Detlef Eckert

Detlef Eckert is Director “Lisbon Strategy and Policies for the Information Society” in the Directorate General “Information Society and Media” (DG INFSO) of the European Commission in Brussels (Belgium). In this function he is responsible for developing and incubating policies, notably with respect to the Lisbon Strategy. Strategies and operational procedures are developed in particular with regard to the posti2010 initiative, the ICT component of the 7th Framework Programme (FP7), and the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP). His Directorate is also responsible for economic and statistical analysis as well as evaluation and monitoring of all planned programmes and actions of DG INFSO.


From 2007 to 2009 he was Senior Advisor to the Director General of DG INFSO.

From 2002 to 2006 he took personal leave to work for Microsoft as Director responsible for the implementation of the Trustworthy Computing (TWC) initiative in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Before 2002, Detlef Eckert was Head of Division responsible for analysis and policy planning in the Directorate General Information Society; he launched a number of key policy initiatives that contributed to the full liberalisation of the European telecommunications markets in 1998. Other activities included the launch of the eEurope2002 and 2005 Action Plan which in the meantime has become the i2010 initiative. He was also responsible for a new network and information security policy at EU level leading inter alia to the foundation of the “European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA)”.

Detlef Eckert joined the European Commission in 1988 as officer for State Aids in the agriculture sector. Before, from 1985 until 1988, he worked for the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Federal State of Bremen (Germany) responsible for regional policy and restructuring measures.

Born in Germany, Detlef Eckert graduated from the University of Siegen with a degree in Economics. He also obtained a Doctorate in Economics from the same university where he was assistant professor from 1979 until 1985.

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