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ETNO Office

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


Lise is ETNO’s Director General. Prior to that, 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. She has recently been appointed to the Internet Society Public Interest Registry Board of Directors for a three year term starting in July 2016.

Lise has 10+ 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.

Lise is a Danish national.

Marta Capelo

Director of Public Policy

Prior to joining ETNO, Marta worked as the Transport and Communications Counsellor for the Portuguese Permanent Representation to the European Union. Before that, she was a Member of the Cabinet of the Portuguese Secretary of State for Infrastructure, Transport and Communications.

Marta has extensive experience in telecoms regulation as well as intellectual property, data protection and e-Commerce services. In the early years of her career, she worked as a lawyer for leading Portuguese and international law firms in the technology, media & telecoms practice. Her academic background includes a degree in law from the Catholic University of Lisbon and European Legal Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges.

Francesco Versace

Director of Regulatory Affairs

Francesco Versace is responsible for the managing and coordination of the Competitive Markets, Spectrum Policies, Research and Innovation, Tax Policies and External Trade Issues Working Groups of ETNO. Within the ETNO office, Francesco is also responsible for matters related to competition policy.

Prior to joining ETNO in November 2013, Francesco worked in the Public and Regulatory Affairs department of Telecom Italia. In the past, he has worked for the European Commission and the United Nations. He has also taught International Relations at the University of Bologna.

Francesco holds two Master’s and a BA. His academic background ranges from European Studies to International Relations and Politics. He studied in several academic institutions, including the University of Bologna, the University of California at Berkeley and the Catholic University of Milan.

Natalia Vicente

Public and Regulatory Affairs Officer

Before joining ETNO, Natalia Vicente worked for three years in the startup TagTagCity, specialised in mobile development. In the past, she has worked for the Public and Regulatory Affairs department of Telecom Italia and Telefonica in Brussels.

Natalia holds an MBA and BA in law. She graduated in Madrid and spent an exchange semester at Siena University, Italy.

Natalia speaks Spanish, English, French, and Italian.

Alessandro Gropelli

Director of Communications

Alessandro Gropelli joined ETNO in 2013. He leads the communication strategy and is a spokesperson for the Association.

Prior to joining ETNO, he was European affairs advisor at Vodafone Group and vice-chairman at m-commerce working group of GSMA Europe. In 2010, Alessandro 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 graduated in public management from Bocconi University in Milan (2009) and spent an exchange semester at the Hitotsubashi University of Tokyo (2008).

Alessandro speaks Italian, English and French. You can follow Alessandro on twitter @agropelli.

Anne Valles

HR, Finance and Corporate Events Manager

Anne Vallès Meunier is responsible for ETNO's Corporate Events, Human Resources and Finance. 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 Spanish and speaks several European languages including English and French.

Isabelle Claeys

Events & Operations

Isabelle Claeys deals with Events & Operations and is responsible for the organisation of ETNO’s Board meetings and General Assemblies. She also manages the ETNO Director’s agenda.

Isabelle joined ETNO in 2001 and has worked in various positions such as Internal Relations Assistant and PA to the Director. Previously, she worked for 4 years in the American film industry, in the anti-piracy department of the Motion Picture Association.

She is Belgian and holds a degree in French-English-Spanish translation. 

Gabriel Daia

Digital Communications Officer

Gabriel Daia joined the ETNO team in November 2016.

At ETNO, Gabriel leads on digital 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 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 an 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 @ETNOAssociation.

Kristina Olausson

Policy Officer

Kristina Olausson joined ETNO in March 2017. She works with the Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy teams, contributing to the delivery of ETNO’s policy and regulatory activities. She previously worked as Project Assistant within the Dutch 2016 Presidency of the EU Council on a conference on digital government and as Information Officer with the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions in Brussels. She has experience from working with data policy and digital governance.

Kristina has also completed a number of internships, among others at the Innovation Section of the EU Delegation to the US, Washington DC (2015) and with MEP Christofer Fjellner, European Parliament, Brussels(2016).

Kristina graduated with a double-degree MA cum laude in European Governance from Utrecht University and Masaryk University (2016). She also holds a BA in Political Science and Economics from Lund University and completed an exchange semester at Istanbul Bilgi University (2010). She has been awarded with scholarships for her prominent achievements.

Kristina speaks Swedish, English, German and basic French.


Members & Observers - View companies map

  • Albtelecom
  • Proximus
  • Eir
  • Elisa Communications Corporation
  • GO Plc (Malta)
  • Hrvatski Telekom
  • Koninklijke KPN
  • Lattelecom
  • Magyar Telekom
  • Makedonski Telekom
  • Orange
  • OTE
  • Portugal Telecom
  • Síminn (Iceland Telecom Ltd.)
  • Slovak Telekom
  • Swisscom
  • TDC
  • TDF
  • Telecom Italia
  • Telefónica
  • Telekom Austria
  • Telekom Slovenije
  • Orange Polska
  • Telenor
  • Telia Company
  • Turk Telekom
  • Vivacom
  • Deutsche Telekom AG
  • CYTA (Cyprus Telecommunications Authority)
  • BT
  • BH Telecom
  • POST Group

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