Team

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 Director General of ETNO, the Association representing Europe’s leading telecom operators, which she joined in 2016. Lise is the Chairwoman of the Boards of Public Interest Registry (.org domain name registry) and the Public Technical Identifiers (PTI), formerly IANA, and affiliate of ICANN. She is also a Board member of European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO).

    Prior to joining ETNO, Lise was Chief Operating Officer of DK Hostmaster and DIFO, the company managing .dk domain names. From September 2014 to October 2016, Lise 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 internet and telecoms industries. She is a lifelong member of ATV – the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences – an independent think tank that utilises the combined knowledge of more than 800 Fellows and partner members – for the benefit of future generations.

    fuhr@etno.eu +32 (0)2 227 10 87
    Lise Fuhr
    Director General
  • Alessandro Gropelli
    Deputy Director General - 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.

    gropelli@etno.eu +32 (0)476 94 18 39
    Alessandro Gropelli
    Deputy Director General - 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).

    grassia@etno.eu +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.

    palovirta@etno.eu 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.

    daia@etno.eu +32 (0)2 227 10 88
    Gabriel Daia
    Communications 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.

    valles@etno.eu +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. 

    hirschfeld@etno.eu 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
  • 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
  • Marcel Planagumà
    Digital Communications Officer

    Marcel joined ETNO in April 2022 as the new Digital Communications Officer, and supports Gabriel and Alessandro ensuring the delivery and promotion of ETNO’s communication work, media outreach and the success of ETNO's events, and managing daily communications including the association’s website, newsletters and social media accounts.

    Prior to joining ETNO, Marcel managed communications for several non-profit organisations including the Brussels-based Union of European Federalists (UEF) and garagErasmus Foundation (gE) or the Catalan Association of Political Science (Colpis), and supported events organization and press relations for a communications agency (Philinks). He also counts with a working experience in the field of consultancy at Barcelona (utrans), and a traineeship one at the European Economic and Social Committee.

    Born in Barcelona, he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Administration by Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, 2011) -including an Erasmus exchange at the Karlova Univerzita in Prague- and a Master’s Degree in Political and Social Communication (FCRI Blanquerna-URL, 2013).

    Marcel is fluent in Catalan, Spanish, English and French.

    Marcel Planagumà
    Digital Communications Officer
  • Arno Semey
    Regulatory and Public Policy Intern

    Arno joined ETNO in March 2022 as a Regulatory and Public Policy Intern. He contributes to the work of the Regulatory and Public Policy team, focusing on sustainability, cybersecurity and competition policy.

    Prior to joining ETNO, Arno completed an internship in an innovation company and was a Blue Book Trainee at DG COMP (European Commission).

    He holds a Master’s degree in Law from Ghent University and an LL.M. in Law & Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam.

    Arno speaks Dutch, French, English and Spanish.

    Arno Semey
    Regulatory and Public Policy Intern
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