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Telecoms, Media and Technology

FT-ETNO Summit 2019

Pioneering and Protecting: Looking Ahead to a New Decade

Brussels |
Speakers include:
Cristiano Amon

Cristiano Amon

Qualcomm Inc

Allison Kirkby

Allison Kirkby

TDC Group

Luigi Gubitosi

Luigi Gubitosi



Our tenth annual summit takes place amid fresh European leadership, including a new Parliament and Commission, and the prospect of continued political uncertainty at home and beyond.

Against this backdrop, we will examine new political and societal sentiments towards technology, as well as the key themes of trust, responsibility and sustainable development. We will also debate whether political and business leaders should collaborate to update industrial and competition policy in an ever more connected world.

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"Top people and important topics. What more do you want?" TDRS

"FT-ETNO always provides a great opportunity to hear what the main operators are really thinking."  Plum Consulting

"A very well organised event that touched on many leading subjects relevant to European telecoms and with an impressive line-up of high-profile speakers."  CCS Insight


Full Overview

How does Europe’s incoming leadership view the impact of digital and connectivity on society, and how will it guarantee citizens’ rights in this fast-changing context? To what extent can it help Europe lead on the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI)? How are industries collaborating to create new products and services, and how will these be governed? Is there a new market for businesses that promote privacy? Is there space for leveraging tech and telecoms in sustainable development?

The FT-ETNO Summit will gather leaders from the world’s top telecom operators and visionaries from other connected sectors, as well as leading officials, investors and academics. Together, we will look at M&A, emerging technologies and Europe’s readiness to lead on - and respond to - society’s demand for increased trust.


Agenda - 2nd Dec

  • 9:00am
    Registration and breakfast
  • 10:00am
    Introduction and Welcome

    Nic Fildes, Telecoms Correspondent, Financial Times

    Phillip Malloch, Executive Chairman, ETNO

  • 10:10am
    Opening keynote: We are all connected

    For better or worse, society, the environment, business and government are becoming inextricably entangled thanks to digital communications. How can we harness connectivity to promote unity, fairness and opportunity?

  • 10:30am
    Trusted Technology Talk

    Creating new digital networks and services against the backdrop of a crisis in digital trust

  • 10:45am
    Morning opening keynote panel: 2020 and beyond: trust, responsibility and transparency

    Telcos have lost the first battle against the tech platforms. But as society wakes up to the implications of the explosion in personal data, priorities are changing. Citizens are beginning to demand control over their data, while governments are becoming more sensitive to the potential for information breaches.

    Both could quickly switch allegiances to companies that share their values. How can telecoms and other regulated industries harness this movement to serve customers better and increase revenue?

    • How can trust be quantified, in terms of values and valuation?
    • Are telcos well placed to lead other industries on trust?
    • What is the best way for telcos and governments to work together?
    • Is there an advantage to being regulated?
  • 11:25am
    Interview: A new approach to digital

    How is Europe treating digital, as companies from banks to carmakers rebrand themselves as technology businesses? How will the Commission regulate industries as they compete, collaborate and consolidate? Is there an argument for taking a fresh look at state aid rules?

  • 11:40am
    Keynote panel: Politics, industry and Sustainable Development Goals

    Zero poverty, effective climate action, reducing inequality or building an innovative industry. Never have Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) been so relevant to the political debate, yet never have political preferences on the solutions been so split.

    • Is there a global consensus on how industry and politics can work together to achieve SDGs?
    • What is the European way to SDGs?
    • Is technology an enabler or an obstacle to achieving them?
  • 12:20pm
  • 1:50pm
    Market Talk

    Taking a lead in global digital value chains

  • 2:05pm
    Afternoon opening keynote panel: Industrial policy and competition policy – friends or foes?

    Europe has strictly imposed competition rules, despite accusations that this hinders innovation and favours overseas companies. This is particularly visible in digital markets, where leadership seems to come mostly from outside the EU. But as markets like China and the US increasingly shore up national industries, should Europe loosen up? Is it time to stop calling for a level playing field and start looking for new growth? Will increased collaborations and partnerships across connected industries lead to a new age of dealmaking? How should rulemakers incorporate the importance of data across sectors when crafting new policies?

    • Is it possible to strengthen industrial policy while maintaining world class competition rules?
    • How can government and business collaborate to protect innovation?
    • How can regulators reasonably help regional and national champions to thrive?  
    • Platform strategies – a new route for M&A
  • 2:45pm
    Fireside chat: A template for partnership
  • 3:15pm
    Coffee networking break
  • 3:45pm
    Innovation Talk
  • 4:00pm
    Interview: The next ten years: a roadmap for leadership

    How will the new generation of Europe’s commissioners and parliamentarians promote innovation while protecting citizens, amid continued threats to the continent’s unity? Can business and government work together to build an industrial policy that works for everyone?

  • 4:40pm
    Closing keynote
  • 5:00pm
    Closing remarks

    Nic Fildes, Telecoms Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 5:10pm
    Event ends and cocktail reception to mark FT-ETNO’s 10thAnniversary

Speakers (11)

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.

Allison Kirkby

Allison Kirkby

President and Group CEO
TDC Group

Allison Kirkby was appointed President and Group CEO of TDC Group A/S in December 2018.

TDC is the leading provider of technology, communication solutions and home entertainment in Denmark, serving almost every Dane with their digital needs. She previously served as Group President and CEO of Tele2 AB, s Baltic challenger operator, serving 17 million customers across eight markets.

Ms Kirkby is recognised for building and successfully leading strong teams in periods of change, to create significant shareholder value, and was awarded Most Powerful Female CEO in Sweden in 2017.

With extensive experience from consumer-facing businesses, she has spent 25 years in the fast-moving consumer goods, media, telecom and retail industries. Prior to joining Tele2 in 2014, she served as CFO of Shine Group (a division of 21st Century Fox), Executive Director of Finance Operations & Transformation at Virgin Media, after spending two decades at Procter & Gamble, in senior financial and operational roles.

Ms Kirkby joined the BT Board as a non-executive director with effect from 15 March 2019.

Luigi Gubitosi

Luigi Gubitosi

CEO and General Manager

Luigi Gubitosi was named CEO and General Manager at TIM in November 2018. 

Prior to his appointment, he was Chairman of the European Advocacy Committee of the CFA Institute and Independent Director of TIM (May - November 2018), General Manager of RAI (July 2012 - August 2015), and country manager and head of corporate and investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Italy (November 2011 - July 2012). 

Other previous roles include Vice Chairman of Confindustria Servizi Innovativi e Tecnologici (CSIT) and Asstel, a member of the Tax and Corporate Governance Committee of Confindustria, a member of the Organising Committee for the Turin 2006 Chess Olympiade, member of the Board of Directors of Cometa (pension fund of metal workers), F2i and Maire Tecnimont. 

From 1986 to 2005 he was at Fiat Group, variously as CFO, Administration Director and Group Treasurer; he has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of Fiat Partecipazioni and member of the Board of Directors of Fiat Auto, Ferrari, Iveco, Itedi, Comau and Magneti Marelli. In 2005 he joined Wind Telecomunicazioni as CFO, before his promotion to CEO (2007 - 2011). 

Mr Gubitosi studied at the London School of Economics and obtained a law degree at Naples University and an MBA at INSEAD. 

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.

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.

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.

Sigve Brekke

Sigve Brekke

President and CEO

President & CEO of Telenor Group, Sigve Brekke was previously EVP and Head of Region Asia. He played an instrumental role in building the company’s regional footprint, from helping setting the initial direction in 1999 to shaping its leadership in key Asian markets.

He joined Telenor as an adviser, later becoming manager for business development. Since then, he has been CEO of Dtac and Uninor, and led M&A activities as well as the entry into the Myanmar market.

Telenor Group is a leading telecommunications company across Scandinavia and Asia with 172 million customers and sales of around USD 14 billion in 2017. 

Prior to joining Telenor, Mr Brekke had a political career starting with several positions in the Labor Youth Organisation (AUF). He served as State Secretary of Defence in Norway from 1993 to 1996.

He holds a MA in Public Administration from John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Géraldine Le Meur

Géraldine Le Meur

The Refiners

Based in San Francisco, Géraldine Le Meur, a French-American entrepreneur, investor, board member founded her first company at the age of 23. Since the very early days of the Internet in 1995, she successfully pursued her entrepreneurial journey in the tech ecosystem, founding a web agency, a web hosting company, a blogging platform and a trailblazer event, Le Web, which brought all of Silicon Valley key players in Europe.

Ms Le Meur is an active Angel Investor and she invested in companies such as LinkedIn, LendingClub, Teads, Evernote, WP engine. In 2016, she co-founded The Refiners, a San Francisco based pre-seed fund and program devoted to foreign founders. The Refiners Fund I backed and invested in 56 companies. In February 2019, she published "Step it up How French women hack work-life balance" to demystify female entrepreneurship and help women connect to role models grounded in real life, translated from her French book "Comme Elles Entreprenez Votre Vie!".

Nuala O'Connor

Nuala O'Connor

President and CEO
Center for Democracy and Technology

Nuala O’Connor is president and CEO of the Center for Democracy & Technology, a global non-profit committed to the advancement of digital human rights and civil liberties, including privacy, freedom of expression, and human agency.

Ms O’Connor has served in a number of presidentially appointed positions, including as the first statutorily mandated chief privacy officer in US federal government when she served at the Department of Homeland Security. she has held senior corporate leadership positions on privacy, data, and customer trust at Amazon, General Electric, and DoubleClick. She has practiced at several global law firms including Sidley Austin and Venable.

She is an advocate for the use of data and internet-enabled technologies to improve equity and amplify marginalized voices. Ms O’Connor holds an AB from Princeton, an MA in Education from Harvard, and a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center.


Chairs (3)

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.

Lise Fuhr

Lise Fuhr

Director General
European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association (ETNO)

Lise is ETNO’s Director General since January 2016. At ETNO, she leads and oversees all the activities and she is the main external representative of the Association. On behalf of the Association, she is also a Board and an Administrative Committee member in ECSO, the European Cybersecurity Organisation. Lise has also been appointed to the Internet Society Public Interest Registry Board of Directors for a three year term as of July 2016. Prior to joining ETNO, she was Chief Operating Officer of DK Hostmaster and DIFO, the company managing the .dk domain name. In the period between September 2014 and December 2015 she also chaired the Cross Community Working Group for the IANA Stewardship Transition, building on her strong network within the internet community.

Lise has 10+ years of experience in the telecoms industry. She started her career at the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (1996-2000) where she wrote and implemented regulation for the telecommunication markets. After that, she worked for the telecoms operator Telia Networks (2000-2009), where she led various teams dealing with issues as diverse as interconnection agreements, mobile services and industry cooperation.

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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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.

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

Lead Sponsors (2)

Our mission is to innovate technologies that empower an intelligent, sustainable and connected world. Operating in 180 countries, Ericsson has delivered telephony and mobile broadband to billions worldwide. Real-time connectivity – from connected cars to wearables to smart grid technology – will transform our world. 5G, IoT and digital operations will fuel innovation we can’t imagine today. Join us at MWC for unique insights on opportunities for your business and ground-breaking use cases to enhance your customers’ experiences:

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.

Technology Partners (2)

Qualcomm connected your phone to the Internet and sparked the mobile revolution. Now the company that brought you 3G and 4G is engineering 5G, which will overcome seemingly impossible wireless challenges. We’ll define a new era of connectivity yet again as 5G transforms the way we work, shop, and play. For over 30 years, our inventions have inspired others to make the impossible, possible. Now, we’re inventing ways for 5G and Artificial Intelligence to change how business gets done, redefine industries and improve lives everywhere.


Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) 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.

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 the 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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