Daniel Azevedo is a senior policy adviser in the Commodities and Trade team of Copa and Cogeca, an agricultural lobby representing 66 national farm organizations and cooperatives in Europe. He is a natural resources engineer graduated in the University of Évora (Portugal) currently following EU Livestock sector, Bilateral Trade Agreements and Agricultural Machinery. He is also the coordinator of Copa and Cogeca Task Force on agricultural technology. He has previously been working for DG Agriculture and Rural Development after specializing on agro-environmental measures in SLU university (Sweden). Mr. Azevedo comes from a family producing wine and olive oil in the Douro Valley in Portugal. @florindo_daniel
Dr. Hermann Buitkamp
VDMA Agricultural Machinery
Dr. Hermann Buitkamp studied electrical engineering at the universities of Aachen and Bonn. Having finished his professional education, he served as the engineering manager of Sick AG near Freiburg developing optical sensors. After a three-years-period as a VP of Engineering in the Silicon Valley he joined TÜV SÜD being responsible for consumer product testing in Europe. He continued his career at DLG (German Agricultural Society) leading the test center for agriculture machines and farm inputs. One year ago, he took over a new position at VDMA in Frankfurt to promote standardization of agricultural electronics and to support digital farming activities.
Strategic Standards Manager, John Deere
Christophe Gossard started his career as a computer sciences engineer in 1996 in France. He was assigned in 2000 as an internal SAP consultant for 3 years at the Deere Headquarters in the US. He managed the data warehousing systems in relation with various SAP modules to provide analytics. During his assignment, he completed his background with a MBA from Tippie Management School at the University of Iowa.
After returning to France in 2003, he managed the Sales Engineering department for 7 years in Europe, South Africa, and South Korea supporting John Deere distributors.
In 2010, he started to work with the European commission through trade associations as the European Emission Coordinator for the company. He participated in discussions on European directives, and on legal interpretation of European provisions.
Since 2012, he is the Regional Strategic Standards Manager at the Regional Center in Mannheim, Germany, in charge of regulatory subjects. He is providing support for the relevant regional issues for strategic standards and regional governmental affairs.
Legal Affairs Director, ACEA
Marc Greven is Legal Affairs Director at the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), the Brussels-based trade association that represents the common interests of the European motor vehicle manufacturers with the EU institutions.
His work involves the permanent monitoring of the EU regulatory framework and public policy measures affecting the automobile sector in Europe. His responsibilities include competition law, after-sales service, data protection, intellectual property rights and consumer law.
He presently focuses on how these legal fields relate to connected and automated driving.
He holds law degrees from the University of Leuven and the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.
Head of Spectrum Policy, Nokia
Ulrich holds a diploma degree in Electrical Engineering of Technical University of Munich, Germany and one in Industrial Engineering of Fernuniversität Hagen, Germany. Of his more than 25 years of professional experience in Siemens, Nokia Siemens Networks and Nokia, he spent 20 years in R&D, business strategy, system architecture and product management of mobile radio network systems covering GSM, EDGE, UMTS with HSPA, Flash OFDM, WiMAX, LTE and LTE Advanced. In 2011, he assumed responsibility for spectrum policy within Nokia, now organised within the CTO and Nokia Bell Labs team. Ulrich is vice chair of the BITKOM Spectrum working group in Germany and chairs the DIGITALEUROPE spectrum working group in Brussels.
Executive R&D Director, SDF
Massimo Ribaldone (53) is Mechanical Engineer. In his career in SDF he has been appointed to cover many positions in R&D in components and vehicle developments.
Since June 2003 he was Technical Director of Research and Development following Italy, India and Poland R&D centers.
In 2010 he was appointed R&D Executive Vice President covering all R&D responsibilities for components, tractors, combines and harvesting machines for SDF.
He is member of the Board of Deutz-Fahr Machinery Company in China.
He is a fellow of the CEMA Board.
Director General, AEF
Since May 2016 Norbert Schlingmann is the General Manager of the Agricultural Electronics Foundation AEF. Previously and for almost 20 years Schlingmann worked for the German agricultural machinery manufacturer CLAAS being Head of Electronic Department his last position within the company. Earlier he worked at the Development of power supply systems for railway systems in AEG. Mr Schlingmann is a degreed engineer in Electrical Engineering from the University of Applied Science in Bielefeld (Germany).
Manager Advanced Data Analysis and Application Development, CNH Industrial
Vik Vandecaveye has a Sonology degree from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, and a Corporate Engineering degree from the University of Ghent. After running his own business in streaming internet services, he joined CNH (now CNH Industrial) in the supply chain department, taking care of data management at all levels of planning and execution. As a logical consequence of his executive reporting duties, he carried on with market intelligence and statistical analysis. Vik was at the birth of a new business unit for precision agriculture, where he designed the strategy for connectivity and analytics related to vehicles. Today he takes care of building the eco-system containing many participants from different parts of the value chain. Vik Vandecaveye also chairs the “Digital Farming” workgroup in CEMA, the voice of the Agricultural Machinery in Europe.