SEPT 2021 – JUNE 2022 PROGRAM 


Welcome to the 2nd edition of the Virtual DI Summit! Our objective is to Grow Your Data Innovation Knowledge & Experience: public organizations, private companies, academics, and citizens in general. Therefore, we organize live webcasts that deliver immediately actionable insights. Registration is free, as well as the 12-month available on-demand webcast recordings. Additionally, in 2022 we also start with a podcast: Data Innovation Talk.


We focus on showing you meaningful, practical Innovative Applications from a societal, business, and technical perspective during the webcasts. Each webcast includes an inspiring keynote by an expert, followed by knowledgeable speakers who explain in-depth, purposeful, real-life Data Innovation cases. At the end of every webcast, we have a 15-minute question-and-answer session based on the audience’s questions.  

Data Collection

Data Access

Data Analysis

Data Reporting


AI & CyberSecurity

Many organizations have difficulty making a significant transformation that embeds security considerations into their products, services, and operations.

How can you stay ahead of emerging cyber threats, manage the inherent risks, and use cybersecurity as a strategic imperative to improve your capabilities, organizational effectiveness, and customer relationships?


Moderator & Speakers

Axel Legay (Moderator)

Professor – UC Louvain & Co-Lead Cyber Security WG – AI4Belgium

Axel Legay is Professor at UC Louvain. Additionally, he is co-leading the CyberSecurity Working Group at AI4Belgium. He also used to work at Inria as team leader cybersecurity. His main research interests are formal verification, testing, and cyber security. He is a founder and major contributor of statistical model checking (a statistical variant of model checking effectively used in industry), proveline (product lines analysis), and malware analysis. Axel wrote more than 300 publications and is a referee for top journals and conferences in those areas. He wrote several open-source tools and has been institution PI for more than 30 projects.

Melanie Rieback

Co-Founder & CEO – Radical Open Security

Dr. Melanie Rieback is CEO & Co-Founder of Radically Open Security (the world’s first not-for-profit computer security company) and “Post Growth” startup incubator Nonprofit Ventures. She is also a former Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the Free University of Amsterdam.

She was named ‘Most Innovative IT Leader of the Netherlands’ by CIO Magazine (TIM Award) in 2017 and one of the ‘9 Most Innovative Women in the European Union’ (EU Women Innovators Prize) in 2019. She is also one of the 400 most successful women in the Netherlands by Viva Magazine (Viva400) in 2010 and 2017 and one of the fifty most inspiring women in tech (Inspiring Fifty Netherlands) in 2016, 2017, and 2019.

Melanie’s company, Radically Open Security, was named the 50th Most Innovative SME by the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (MKB Innovatie Top 100) in 2016.

Bart Preneel

Full Professor – KU Leuven & Co-Lead Cyber Security WG – AI4Belgium

Bart Preneel received an Electrical Engineering degree and Doctorate in Applied Sciences from the KU Leuven, Belgium. He is currently a full professor at the KU Leuven and heading the COSIC group. Besides, he is co-leading the Cyber Security Working Group at AI4Belgium. His main research interests are in cryptology, cybersecurity, and privacy. 

He has authored and co-authored more than 400 scientific publications. and is inventor of five patents. In 2014, Bart received the RSA Award for Excellence in the Field of Mathematics; in 2016, the Kristian Beckman Award from IFIP TC11; and in 2018, the ESORICS Award for Outstanding Research.

He is president of LSEC and has been president of the IACR (International Association for Cryptologic Research). He is a fellow of the IACR, a member of the Permanent Stakeholders group of ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency), and the Academia Europaea. He frequently consults for the technology- and financial sectors and is involved with several start-ups in the area of e-security.

Rosanna T.S. Kurrer

Co-Founder & Managing Director – CyberWayFinder

Rosanna is an Architectural Engineer by training and holds a Masters Degree in Building Physics from Kyoto University in Japan. She runs a rapidly expanding European platform growing next-generation diverse cyber security professionals ( In December 2021, she became Belgian Cyber Security Personality of the Year.

She consults and leads design thinking, corporate innovation and coding seminars to corporates and individuals. An accomplished public speaker, Rosanna emphasises the importance of a growth mindset, as well as a bias to action approach, and radical collaboration.

Rosanna is also a certified MIT Master Trainer in Educational Mobile Computing, as well as EU Code Week ambassador.

She is a passionate design thinker and is trained to teach students, teachers and entrepreneurs the design thinking methodology, while building Android apps using the MIT App Inventor.



Claudio Truzzi
Senior Executive

" is a technology hub focussing on helping Brussels emerge as the ICT Heart of Europe. Actively participating in the Virtual DI Summit as a strategical partner is a powerful way to achieve this."

Desiree Timmermans
Virtual DI Summit

"My goal is helping to grow everyone's Data Innovation knowledge and experience virtually."

Philippe Van Impe
European Data Innovation Hub

"As the founder of the Data Science Community in Belgium and one of the driving forces of AI4Belgium, I fully support the Virtual DI Summit."

Nathanaël Ackerman
AI4Belgium Lead

"As the largest community of AI players in Belgium, AI4Belgium is proud to actively help design an inspiring Virtual DI Summit program full of outstanding speakers and actionable insights!"

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