Neelie Kroes is the Keynote speaker at the Young Innovators UNconvention “Plenary and Closing” (from 5pm – 6pm) session on the 26th June. At this session we are promoting the feedback from the young Innovator community on their views and needs on policy, regulatory and governmental changes, discussed and debated interactively through-out the day as a community and with the policy makers present will be consolidated and presented to a top European Union Official as well as an Overseas Expert on Innovation from Silicon Valley in an inspiring and interactive session format.
Neelie Kroes political career started on the Rotterdam Municipal Council, and in 1971 she was elected as a Member of the Dutch Parliament for the liberal VVD party. From 1982-1989 Neelie Kroes served as Minister for Transport, Public Works and Telecommunication in the Netherlands. After politics Neelie Kroes was appointed President of Nyenrode University from 1991-2000, and served on various company boards, including Lucent Technologies, Volvo, and P&O Nedlloyd. Neelie Kroes charity work included advising the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and World Cancer Research Fund, and she have an ongoing interest in mental health issues. Since 2004, Neelie Kroes have worked for the European Commission, as one of the 27 Commissioners working to maintain a peaceful and prosperous Europe. From 2004 to 2009, she was Competition Commissioner, responsible for ensuring a level playing field for business in Europe, and fair prices and wide choice for consumers. In 2010, Neelie Kroes became Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda for Europe. This portfolio includes the information and communications technology (ICT) and telecommunications sectors. For example: ensuring trust and security for the Internet and new technologies; ensuring competitive communications, such as in the mobile roaming market; building world-class European research and innovation in this sector; and above all getting every European Digital, with access to fast broadband, so we can make the most out of the Internet to support our economy and society.