Following the success of the joint conference held in Riga in 2019 celebrating the IIC’s 50th anniversary and BEREC’s 10th anniversary, the two organisations agreed to continue collaborating biennially. We are therefore delighted to be arranging this joint event as an online conference this year.
This independent forum will bring together statutory national regulators and industry in a collegiate, neutral setting to debate policy issues. Senior level stakeholders from the telecommunications, media and technology sectors will be participating once again.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has underpinned TMTs role in societal resilience, digital transformation and the revitalising of economies, but it is also a stark reminder of the necessity for digital connectivity for all. Identifying the steps needed to strengthen Europe’s digital capabilities, increase the resilience of the electronic communications market and close the digital divide will provide the backdrop for this year’s conversations.
Boutheina Guermazi is the Director of Digital Development (DD) Department of the Infrastructure Practice Group of the World Bank. She heads a global team working on building digital economies in developing countries, to drive shared prosperity and reduced poverty. The team advises policymakers and regulators, works in collaboration with leading firms and partners, and designs investment and technical assistance programs to improve broadband connectivity and use of digital technology to address development challenges of client countries. The work covers a wide area of focus including broadband networks, mobile networks, cloud infrastructure, internet of things, and big data analytics. The team works collaboratively across sectors to ensure the availability and use of digital government platforms, identification for development and other key foundations to harness digital development, while strengthening cybersecurity, privacy, and data protection. Ms Guermazi also leads the Digital Development Partnership (DDP), a Multi-Donor Trust Fund focusing on Digital development globally.
Prior to her role as Director, Ms Guermazi was Practice Manager of Digital Development covering Africa and the Middle East regions of the World Bank. She also served as Lead Operations Officer in the Regional Integration Unit of the Africa region of the World Bank. During her tenure, she has written and published articles and book chapters on trade law, telecommunications policy, and regulatory reform.
Before joining the World Bank, Ms Guermazi was Assistant Professor at the University of Law and Political and Social Sciences of Tunis, and a Telecommunications consultant to the Sector Reform Unit at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).
Ms Guermazi holds a PhD in Telecommunications Law and Policy from the Faculty of Law at McGill University, Canada; an LLM in International Law from Indiana University, USA; and a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Law from the University of Tunis, Tunisia. She held a Fulbright Scholarship and was a research scholar at the University of Michigan (USA), the Social Science Research Council (USA), and the Center of Studies for Regulated Industries (Canada).
David Wheeldon is Group Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Sky, advising the CEO and Group Executive Committee on strategic public policy, regulatory advocacy, government relations and industry engagement across Sky’s major European markets where his team cover a wide range of media, telecoms, consumer and digital issues. Previously Mr Wheeldon looked after Sky’s sustainability strategy and for its initiatives to inspire customers and staff in sports, arts, environment and schools. He has also served as deputy president of the Association of Commercial Television Europe and he is currently a board director of Internet Matters, a not-for-profit company that helps keep children safe in the digital world. Prior to Sky Mr Wheeldon held a similar role at the London Stock Exchange Group where he was responsible for the Group’s UK, EU and global public policy covering listed companies, equities trading and the capital markets. In the early 2000’s, he was a partner in a leading London based communications firm where he provided political advice to major international businesses. He began his career as a university administrator before becoming a political speech writer and strategist.
Enrique Medina Malo is currently Chief Policy Officer at Telefónica S.A.
Mr Medina Malo joined the Telefónica Legal department in 2006, as Head of Public Law and with responsibilities in the field of Regulation and Competition legal affairs.
In 2008 he was appointed Chief Legal Officer of Telefónica, S.A., reporting to the Group´s General Counsel and in September 2011, General Counsel of Telefónica Europe, reporting to the regional CEO.
Before joining Telefonica, Mr Medina Malo served as in the Spanish Government Legal Service in different posts: Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Industry and Energy and the High Court of Cataluña. He also served as General Director for Legislation (Secretario General Técnico) of the Ministry of Science and Technology (2002-2004) and Chief Legal Officer of the Spanish Broadcasting Corporation RTVE (2004-2006).
Mr Medina Malo has a law degree from Carlos III University of Madrid (1994) and was admitted to the Spanish Government Legal Services in 1997 (Abogado del Estado).
Frank Krüger is head of the Directorate “Digital Society and Infrastructure” at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI).
After training as a bank officer, he studied economics and, in 1994, began working as press desk officer at the Federal Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. In 1998, Mr Krüger started working for the Federal Ministry of Economics in the same position. Since 1999, he has been working in the field of telecommunications, and since 2008 his focus has been on broadband policy. From 2005 to 2008, Mr Krüger represented Germany in Brussels in the fields of telecommunications and audiovisual media. In 2011, he was appointed to a Head of Division for broadband policy. In 2014, he switched to the BMVI and was appointed to a Director.
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