Luigi Gambardella

President, ChinaEU,

Luigi Gambardella has long and extensive experience as an international leader in the telecoms field, and in all things digital.

Currently Head of European Affairs of Open Fiber, the new Italian ultra-broadband network owned by ENEL and Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP). Luigi has for several years stewarded international relations for one of Europe's biggest "telcos", Telecom Italia, and from 2011 to 2014 he has chaired the Executive Board of the European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association (ETNO).

Mr Gambardella's worldwide network of top-level industry decision-makers, governments, regulators and trade organizations is unique, as are his privileged contacts throughout

the global financial community and business press.

He regularly organizes C-level summits bringing together major captains of European digital industry, EU Commissioners and European national Ministers and telecommunications regulatory Chairmen.

Luigi's standing and reputation as a primary shaper of policy transformation throughout digital industries are firmly established throughout the European region as well as the US, Central and South America, the MENA and Asia-Pacific regions.

Luigi serves as President of ChinaEU the business-led International Association aimed at intensifying business cooperation and mutual investments in Internet, Telecom and Hi-tech between China and Europe and as President of EUBrasil, the association for development of relations between Europe and Brazil.

Luigi is Board Member of FTTH Council Europe and Member of the Scientific Committee of Fondazione Bruno Kessler.

Luigi is also Founder of Broadband4Europe, serves as Chairman of the Digital Regulation Forum, and as President of Puntoit, the Italian association for development of the digital economy

Mr Gambardella was Telecom Italia's Vice President for Relations with International Institutions and Organizations, Executive Board Chairman of the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association (ETNO) and Board member of the Transatlantic Business Council

He joined the Telecom Italia Group in 1999, in charge of relations with the Italian national telecommunications regulatory authority, having previously run regulatory and Institutional affairs for Olivetti.

In addition Mr Gambardella was also the BIAC Vice Chair to the ICCP Committee at OECD, and a member of the Board of European Internet Foundation and of the Advisory and Support Group of BUSINESSEUROPE.

He holds a Master's Degree in Business Economics from the Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi.

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