Meet the industry leaders, government officials and technology influencers who will be discussing how we will pull the global technology community through times of crisis during the Tech Solutions for Global Challenges all-digital conference.

Thierry Breton

European Commissioner for Internal Market, European Commission

Engineer, with a Supélec qualification in computer science, Thierry Breton begins his career as an entrepreneur in the new technologies sector. In 1981, he set up in the United States Forma Systems, an SME which he heads for 5 years. At the same time it publishes a number of science-fiction novels, including Softwar, sold at 2 million copies and translated into a dozen or so languages.

In France, he designs and then manages the Futuroscope, the first science and technology tourism park, between 1986 and 1990. In parallel, he was also elected regional councillor and then Vice-President of Poitou-Charentes from 1986 to 1992.

He runs a number of companies in the market for goods, as well as in the IT sector and new technologies. He was Director of the Strategy and Development, then Managing Director of Bull between 1993 and 1997. He then takes the lead of Thomson Multimedia, a global electronics company. In 2002, he was appointed to the head of the multinational operator France Télécom.

In 2005 he was appointed Minister for Economic Affairs, Finance and Industry of France, which he held until 2007.

Following his ministerial office, he teaches the governance at the Harvard Business School.

In 2009, he became CEO of Atos, a technology and digital service company until 2019.

He chairs ANRT, the National Association for Research and Technology until 2019. He is a member of the Technology Academy.

In 2019 he became the European Commissioner for the Internal Market. It is responsible for industry, services, digital, defence and space, as well as tourism and audiovisual.

Karen Chupka

Executive Vice President, CES

Karen Chupka is executive vice president, CES for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)® the US trade association representing more than 2,200 consumer technology companies which owns and produces CES® – The Global Stage for Innovation.

She oversees the sales, marketing, conferences, operations and management of CTA’s events including its annual tradeshow, CES.

Under Chupka’s leadership, CES has been named as the largest annual North American tradeshow by Tradeshow Executive Magazine and Tradeshow Week since 2001.

Chupka has been with CTA for 30 years and has held numerous roles within the organization including vice president of business development, director of industry relations and education, and director of marketing for CES.

Benoît Coquart

Chief Executive Officer, Legrand and Vice President- Building, FIEEC

Benoît Coquart is a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po Paris) and the Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (ESSEC).

Benoît Coquart joined Legrand immediately after completing his studies in 1997 to manage the Group’s activities in South Korea.

Pursuing his career within the Group, Benoît Coquart has held several positions, including Executive Vice-President Investor Relations, Executive Vice-President Corporate Development (M&A), Executive Vice-President Strategy and Development and Executive Vice-President France. On February 8, 2018, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Legrand.

He has been a member of Legrand’s Executive Committee since 2010.

He has also been Chairman of Ignes (Industries du Génie Numérique, Energétique et Sécuritaire) since 2019.

Roger Havenith

Deputy Chief Executive, EIF

Roger Havenith is Deputy Chief Executive of the EIF since 1 January 2016.

The Chief Executive and the Deputy Chief Executive form the executive management of the EIF responsible for the EIF’s strategy and its day-to-day management. They jointly submit requests for approval to the EIF Board of Directors.

In his role as Deputy Chief Executive, Roger is supervising the risk management, compliance, financial control and middle/back-office services of EIF, ensuring the smooth running of processes that enable EIF to carry out its business.

He acts as main senior counterpart for the EU institutions, notably European Commission, Parliament and Court of Auditors. In this function, he also represents EIF in the discussions with EIB and EC on the next EU Multi-Annual Financial Framework and in the preparation of the next generation of financial instruments addressing EU policy priorities.

Previously, he was heading the EC’s DG ECFIN Unit L2 on financing of innovation, competitiveness and employment policies for more than five years. His long-standing professional career with the EC – which he joined in 1990 – includes several key roles: among others, he was a Commission negotiator and member of the EC team in charge of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) SME Window, as part of the Investment Plan for Europe. For several years he also led the EC’s Designated Service responsible for the negotiation, implementation and oversight of financial instruments under CIP, EPMF, MAP and other initiatives.

Roger Havenith has a B.A. in Business Administration from HEC St. Louis in Brussels (Belgium) and LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He also earned a postgraduate degree in European Studies from Institut d’Etudes européennes de l’Université Libre de Bruxelles and M.A. from Licencié-Interprète, Institut supérieur de Traducteurs et Interprètes. 

Peter Hoekstra

U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands

Peter Hoekstra, U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands, was born in Groningen and immigrated with his family to the United States.  He became a prominent politician and business executive with a long history of public service.

The Ambassador served as a Member of Congress for eighteen years (1993-2011) representing Michigan’s 2nd District.  He was the founding chairman of the Congressional Caucus on the Netherlands and active throughout his tenure in promoting Dutch-American ties.  He was also the Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence or ranking Republican on the Committee from 2004-2011.  During this time, he was responsible for leading Congressional oversight of U.S. intelligence during its modernization to confront the threats of the 21st century and restructuring following the 9-11 Commission report.  During the 2016 Presidential election, he served as Co-Chair of the Trump/Pence campaign in Michigan and was a campaign National Security Advisor focusing on intelligence, cyber, and other security issues.

Prior to his election to Congress, Ambassador Hoekstra enjoyed a successful 15-year career at Herman Miller, Inc. of Zeeland, Michigan, where he rose to become Vice President of Marketing.  After Congress he was a distinguished fellow at the Heritage Foundation and a Shillman Senior Fellow at the Investigative Project on Terrorism.  He also served on the Board of Directors of the Gentex Corporation.

Ambassador Hoekstra was a member of the Executive Committee of the Netherlands American Foundation.  He has written on issues of international affairs, intelligence, and security including the book, “Architects of Disaster: The Destruction of Libya” in 2015.  He has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Hope College, an MBA from the University of Michigan, and an Honorary Doctorate from Grand Valley State University.  His awards include the Order of the House of Orange from the Netherlands, the “National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Medal”, the CIA “Agency Seal Medal,” and the Hope College Distinguished Alumni Award.

The Ambassador and his wife, Diane, have three adult children: Erin, Allison, Bryan, as well as daughter-in-law Rebecca and a new grandchild, Elam.

André Hoffmann

Vice-Chairman of the Board, Roche Holding Ltd

André Hoffmann is the Vice Chairman of Roche Holding, Switzerland and serves on the board of the fully owned subsidiary Genentech Inc. in California (USA).

Alongside his non-executive roles in the family business, Mr. Hoffmann has a distinguished cursus in nature conservation and sustainability. He has served among others on the board of WWF International as Vice-President.

Mr Hoffmann has joined the Board of SystemIQ to help positively disrupt critical economic systems; the Board of Trustees of the World Economic Forum, as well as of the Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco. He has also been instrumental in establishing the Hoffmann Global Institute in Business and Society (HGIBS) at INSEAD, his Alma mater, and chairs its Advisory Board.

Petri H.M. Hofsté 

Member of the Supervisory Board, Rabobank

Supervisory board member and chair or member of the audit and/or risk committee of Rabobank, Achmea B.V., Fugro N.V., Pon Holdings B.V. and Achmea Investment Management. Chair of the board of Nyenrode Foundation, member of the board of Vereniging Hendrick de Keyser and Stichting Capital.

Former roles include member of the supervisory board of BNG Bank and of Kasbank, Chief financial and risk officer in APG Groep N.V. a major institution in the pension fund industry, Division director of the Banking supervision division of the Dutch Central Bank, CFO of RBS N.V., the legal successor to the former ABN AMRO Bank N.V., deputy CFO and head of Finance in the former ABN AMRO Group N.V., Partner at KPMG Netherlands.

Alexandra Jankovich

Managing Partner and Co Founder, SparkOptimus

As managing partner and co founder of SparkOptimus, Alexandra has leading international experience in supporting and accomplishing digital growth and transformation. She works closely with international leading companies on board level to define digital value creation in their industry as well as the financial, organizational and operational consequences to make this happen.

Alexandra started her career at strategy consultancy McKinsey & Company, before working at Reed Elsevier in international senior line management positions: setting up the digital division (Science Direct) in New York, heading up the global cooperation with Microsoft in Seattle and managing the marketing and internet division in Europe. As Managing Director of Lastminute.com Benelux she led the travel site to a No. 1 position within 6 months. Alexandra appears in lists like NextWomen 100 and Inspiring 50 and is a member of various supervisory boards.

Thomas Jarzombek

Commissioner for the Digital Industry and Start-ups, German Ministry of Economic Affairs 

Thomas Jarzombek started an IT service company in 1996 while being a student of Economics, until 2017 he was a partner of the firm. He has been politically active for more than 25 years, for example as a member of the City Council of Düsseldorf as well as member of the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia. In 2009, 2013 and 2017 he was elected to the German Bundestag. Thomas Jarzombek is the Chairman of the CDU Düsseldorf and from 2014 until 2018 he was the Spokesperson of the CDU/CSU-parliamentary group in the Digital Agenda Committee of the Bundestag. He also is member of the Committee on Transport and Digital Infrastructure since 2009. Since April 2018 Thomas Jarzombek is the new Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy at the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

In addition to this function, Thomas Jarzombek was appointed as the Commissioner for the Digital Industry and Start-ups in August 2019. His work will focus on dialogue with the stakeholders in the digital sector and with start-ups. He aims to make the digital market even more accessible for start- ups and to improve the policy environment for an international market.

Mona Keijzer

State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy

Mona Keijzer began her career in January 1991 as a legal policy officer serving the municipality of Waterland. From 1993 to 1994 she was a management trainee at Leiden University. She then held legal positions at the Gelderland Environment Inspectorate and the municipality of Almere.

In 1998 Ms Keijzer became a member of the municipal executive and deputy mayor of the municipality of Waterland. In 2006 she began working as a lawyer and certified mediator at the law firm Abma Schreurs Advocaten en Notarissen in Purmerend. In 2007 she became a member of the Purmerend municipal executive.

In 2012 Ms Keijzer became a member of parliament for the Christian Democratic Alliance (CDA), with policy responsibility for chronic care for older and disabled people, and later became spokesperson for hospital care and asylum, migration and integration policy.

On 26 October 2017 Mona Keijzer was appointed State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy in the third Rutte government.

Steve Koenig

VP, Research, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®

Steve Koenig is VP, Research at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)® the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,200 consumer technology companies and which owns and produces CES® – The Global Stage for Innovation.

He leads CTA’s industry research including consumer and business studies, technology forecasts and business intelligence. Koenig speaks and writes frequently on technology trends and their impact on consumer behavior, business opportunities and economies.

Prior to CTA, Steve held analyst positions at NPD Group, Comscore, and a senior editor post at CMP Media’s former Computer Retail Week. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of North Texas.

Cedric O

Secretary of State for Digital Transition and Electronic Communications, France

Secretary of State for Digital (2019-2020)

Joint advisor to the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister, in charge of public participation and the digital economy (2017-2019)

Plant manager of the future (2014-2015) then supervisor (2016-2017) at Safran

Parliamentary assistant, then adviser to Pierre Moscovici (2010-2014)

Employee for an SME (2007-2010)

Lesley Rohrbaugh

Director of Market Research, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®

Lesley Rohrbaugh is Director of Market Research at Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®. Lesley is responsible for coordinating and executing aspects of consumer, B2B and strategic research programs (international and domestic) across all technology categories at CTA, as well as developing overall research strategy and project planning.

Lesley has led research teams for several major corporate and non-profit brands, is a frequent speaker and keynote at many industry events, and was recently on the board for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Insights Association. Lesley holds degrees in psychology and sociology from Virginia Tech.

Gary Shapiro

President and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®

Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,200 consumer technology companies and which owns and produces CES®  – The Global Stage for Innovation.

Shapiro directs a staff of about 200 employees and thousands of industry volunteers, leading his organization’s promotion of innovation as a national policy to spur the economy, create jobs and cut the deficit. CTA advocates for a lower deficit, skilled immigration, free trade and policies that support innovative new business models. CTA does not seek government funding for industry.

Shapiro is a New York Times bestselling author, whose books include “Ninja Future: Secrets to Success in the New World of Innovation” (HarperCollins, 2019), “Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses” (HarperCollins, 2013) and “The Comeback: How Innovation will Restore the American Dream” (Beaufort, 2011). Through these books and television appearances, and as a columnist whose more than 1,000 opinion pieces have appeared in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Washington Post, Shapiro has helped direct policymakers and business leaders on the importance of innovation in the U.S. economy. He is considered an “influencer” on LinkedIn and has more than 300,000 followers.

Paul Stoffels

Chief Scientific Officer, Johnson & Johnson

Paul Stoffels is a visionary leader who inspires and drives transformational innovation to bring years of life and quality of life to millions of people around the world.

Paul spearheads the Johnson & Johnson research and product pipeline by leading teams across all our sectors to set the company-wide innovation agenda, discovering and developing transformational healthcare solutions. He also is responsible for the safety of all products of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies worldwide, and steers the company’s global public health strategy to make innovative medicines and technologies accessible in the world’s most vulnerable communities and resource-poor settings.

Paul’s commitment to fueling innovation and finding the best science, wherever it exists, is the driving force behind the launch of Johnson & Johnson Innovation in 2013, which he now leads to foster science and technology through strategic partnerships, licensing and acquisitions. Paul also oversees JJDC, the oldest corporate venture fund in the life science industry.

Previously, in his role as Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals, Paul led the transformation of the pharmaceutical research and development pipeline for Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, driving a fundamental shift in the R&D paradigm that is now a model in the industry for productivity and innovation. Under his leadership, Janssen rejuvenated its pipeline, launching multiple new medicines and making a difference for people all over the world.

Prior to this, Paul held various R&D leadership roles within the pharmaceutical sector of Johnson & Johnson. He joined Johnson & Johnson in 2002 with the acquisition of Virco and Tibotec, where he was Chief Executive Officer of Virco and Chairman of Tibotec, and led the development of several breakthrough products for the treatment of HIV that helped to transform this devastating disease from a death sentence to a chronic and treatable condition.

Paul studied Medicine at the University of Diepenbeek and the University of Antwerp in Belgium and Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium. He began his career as a physician in Africa, focusing on HIV and tropical diseases research.

Jeroen Tas

Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer, Royal Philips

Jeroen Tas is Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer and Member of the Executive Committee at Royal Philips, a position he has held since February 2017.

Jeroen is an experienced global executive and entrepreneur with a track record of leading innovation in the healthcare, information technology and financial services industries. He clearly sees the tremendous value that information technology and data can add to managing health.

Leading the company’s global Innovation & Strategy organization, he is responsible for M&A strategy planning, R&D, solutions design, medical affairs, sustainability, technology platforms, ventures and emerging businesses. Creating a pipeline of innovative business propositions Jeroen will leverage emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, sensing technologies and the Internet of Things to reinforce the company’s health propositions aimed at supporting consumers, care professionals and health systems with personalized connected health solutions. Solutions that can deliver on the "quadruple aim": improving health outcomes, improving patient experience, improving staff satisfaction and lowering the cost of care.

A respected thought leader, Jeroen was responsible for turning around Philips’ healthcare IT business and has been instrumental in establishing HealthSuite as the new open industry standard for the ‘Healthcare Internet of Things’ Cloud platform.

Jeroen joined Philips in 2011, leading IT worldwide as Group Chief Information Officer (CIO). In 2014 he became CEO of Philips Healthcare, Informatics Solutions & Services, overseeing digital health and clinical informatics. From 2016, Jeroen led the company’s Connected Care and Informatics businesses, demonstrating a passion to create new models of people-centric healthcare, based on the power of information technology.

Before joining Philips, Jeroen co-founded and served as President, COO and Vice-Chairman of the board for MphasiS, an IT and Business Process Outsourcing company, which was acquired by HP in 2006. Prior to MphasiS, he was the head of Transaction Technology, Inc., Citigroup's tech lab, responsible for the innovation and development of the bank’s customer-facing systems, including Internet banking and self-service devices. From 2007-8, he was Vice President and General Manager at EDS, responsible for the company’s global competency centers.

Jeroen is the 2004 winner of the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Information Technology category for the New York region. He also won the Dutch CIO of the year 2013 Award, NASSCOM Global CIO Award 2014, the World Innovation Congress 2014 CIO Leadership Award, CIO Net European CIO of 2014 Award, the IT Executive 2014 Award and the Accenture 2015 Innovator of the Year award. He holds a Master’s Degree in computer science and business administration from VU University, Amsterdam.

Corinne Vigreux

Co-founder and CMO, TomTom and Founder, Codam

Corinne Vigreux is a Co-founder and currently CMO of TomTom, the location technology specialist shaping mobility with digital maps, navigation software, real-time traffic and services for consumers, the automotive industry and leading tech companies.

Voted as one of the world’s top fifty women in tech (Forbes) and as one of the most inspirational women in European tech (Inspiringfifty), Corinne champions women in the workforce and passionately advocates for improved social mobility through education.

Corinne founded Codam, a not for profit coding college, member of the Ecole 42 network. Codam opened its doors in September 2018 in the heart of Amsterdam and offers a three year software engineering course to more than 300 Students.

Corinne is the vice chairwoman of the supervisory board of Takeaway.com NV , chairwoman of TechLeap, supervisory board member of the Dutch National Opera & Ballet, advisory board member of the University of Amsterdam and of SNCF Mass Transit, and international advisory board member to the Amsterdam Economic Board. She is chair on the trustee board of the Sofronie foundation.

Corinne was made Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur in 2012 and Officier in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau in 2016.