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Innovation, Standards, and Cybersecurity

The annual Brussels event making AI governance a reality

29 November 2022 • 09:00 - 18:30 at The Hotel Brussels

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Foundation Forum 2022 builds on last year’s successful debut. We learned then that the path ahead is lit with meaningful conversation among innovators, policy makers, regulators, creators of standards, cyber security specialists, AI assurance providers, and investors. This conversation is happening at Foundation Forum 2022 on November 29th in Brussels. Join us.

As regulatory approaches to AI and its applications firm up, attention is turning to operational challenges. From how to ensure AI value chains function smoothly to building confidence that cybersecurity solutions will keep us safe. From encouraging value-adding innovation to ensuring we get the right standards. The day will begin with short scene-setting keynote speeches before the first two panels; the first on the implications, challenges and solutions for AI supply chains, and the second focusing on how to build confidence in cybersecurity solutions, including approaches to certification.

A second keynote after lunch sets the scene for the rest of the day. In the afternoon panels we turn our attention to innovation in AI and its uses, and finally to standards and the progress being made by standards bodies. The closing session brings together the outcomes of all four panels in discussion with European political leaders.

Throughout the day there will be opportunity for questions and contributions from the invited audience with good networking opportunities in the breaks, over lunch and during the post-event cocktail.

Policy Brief

Who should attend?

Join us if you:

  • Need to understand how to build operational AI governance structures
  • Create business opportunities in AI Assurance
  • Work on AI standards
  • Innovate with AI and need to understand the broader regulatory landscape
  • Formulate and design AI regulation and ethical frameworks
  • Design, build and promote cyber security for AI

Still not sure to attend? Watch last year's recap video for what to expect.

Agenda

09:00 – 09:30

Coffee & Registration


09:30 – 09:40

Opening Remarks

John HIGGINS, Chair, Global Digital Foundation


09.40 -10:00

Morning Keynote: What are the challenges to build trust and confidence in AI?

Brando BENIFEI, MEP - AI Act Rapporteur


10:00 - 11:00

Assurance of AI through the value-chain

Most AI solutions involved complex value chains of partners and third-party suppliers. How will governance work throughout these value chains? How will providers have confidence in the compliance of their sub-contractors? Are compliance solutions already being developed? How will this affect the power dynamics, especially between SMEs and multi-nationals?

Moderator:
Rob WORTHAM, Director, AI Assurance Club (a Global Digital Foundation initiative)

Panellists:
Ansgar KOENE, Global AI Ethics and Regulatory Leader, EY
Pascal STEICHEN, Founder and CEO, Luxembourg House of Cybersecurity
Emanuela GIRARDI, Founder and President of Pop AI, Board Member of Adra (AI data robotics association), Parliamentary Candidate for Più Europa
Corinna SCHULZE, Director EU Government Relations, SAP


11:00 – 11:30

Break


11.30 - 12:30

AI and cybersecurity – an evolving relationship?

Are cybersecurity solutions keeping pace with the growing use of AI and expanding digital and data supply chains? What’s the place of certification systems in building trust and confidence in these cybersecurity solutions?

Moderator:
Roberto CASCELLA, Head of Sector "Technology, Supply Chain & Strategic Autonomy" at the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO)

Panellists:
George SHARKOV, MD, European Software Institute CEE, VP ETSI SAI and ENISA WG member
Iva TASHEVA, Cybersecurity Advisor CYEN (a Cyber Security SME), ENISA WG member
Rob VAN DER VEER, Digital groundbreaker, Senior principal consultant at Software Improvement Group (SIG)


12:30 - 13:25

Lunch

Buffet lunch for all attendees


13.25 - 13.30

Afternoon Introduction

John HIGGINS
Chair, Global Digital Foundation


13.30 - 13.50

Keynote: Where should AI in EU be in 10 years?

Calum CHACE, Global keynote speaker - Author of "Surviving AI" and "The Economic Singularity”


13.50 - 14:50

What are the implications of AI for Europe’s innovation aspirations?

How can the value-add of innovation using AI be accelerated. What will be the impact of impending regulation on this innovation. How do we build the skills we need to take advantage of the AI innovation opportunity?

Moderator:
Diva TOMMEI, Chief Innovation, Education and Marketing Officer, EIT Digital

Panellists:
Giovanni SOLLAZZO, Founder and Chairman, AIDEM (a digital advertising SME)
Nick MERRITT, Head of Strategy and Operations, Vault Hill (a blockchain, crypto SME)
Sergio ALVAREZ-TELENA, Co-founder, CIO & Co-CTO, SCI the world (an algorithm-driven SME)
Nathanaël ACKERMAN, General Manger and Chief Evangelist, AI4Belgium


14:50 - 15:15

Break


15:15 - 16:15

Standards and AI: are we on track?

How will standards help Europe maximise the benefits and reduce the risks of AI? How will standards help AI-driven innovation? Are European standards bodies on track to deliver the right standards at the right time?

Moderator:
Ray WALSHE, Director, EU Standards Observatory

Panellists:
Sebastian HELLENSLEBEN, Co-Chair, AI Committee CEN-Cenelec JTC 21
Hsiao-Ying LIN, Principal Researcher, Huawei Paris Research Center
Klaus Dieter AXT, Executive Director, EUnited
Nicolas MOËS, Director, European AI Governance, The Future Society
Karina GIBERT OLIVERAS, Head of intelligence and AI research centre UPC


16:15 - 16:25

Keynote: The EU AI Act: Will it meet its goals to both boost trust & confidence and encourage innovation?

Edina TOTH, MEP


16:25 - 17:10

Closing Discussions: The Road Ahead, Challenges and Insights

John Higgins will be joined by Emanuela Girardi, President of Pop AI and a parliamentary candidate of MoreEurope in the recent Italian elections. Together with the moderators of the day’s panels they will critique the conclusions, examine the implications and chart a way forward.

Moderators:
John HIGGINS, Chair, Global Digital Foundation
Emanuela GIRARDI, President, Pop AI

Panellists:
Rob WORTHAM, Director, AI Assurance Club (a Global Digital Foundation initiative)
Roberto CASCELLA, Head of Sector "Technology, Supply Chain & Strategic Autonomy", European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO)
Diva TOMMEI, Chief Innovation, Education and Marketing Officer, EIT Digital
Ray WALSHE, Director, EU Standards Observatory


17:10 - 18:30

Networking & refreshments

Speakers

John Higgins

Global Digital Foundation

Brando Benifei

MEP - AI Act Rapporteur

Diva Tommei

EIT Digital

Roberto Cascella

ECSO

Rob Wortham

Global Digital Foundation

Ray Walshe

EUOS/DCU

George Sharkov

European Software Institute CEE

Iva Tasheva

CyEn

Hsiao-Ying LIN

Huawei

Ansgar Koene

EY

Corinna Schulze

The AI Data and Robotics Association

Pascal Steichen

European Cybersecurity Competence Centre

Calum Chace

Klaus Dieter Axt

EUnited

Nicolas Moës

European AI Governance; The Future Society

Venue

The Hotel

Waterloolaan 38, 1000 Brussel, Belgium

Results

On 7 December 2021 the first Foundation Forum was organized. That year's topic was AI Security and Privacy. Click the below button to download the Outcome Report.

Foundation Forum Outcome Report

Contact

For questions about this event, please contact our events agency: Esther Westerweele at ewesterweele@lefmarketing.com