Opening Plenary Day 2

Promoting innovation ecosystems in the Digital Single Market

26/03/2014, 9h00-10h00

9h00-9h15 Telefonica, David del Val Latorre, President & CEO Telefonica Research and Development (presentation)
9h15-9h30 Matt Brittin, Vice President, Google UK
9h30-9h45 Encouraging Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Wim De Waele, CEO IMinds (presentation)

Moderation: Karen Boers, Director

David del Val Latorre
David del Val LatorrePresident & CEO Telefonica Research and Development
David del Val Latorre is President & CEO at Telefonica Research and Development and Director Product Innovation at Telefonica He oversees the team responsible for creating the new services developed internally in the Telefónica Group.

He spent 6 years in the United States where he co-founded VXtreme, a technology company based in Silicon Valley, which he later sold to Microsoft. After forming part of Microsoft for some time, he returned to Spain and founded Tech Foundries, where he served as vicepresident until 2008.

David is a Telecommunications Engineer from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Stanford University.

He is a co-founder of 9 technological companies and holds 16 patents in Europe, the United States and Japan. He is also a member of the General Foundation of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and of IMDEA Networks, and regularly collaborates with the Instituto de Empresa giving lectures in the area of business creation.

Matt Brittin
Matt BrittinPresident, EMEA Business and Operations, Google
Matt heads up Google’s business and operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa helping
consumers and businesses make the most of the digital opportunity.

Joining Google in 2007 to help build its business in the UK, he became MD of Google UK two years later. In 2011, he was promoted to VP of Northern and Central Europe, before taking over as President of Business and Operations in EMEA in 2014.

Matt is a non-executive director of Sainsbury’s, and a Trustee of charities The Climate Group and The Media Trust. Matt has had a long career in media and marketing, joining Google from the newspaper industry, where he led commercial and digital operations at the biggest UK publisher. He previously worked at management consultancy McKinsey.

He has an MBA from London Business School, an MA from Cambridge and won silver medals for Cambridge in several Boat Races. He was also a member of the British rowing team and has won medals in eights and fours at the World Rowing Championships and represented Great Britain at the Olympics. In 2014, he was appointed a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta and he still rows regularly, though more slowly.

Matt lives in London, near the Thames, with his wife, teenage sons and small dog.

Wim De Waele
Wim De WaeleCEO iMinds
Wim De Waele obtained his master degrees in Economic Sciences and Computer Sciences at the University of Ghent in 1987. He started his career as scientific researcher at the university in the area of artificial intelligence in industrial applications. He continued this work at Siemens R&D in Belgium and München.

After that, he built the European consulting organization of the Canadian software company Numetrix, specialized in planning software for the consumer packaged goods and process industry. In 1994 Wim joined i2 Technologies as Services Director for Europe, where he also built the European organization from zero. He then was promoted to vice-president of consumer goods and retail, and moved to i2 headquarters in Dallas. Upon his return to Europe in 2001, he became Chief Technology Officer of the distressed Real Software Group. After the sale of the company to a private equity group, he left Real Software for iMinds on august 1st, 2004.

Wim De Waele is also involved in public initiatives such as the new media center De Krook in Ghent, and is on the board of various start-up companies. He is a member of the investment committee of the early-stage fund SOFI and is active as a business angel. He lives in his town of birth, Ghent, in Belgium. In his spare time he enjoys music, travel and culinary experiments that he carries out himself.

Karen Boers
Karen BoersManaging Director
Karen started her career in HR and joined iMinds (formerly called IBBT) in 2005, where she developed the Marketing strategy. Eight years later, she headed a team of 6, organized massive conference weeks and competitions and pulled off the name change. Her drive for matching people, growing cross-industry and multidisciplinary communities and high-impact programs led her to found and head, the NGO federating the entire Belgian startup ecosystem to provide entrepreneurs access to quality providers, partners and investors as well as create additional opportunities to grow their international visibility and presence.