Speakers and panelists @POSS18

Panelists and speakers @Paris Open Source Summit 2018


​​​​​​The European Commission's Open Source Observatory (OSOR) will hold a two-hour session at the Paris Open Source Summit dedicated to security and national policies on the use of open source software in public administrations. 

Please find out below who are our panelists and speakers. 

Emanuele Baldacci - Director for Digital Services at DG Informatics

Emanuele Baldacci is currently Director of Digital Services at the European Commission's Directorate-General for Informatics. From May 2015 to February 2018 he was the Director of Methodology, IT and Corporate Statistical Services at Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. From October 2011 to April 2015 he was the Head of the Integration, Quality and Research Department of the Italian Statistical Office. Before that, he was a deputy division chief at the International Monetary Fund, a senior economist at the World Bank and also served as chief economist at SACE, Italy's largest trade finance group. He has a PhD in Demography from the Universities of Rome, Florence and Padua; he is the author of several scientific publications on fiscal sustainability, macroeconomic risk in advanced and emerging economies, population ageing and social protection and official statistics modernisation.

Saranjit Arora - Information Systems Developer Reusable Solutions Unit DIGIT B3, European Commission

Saranjit Arora is experienced digital programme manager and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in technology. Saranjit has founded and ran various technology companies in India and the United Kingdom, working for digital agencies, for the healthcare, IT consulting, outsourcing, security, banking, insurance, and other sectors. Recently, Saranjit works for the European Commission and he is the Project Officer of the EU-FOSSA 2 project.

Rayna Stamboliyska - Security and compliance expert and writer

Rayna Stamboliyska is a risk management and crisis mitigation expert with a focus on security governance, data protection and compliance. An award-winning author for her most recent book "La face cachée d'Internet" ("The hidden face of the Internet"), Rayna has extensively explored the impact of data and technology in conflict and post-conflict zones in the MENA region and Eastern Europe, and has experience in advocacy and community building for open source, data, and science. She has consulted for international organisations, private companies, governments and non-profits, interfacing with public sector actors and guiding them through innovative policy-making processes. Rayna is a recognised information security speaker. She writes up the cybersecurity expert column 50 nuances d’Internet ("50 shades of Internet") at ZDNet.fr and tweets under @MaliciaRogue.

Paulo Ribeiro - Vice-President of ESOP (Portuguese Association of Open Source Software Enterprises) and CEO of Linkare

Vice-President at ESOP, the Portuguese Association for Open Source companies, Paulo is also Founder and CEO at Linkare, a company dedicated to the development of IT solutions based on emerging Open Source technologies, since 2004. In the last decade, Paulo has been a public supporter of the open source in different forums and had a chance to participate in the production of legislation and regulations related to the use of Open Source in Portugal. He holds a Master by the Technical University of Lisbon and also took an MIT program dedicated to Management of Research, Development and Technology-Based Innovation.

Marek Przybyszewski - Information Systems Architect & Consultant in Information Systems Infrastructure in Reusable Solutions Unit DIGIT B3, European Commission

Marek is information system architect working for more than 10 years for the European Commission. While managing variety of projects, Marek is constantly trying to make the European Commission even more open source software friendly. Marek is experienced in analysis, design and follow up of architecture of IT systems and their connectivity with corporate IT systems.

Gijs Hillenius – OSOR team

Gijs Hillenius has been involved with the European Commission's Open Source Observatory since 2007, originally as the project's in-house tech editor, and later as OSOR expert. He walks the talk: his servers run Debian Linux and almost all of his work is done in Emacs.

Maha Shaikh - Senior Lecturer (Assoc. Prof) of Digital Innovation, Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London

Dr Shaikh holds a PhD in Information Systems from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her primary area of research is open source software development and company engagement with communities. Dr Shaikh's past affiliations include the LSE, LERO Research Centre in Limerick, Ireland, as well as Imperial College Business School, and most recently, Warwick Business School. She is a founding member of the AIS Special Interest Group on Open Research and Practice, an Associate Editor for Information Systems Research (ISR), and an editorial board member of the Journal of Information Technology.

Laurent Joubert - Head of the Governance and Risk Management, French Prime Minister’s Office: DINSIC

Laurent is an open source specialist, he has experience is technical architecture, distributed architecture, performance testing, change management, and business consulting. Currentl, Laurent works for the French Direction Interministérielle des Systèmes d'Information et de Communication (DINSIC).

Daniel Melin – ICT Senior Procurement Officer  - Swedish National Procurement Services

Daniel Melin is a ICT Procurement Officer specialising in open source, open hardware, data center technology and cloud computing. He was the primary writer and researcher, reporting to the Swedish government regarding the feasibility in building a GovCloud for the central government and all governmental agencies.  Daniel has worked in the ICT industry for more than 30 years.



Monika Sowinska – Project Officer; Interoperabillity Unit D2 in DG Infoormatics, European Commission

Monika Sowinska is the Project Officer responsible for the Sharing and Reuse of IT Solution action under the ISA2 Programme (Interoperability Solutions for the European Public Administrations, Business and Citizens). This action defines a common framework to enable the efficient and effective sharing, reuse, or co-creation of IT solutions (open source software and IT services) in public services in Europe. Also, it supports the relevant collections on the Joinup platform such as the Open Source Observatory (OSOR), EUPL, and Sharing & Reuse. Monika is an active promoter of the open source use in public services;  she has organised 2 editions of the Sharing & Reuse Awards. She joined the European Commission in 2009 after almost 20 years in the private sector in Poland.

Michael Scanlon – OSOR team

Michael Scanlon is a Manager in the European Services team of Wavestone. He has more than 13 years’ professional experience, with almost 10 in management consulting. In Wavestone since 2014, Michael has authored and edit a number of reports including the final report of the final evaluation of the ISA programme and the official Communication from the EC to the Council and Parliament. Michael has extensive experience in preparing the Wavestone reports for publication and carrying out its targeted dissemination in the form of publications (working papers and reports). He is part of the team that carefully edits Wavestone work for clarity, consistency and style, in line with the Commission’s published Style Guide. Michael has just completed a Diploma in Law at the Law Society of Ireland. He holds a Master’s degree in M.A. in International Relations (Specialisation: European Studies) from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Politics and French from University College Dublin. Michael speaks English, French and Irish and is an enthusiastic student of Portuguese.

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