Speakers Biographies

Andre Richier
Niels van der Linden
Mary Cleary Dr Joshua Ellul
Luis Fernandez- Sanz
Jutta Breyer
Austeja Trinkunaite
Wayne Grixti
Rodrigo Marcos
Carm Cachia

Andre Richier
André Richier
André Richier is responsible for policy issues concerning skills related to new technologies within the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW). In 2016, he contributed to the design of the Blueprint for sectoral cooperation on skills. He played a leading role in the e-Skills (2007-2016), e-Economy (2001-2006) and e-Learning (1997-2000) initiatives, and the launch of the European Schoolnet in 1997.

He was the 2002-2003 EU Fellow at the LBJ School of Public Affairs (University of Texas) at Austin. He was in charge of IT research projects (1991-1996) within the European Strategic Programme for Research in Information Technology (ESPRIT). Prior to joining the European Commission in 1991, he worked in the IT industry and started his career at IBM in 1985.

Niels van der Linden
Niels van der Linden​ 
Niels van der Linden (40 from Utrecht, the Netherlands) is a principal consultant for Capgemini Invent with a background in Public Administration and State Law. He leads the Public Insight Driven Organisations team in the Netherlands and has broad experience in managing major projects for the European Commission as well as national public authorities. Key domains of expertise are Skills and eGovernment.

He has been involved in the Skills strategy of Europe for several years and is currently responsible a.o. for the EC initiatives to support specialised skills development for SME’s as regards cybersecurity, IoT and Big Data, as well as the initiative that develops a Digital Capability Reference framework in conjunction with e-CF.

Mary Clearly
Mary Cleary is Deputy CEO of the Irish Computer Society/ICS Foundation and Chair of the CEN TC 428, “e-Competences and Professionalism”. She oversees ICT professionalism and digital inclusion policy and initiatives for ICS, coordinating the Irish Digital Jobs and Skills Coalition and advising the ICS CIO Forum on professionalism and Continuous Professional Development for all domains, with particular emphasis on eHealth. She holds a Master's Degree in Education and has extensive experience in ICT professional programme design and implementation. 

She has worked on several national education initiatives, promoting ICT as a teaching and learning tool. She manages education outreach initiatives, as well as the professional and advocacy activities of HISI (Healthcare Informatics Society of Ireland), and the delivery of 8 national conferences annually. She is a delegate to the NSAI (National Standards Authority of Ireland) ICT SCC, and a committee member of the Irish Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) and coordinates the Irish Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition.

Dr Joshua Ellul
Dr Joshua Ellul​
Dr Joshua Ellul was appointed as the first Chairman of the Malta Digital Innovation Authority. He is also the Director of the Centre for Distributed Ledger Technologies at the University of Malta, which has launched a unique multi-disciplinary taught Masters in Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies. His research interests include Blockchain, DLTs, Smart Contracts and Virtual Machines and their integration with the Internet of Things.

Dr Luis Fernández-Sanz​

Dr Luis Fernández-Sanz​​
Dr Luis Fernández-Sanz earned a BSc+master’s degree in informatics from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (1989) and PhD with special award from Universidad del Pais Vasco (1997). At present time, he serves as Associate Professor at Universidad de Alcalá from 2008, leading several EU projects (SkillsMatch, eSkillsMatch, eCF Council, WAMDIA, etc.) on skills for IT profession during the last years. He is a member of the Board of CEPIS from 2016 and has participated as the only Spanish team expert in the development of the ESCO classification for ICT services as well as in the last version of the standard EN16234.

Jutta Breyer
Jutta Breyer​
Jutta Breyer is a consultant for human resources (HR), qualification and communication, in business, education and politics on a national and international level with a special focus on IT competences and digital transformation. One of her key areas of work is the development and implementation of sustainable strategies in an international and multi-stakeholder driven environment in particular for digital skills and IT Professionalism. 15 years of expertise related to the successful development, organisational implementation and maintenance of international IT Professionalism concepts, a. o. the European e-Competence Framework (e-CF), the official European standard EN16234-1 for expressing and developing competence as applied at the IT professional workplace and the 30 European ICT Professional Role Profiles built upon the e-CF for application and customization by IT organisations, education and policy institutes of all sizes.

Austėja Trinkūnaitė

Austėja Trinkūnaitė​

Austėja Trinkūnaitė is Secretary-General of CEPIS, a non-profit organisation representing national associations of IT professionals across 31 countries in Europe. Austeja coordinates and supports CEPIS working groups, such as Women in ICT, Computing in Schools, Legal and Security Issues, and Professional Ethics. Austėja is also leading the IT Professionalism Europe network (ITPE), a network of organisations that are committed to furthering IT professionalism in Europe.

Austeja‘s previous roles include European Policy and Communication Manager at ECDL Foundation and Researcher at the Public Policy and Management Institute. She also worked on the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs and the EU coding initiatives at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology (DG CNECT).

Prof. Dr Pascal Ravesteijn​​
Prof. Dr Pascal Ravesteijn is a professor of Process Innovation and Information Systems within the research center for Innovation in Business and Communication at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht. Throughout his career, he has always worked on the boundary between Business and IT. This is reflected in his current research interests and projects that mainly focus on IT-driven business & process model innovation and the subsequent competences and skills that employees need to be effective in a digital environment.

Wayne Grixti
Wayne Grixti​

Wayne Grixti is the Chief Technology Officer of the Malta Digital Innovation Authority and Chairman of the MALTA.AI Taskforce. Wayne was an Advisor on the Malta National Blockchain Taskforce and was instrumental in the articulation of the DLT regulatory framework and the supporting guidance notes. Wayne received a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Malta and has over 17 years of experience working with the Malta Information Technology Agency engineering solutions for the Government and leading various projects on identity and cloud computing. Wayne participated in several expert group meetings organised by the European Commission and is currently an active member of the European Blockchain Partnership.

Rodrigo Marcos
Rodrigo Marcos ​
Rodrigo caught the hacking bug when he was 14 years old after he hacked into his dad's computer. After discovering his passion for white-hat hacking he started his career in the offensive security industry, eventually founding SECFORCE where he is currently CEO. SECFORCE provides IT security and penetration testing services to some of the biggest brands and government organisations in the world.

During his career, Rodrigo has seen an increasing demand for security services from companies which seek to safeguard their IT assets against Internet-borne attacks. With a wide knowledge of the offensive security arena and with a vast experience in online services, Rodrigo has an unparalleled understanding of current and future cyber-threats. Having published a number of books, articles and tools in the topic of penetration testing and IT security, Rodrigo is a sought-after speaker who has participated in conferences and seminars all around the world.​

Carm Cachia
Carm Cachia is an information technology professional with a pioneering career reflecting his systems and management qualifications coupled with sound and successful leadership in major projects of national interest. During the course of his career, he has encompassed most of the areas in digital sphere including software engineering, infrastructure, design, information security, project management and executive leadership. As a professional, he is in favour of a structured and formal approach while at the same time introducing modern methods and concepts. Leading a significant number of projects in the industry, including travel, banking, financial, manufacturing, telecoms and government, he has also introduced major technology suppliers to Malta.
He consistently brings a balanced approach ensuring confidence and cooperation on both sides of the table.  This is complemented by a good combination of technical skills and understanding, identifying business requirements and suggesting processes for an increase in efficiency.

Carm is a qualified chartered IT professional and a fellow member of the BCS. He has been instrumental in setting up local branches for various IT institutes and in introducing a good number of internationally recognised industry certifications to Malta including PRINCE2, BPM, AIIM, BCS, ISEB, BCI to mention just a few. 
Currently heads the eSkills Malta Foundation and its board.  He is a council member at the University of Malta and board member of various University Institutes, including the latest Centre for Distributed Ledger Technologies.  He is Chairman of the BCS Malta Section.