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Monaco Women Forum 2024

Digital Convergence: the challenges of a connected and sustainable future
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7ème Monaco Women Forum

Organisé par la journaliste et entrepreneur Cinzia Sgambati Colman, et en présence de madame Yvette Lambin Berti , Secrétaire d'Etat auprès du Prince Albert II, les échanges des intervenants et du public ont couvert tous les sujets allant de l'IA, à la mobilité du futur, la sécurité du secteur spatial, l'informatique quantique, jusqu’aux monnaies numériques ou crypto actifs.

Parmi les principales conclusions, citons l'importance de la durabilité et de l'automatisation pour façonner notre avenir, la diversité des approches en matière de progrès technologique dans les différentes régions, et le besoin crucial de mesures de cybersécurité robustes dans un monde hyper interconnecté.

Faustine Fleuret (de l'ADAN) et Émilie Allaert (du Luxembourg Blockchain Lab) ont partagé leurs perspectives sur la régularisation des cryptomonnaies dans les pays européens, ainsi que sur la transition vers une société sans argent liquide et le rôle de la blockchain dans la sécurisation.

Le Professeur Sergio M. Savaresi et l'ingénieur Maria Marcello du Politecnico di Milano ont démontré comment les progrès technologiques en matière d'IA et de mobilité transformeront non seulement les véhicules urbains, mais aussi notre approche aux déplacements, avec un modèle futuriste de partage de véhicules électriques et autonomes.

Les avancées en technologie quantique et en télécommunications 5G et bientôt 6G sont essentielles pour garantir la sécurité et l'efficacité de nos communications, comme l'ont illustré les chercheuses du JRC (Joint Research Center) de la Commission Européenne, Petra Scudo et Isabella Cerutti. L'experte en cybersécurité, Domitilla Benigni, a souligné l'importance de sensibiliser les citoyens aux dangers et aux risques liés à la protection de nos données, tout en abordant la question de la sécurité des satellites qui demeurent vulnérables aux attaques.

Enfin, le Professeur Cordelia Schmid, lauréate du Prix Monte-Carlo Femme de l'Année 2024 pour l'ensemble de sa carrière, a exposé comment l'Intelligence Artificielle impacte ces divers secteurs et peut révolutionner notre société de manière éthique et positive. L'IA dans la robotique ouvre la voie à de nombreuses applications qui peuvent résoudre certains des problèmes les plus pressants de notre époque, de la durabilité à la santé.

Entre autres, réflexion assez inspirante, la déclaration de Laurent Marochini un des deux modérateurs du Forum qui cite : "En Europe, nous réglementons, aux États-Unis, ils innovent et en Chine, ils délivrent ". Les discussions ont donc aussi porté sur l'équilibre entre la réglementation et l'innovation pour favoriser le progrès technologique tout en garantissant la responsabilité et les normes éthiques.

En conclusion de cette 7ème édition, la technologie continue d’évoluer à un rythme effréné, le numérique rebat déjà les cartes de l’organisation de notre quotidien, pour épouser avec sérénité l’avenir technologique. Il faut adopter un état d'esprit proactif, en nous concentrant sur la collaboration, les considérations éthiques, l'éducation et les politiques socio-économiques afin d'exploiter le potentiel de l'IA et des autres avancées pour l'amélioration de notre société.

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For the 7th edition of the Monaco Women Forum, Cinzia Colman, founder of the forum, has invited 8 experts in their respective fields and two moderators to debate this topical issue on Friday March 22 at the One Monte Carlo conference center.

For this year, MWF 2024 will showcase digital convergence experts in their fields: cybersecurity, finance, AI and mobility.

The more digital technologies and solutions an organization has at its disposal, the greater the need to make them work together - this is known as digital convergence.

In recent years, we've seen an explosion of new technologies; the number of systems is increasing, and the need for systems interoperability is growing. Combined with an exponentially growing volume of data, the situation often becomes complex.

Everything is changing. For companies, the next wave of transformation will no longer be about developing isolated digital capabilities, but about creating the foundations for a new reality that harmoniously combines the physical and the digital, atoms and bits.

Discover the speakers at the 7th Monaco Women Forum below, with the support of two loyal moderators, Maria Betti, former Director of Nuclear Safety at the European Commission, President of the Scientific Council of the Oceanographic Institute of the Albert I Foundation, and Laurent Marochini, Head of Innovation at Société Générale's Securities Department.

Emilie Allaert

For the Finance segment,


With a degree in Economics and Finance, Faustine Fleuret first worked for the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) before joining the Association française des marchés financiers (AMAFI), where she initiated the development of blockchain expertise and founded the "Digital Assets" market group. She co-authored a book on European regulation of markets in financial instruments (MiFID 2). She then joined ConsenSys, where she carried out a number of consultancy assignments (for the Ministry of the Economy and Finance, the European Commission, etc.) while also being responsible for regulatory affairs. In 2020, she became Director of Strategy and Institutional Relations at Adan, and co-authored the book "Droit des crypto-actifs et de la blockchain" (LexisNexis). She was elected President of the Association in May 2021 (re-elected in June 2023) while taking over its General Management. At the same time, since 2017 she has been teaching at Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne: derivatives and risk management, then fintech. She is also an advisor to the cube3 incubator and a member of the Laboratory of Excellence in Financial Regulation (LabEx-ReFi).

Emilie Allaert is recognized for her expertise in DLT and tokenization, combined with her in-depth knowledge of the challenges facing the financial industry, and is convinced that technology and innovation are the way forward to keep her company competitive.

With experience as head of the Luxembourg Blockchain Lab, head of operations and projects at LHoFT, and positions at KPMG, JP Morgan AM and Alpha FMC, she has a deep understanding of a number of industries and is able to bridge different industries. She recently founded Digital Minds in response to the need for companies to be guided on their journey to digital innovation.

In addition to her expertise in DLT technology, digital assets and STO, areas in which she has published several reports and sat on numerous working groups, she is able to educate and help navigate various technologies and regulations such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, electronic signatures and digitization as a whole.

She believes that knowledge dissemination is the key to adoption, and lectures on digital innovation and DLT technology.

Sergio Savaresi

For the Mobility segment,

Sergio M. Savaresi holds a PhD in Systems and Control Engineering (PoliMi), an MSc in Electrical Engineering (PoliMi) and an MSc in Applied Mathematics (UCSC). In 1998-99, he joined the Milan office of McKinsey and Co. Since 2006, he has been Full Professor of Automatic Control at Milan Polytechnic. Chairman of the Department of Electronics, Computer Science and Bioengineering at Politecnico di Milano since January 2023. Team leader of the PoliMOVE racing team in the Indy Autonomous Challenge and in the 1000 MAD project.

Maria Marcello obtained her Bachelor's degree in Automation and Control Engineering in 2020 and her Master's degree in the same field in 2023, both from Politecnico di Milano. She works as a research assistant and project manager in the Department of Electronics, Computer Science and Bioengineering. She is project manager for the 1000 MAD project.

Maria Marcello

For the Cybersecurity segment,

Domitilla Benigni is Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Elettronica. The company, founded in 1951, is one of Europe's leading manufacturers of electronic defense (EW) equipment. President of Cy4Gate, a cybersecurity and cyberintelligence company.
She is a founding member, along with 30 other European players, of the Women4cyber Foundation. Since 2021, she has been founder and president of the Italian chapter of the same foundation.
Since June 2022, she has been a member of the Technical Scientific Committee of the National Cybersecurity Agency.
Since November 2022, she has been a member of the technical scientific committee of the "CESMA - Centro Studi Militari Aerospaziali", a think-tank of the "Associazione Arma Aeronautica" (AAA).
In 2023, Fortune ranked her among the 50 most powerful women in Italy. 

Isabella Cerutti is an electronics engineer at the European Commission Research Center (JRC) and a researcher in the field of telecommunications. She has always been passionate about the technological aspects of connectivity to better connect entities. Isabella studied at the Politecnico di Torino, Italy, and the University of Texas at Dallas, USA. She worked as an assistant professor at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa for over 10 years before joining a telecommunications company.
Her academic and industrial experience has focused on the planning and performance evaluation of state-of-the-art optical and wireless networks.
Isabella is currently a scientific project manager at the European Union Commission's Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy, where she works on new transmission technologies, 5G mobile networks and quantum communications. She is committed to making our communications safer, more secure and more reliable, and to exploring the impact of new technologies on future challenges.

Petra Scudo is a researcher and technology analyst in the field of quantum physics. Petra supported her studies at the University of Pavia in Italy and at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. She rounded off her physics skills by studying mathematical statistics at Cambridge University. 
As a physics researcher, she has tackled a range of topics including quantum information and computing, statistical physics, materials science and energy. She currently works as a technology expert in the field of quantum communications at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in Ispra. Her work focuses on secure quantum communications and quantum cryptography, particularly in the context of the European Quantum Communication Infrastructure (EuroQCI). Among her interests, an important role is played by the dissemination and popularization of the most recent and fascinating scientific concepts and discoveries in the world of physics.

Finally, to conclude on the segment of Artificial Intelligence,

Cordelia Schmid is a pioneer in computer vision recognition.

When she started in 1992, it was very difficult for a computer to detect a simple cube, whereas this is a basic task for a human... this motivated her to push the issue forward. Her research has enabled algorithms to identify objects from images. After a one-year postdoc at Oxford University, the researcher joined Inria in 1997. She hasn't left the institute since, nor her preferred research subjects.

Today, she teaches an algorithm how to recognize objects on its own from text or video audio, without having to provide numerous images of an object. In robotics, the aim is to encourage algorithms to learn, but this time by relying on a robot's interactions in its environment. The aim is to use feedback from the robot's experience as additional learning data to improve object recognition and robot movement. This enables the creation of robots capable of helping the elderly, cleaning houses or intervening in hospitals.

Cordelia Schmid divides her time between INRIA and Google.

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