Joshua Franco (Amnesty Tech)
Andrea Ganna (FIMM – Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland, Finland)
Lynda Hardman (CWI – Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, Amsterdam)
Walter Hötzendorfer (Research Institute – Digital Human Rights Center)
Edward A. Lee (UC Berkeley, USA)
Amy Mahn (NIST – National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA)
George Metakides (President of Digital Enlightenment Forum, Visiting Professor, University of Southampton)
Clara Neppel (IEEE)
Erich Prem (eutema & TU Wien, Austria )
Niki Popper (TU Wien, Austria)
Hannes Werthner (TU Wien, Austria)

Joshua Franco (Amnesty Tech)

Joshua Franco is a Senior Research Advisor at Amnesty Tech. His work touches on digital surveillance and censorship, artificial intelligence and violence against women online in countries including Belarus, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and elsewhere. A US-trained lawyer, he has worked on issues including free expression, non-discrimination, hate crimes, housing rights, war crimes, and decriminalisation of sex work in numerous regions and countries.

Andrea Ganna (FIMM – Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland, Finland)

Andrea is an EMBL-group leader at FIMM and an instructor at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. Previously he did his post-doc at the Analytical and Translation Genetic Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School/Broad Institute and his PhD at Karolinska Institute. His research interests lie on the intersection between epidemiology, genetics and statistics. Andrea has authored and co-authored both methodological and applied papers focused on leveraging large scale epidemiological datasets to identify novel socio-demographic, metabolic and genetic markers of common complex diseases. He has extensive expertise in statistical genetics and has been working with large-scale exome and genome sequencing data, focusing on ultra-rare variants in coding and non-coding regions. His research vision is to integrate genetic data and information from electronic health record/national health registries to enhance early detection of common diseases and public health interventions.

Lynda Hardman (CWI – Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, Amsterdam)

Prof. Lynda Hardman (http://www.cwi.nl/~lynda/) is Manager Research & Strategy at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), Amsterdam, (https://www.cwi.nl) and Professor of Multimedia Discourse Interaction at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

She is the director of Amsterdam Data Science (http://amsterdamdatascience.nl), a network organization whose mission is to strengthen the Data Science and AI ecosystem that spans academia, industry and society in the Amsterdam region.

She is the European director of LIAMA (http://liama.ia.ac.cn), a research collaboration since 1997 between INRIA (France), CWI and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.


Walter Hötzendorfer (Research Institute – Digital Human Rights Center )

Walter Hötzendorfer is a Senior Researcher at the Research Institute – Digital Human Rights Center in Vienna. He studied business information systems at the Vienna University of Technology and law at the Universities of Vienna and Sheffield. After working in legal consulting and software engineering, he was a Researcher at the University of Vienna Centre for Computers and Law from 2011 to 2016, where he worked in several national and international research projects and did a PhD on Data Protection and Privacy by Design in Federated Identity Management. Dr. Hötzendorfer advises various types of organisations on the implementation of the DSGVO, is a lecturer at universities in Austria and abroad and the author of numerous publications on data protection law, privacy by design, privacy engineering, network and information security (NIS) and related topics. He is a permanent advisor of the Austrian Red Cross on data protection and is involved in the development of the organisation’s Stop Corona App with a special focus on privacy by design.

Edward A. Lee (UC Berkeley, USA)

Edward A. Lee has been working on embedded software systems for 40 years, and after detours through Yale, MIT, and Bell Labs, landed at Berkeley, where he is now Professor of the Graduate School in EECS. His research is focused on cyber-physical systems, where he strives to make the Internet of Things suitable for Important Things. His focus is on composable, secure, multi-vendor, and timing sensitive IoT systems and on the foundations of cyber-physical systems. more details

(Picture © Jessica Lifland / UC Berkeley)

Amy Mahn (NIST, USA)

Ms. Amy Mahn is an international policy specialist in the Applied Cybersecurity Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce.  Amy’s primary focus is support of the international aspects and alignment of the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.   This work includes direct engagement with international governments and industry, as well as international standards development efforts. Amy also supports international engagements for other cybersecurity programs within her division, including IoT cybersecurity, the Privacy Framework, and the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE).   

Amy previously worked eleven years at the Department of Homeland Security in various roles, including international policy coordination in cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection. 

Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts from Muhlenberg College and a Master of Arts in Political Science from American University.  

George Metakides (President of Digital Enlightenment Forum, Visiting Professor, University of Southampton)

Born in Thessaloniki, Greece, George Metakides received his Ph.D. in Mathematical Logic from Cornell University in 1971. He pursued an academic career at MIT, Cornell and Rochester University until 1978, when he returned to Greece after being elected to the Chair of Logic at the University of Patras. Since1984 he has held senior positions with responsibility for Research & Development policy, funding and international co-operation in European institutions. He established and headed the department for Basic Research and International Scientific Relations in Information Technologies at the European Commission from 1988 to 1993. He was the Director of the ESPRIT (European Strategic Program for Information Technologies), from 1993 until its completion in 1998, followed by the Information Society Technologies (IST) Program (1998-2002). In 2002 he returned to his professorship at Patras until his retirement in 2012. He has contributed to the establishment of international institutions (including the launch of the World Wide Web consortium in 1993), has received a number of awards and honorary degrees and is a corresponding member of several National Academies. He is currently visiting professor at the University of Southampton, Adjunct Professor at the European University of Cyprus, President of the Digital Enlightenment Forum, and Advisor to several international organizations. He is involved in the analysis of the economic, political and social  impact of digitization, related cybersecurity, data protection and regulatory issues and the promotion of international cooperation towards a digital ecosystem respecting shared human values.

Clara Neppel (IEEE)

Dr. Clara Neppel is the Senior Director of the IEEE European office in Vienna, where she is responsible for the growth of IEEE’s operations and presence in Europe, focusing on the needs of industry, academia, and government. Clara serves as a point of contact for initiatives with regard to technology, engineering and related public policy issues that help implement IEEE’s continued global commitment to fostering technological innovation for the benefit of humanity. She holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Technical University of Munich and a Master in Intellectual Property Law and Management from the University of Strasbourg.


Erich Prem (eutema & TU Wien, Austria)

DDr. Erich Prem is chief RTI strategy advisor and CEO of eutema GmbH. He is an internationally renowned expert in research and innovation strategy with more than two decades of work experience in research and innovation management and RTDI policy. Erich Prem is a certified managerial economist and works scientifically in artificial intelligence, research politics, innovation research and epistemology. He published more than 70 scientific papers and was a guest researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his Dr. phil. (epistemology) from the University of Vienna, his Dr.tech. from TU Vienna where he also completed his master’s in computer science (Dipl.Ing). He was a lecturer at TU Vienna’s Informatics Innovation Center. He received his MBA in General Management from Donau University.

Niki Popper (TU Wien, Austria)

Nikolas “Niki” Popper studied Mathematics in Vienna, Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain) and Moscow, Idaho (US), failed in studying Jazz Theory and Philosophy and received his ScD (Dr.techn.) at TU Wien. He is coordinator of COCOS “Centre for Computational Complex Systems” at TU Wien, as well as chairman of DEXHELPP, the COMET K-Project (Decision Support for Health Policy and Planning), which is dedicated to the development of models and to efficient and safe use of data for decision making in health systems. His main research interests are theory and applications of modelling & simulation of dynamic and complex systems, especially: coupling of models & comparative modelling & simulation as well as calibration and validation concepts and domain and application integration of simulation models like for health system research and model based HTA (Health Technology Assessment). He worked as science editor and journalist and co-founded two successful companies, the production company drahtwarenhandlung for scientific films, data journalism and computer animation and the R&D company dwh GmbH for technical solutions and simulation services, dedicated to develop new and innovative pipelines from the basic idea for a data driven analysis up to a ready for market solution. He is executive Board Member of EUROSIM and ASIM and Founding President of ISPOR Austrian Chapter. Niki Popper is married and is father of two children.

(Picture © Sztefan Knittel)

Hannes Werthner (TU Wien, Austria)

Hannes Werthner is Professor for E-Commerce at the Faculty of Informatics, TU Wien. Prior to joining TU Wien, he had several professorships at Austrian and international Universities. His research is in several fields such as Decision Support Systems, E-Commerce, E-Tourism, Recommender Systems, and lately in Network Analysis and Text Mining. Besides research and teaching he is active in starting new initiatives, such as the Vienna PhD School of Informatics and the i2c (Informatics Innovation Center). In the area of E-Tourism, the International Federation for IT and Tourism (IFITT) grants the “Hannes Werthner Tourism and Technology Lifetime Achievement Award” to outstanding academics and/or professionals in the field.


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