Dick Zandee, Clingendael Institute
Dick Zandee was born in Goes, The Netherlands in 1958. Since 2013 he is Head of the Security Unit at the Research Department at the Netherlands Institute for International Relations Clingendael. Before that he had the positions of Senior Research Fellow from 2013 to 2018, as well as Senior Research Fellow Associate and Senior Researcher at the Clingendael Institute.
From 1982 to 1993 Mr. Zandee served in the Royal NL Army in the Department of Plans and as Senior Policy Advisor in the General Affairs Department. Subsequently he was a member of the Secretary General’s Bosnia Task Force until 1997 and Defence Counsellor at the NL Representation to the European Union until 2005. From 2005 to 2011 Mr. Zandee was Head of the Planning and Policy Unit at the European Defence Agency.
Mr. Zandee holds a Master Degree in Modern History from the Leiden University and is an alumnus of the NATO Defence College. He has published extensively on the topics of European Defence and NATO.
Philippe Brunet, Director I, Space Policy, Copernicus and Defence, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW)
Philippe Brunet was born in 1959 in Cahors (France). He holds a Doctor in Medicine (MD) and a Iuris Doctor in Community Law (LLD). He entered the Commission in 1988 (DG V – Social Affairs). He joined the DG III (Industry) in 1993 in order to prepare the establishment of the EMEA (European Medicines Evaluation Agency, now the EMA) and complete the legal framework of the EU authorisation scheme for medicinal products.
Philippe Brunet was appointed deputy Head of Unit “Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics Unit” in 1998, and subsequently Head of the Unit “Pharmaceuticals, legislative framework and market authorisations” in April 2000.
In November 2004 Philippe Brunet joined the Cabinet of Markos Kyprianou, the Commissioner responsible for Health and consumer affairs, as Deputy Head of Cabinet, Barroso I Commission. In October 2007 he was appointed Head of Cabinet by Commissioner Kyprianou.
Following the resignation of Mr Kyprianou to become Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus in February 2008 and his subsequent replacement by Mrs Androulla Vassiliou, Mr Brunet was appointed Head of Cabinet of Mrs Vassiliou as of March 2008.
On February 10, 2010, Ms Vassiliou took over the position of Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth in the Barroso II Commission. Ms Vassiliou re-appointed Mr Philippe Brunet as the Head of her new Cabinet.
The Commission appointed him on 19th December 2012 as Director in DG Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW) for Directorate “Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industries” as of January 2013. Since 2016, his directorate has in charge the design and development of the new European defence fund.
Philippe Brunet has two sons. He has been knighted in the French Order of the Legion of Honour in 2011.
Denis Roger, Director, European Synergies & Innovation, European Defence Agency (EDA)
Since May 1st, 2014, Denis Roger is the Director, European Synergies and Innovation (ESI) of the European Defence Agency.
The ESI directorate acts as an interface between Ministries of Defence and wider EU policies and covers Market & Industry policies, Innovative Research, Defence Research Preparatory Action and Space.
Before joining EDA, Denis worked in the department of the French Prime Minister as the Deputy Head, International, Strategic and Technological Affairs and held a range of international, R&T or industry-oriented positions in DGA (the French Defence Procurement Agency), at the European Commission, as the French Defence Equipment Attaché in Australia, as the Dean of Education and Research of a Technology Institute and for defence-related companies.
Paul de Krom, CEO, TNO
Paul de Krom was born in Zutphen on 10 February 1963. Since 1 March 2015 he is Chairman of the TNO Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer. He is also member of the HTM Supervisory Board, Hogeschool Utrecht Supervisory Board and Chairman of Nederland Distributieland. In 2015-2016 he was a member of the High Level Group of Personalities on CSDP-related research that laid the foundation of the present EU preparatory action on defence research.
Mr. de Krom worked in various HR positions for Shell, before becoming a Member of Parliament for the VDD party from 2003 to 2010. Between 2010 and 2012 he served as Secretary of State for Social Affairs and Employment. Subsequently he served in various board positions and as Interim Managing Director at the Rural Development Department of the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Mr. de Krom is an alumnus of the London Business School and the University of Groningen. He is married and has three sons.
Katarina Björklund, Vice President, Group Strategy, Saab AB
After her MSc, Katarina Björklund started her career at Saab AB as system engineer within Business Area Aeronautics. Over the years she has held several line manager positions, being part of Business Units’ management teams. Katarina has vast experience from international collaboration, e.g. leading the EDA project ‘Future Air Systems for Europe’. The project consisted of a broad consortium, with 29 partners from 10 different nations, and was tasked to define a roadmap for the European aeronautic defence industries in the 2035 timeframe.
Since 2012, Katarina has been actively working with Research and Technology (R&T) within ASD, the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe. In recent years, Katarina has had a special focus on EU-related R&T activities, such as the EDF and its Preparatory Actions. In her current function within Group Strategy, her work focuses on the product portfolio across Saab, innovation and European R&T. In 2017 she was also responsible for the Strategic Business planning within Saab.
Norbert Haslacher, CEO Frequentis Group
Norbert Haslacher joined the Frequentis Executive Board as the responsible Board Member for Sales & Marketing in April 2015. Since April 2018 he heads the Frequentis Group as Chief Executive Officer.
During his tenure with Frequentis, an international provider of communication and information solutions for safety-critical applications, Haslacher has been able to contribute his extensive software knowledge as well as his broad international experience. His IT expertise is integral to the strategic focus of the company to foster further development within the Frequentis Group. Haslacher’s leadership of the expansion of the Group’s international business, based on its innovative IT- and software-centric product portfolio, is a foundation for securing an even stronger global presence of the renowned Austrian high-tech company.
Norbert Haslacher’s professional background includes more than two decades in the area of technology solutions, services and consulting. Prior to his Frequentis engagement, he has held positions with increasing levels of responsibility, among others that of Chief Executive Officer Austria and Eastern Europe for the US based IT company CSC.