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 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 appointed to the Internet Society Public Interest Registry Board of Directors for a three year term as of July 2016. 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 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.
Director of Strategy & Communications
Alessandro Gropelli is ETNO’s Director of Strategy and Communications. In this role, he is also Deputy to the Director General. He joined ETNO in 2013 and he is an expert of tech and telecoms policy. Alessandro is also a Member of the Board 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 graduated in public management from Bocconi University in Milan (2009) and spent an exchange semester at the Hitotsubashi University of Tokyo (2008). More recently, he completed Executive Education courses at the MIT (2018) and Berkeley Haas (2016).
Alessandro speaks Italian, English and French. You can follow him on twitter @agropelli.
Head of Regulation & Advocacy
Paolo is ETNO’s Head of Regulatory Affairs since August 2017. At ETNO, Paolo oversees a range of regulatory and public policy issues, including privacy, and data protection, digital services, audiovisual content and copyright.
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 leading policy advisor. Prior to that, Paolo was a consultant first with APCO Worldwide and later 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 he was granted with the U.S. Department of State Meritorious Honor Award for his outstanding service on digital economy issues.
Paolo speaks English, French and Italian.
Anne Vallès Meunier
HR, Finances & 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.
Board, Members & Office
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.
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.
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.
Sara Ghazanfari joined ETNO in April 2017. As Policy Officer, 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 and monitoring activities.
Prior to joining ETNO, Sara worked as business analyst at the European House Ambrosetti and has been involved in multi-thematic consultancy and advocacy projects.
During her previous experience in Brussels, Sara was part of Telecom Italia Public and Regulatory Affairs office, and previously completed an internship at ETNO, in 2014.
She also worked as Junior Research Fellow at the School of Management SDA Bocconi.
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 in Milan.
Sara likes to spend her spare time visiting art exhibitions and discovering new places to explore.