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Telecoms, Media and Technology

FT ETNO Summit 2017

Digital rulemaking in times of change

Brussels |
Speakers include:
Guo Ping

Guo Ping

Huawei

Andrus  Ansip

Andrus Ansip

European Commission

Pilar  del Castillo

Pilar del Castillo

European Parliament

Overview

Major political, technological and societal events are reshaping our world. As technology and mobility bring about unprecedented opportunities and challenges, political turmoil is reaching geographies that have traditionally been stable. The communications industry arguably plays an increasingly critical role in the life of citizens. From legacy players and leading upstarts to shadowy purveyors of leaks, hacks and fake news, the digital world is now at the centre of the political landscape.

With change occurring across Europe and around the world, it is time for leaders in the telecoms, media and technology sector – and the officials who govern them - to take stock.

The FT-ETNO Summit will gather leading policymakers, regulators, industry executives and investors from Europe and beyond to discuss and debate the speed of technological change - and how global lawmakers and industry can harness it to benefit society and the economy.

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fallback Add to my Calendar 09/27/2017 12:00:0009/27/2017 18:00:00trueFT ETNO Summit 2017Major political, technological and societal events are reshaping our world. As technology and mobility bring about unprecedented opportunities and challenges, political turmoil is reaching geographies that have traditionally been stable. The communications industry arguably plays an increasingly critical role in the life of citizens. From legacy players and leading upstarts to shadowy purveyors of leaks, hacks and fake news, the digital world is now at the centre of the political landscape.With change occurring across Europe and around the world, it is time for leaders in the telecoms, media and technology sector – and the officials who govern them - to take stock.The FT-ETNO Summit will gather leading policymakers, regulators, industry executives and investors from Europe and beyond to discuss and debate the speed of technological change - and how global lawmakers and industry can harness it to benefit society and the economy.FT-ETNO-Summit-2017f394a3a931e13323fac4d27fdad91013MM/DD/YYYY

Speakers (7)

Guo Ping

Guo Ping

Deputy Chairman and Rotating CEO
Huawei

Guo Ping is Deputy Chairman of the Board and Rotating CEO at Huawei.

He has served as R&D Project Manager, General Manager of Supply Chain, Director of Huawei Executive Office, Chief Legal Officer, President of the Business Process and IT Management Department, President of the Corporate Development Department, Chairman and President of Huawei Device, Corporate Executive Vice President, and Chairman of the Finance Committee. 
Born in 1966, Mr Guo holds a master's degree from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. He joined Huawei in 1988.

Andrus  Ansip

Andrus Ansip

Vice-President for the Digital Single Market
European Commission

Andrus Ansip was appointed Vice-President of the European Commission with responsibility for the Digital Single Market in 2014. Before moving to Brussels, he was a member of both the Estonian and European Parliaments. This followed almost nine years as Estonia's longest-serving Prime Minister. In that role, he worked with both centre-right and centre-left parties to lead three different coalition governments.

During his time as Prime Minister, he also acted as chairman of Estonia's liberal Reform Party.

Vice President Ansip first entered national politics in 2004, when he became Minister of the Economy.

Up to this point, he spent his career in Estonia's second largest city of Tartu, where he was born in 1956. Vice-President Ansip was Mayor of Tartu for six years after working in banking and business.

He is a chemistry graduate from the city's university.

Pilar  del Castillo

Pilar del Castillo

Member
European Parliament

Former Spanish Minister of Education and Culture from 2000 to 2004, Pilar del Castillo was elected to the European Parliament for the first time in 2004. She belongs to the Partido Popular (People’s Party), which in turn is a member of the European People’s Party.

She is the European Parliament's rapporteur on the European Electronic Communications Code.

She has also been the rapporteur of the Telecoms Single Market Regulation; the Directive on Security of Networks and Information Systems for the ITRE committee; the Regulation on the Body of European Regulators in Electronic Communications' (BEREC); the report on Cloud Computing Strategy for Europe and the Report "A Digital Agenda for Europe: 2015.eu.

Dr del Castillo is the chair of the European Internet Forum (EIF), vice-president of the European Energy Forum, member of the board of Knowledge4Innovation (K4I) and member of the Transatlantic Policy Network.

Dr del Castillo is professor in Political Science and Administration. She obtained a PhD in Law from Universidad Complutense. Before, she had attended Ohio State University on a Fulbright scholarship, graduating with a Master’s degree in Political Science. She was the executive president of the Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas (Sociology Research Centre) from 1996 to 2000.

She is the author of numerous publications and member of various national and international political science and sociology associations.

Roberto Viola

Roberto Viola

Director General, DG CONNECT
European Commission

Roberto Viola is Director General of DG CONNECT (Directorate General of Communication, Networks, Content and Technology) at the European Commission.

He was the Deputy Director-General of DG CONNECT, European Commission from 2012 to 2015.

Mr Viola served as Chairman of the European Radio Spectrum Policy group (RSPG) from 2012 to 2013, as Deputy Chairman in 2011 and Chairman in 2010. He was member of the BEREC Board (Body of European Telecom Regulators), and Chairman of the European Regulatory Group (ERG).

He held the position of Secretary General in charge of managing Italian communications regulator AGCOM, from 2005 to 2012. Prior to this, he served as Director of Regulation Department and Technical Director in AGCOM from 1999 to 2004.

From 1985-1999 he served in positions including Head of Telecommunication and Broadcasting Satellite Services at the European Space Agency (ESA).

He holds a Doctorate in Electronic Engineering and an MBA.

He held the position of Secretary General in charge of managing AGCOM, from 2005 to 2012. Prior to this, he served as Director of Regulation Department and Technical Director in AGCOM from 1999 to 2004.

From 1985-1999 he served in various positions including as Head of Telecommunication and Broadcasting Satellite Services at the European Space Agency (ESA).

Roberto Viola holds a Doctorate in Electronic Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).

Sébastien Soriano

Sébastien Soriano

Chairman
ARCEP

Sébastien Soriano was appointed Chairman of ARCEP (Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques et des postes) in January 2015, for a six-year term. In 2017, he will hold the rotating Chair of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC).

Prior to his appointment as President of ARCEP, he was Special Adviser to the French Minister for Culture and Communication.

In 2012, he was Head of Cabinet for Fleur Pellerin, the then French Minister for SMEs, innovation and digital economy.
He has spent most of his career in competition and telecoms regulation. He started his career at the French Competition Authority (2001-2004) as a case handler and then returned as Deputy General Rapporteur from 2009 to 2012. Between 2004 and 2009, he held various positions at ARCEP as head of unit for mobile markets and then director of broadband markets.

Mr Soriano trained as an Engineer in Telecoms and graduated from École Polytechnique.

Marju Lauristin

Marju Lauristin

MEP
European Parliament

Marju Lauristin is an Estonian Member of the European Parliament and Vice-Chair of the Group of Socialists and Democrats.

In the European Parliament she is an active member of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee where she had been appointed rapporteur of the data protection directive, and shadow rapporteur of data protection regulation, EU-US umbrella agreement, and the committee’s opinion on TTIP negotiations. Furthermore she handled as Rapporteur the LIBE opinion on the digital content and she is currently appointed as Rapporteur on the E-Privacy Regulation.

Mrs Lauristin has a 40-year academic career in social sciences, media studies (including audience surveys and content analysis) and is a Professor Emeritus in Tartu University since 1995. In addition, she is currently involved in a research project about the future of the cultural press in Estonia.

She was also one of the establishing members of ‘Rahvarinne’ in 1988, the first large-scale independent political movement in Estonia since the beginning of the Soviet occupation. She has since been Chairman of the Estonian Social Democratic Party, deputy speaker of the Estonian parliament, minister of Social Affairs of Estonia, and member of the Estonian Parliament.

Axel Voss

Axel Voss

MEP
European Parliament

Axel Voss is a Member of the European Parliament, as well as a lawyer and lecturer.

He has been the Coordinator for the EPP Group since January 2017, having previously served as a Vice-Chair of the Committee on Legal Affairs. He is substitute member in the Committee of Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs; and was appointed Vice-Chair of the Delegation for Relations with Australia and New Zealand.

During Mr Voss’ first legislative term as MEP (2009-2014), the European Data Protection Package was a crucial element of his parliamentary work. He also focuses on the PNR dossiers, the NSA Inquiry Committee and European criminal law as well as relevant EU judiciary topics.  

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Agenda - 27th Sep

  • 12:00pm
    Registration and lunch
  • 1:00pm
    Introduction and Welcome

    Nic Fildes, Telecoms Correspondent, Financial Times

    Steven Tas, Executive Chairman, ETNO

  • 1:10pm
    Opening keynote – Technology and society: don’t do evil

    A few years into the internet and the digital revolution, what are its effects on society, politics and economy? How do we ensure that digitisation and connectivity create more opportunities for all?

  • 1:30pm
    A New Digital Deal for Europe

    What should be left to competition, and what should be regulated? CEOs from across the communications industry weigh the pace of change against potential harms to individuals and society.

    • A fair deal for digital growth
    • Digital technology: how to create more opportunities for humans?
    • The longer view: growth now vs future problems and opportunities
    • How much regulation is needed today? What is the role of self and co-regulation during periods of rapid change?
    • Can industry unite to lead reforms from within?
  • 2:15pm
    Fireside chat: Balancing Business and Benevolence

    The FT interviews two TMT executives on harnessing technology for good

  • 2:35pm
    Keynote Panel: Regulating Infrastructure: Stronger Together

    Regulators and industry executives reflect on reforms to the Electronic Communications Code and policy priorities of the new European Parliament – and their impact on European telecoms, media and technology.

    • Spectrum: coordinating and modernising a precious asset
    • 5G: connecting objects, responsibly
    • Broadband targets – have regulatory assurances assuaged telcos?
    • Will a loosening of regulations in the US force Europe to follow suit?
  • 3:20pm
    Networking break
  • 3:50pm
    Keynote Panel: Investing in Turbulent Times

    Last year saw European regulators, telecom operators and their investors finally find some common ground. How can each side advance its objectives amid social, political and economic uncertainty?

    • After the events of 2016, how attractive a destination is Europe?
    • Diktat by tweet: is populism good for investors?
    • Infrastructure promises – how doable are new government plans?
    • Influencing power – when should investors intervene in questionable policy decisions?
  • 4:35pm
    Industry Interview – EU and US: divergence or convergence?
  • 4:55pm
    Keynote Panel: The Data Economy: Taking Back Leadership

    Europe has struggled to monetise a homegrown data services model, while US companies managed to do so with minimal regulatory oversight. Can European efforts to protect citizen’s rights provide the template for a global standard?

    • Can data drive profit, while remaining responsible?
    • AI: friend and foe?
    • Cybersecurity: protecting enterprises and institutions
    • The GSM example – how to develop a global standard
  • 5:40pm
    Closing Interview
  • 5:55pm
    Closing Remarks, followed by Drinks Reception

Who Attends

Attendance at the FT-ETNO Summit is by invitation only and places are limited to top management from investment banks, national regulators, mobile operators, fixed line operators, content providers, handset manufacturers, telecoms and media companies, European Commission staff and cabinet representatives, European Parliament members and their advisors and ETNO members so early registration is recommended. Members of press and analysts who have been invited to cover the event may also register.Additional senior applicants will be considered for invitation subject to availability of places and meeting the above criteria. 

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Venue

SQUARE Brussels Meeting Centre
Glass Entrance
rue Mont des Arts
Brussels B-1000

Belgium

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Organisers (2)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 840,000. Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving more than half of total traffic.

ETNO represents Europe’s leading telecommunications network operators, who provide European citizens with innovative digital communication and services. ETNO, founded in 1992, is the principal policy group for European network operators and it aims at supporting a positive policy environment to deliver the best quality services to consumers and businesses. ETNO brings together the major investors in innovative and high-quality e-communications platforms and services, representing over 70% of the total sector investment in Europe’s main markets.

For more information, see www.etno.eu or follow us on Twitter: @ETNOAssociation

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