Event Overview

Building on the success of the inaugural edition in 2018, this one-day conference, taking place in Autumn 2019 in Brussels will showcase the power and opportunity of artificial intelligence and inspire the European policy debate.

Key Themes

  • What are Member States doing and how is this interacting with EU level policymaking

  • How do we generate confidence and capacity in Europe to build globally competitive AI businesses

  • Access to data and access to capital: Europe’s twin problems?

  • Moving the debate on ethics towards a practical approach to AI

2018 Highlights

26 high-level speakers, including 4 Nation State representatives. 3 hours dedicated to networking.

Watch the highlights here.


If you are interested in speaking opportunities at this event, please contact Rose Maloney on or +44 (0) 2920 783 070.

The next European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, has stated “In my first 100 days in office, I will put forward legislation for a coordinated European approach on the human and ethical implications of artificial intelligence”. Despite some warnings from research and technology stakeholders that hard rules could impede innovation, legislators across Europe are keen to quickly set standards for AI.

This session will kick start the day’s debates by offering up a vision of what human-centric, ethically sound AI might look like. Our expert witnesses will bring examples of where AI is already making a difference. Each expert will deliver a 10-minute case study followed by a 10-minute interview drawing out key themes to take into the policy debate in the next session.

Taking into account the European Commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen’s statement on the human and ethical considerations for AI; the policy recommendations outlined by the High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence; as well as the vision for AI laid out by our expert witnesses today, this session will feed into discussions around how to make sure any proposed legislation balances security and protection of privacy with openness to innovate.

To realise the potential of AI at scale, Europe will need to invest significantly in infrastructures capable of powerful data analysis. But to make sure investments are made wisely and are future-fit, more emphasis also needs to be given to research and understanding how different stakeholders can use data to maximum effect. This session will look at possible methods of compiling open public data currently locked in siloes and further increasing secure access to data through data protection compliant B2B sharing mechanisms. Panellists will also discuss the role of the EU in supporting Member States to ensure infrastructure investment is well coordinated across Europe amid strong global competition.

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Previous sponsors at the inaugural 2018 edition include:


Full speaker biographies for this year’s conference will appear here shortly, please check back regularly for updates. 

Previous speakers include:

Jyrki Katainen

Jyrki Katainen is a Finnish politician and the European Commission Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, 2014-2019. 

Jyrki Katainen

Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness
European Commission

Lucilla Sioli

Lucilla Sioli is Director of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry within DG CNECT. She has worked in different units at the European Commission since 2002. She holds a PhD in economics from the University of Southampton.

Lucilla Sioli

Director for Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry
European Commission

Bénédicte Javelot

Bénédicte is Chief Strategy Officer of Orange Group. Since 2014, she has delivered the Strategic Plan for Orange Group, Essentials 2020 focused on Very High Broadband, return to growth and digital transformation.

Bénédicte Javelot

Chief Strategy Officer

His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama

His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama was appointed Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence in 2017. His responsibilities include enhancing the government performance by investing in the latest technologies and tools of artificial intelligence and applying them in various sectors.

His Excellency Omar Bin Sultan Al Olama

Minister of State for AI
United Arab Emirates


Group discounts

Group discounts are available when registering multiple delegates on the same booking, as shown below. 

Number of
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Rose Maloney
Senior Event Manager
Forum Europe

Tel: +44 (0) 2920 783 070
Fax: +44 (0) 2920 020 432