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Synopsis

The European Chamber of Commerce (Singapore) invites you to join us for our upcoming webinar on Industrial Policy and Artificial Intelligence. The European Commission under President Ursula von Leyen is striving “for more at home in order to lead in the world”, to strengthen Europe’s global positioning and strategic development over the next demi-decade. Europe is currently facing tough competition within technology and high-value-added industries such as Artificial Intelligence, particularly from powerful economies such as China and the US. By having the right industrial policy in the EU, we can boost these industries.

The new Commission has released its Artificial Intelligence (AI) White Paper on 19th February and its industrial strategy rolled out on 10th March. This White Paper on AI, open for consultation at the moment, aims to ensure that Europe’s innovation capabilities are boosted while establishing clear and defined regulations for so-called high-risk applications. Meanwhile, the industrial strategy looks at boosting different aspects of the single market – including digital services, 6G, Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI) etc. – while contributing to the EU’s climate goals. At the same time, the strategy looks at ensuring a level-playing field in the single market through addressing issues like foreign investments, participation of companies in public tenders and subsidy policies. What is clear is that these two documents are set to have a far-reaching impact not only on the EU’s standing vis-à-vis global powers like China and the US but also on European businesses, both within the single market and in their external operations.

Mr Eric Badiqué, Adviser for Artificial Intelligence at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology and Mrs Isabella Pirolo, International Relations Officer at European Union Delegation to Singapore will discuss two documents on AI and industrial policy, that were recently published by the European Commission

The webinar takes place on 18th May 2020 (Monday) from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm via Zoom, and will be moderated by Dr Antonio Feraco, Chair of the EuroCham Digital Economy Committee and Vice President, Digital Service | Managing Consultant, Industrie 4.0 at TÜV SÜD Asia Pacific Pte Ltd.

This event is proudly co-organised with the EU Delegation to Singapore.

 

Agenda

3:00 pm: Opening Remarks

  • Dr Antonio Feraco, Chair of the EuroCham Digital Economy Committee

3:05 pm: Introduction to the Industrial Strategy

  • Mrs Isabella Pirolo, International Relations Officer at European Union Delegation to Singapore

3:35 pm: Introduction to the White Paper on AI

  • Eric Badiqué, Adviser for Artificial Intelligence at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology

4:05 pm: Discussion and Q&A
4:30 pm: End of event

Speakers

Mr Eric Badiqué
Adviser for Artificial Intelligence
European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology

Eric Badiqué was educated in France, the US and Japan where he carried out research in Digital Image Processing. Before joining the European Commission he worked for Philips Communications in Germany for four years, contributing to early work on digital coding. In the European Commission, he was a Project Officer in the Digital Media area and moved to the Coordination and Strategy Unit in 2004 where he was Deputy Head of Unit in charge of work programme preparation. He is now Adviser for Artificial Intelligence for DG CONNECT since February 2019.

 

Ms Isabella Pirolo
International Relations Officer
European Union Delegation to Singapore

Isabella joined the Economic and Trade Section of the European Union Delegation to Singapore as International Relations Officer in January 2020. She follows the development of industry, innovation and SME policies in Singapore and South-East Asia. Prior to this, she was policy assistant of the Director General for ‘Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship, and SMEs’ (DG GROW) of the European Commission. In 2014, she joined the European Commission as legal officer for DG GROW’s defence unit before moving on to the team of the Director responsible for industrial policy and innovation. From 2012 to 2014, she worked in the private sector focusing on development of Space research projects. She studied law and specialises in European affairs.

 

Moderator

Dr Antonio Feraco
Vice President, Digital Service | Managing Consultant, Industrie 4.0
TÜV SÜD Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

Dr Feraco is Managing Consultant Industrie 4.0 and Vice President for TÜV SÜD Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. His activities focus on supporting the manufacturing sector, in adopting digital technologies within the industry 4.0 space to enable end to end integration. During the last two years he led the development of the I4.0 process industry practice and successfully run several projects focused on Business Processes Optimization and Workforce Efficiency.

Before joining his current position, he was Head of Business Development and Technology Transfer for an International Applied R&D Institution, external advisor for KPMG Italy and Adjunct Professor of Innovation Process Management at the University of Vitez since 2013. After completing his PhD in Artificial Intelligence, he managed various international projects related to IT for Energy Efficiency, Embedded Systems in Robotics and Digital Media. He participated in the development of an ICT Policy Support Program Project of the EC for the Digital Single Market. Apart from his business and management activities, he also delivers for industry and academia in both Technical topics as Predictive Maintenance for Process Industry, and non-Technical like Management of Innovation Processes and Technology Transfer Strategies.

 

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