Carl-Eric Portaels

Petcore Europe

Carl-Eric Portaels has many years of experience on the EU Brussels scene combining public affairs jobs at the EU Commission (DG Trade) with consultancies (APCO Worldwide) and industry associations. Before that he gained solid diplomatic experience with his work at several Belgian diplomatic missions, such as Vienna, Washington, D.C. and Geneva. Last year Carl-Eric briefly became an independent consultant on the Digital Single Market working for amongst others the Business Council of Canada.  

He holds a master’s degree from the College of Europe in Bruges as well as from the Graduate Institute in Geneva and a bachelor’s degree from Vesalius College. He had the chance to do an exchange at American University (Washington, D.C) and Sciences Po (Paris). 

In his free time he gets passionate about French history, US politics and captivating crime seri

How to enter the event


  1. Click on the link that will be sent on the day of the conference

  2. It is recommended that you use Chrome web browser.

  3. Select an attendee ticket and click “join event”.

  4. You will be redirected to a sign-up page. Please create an account with the email address you have registered with and click sign-up. If you already have a Hopin account, please log in with your details.

  5. You have now entered the conference. On the left side of your screen, you will see different tabs:


is where you can find all the information about the conference (agenda, bio of speakers, schedule with timings etc.)


is where the main speeches and the panel discussion will happen.


for a better connection, we recommend you close any video call softwares of websites. During the breaks, you have the possibility to connect with other participants. You can do so in two ways:

Click on the Networking tab and you will be connected automatically with a fellow event participant who also wants to network.

Look for the person you want to connect with on the attendee list (this list can be found by clicking on "people" on the right side of your screen) click on the name of the person you would like to talk to and invite him/her for a video call.

How to ask a question to the panelists

Write your question on the event chat, the moderator will have it in front of her/him and will pick relevant questions to ask the speakers.