Team

Luigi Gambardella, President 

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Luigi Gambardella has long and extensive experience as an international leader in the telecoms field, and in all things digital. Besides President of ChinaEU, he is Telecom Italia’s Vice President for Relations with International Institutions and Organizations and Board Member of the Executive Board of the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association (ETNO). He joined the Telecom Italia Group in 1999, in charge of relations with the Italian national telecommunications regulatory authority, having previously run regulatory and Institutional affairs for Olivetti. He also serves as President of EUBrasil, the association for development of relations between Europe and Brazil; as a Board member of the Transatlantic Business Council and as President of Puntoit, the Italian association for development of the digital economy. In addition Mr Gambardella is the BIAC Vice Chair to the OECD ICCP Committee, and a member of the Advisory and Support Group of BUSINESSEUROPE. Gambardella holds a Master’s Degree in Business Economics from the Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, and pursued advanced graduate studies in EU affairs at the College of Europe.

Email: luigi.gambardella@chinaeu.eu

Twitter:@lgambardella

Wechat ID: LuigiGambardella

Claudia Vernotti, Director

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Claudia Vernotti is Co-Founder and Director of ChinaEU. She represents ChinaEU at B20 and is responsible for its strategy vis-à-vis China and its Chinese partners, including China Internet Development Foundation, China Labs, Zhongguangcun Digital Culture Industry Alliance and China Information Technology Industry Federation. Fluent in Mandarin, she has studied and worked in China for several years, having served among others for the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and the Italian Embassy in Beijing. She holds a Chinese-English bilingual Master’s in International Studies with a focus on International Economics from  Johns Hopkins University in Nanjing and Bachelor in Languages and Economic and Legal Institutions of Eastern Asia from Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia.

Email: claudia.vernotti@chinaeu.eu

Wechat ID: claudiakiki88

Christian Hocepied, Legal Counsellor

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Christian Hocepied is Legal Counsellor of ChinaEU. He has more than 27 years of experience in Telecom and internet regulation. Besides advising ChinaEU, Christian Hocepied is also active as senior research fellow at the CRIDS from the university of Namur (Belgium). Before joining the CRIDS, he worked more than 27 years for the European Commission and as a consultant with Cullen International (Brussels), where he designed and launched the new competition law service. This service provides an overview of all EU and national competition decisions in the eCommunications area. Before that, Christian Hocepied was Principal Expert in the Antitrust Media Unit of the Competition Directorate General of the EU Commission. In this position he was dealing among other, with the granting of rights of spectrum use in the media sector in the framework of the ‘digital switchover’. Christian Hocepied joined the European Commission in 1985, where he dealt with State aid, State Undertakings, Liberalisation and the application of the EU antitrust rules, including leading Commission inspection teams in company premises. One of his main achievements was the drafting of the EU telecommunications liberalisation Directives that sets the framework for EU telecom liberalization during the nineties. He oversaw their application in the European Union and the new Member States in the subsequent years. In the 1990ies, he was also responsible for the drafting of the Decisions which ensured the introduction of competition among GSM systems in Europe. Before joining the EU Commission, Christian Hocepied worked among other as a lawyer in the Belgian Senate. He has a master degree in Law from the University of Ghent (1980), an MBA from the Vlerick School voor Management (1981) and a master in sciences commerciales (HEC-St Louis Brussels – 1986).

Email: christian.hocepied@chinaeu.eu

Wechat ID: hocepch

Yu Jiao, Head of Communication and Relationship with Media

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Yu Jiao, is head of External Relations at ChinaEU. Her responsibilities involve developing and sustaining relation with stakeholders both in Europe and China. She maintains great contacts with Chinese and European press and Universities and through her extensive network she is always up-to-date on research, business and political topics in China and Europe. She is the main contact point within the association for Chinese speaking stakeholders.
Next to her work at ChinaEU she is a doctoral researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel where she has practically completed a PHD on the topic of Creative Industries. She holds a Master of Science in Business economics and Business Engineering and a Bachelor in Industrial Engineering.
Yu is a native Chinese speaker and fluent English and has got an unique mix of experience working in business, diplomacy and higher education. She has extensive knowledge of the European and Chinese markets and how to bridge the cultural gaps between them.

Jean-Philippe Kalthof, Project-Assistant

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Jean-Philippe Kalthof is Project-Assistant at ChinaEU. In his work for ChinaEU, Jean-Philippe assists in running the Europe China Innovation Network (ECIN), a platform dedicated to increase cooperation between Chinese and European Startup Startups by permanently scouting the Chinese and European markets for opportunities.
His writing skills are of great importance to the association, he has the ability to turn complicated subjects into easily understandable information. He is involved with writing most of the official communication by ChinaEU.
Fluent in Dutch and English, he became interested in China during his studies. He holds a Master of Science in European politics and external relations from the University of Amsterdam and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Utrecht.
During these studies he specialized in Chinese History, EU-China relations and the inner workings of the European Union. During his Master he wrote on subjects such as Uber’s European strategy and he wrote a thesis on NGO network advocacy towards the Council, the most secretive of EU institutions.