Cloud Services Under the Spotlight

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Cloud Services Under the Spotlight

Cloud Services Under the Spotlight

About the speakers
  • Yann Guthmann
    Yann Guthmann
    Head, Digital Economy Unit at Autorité de la Concurrence
    After graduating in 2010 from the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique (ENSAE), Yann Guthmann headed the Cost and Tariffs unit at Arcep’s Economic Affairs and Foresight Directorate between 2010 and 2016. His work included supervising the modelling of fibre deployment, television broadcasting and the mobile phone service pricing index, and the deployment of Arcep’s geographic information system. He then joined the Autorité de la concurrence as rapporteur (case officer) in the Regulated Professions Unit. He has participated in the investigation of several opinions and decisions related to the regulated legal professions (notaries, court bailiffs, judicial auctioneers and building surveyors) and is certified in computer forensics. As part of his work, he has developed data processing automation tools enabling the Autorité to fulfil its missions involving the regulated professions. At the same time, Yann Guthmann has been a lecturer in specialized masters courses at the University of Montpellier I (2012-2016) and Université Paris-Dauphine (2014-2016) and at the Ecole supérieure d’électricité (2018/2021). His lectures focused on the regulation and economics of digital networks. Seconded to the Autorité de la concurrence de la Nouvelle-Calédonie since 2019, he has worked on various litigation files, requests for opinions and merger control operations. Since September 2020, He is Head of Digital Economy Unit at the Autorité de la concurrence.
  • Tania Van den Brande
    Tania Van den Brande
    Economics Director at Ofcom
    Tania Van den Brande is a Director of Economics at Ofcom, where she leads economic input on issues related to competition in digital markets and online safety. Before joining Ofcom, Tania worked as an economic consultant. She advised clients in front of European and national competition authorities in relation to a wide range of competition matters covering FMCGs, mining, petrol retailing, healthcare and telecommunications. Tania has expertise in the use of estimation and simulation methods to analyse competition issues.
  • Serafino Abate
    Serafino Abate
    Regulatory Affairs Expert - Cloud at Volvo Cars
    Serafino works for Volvo Cars. He is a digital regulation expert with 20 years’ experience and an international career. He has worked for Copenhagen Economics in Stockholm, and before he was at the GSMA in London, where he worked on regulatory and competition policies relating to the mobile sector. Before joining the GSMA, Serafino worked in different public policy roles in Brussels. Ha also worked at Ofcom, the UK telecom, post and media regulator, leading market reviews and international cooperation projects in telecom and digital regulation. He started his career working for Ovum, an independent research and advisory firm based in London, producing research and advice for leading telecom and media operators around the world. Serafino holds a BSc in Political Economy and Industrial Organisations from the Università degli Studi di Firenze and a MSc in economics from the University of Bristol. Serafino speaks Italian, English, Spanish, French and Swedish.
  • Sean Ennis
    Sean Ennis
    Professor & Director of Centre for Competition Policy at University of East Anglia
    Sean Ennis is Director of the Centre for Competition Policy and Professor of Competition Policy at UEA’s Norwich Business School. He specialises in competition economics, market analysis, and regulatory governance. He previously worked in economist roles at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, the European Commission and the OECD. His research has been published in economic journals. He has presented to organisations such as the G20, the ICN, the OECD, the World Bank and the United Nations, along with providing expert views to courts, competition authorities, regulators and the European and UK Parliaments. He earned a PhD from UC Berkeley and a BA Hons from Cambridge University.
  • Francisco Mingorance
    Francisco Mingorance
    Secretary General at CISPE
    Francisco Mingorance, a Hispano-Swiss based in Brussels, helped create CISPE.cloud in 2016 with a group of leading European cloud infrastructure providers. He also took part in efforts to develop a cloud infrastructure Code of Conduct under the GDPR to help cloud customers regain control of their data by enabling data processing and storage exclusively in Europe; developed the Ten Principles for Fair Software licensing in the Cloud; co-created the Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact to make all cloud services climate Neutral by 2030 and worked with the European Commission to develop industry best practices to facilitate data portability. Francisco represents CISPE in the board of Gaia-X. Francisco currently oversees the Ten Principles for Fair Software licensing in the Cloud initiative and anti-trust litigation by European Cloud providers against unfair software practices by certain legacy providers. The purpose of these initiatives is to ensure that all cloud customers in Europe have the right to run their software on the cloud of their choice, without financial or technical penalties. A lawyer with an engineering background from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Francisco has over 25 years of experience working with leading technology firms. When off the grid, Francisco produces natural red wines in Ronda (Malaga) Spain.

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