Quebec, Bavaria and Austin as leaders in digital public strategies
Austin (Central Texas), Bavaria (Germany) and Québec (Canada) have built a solid reputation among the most innovative and talent-driven regions. Their success is also about building the necessary synergies and engaging smart policies.
Leaders of the 3 regions are meeting at SXSW to share their views about the many challenges of today’s digital public strategies: tech entrepreneurship, public open data, evolving education programs, advanced research, social inclusive process, infrastructure investments, etc.
BARBARY BRUNNER - CEO, Austin Technology Council
Barbary Brunner’s 25-year career includes senior executive roles at world-wide leading technology brands and as a successful strategy and organizational development consultant. She then joined the Austin Technology Council as CEO. Her past positions include Chief Marketing Officer for Experian’s Pricegrabber business, CMO and Head of Strategy for Yahoo!’s Media Division, Director of Global Planning for Microsoft’s MSN business, and
Executive Producer for a division of Sierra Online. These positions honed Barbary’s passion as a technologist and her leadership excellence in the areas of tech, business growth strategy, and human capital development. Her experience building and running global products, brands and strategy teams, plus her work with startups, non-profits and civic organizations as an investor, board member and lobbyist, are put to use daily in her role as CEO of the largest and oldest tech industry association in Central Texas, and as one of Austin’s technology thought leaders.
STEVE ADLER - Mayor of Austin
Mayor Steve Adler became Austin's 52nd mayor in January 2015. An attorney, civic leader, and resident of Austin for more than four decades, Mayor Adler believes that Austin is a great city capable of doing big things.
The first in his family to graduate from college along with his brother, Mayor Adler attended Princeton and the University of Texas Law School on scholarships.
After moving to Austin and working his way through law school at UT, Mayor Adler practiced civil rights law for nearly a decade. He also founded a successful eminent domain law practice representing landowners. Mayor Adler also spent almost ten years as Chief of Staff and General Counsel for State Senator Eliot Shapleigh, working primarily on school finance, equity, and access issues.
Mayor Adler has been deeply involved, and even chaired, many Austin civic and non-profit institutions over the past twenty years.
Together with his wife Diane Land, Mayor Adler is the proud father of three daughters
DOMINIQUE ANGLADE - Quebec Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation and Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy
Dominique Anglade started her professional career at Procter & Gamble where she headed the Operation Department as an Engineer. She then moved to Nortel Networks and began specializing herself in strategic management of the supply chain. She joined McKinsey & Company later on, where she developed a recognized expertise in the field of major organizational transformations.
Until recently, she was President and CEO of Montreal International, an organization committed to attracting foreign investments, international organizations and strategic talent in the Greater Montreal area. She also sat on the BOD of some fifteen organizations, including Centraide and Sainte-Justine Hospital Foundation, in addition to presiding over some of them. Mrs. Anglade also co-founded the KANPE Foundation, which supports vulnerable Haitian families in their transition to economic independence.
During her career, she received more than 25 distinctions, such as the Bourse Émérite Fondation Desjardins, as top MBA graduates in Québec. The Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec also recognized her exceptional contribution to the profession due to her great social involvement. In 2014, she was named Young Global Leader by the Davos World Economic Forum.
She holds a Bachelors in Industrial Engineering from Montréal École Polytechnique and an MBA from HEC Montréal. She is married and a mother of 3.
SIEGFRIED SCHNEIDER - President of the Bavarian Regulatory Authority for New Media (BLM)
Mr. Schneider is president of the Bavarian Regulatory Authority for Commercial Broadcasting. The BLM is the regulatory authority in Bavaria for new media whose mandate is to structure, promote, research, & inform. On national issues and services, it cooperates with the other 13 regulatory authorities in Germany. The BLM acts as a public-service institution licensing and controlling commercial radio, television and online services for Bavaria and beyond. With its research and development activities, the BLM aims to promote a technical infrastructure which will warrant the future-proof, secure and sustainable development for commercial broadcasting in the digital world. BLM would like to be viewed as an information platform for all interested parties and aims at exhibit optimum transparency in its activities.
Mr. Schneider is also Chairman of the Association of the German regulatory authorities (DLM), Chairman of the Advisory Council of the University of Television and Film (Munich) and a member of the Foundation Council of the Catholic University of Eichstaett since 2015.