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NEWS ARTICLE | 27 September 2017

Meet the jury of the European Broadband Awards 2017

The projects applying for the European Broadband Awards 2017 will be assessed by a jury composed of five European experts in broadband. They will select the finalists and the winners for each of the five award categories. The jury members are: Adina Claici, Oliver Johnson, Sandra Lotti, Bert Sadowski and Marek Średniawa.

Logo of the European Broadband Awards 2017 and photos of the jury members
European Commission - The jury of the European Broadband Awards 2017: Adina Claici, Oliver Johnson, Sandra Lotti, Bert Sadowski and Marek Średniawa.

Adina Claici

Dr. Adina Claici is an expert in competition and has recently joined Copenhagen Economics as Director of the Brussels office. With almost ten years of experience as a Senior Member of the Chief Economist Team of DG Competition, Adina has a unique insight into the most recent competition policy developments at EU level and in-depth experience in mergers, anti-trust and state aid cases. Her work covered numerous industries and she coordinated parts of the state aid work. Adina is a regular speaker in conferences and seminars and is often publishing in peer-reviewed academic journals. She is currently also a visiting professor at the College of Europe in Bruges. Adina holds a PhD in Economics from Autonoma University of Barcelona.

Oliver Johnson    

Chief Executive of UK based analyst house Point Topic Oliver Johnson has been involved in online environments for more than 30 years. He joined Point Topic as the COO in 2004 and moved to CEO in 2007. Starting with internet projects in the mid-80s running bulletin boards, through building some of the first commercial websites in the UK in the early 90s and then to monitoring and analysing B2C and B2B market demand and supply he has built up a significant breadth of experience. Over the last 15 years he has researched, analysed and reported on global broadband markets and players down to zip code consumer modelling. Familiar with the range of influences that drive broadband, from political to legal to technical to socio-demographic effects he originates the bulk of Point Topic’s modelling and data analysis.

Sandra Lotti    

Sandra Lottis working career started with innovation and European projects, first at the S&T Park based in Bologna, then for the Municipality of Bologna. She worked at the International projects office run by the municipality and was one of the founders of Telecities. From 2001 to 2011 she has worked for Regione Emilia-Romagna, at the DG ICT and telecommunication, in charge of the regional ICT Plan, the programme that finances ICT (e-gov) broadband for the overall regional territory. Since August 2011, she works at Lepida spa in the area Digital strategies and European relations.

Bert Sadowski

Bert Sadowski works as an Associate Professor of the Economics of Innovation and Technological Change at the Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands and as a Guest Professor at Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK, the University Trento, Italy, and Wuhan University, Wuhan, China. In the past fifteen years, his research interest has been in the areas of the economics of technological change and innovation, regulatory economics and real options analysis. He has carried out a number of projects for different governmental and non-governmental organization as well as for a variety of private companies. He has been special adviser to the European Commission, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs as well as to different local and provincial governmental organizations in the Netherlands and abroad. He has served as a boardroom consultant to a number of private companies.

Marek Średniawa    

Dr. Marek Średniawa holds the position as an Associate Professor at the Institute of Telecommunications of the Warsaw University of Technology (WUT). His interests focus on technical, business and regulatory aspects of electronic communication and also include  the evolution of Internet and Smart Cities. Apart from his academic activities, he is a freelance consultant. He serves as a reviewer of European projects within the framework of the Celtic Plus Program. He is also an expert affiliated at the Electronics and Telecommunications Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences, appraiser at the Polish Information Processing Society, a member of the ICT Terminology Team of the Council for the Polish Language and a member of the board of the Witkacy Institute.

The European Broadband Awards 2017

49 projects have applied for the European Broadband Award 2017. The finalists will be announced on the Broadband Europe website in October. The winners of the European Broadband Awards 2017 (one per category) will be announced and awarded by Mariya Gabriel, the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, at the Award Ceremony on the 20th November 2017 and showcased at the Broadband Days 2017 in Brussels. Register and consult the agenda of the event for further details. The winners and finalists will also be featured on DG Connect's website, in newsletters and will be displayed in the good practice database of Broadband Europe.