Since its foundation, youniqx Identity AG combines the know-how of centuries of experience in high-security printing with modern, innovative and secure solutions for today’s digital world. With new ideas and programmes such as the video-identification app “MICK”, the digital ID-solution “MIA” or the highly secure “chainlock card” for the domain of crypto-currencies, he formed youniqx Identity into one of the pioneers of digital identity and value management.
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.
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.