Speaker profile


  • Mr Tonnie De Koster
    Adviser for Digital Single Market International Outreach
    European Commission, DG CNECT


Currently Mr Tonnie De Koster works as Advisor for the international outreach of the EU's digital single market strategy in DG Connect of the European Commission. Previously he worked in the same DG on designing the Digital Single Market and dealt as well with innovation policy for ICT companies and standardisation. Before rejoining DG Connect in 2011, Tonnie was Deputy Head of Unit in charge of the Innovation Union in DG Research and Innovation, and from end 2005 till end 2010, he was in charge of designing and implementing the Europe 2020 Strategy for Growth and Jobs and for economic governance at the Secretariat General of the European Commission.
Tonnie has a long experience in the field of digital policy. First as Assistant to the Director-General for Information Society (1996-2000) and then as Member of Cabinet of Erkki Liikanen, Commissioner for Enterprises and Information Society (2002-2004) he was responsible for liberalising telecommunication services in Europe and for launching the eEurope strategy aimed at promoting ICTs in Europe.
Earlier Tonnie worked within the European Commission at developing a European policy in favour of SMEs (1993-1996). Tonnie De Koster is an economist by training.

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