AI Security & Privacy

7 December 2021 • 13:30 - 18:00

Foundation Forum 2021:
AI Security and Privacy​

Join our virtual discussion on a regulatory framework for the further development of Artificial Intelligence

Join us on December 7 for an afternoon of discussions on the digital legislation to regulate emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence. AI is a key driver for the digital transformation that all organizations are undertaking. AI increases productivity, powers the energy transformation and uncovers new business models. New regulations from the European Commission will offer AI developers, implementers and users with more clarity, ensuring a greater take-up of artificial intelligence across Europe.

At the Foundation Forum – AI Security & Privacy, experts from organizations such as CEPS, ETSI, Eclipse Foundation and Global Digital Foundation will moderate discussions with representatives from policy-makers, cybersecurity agencies, EU institutions, standards bodies, and the industry.

Join these interesting debates to learn from the experts about the advantages and pitfalls of Artificial Intelligence and come away with actionable insights on the security and privacy aspects of AI.

Concept Note



Registration Open


Opening remarks

Paul MacDonnell, Executive Director, Global Digital Foundation


Keynote speech

MEP Brando Benifei


Keynote speech

MEP Tsvetelina Penkova




Topic 1: AI Innovation & Regulatory Frameworks for Europe

Moderated discussion by Lorenzo Pupillo, Associate Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Cybersecurity, CEPS

Interventions by:

  • Daniel Loevenich, BSI GISA, Germany
  • Bojana Bellamy, President, Center for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams LLP
  • Orestis Trasanidis, AI Lead EIT InnoDigital & EIT CrossKIC
  • Carolina Rossini, Co-founder, Chief Impact and Partnerships Officer, the DataSphere Initiative, Prof of Law, Boston University




Topic 2: Enabling AI & Data Space Innovation for SME’s in Europe

Moderated by Marc Vloemans, Head AI, Cloud Edge (AICE) OpenLab Eclipse Foundation

Interventions by:

  • Antonio La Marra, CEO Security Forge, an SME focused on data protection and cybersecurity
  • Prof. Fabio Martinelli, Research director of the Italian National Research Council (CNR), Vice Chair, ECSO and expert adviser to H2020 Protection and Security Advisory Group (PASAG)
  • Dr. Theo Dimitrakos, R&D Director, Data Sovereignty Huawei and Professor University of Kent
  • Dr. Thorsten Jelinek, Founder, Digital Platform Governance (DPG) and Senior Fellow, Taihe Institute




Topic 3: The Road Ahead, Securing a Global AI Ecosystem & Standards

Moderated by Dr. George Sharkov, Vice Chair ETSI SAI, Chief Ass. Professor Plovdiv University & MD Europe Software Institute CEE

  • Ray Walshe, Director EU Standards Observatory, Convener EUOS Foresight Committee, ISO Standards lead, Ireland, GAIA-X Hub, National Coordinator, Assistant Professor, Dublin City University
  • Prof. Markus Helfert, Director EMPOWER Data Governance National Research Center, Ireland and Director, Innovation Value Institute
  • Loretta Tioiela, Co-founder & Fabri-X and member of the European AI Alliance


Closing discussion

Moderated by Robin Wauters, Co-founder and editor-in-chief of

Moderated by with insights from:

  • John Higgins (CBE), Chair, Global Digital Foundation
  • John Suffolk, President, Global Cyber Security & Privacy Officer at Huawei
  • Bojana Bellamy, President, Center for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams LLP

Foundation Forum 2021:
AI Security and Privacy​

7 December 2021

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