Professor Danuta HÜBNER, 

Member of the European Parliament

Professor of economics, Danuta Hübner served as the first Polish Commissioner of the European Union in 2004-2009, and was in charge first for Trade and then Regional Policy. Elected as Member of the European Parliament in 2009, she is currently serving her third parliamentary term. During the previous parliamentary mandates, she was the Chair of the European Parliament’s Committees on Constitutional Affairs (2014-2019) and on Regional Policy (2009-2014). From July 2019, Professor Hübner is member of the Committee on International Trade and the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and coordinator of the European People's Party in the Committee on Constitutional Affairs. Also member of the Delegation to the EU-Mexico Joint Parliamentary Committee and the Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly. Previously, Professor Hübner has served as Minister of European Affairs, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, as well as, Under-Secretary-General of the UN. From 2011, she is nominated Prime Minister of the Shadow Cabinet of the Women’ Congress.



Member of the European Parliament

Martina Dlabajová is Vice-Chair of the Committee on Budgetary Control and a member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. Her own-initiative report on matching skills and jobs highlighted the importance of better cooperation between education and business, as well as the motivation of young jobseekers. She was Rapporteur of the report on 'A new skills agenda for Europe'. In the Czech Republic she launched a project called Why Not? which offered young people under 25 years of age the opportunity to fulfil their professional dreams through exclusive traineeships. She previously managed several companies in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Italy. She was also the President of the Regional Chamber of Commerce of the Zlín Region. She graduated from the University of Padua in political science with a specialization in the European integration.



Member of the European Parliament

Reinhard Bütikofer is a member of the Greens/EFA from Germany. He is Chair of the Delegation for relations with the People’s Republic of China, a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and on the Delegation for relations with the United States. Before getting elected to the European Parliament, he was the co-chair of the German Green Party from 2002 until 2008. He was the party’s Secretary General from 1998 until 2002. Prior to that he served as the Chair of the Greens in the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg. From 1988 until 1996 he served as a Member of the Baden-Württemberg State Parliament. He is a member of the Europe/Transatlantic Advisory Board, the German-Israeli Society and the German-Chinese Dialogue Forum. He is a graduate of Heidelberg University.

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Member of the European Parliament

Maria Grapini is an engineer by profession with over 25 years has been a businesswoman, founder and president of several NGOs.  In 2000, She received from the President of Romania the National Order "For Merit", in the rank of Knight and received several national and international distinctions for her contribution to the economic development of the country.  Entering politics 13 years ago, Grapini was elected as member in the National Parliament and was Minister for Small and Medium Enterprises, Business and Tourism.  Since 2014, she has been a member of the European Parliament and is part of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection, where she is a Vice-President, the Committee on Transport and Tourism, the Committee on Budgetary Control, the Committee on Constitutional Affairs.  In 2019 she received the "MEP Awards" granted by "The Parliament Magazine".


Frédérique BISTON

Volvo Group

Frédérique BISTON is Senior Vice-President and Head of the Volvo Group Representation, EU office in Brussels. At the beginning of her career she worked as a trainee in the European Commission of Jacques Delors. Then, she joined the marketing department of Volvo Construction Equipment headquarters in Brussels. In 1996 she was one of the pioneers of the Volvo Group Representation EU office and has held various positions within the department since then. Today she is responsible for it. She is a board member of the European Parliament “Kangaroo Group”, which works on the completion of the internal market. She has a Master’s in Economic and Political Sciences from the University of Louvain and a Diploma in Romanic Philology.




Malte Lohan is the Director General of Orgalim, Europe’s Technology Industries, speaking for innovative companies spanning the mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and electronics, and metal technology branches. Together they represent the EU’s largest manufacturing sector, generating annual turnover of around €2,000 billion, manufacturing one-third of all European exports and providing 11 million direct jobs. He is responsible for setting Orgalim’s strategy, acting as the senior representative of the European technology industries in Brussels and managing the operations of the association. Previous appointments included Head of Corporate Affairs for Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s leading brewer’s European region, Public Affairs Director at the World Federation of Advertisers; Interel, one of Brussels’ leading public affairs agencies, and in the European Parliament. He has a BA in philosophy and economics and an MSc in political science from LSE.



Make UK

Fergus McReynolds represents Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation in Brussels, leading Make UK’s engagement and liaising with the European institutions and stakeholders on a wide range of European policies. Working through his extensive European network with the UK Government, the EU Commission, the European Parliament and his European partner organisations, including Ceemet, he has represented manufacturers across Europe for over 5 years. He ensures that manufacturers have a strong voice when it comes to the formation of European policies. He follows the European legislative programme and provides advice and guidance on political developments in the EU. His work on Brexit helps to develop Make UK’s strategy and feeds key recommendations into governments and stakeholders at all levels. He has a Masters in Chemistry from the University of Warwick.

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As the Head of Ericsson's EU Affairs Office, Karl Pihl is responsible for driving Ericsson’s policy agenda in Brussels. His main tasks are to lead and create a favorable environment for Ericsson and its customers’ success through thought leadership and trusted advice that proactively influences EU institutions, EU member states representations and EU industry organizations, in EU policies, legislation and regulations for ICT and trade.  Prior to this, he worked for 7 years in the Volvo Group’s EU Representation office, as a EU Regulatory Affairs Manager, Director of EU Public Affairs and from 2016 as Deputy Head of Office. Previous positions have included the Permanent Representation of Sweden to the EU, Council of the European Union as well as several Brussels-based consultancies. Karl holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science with a specialization in EU Affairs from Uppsala University, as well as from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences-Po). He speaks fluent Swedish, English, French and Portuguese.