Opening plenary: Europe supporting the future networking

In just few decades, the Internet has become the exclusive electronic media supporting our digital life, revolutionising many aspects of business, public and privates spheres and connecting individuals to the rest of the world. What challenges? what opportunities? what building blocks for future networks? are some of the key questions that the conference will address through high-level interventions and holistic approach encompassing technology, legal, social, governance and ethical aspects. The opening session will prepare the ground for such exchange by convening the key European policy messages together with inspiring and exploratory talks from industry leaders.


Erik Ekudden

Ericsson, VP, Head of Technology Strategy and CTO Americas

Erik Ekudden is Head of Ericsson Group Technology Strategy and CTO Americas. Since 2005, he has been responsible for Ericsson’s technology strategies and industry activities. He is based in San Jose, California.

Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Ekudden held various positions within research and development in Ericsson, including research area director and vice president of standardization. He joined Ericsson in 1993, working on mobile systems.

He holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

Pearse O'Donohue

European Commission,
Head of Unit "Cloud and Software" in DG CONNECT

Pearse O'Donohue is Head of Unit of the "Cloud and Software" unit in DG Communication Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT), where he is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of policy on cloud computing and on software and services.
For the moment, Pearse is also Acting Director of Future Networks directorate.

Until the end of October 2014, Pearse was Deputy Head of Cabinet of Vice-President Neelie Kroes, outgoing European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda. He was responsible for advising the Vice-President on the development and implementation of policy on electronic communications, networks and services, as well as broadband, spectrum and other related policies.

Prior to that, Pearse was Head of the Radio Spectrum Policy Unit in the European Commission, DG CONNECT. He was responsible for the development and implementation of policies for efficient spectrum use and a coordinated approach to frequency management in the EU. This also involved the development of spectrum harmonisation measures in the electronic communications field, including the digital dividend, and in other internal market sectors such as transport and research

Pearse O'Donohue began his career in the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, following which he was posted to the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the EU in Brussels. Before joining the European Commission he worked as Assistant Director at the Brussels office of the Irish Business & Employers' Confederation. He was a member of the Cabinet of the Commissioner for Social Affairs and Employment before joining DG INFSO (now DG CONNECT) in 1999. There he held several posts, including as Assistant to the Director-General and as Deputy Head of the Unit responsible for monitoring and enforcing implementation of the EU regulatory framework in electronic communications.

Lie Junius

Google, Director of EU Public Policy and Government Relations

Lie Junius joined Google in November 2015 when she was appointed the new Director of Public Policy and Government Relations in Brussels. She has more than twenty years of European and international public affairs experience. Before Google, Lie led Government Affairs in EMEA for Goodyear Dunlop from 2008, and also managed Corporate Communications. Previously, Lie was Senior Vice President of Government Relations for ABN Amro Bank and worked in the Government Affairs Team of General Motors Europe. Lie holds a Master’s Degree in Political Sciences from the Catholic University of Leuven and a Master’s Degree in Advanced European Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges.