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Biography: 

Frédéric Donck has in-depth experience as a negotiator and advocate in the telecommunications and Internet industry. Much of his work has been to bridge the interests of the public and private sector to negotiate policy solutions to the benefit of all parties.

During ten years of international public policy work within the European Commission, in particular with Directorate-General for Information Society and the Directorate-General for Enterprise, Frédéric developed and advocated for numerous European policies and decisions in the convergent e-communications sector. In this position, he also contributed to the launching and management of European-wide projects in the advanced television broadcasting and information and communications technology sectors as well as projects intended to create international clusters of small and medium-size enterprises.

During the past eight years, Frédéric has also been an adviser to corporate executives and boards in the telecommunications sector. He has, in particular, designed overall public and institutional policy as well as corporate reputation campaigns for major listed companies, including several of the world’s largest electronic communications companies. A former Head of European regulatory affairs for Belgacom Group, Frédéric also worked for five years as a Member of the Executive Board of the European Association of Telecom Operators (ETNO).

Frédéric holds a LLD (Law Degree), from the Catholic University of Louvain-La-Neuve (UCL) as well as a Masters in European law (LLM) from the State University of Ghent (Gand). He is currently conducting post-graduate work in “Strategic and Problem-Solving Therapy” from the Gregory Bateson Institute, the European extension of the Mental Research Institute of Palo Alto.

Frédéric is based in Geneva and Brussels, Switzerland and Belgium

Latest Posts

  • The debate on encryption in the EU has followed a familiar path in pitting national security against concerns about civil liberties and privacy. On the one hand, Governments and intelligence agencies have increasingly claimed that the widespread use...
    Date published 06 July 2017
  • The European Union today faces some serious challenges including growing levels of populism and the threat of foreign intervention through cyber-attacks. Last year’s alleged Russian-led cyberattacks on US Democratic Party servers as well as Chinese...
    Date published 07 March 2017
  • The digitalization of human activities, from social interactions to industrial processes, has led to unprecedented levels of data collection. New data is constantly being produced, driven by the rise of user-generated content, the digitalization of...
    Date published 28 February 2017
  • The generation of data is growing at an incredible rate, with new potential uses for it keeping pace. According to the International Data Corporation “ Worldwide Big Data Technology and Services 2012-2015 Forecast”, big data technology and services...
    Date published 24 November 2015
  • A few years ago, a series of revelations about widespread surveillance of Internet communications by government security agencies sent shockwaves across the digital world, prompting renewed debates about the right to privacy in the digital age....
    Date published 26 May 2015

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