2019 July 13 Saturday

Informed Governance in Cyber Security - Host Country Seminar (Open Event)

Conferences 2, ECCL


  • Highlight the importance of  technical and organizational cooperation in order to protect the global economy from major cyber threats
  • Show the opportunities that such international cooperation can create for our economies


In order for digital security frameworks to be efficient, cyber threats need to be assessed and understood. However, a lot of individuals and companies are still lacking the necessary knowledge to mitigate cyber risks. In addition, due to the transnational nature of cyberattacks and crimes, reliable statistics are sometimes lacking and national cyber security policies are not always sufficiently aligned. In response to these challenges, enhanced international cooperation is needed in order to increase risk awareness, promote global security and address the complexity of today’s interconnected world.


Discussion Topics

  • What is the role of private actors in the fight against cybercrime? How can companies contribute to create a culture of risk awareness?
  • How can we make sure that risk assessments are comparable (within a group, a sector or even a country)?
  • How can international cooperation mitigate the economic threat that ICT vulnerabilities pose to the global economy?
  • What are the current gaps of international standards applicable to cyberspace?


Session format

  • Presentation about informed governance in cybersecurity
  • High-level panel discussion
  • Audience Q&A



Patrick Houtsch

Director, Centre des technologies de l'information de l!!££!!^^Etat


Patrick Houtsch is of Luxembourgish nationality and born in 1972. Former managing director of the Luxembourgish governmental Computer Emergency Response Team (GOVCERT.LU), he now acts as director at the Government IT centre.

Besides his executive duties at the Government IT centre he is member of different committees and task forces in the area of information and communication technologies and moreover cyber security. He has 20 years of experience in computer science. Formerly he was head of the security and audit department of the Government IT centre. 

Patrick Houtsch holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the faculty of applied sciences at the University of Liège.

Dimitry Shvartsman

Head of Security Products and Services Management, PayPal

Dimitry Shvartsman has more than 13 years of experience in the cyber security field, as a cyber-security expert and a business leader in his expertise. Dimitry’s specialization is product management and cyber forensics. He managed international teams in enterprises and startups alike. Currently he leads the security products and services team at PayPal.

Mamiko Yokoi-Arai

Head of Insurance Unit, Principal Administrator, OECD


Mamiko Yokoi-Arai leads the insurance work as well as working on key financial market issues, and is Principal Administrator at the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). She is responsible for the coordination and organisation of the OECD’s Insurance and Private Pensions Committee which provides policy guidance on insurance and private pensions systems. 

Dr Yokoi-Arai previously worked at the Bank of Japan and the Japanese Financial Services Agency. She was a Reader in International Finance Law at Queen Mary, University of London for several years, teaching financial regulation and emerging market issues at the LLM programme.

She has a PhD in Law from the University of London, and a MA and BA from the University of Tsukuba. 

Rainer Zahner

Head of Corporate Technology Cybersecurity Governance, Siemens AG


Rainer Zahner has more than 20 years of professional experience in IT, project management and consulting, and recently took over the role of Global Head of Cybersecurity Governance for Siemens. During his tenure at Siemens, Mr. Zahner has served in various roles, including Head of IT Service and Key Account Manager for Energy Service Fossil.  Since 2017, his responsibility also covers the Product and Solutions Security for Power and Gas.  Mr. Zahner is a graduate of both Fachhochschule in Nuremberg and Technical Business Economists CCI.

Pierre Zimmer

Deputy Managing Director, POST Luxembourg


IT graduate of the University of Liège, Pierre Zimmer started his career in the civil service in 1990. He was responsible for a series of IT projects for the Luxembourg State. In 2005, he became advisor to the Minister at the Ministry of Public Service and Administrative Reform. In 2005, he helped launch LuxTrust and was the managing director of the company; moreover, he worked on the merger between CIE and the eLuxembourg department, taking on the role as director of the Centre des Technologies de l’Information de l’Etat (CTIE) in 2009. In 2013, he joined POST Luxembourg's management team as Chief Information Officer (CIO). Pierre received the ‘CIO of the Year’ award in 2015. In April 2016, Pierre Zimmer joined the Executive Committee of POST Luxembourg as Deputy Managing Director.



Jonathan Charles

Managing Director Communications, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development