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With a focus on the Green Deal, digital transition and Recovery Plan, IF2020, the virtual Ideas Festival, will bring together 2,000 policymakers, academics, entrepreneurs and experts from across the globe, to discuss and present solutions to societal challenges.

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· Meet festivalgoers
A chance to have a morning coffee with fellow festival goers
· Main Stage
Google Presents: AI, EU, OK? What Next for Artificial Intelligence in Europe?
Dita Charanzovà MEP. Eva Maydell MEP. Fernanda Viegas, Google. Julia Fenart, France Digitale. Andreas Cleve, Corti. Moderator: Katrina Sichel.
Katrina Sichel Eva Maydell Fernanda Viegas Andreas  Cleve Julia  Fenart Dita Charanzovà
· Festival Booths
H+K & OPP Present The Forecast Community: EU CBAM
Jessica Faure & Stefan Haenen, Senior Account Managers at Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Stefan Haenen Jessica Faure
· Festival Booths
Vortex Bladeless
David Yáñez, Co-Founder and Inventor, Vortex Bladeless
David  Yáñez
· Main Stage
OPP Presents: Is Brussels really United in Diversity?
Alice Kuhnke MEP. Karen Taylor, ENAR. Gurpreet Brar, Edelman. Shada Islam, Commentator/New Horizons Project. Moderation, Celine Fabrequette.
Shada Islam Gurpreet Brar Alice Bah Kuhnke Karen Taylor Celine Fabrequette
· Ideas Stage
OPP Presents: Waste Not, Want Not: How Companies, Campaigns and Consumers are Tackling the Food Waste Crisis
Christophe Diercxsens, Too Good To Go. Aoife Allen, Hubbub UK. Moderator: Donald Hyslop, M7 Food Markets Alliance.
Donald Hyslop Aoife Allen Christophe Diercxsens
· Ideas Stage
OPP Presents: A Fireside Chat on Responsible Business Practices & Raw Materials
Peter Handley, Head of Unit, DG GROW & Michèle Brülhart, Executive Director of the Copper Mark, European Copper Institute. Moderated by Igor Sarkissian, OPP.
Michele Brulhart Igor Sarkissian Peter Handley
· Ideas Stage
BITKOM Presents: A discussion on digital sovereignty: Finding Europe’s way in the digital world
Marco-Alexander Breit, BMWi. Eline Chivot, Center for Data Innovation. René Buest, Gartner. Susanne Dehmel, Bitkom. Moderator, Till Hoppe.
René Büst Eline Chivot Marco-Alexander Breit Susanne Dehmel Till Hoppe
· Ideas Stage
Bellona Presents: Building beyond buildings - the Renovation Wave and its role towards a greener European construction sector
Fulvia Raffaelli, DG GROW. Benjamin Strandquist, Bellona. Cédric de Meeûs, LafargeHolcim. Johan Stiens, VUB. Manal Rachdi, OXO. Moderator, Luise Fischer.
Luise Fischer Johan Stiens Fulvia Raffaelli Benjamin Strandquist Cédric de Meeûs Manal Rachdi
· Ideas Stage
ECPA Presents: Precision & the Digital Age – the keys to ensuring a Farm2Fork Strategy or just buzzwords?
Géraldine Kutas, ECPA. Claire Bury, DG Sante. Billy Kelleher MEP. Franc Bogovic MEP. Robert MacDougall, Vodafone Group. Moderator: Joe Lynam.
Joe Lynam Claire Bury Billy Kelleher Franc Bogovic Robert MacDougall Geraldine Kutas
· Main Stage
OPP Presents: Rethinking Packaging and Waste Management
Mattia Pellegrini, DG ENV. Archana Jagannathan, PepsiCo Europe. Emmanuel Katrakis, EuRIC. Venetia Spencer, PCEP. Jean Hornain, Citeo. Moderator: Frederic Simon.
Archana Jagannathan Frédéric Simon Mattia Pellegrini Venetia Spencer Emmanuel Katrakis JEAN HORNAIN
· Festival Booths
Google AI 3D experience - Ideas Festival 2020
Explore Google AI at our virtual booth in the festival forest. A Google AI expert will be available to answer questions. Feel free to leave them in the chat!
Ashton Joseph
· Ideas Stage
VUB Presents: Make News Great Again: How Algorithms can Break the Fake
Prof. Dr. Miriam Buiten (University of St. Gallen) interviews Associate Professor Nikos Deligiannis (ETRO VUB and imec) on fake news detection technology
Miriam Buiten Nikos  Deligiannis
· Festival Booths
SoluBlue: Eliminating plastic and food waste from our food system
Ayca Dundar, CEO, SoluBlue. Francis Field, CTO, SoluBlue.
Ayca Dundar Francis Field
· Ideas Stage
LP Brussels Presents: In the Driver’s Seat: New Trends and Priorities for the Transport Sector
Matthew Baldwin, European Commission. Martin Dorsman, ECSA. Graziella Jost, ETSC. Monika Heiming, EIMRail. Moderator, Mark Watts, LP Brussels
Mark Watts FRSA Monika Heiming Martin Dorsman Matthew Baldwin Graziella Jost
· Ideas Stage
LucidWeb Presents: Introducing "LucidAREurope", a New Citizen Engagement Tool to Promote the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) using Augmented Reality
Leen Segers, Founder & CEO
Leen Segers,  LucidWeb Founder & CEO
· Main Stage
Opening Keynote Panel: European Industries on the Path to a Green Recovery. What Role for Climate Action?
Peter Liese MEP. Silviu Popovici, PepsiCo Europe. Marie-Christine von Hahn, Aurubis. Helen Clarkson, Climate Group. Moderation, Frédéric Simon, Euractiv.
Silviu Popovici Peter  Liese Helen Clarkson Marie-Christine Hahn Frédéric Simon
· Meet festivalgoers
Have a drink of your choice and discuss the performances you've seen with fellow festival goers
· Meet festivalgoers
A chance to have a morning coffee with fellow festival goers
· Main Stage
Chelsea Football Club Presents: A Greater Goal: Chelsea, society and how football plays its part
Chelsea Football Club Chairman, Bruce Buck, in conversation with Lord Mann (House of Lords) and Simon Taylor (Head of the Chelsea Foundation)
Lord John Mann Simon Taylor Bruce Buck
· Ideas Stage
OPP Presents: Sustainable Fashion
Gordon Renouf, Good On You. Baptiste Carriere-Pradal, The Policy Hub. Michael Stanley-Jones, UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion. Gal Abelson, Algalife.
Flora Davidson Gal Abelson Gordon Renouf Michael Stanley-Jones Baptiste Carriere-Pradal
· Ideas Stage
Fourtold Presents: Digital Skills - Bridging the Gap
Victor Negrescu, MEP. Vytenis Andriukaitis, WHO. Alison Crabb, DG EMPL. Angel Martín Johnson&Johnson. Remco Brouwer, Randstad. Chris Ruff, DIGITALEUROPE.
Matthew Willis Remco Brouwer Joe Griffin Christopher Ruff Victor Negrescu Vytenis Andriukaitis Alison Crabb Angel Martín Joe Lynam
· Ideas Stage
WindEurope Presents: #AskTheCEO: Wind Energy and the Green Deal - Fundamentals and Outlook
Giles Dickson, CEO, WindEurope. David Weston, Editor, FORESIGHT.
Giles Dickson David Weston
· Main Stage
Eurogas Presents: Hydrogen Strategy For The EU - What Does It Really Mean For Gas?
Catharina Sikow-Magny, DG ENER. Maria da Graça Carvalho MEP. Federica Sabbati, EHI. Kavita Ahluwalia, Uniper. Moderator: Felicia Mester, Eurogas.
Catharina Sikow-Magny Maria da Graça Carvalho Kavita Ahluwalia Felicia Mester Federica Sabbati
· Festival Booths
Are We Europe
Are We Europe, Europe's only pan-European media organisation, will be live in their booth to answer questions about the magazine.
Toon Vos
· Ideas Stage
Allied For Startups Presents: Landmark Post-COVID-19 Digital Policies: The Startup Nations Standard
Pēteris Zilgalvis, DG CNECT. Liz McCarthy, Scale Ireland. Dominic Jacquesson, Index Ventures. Moderator: Benedikt Blomeyer, Allied for Startups
Pēteris Zilgalvis Liz McCarthy Benedikt Blomeyer Dominic Jacquesson
· Main Stage
OPP Book Talk: The Economics of Belonging with Martin Sandbu, FT
Martin Sandbu Shada Islam
· Festival Booths
H+K & OPP Present The Forecast Community: EU CBAM
Jessica Faure & Stefan Haenen, Senior Account Managers at Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Stefan Haenen Jessica Faure
· Main Stage
IBM Presents: Project Debater (short film)
Dan Lahav, Computer Scientist & Debate Expert, IBM Research will introduce a short IBM film, 'Project Debater'. Questions from OPP Co-Founder, Mark Wilson.
Dan Lahav
· Festival Booths
Google AI 3D experience - Ideas Festival 2020
Explore Google AI at our virtual booth in the festival forest. A Google AI expert will be available to answer questions. Feel free to leave them in the chat!
Ashton Joseph
· Main Stage
Scott Santens Presents: Myth Busting & Universal Basic Income
Scott Santens
· Ideas Stage
OPP Presents: The Reform of the WTO: Ensuring a More Sustainable and Fairer Trade Environment?
H.E. Jaya Ratnam, Ambassador of Singapore. Ignacio García, Director, DG Trade. Luisa Santos, Business Europe. Emily Rees, ECIPE & Trade Strategies. Shada Islam.
Jaya  Ratnam Ignacio Garcia Bercero Emily Rees Shada Islam Luisa  Santos
· Ideas Stage
Hubbub UK Presents: A Greenprint for a More Just & Sustainable Economy
Trewin Restorick, Hubbub UK. Viki Cooke, Britain Thinks. Dan Smith, Headland.
Trewin Restorick Viki Cooke Dan Smith
· Main Stage
Closing Keynote Panel: Safeguarding European Biodiversity
Marius Vaščega, Head of Cabinet for Commissioner Sinkevičius. Chris Daly, PepsiCo Europe. Pekka Pesonen, Copa-Cogeca. Gemma Cranston, CISL.
Chris Daly Marius Vaščega Frédéric Simon Pekka Pesonen Gemma Cranston
· Meet festivalgoers
Have a drink of your choice and discuss the performances you've seen with fellow festival goers


Pēteris Zilgalvis

Head of Unit, Digital Innovation and Blockchain, Digital Single Market, DG CONNECT

Marius Vaščega

Head of Cabinet Sinkevičius, European Commission

Miriam Buiten

Assistant Professor of Law and Economics, University of St. Gallen

Joe Griffin

Senior Manager Sustainability Strategy, Vodafone

Remco Brouwer

Senior Vice President Digital Transformation, Randstad

Matthew Willis

Partner, Fourtold

David Yáñez

Co-Founder & Inventor, Vortex Bladeless

Flora Davidson

Chief Commercial Officer, SupplyCompass

Francis Field

CTO, SoluBlue

Ayca Dundar

CEO, SoluBlue

Pekka Pesonen

Secretary General, COPA-COGECA

Gal Abelson

Project manager at Algalife

Scott Santens

Universal Basic Income (UBI) Advocate

Helen Clarkson

CEO, The Climate Group

Baptiste Carriere-Pradal

Chair, The Policy Hub

Michael Stanley-Jones

Co-Secretary, UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion

Dan Lahav

Computer Scientist & Debate Expert, IBM

Gordon Renouf

CEO & Co-Founder, Good On You

Marie-Christine Hahn

Vice President External Affairs, Aurubis

Claire Bury

Deputy Director General, DG SANTE, European Commission

Jessica Faure

Senior Account Manager, Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Stefan Haenen

Senior Account Manager, Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Ashton Joseph

AI Expert, Google

Giles Dickson

CEO, WindEurope

Jaya Ratnam

Ambassador of Singapore to the EU

David Weston


Eva Maydell


Michele Brulhart

Executive Director, Copper Mark

Simon Taylor

Head of the Chelsea Foundation at Chelsea Football Club

Lord John Mann

House of Lords

Liz McCarthy

CEO, Scale Ireland

Bruce Buck

Chairman of Chelsea Football Club

Dita Charanzovà

MEP & Vice President of the European Parliament

Julia Fenart

Head of European Affairs, France Digitale

Andreas Cleve

Co-founder and CEO, Corti

Fernanda Viegas

Senior Research Scientist and Co-founder of the People + AI Research (PAIR) Team, Google

Katrina Sichel


Silviu Popovici

CEO, PepsiCo

Benedikt Blomeyer

Moderator: Director EU Policy, Allied for Startups

Dominic Jacquesson

VP Insight & Talent, Index Ventures

Christopher Ruff

Director for Political Outreach and Communications, DIGITALEUROPE

Toon Vos

Editor, Are We Europe

Angel Martín

Director GA&P Medical Technologies EMEA, Johnson & Johnson

Alison Crabb

Head of Unit, Skills and Qualifications, DG EMPL

Vytenis Andriukaitis

WHO Special Envoy for Europe, former European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety

Victor Negrescu


Joe Lynam


René Büst

Senior Director & Analyst, Gartner

Donald Hyslop

Chair, M7 Food Markets Alliance/Ex-Chair Borough Market UK/Chair Creative & Culture Skills UK

Peter Handley

Head of the Energy-Intensive Industries and Raw Materials Unit, European Commission

Leen Segers, LucidWeb Founder & CEO

Founder & CEO, LucidWeb

Ignacio Garcia Bercero

Acting Director, DG Trade

Aoife Allen

Creative Partner & Food Project Lead, Hubbub UK

Christophe Diercxsens

Global Public Affairs Manager, Too Good To Go

Emily Rees

Senior Fellow, ECIPE, and Founder, Trade Strategies

Kavita Ahluwalia

VP / Head of EU Office, Uniper

Maria da Graça Carvalho


Catharina Sikow-Magny

Director, Internal Energy Market, DG ENER, European Commission

Billy Kelleher


Luisa Santos

Deputy Director General, BusinessEurope

Franc Bogovic


Gemma Cranston

Director, Business and Nature Team, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

Geraldine Kutas

Director General, European Crop Protection Association (ECPA)

Monika Heiming

Executive Director, European Rail Infrastructure Managers (EIM)

Graziella Jost

Projects Director, European Transport Safety Council (ETSC)

Nikos Deligiannis

Associate Professor, ETRO at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) / Senior AI Scientist, imec

Maximo Miccinilli

Director, CERRE

Robert MacDougall

Head of Enterprise Public Policy at Vodafone Group

Celine Fabrequette


Karen Taylor

Chair, European Network Against Racism (ENAR)

Alice Bah Kuhnke


Gurpreet Brar

Global COO, Public Affairs Practice & General Manager, Brussels, Edelman

Shada Islam

Commentator/New Horizons Project

Frédéric Simon

Moderator, Euractiv

Archana Jagannathan

Senior Director for Sustainable Packaging, PepsiCo Europe

Chris Daly

Supply Chain Vice-President, PepsiCo Europe


Executive Director, Citeo

Martin Sandbu

Author and European Economics Commentator, FT

Emmanuel Katrakis

Secretary General, European Recycling Industries’ Confederation (EuRIC)

Till Hoppe

Moderator, Handesblatt

Susanne Dehmel

Managing Director Law and Security, Bitkom

Marco-Alexander Breit

Head, Artificial Intelligence Task Force, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Eline Chivot

Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Data Innovation

Venetia Spencer

Secretary General, Polyolefin Circular Economy Platform (PCEP)

Matthew Baldwin

Deputy Director General, DG MOVE, European Commission

Mattia Pellegrini

Head of Unit - Waste Management & Secondary Materials, DG ENV, European Commission

Martin Dorsman

Secretary General, European Community Shipowners’ Association (ECSA)

Luise Fischer

Moderator, Climate KIC

Manal Rachdi

OXO Architects (invited)

Cédric de Meeûs

Head of Public Affairs & Government Relations, LafargeHolcim

Benjamin Strandquist

Senior Advisor on Electrification, Bellona

Fulvia Raffaelli

Head of Unit – Circular Economy and Construction, DG GROW, European Commission

Dan Smith

Partner, Headland

Johan Stiens

Head of Department, Director of Biomedical Engineering, Electronics and Informatics department (ETRO) at VUB

Viki Cooke

Co-Founder, Britain Thinks

Federica Sabbati

Secretary General, European Heating Industry

Trewin Restorick

CEO & Founder, Hubbub UK

Peter Liese


Felicia Mester

Moderator, Policy Advisor Wholesale, Eurogas

Mark Wilson

Co-Founder of OPP & IF2020

Mark Watts FRSA

Co-Founder, LP Brussels

Igor Sarkissian

Head of Policy, OPP

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