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Speakers

Scientific lead of the research and publication:

Prof. dr. Paul Schoukens
KU Leuven

Paul Schoukes

Paul Schoukens is Full Professor of social security law at KU Leuven (Faculty of Law). He is Academic Director of the specialised Master of European Social Security and is responsible in the Faculty of Law for student and staff mobility. As from March 2015, he is holding the Instituut Gak chair International and European Social Security Law at Tilburg University. In 2013, he became Secretary-General of the European Institute of Social Security. Schoukens earned his doctorate with research on the impact of European Union law on the social protection of self-employed people and specialised further in the domain of atypical work in social security.

Other speakers (in alphabetic order)

dr. Ane Fernandez de Aranguiz Chueca
Tilburg University 

Ane Aranguiz is an assistant professor in (European) Labour and Social Security Law at the Department at the Private, Business & Labour Law Department of Tilburg University. She is also a guest professor at the University of Antwerp.

dr. Eleni de Becker
VUB / KU Leuven

Eleni De Becker is an assistant professor (Free University Brussels) and a substitute professor (KU Leuven) in (EU, comparative and national) social security law. Eleni focuses on fundamental social rights from a comparative, international and European perspective, as well as the social security protection for atypical workers and the role of the EU.

Prof. dr. Sonja Bekker
University of Utrecht

Sonja Bekker is Professor of European Social Policy at Utrecht University. Her research deals with European and national labour market institutions and social policies, that support workers. She is particularly interested in designing proper institutions that support workers who face (multiple) insecurities because their jobs are temporary, part-time and/or low paid. Bekker leads the research cluster on Empirical Legal Studies into Institutions for Conflict Resolution (ERI). She is a member of the steering committee of the International Working Party on Labour Market Segmentation and coordinator of the interdisciplinary initiative on ‘Welfare, participation and citizenship in a digital world.

Maarten Bouwmeester
University of Groningen 

Maarten Bouwmeester

Maarten Bouwmeester is a PhD candidate at the University of Groningen, Department of Constitutional law, Administrative law and Public administration. His research project 'System failure in the digital welfare state' (under supervision of Prof. Gijsbert Vonk, Prof. Heinrich Winter and Dr. Barbara Brink) revolves around the automated surveillance and enforcement of social security benefits, with special attention for the (mal)functioning of rule of law control mechanisms.

Prof. dr. Anne Pieter van der Mei
University of Maastricht

Anne Pieter van der Mei is Associate Professor in EU Law at Maastricht Faculty of Law. He is Academic Director of the Master's programmes European Law School, Globalization & law and International Laws. In addition, he serves as the academic coordinator for the Faculty's activities at the UM Brussels Campus.

Luka Mišič
University of Ljubljana

Luka Mišič

Luka Mišič is an Assistant Professor and Vice-Dean at the Faculty of Law at the University of Ljubljana. His main research interests are in the field of social security, free movement and patient rights. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Ljubljana Law Review.

Frank Robben
Kruispunt bank BE 

Frank Robben is the founder of the Belgian ‘Kruispuntbank’. He obtained a master of laws degree magna cum laude at KU Leuven (1984). He specialized in legal informatics and social security during his study at KU Leuven and afterwards at the University of Tübingen and the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy in Munich (1985). He attended postgraduate programs in computer auditing at IPO Antwerpen (1987), in management at KU Leuven (1992) and in personal coaching at Quintessence (2011).

Jens Schremmer
International Social Security Association (ISSA)

Jens Schremmer is the Head of the Office of the Secretary General of the International Social Security Association (ISSA). The ISSA is the global organization bringing together social security institutions and government departments. The ISSA currently has 330 member institutions from 163 countries.

Mr Schremmer is responsible for the relations of the ISSA with its global membership and oversees the ISSA regional programme of activities implemented through the 19 ISSA Liaison Offices and Focal Points. He also coordinates the support provided by the ISSA Secretariat to the activities of the ISSA statutory bodies, the ISSA partnership activities with regional and international organizations and the organization of the ISSA World and Regional Social Security Forums.  Mr Schremmer received his degrees in economics, law and political science from the University of Konstanz, Germany and has also studied at the Institute for Political Sciences of Bordeaux, France.
Before his current role, he had held several technical positions in the ISSA, including in the areas of pensions and universal health coverage.

Johanna Vallistu
Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance

Johanna Vallistu

Johanna Vallistu is a PhD researcher at Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance. Her research interest lies at the cross-section of technology, labour market and government. Johanna is curious how digitalisation shapes social security systems and how governments can reap the potential of technological change beyond technology itself. Johanna is also a futures' researcher and foresight expert, advancing futures thinking in Estonia using practical foresight methods and tools.

Prof. dr. Herwig Verschueren
University of Antwerp 

Herwig Verschueren

Herwig Verschueren is Emeritus Professor of International and European Social law at the University of Antwerp (Belgium).  From 1992 to 2004, he was a civil servant at the European Commission working in the field of free movement of workers and the coordination of social security schemes. His research concentrates on the employment and social rights of migrants.

Prof dr. Gijs Vonk
University of Groningen

Gijs Vonk is Professor of Law with specialisation in social security, poverty, migration, socio-economic human rights and European law at the University of Groningen.