Pearse O’Donohue is Director for the Future Networks Directorate of DG CONNECT at the European Commission, dealing with policy development and research supporting the Digital Single Market as regards 5G networks, IoT, cloud and data flows and conceptualising new and innovative approaches towards service platforms and next generation Internet. Before becoming Director, Pearse was Head of the Cloud and Software Unit in DG CONNECT, dealing with the strategic development and implementation of policy on cloud computing and software.
Until October 2014, Pearse was Deputy Head of Cabinet of Vice-President Neelie Kroes, previous European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda. He was responsible for advising the Vice-President on the development and implementation of policy on electronic communications, networks and services, as well as broadband, spectrum and other related policies such as Internet governance.
Before that, Pearse was Head of the Radio Spectrum Policy Unit in the European Commission, DG CONNECT.
Prior to joining the European Commission, Pearse held posts in the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the EU in Brussels, and as Assistant Director of the Brussels office of the Irish Business & Employers’ Confederation.
Bojan Križ is Director General of the Information Society Directorate at the Ministry of Public Administration of the Republic of Slovenia. He studied at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and received his Master of Science in Telecommunications. Between 2001 and 2017 he was working in Iskratel, leading European provider of communications solutions. He worked on the development of Siemens EWSD systems and the integration and automation testing processes to fasten “time2market”. In 2007, he continued his career within product management and heading complex ICT projects for internationally renowned companies and Telco operators, focusing on turnkey solutions. He was entrusted with several leading positions in the management of products and production. He continued his career as the coordinator for the standard bodies 3GPP and ETSI. As Deputy Director for Multimedia core networks, he focused his career in the field of multimedia solution strategy for Telco operators and medium-sized enterprises. At the end of May 2017, he joined the team at the Ministry of Public Administration, in the position of act. Director General for the Information Society in Slovenia. On 18 October 2017, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia appointed him as Director-General of the Information Society Directorate in the Ministry of Public Administration for 5 years.