The driving forces behind our Forum

Our governing and operating bodies include our Steering Committee (SC) and Board as well as our Programming Committee (PC), ad-hoc event Organising Committees (OC), and our General Assembly (GA). An overview is available here.

Our programme of activities is regularly discussed at Programming Committee meetings, which are open to all members, and then reviewed for approval at Steering Committee meetings.

The Programming Committee is co-chaired by an MEP and by a Business and/or Associate member from the Steering Committee. All members can freely suggest or support activities at any time by contacting our Secretariat. All our activities are led by an MEP.

The agenda of each event is shaped by members who volunteer to work together in an Organising Committee (OC), an ad-hoc taskforce led by the MEP chairing the event and coordinated by a member from the Business or Associate membership. Members can join OCs for scheduled events at any time via their Member Area.

As in all non-profit associations, we also hold a General Assembly (GA) meeting at least once a year, where all members gather to review past and future activities, approve budget and financial accounts, and any other business. You can consult our Statutes and Bylaws here.

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee (SC) is the major driving force behind our Forum. It sets the strategy, approves the programme of activities based on our membership’s input, decides on new members and makes recommendations to the Board.

Chaired by an MEP, it includes up to 15 Political members (MEPs), 1 external personality and all Board members.

MEPs

Currently chaired by Pilar del Castillo MEP, our Steering Committee includes MEPs from different political groups who are engaged in digital policy and are actively involved in our Forum as Political members.

  • Pilar del Castillo Steering Committee Chair MEP | EPP | Spain
  • Brando Benifei MEP | S&D | Italy
  • Morten Helveg Petersen MEP | Renew Europe | Denmark
  • Eva Kaili MEP | S&D | Greece
  • Miapetra Kumpula-Natri MEP | S&D | Finland
  • Angelika Niebler MEP | EPP | Germany
  • Ivan Štefanec MEP | EPP | Slovakia
  • Sabine Verheyen MEP | EPP | Germany

External personality

Former MEP (1984-2014) James Elles is a member of our Steering Committee. In the year 2000, he co-founded EIF together with MEPs Erika Mann and Elly Plooij-van Gorsel. He is also the founder and Chairman of the Transatlantic Policy Network and the Honorary President of the European Strategic and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS).

  • James Elles EIF Co-founder, Former MEP

Board

Currently chaired by Nicola Frank (EBU), our Board manages administrative matters and financial and human resources. It includes up to 8 representatives from our Business Membership and up to 6 representatives from our Associate Membership, who are elected by the General Assembly with a 3-year mandate. Board members are also ex oficio members of the Steering Committee.

  • Nicola Frank Board Chair Head of Institutional and International Relations, EBU
  • Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl Director General, DIGITALEUROPE
  • Elizabeth Crossick Head of Government Affairs EU, RELX GROUP Programming Committee Co-Chair
  • Margot Dor Director Government Affairs, ETSI
  • Daniel Friedlaender Head of EU Office, SKY
  • Lise Fuhr Director General, ETNO
  • Innocenzo Genna Board Member, EuroISPA
  • Tilmann Kupfer VP, Trade & International Affairs, BT
  • Magnus Madfors VP, Head of Technical Regulations, Ericsson
  • Fabrizio Porrino SVP Global Public Affairs, FacilityLive
  • Carlos Rodriguez Cocina Director European Regulatory Affairs- Head of Brussels Office, Telefonica
  • Andreas Tegge Head Global Government Relations, SAP
  • Claudia Selli Executive Director European Political and Legislative Affairs, AT&T
  • Natalia Vicente Head of Public Affairs, ESOA Programming Committee Co-Chair