june, 2020

23jun12:0013:00A new Industrial Strategy How Europe can use R&I to become more resilient in strategic sectors, securing supply and value chains?12:00 - 13:00 Event Type:Virtual Debate


(Tuesday) 12:00 - 13:00


Zoom Virtual Debate

Event Details

The experience of COVID-19 pandemic revealed how vulnerable the EU countries are in strategic sectors. As a response,a new industrial and supply chain strategy must reply to this necessity in a timely and adequate manner and provide a roadmap not just for the Single Market but for the European continent as a whole.

We will be meeting  on June 23, 12:00 with Mary-Veronica Tovsak-Pleterski, Cabinet Commission President Ursula von der Leyen,  to discuss increasing the resilience of value chains and bringing back value chains to Europe.


Knowledge4Innovation Forum


Co-hosting MEPs

Maria da Graça Carvalho, MEP, Chair of the K4I Forum

Susana Solís Pérez, MEP, Member of the K4I Forum

Speakers for this event

  • Bernd Schäfer

    Bernd Schäfer

    CEO, EIT RawMaterials

    Bernd Schäfer has extensive business experience. Prior to his recent role as CEO/Managing Director at apt Group, leading European supplier of extruded, anodised and processed aluminium products, he was the VP Commercial, Global Commercial Transportation and Industrial in Alcoa. His area of accountability included global market responsibility as well as execution of the innovation and technology roadmap in close cooperation with R&D. Mr Schäfer was a Board Member with the Gesamtverband der Aluminiumindustrie (the trade association of the aluminium industry) and the Wirtschaftsvereinigung Metalle (the umbrella of metal producing companies in Germany) until 2020.

    CEO, EIT RawMaterials

  • Carlos Lee

    Carlos Lee

    Director General, EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium

    Carlos Lee is Director General at EPIC, the world leading photonics industry association representing over 500 corporate members across 33 countries. As part of the EPIC mission, Carlos works closely with industrial photonic companies to ensure a vibrant and competitive ecosystem by maintaining a strong international network and acting as a catalyst and facilitator for technological and commercial advancement. He brings with him a strong background in microelectronics which was acquired through several management positions held at the international association SEMI. He has been responsible in Europe for the SEMI International Standards program, managed technical and executive programs, and together with the advisory board advocated for a more competitive semiconductor and photovoltaic manufacturing industry. Carlos has a BBA in Finance and an MBA in Leadership & Change Management from United Business Institutes

    Director General, EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium

  • Mary-Veronica Tovsak-Pleterski

    Mary-Veronica Tovsak-Pleterski

    Cabinet Commisson President Ursula von der Leyen

    Cabinet Commisson President Ursula von der Leyen