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LAUSANNE• 19-21 APRIL 2016


Keynote Speaker

Viviane Reding (1)

Viviane Reding
Member of the European Parliament, Vice President of the European Commission 2010 – 2014

Viviane Reding is one of the most prominent personalities of Europe. She completed 3 terms as member of the European Government and became first Vice President and EU Commissioner responsible for Justice, Fundamental rights and Citizenship in 2010. Following her victory in the European elections in May 2014 she has taken up her seat in the European Parliament.
In 1999, having served 10 years in the Luxembourg Parliament and 10 years in the European Parliament, she became the EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport. In 2004 she became the EU Commissioner for Information Society and Media where she was instrumental in the reform of the European telecom sector, opening the internal market to competition. In that period she also reformed the European research area. Viviane also created the basis for a “fundamental rights culture” across the European institutions. She was awarded numerous prestigious awards and a number of “Honoris Causa” degrees by Universities.
Viviane offers audiences tremendous insights into social, economic and political issues that affect Europe. As a former Commissioner for the Information Society and her continued involvement with the European Digital Agenda she is an outstanding commentator on the strategic impact of new technologies in a digital world.