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Telecoms, Media and Technology

FT-ETNO Summit 2018

Review, Reboot, Revive: a Future Agenda for Europe

Brussels |
Speakers include:
Timotheus Höttges

Timotheus Höttges

Deutsche Telekom

José María  Álvarez Pallete

José María Álvarez Pallete


Mariya Gabriel

Mariya Gabriel

European Commission


The FT-ETNO Summit gathered leading policymakers, regulators, industry executives and investors from Europe and beyond to discuss and debate progress towards harmonised TMT rules, and Europe’s role in an ever more connected world.

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"Good content and calibre of speakers." Nicole Clarke, Head of Analyst Relations, Orange
"Well attended by multiple stakeholders, well-managed by FT staff, good line of speakers/panelists and event provides an important update on where the telco industry is headed in Europe." James Overstall, Communications Director, Huawei
"An extremely well -organised event that touched upon all the leading issues facing the European telecoms sector - insightful, hard-hitting and comprehensive." Kester Mann, Principal Analyst, CCS Insight
"The panel discussions have been insightful and the key issues that face Europe and the operators in their investments to achieve the digital agenda have been clearly identified and discussed." Samir Albadine, Head of Orange-CERT-CC & Controls, Orange

"Variety of well informed speakers. Wide spectrum of topics." Peter LEPOUTRE, Expert Legal Counsel, Proximus


Full Overview

EU integration, the single market, trade and the role of technology in society: shall we take any of this for granted? In the run-up to Europe’s 2019 parliamentary elections, it is time to take stock of the last five years, a period of unprecedented change. The political situation in many European countries is changing, while the UK is set to leave the European Union and the form of EU governance is under intense discussion.
Meanwhile, ultrafast connectivity has become the main infrastructure of all modern economies, with the internet and mobile economy opening up unprecedented opportunities for citizens and industrial sectors. However, with social media impacting society, Big Tech prompting large-scale M&A, and AI raising ethical issues, cyber security threats diminishing trust, TMT is at the centre of policymaking scrutiny.

Looking ahead to the next decade, as 5G and fibre connect industries, how can regulators promote innovation and promote the positive role of technology in empowering society?
The FT-ETNO Summit gathered leading policymakers, regulators, industry executives and investors from Europe and beyond to discuss and debate progress towards harmonized TMT rules, and Europe’s role in an ever more connected world


Agenda - 15th Oct

  • 8:30am
    Registration and breakfast
  • 9:30am
    Introduction and Welcome

    Nic Fildes, Telecoms Correspondent, Financial Times

    Phillip Malloch, Executive Chairman, ETNO

  • 9:40am
    Opening keynote panel: Leadership in a digitizing world

    How is the breakneck pace of digitisation impacting our brains, our dignity and our creativity? Is it even possible for policy and regulation to keep up, much less protect society?

    Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, European Commission

  • 10:10am
    Keynote Panel: Piling into infrastructure – has Europe become more attractive?

    Pre-panel introduction:

    José María Álvarez Pallete, Chairman and CEO, Telefónica

    Global investors remain cagey on Europe, citing unclear regulation, tough competition and lofty targets. Yet they can’t stay away from the Continent. As 2020’s broadband deadline approaches, is now a good time to invest in operators and their networks?

    • Can Europe’s telecom networks be better monetised?
    • Should states invest in next generation networks?
    • Have regulators become more realistic on encouraging investment?
    • 5G debuted at the Winter Olympics – how impressive was it?

    José María Álvarez Pallete, Chairman and CEO, Telefónica

    Cristiano Amon, President, Qualcomm Inc

    Börje Ekholm, CEO, Ericsson

    Rajeev Suri, CEO, Nokia 


    Dan Thomas, Executive News Editor, Financial Times

  • 11:00am
    Coffee break
  • 11:30am
    Keynote Panel: ICT’s next wave – balancing connectivity and privacy

    In an ever more digital world, consumers around the world are asking who owns their data and what it is worth. Who’s in charge, and how are different parts of the value chain preparing for potential popular and political intervention?

    • AI – how can Europe harness the most advanced applications, while maintaining its long-held ethical values
    • GDPR – the first four months
    • Will Europe’s careful advances inspire other regions?

    Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor, EDPS

    Morten Karlsen Sørby, Chairman for Norway, Sweden and Denmark, Telenor Group

    John Suffolk, Global Cyber Security and Privacy Officer, Huawei


    Aliya Ram, European Technology Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 12:10pm
    Dialogue: 2020 Vision - The next generation

    With 2019 elections looming, what challenges and opportunities will face the new crop of European officials? The 2014-2019 term has brought alignment but also division, particularly as policymakers run ever faster to keep up with the pace of technological change and globalisation.

    • What are, and should be, the political objectives for the next five years?
    • Is this the moment for European institutions to reshape themselves in line with massive political upheaval on the Continent and beyond?
    • How can Europe reconcile its pro-privacy initiatives with its desired technology prowess?  

    Atanas Dobrev, CEO, Vivacom

    Jeremy Godfrey, Chairman, ComReg, and incoming chair, Berec

    Dominique Leroy, CEO, Proximus

    Stéphane Richard, Chairman and CEO, Orange Group


    Nic Fildes, Telecoms Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 1:00pm
  • 2:30pm
    The State of TMT

    Pre-panel introduction:

    Timotheus Höttges, CEO, Deutsche Telekom

    Telcos remain in flux, still debating whether they aim to become communications giants or play the safer utility game. How are competition, rising capex requirements and digitizing industries impacting long-term strategy?

    • Is content still king?
    • Nearly there – approaching 2020 broadband goals
    • Partnering with other sectors to build new initiatives

    Johan Dennelind, CEO, Telia Company

    Timotheus Höttges, CEO, Deutsche Telekom

    Roberto Viola, Director General of DG Connect, European Commission


    Dan Thomas, Executive News Editor, Financial Times

  • 3:20pm
    Keynote Panel: A future model for broadband networks

    Amid ongoing financial, regulatory and competitive pressure, and the need to meet stringent 5G and fibre deadlines, how should Europe’s infrastructure providers and telecom operators respond? Does reviewing a tried and trusted business model make sense?

    • Have commercial pressures to deploy high-speed fibre and 5G increased?
    • Which creative solutions are working best? Is a new template developing? What kind of infrastructure is needed?
    • How are infrastructure providers adapting their offering to meet the changing needs of telcos?
    • What should regulators do to help the broader telecom industry ensure it can meet next generation broadband targets?

    Alexandre Fonseca, CEO, Altice Portugal

    Nicholas Degani, Senior Counsel to FCC Chair Ajit Pai, FCC

    Amos Genish, CEO, TIM

    Philippe Vanhille, President Telecoms, Prysmian Group

    Chris Watson, Partner, CMS


    Nic Fildes, Telecoms Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 4:00pm
    Ministerial interview: Access, fairness and competitiveness

    With the move to 5G and fibre, how are governments around the world ensuring their citizens have optimal access to the fastest connectivity? What brakes, if any, should be placed on communications businesses to protect humans and other industries?

    • Regulation and network investment: friends or foes?
    • Which spectrum policies for 5G?
    • Neutrality and the Internet: how to cope with fast-paced innovation?
    • The global race to 5G and AI: who will be the winner?

    Anne Berner, Minister of Transport and Communications, Finnish Government

    Johannes Gungl, CEO, Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications (RTR), and 2018 Chair, Berec

    David Redl, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, US Department of Commerce


    Aliya Ram, European Technology Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 4:40pm
    Closing remarks

    Nic Fildes, Telecoms Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 4:45pm
    Event ends and cocktail reception

Speakers (23)

Timotheus Höttges

Timotheus Höttges

Deutsche Telekom

Timotheus Höttges has been CEO of Deutsche Telekom AG since January 2014.

From 2009 until his appointment as CEO, he was a member of the Board of Management responsible for Finance and Controlling. For the three years preceding that, he was a member of the Board of Management responsible for the T-Home unit. In this position, Mr Höttges oversaw the fixed-line network and broadband business, as well as integrated sales and service in Germany. Under his leadership, T-Home became the market leader in terms of new DSL customers and developed its Internet TV service, Entertain, into a mass-market product while stabilising its profitability. After implementing various cost-cutting programmes at T-Home and in the European mobile communications subsidiaries, Mr Höttges became responsible for the Group-wide Save for Service efficiency enhancement program. In 2005, he headed European operations as member of the Board of Management, T-Mobile International.

From 2000 until 2004, he was Managing Director, Finance and Controlling, before becoming Chairman of the Managing Board of T-Mobile Deutschland.
In 1992, he joined the VIAG Group, where he became divisional manager in 1997 and, later, a member of the extended management board responsible for controlling, corporate planning, and M&A. As project manager, he played a central role in the merger between VIAG AG and VEBA AG, which together formed E.on AG, in 2000.

Mr Höttges studied business administration at Cologne University, going on to spend three years with a business consulting company.

José María  Álvarez Pallete

José María Álvarez Pallete


José María Álvarez Pallete became Chairman and CEO of Telefónica SA in April 2016, and has been a board member since 2006. He also sits on the executive committee.

He joined the group in 1999 as a General Manager of Finance for Telefónica Internacional, and later that year became General Manager of Corporate Finance. In 2002, he was appointed Chairman and CEO of Telefónica Internacional. In 2006, he was named Managing Director of Telefónica Latin America and then Chairman and CEO of that division in 2009. In 2011 he went on to become Chairman and CEO of Telefónica Europe, and in 2012 Chief Operating Officer at group level.

In 1995, he joined Cementos Portland (Cemex) as head of investor relations, eventually becoming financial manager for Spain, General Manager for Administration and Finance in Indonesia and joining the board of Cemex Asia.

He began his career with Arthur Young in 1987, before joining Benito & Monjardín / Kidder, Peabody & Co. in 1988.

Industry awards include Best Practice, M&A (CFO Europe Magazine, 2001), Forum de Alta Dirección Golden Master (2007), Best Business Leader (El Economista, 2011), Award of Excellence (Association of Telecommunication Technical Engineers, 2013), the Medalla Sorolla (The Hispanic Society of America, 2014), Innovative Corporate Leader of the Year (Latin Trade, 2014).

Mr Álvarez-Pallete has a degree in Economics and Advanced Research degree from the Complutense University of Madrid. He also studied Economics at the Free University of Brussels, and holds an international management programme degree from IPADE.

Mariya Gabriel

Mariya Gabriel

Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society
European Commission

Bulgarian-born Mariya Gabriel is the current European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society.

She was the Vice-President of the EPP Group in the European Parliament from 2014-2017.

Mariya Gabriel was a Member of the European Parliament, EPP/GERB (Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria) from 2009-2017.
Since 2012, Mariya Gabriel has served as Vice-President of EPP Women. Prior to this she was Parliamentary Secretary to MEPs from the GERB political party within the EPP Group in 2008-2009.

She is part of project teams, such as Digital Single Market, Energy Union, Better Regulation and Interinstitutional Affairs, Budget and Human Resources, and Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness.

As a member of the project teams, her responsibilities include launching ambitious proposals for the completion of a connected Digital Single Market, supporting the development of creative industries and of a successful European media and content industry, as well as other activities turning digital research into innovation success stories.

Stéphane Richard

Stéphane Richard

Chairman and CEO

Stéphane Richard has been Chairman and CEO of Orange since March 2011. Having joined the company in September 2009, and has successively occupied the positions of Deputy CEO in charge of French operations, CEO Delegate, and CEO. From 2007 to 2009, Mr Richard was Chief of Staff to the French Minister for the Economy, Industry, and Employment. Prior to that he was Deputy CEO of Veolia Environnement and CEO of Veolia Transport, as well as being a director of Orange. Between 1992 and 2003, he was deputy to the CFO of Compagnie Générale des Eaux, CEO of Compagnie Immobilière Phénix, and Chairman of CGIS (Compagnie Générale d’Immobilier et de Services), now Nexity.

Mr Richard is a graduate of École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) and École Nationale d’Administration.

Cristiano Amon

Cristiano Amon

Qualcomm Inc

Cristiano Amon serves as president of Qualcomm Inc. In this role, he is responsible for the oversight of all activities related to Qualcomm’s semiconductor business. Mr Amon also serves as a member of Qualcomm’s executive committee.

Mr Amon served as co-president of QCT for three years and prior to this was senior vice president of Product Management with QCT, managing the company’s wireless chipset portfolio. He joined Qualcomm in 1995 as an engineer and since then has held several other business and technical leadership roles there.

Prior to joining Qualcomm, Mr Amon served as the chief technical officer of Vésper, a wireless operator in Brazil, and held positions in NEC, Ericsson and Velocom Inc.

He holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from UNICAMP – Universidade Estadual de Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil.

Anne Berner

Anne Berner

Minister of Transport and Communication
Government of Finland

Anne Berner was appointed as Minister of Transport and Communications of Finland in May 2015. In the government, she is also responsible for matters related to Nordic cooperation.

A first-term MP, Ms Berner has actively promoted a mobility as a service concept and the creation of innovative, customer-oriented transport services. She has been a key agent in the development of world-class ecosystems of intelligent transport systems, services and automated driving in Finland.

She has also been actively enhancing the use of data and digitalization to enable new businesses and has supported the creation of Finland’s unique 5G test network.

Ms Berner has worked at Vallila Interior, a family business, since 1986. She holds a Master of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration.

Giovanni Buttarelli

Giovanni Buttarelli

European Data Protection Supervisor
European Data Protection Supervisor Authority

Giovanni Buttarelli became European Data Protection Supervisor in 2014, following a joint decision of the European Parliament and the Council assigning him a term of five years.

Before joining the EDPS, he worked as Secretary General to the Italian Data Protection Authority, a position he occupied between 1997 and 2009. A member of the Italian judiciary with the rank of Cassation judge, he has attended to many initiatives and committees on data protection and related issues at international level.

His experience in data protection includes participating in many bodies at European Union level (including Art. 31 Committee of Directive n. 95/46/EC and Taiex programs), and at the Council of Europe (in particular, also as a consultant, T‐PD; CJ‐PD, DH‐S‐Ac, Venice Commission), as well as contributing to many hearings, meetings and workshops held by Parliaments as well as specialised book journals and papers.

He currently lectures on privacy at Luiss University in Rome.

Nicholas Degani

Nicholas Degani

Senior Counsel to FCC Chair Ajit Pai
Federal Communications Commission

Nicholas Degani has served as FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s Senior Counsel since January 2017, apart from a six-week period during which he served as the agency’s Acting General Counsel.

From June 2012 through January 2017, Mr Degani served as then-Commissioner Pai’s Wireline Legal Advisor. He joined the office from a detail to the US House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, where he served as counsel under Chairman Fred Upton and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden. Before his detail, Mr. Degani served as an Attorney Advisor in the Wireline Competition Bureau’s Telecommunications Access Policy Division and Competition Policy Division, as well as the Commission’s Office of General Counsel.

He entered the Commission through the Attorney Honors Program. Earlier in his career, Mr Degani clerked for Judge Jeffrey Sutton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and magna cum laude from Yale University, where he studied Electrical Engineering/Computer Science and History.

Johan Dennelind

Johan Dennelind

President and CEO
Telia Company

Johan Dennelind is President and CEO of Telia Company. Between 2010 and 2013 Mr Dennelind was International CEO South Africa at Vodacom. Previously he had several managerial positions at Telenor in Sweden and Malaysia, and was CEO of DiGi Telecommunications Malaysia between 2008 and 2010. Prior to that he had several managerial positions at Telia. Mr Dennelind is a board member of GSMA and holds a Master of Science in Business Administration.

Atanas Dobrev

Atanas Dobrev

CEO and Member of the Managing Board

Atanas Dobrev has been chief executive officer and a member of the managing board at Bulgarian Telecommunications Company (Vivacom) since 2013.

He joined in 2008 as chief financial officer, responsible for all finance related issues as well as business planning, controlling, fraud, revenue assurance and customer control.

His previous experience includes the positions as Finance and Administration Manager at Oriflame Bulgaria and during the period 2001-2008 as chief financial officer at Globul.

Mr Dobrev has an MBA in finance and accounting from Rollins College, Crummer Graduate School of Business in Florida (USA). He also has a Masters degree in international economic relations from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia (Bulgaria).

Börje Ekholm

Börje Ekholm

President and CEO
Ericsson Group

Börje Ekholm has been President and CEO of the Ericsson Group since 16 January 2017, having been a board member since 2006.

Most recently Mr Ekholm was CEO of Patricia Industries, a division within Investor AB (2015 – January 15, 2017). Prior to assuming this position in 2015, he was President and CEO of Investor AB between 2005 and 2015, and prior to that head of new investments and President of Investor Growth Capital Inc. He has also held positions at Novare Kapital AB and McKinsey & Co Inc.

He furthermore is a board member of Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson and Alibaba, Inc and a Member of the Board of Trustees of Choate Rosemary Hall.

Mr Ekholm holds a MSc in Electrical Engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, and an MBA from INSEAD in France, and an honorary doctorate from The Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.

Alexandre Fonseca

Alexandre Fonseca

Altice Portugal

Alexandre Fonseca has been CEO of Altice Portugal since November 2017. He is also Executive Manager at ALTICE LABS Portugal, an Altice Group research and development unit where he leads innovation and future thinking on technology, focusing on hardware development, OSS/BSS and TV and interactive platforms. He joined Altice in 2012, when it entered Portugal.

Previously he was CEO of B2B operators ONI Portugal and ONI Mozambique, and CTO of cable company Cabovisão. Between 1995 and 2007, he worked as a management consultant specialising in IT and telecoms in Portugal and abroad with Coopers & Lybrand, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and IBM. 

He has worked on complex and multinational projects, as well as technology strategy, operations, innovation and IT, with a special emphasis on transformation, restructuring, reorganisation and M&A.

A member of several telecom and IT industry associations, he contributes project management, strategy and communication expertise. He appears regularly in the Portuguese media, and participates in academic initiatives across telecom, technology and management.

He holds a degree in Computer Science Engineering from Lisbon University and an MA in Sales & Marketing Management from TeamView Institute.

Amos Genish

Amos Genish

Amos Genish has been CEO and General Manager of TIM since September 2017.Prior to that, he was Chief Convergence Officer at Vivendi, overseeing the group’s convergence strategy between content, platforms and distribution. Previously, he was CEO of Telefonica Brasil / Vivo.Mr Genish joined Telefónica at the beginning of 2015, when it acquired GVT, a telecom and pay-TV operator he co-founded in 1999. The company, which listed in 2007, and sold to Vivendi in 2009 before its subsequent sale to Telefónica in 2014.Prior to this, he was CEO of GVT rural telecom operation, where he managed the initial fundraising to launch the company, and its services in Chile, Peru and Colombia.Previous roles include C-level positions at education start-up Edunetics, which listed on NASDAQ, and auditing and tax work at KPMG.Mr Genish is a member of the board at Vevo, a music video hosting company co-owned by Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Google and Abu Dhabi Media Company, and Brazilian bank Itaù Unibanco Holding.He holds a BA in economics and accounting from Tel Aviv University.
Jeremy Godfrey

Jeremy Godfrey


Jeremy Godfrey joined the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) as Commissioner in in 2013 and was Chairperson of the Commission from February 2015 to February 2017.  He is Vice-Chair of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) and incoming Chair for 2019.

Mr Godfrey has almost thirty years’ experience in the ICT sector, as an industry executive, business consultant and government official.

Prior to joining ComReg, he was Hong Kong’s government Chief Information Officer. In this role, he had responsibility both for government IT and for IT-policy issues such as digital inclusion, internet governance and the promotion of inward investment in the IT sector.

He began his career in the UK’s Department of Trade and Industry, serving as private secretary to the Cabinet Minister as well as in a variety of other roles. He then spent ten years in the Cable & Wireless Group, in Hong Kong and in the UK, mainly in strategy, marketing and regulatory roles – including director of strategy and director of marketing for Hong Kong Telecom.

Between 1998 and 2008, he worked for PA Consulting Group where he was a partner in the Hong Kong office, serving clients in the communications, transportation, financial services and government sectors. Projects that he led included major change initiatives, business start-up projects, and due diligence assignments. He worked in around a dozen markets in Asia and the Pacific.

Mr Godfrey was born and educated in the UK. He has an MA from Cambridge University, where he studied mathematics. He was based in Hong Kong for twenty years before coming to Ireland to join ComReg.

Johannes Gungl

Johannes Gungl

CEO for Telecommunications and Postal Service
Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications (RTR)

Johannes Gungl is CEO for Telecommunications and Postal Services of the Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications (RTR).

He has more than 15 years of experience in the Austrian telecommunications industry, working in legal and regulatory affairs for various fixed-line and mobile operators.

Prior to his appointment as CEO of RTR in February 2014, Mr Gungl served as general counsel and head of legal and regulatory affairs for Orange Austria. In this role, he was directly involved in the precedent-setting merger of Orange Austria with Hutchison, which was cleared by the European Commission (EC) - following a phase II investigation - and the Austrian Competition Authority.

Between 2006 and 2008, he was general counsel and compliance officer for competition law to Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Corporation in Vienna. Before that he worked for the Austrian mobile operator tele.ring as head of legal and regulatory affairs until its merger with T-Mobile Austria in 2006 - also cleared by the EC in a phase II review.

Mr Gungl holds a law degree from the University Graz and a postgraduate degree in European Law from the University of Innsbruck.

Morten  Karlsen Sørby

Morten Karlsen Sørby

Chairman for Norway, Sweden and Denmark
Telenor Group

Morten Karlsen Sørby is Executive Vice President, Acting Head of the Scandinavia Cluster and Chairman of the Board of Telenor Norway, Sweden and Denmark.  

Having joined the company in 1993, he previously served as the Executive Vice President in charge of corporate strategy and regulatory affairs and acting CFO, both at Group level. Mr Sørby has also been the Executive Vice President and head of the Norwegian and Nordic mobile and fixed network operations of Telenor. In 2014, he was CEO of Uninor, Telenor’s wholly owned operations in India, having previously acted as EVP and Chief Transformation Officer (CTRO).

Mr Sørby holds an MBA from the University of Karlstad. He has also completed additional education from IMD in Switzerland and is a state-authorized public accountant in Norway.

Dominique Leroy

Dominique Leroy


Dominique Leroy has been CEO of Proximus since January 2014.

Having joined Belgacom in October 2011 as Vice President of Sales for the Consumer Business, she became Executive Vice President of the Consumer Business in June 2012, also joining the Executive Committee.

Ms Leroy is an independent board member at Lotus Bakeries and Delhaize, and board member at Proximus subsidiaries Tango, Telindus and BICS.

She started her career at Unilever, where she held positions in marketing, finance, logistics, sales and general management. From 2007 until 2011, she was Country Manager and Vice President Customer Development at Unilever Belgium, and member of the company’s Benelux Board.

Ms Leroy also won the Trends Business Woman Award in the CEO category in 2014.

She is also a member of professional and management associations including Women on Board, Young Professional Organization, UBA and Guberna.

Ms Leroy graduated the Solvay Business School in 1987 with a degree in business engineering. In 2013, she Leroy received the title of Master Marketeer from StiMa (Stichting Marketing).

David Redl

David Redl

Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information
US Department of Commerce

David J Redl was sworn in as Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at the Department of Commerce in November 2017. He serves as Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the executive branch agency that is principally responsible for advising the President on telecommunications and information policy.

Redl is a lawyer and communications policy expert with more than a decade of experience in government and the private sector. He was previously the chief counsel at the US House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. In that role, he served as principal legal adviser to the chairman and members of the Energy and Commerce majority on communications and technology matters. Prior to his time with the committee, Redl was director of regulatory affairs at CTIA, a trade association that represents the US wireless communications industry.

Redl earned his JD from the Catholic University of America with a certificate from the Institute for Communications Law Studies, and he is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with degrees in journalism and political science. Redl is admitted to the New York and District of Columbia bars.

John Suffolk

John Suffolk

Senior Vice President, Global Cyber Security & Privacy Officer (GSPO)

John Suffolk is the President and Global Cyber Security & Privacy Officer (GSPO) at Huawei. He oversees the enhancement and implementation of its end-to-end global cyber security and privacy assurance system, to ensure they meet legal and customer requirements. He is responsible for strengthening the company’s understanding of security and privacy issues of governments and customers and ensuring the trusted delivery of all technology and services.

Mr Suffolk is dedicated to developing a common security approach in legislation standards and norms to promote innovation and the safe global adoption of technology.

He has more than 30 years of experience in the IT and communications. Prior to joining Huawei in 2011, he spent more than seven years in the UK Government, where he was CIO and SIRO, leading the delivery of technology-enabled transformation of public services. Previously, he was Operations Director and Managing Director of Britannia Building Society, and Director of Customer Services at Birmingham Midshires.

He was named the most influential CIO in the UK in 2010 by and was ranked in the top five of the most influential people in technology behind Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

Mr Suffolk received an MBA from The University of Wolverhampton in the UK.

Rajeev Suri

Rajeev Suri

President and CEO

Rajeev Suri is President and CEO of Nokia. He joined Nokia in 1995 and has held numerous executive level positions in the company. Previously, he was CEO of Nokia Solutions and Networks (2009-14) where he delivered a complete turnaround, taking non-IFRS operating profitability from significant losses to among the highest quality in the sector; cash flow from rapid burn to strongly positive; and, based on external analyst estimates, increasing the value of the business from in the range of €1bn to €9-10bn. In his earlier roles as head of the Global Services unit and APAC region, he delivered both strong growth and profitability improvements.

Mr Suri is a leader with a passion for creating value, generating growth, and delivering technologies that have a positive impact on people’s lives. He has deep expertise in many areas of technology, particularly mobile networks and related topics such as big data analytics, cloud computing, internet business models and more. In his more than 25 years of international experience, Mr Suri has worked in roles comprising strategy and M&A, product marketing, sales, major account leadership, regional and business unit leadership and has lived in Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe. Mr Suri has a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communications from Manipal Institute of Technology, India. 

Philippe Vanhille

Philippe Vanhille

Executive Vice President Telecom Business
Prysmian Group

Philippe Vanhille is Executive Vice President of Prysmian Group's Telecom Business, which he has led since May 2013. 

Before that he was head of the company’s global optical fibre business unit, a position he had previously held at Draka before its merger with Prysmian in 2011.

During his 20 years in the cable business, he held management and operational positions across the energy, copper telecom and optical fibre businesses of Alcatel and Draka. 

He joined Alcatel Cable in 1991, having begun his career as a research engineer for Renault Formula 1 development. Mr Vanhille has a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Lyon in France.

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.

Chris Watson

Chris Watson

Global Head of Technology, Media and Communications

Chris Watson is one of the world’s leading communications law experts. He focuses on international commercial matters in the technology, media and communications sectors, particularly in areas where competition and regulation overlap, and on EU law arising in cross-border and complex telecommunications transactions. He also has extensive experience in other regulated network sectors, such as postal and other utilities, as well as in general commercial, corporate, and financial matters.

Mr Watson is a member of the The Legal 500 Hall of Fame, as a result of being consistently listed as one of the elite leading UK lawyers in the TMT space for a decade. He was the exclusive UK winner of the 2017 Client Choice Telecommunications award, and was named as one of the nine most highly-regarded lawyers worldwide in the Telecoms and Media section of Who’s Who Legal 2018.

Mr Watson is a member of the governing Council of the International Bar Association (IBA), a founding member of the Diversity Council, and a past chairman of the Communications Law Committee. He is qualified both as a solicitor in England and an avocat in France. He speaks several European languages.


Moderators (4)

Nic  Fildes

Nic Fildes

Telecoms correspondent
Financial Times

Nic Fildes is the FT’s Telecoms Correspondent in London. Originally from Australia, he previously worked at The Times, where he spent seven years as Technology & Communications Editor. He has also worked for The Independent, The Daily Telegraph and Dow Jones Newswires, mostly covering telecoms, technology and media, and the music industry. He has also been published in The Spectator and various specialist music blogs writing about culture. 

Mr Fildes has won the UK Tech (previously TechMARK) journalist of the year award three times.

Phillip Malloch

Phillip Malloch

Executive Board Chairman

Phillip Malloch is Vice President, Group Public Affairs at Telia Company, handling industrial, political and executive communications and engagement.

He leads strategic engagement across governments, NGOs, regulators, trade associations, and international organizations such as the UN, OECD and World Economic Forum. He has held various positions within the company since 2007.

Mr Malloch has been a member of the executive board of the European Telecommunications Network Operators (ETNO) Association since 2012, and assumed the chairmanship of the board in 2018.

Aliya  Ram

Aliya Ram

European Technology Correspondent
Financial Times

Aliya Ram has been the FT's European Technology Correspondent since September 2017. Prior to this she was a reporter at the Financial Times covering asset management with FTfm. Ms Ram has previously worked as a consumer industries reporter and on the UK news desk in London. She joined the FT in September 2014 after a brief stint at the British civil service.

Dan Thomas

Dan Thomas

Executive News Editor
Financial Times

Dan Thomas has been the Financial Times’ Executive News Editor since August 2018. Dan was previously the FT’s deputy companies editor and telecoms editor.

Prior to that, he worked as the FT’s property correspondent. He has also reported for FT Money and FT Weekend’s personal finance supplement. Prior to joining the FT in March 2007, he was an assistant editor for Property Week.

Dan holds a postgraduate degree in journalism from City University and a BA in English and Philosophy from Manchester University. He was named Business Journalist of the Year at the LSL Property Awards and awarded IBP News Reporter of the Year – both in 2010.


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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 or follow us on Twitter: @ETNOAssociation

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

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Prysmian Group is world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry. With almost 140 years of experience, sales exceeding €11bn (pro-forma as of 31.12.2017), about 30,000 employees in over 50 countries and 112 plants, the Group is strongly positioned in high-tech markets and offers the widest possible range of products, services, technologies and know-how. It operates in the businesses of underground and submarine cables and systems for power transmission and distribution, of special cables for applications in many different industries and of medium and low voltage cables for the construction and infrastructure sectors. For the telecommunications industry, the Group manufactures cables and accessories for voice, video and data transmission, offering a comprehensive range of optical fibres, optical and copper cables and connectivity systems. Prysmian is a public company, listed on the Italian Stock Exchange in the FTSE MIB index.

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solutions provider. Through dedication to customer-centric innovation and strong
partnerships, Huawei has established end-to-end advantages in telecom networks,
devices and cloud computing. Huawei is committed to creating maximum value for
telecom operators, enterprises and consumers by providing competitive solutions and
services. Its products and solutions have been deployed in over 170 countries, serving
more than one third of the world’s population.

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