John Frank, as the Vice President, European Union Government Affairs, Microsoft, is leading the company’s efforts to advance a public policy environment for cloud computing that will allow every European to take advantage of the digital revolution. Previously, he worked as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, leading the Digital Trust and Security group.
Dr. Joerg Forbrig is a senior transatlantic fellow for Central and Eastern Europe, and director of the Fund for Belarus Democracy. Based in GMF's office in Berlin, he leads the organization's efforts to assist civil society in Belarus, while his analytical and policy work focuses on Europe's East broadly, including the new member countries of the European Union and the EU's Eastern neighborhood. Prior to joining GMF in 2002, Forbrig worked as a Robert Bosch Foundation fellow at the Center for International Relations in Warsaw, Poland.
Kimberly Emerson is a lawyer, advocate and civic leader in the fields of public service, international affairs, and social justice. She has served in the federal government (Presidential appointee), in the entertainment industry, and in leadership positions on multiple boards. From 2013 - 2017, she lived in Berlin with her husband, U.S. Ambassador to Germany John B. Emerson (ret.), where she worked both with the U.S.
Natalia Drozdiak is a European technology reporter at Bloomberg News and based in Brussels, where she writes about the impact of the regulatory crackdown on Google, Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and other tech giants as well as cybersecurity and privacy issues, and innovation in Europe. Prior to Bloomberg, Drozdiak was at The Wall Street Journal, where she covered EU antitrust and tech regulation in Brussels and German business news in Frankfurt. She is a dual U.S.-Belgian national and was raised all around Europe.
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Dr. Karen Donfried is president of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening transatlantic cooperation through policy analysis, fellowships for next-generation leaders, and support for civil society. GMF is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has seven offices in Europe. Before assuming her current role in April 2014, Donfried was the special assistant to the president and senior director for European affairs on the National Security Council at the White House.
Inge Diels was appointed a member of the Deloitte Belgium Executive Committee in June 2019, as Chief Talent Officer, a role she took on in January 2016. Inge is committed to making Deloitte a simply irresistible organization that makes an impact that matters every day on our clients, our people, and on society. An organization where our diverse network of talented people challenge, strengthen, and inspire each other in a positive and supportive atmosphere.
Laura Brent has held cyber policy roles in both the public and private sectors. Currently, she is a cyber defense officer on the NATO International Staff, where she helps develop and implement cyber policy on behalf of the Alliance. Previously, as a manager at EY, Brent conducted cybercrime investigations and assessed clients’ cybersecurity programs and maturity. Prior to EY, Laura served at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, working on a broad range of security issues including cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection.
Charlotte Brandsma joined GMF in 2011. Based in Brussels, she manages GMF’s work on the Mediterranean region, North Africa and the Middle East. Her main focus is on EU and U.S. relations with the Mediterranean, NATO, the future of EU-Turkey relations, and energy security and geopolitics in the Levant. Among others, Brandsma is in charge of organizing GMF’s Mediterranean Strategy Group and GMF’s work on Eastern Mediterranean energy.
Laura Blumenfeld is a best-selling author, Middle East analyst, and Senior Fellow at The Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies. She previously served in the U.S. State Department as senior policy advisor for the Middle East Peace Process.