Keynote Speakers



Taavi Kotka (Estonian Government)

Taavi Kotka (35), currently the Estonian Government CIO, has a strong background working in private sector. He started his career as a programmer, rapidly rising to be a Managing Director of the most successful software development company in the region – Nortal. He is an angel investor or founder of many innovative start-up companies like, etc.

Education: Master of Science of Engineering (focus: ICT), PhD Studies in Tallinn Technical University

Honours: He is the European CIO of the Year 2014 (by ICTSpring), he was the president of the Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications (ITL), and he was elected as an Entrepreneur of the year in 2011 (by Earnst&Young).

Taavi is a board member in many ICT initiatives in Estonia and has been the brainpower behind many Estonian e-government innovative initiatives like e-residency, data embassy, no-legacy policy etc.


Yvo Volman (European Commission)

Yvo Volman is deputy head of the 'Access to Information' unit in the European Commission. Yvo studied at the Universities of Amsterdam and Strasbourg and holds a PhD in European law awarded by the European University Institute in Florence. Before joining the European Commission in 1998, he worked for the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs in the areas of industrial and technology policy.

Since 1998 he has been working for the European Commission, where he has dealt with legislative and strategic issues as well as funding programmes related to the information market.

Since 1998 he has been working for the European Commission, where he has dealt with legislative and strategic issues as well as funding programmes related to the information market.


Raivo Ruusalepp (Estonian Business Archives)

Raivo Ruusalepp has been working with digital archives since 1995. He joined the Estonian Business Archives as a consultant on electronic records management and digital archive solutions in 2001. Since 2008 he is a part-time lecturer at the Institute of Information Studies at Tallinn University. His current research interests are in the areas of risk management and trust in digital archives. He was responsible for the development of repository audit and certification services in the FP6 funded DigitalPreservationEurope project ( and was the technical co-ordinator in the FP7 project Protage.

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Guy Stessens  (Council of the European Union)

Guy Stessens holds a Doctor of Laws degree (Money Laundering. A New International Law Enforcement Model (Cambridge University Press, 2000, 460p.)) of the University of Antwerp, where he worked from 1 October 1992 through 31 March 2002 as a researcher and a lecturer at the Law Department. From 1998-2002 he was also an attorney at the Bar in Antwerp.

As from 1 April 2002 he has been working at the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union, in the Fundamental Rights and Criminal Justice unit. In this capacity, he deals with a wide range of issues related to EU co-operation in justice and home affairs.

He has been involved in the elaboration of numerous EU legislative initiatives, such as the 2006 Framework Decision on the simplification of exchange of information, the 2007 Weapons Directive and the 2008 Framework Decision on data protection in the context of police and judicial co-operation.

He is responsible for the Commission proposal for an EU instrument on the use of Passenger Name Record (PNR) for law enforcement purposes and for the data protection package the Commission presented in January 2012. He was a member of the EU negotiation team for a number of international negotiations, such as the negotiation of the 2003 EU-US extradition and mutual legal assistance agreements, the 2003/2006 EU-Norway/Iceland Agreements on mutual legal assistance and on surrender, the 2008 EU-Australia PNR Agreement and the 2009 EU-US TFTP Agreement.

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Niels Brügger (Aarhus University; NetLab)

Niels Brügger, Associate Professor in Media Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark, Head of the Centre for Internet Studies, and of NetLab. His research interests are web historiography, web archiving, and Digital Humanities. Recent books include Web History (ed., Peter Lang, 2010) and Histories of Public Service Broadcasters on the Web (co-ed. Maureen Burns, Peter Lang 2012). 


James Lappin (freelancer)

James Lappin is a freelance records management consultant and trainer. He has worked in the field of Archives and records management for twenty years.  Over the past five years he has used his blog Thinking Records to explore and critique new technologies and new approaches in the records management world. He has hosted three records management podcast series and is a regular presenter on the podcast circuit.

As a consultant he has advised many clients on their records management systems, strategies and frameworks, including the UK Parliament and the International Committee of the Red Cross. He  provided records management training courses for the European Commission and worked as an archivist within the European Institutions.

After obtaining his MA in Archives and Records Management at UCL, James held records management roles at The National Archives, the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, and the Wellcome Trust.


Jon Garde (RSD; DLM Forum)

Jon is Senior Product Manager at RSD and has been a member of the DLM Forum Executive Committee (was Secretary from 2009 to 2010 and from 2011 to 2013). From 2013 to 2014 he served as Chair of the DLM Forum, and he is currently the Vice Chair.

Journal IT is a company founded by Jon on ethical principles that delivers high quality market analysis, strategic consultancy, bespoke software development, training and education in information management and related disciplines. Journal IT was previously engaged to develop the latest versions of MoReq (Modular Requirements for Records Systems), the next generation European records management specification.


Mike Alsup (Gimnal)

Mike Alsup is a Sr. Vice President and the founder of Gimmal, a leading ECM and RM solution provider. Gimmal has developed industry leading products for SharePoint and Office 365 content governance, including the only DoD 5015.2-certified records management products inside SharePoint. He spent his early career with Accenture and Booz, Allen & Hamilton. He was a co-founder of two successful integration companies, BSG and Align Solutions, which went public as part of Luminant Worldwide. He was a 2008 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. He recently completed his second term on the Board of AIIM International and is an AIIM Fellow. He is a Rice University graduate with an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. He blogs in the AIIM Communities in SharePoint section


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Stéphane Croisier (RSD); Nathalie Brender (HEG)

Stéphane Croisier is Vice-President of Products at RSD.  He is in charge of the Product Management, Product Owners and Product Documentation Teams for the different RSD Product Lines. Driving the Product Strategy, analyzing market trends, collecting customer needs, establishing strategic partnerships, defining product releases and grooming the products backlogs

Dr. Nathalie Brender is professor of corporate finance and risk management at the Haute école de gestion de Genève, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland. Her professional experience includes managing business risk consulting, auditing and financial reporting. She is currently researching information assets valuation, with a focus on cost and risk dimensions. 


Krešimir Meze (MetaComplete)

Is there a better way to link information governance and technology?

The way how we create, use and manage information has radically changed in last ten to fifteen years. Thanks to rapid expansion of Internet and mobile devices volume of information and data generated was exploded out of hand, and information governance was born to give guidelines how to effectively manage valuable information, data and records. On the other side, what is with software solutions that we use in our daily working routines? Far from that, that we don’t integrate IG practices and procedures in line of business applications, but the question is how we do that, is there some standardization included and how much does it cost us, in meaning of both - time and money and in a long term. Challenge that we need to go for today is to find better way to use innovation to implement information governance and standardized records management in line of business applications and processes at lower cost and shorter time to production.

About MetaComplete: MetaComplete is web application platform created for system integrators and software vendors to build web based line of business solutions. As a platform MetaComplete seamlessly integrate different applications, technologies and concepts to provide simple, powerful and friendly way to create and manage web based business solutions without limits on specific domain or industry.








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