Clara Neppel

Senior Director, IEEE

Dr Neppel Clara is responsible for the growth of IEEE’s operations and presence in Europe, focusing on the needs of industry, academia, and government. She serves as a point of contact for initiatives with regard to technology, engineering and related public policy issues that help implementing IEEE’s continued global commitment to fostering technological innovation for the benefit of humanity. As the European head of a neutral and not-for-profit institution, Dr Neppel is dedicated, under a scientific and technological prism, to supporting and advancing human-centric and sustainable innovation. She contributes to issues regarding technology policy of several international organizations. She is involved in efforts related to emerging technologies, entrepreneurship, education, as well as societal implications of technology. Dr. Neppel is member of the Supervisory Board of EIT Digital, the Independent Advisory Board of the UK RI Centre for Doctoral Training in Accountable, Responsible and Transparent Artificial Intelligence, and the Scientific-Industrial Advisory Board of Research Studios Austria Forschungsgesellschaft. She joined IEEE after many years with the European Patent Office where she was involved in various aspects relating to innovation, intellectual property and public policy in the field of information and communication technologies. Dr Neppel co-authored publications both in the field of patentability of computer implemented inventions as well as possible future scenarios of the intellectual property system.

Clara is speaking at

Focus Track 4 - New challenges ahead: Data, AI and the new Society
November 4, 2020
10:00 am - 11:30 am


  • Natalie Bertels (Speaker) Valorisation Manager - Senior legal researcher, IMEC / KU Leuven / Big Data Value Association
  • Stefano Modafferi (Speaker) Senior Researcher, University of Southampton
  • Gash Bhullar (Speaker) Chief Executive Officer / Chairman, European Factory Foundation (EFF)
  • Nuria Oliver (Speaker) Co-founder and Vicepresident; Chief Data Scientist, ELLIS - The European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems and Data-Pop Alliance
  • Paul Lukowicz (Speaker) DFKI
  • Gabriella Cattaneo (Speaker) IDC
  • Clara Neppel (Speaker) Senior Director, IEEE


This panel will explore the utilization of data and AI for the benefit of society in the context of the present COVID-19 pandemic. The discussion will explore the practical dimensions and challenges of finding a delicate balance between urgently implementing AI technologies in critical sectors such as healthcare, transport and logistic and manufacturing and maintaining the necessary levels of protection of human rights and corporate interests prescribed by the European regulatory and legislative framework.


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