AI and the Future of Public Affairs: Navigating the Opportunities and Challenges

The Society of European Affairs Professionals (SEAP) in collaboration with EU Matrix are thrilled to invite you to an upcoming event that will explore the intersection of artificial intelligence and policy-making, as well as its impact on the public affairs profession.

Join us for an engaging discussion on how artificial intelligence and data are shaping policy-making, media and communications, including the applicability, the regulatory landscape, and the challenges ahead. Concurrently, the event aims to facilitate a discussion on how AI is playing an increasing role in the public affairs profession, the role of data gathering in predicting electoral results and political configurations, campaigns, and tools that can predict political behaviours and decision-making.

This event will feature a panel of esteemed experts in the field, who will share their insights and expertise on these critical topics. You will have the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals and participate in a Q&A session with our panellists.

Opening remarks 

  • Yiannis Korkovelos, SEAP Board Member

Presentation: How big Data & AI are shaping the political debate (10 minutes)

  • Doru Peter Frantescu, CEO and Founder EU Matrix

Panel discussion + Q&A (45 minutes)

  • MEP Karlo Ressler, Member of the European Parliament, EPP Group
  • Killian Gross, Head of Unit, Artificial Intelligence Policy Development and Coordination, DG CONNECT, European Commission
  • Luca Bertuzzi, Tech Journalist, EurActiv


  • Teresa Calvano, Partner at Rud Pedersen Brussels

Networking drinks (60 minutes)


MEP Karlo Ressler

Member of the European Parliament, EPP Group

Karlo Ressler was born in Zagreb, where he graduated magna cum laude with a master’s degree in law from the Faculty of Law in 2013. He spent the last year of his studies in England, after which he completed his PhD at the Max Planck Institute for International Criminal Law in Freiburg. He worked as an assistant at the Faculty of Law of the University of Zagreb and as a parliamentary assistant to MEP Plenković. In 2016, he became an advisor to the Prime Minister. In 2019, he headed the list of candidates of HDZ and was elected Member of the European Parliament. During the current legislative term, he was the Parliament’s chief negotiator for the European budget, a member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, and vice president of the Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence. The focus of his parliamentary work is on the budget, migration, and digital transformation.

Killian Gross

Head of Unit A2, European Commission, Artificial Intelligence Policy Development and Coordination

Since 16 of January 2020 Kilian Gross is Head of Unit A/2 in DG CNECT responsible for policy development and coordination with regard to Artificial Intelligence in the EU. Based on the work of the High-Level Expert Group the Unit has drafted a White Paper on Artificial Intelligence, which presents the options on how to promote the uptake of Artificial Intelligence and how to address at the same time the risks associated with certain uses of this new technology. Following a comprehensive public consultation in April 2021 the Unit proposed a legal framework aiming to address the risks generated by specific uses of AI. At the same time his Unit has updated the Coordinated Plan which supports the development and uptake of AI in the EU and searches to align national AI policies. The proposal for an AI-Act is currently negotiated with the co-legislators i.e. the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers. In parallel, the Unit ensures the implementation of the Coordinated Plan on AI.

Beside his work on AI, Kilian Gross leads the legal team, which has prepared and now supports the negotiations of the proposal for a European Chips Act.

Beforehand since November 2015 Kilian Gross was a member of the Cabinet of Commissioner Oettinger. Within the Cabinet, he was mainly responsible for the Commission anti-fraud policy, DG HR and at an earlier stage for various digital files. Kilian Gross has started his career in the Commission in the Legal Service followed by five years in DG ENER where he worked on energy policy and on legal matters.

Luca Bertuzzi

Tech Reporter, EurActiv

Luca Bertuzzi is a journalist specialised in digital policy and EU affairs. He is Technology Editor at EURACTIV, where he manages an international team based in Brussels, Paris and Berlin. Luca collaborates with Tagesspiegel, la Repubblica, IAPP, and other publications. You can follow his work on Twitter.

Teresa Calvano (moderator)

Partner & COO Brussels, Rud Pedersen Public Affairs

Teresa Calvano, as COO, oversees ongoing business operations in the Brussels office. She was instrumental in building the Technology Practice in the Rud Pedersen Brussels office and provides senior counsel to a wide range of clients with a particular focus in the technology sector. Teresa is an experienced and energetic public affairs expert with a long-standing record in running fully-fledged advocacy campaigns for corporates and industry groups. Prior to joining Rud Pedersen, Teresa worked at a large US communications consultancy for eighteen years, most recently as Senior Vice President and Director, where she built the Technology Practice, supporting stakeholders on issues ranging from data protection and eprivacy to content regulation. Teresa is passionate about the EU project. She is fluent in Italian, English, French and has good proficiency in Spanish.

Doru P. Frantescu

CEO & founder of EUMatrix

Doru P. Frantescu has over 15 years of experience in tracking and advising on EU policy-making, having previously founded and headed VoteWatch Europe. His work has been quoted as example of best practices by the EU and national institutions and he’s been interviewed by the media around the world (including Financial Times, Bloomberg, Euronews, CNN, France24, BBC, etc). He is also co-author of “How to Work with European Institutions” (John Harper Publishing). Doru is leading a team that collects and analyses big political data to paint an objective picture of the politics that fuels EU decision-making. He has experience advising a wide range of sectors, like the EU institutions, MEPs, businesses, NGOs, academia.
As a data architect and passionate futurist, Doru has also joined the European Alliance for Artificial Intelligence. Having lived in several parts of Europe, he works to be a bridge-builder between cultures and professional sectors. He speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian and Romanian


Date / Heure
Date(s) - 27/06/2023
17 h 00 min

iCal - Google

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