Jean held a researcher position at the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA) and conducted teaching at the University Louis Pasteur, during his studies. Since 1990, Jean has held a number of positions at a leading Luxembourg bank related to information systems and organization. He is currently CIO, responsible for the operations and strategic planning of banks information system. In 2008 and 2010, he was awarded CIO of the Year by his peers. He is founding president of the Advisory Board ICT Spring Europe Conference and president of the Luxembourgish NGO Foundation Follereau.
Dr Jean Hilger holds masters degrees in economics and computer science, bachelor degree in theology from University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg in 1984 and 1986. After a postgraduate degree in Computer Science in 1987 he received his PhD in Management Sciences from the same university in 1990 with a thesis entitled Production Management Language. He was recently appointed Honorary Professor at the Interdisciplinary Center (SnT) of the University of Luxembourg.
Member of the Advisory Board, SpaceResources.lu, Luxembourg
Serial Entrepreneur, Visionary and ICT “Guru”
Xavier Buck has been an Internet Entrepreneur since 1996. He founded Datacenter Luxembourg SA (www.datacenter.eu) in 2000, which became a leading hosting company in Europe, to be followed two years later by EuroDNS, one of the leading global Internet Registrars.
A firm believer in the accessibility of Domain Names for everyone, Xavier greatly influenced the opening and simplified availability of all country code domain names throughout Europe. Today, EuroDNS covers worldwide domain extensions, including the new gTLDs, and proposes a large range of domain related services. Strategic investments into companies like DomainTools.com, eBrandServices and Openregistry have contributed to position EuroDNS as a global player in the domain industry.
Having gained experience in building companies from scratch, Xavier has decided to create an investment vehicle, named “Dicé Invest”, in order to help talented teams and individuals with knowledge, networking and funds. For example, he invested in niche Internet start-ups like Georanker.com, Oneall.com and Individuum.com, and fast growing ones such as Mega.co.nz and Baboom.com.
Luxembourgish born and fluent in English, German and French, Xavier has successfully built an international profile by participating in numerous industry forums and advisory groups. Xavier has also become a key player within the ICT industry in Luxembourg, which has emerged as a strong and strategic ICT hub in Europe.
Consultant in Communication & Marketing
Melanie Delannoy is an independent Communication and Marketing consultant since 2013, who specializes in the Information & Communications Technology industry.
Prior to working as an independent consultant, she served as an Advisor for FEDIL – Business Federation Luxembourg, a Business Development and Account Manager for Binsfeld, Chief Marketing Officer for LU-CIX, and was the Communication and Marketing Manager for EuroDNS and Datacenter Luxembourg. She also worked for a Holding company, MASCO Europe, where she was in charge of internal communications for the European subsidiaries.
Melanie graduated from Stirling University (Scotland) with a BA in Journalism and Film & Media. Belgian born, Melanie grew up in France and has been living in Luxembourg for 10 years.
Director, Ministry of the Economy
Raymond Faber is currently a Director in the Ministry of Economy heading the Direction for e-commerce and information security. He is mainly in charge of legal matters related to e-commerce, e-signature, PKI, e-archiving and information security.
Co-Director of Informatics Development Department, BCEE Luxembourg
CEO, Luxembourg for Finance
Nicolas Mackel is CEO of Luxembourg for Finance, the Agency for the Development of the Financial Centre, since July 2013.
Nicolas is a career diplomat.
He has graduated with a law degree from the University of Aix-‐en-‐Provence, and holds two post-‐graduate diplomas in European law from the Sorbonne University, respectively the College of Europe
in Bruges where he then also served as a teaching assistant in the Law Department.
He worked as a legal clerk at the European Court of Justice before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1999. His assignments focused on the successive EU Treaty negotiations (Amsterdam,
Nice, Constitution, Lisbon).
Nicolas was consecutively posted at Luxembourg’s Permanent Representation to the EU (2002-‐07),
as Deputy Chief of Mission at Luxembourg’s Embassy in Washington DC (2007-‐11) and as Consul
General in Shanghai (2011-‐13) where he was in charge of promoting Luxembourg’s economic interests throughout China as the Executive Director of the Luxembourg Trade and Investment
Chairman, Luxair Group
President, ICT Luxembourg
Gérard Hoffmann has been Chairman & Managing Director of Telindus S.A., Belgacom’s Enterprise Business Unit in Luxembourg, since 2002. In this role he also represents Luxembourg within Belgacom’s International Management Team.
Before joining Telindus, he held several management positions within the Arbed Group, today ArcelorMittal.
Furthermore, he has been involved for many years in the following professional associations:
– FEDIL-Luxembourg Business Federation (member of the Board of Directors)
– Fedil-ICT asbl (Chairman),
– EuroCloud Luxembourg (member of the Board of Directors),
– Association des PSF de Support (member of the Board of Directors),
– Groupement Luxembourgeois de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (Deputy chairman of the Board of Directors)
– and more recently, ICTLuxembourg asbl (Chairman)
Since July 15, 2014, he is the first Chairman of the new not-for-profit platform ICTLuxembourg which includes the six major associations in the ICT sector (APSI, IDF Eurocloud, APSFS, ABBL and FEDIL-ICT association).
He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the University of Luxembourg.
In 1997, he was the co-author of the book: “Europe 2012: Globalisation and social cohesion? The Luxembourg scenarios”, a study on the future of Luxembourg published by Economica, Paris.
Gérard Hoffmann holds an Diploma in Electrical Engineering from ETH Zurich, a lic.oec. in Business from Uni St. Gallen (HSG) and an PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Head of Digital Economy, Luxinnovation
Former Minister of Medias & communications Legal Advisor, Professor University of Luxembourg
Jean-Louis Schiltz is a Luxembourg lawyer active in TMT- and internet law, including e-payments and e-commerce. As such, he was involved in a number of recent set ups of new businesses in these areas.
Jean-Louis Schiltz is a Guest Professor at Luxembourg University.
From 2004 to 2009, Jean-Louis Schiltz was a Cabinet minister; his responsibilities included media and telecommunications.
Director, Prime Minister’s Office of Media and Communications
In 1979, Jean-Paul Zens graduates in law and in psychology from the University of Strasbourg (France).
After three years of private practice, he is appointed deputy prosecutor. In 1985, he joins the diplomatic service (Department of International Economical Affairs) and represents Luxembourg’s interests at the international level in the field of media and communications.
In 1993, looking for a new challenge, he accepts the job as Director of the Media and Audiovisual Department of the Prime Minister’s Office, later renamed “Media and Telecommunications Department”. This department has been set up in order to foster the development of Luxembourg as an international media and communication hub. It also handles the coordination of all matters related to media policy including Internet, content, data protection and all regulatory aspects linked to these matters. Furthermore, the department is responsible for the promotion of Luxembourg’s media and communications activities on the international level.
In 2005, Jean-Paul Zens became a member of the United Nations Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG). He is also member of the EU High Level Group on Internet Governance.
Since 2002, Jean-Paul Zens is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of SES-GLOBAL, the Luxembourg-based satellite operator (www.ses-global.com).
Since 1993, Jean-Paul Zens is a board-member of EPT, the Luxembourg prime telecom operator.
From 1999 to 2010, Jean-Paul Zens has also been the Chairman of the Luxembourg Filmfund.
Partner and Director, Genii Capital
Romain is co-founder and partner of an advisory, which is became the Luxembourg member firm of Grant Thornton. The firm’s first business was tax, accounting and audit but it rapidly branched out into corporate finance, financial sector consulting and regulated services, including, recently, fund raising. The firm presently ranks top six in Luxembourg, thus matching the worldwide ranking of the Grant Thornton international network.
He graduated from Strasbourg University in 1984 with a Master’s degree in Economics and worked a few years as tax advisor with a Big4 before founding his own business in 1988. With 25 years’ experience and broad professional knowledge he enjoys helping business owners and investors to create value. He serves on a selection of boards of alternative investment funds and a number of national and international professional committees.
An international service club appointed him honorary life member. He is married and has 4 children.
co-founder and Managing Partner, Expon Capital
Jérôme is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Expon Capital. Jérôme honed his investment skills in the early 90’s backing the pioneer of flash memory M-Systems (IPO, sold to SanDisk) and cyber security company Aladdin Knowledge Systems (IPO). At BIP Investment Partners he led successful investments in media and communication technology companies such as EVS (IPO), Option (IPO) and Evertz (IPO), all of which became a world leader in their field. During that period, he contributed to the foundation of VOXmobile, a mobile operator (sold to Orange).
In 2000, he co-founded his first startup, a marketplace for the telecom industry. A defining moment where he discovered the true meaning of burn rate and how to survive on a nickel. Since childhood, Jerome has been fascinated by new technologies and scientific discoveries across physics and biology. He has always been curious about understanding their impact, spotting future trends and discovering how to turn them into value. He is fascinated by developments in the fields of AI, blockchain as well as space.
Founder & CEO, Farvest group; Co-founder ICT Spring
Founder & CEO of Farvest group : ICT Spring (Europe Web Summit), Morpheus Cup (European Graduate School Digital Championships, but also a renowned portfolio of B2B events & media in Finance, Technology, Automotive, Human Resources, Marketing & Communication, Green Business & Healthcare.
Partner, Farvest group; Co-founder ICT Spring
Involve in the business development , marketing strategy , and network development in IT, Finance, and startups fundings.
Connect people with your ecosystem of professional contacts.
Rethink the fundamentals of community approaches based on different principles:
> Customer Centricity
> Content management repositionning
> Integrated Marketing Communications
> Elitism in business networking
> Quality & reporting
Create new concepts of networking and information sharing to maximise the lead generations for our customers.
Manage ITOne the First platform for ICT decision makers in Luxembourg (Web, events, Luxembourg ICT Awards. ..)
Co-founded ICTSpring one of the most inspiring Fintech and Digital event in Europe.