European Cloud conference


"European Cloud: Vision or Fiction?"


27 January 2015, NH du Grand Sablon, Brussels, Belgium

One-Day conference in cooperation with the European Commission Directorate General CNECT



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  AFCEA Europe





Overview about the current situation of the actual European cloud market and the challenges we, Politicians, Government representatives and Industry members are facing in the near future.

08:00                        Registration open
09:00 17:30         Exposition open

09:00                        Conference Opening  


The symposium kicks off with an exciting discussion for a European cloud relying on a robust European critical infrastructure for the public environment: top-level politicians as well as representatives from industry and government hold a debate on the opportunities as of today and provide the vision for the future.


Welcome Address

MGEN. Klaus-Peter Treche, DEU AF (Ret.), General Manager, AFCEA Europe  


Keynote Speech

Dr. Zoran Stancic, Deputy Director-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission


Mr. Ioan Pascu, MEP, S&D, Vice-Chairman of the European Parliament (invited)


09:30 – 11:00         Opening Round table: “Key players” from industry, Politics and


Session Chair: MGEN. Klaus-Peter Treche, DEU AF (Ret.) General Manager, AFCEA Europe 




  • Mr. Goetz Brasche, CTO, Huawei
  • Mr. Christian Klezl, VP, Cloud Solution Sales, IBM USA
  • Ms. Linda Strick, Project Manager, Electronic Government and Applications, Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communications Systems FOKUS (Cloud 4 Europe)
  • Mr. Michael Sieber, Head of Unit, Information Superiority, European Defence Agency
  • Mr. Paul Nicholas, Senior Director, Global Security Strategy and Diplomacy, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft


11:00                        Networking Coffee break

11:30 – 13:00         Parallel Sessions

Session 1: Economic Advantages and Best Practice examples

Session 2: Coordination and Regulation (including legal)

This session discusses opportunities for cloud initiatives in Europe. What are national best practices and how can we leverage them for a European cloud market. Now the public sector is starting to become fully digital (eFile/eDoc, eProcurement, eInvoice) are these services cloud ready?

Steps towards building a digital single market for a trusted cloud computing environment.

Moderator: Mr. Jeremy Rollison, Senior Manager, Microsoft

Moderator: Mr. Wout van Wijk, EU Public Affairs Manager, Huawei Technologies




  • Mr. Daniele Catteddu, Managing Director EMEA, Cloud Security Alliance PICS (Research Cloud Initiative)




  • Mr. Pavel Bojnanský, General Director of the Information Society Division, Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic




  • Mr. Pearse O’Donohue, Head of Unit E2, Software & Services, Cloud Computing, European Commission



  • Mr. Mauro Draoli, Agency for Digital Italy, Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Italy




13:00 – 14:00         Networking Lunch


14:00 – 15:15        Parallel Sessions


Session 3: Standards & Service Level Agreements

Session 4: Security and Privacy

The Communication "Unleashing the Potential of Cloud Computing in Europe" states that the Commission will develop with stakeholders model terms for cloud computing service level agreements for contracts between cloud providers and professional cloud users. Standards to avoid silos and fragmented markets.

Many of the security risks associated with cloud computing are related to the so-called loss of control. Over the years, organisations have advocated for a balanced approach to cloud computing, wherein cloud providers, customers, and policy makers work together to increase assurance, trust, transparency, and accountability in the cloud market.

Moderator: Mr. Malcolm Green, NATO Business Development & Strategy, GDIT

Moderator: Mrs. Isabella Chiodi, VP Sales, IBM European Union




  • Mrs. Silvana Muscella, CEO & Founder of Trust-IT Services Ltd, UK, Coordinator of CloudWATCH &SLA-READY EC initiatives






  • Ms. Dimitra Liveri, Security and Resilience of Communication Networks Officer,  ENISA (Certification)



  • Mr. Gerd Müller, Senior Key Account Manager European Institutions, secunet Security Networks AG



15:15 – 16:30         Summarizing Round Table

Session Chair: Mr. Christoph Raab, Chairman European Security Round Table (ESRT)

Session Moderators:

Session 1: Mr. Jeremy Rollison, Senior Manager, Microsoft

Session 2: Mr. Goetz Brasche, CTO, Huawei

Session 3: Mr. Malcolm Green, NATO Business Development & Strategy, GDIT

Session 4: Mrs. Isabella Chiodi, VP Sales, IBM European Union


16:30                        Wrap-up and closing

Mr. Christoph Raab, Chairman, The European Security Round Table (ESRT)


16:30 – 17:30          Farewell and Networking Reception

17:30                        Exposition closing
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