Keynote Speakers


Julie Brill
Federal Trade Commission

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger
Professor of Internet Governance & Regulation, Oxford University
Co-author, Big Data

Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau
Head of Cabinet of Ms. Neelie Kroes
Vice-President of the European Commission, Commissioner for the Digital Agenda

Richard Watson
Future Files

Keynote Interview

Top thinkers will join forces to address the impact of the new regulation and how you can prepare.

Interviewer Fabrice Naftalski
Ernst & Young Société d'Avocats

Povilas Drizas
Ministry of Justice

Françoise Le Bail
Director General for Justice
European Commission




Julie Brill

Julie Brill was sworn in as a commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission April 6, 2010, to a term that expires on September 25, 2016.

Before she became a commissioner, Brill was the senior deputy attorney general and chief of consumer protection and antitrust for the North Carolina Department of Justice, a position she held since February 2009. Brill has also been a lecturer-in-law at Columbia University’s School of Law. Prior to her move to the North Carolina Department of Justice, Brill was an assistant attorney general for consumer protection and antitrust for the state of Vermont for over 20 years, from 1988 to 2009.

Brill has received several national awards for her work protecting consumers. She has testified before Congress, published numerous articles and served on many national expert panels focused on consumer protection issues such as pharmaceuticals, privacy, credit reporting, data security breaches and tobacco. Brill has also served as a vice-chair of the Consumer Protection Committee of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association.

Prior to her career in law enforcement, Brill was an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York from 1987 to 1988. She clerked for Vermont Federal District Court Judge Franklin S. Billings, Jr., from 1985 to 1986. Brill graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University and from New York University School of Law, where she had a Root-Tilden Scholarship for her commitment to public service.


Povilas Drizas

Povilas Drizas is a senior expert of data protection law in the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania.

Before starting his practice in privacy and data protection law, Drizas was an assistant prosecutor in the Kaunas prosecutor’s office in Kaunas, Lithuania. From 2010 to 2011, he was a senior expert for the State Data Protection Inspectorate of the Republic of Lithuania, dealing in the area of international cooperation. Since 2011, he has worked in the Ministry of Justice in Lithuania.   

Drizas studied law in Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2008. In 2010, Drizas graduated with a master’s degree in international public law from the same university.


Françoise Le Bail

Françoise Le Bail started her career in the European Commission, joining the Directorate-General for External Relations.

From 1985 to 1989, she was spokesperson for External Relations. From 1989 to 1991, Le Bail was successively member then deputy head of cabinet for the commissioner in charge of taxation and customs.

In 1991, she returned to External Relations and joined the Directorate-General for Trade in 1997, becoming, in 2000, director in charge of general affairs.

From November 2004 to November 2005, Le Bail was commission’s spokesperson.

From January 2006 to June 2010, she was deputy director general of the Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry in charge of SME policy (SME envoy), innovation policy and regulatory policy.

As of 1 July 2010, Le Bail has served as director general of the Directorate-General for Justice.

She holds a doctorate in law and a degree in political science.


Fabrice Naftalski

Fabrice Naftalski, CIPP/E, is a former member of IAPP Europe Advisory Board from January 2010 to December 2012, a data protection law expert, an Ernst & Young France data privacy officer (Correspondant Informatique et Libertés) and a EuroPrise legal expert to certify compliance of IT services and products to European Directive 95/46 (data protection law) and 2002/58 (privacy). Naftalski is the Ernst & Young law partner in charge of EMEIA IPIT law and has 18 years of data protection law practice.

Naftalski serves clients from the banking and insurance sectors, pharma, media and technology industries, nonprofit organizations, industrial groups (including airplane, automotive and luxury industries) and local governments, working with various stakeholders from legal, IT, DPO, R&D, compliance, risk management and HR. He assists clients in data protection law compliance programs and tools covering inter-alia inventory of data files, compliance audit and PIAs, drafting of notifications to the data protection regulators, personal data management procedures (including drafting and implementation of binding corporate rules and other tools to secure transfers), relations with national data protection regulators, retention policies, whistleblowing policies and codes of conduct.

He is also a regular lecturer on information technology law within ESSEC Business School and French universities.


Viktor Mayer-Schönberger

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is professor of internet governance and regulation at Oxford. His research focuses on the role of information in a networked economy. Earlier, he spent 10 years on the faculty of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Together with Kenneth Cukier he is the author of the upcoming book Big Data. His most recent book before that, the award-winning Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age (Princeton University Press, 2009) has received favorable reviews by academic (Nature, Science, New Scientist) and mainstream media (New York Times, Guardian, Le Monde, NPR, BBC, Wired). Ideas proposed in the book have now become official policy (for example, in the EU).

A native Austrian, Mayer-Schönberger founded Ikarus Software in 1986, a company focusing on data security, and developed Virus Utilities, which became the best-selling Austrian software product. He was voted Top-5 Software Entrepreneur in Austria in 1991 and Person-of-the-Year for the state of Salzburg in 2000. He chaired the Rueschlikon Conference on Information Policy, is the cofounder of the SubTech conference series and served on the ABA/AAAS National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists. He is on the advisory boards of corporations and organizations around the world, including Microsoft and the World Economic Forum. He is a personal adviser to the Austrian finance minister on innovation policy.

Mayer-Schönberger holds a number of law degrees, including one from Harvard and an MS in economics from the London School of Economics.


Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau

Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau has master degrees in Law from Leiden University (1995) and in Business Administration from INSEAD at Fontainebleau (2000). He is Head of the Cabinet (Chief of Staff) of European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes, responsible for the European Digital Agenda, after having served as Advisor and Deputy. Before joining the Cabinet Mr van Oranje-Nassau was Head of the Information Policy and Economics team at RAND Europe, and Head of Brussels office of the RAND Corporation. He also worked as an associate analyst for Booz Allen & Hamilton in London (2001-2003); as trainee at the International Finance Corporation in Washington DC (2000), and as Cabinet member of Commissioner Van de Broek at the European Commission (1995-1999). Mr. Van Oranje also advised the Dutch Foreign Ministry on European communication strategy (2003-2010), and holds a number of Board positions in charitable foundations in The Netherlands.


Richard Watson

Richard Watson is a writer, speaker and consultant who advises organisations on the future, focusing particularly on scenario planning and the impact of trends on long-term strategy.

He publishes the online magazine What’s Next and is the author of best-selling books Future Files (sixteen worldwide editions) and Future Minds, and writes for a number of leading business publications worldwide. Watson’s latest book, Future Minds, looks at how the digital age is changing our minds, why this matters and what we can do about it.

Watson has worked on scenario planning, horizon scanning and innovation projects with, amongst others, IBM, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Westfield, P&G, News Ltd, Nestlé, the Department of Education (UK and Australia) and Samsung.

Watson’s specific areas of expertise include newspapers, retail banking and food. His talks cover emerging trends, strategic foresight or scenario planning, and he is an engaging and provocative futurist speaker.

Watson's recent engagements have included guest appearances for the Insurance Network, Lund University (Sweden), Royal Society of Arts (RSA), Kings Fund and GE.