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Global Tech Panel: Mogherini starts debate with tech leaders

30/05/2018 - 13:42
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EU High Representative Mogherini is launching a Global Tech Panel (#GlobalTechPanel) to bring together leaders from the tech industry, representatives of the private sector, academia and civil society. The aim of the Global Tech Panel is to foster new types of cooperation between diplomacy and technology, and to start a genuine conversation about not just tackling the threats of the digital age, but also unleashing its potential to solve global problems together.

At its first meeting in Brussels on 6June 2018, the Global Tech Panel will consider a range of global issues, ranging from new security threats and the weaponization of digital technologies, to harnessing connectivity for development and addressing concrete challenges of digital exclusion (see below full list of participants).  

The Panel does not claim to have the answers, but it does aim to start to ask the right questions. And to help bring together new coalitions that will can work together in a new spirit of practical, problem-solving collaboration.  This requires the right people around the table, one important reason why the Panel is conceived as an inclusive group that will evolve over time.

"Foreign policy today is no longer a matter for diplomats and policy-makers alone. As humans, we have navigated previous periods of tumultuous change. We can take advantage of the huge opportunities offered by technology, and at the same time counter the emerging challenges posed by technology. I hope that the Global Tech Panel can be part of that effort" said the High Representative.


Global Tech Panel members:

  • Oussama Ammar, Co-Founder, TheFamily
  • Børge Brende, President and Member of the Managing Board, World Economic Forum
  • Joy Buolamwini, Founder - Algorithmic Justice League, MIT Media Lab - Graduate Researcher
  • Solina Chau, Executive Director of Li Ka Shing Foundation and Co-founder of Horizons Ventures
  • Tom Fletcher, Professor, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Jim Hagemann Snabe, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Siemens AG
  • Amel Karboul, CEO of the Education Outcomes Fund for Africa and the Middle East and Commissioner of the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity
  • Cassandra Kelly, Tech Entrepreneur, Board Director, Adviser and Speaker; Co-Founder and Senior Adviser Pottinger Global Advisors Inc.
  • Nicklas Berild Lundblad,  Vice President, Public Policy and Government Relations Europe, Middle East and Africa, Google Inc.
  • Risto Siilasmaa, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Nokia Corporation
  • Emery Simon, Global Vice President for Government and Regulatory Relations, Spotify
  • Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft Corporation
  • Megan Smith, CEO, shift7
  • Mustafa Suleyman, Co-Founder & Head of Applied AI, DeepMind