Speakers

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Jan Mühlfeit, Chairman of Microsoft Europe

Jan Muehlfeit joined Microsoft in 1993 in Czech where he hold different leadership positions. He received the MS President’s Award for Excellence in 1994. Jan was named RD of MS CEE in 2000 and promoted to VP EMEA in 2002. Under his leadership, CEE became company’s best performing region worldwide for four consecutive years. In 2004 he also became a co-architect of MS global emerging markets strategy and member of Microsoft executive board for emerging markets.

Following these achievements, Jan Muehlfeit assumed the role of VP PS EMEA in 2005. He was named VP, EMEA Corporate & Government Strategy in 2006 and was subsequently promoted to Chairman Europe, Microsoft Corporation in 2007.

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Joanna Drake, Director, SMEs and Entrepreneurship, DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission

Joanna Drake has occupied her current position since 16th of January 2010. Since October 2005, she was Head of the European Commission Representation in Malta. During the preceding five years Joanna had been Company Secretary and Head of the Legal & Regulatory Department of Vodafone Malta Limited. Before venturing into the telecommunications sector, Mrs Drake’s professional career centered entirely around European Union matters.
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Alessandro Cenderello, Managing Partner for EU Institutions at EY

Alessandro Cenderello is a Partner at Ernst & Young’s Advisory Services. He is the head of the EU Institutions Practice and Global & EMEIA Advisory Services Leader for Government and Public Sector. He is specialized in public policies strategy formulation, and execution with a particular focus on programme management, public financial  management and performance improvement of public services in different policy fields (infrastructures, transportation, environment, SMEs and innovation, labour market). He has also acquired a specific expertise in impact assessment and evaluation of public policies.

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Olivier Witmeur, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management

Olivier Witmeur is Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (SBS-EM) at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). He teaches Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Finance to graduate and post-graduate students including entrepreneurs, managers, investors and consultants. Olivier is also the Managing Director of Solvay Entrepreneurs, the entrepreneurship center of the university and the Deputy Dean for Executive Education at the SBS-EM. Over the last 15 years Olivier has coached 100+ new and growing firms, published a book on business planning and written multiple papers on start-up and growth strategies in entrepreneurial ventures.

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Ketan Makwana, Enterprise & Employment Catalyst, CEO of Enterprise Lab and Panel moderator

Ketan Makwana has started and successfully sold a series of agencies since 2009 focussed on business development, branding and growth. Ketan has a focus and passion in business, enterprise and Youth Development he co-launched Enterprise Lab launched in summer 2011 working on education, employability and enterprise programmes now in 11 countries impacting 35,000 people. In 2012 Ketan founded & delivered Youth Enterprise Live a showcase for 15-30 year olds focussing on opportunities in education, employment and enterprise supported by Prime Minister David Cameron. Ketan also is Head of Operations for Rockstar Youth a UK leading funding and mentoring organisation that has delivered over £8m start-up funding & mentoring to over 1300 businesses started up by 18-30 year olds. Ketan sits on many advisory boards and works with both the UK Government & International Ministries of development of Enterprise Eco-systems.

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