Speaker Details

Michael Bartholomew
Director, ETNO

Michael Bartholomew is Director of ETNO, the trade association for Europe's largest e-communications operators. ETNO's 41 members in 34 European countries account for a total turnover of more than 250 billion euros and up to one million employees.

Mr Bartholomew is a key interlocutor with European and International institutions for all policies impacting on the EU telecoms industry. As main spokesman for the industry, he is a frequent speaker on telecoms related regulatory and market developments at European and international conferences and events.

The ETNO Director runs the Brussels secretariat and coordinates the work of ETNO's 20 expert groups, developing common industry positions on key issues such as economic regulation, spectrum management, fraud and security, data protection, sustainability, content related issues, Internet Governance and social dialogue. Mr Bartholomew represents these positions at the EU and international level.

Prior to joining ETNO, Mr Bartholomew served as Director for European Affairs for the Motion Picture Association that represents the global interests of Hollywood's major studios. Earlier, he also funded and managed for nine years a Brussels public affairs consultancy and worked with major EU and international clients in the audiovisual and publishing sectors.

Mr Bartholomew is member of the Cercle Royal Gaulois, the Centre for European Policy Studies and former board director of the International Press Association. For the past three years, he has been a member of the Jury for the annual World Communications Award and is listed in "Who's Who in the World" and in "Who's Who in Science and Technology".

With a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University in Illinois, Mr Bartholomew began his career as a journalist and has worked for the Associated Press, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. His columns on European affairs have been published in the Wall Street Journal and other leading international newspapers.