IFCLA
International Federation of
Computer Law Associations

Speaker Bios

Chairs and Speakers:

Conference Chair:  Roger Bickerstaff, Partner and Head of Digital Business Campaign, Bird & Bird LLP, IFCLA President and SCL Trustee

Roger is an internationally regarded Tech lawyer who acts as a trusted advisor on some of the most complex and innovative Tech projects. Roger is member of the Bird and Bird International Tech & Comms Sector Steering Group and leads their Digital Technology Solutions, Internet Services and eCommerce industry initiative.

Roger specialises in all aspects of Tech and EU procurement law. His project work focuses on large-scale infrastructure contracts, including contract negotiation and procurement procedures, contract management issues and dispute resolution.  Roger has over 20 years' experience of advising on commercial and procurement law matters relating to large-scale Tech projects. 

He regularly publishes and speaks on a variety of Techlaw and public procurement topics. He is a Trustee of the UK Society for Computers & Law, sits on the Editorial Board of the Public Procurement Law Review and he is an external lecturer on procurement law at Rome University and Nottingham University.

Belén Arribas Sánchez, Partner, Head of IT, MILINERS Abogados y Asesores Tributarios SLP, Barcelona

Belén Arribas Sánchez is a partner and head of the Information Technology Law Department of Miliners. She completed several postgraduate specialisations (EC and International Law, Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen, Holland 1992-93; International Commerce, ESADE, Spain 1994-95; Information Technologies Law, ESADE, Spain 2001-02).  

Ms. Arribas has over 20 years of experience in company and commercial law work specializing in corporate and contract law (sale, agency, franchising and distribution), consumer law and competition law, international commerce, as well as private international law.  She has worked in sophisticated matters of digital law, e-commerce, data protection, pharma and biotech, disruptive technologies and IT in general advising clients, both international and domestic, also in matters of unfair competition, marketing and advertising, product liability and regulatory.  Belén Arribas is also Certified Auditor of the Registry of Auditors of Technological Environments - AULETEC-ICAB. She is also an arbitrator appointed by AEADE, specializing in Technology Law.

She is an expert lawyer in Internet & e-Commerce, recognized in the Spanish chapter of the independent directory "Who's Who" in the editions "Who's Who Legal of Internet & e-commerce 2012", "Who's Who Legal of Information Technology Lawyers 2013" "Who's Who Legal 2014 Lawyers of Information Technology" and "Who's Who Legal of Telecom, Media and Technology Lawyers 2015 and 2016".

She is author or co-author of numerous legal publications, including "Product Liability in Spain", G.LG.; "Remedies for International Sellers of Goods", Jurispublishing Inc.; "E-commerce, Spain chapter", GTDT, 2015; "Franchise, Spain Chapter", ICLG, 2014 and 2015; "Outsourcing, Spain chapter", GTDT, 2014 and 2015. 

She participated in a project of the Spanish Data Protection Authority concerning the preparation of International Data Protection Standards, contributing her comments thereto. She collaborates on a regular basis with several media, newspapers and digital media and radio stations on technology and privacy related matters.

Belén Arribas is a leading member of several associations of specialists, highlighting the International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw), in which she is a director in the Board of Directors since 2011 and Local Representative for Spain since 2012. In the same organization she has held various other officer positions, being currently Co-Chair of the Global Sponsorship Committee and Co-Chair of the Mentorship Committee. Other positions include: member of the Board of the Company Law Section of the Barcelona Bar Association, Member of the Group of Company Law Experts and member of the Board of ENATIC.

Belén Arribas has long-standing links with academia, teaching and lecturing at diverse institutions and associations, in particular at UNED, IDI, IFAES and the Barcelona Bar Association ( ICAB) in whose Master of Information Society she lectures in matters of data protection and privacy and IT Law. She has been coordinator and moderator of many panels and round tables on electronic commerce, data protection and privacy in forums and conferences in Barcelona, Brussels, Berlin, Oslo, Rome, Amsterdam, San Francisco and Washington DC, among others. She was a speaker at the forum 4YFN of the Mobile World Congress. Her conference languages are Spanish, English, French, Italian, German and Catalan.

Vivienne Artz, Managing Director and General Counsel, Citigroup

Vivienne Artz is a Managing Director and Head of International for the Intellectual Property and Technology Law Group in the General Counsel's Office in London.

The International team, with lawyers in London, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Japan, is responsible for all legal aspects of intellectual property, technology, e-commerce, general commercial/procurement/outsourcing, data privacy, banking secrecy and data security, electronic trading and order routing, and market data legal issues, across all business areas in the EMEA and APAC regions.

Prior to joining Citi in 2000, Ms. Artz worked in private practice in London. She chairs the AFME Data Protection Working Group, the International Regulatory Strategy Group Data Working Group, and she is co-chair of the IAPP Knowledge Net for the U.K. Ms. Artz is an active participant on the E-Commerce Group and the Data Protection Groups at the BBA and CBI, as well as a Steering Committee member for the Technology Discussion Group.  Ms. Artz has recently completed a two year term as co-chair of the UK Citi Women Network, and chair of the Legal Diversity Council for EMEA, and she is currently a Citi Women Community Ambassador.

Nina Barakzai, Group Head of Data Protection & Privacy, Sky

Nina Barakzai is immediate Past Chair of the UK’s Commerce & Industry Group, representing UK in-house counsel.  She is Group Head of Data Protection & Privacy for the Sky group of companies, handling all aspects of privacy and data governance.  She is Vice President of In-House Counsel Worldwide; sits on the Advisory Board of the Future of Privacy Forum; served as Board Member on the International Federation of Accountants’ International Ethics Standards Board and sits on the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants’ Research Advisory Group, chairing the call for research papers on Big Data.  Her professional experience is in compliance, business ethics, privacy, corporate transactions, cloud services, cybersecurity and social media.  She is an accountant and solicitor and serves as Trustee for two community charities. 

John Beardwood, Partner, Fasken Martineau, Toronto

John Beardwood is a partner of the firm, engaged in a corporate/commercial practice, with an emphasis on outsourcing and procurement, technology and privacy law related matters. 

John works closely with clients in advising on and negotiating various technology-related transactions, including outsourcing/procurement, licensing, implementation, distribution, technology transfer, strategic alliance and e-commerce related transactions, including in the airline, health care, financial/insurance institution and public sector contexts. John often advises clients on privacy law and access to information matters, and has been developing and implementing privacy compliance programs for more than ten years. 

He is a frequent speaker and publisher on various IT law and privacy law-related topics and has been interviewed for CBC Metro Morning, The Globe and Mail, ITBusiness.ca, Computing Canada, CBC Marketplace, Canadian Business Magazine and 1010 CFRB, and was featured on the cover of CBA National Magazine for the article "The Outsourcing Lawyers". John is the co-editor and a contributing author of the industry-leading text Outsourcing Transactions: A Practical Guide, now in its 10th Edition.

John is Co-Chair of the National Technology and Intellectual Property Practice Group and Co-Chair of the National Outsourcing Practice Group.

Bojana Bellamy, President, Centre for Information Policy Leadership 

Bojana Bellamy is the President of Hunton & Williams LLP's Centre for Information Policy Leadership, a preeminent global information policy think tank located in Washington, DC and London. Bojana brings more than 20 years of experience and a deep knowledge of global data privacy and cybersecurity law, compliance and policy. She has a proven industry record in designing strategy, and building and managing data privacy compliance programs.

Bojana was a board member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) from 2008-2013, and was elected chair from 2011-2012. She sits on the Advisory Board of the International Data Privacy Law Journal, participates in many industry groups and is a regular speaker at international privacy and data security conferences.

Dr Anselm Brandi-Dohrn, Partner IP/IT, von Boetticher Rechtsanwälte, Berlin

Anselm Brandi-Dohrn heads the IP/IT desk of vonBoetticher's Berlin office. He advises, in and out of court, businesses in IP and IT matters, notably in patent and trademark licensing negotiations, software distribution, outsourcing, technology transfer, internet, new media and other technology law related matters, in public procurement disputes, and in unfair competition. For nearly 40 years, vonBoetticher's high tech focus has attracted technology-based enterprises from Germany and abroad, which trust in vonBoetticher's legal competence and its specific knowledge of these industries.

Anselm has acquired a strong reputation for his expertise in IT law and has published extensively in the area of intellectual property law, IT law and international commercial law, in German and in English. He represents numerous enterprises, which are world leaders in their area. Anselm has been awarded by Best Lawyers in 2012 and 2016 as "Lawyer of the Year" in Information Technology Law and is praised as "highly committed" by competitors (JUVE 2014/2015).

Anselm has chaired the German think tank for IT law German Association of Law and Informatics (DGRI e.V.) for several years and teaches IT law at the prestigious Hasso-Plattner-Institute for Software Systems Engineering (Potsdam University). He is Secretary General of IFCLA and member of the expert committee on intellectual property law of the Berlin bar.

Anselm received degrees in law at the Universities of Cologne, Germany (distinction, 1992), and Aix-en-Provence, France (distinction, 1990). He was admitted to the bar in 1995 and was appointed Specialized Intellectual Property Lawyer (in 2007) and Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) (in 2011) for his scientific and practical expertise.

Neil Brown, Solicitor and Managing Director, decoded:Legal

Neil Brown is the managing director of the English law firm decoded:Legal. He is a specialist senior lawyer, with years of experience advising on communications regulation, privacy, security, and Internet / technology law. Neil is as comfortable with the technology as he is with the law, and loves learning how things work and tinkering with software, servers and IP networks and services. 

Alongside his practice, Neil sits on the Law Society's Technology and Law Reference Group and the media board of the Society for Computers and Law.

Professor Roger Brownsword, Professor of Law, King's College London

Roger Brownsword has professorial appointments in the Dickson Poon School of Law at King's College London(where he was the founding director of TELOS, a research centre that focuses on technology, ethics, law and society) and in the Department of Law at Bournemouth University. He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Sheffield and has been a visiting Professor at Singapore Management University. 

Professor Brownsword has published extensively on the regulation of emerging technologies; and, currently, he is co-editing the Oxford Handbook on Law, Regulation and Technology. He is also the founding general editor of the leading European journal Law, Innovation and Technology. He has acted as a specialist adviser to parliamentary committees dealing with stem cells and hybrid embryos; from 2004-2010, he was a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics; from 2011-2015, he served as Chair of the Ethics and Governance Council of UK Biobank; and currently he is a member of the Royal Society Working Party on Machine Learning.

Dr Rob Buckingham, Director of Remote Applications in Challenging Environments (RACE), UK Atomic Energy Authority

Dr Rob Buckingham FREng is a Director of the UKAEA at Culham and Head of RACE (Remote Applications in Challenging Environments). Rob was co-chair of the Robotics and Autonomous Systems Special Interest Group that developed the UK RAS strategy published in July 2014.

He has spent his entire career in robotics, firstly as a sponsored undergraduate with the UKAEA at Culham, then as an academic in the University of Bristol, before co-founding OC Robotics in 1997. His return to Culham in 2014 to head up RACE closes a circle.

As Managing Director of OC Robotics, Rob led the commercialisation of nose-following snake-arm robots for confined and hazardous spaces. OC Robotics was a recipient of the Queen's Award for Innovation. The current LaserSnake program is a world leading programme with NNL and Sellafield, which has funding from Innovate UK, NDA and DECC. LaserSnake will provide tools for nuclear decommissioning.

Rob received The Royal Academy of Engineering's Silver Medal in 2012 and became a Fellow in 2013. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and a Visiting Professor at the Bristol Robotics Lab.

Dr Jonathan Cave, Professor of Applied Game Theory & Economist, Regulatory Policy Commission

Jonathan Cave is a Senior Fellow at the University of Warwick, attached to the Department of Economics, the Warwick Policy Lab and the Alan Turing Institute. He also works with European consultancies (e.g. GNKS in the Netherlands, WIK in Germany and 21c in the UK) on a wide range of policy-related projects. He serves as an Economist Member of the UK's Regulatory Policy Committee, the body with statutory responsibility for scrutiny of the Impact Assessments and Post-Implementation Reviews of all UK and European regulations and significant activities of UK regulators. He has conducted extensive research and policy analysis for domestic and international institutions for over 20 years on a wide range of issues relating to the intersection of law, economics and technology, latterly on matters relating to privacy, cybersecurity, business model innovation, computerised/high-speed financial markets and the economics and ethics of data analytics. He has also worked on e-government, uses of data and the reduction of regulatory burdens since the early 2000's, especially in work commissioned by UK government (National Audit Office, Ofcom), the European Commission, and the European Parliament. He has conducted many impact assessments and programme evaluations.

Gareth Davies, Senior Lawyer – Ministry of Justice, Commercial Law Group, Government Legal Department

Gareth Davies joined the Bank of England in 2006 as their first commercial/IT lawyer.  He has experience in a wide range of IT matters from small software licenses to strategically important payment systems. In May this year he joined the Ministry of Justice on a 12 month secondment.

Dai Davis, Partner, Percy Crow Davis & Co

Dai Davis is a technology lawyer.  He holds Masters degrees in both Physics and Computer Science.  He is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.  Dai has consistently been recommended in the Legal 500 and Chambers Guides to the Legal Profession.  Having been national head of Intellectual Property Law and later national head of Information Technology law at Eversheds, Dai is now a partner in his own solicitor's practice, Percy Crow Davis & Co.  

Dai advises clients throughout the country on non-contentious Intellectual Property and Information Technology matters.  Dai is a non-executive director of FAST (Federation Against Software Theft) and a Freeman of the City of London through WCIT (Worshipful Company of Information Technologists).  

Simon Deane-Johns, Consultant Solicitor, Keystone Law 

Simon Deane-Johns is a consultant solicitor specialising in FinTech regulatory and commercial work, including payment services, P2P lending, crowdfunding and data services. He has advised on the launch of many innovative start-ups, including Zopa, Prodigy Finance, Abundance Generation, Crowdbnk and Proplend; and is involved in assessing various potential applications of distributed ledger technology. He has previously consulted in-house at Amazon, WorldPay and Reuters; and led legal teams at GE, Zopa and Earthport. Simon has long been involved in public affairs relating to payments and crowdfunding. He advised on the creation of the P2P Finance Association in 2011; and in 2012 co-organised the P2P Finance Policy Summit for UK & EU officials and industry representatives with The Finance Innovation Lab (of which he was appointed a Senior Fellow in 2015). Simon also chairs the SCL's Media Board and speaks and writes regularly on finance and innovation. He is the author of the blogs "Pragmatist" and "The Fine Print"; the book "Lipstick On a Pig: Why Bail-outs Fail and People Power Will Succeed" (Searching Finance, 2012); and the Developers' Guide to Legal Requirements, Lexis PSL 2015. Simon began his career as a barrister in Sydney before working for Reuters in London and New York; and then as an Associate in DLA's London office, specialising in e-commerce.

Professor Mischa Dohler, Head, Centre for Telecom Research, Chair Professor, King's College London, Fellow & Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE, Board of Directors, Worldsensing, Editor-in-Chief, ETT & IoT

Mischa Dohler is full Professor in Wireless Communications at King's College London, driving cross-disciplinary research and innovation in technology, sciences and arts. He is the Director of the Centre for Telecommunications Research, co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of the smart city pioneer Worldsensing, Fellow of the IEEE, Editor-in-Chief of the Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies and the EAI Transactions on the Internet of Things, and a Distinguished Member of Harvard Square Leaders Excellence.

He is a frequent keynote, panel and tutorial speaker, and has received numerous awards. He has pioneered several research fields, contributed to numerous wireless broadband, IoT/M2M and cyber security standards, holds a dozen patents, organized and chaired numerous conferences, has more than 200 publications, and authored several books. He has a citation h-index of 43.

He acts as policy, technology and entrepreneurship adviser, examples being Richard Branson's Carbon War Room, David Willetts' 8 Great Technology Fund, Regulator Ofcom, UK House of Parliament, UK Ministries, EPSRC ICT Strategy Advisory Team, European Commission, Tech London Advocate, ISO Smart City working group, and various start-ups.

He is also an entrepreneur, composer & pianist, and fluent in 6 languages. He has talked at TEDx. He had coverage by national and international TV & radio, and his contributions have featured on BBC News and the Wall Street Journal.

Professor Nico van Eijk,  Professor of Information Law, Media and Telecommunications Law, Faculty of Law of the University of Amsterdam, Director of the Institute for Information Law (IViR)

Nico van Eijk is Professor of Media and Telecommunications Law and Director of the Institute for Information Law (IViR, Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam). He studied Law at the University of Tilburg and received his doctorate from the University of Amsterdam. He also works as a legal adviser.

Among other things, he is the Chairman of the Dutch Federation for Media and Communications Law (Vereniging voor Media- en Communicatierecht, VMC), chairman of a committee on Paid Electronic Information Services of The Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER), member of the 'knowledge circle' of the Dutch Review Committee on the Intelligence and Security Services (CTIVD) and member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW).

Lisa Felton, Head of Services Regulation, Vodafone Group 

Lisa Felton is currently Head of Services Regulation at Vodafone Group, with expertise in consumer, payments and telecoms regulation. Prior to her current position, she held the position of Head of Consumer Policy and Global Governance and Strategy Manager at Vodafone. Lisa has over 20 years’ experience as a lawyer and in policy both within Vodafone and in private practice and holds an MA from Oxford University in Law and a Master’s in International Law of Human Rights.

Professor Dr Nikolaus Forgó, Chair of IT Law and Computer Science, University of Hanover

Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Forgó studied law, philosophy and linguistics in Vienna and Paris. In 1997, he was awarded a Dr. iur. (Dissertation in legal theory). Between 1990 and2000, he was Assistant Professor at the University of Vienna (Austria), and since 2000 he has been a full Professor for Legal Informatics and IT-Law at the University of Hanover. He specialises in e-commerce, Internet and data protection law, areas in which he has published extensively. Prof. Forgó has substantial teaching and consulting experience in all fields of IT-law, legal informatics, civil law, legal history and legal theory. Since 2014 he has been the data protection officer and since 2015 CIO of his University.

Chris Holder, Partner, Bristows

Chris Holder is a partner in the Commercial IT department of Bristows LLP. Chris started his career as an IT Commercial lawyer at IBM, where he worked as an in house attorney in the UK and South Africa. He then helped to set up the London office of IT specialists, Shaw Pittman, where he became a partner before moving on to partnership roles at BLG and Bird & Bird, before joining Bristows in 2014. 

Chris is widely recognised as one of the leading IT lawyers in the UK and Europe and is an expert in IT infrastructure outsourcing, business process outsourcing, systems integration and  complex commercial IT deals.

He speaks regularly on the subject of ITO and BPO and, more latterly, robotics - where Chris is recognised as being one of the first technology lawyers to recognise the importance of this topic and its implications for current legal principles and practice.

Chris is Vice Chair of the Technology Committee of the IBA.


Chris James, Senior Technology and Privacy Associate, Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP

Chris James is a senior associate in the Corporate practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm's London office.  Chris specialises is technology transactions, big data, cloud computing and cybersecurity.  Chris has a broad range of experience having been in-house at a major telecommunications provider and a global bank.  Prior to law, Chris worked as a systems and web platform developer.

Jenna Karadbil, Law Office of Jenna F. Karadbil; Immediate Past President, International Technology Law Association

Jenna F. Karadbil has over 20 years' experience in technology and more than 16 years of legal experience representing US and international companies and associations for both transactional and ligation matters, including acquisitions/divestitures, and the protection, development, and enforcement of technology, IP, privacy, entertainment and related rights. She frequently speaks around the world on privacy, intellectual property, and technology issues.

Ms. Karadbil is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/US and has been honored by Legal 500 for her work on data protection and privacy. She has an AV® Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbel and previously worked for a top 20 law firm before moving to her own practice.

Ms. Karadbil is the immediate Past President of the International Technology Law Association. She received B.S. and J.D. degrees from the University of Arizona and is admitted to the Arizona, California, Nevada and New York bars.

Matthew Lavy, Barrister, 4 Pump Court

Matthew Lavy is a barrister at 4 Pump Court, with a particular focus on technology-related disputes. He is regularly instructed on behalf of providers, purchasers and users of networks, computer systems, internet services and software across a variety of industry sectors. Disputes in which he has been instructed include those arising out of project failures and delays, IP licensing, copyright infringement, breach of confidence, outsourcing agreements, e-commerce, cyber risk and digital rights management. He also has expertise in cyber liability and the insurance of cyber risks. His clients regularly include tier-one IT suppliers, telecoms giants, and software and equipment suppliers with global reach. Matthew is a Trustee of the Society for Computers and Law.

Stephane Lemarchand, Partner and Global Co-Chair, Intellectual Property and Technology Group, DLA Piper, Paris

Stéphane Lemarchand is a Partner in the Intellectual Property and Technology team of the Paris office. He is also joint Global Head of the Intellectual Property and Technology Practice and Head of the practice across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Before joining DLA Piper, Stéphane was Joint Head of the International IT Sector Group at Bird & Bird. He also headed the IT Group of Bird & Bird Paris.

With postgraduate qualifications in intellectual property law and IT and New Technologies Law from the University of Paris II and XI, he is an expert in IT law and copyright related matters. Stéphane assists IT Services Providers in litigation matters as well as for their strategic projects. He also has acquired extensive experience in assisting large companies in international IT outsourcing transactions and BPO.

Arto Linnervuo, Partner, Castrén & Snellman, Head of Digital & TMT and Outsourcing, Helsinki

Arto Linnervuo is the head of Castrén & Snellman's Digital & TMT and Outsourcing services and also a former President of the International Federation of Computer Law Associations and former Chairman of the Finnish IT Law Association. He is a technology law all-rounder and digitalisation expert with more than 15 years of work experience in the field: the Legal 500, Chambers Europe, Best Lawyers and PLC Which Lawyer rank him repeatedly among Finland's leading (Tier 1) legal experts. He understands not only clients' businesses, technology, law and market practices, but also has the expertise and vision to help clients navigate digitalisation and make the most out of it. Arto regularly advises large international corporations in cross-border digitalisation projects including digital transformation and other technology supported business process development projects. He is also continuously involved in complex global IT Outsourcing, BPO and industrial outsourcing arrangements.

Nick Maltby, General Counsel and Company Secretary, Genomics England 

Nick Maltby is General Counsel and Company Secretary of Genomics England Limited, where he has worked since early 2013 when the company was set up.  

Nick graduated from Magdalen College Oxford University with a First in Jurisprudence and has spent his career working for a number of UK law firms including as a partner at Pinsent Masons, DLA Piper and Bircham Dyson Bell.  

Nick is a commercial lawyer, who specialises in projects and public procurement.   Notable career highlights in the health sector include the NHS National Program for IT, the £232m Leeds Oncology Cancer Centre PFI project, the £450m Peterborough Hospitals PPP project and of course the 100,000 Genomes Project.  

Nick was included in the Lawyer Magazine's Hot 100 in January 2015 and shortlisted in the FT Innovative Lawyers Awards Europe 2015.   

Professor Chris Marsden, Professor of Internet & Media Law, University of Sussex

@ChrisTMarsden is a renowned international expert on Internet and new media law, having researched and taught in the field for over twenty years. He is Professor of Internet Law at the University of Sussex. He is author of four monographs on Internet law including "Regulating Code" (2013, MIT Press with Prof. Ian Brown). He is the author of the "Oxford Bibliography of Internet Law" (2012) and chapters on Internet law in several Handbooks. He is Principal Investigator [2014-16] in the DG Justice funded legal informatics project Openlaws.eu. Chris has also worked in the corporate (RAND Europe 2005-8, WorldCom 2001-2, ShortMedia 2000-2001, World Economic Forum 1993-4, MediaWeek 1989-91) and government (Independent Television Commission 2001) sectors, advised many government and inter-governmental clients, directed as Principal Investigator on an ESRC Seminar award, was co-investigator for British Academy, and served on the advisory board of many national and international scientific projects. His work has been cited by the European Parliament, national governments on five continents, and in leading media e.g. BBC, ABC, Economist, Wall St Journal, El Pais.

Jeremy Moreton, Head of Legal, Global Business Services, International Airlines Group 

Kenny Robertson, Head of Business Services Legal, RBS

Kenny Robertson spent time in private practice and an in-house role at a technology company prior to joining the Royal Bank of Scotland in 2006. He heads up the Services Legal team with the Intellectual Property team additionally reporting into him.  

Kenny principally supports the drafting and negotiation of the bank's outsourcing arrangements with tier one third party vendors and provides transaction and strategic advice in relation to bank-wide restructuring, regulatory and divestment programmes.

He provides extensive support to the bank's technology, innovation, payments and Fintech initiatives and works closely with the bank's innovation hub at the RBS Headquarters in Edinburgh.  He continues to support and promote the bank's engagement with SMEs and the start-up community through his involvement the RBS entrepreneurial programme.

Julie Samnadda, Legal Service of the European Commission, Brussels

Julie Samnadda is a member of the Legal Service of the European Commission, Brussels Belgium. The Legal Service is a separate entity within the Commission with horizontal responsibility for legislation and litigation. She advises on all IPR: copyright, patents, trade marks and designs and also represents the European Commission before the European Court of Justice. Julie has been in her current role since early 2010 and has appeared for the Commission in most leading IPR cases including:  FAPL Premier League Case C-403/08, Svensson C-466/12, UsedSoft C-128/11, SAS Institute C-406/10 Nintendo C-355/12, Deckymn C-201/13, UPC Telekabel Wien  C-314/12 to Medeva C-322/10, International Stem Cell C-364/13 to the most recent judgment of Nestle v Cadbury (KitKat) C-215/14.  She also manages the European Commission's IPR portfolio.

In 2007, Julie was invited to join the Cabinet of the then EU Commissioner for Ireland, Charlie McCreevy (portfolio responsibility internal market and financial services). In her time in the Cabinet, she worked on the new EU legislation on financial services and banking such as executive/bankers' pay and bonuses, risk, compliance, and fair value accounting; and also EU defence procurement legislation. She returned to the Legal Service in 2010.

Julie started at the European Commission in 2000, in what was then DG Internal Market and then moved within the Commission to the Legal Service. Her first post in the Legal Service was in the competition law team. Prior to the European Commission, she worked for the UK Government Legal Service doing first UN sanctions and then IPR policy. This led to her joining the European Commission initially on secondment (but is no longer having passed the EU open recruitment competition shortly after) from the UK gov't. She began her career doing competition law at a City law firm. 

She read English law and French law (LLB Hons) on an academic merit scholarship at the London School of Economics and later whilst working, she read for her LLM.

A British national, she also speaks French, Spanish and has passive Italian. She has two daughters and the family divides its time between Brussels and London.

Dr. Joachim Schwerin, Principal Economist, GD Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission, Brussels

Dr. Joachim Schwerin is Principal Economist in the unit responsible for SME access to finance within the Directorate-General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs ("DG GROW") of the European Commission. He is in charge of designing policy measures that improve SME access to capital markets as well as alternative forms of finance, including crowdfunding. Moreover, he is developing the policy approach of DG GROW towards fintech and its applications for SMEs.

Before taking his current position, he was responsible for the coordination between industrial and competition policies on behalf of DG Enterprise and Industry. From the beginning of the financial crisis onwards until now, he has been closely involved in the design of the Commission's policy response, ranging from State aid policy towards the recently adopted Capital Markets Union Action Plan.

Dr. Schwerin is a PhD economist and was post doc research fellow at the London School of Economics before he joined the European Commission in 2001. The main fields of his academic work and publications have been innovation and growth; transition economics; competition policy; finance; law and institutional change as well as economic history.

Professor Dr Indra Spiecker genannt Döhmann, Professor of Law, Goethe University Frankfurt/Main

Prof. Dr. iur. Indra Spiecker gen. Döhmann, LL.M. (Georgetown Univ.) is one of Germany's leading experts in information and IT regulation law. After positions at the Max-Planck-Institute on Common Goods and the universities of Bonn, Osnabrueck and Karlsruhe, she now holds the chair of Public and Administrative Law, esp. Information Law, Environmental Law and Legal Theory at the Goethe-University of Frankfurt/Main in Germany. She also is director of the Research Institute on Data Protection and member of the Competence Center on IT-Security (KASTEL) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). She also heads the Research Institute on European Health Policy and Social Law (ineges) at Frankfurt.

Prof. Spiecker publishes in the entire field of Constitutional and Administrative Law with a special focus on information, data protection and IT law as well as technology law. In her research, she integrates interdisciplinary aspects from (Behavioral) Law and Economics, Technical Sciences and Legal Theory. She regularly gives expert opinions on data protection, but also in environmental law, IT-security, health law and technology regulation issues for parliaments, governments, NGOs and private institutions and companies. She is co-publisher of the European Data Protection Law Journal (EDPL) and the "Verwaltungarchiv" and editor of "Computer und Recht" (Computer and Law).

Rajesh Sreenivasan, Head, Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP 

Rajesh Sreenivasan has been advising clients on matters relating to data protection, telecommunications, electronic commerce, IT contracts, digital forensics and digital media for over twenty years. 

His clients include state governments and multinational corporations in the telecoms, computer hardware and software sectors government linked companies and statutory boards.  On the regional front, Rajesh has been engaged by the ASEAN Secretariat to facilitate a pan-ASEAN forum on legislative and regulatory reforms to collectively address convergence of IT, telecoms and broadcasting across all 10 member countries and by the Commonwealth Secretariat to co-lead an e-government capacity building exercise involving all member Caribbean nations.  Rajesh is also the contributing author for the Singapore Chapter of Sweet & Maxwell's Data Protection Laws of the World since 2010.

Professor Richard Susskind OBE, SCL President

Richard Susskind has specialised in legal technology for 25 years. He is an independent adviser to major professional firms and to national governments. He lectures internationally and has been invited to speak in over 40 countries. He has written and edited numerous books, including Expert Systems in Law (OUP, 1987), The Future of Law (OUP, 1996) , Transforming the Law (OUP, 2000), The Susskind Interviews: Legal Experts in Changing Times (Sweet & Maxwell, 2005), The End of Lawyers? Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services (OUP, 2008) and has written over 100 columns for The Times.

He has advised on numerous government inquiries and, since 1998, has been IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England. In 2003, he was appointed by the Cabinet Office as Chair of the Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information. He holds law professorships at Gresham College in London and the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

Richard has a first class honours degree in law from the University of Glasgow and a doctorate in law and computers from Balliol College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the British Computer Society, and was awarded an OBE in the Millennium New Year's Honours List for services to IT in the Law and to the Administration of Justice.

Richard is the President of SCL.

Aravind Swaminathan, Global Co-Chair, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Team, Orrick, Seattle

Aravind Swaminathan is the Global Co-Chair of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practice, which is nationally ranked by The Legal 500 in cybercrime matters.

A former federal prosecutor, Aravind has directed numerous data breach investigations, including ones with national security implications.  Aravind also counsels clients in proactive assessment and management of cybersecurity risks, and advises Boards on cyber-related corporate governance matters, and represents them in cybersecurity and privacy-oriented class action litigation.

Richard Thomas, Global Strategy Advisor, Centre for Information Policy Leadership

Martin von Haller Grønbæk, Partner, Bird & Bird LLP, Denmark

Martin von Haller Groenbaek is a partner at the Bird & Bird office in Copenhagen. He specializes IT and new technology law, in particular open source and open data. He is an advisors to many tech startups, among these FinTech companies working with blockchain technology. He blogs at DigitalBusiness.Law and tweets from @vonhaller.

Dr Mark Watts, Partner, Bristows

Mark Watts is an IT specialist with over 20 year's experience. He advises companies on IT legal issues such as software development, system deployment, outsourcing, E-Commerce and data protection.  Much of Mark's experience was gained in-house at IBM where he held various roles. 

Mark has advised on many high-profile private and public sector outsourcing transactions.  He advises companies deploying business critical IT platforms and applications, as well as advising on the creation of social networking websites, cloud computing, mobile apps and online trading websites.  Mark has particular expertise in data protection; he was Global Privacy Counsel at IBM for many years.  He advises many multinationals companies on general international data protection compliance issues, particularly on international data transfers matters, such as Binding Corporate Rules.

Mark has particular expertise in advising companies how to respond to data protection enforcement actions, including Monetary Penalty Notices.

Mark is on the correspondent panel of Computer Law & Security and is a member of the editorial board of Privacy & Data Protection.

Keith Wixler, General Counsel Europe, Michelin