Roberto Viola

director DG Connect EU Commission (via skype)

Roberto Viola holds a doctorate in Electronic Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). He is Director-General of DG CONNECT in the European Commission. Between September 2012 and August 2015 he was Deputy Director-General of DG CONNECT with responsibilities for Electronic Communications Networks and Services Directorate, Cooperation Directorate - International and Inter-institutional relations, Stakeholders cooperation, Coordination Directorate - Growth and Jobs, Innovations and Knowledge Base, Media and Data Directorate. From 2005 to 2012, he was the Secretary General in charge of managing AGCOM (Italian media and telecom regulator).

He was Chairman of the European Radio Spectrum Policy group (RSPG) from 2012 to 2013, and Deputy Chairman in 2011 and Chairman in 2010. He was member of the BEREC Board (Body of European Telecom Regulators). He was Chairman of the European Regulatory Group (ERG) in 2007. He served as Director of Regulation Department and Technical Director in AGCOM from 1999 to 2004, in charge of  regulation in terrestrial, cable and satellite television, frequency planning, access and interconnection of communication services, cost accounting and tariff in telecommunication and broadcasting services. From 1985 to 1999 he served in various positions as a staff member of the European Space Agency (ESA); in particular, he was Head of Telecommunication and Broadcasting Satellite Services.

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