Michel Paulin

Michel Paulin

CEO of OVHcloud

Michel Paulin has spent most of his career in the IT, telecom and internet sectors. He was Chief Executive Officer of Neuf Cegetel, for which he made the initial public offering, Méditel (now Orange Morocco) and SFR. His appointment is part of a new phase in the development of OVHcloud. Michel oversees the implementation of the Smart Cloud strategic plan, aimed at consolidating OVHcloud's position as an alternative leader in the cloud sector. Michel Paulin is a member of the Strategic and ESG Committee.

All Sessions by Michel Paulin

11:00 - 11:35
Panel Discussion

Next step: Digital Sovereignty – How Is it Possible?

Digital sovereignty or tech sovereignty was already high up on the agenda of government leaders. That is even more so the case in the lights of the acute threats to sovereignty of the war in Ukraine. Digital sovereignty is rapidly becoming an important theme for public administrations in their e-governance. They need to contribute to safeguards for sovereignty, whether national or EU, and do so in a sensible and responsible way. They need to consider their choices of foreign and domestic cloud providers. They need clarity on control of critical digital infrastructures and key services such as e-identification. They want to carefully consider AI-based service delivery so that trust and respect continues to be the basis of relationships between citizens, communities, and government. The keynote speech will introduce the need for digital sovereignty as well as the challenges and pitfalls of digital sovereignty for e-governance. The high-level panel will bring together perspectives, from the big picture of how geopolitics affects governments in their digital policies to the practical choices that public administrations need to make for sovereignty-respecting e-government services, and to the values and vulnerabilities of the relationship of citizen and government, where personal sovereignty meets state sovereignty.