Christoph Steck

Private Sector, Europe – Telefonica, S.A.

Christoph Steck is Director Public Policy & Internet at Telefonica.

In this role he oversees the strategy and development of Telefonica´s global Public Policy work and defines its positions on Internet Governance, Digital policies and all policy issues related to the Digital Economy. He is also Chairman of the Internet Governance workgroup of ETNO, the European Network Operators Association and Co-chair of the Task Force on Internet and Telecommunication of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

He joined Telefonica in 2002 and has managed in various positions Regulatory Affairs, Government Relations and Corporate Responsibility for the company, lately as Chief Regulatory Officer for its European businesses.

He represents Telefonica at international organisations and global business associations and is a regular speaker at conferences. In 2014 he was selected to be a member of the ICANN High-level Panel on Global Internet Cooperation and Governance and also represented international business at the High-level Committee of NETMundial, the global multistakeholder conference on the Future of Internet Governance in Sao Paulo. In 2011 he was elected by ICC BASIS to be a representative of the business community at the UN CSTD workgroup which worked on improvements of the Internet Governance Forum.

Christoph Steck is a qualified German lawyer and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from IE Business School. He studied Law and Human Rights at the Universities of Cologne, Munich and London (UCL) and is Associate Professor at the School of Communication of IE University in Madrid.

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