Rocco Defina

Managing Partner, OXYS Computing

Rocco Defina (50, based in Milan, Italy) is a business consultant with more than 20-year experience in supporting the evolution of large companies and Public Authorities. His main areas of expertize include Organization design and improvement, Digital transformation, IT competences and roles. Rocco is particularly involved in the European effort to foster and mature the IT profession trough different activities including: - Member of the technical body “CEN/TC 428 - ICT Professionalism and Digital competences” (representing Fondazione Politecnico di Milano) - Team Leader of the ongoing CEN project “ICT Curriculum Guidelines for e-Competence and Digital Leadership” - Team Leader of the ongoing CEN project “e-Competence Performance Indicators and Common Metrics” - Co-author of European ICT Professional Role Profiles version 2 (published by CEN on 2018-08-29) - Chair of the ITPE Digital Competences Expert Group. ITPE is an initiative of the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) In 2016 Rocco founded Oxys Consulting, a business consultancy company, positioned as “the not technological partner for the digital transformation”.

Rocco is speaking at

Focus Track 4 - New challenges ahead: Data, AI and the new Society
November 4, 2020
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm


  • Ed Curry (Parallel session chair) Vice President, BDVA / Insight / NUI Galway
  • Ernestina Menasalvas (Parallel session chair) Profesor, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
  • Artur Romão (Speaker) Director, Innovation and Development, DECSIS
  • Rocco Defina (Speaker) Managing Partner, OXYS Computing
  • Silvia Merisio (Speaker) Policy Officer at DG Connect European Commission, European Commission
  • Niels Linden (Speaker) Senior Director, Capgemini Invent
  • Mary Cleary (Speaker) Secretary General, Irish Computer Society, Irish Computer Society


The rise of Big Data has caused a huge demand of data analysts, data scientists, data engineers and data-savvy business executives. As AI becomes transformational across end-markets from enterprise to consumer platforms, from cybersecurity to robotics, the demand for data scientists is growing exponentially. Universities across the world are rising to meet this demand with new degrees and courses. However, the unprecedented demand for data science talent is creating a considerable gap between the demand and supply of data scientists.  A recent article in the New York Times estimated that only 10,000 people worldwide have the skills necessary to tackle serious AI research. 

The objective of this session is to discuss the evolving nature of Data Science skills needed to deal with Big Data and AI technology. The session will enable a diverse group of cross disciplinary big data and AI stakeholders to network to discuss challenges and opportunities for Europe in Data Science Skills. The outcome of the session will support the Partnership on AI, Data and Robotics and the larger audience by gaining further information from stakeholders about the challenges for data science and AI skills. As a result of the three interactive debate questions, we will have an overview of the evolution, future role and skills required by data scientists, organisations and the wider society. We will have insight on the lessons learnt from the broader introduction of computer science skills into society.

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