Meet the speakers of the Ecommerce Europe Annual Conference 30 May 2016

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With this year’s Ecommerce Europe Annual Conference less than two weeks away, we are busy preparing Europe’s leading platform of e-commerce focused on information sharing, policy shaping and networking. As the voice of the e-commerce sector, Ecommerce Europe is delighted to welcome online merchants, stakeholders and policy makers to discuss the issues faced by merchants on a daily basis and how policy can address issues such as geo-blocking, payment security and smart e-logistics.

This year’s event takes place on May 30 at the CCIB, Barcelona and will be part of the Global Ecommerce Summit (May 29 – June 1) under the theme “Shaping the future of digital commerce”.

How can Europe ensure its place in the future digital economy and foster cross-border e-commerce? These key questions will be at the heart of the day’s debate. In three theme sessions on e-Regulations, e-Payments and e-Logistics, policy makers and industry leaders will analyze and debate the most pressing concerns of the European e-commerce sector.

Ecommerce Europe is pleased to announce further speakers for the Ecommerce Europe Annual Conference.

Michael Darchambeau

Co-founder and CEO, The Green Link, Co-Founder, Urbantz

Michael has always been passionate about joining projects that have a positive impact on society. At the age of 24, he founded an NGO to build a hospital in Tanzania. After that, he joined a consulting firm (PRTM). In 2009, he decided to start his own company in green logistics (The Green Link) in Paris which he has been leading as CEO for 6 years. In 2015, he co-founded Urbantz. By providing a worldwide collaborative platform to organize first and last mile deliveries, Urbantz is building up a global and efficient network to integrate all the actors of logistics. Michael hold a master’s degree in Business Engineering and economic development with a focus on technology management from the ICHEC business school in Brussels, Belgium.

Michael will join the e-Logistics session as a panelist at the Ecommerce Europe Annual Conference.

Bruno Basalisco

Senior Economist – Service Leader for Digital Economy and Postal & Delivery, Copenhagen Economics

Dr Bruno Basalisco is the service leader for the Copenhagen Economics Digital Economy and Postal & Delivery services. He is an expert on network economics, regulation and innovation. He has led several projects in the communications and delivery industries on issues such as regulation, pricing, taxation, strategy, competition, market definition/analysis and economic impact assessment. In this field, Copenhagen Economics has provided studies and advice for clients including inter alia AT&T, BT, EDiMA, Google, PostEurop (and several of its members), UPS and public institutions like the European Commission and Parliament, national Ministries and regulators. Prior to joining Copenhagen Economics, Bruno worked in the Chief Economist’s team at Ofcom, the regulatory and competition authority for the UK communications and postal industries. Bruno holds a PhD in Economics from Imperial College Business School (PhD Advisor: Prof. Tommaso Valletti), a MSc in Science and technology policy from SPRU – University of Sussex and a MA in Economics from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa.

Bruno will join the e-Logistics session as a panelist at the Ecommerce Europe Annual Conference.

Christian Ludwig

CEO, WEEE AG

Christian started his professional career at German Lamp Manufacturer OSRAM and held various positions in Controlling and Sales at the Headquarter in Munich before taking the position of Managing Director of the company’s subsidiary in Iran.
Upon return to Germany in 2007 Christian started his activities in the area of Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) as Board Member in several European Take Back Organizations for end of life lamps. In October 2009 he took the position as CEO of Lightcycle, the largest Take Back Organization for end of life lamps in Germany.
During those years he was closely involved in lobbying the industry position on the recast of the WEEE-Directive, a piece of legislation that is also highly relevant for online retailers, as it imposes various obligations when making cross-border sales of Electronic Equipment within Europe.
Three years later he took the initiative with a group of international partners to set up a pan- European cooperation network of WEEE Compliance Schemes which led to the founding of WEEE Europe AG, for which he currently holds the position of CEO.
WEEE Europe AG is a network of leading European Take-Back Systems. WEEE Europe supports clients all over Europe with efficient processes to ensure compliance with legal obligations under the EU WEEE & Battery Directives and their relevant different national implementations.

Christian will join the e-Logistics session as a panelist at the Ecommerce Europe Annual Conference.

Wijnand Jongen

Chairman of the Executive Committee of Ecommerce Europe, Managing Director of Thuiswinkel.org

Co-founder of the first Dutch shop/price comparison service for consumers on the Internet. Advocate for European online cross border retailing. 
Wijnand has an entrepreneurial background; in the middle of the nineteen-nineties, he was a co-founder of Macropolis, the first Dutch shop/price comparison service for consumers on the Internet. Wijnand studied at the University of Amsterdam and Randolph-Macon College in the USA. He gained his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at Averett University (1993) in the USA and a doctorate in didactics at the University of Amsterdam (1986). His work took him through various sales, consultant and management functions in the United States and the Netherlands.
Jongen is a member of FIRAE, a group of global retail industry leaders. He is a speaker at various national and international conferences and events. In 2006, Wijnand was chosen as DM (Direct Marketing) Man of the Year of the Netherlands.
Under his leadership Thuiswinkel.org was awarded the Mans Lejeune Award in 2014 as the most innovative industry association of the Netherlands.

Wijnand will participate in the plenary opening session of the Ecommerce Europe Annual Conference.

Frits van den Bos

Manager for Innovation, GS1 Netherlands

Frits van den Bos (1963) is Manager for Innovation at GS1 Netherlands and co-chair of the global GS1 Omni channel retail interest group. He hosted the Omni channel Supply Chain expert group for the Shopping Tomorrow research program for Thuiswinkel.org in 2013 and is currently hosting a similar group with a focus on the use of data standards in the parcel delivery domain. Within this group retailers, solution providers and other actors in the supply chain discuss the potential of using standards for parcel identification and exchange of data. Frits van den Bos will share with you how standards can accommodate efficient data exchange between supply chain partners and enable the creation of flexible delivery networks.

Frits will join the e-Logistics session as a panelist at the Ecommerce Europe Annual Conference.

Léon Mölenberg

Senior Policy Advisor, Ecommerce Europe

Dr. Léon Mölenberg started his legal career as lecturer and researcher in the field of consumer and contract law, tort law, civil litigation and private international law at the law faculty of Maastricht University from 1987 to 2005. He regularly publishes on consumer law, litigation and package travel. In 1995 he finished a doctoral thesis on the collective court action (class action) for consumer organizations in the field of standard contract terms. Since 2006 he has been senior policy consultant and legal advisor at Thuiswinkel.org (www.thuiswinkel.org), the Dutch Association of Distant Sellers and Service Providers with 2200+ member companies and since 2014, senior policy advisor at Ecommerce Europe. His expertise is on distant selling and ecommerce consumer law, contract terms, ADR, competition and privacy & data protection. He is a member of the working party for privacy issues of VNO-NCW the Dutch federation of Netherlands Industry and Employers. He takes part in the legal committees of both Thuiswinkel.org and Ecommerce Europe, the European association representing 25000+ B2C web traders.

Léon will join the e-Regulations session as a speaker and panelist at the Ecommerce Europe Annual Conference.

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