The ETNO Director is supported by a team with responsibility for specific aspects of the Association’s work. The team undertakes Secretariat functions for the Association and engages in advocacy efforts on behalf of ETNO members.

  • Lise Fuhr
    Director General

    Lise is ETNO’s Director General since January 2016. At ETNO, she leads and oversees all the activities and she is the main external representative of the Association. On behalf of the Association, she is also a Board and an Administrative Committee member in ECSO, the European Cybersecurity Organisation. Lise has also been reappointed to the Internet Society Public Interest Registry Board of Directors for a three year term as of May 2019.

    Prior to joining ETNO, she was Chief Operating Officer of DK Hostmaster and DIFO, the company managing the .dk domain name. In the period between September 2014 and December 2015, she also chaired the Cross Community Working Group for the IANA Stewardship Transition, building on her strong network within the internet community.

    Lise has 20+ years of experience in the telecoms industry. She started her career at the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (1996-2000) where she wrote and implemented regulation for the telecommunication markets. After that, she worked for the telecoms operator Telia Networks (2000-2009), where she led various teams dealing with issues as diverse as interconnection agreements, mobile services and industry cooperation. +32 (0)2 227 10 87
    Lise Fuhr
    Director General
  • Alessandro Gropelli
    Director of Strategy & Communications

    Alessandro Gropelli is ETNO’s Deputy Director General and Director of Strategy and Communications. He joined ETNO in 2013 and he is an expert of tech and telecoms policy. Alessandro is also a Member of the Board and the Treasurer of GeSI, the Global e-Sustainability Initiative.

    Prior to joining ETNO, Alessandro was European affairs advisor at Vodafone Group and vice-chairman at m-commerce working group of GSMA Europe. In 2010, he worked in the Brussels team of Telecom Italia. In 2009, as public relations officer at the European Parliament, he implemented the information campaign for the 2009 European Elections in Northern Italy.

    He holds an Executive MBA from Copenhagen Business School (2021). He graduated in public management from Bocconi University in Milan (2009) and did an exchange at the Hitotsubashi University of Tokyo (2008). He also completed Executive Education courses at the MIT (Leadership, 2018) and Berkeley Haas (Negotiations, 2016).

    Alessandro speaks English, French and his native language is Italian. +32 (0)476 94 18 39
    Alessandro Gropelli
    Director of Strategy & Communications
  • Paolo Grassia
    Director of Public Policy

    Paolo joined ETNO in August 2017 as Head of Regulatory Affairs. Since May 2019, Paolo is ETNO's Director of Public Policy. He oversees ETNO’s work and institutional engagement on a range of regulatory and policy issues, including privacy and data protection, data economy, cybersecurity, and digital services.

    Paolo joined ETNO from the economic section of the United States Mission to the EU, where he covered tech, telecoms, and data privacy as a policy advisor. Prior to that, Paolo was a consultant with APCO Worldwide and with Community Public Affairs. In his consulting roles, he advised global companies in various sectors, with a particular focus on tech and telecoms. Paolo started his career with two internships, respectively at DG COMP in the European Commission and in the EU affairs team of Telecom Italia. He holds a Master’s degree from Bocconi University in Milan and completed an Exchange programme at Seoul National University.

    In January 2017, Paolo was granted with the U.S. Department of State Meritorious Honor Award for his outstanding service on digital economy issues. He is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional and Manager by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). +32 (0)2 227 10 80
    Paolo Grassia
    Director of Public Policy
  • Maarit Palovirta
    Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs

    Maarit has an extensive expertise in telecoms, broadband and internet matters. She joined ETNO from the Internet Society, where she served as a Senior Manager Europe and where she has acquired strong experience of broadband policies as well as extensive links with internet and tech stakeholders. Maarit also had direct experience of the telecoms business during her 6 years at Cisco and has developed a strong service-oriented, hands-on profile acquired in leading consultancies Interel and Schuman Associates. She also has a strong European academic background from the College of Europe, LSE, King’s College and SciencesPo. Maarit is a Finnish national, she also speaks English and French. 022271083
    Maarit Palovirta
    Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs
  • Gabriel Daia
    Communications Manager

    Gabriel Daia joined the ETNO team in November 2016.

    At ETNO, Gabriel leads on communications including the association’s website, blog, newsletters, and social media accounts. He works closely with Alessandro to ensure the delivery and promotion of ETNO’s communication work, media outreach and the success of ETNO's events.

    He had previously worked as Project Manager Assistant for EU40, the network of young Members of the European Parliament, in Brussels (2014-2016), and as Life-insurance Consultant at Grawe Insurance, in Bucharest (2011-2012). Over the years, Gabriel has been involved in a large number of international projects, youth exchanges, placements and contests. He is co-founder of a student association in Brussels aimed to promote cultural events, active since 2013.

    He holds a BA in Economic Management (Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, 2012) and a MA in Management Science (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 2014).

    His favorite passion is playing piano and organizing his concerts.

    Gabriel speaks English, French, Romanian and basic Dutch.

    You can follow ETNO’s twitter account here. +32 (0)2 227 10 88
    Gabriel Daia
    Communications Manager
  • Sara Ghazanfari
    Public Policy Manager

    Sara Ghazanfari joined ETNO in April 2017. As Public Policy Manager, she works with the Director of Public Policy and with the Director of Regulatory Affairs, contributing to the delivery of ETNO’s policy and regulatory activities. She also supports the communication team for content activities.

    Her areas of expertise are: sustainability/CSR, competition policy & platform regulation and regulatory framework for electronic communications networks.

    Prior to joining ETNO, Sara worked as business analyst and has been involved in multi-thematic consultancy and advocacy projects. During her previous experience in Brussels, Sara was part of TIM's Public and Regulatory Affairs office. She also worked as Junior Research Fellow at the School of Management SDA Bocconi, in Milan.

    She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master’s degree in Economics and Management of Governments and International Organizations from Bocconi University. +32 (0)2 227 10 89
    Sara Ghazanfari
    Public Policy Manager
  • Anne Valles
    Senior Manager, Governance & Events

    Anne Vallès Meunier is responsible for ETNO's Corporate Events and Human Resources. She is also responsible for the organisation of ETNO’s Administrative Committee meetings.

    Prior to joining ETNO in January 1993, Anne worked at Telefónica Brussels’ Office during the pre-ETNO phase.

    Anne holds a Master’s in Journalism and a bachelor degree in Law from the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

    Anne is Belgian and speaks several European languages including English and French. +32 (0)474 98 45 08
    Anne Valles
    Senior Manager, Governance & Events
  • Muriel Hirschfeld
    Office Manager

    Prior to joining ETNO, Muriel worked for several years for Cable Europe as Digital Communications, Events and Office Manager and in Communications and Public Affairs for Cosmetics Europe. Moreover, Muriel has held various types of administrative management positions within industries such as pharmaceutical, congress organisation and travel in London, Tel Aviv and Brussels.

    Muriel holds a Masters degree in English and Spanish translation from the Institut Supérieur de Traducteurs et Interprètes (ISTI) in Brussels. Muriel speaks English, French and Spanish. 022271081
    Muriel Hirschfeld
    Office Manager
  • Ross Creelman
    Public Policy Manager

    Ross joined ETNO in November 2019 as Public Policy Officer. At ETNO he will focus on the online platform economy, e-commerce and end-user protection. Ross began his career in EU public policy at the European Court of Auditors in Luxembourg. Following this, he spent two years consulting in EU tech policy in Brussels, working for a variety of clients on cybersecurity, the review of telecoms policy, competition and data issues. He holds degrees from the University of St. Andrews and Sciences Po Paris. 

    He speaks English, French, German and Spanish. 

    Ross Creelman
    Public Policy Manager
  • Florian Feillet
    Policy Officer

    Florian joined ETNO in August 2020 as an intern in Regulatory Affairs. Since March 2021, Florian's title is Policy Officer. He focuses on issues related to cybersecurity, sustainability, digital infrastructures and the social field. Florian is also involved in the GeSI (Global e-Sustainability Initiative) workstream.

    Before joining ETNO, Florian worked for the city of Paris from 2017 to 2018, he then did a Blue Book traineeship at the Secretariat General of the European Commission in 2019.

    He graduated from the College of Europe in Natolin, the University of Cergy-Pontoise, Sciences Po Strasbourg and the Institut Catholique of Rennes.

    His passions are playing tennis and cinema.

    Florian Feillet
    Policy Officer
  • Xhoana Shehu
    Policy Officer

    Xhoana joined ETNO in September 2020 as an intern in Regulatory Affairs and became Policy Officer in March 2021. She supports the work of the regulatory and public policy team, particularly on digital infrastructure, data economy, spectrum policy and international affairs.

    Before joining ETNO, Xhoana completed internships at the French General Secretariat for European Affairs (SGAE), working on foreign affairs and VoteWatch Europe.

    She holds degrees in European Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges and Sciences Po Grenoble.

    Xhoana is French and Albanian and speaks English and German.

    Xhoana Shehu
    Policy Officer
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