EIT Digital welcomes to new members on its Supervisory Board. Clara Neppel, Senior Director of the IEEE European office in Vienna, and Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl, Director General of technology industry association DIGITALEUROPE join EIT Digital as Independent Board Members.
“We are very glad to welcome two extremely competent women to the EIT Digital supervisory board. Their experience in the ICT industry and deep insights into the data-driven economy will contribute to jointly build a strong digital Europe,” stated Supervisory Board Chairman Linnar Viik.
At IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization, Clara Neppel is responsible for the growth of operations and presence in Europe, focusing on the needs of industry, academia, and government. She serves as a point of contact for initiatives with regard to technology, engineering and related public policy issues that help implementing IEEE’s continued global commitment to fostering technological innovation for the benefit of humanity.
Clara contributes to issues regarding technology policy of several international organizations, such as the OECD, European Commission and Parliament, the Council of Europe, UNESCO or United Nations. She is involved in efforts related to emerging technologies, entrepreneurship, education, as well as societal implications of technology. As the European head of a neutral and not-for-profit institution, she is dedicated, under a scientific and technological prism, to supporting and advancing human-centric and sustainable innovation.
Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl is Director General of DIGITALEUROPE, the leading digital technology industry association representing over 35.000 digital companies in Europe. She is a Member of the European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence, a Board Member of the European Commission’s Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, and a Board Member of the European Parliament-led European Internet Forum.
Bonefeld-Dahl has more than 20 years of experience in the ICT industry. She previously held international positions at IBM and Oracle as well as with SMEs, building business across Europe and China and founding the cloud provider GlobeIT. She has deep insights into the digitalisation of business and society, and the data-driven economy, and is regularly invited to deliver keynote speeches on these issues at high-level events across the world.
“I’m delighted to be joining the supervisory board for EIT Digital. The world is digitalising quickly, and collaboration between business and researchers is essential for the success of our society and the European economy. I hope that my tech experience and network can be beneficial to EIT Digital as it supports the innovators of today to be the unicorns of tomorrow. states Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl.