8:00 - 9:00

Registration & welcome coffee

9:00 - 10:45









Dr. Philipp Stiel, Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union  (confirmed)

Chair: Peter O’Donnell, Journalist and Associate Editor, European Voice

The importance of e-Skills for Europe

Antti Peltomäki, Deputy Director General DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission  (confirmed)  

Tineke Netelenbos, Digital Champion, Chair of Digivaardig & Digiveilig  (confirmed)

Demand and supply of e-skills - forecasts and figures and the role of ICT industry training and certification

Werner B. Korte, Director, empirica  (confirmed) and Tobias Hüsing, Senior Research Consultant  (confirmed)

Susan Martin, Director Global Certification, SAP  (confirmed)

Jan Muehlfeit, Chairman, Microsoft Europe  (confirmed)


Coffee break / Press conference

11:00 - 11:20

Proposal for a pan-European quality label for ICT industry training and certifications

Terry Hook, CEN expert on the European e-Competence Framework  (confirmed)

11:20 - 13:00


Panel discussion:

Questions to be addressed by different stakeholders in 5” statements

Chair: Peter O’Donnell, Journalist and Associate Editor, European Voice

  • Silvia Leal, Corporate Technology Director, Geoban SA (part of Santander Group) and Director of ICT programs at IE Business School, Madrid  (confirmed)
  • Wilfried Berlin, ICT Education Manager, AIRBUS  (confirmed)
  • Gert De Laet, Business Development Manager, Cisco Systems  (confirmed)
  • Sebastiano Toffaletti, Secretary General, PIN –SME  (confirmed)
  • Prof. Dr. Helmut Krcmar, Technical University Munich  (confirmed)
  • John McGlinchey, Vice President, Europe CompTIA  (confirmed)
  • Ana-Carla Pereira, Head of Unit, DG Education and Culture, European Comission (confirmed)

+ previous speakers to answer questions and comment


Lunch break

14:00 - 14:30


e-Skills Online Service Landscape and self-assessment tool for ICT practitioners (including live demo)

Lex Hendriks, Business Knowledge Consultant, EXIN  (confirmed)

The way forward: recommendations for action

Werner B. Korte, Director, empirica  (confirmed)

14:30 - 15:45

Panel discussion:

Addressing and closing the e-Skills gap and mismatches in Europe – How to make it happen: actions, timelines

Chair: Peter O’Donnell, Journalist and Associate Editor, European Voice



15:45 - 16:15

Coffee break

16.45 - 17:00

Concluding remarks

Anna-Maria Darmanin, Vice President EESC – European Economic and Social Committee (confirmed)

Werner B. Korte, Director empirica GmbH (confirmed)