CIO Speaker’s Café

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18:00 - 22:00


Technopolis, Mechelen


GDPR: not a buzzword! What does this really mean and why is it important that companies large and small prepare today?

With the General Data Protection Regulation entering into force in the spring of 2018 all organizations must prioritize the evaluation of the compliance of their IT applications and infrastructure with this new personal data privacy law.
We will explore how GDPR is different from the 1995 EU Data Protection Directive and what challenges organizations will need to overcome to address GDPR compliance.
In these sessions you will also discover how you as a company can prepare yourself for the GDPR using a pragmatic framework adapted to your current environment. We will also show you a roadmap and engagement model that can help you get ready for GDPR.

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18.00 Registration and welcome drink

18.30 Welcome by CIOforum

Erwin Verstraelen, Chairman CIOforum

18.35 Introduction partners

Eric Peeters, CEO Unicon Solutions & Luc Opdebeeck, Managing Director HPE

18.45 Summary GDPR Afternoon Masterclass organized with Beltug, EuroCIO and Intug

Jean-Pierre Bernaerts, CIO Indaver

19.00 Debate moderated by Freddy Van den Wyngaert

Jan De Clercq, HPE Senior Architect and Strategist & Karel Dekyvere, CISO Microsoft

– What is different with the past and what are the challenges for the Business?
– What did we learn from the Masterclass?
– How realistic are the current plans?
– What are the actions taken by the IT vendors such as HPE and Microsoft?

Jan De Clercq is a senior architect and strategist working for the HPE Pointnext worldwide portfolio. He focuses on the development and first time delivery of new services that help customers address security and assurance challenges in the hybrid IT and hybrid cloud space. Jan has more than 15 years of security industry experience and has been involved in many security projects for HPE customers worldwide. He has also authored and co-authored books and articles on Microsoft security and cloud security topics.

Karel Dekyvere from Microsoft has more than 20 years of experience as a security expert, of which 16 years at Microsoft. He was active for 7 years at NATO, assisting in the strategic and mission environments. Karel was initially an ethical hacker and is still passioned by privacy and security. He has no problem stating the things how they really are, regardless his role at Microsoft. Karel is co-author of the Belgian Cybersecurity guide, the Security cookbook for small and medium businesses and writes opinion columns for various professional journals.

19.35 CIO Testimonials

Eddy Crits, CIO & VP Operational Excellence IBA &
Bert Schoofs, CIO Cargill

The CIO Speaker’s Café is all about networking. Therefore, we will ask members to take the floor and explain to us their agenda, challenges and questions for next few months and years. It will provide opportunities to get in contact if you face the same challenges.

20.15 Closing

Erwin Verstraelen, Chairman CIOforum

20.20 Networking opportunity accompanied by food and drinks


Unicon Solutions is a pragmatic alternative consultancy firm with senior IT / Business expert leaders and Interim Managers. Our professionals help you identify and prioritize your IT / Business challenges (e.g. IoT, Innovation, Digital transformation, Change, GDPR,…), as well as executing them.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is an industry leading company that helps customers use technology to slash the time it takes to turn ideas into value. In turn, they transform industries, markets and lives. Some of our customers run traditional IT environments. Most are transitioning to a secure, cloud-enabled, mobile-friendly infrastructure. Many rely on a combination of both. Wherever they are in that journey, we provide the technology and solutions to help them succeed.