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Blockchain: practices and perspectives

Christoph Steck

Director Public Policy & Internet for Telefonica.

In his role as Director of Public Policy & Internet for Telefonica he oversees the strategy and development of Telefonica´s global Public Policy work and defines its positions on Digital Policies, Internet and issues related to the Digital Economy. He is Vice-chair of the Business at OECD (BIAC) Committee on Digital Economic Policy, Vice-Chair of the Commission on Digital Economy of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Chairman of the Internet Governance workgroup of ETNO (European Network Operators Association) and Member of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) of the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF). He was closely involved in the founding of Alastria, the Spanish National Blockchain Consortium, where he is both the Board-level sponsor on standardization and of INATBA, the International Association of Trusted Blockchain Applications. He has overseen the publication of the influential Digital Manifesto of Telefonica.

He joined Telefonica in 2002 and has managed in various positions Regulatory Affairs, Government Relations and Corporate Responsibility for the company in Germany, afterwards was Chief Regulatory Officer for its European business unit and since September 2008 works in Telefonica´s headquarter in Madrid in his current position.

Christoph Steck studied Law and Human Rights at the Universities of Cologne, Munich and London (UCL) and is a qualified German lawyer. He also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from IE Business School and is Associate Professor at the School of Human Science and Technology of IE University in Madrid as well as Fellow of Aspen Institute in Spain.