Curriculum Vitae


Erika Mann
Klostergut Schachtenbeck          
37581 Bad Gandersheim                                                                  
Tel: +49 170 3178230         

Rue Veydt 30
1060 Belgium
Tel: +32 2 5384440

Email: [email protected]


I have a holistic approach to my work. My activities in international politics, trade and industry have been permeated by my commitments to social and humanitarian issues. Speaking German, English, Spanish and French has enabled me to gain intercultural competence. I support the Erika-Mann basic school in Berlin, as well as working with the Art of Living Foundation, where I deepened my experience in international crisis management. Before being a member of the European Parliament (1994-2009) I ran my own IT-consultancy (Philtech) and obtained a degree of educational science at the University of Hannover and a MA in philosophy and further education.


A) Representation of CCIA (Computer & Communications Industry Associaton) in Brussels. 11 Rond Point Schuman - Suite 417, 1040 Brussels - +32 2 256 7592 - [email protected] -

B) Partner in a firm which will start operating in late spring in Brussels, Washington, Tokyo and Germany and which is called ENIN. Ennin was a Chinese philosopher, who crossed borders in many ways.  Ennin was Japanese Buddhists who studied in China in the ninth century. He wrote a diary while we crossed China as a Buddhist pilgrim for nine and a half years.. A translation into English is done by Professor Edwin O. Reischauer of Harward University "Ennin's Diary: The Record of a Pilgrimage to China in Search of the Law." (Ronald Press, New York, 1955). In many ways he was a true searcher and observer of Chinese culture and for us he is a Leitfigur to achieve the impossible. Crossing borders and managing complex environments is our strength.

C) Chair of an evaluation group for the European Commission and the European Investment Bank This group evaluates the so called Risk-Sharing-Facility-Fund which is offers access to loans for companies and research based entities which want to enter the market with a product or service which carries a certain risk. It is a kind of Venture Capital Fund but in public hands.


Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council. The Atlantic Council is a Think-Tank which concentrates on topic between Europe and the United States in the wider international political context.

Trustee at Friends of Europe. Friends of Europe is one of the most senior and respected Think-Tanks in Europe. It has his headquarter in Brussels in the beautiful Bibliotheque Solvay.


International Trade

2004 - 2009 Speaker of the Social Democratic Group (SPE) in the in the Committee for International Trade
2004 - 2009 Co-chairperson of the Joint Board which coordinates WTO matters between the INTA committee and the Interparliamentary Union (IPU)
1994 - 2009 Member of Committee for International Trade (INTA, former REX Committee) 
Special achievements Conceived the notion of a "Transatlantic Market" between the EU and US, which led to the foundation of the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC) (reports)

Attended and gained strong experience all WTO-Ministerial meetings since 1994

Experience in mediating bilateral (online games) and multilateral (Airbus-Boing) trade disputes

Bilateral regional trade agreements (EU-Mexico)

In charge of European Partnership Agreements (EPAs) - Rapporteur for EPA between the EU and Ivory Coast

Member of the European delegation to the Trade and Poverty Forum

Strong connections to the World Bank, IMF, WTO and other international organisations

Transatlantic relations

Current Non-resident senior fellow at Atlantic Council
Current Member and of the Atlantic Council Business and Economics Advisory Group
2003 - present Member of Board of the Salzburg Global Seminar
1994 - present Member of the German Marshall Foundation
2007 - 2009 Member of the advisory board of the joint EU-US official Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC)
2004 - 2009 Member of the Parliamentary Delegation for relations with the USA (Transatlantic Legislative Dialogue)
2003- 2009 European chairperson of the Transatlantic Policy Network (TPN) with Senator Robert Benett, member since 1997
special achievements Conceived the notion of a "Transatlantic Market" between the EU and US (Rapportuer on EU-US Transatlantic Economic Relations report)

Participated in Transatlantic Security Summit (simulated bioterrorist attack, 14 January 2005)

Foreign policy

2001 - present Member of the board of trustees of the "International education and encounter network" (IBB)
2004 - present Member of board of Internews (concerned with support of democratic media in Eastern Europe and the Middle East
2004 - 2009 Head of the Joint- parliamentary Committee EU- Mexico
special achievements Chairperson for delegations to USA, Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus, and EFTA-countries; member of delegation to South Asia

2006: Conflict resolution for Sri Lanka (official conference with the Art of Living Foundation in Oslo, Norway)

Practical support in post-war Kosovo until 2005

Eye-witness of the Mumbai-terror attacks in Taj Hotel, November 2008

Media policy and telecommunications

1994 - 2009 Member of Committee of Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)
2000 - present Founding member and chairperson (since 2004 - present) of the European Internet Foundation (EIF) 
1985 - 1994 Founder and CEO of own IT-consultancy "Philtech"
special achievements Expert in fields of Data Privacy, Telecom Regulation, E-Commerce, Internet Regulation and ICANN

WTO International Telecommunications Agreement

Research and industry policy

2004 - present Member on the board of trustees of the Max-Planck-Institute for Aeronomics in Katlenburg- Lindau, Germany
2002 - present Co-chairperson of the board of trustees of the Kompetenzzentrum Technik e.V. (member since 2000)
2004 - 2009 Co-chairperson of the Forum of Automobile and Society 
2002 - 2008 Senator of Max Planck Society
1994 - 2009 Member of the Committee of Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE); work on all research programmes
special achievements Since 1994 responsible and influential in various research programmes:

Evaluator for 4th Framework Programme

Initiator of the European Research Council

Rapporteur for the European Metrology research programme

Initiator of the Benchmarking Group (concerned with setting benchmarks for energy-intensive industries)

Initiator of the Battery Research Initiative (energy research, building intelligent infrastructure, waste-management, access to international markets for raw material)

Intelligent Grid, Broadband, IPR, patent protection and energy efficiency

Co-founder of the German European Security Association (GESA), an initiative concerned with security (airport security, the security market and IT-security)

Women's policy

2009 Supporter of the 50/50 campaign (to bring more women in the European institutions)
2004 - present Member of many expert groups, i.e. Women in Industrial Research (WIR) of the European Commission
2003 - present Member of Europa Donna (womens' initiative against breast cancer)
2002 - present Deputy member of the board of trustees of the Kompetenzzentrum Technik e.V. and member since 1999

Think Tanks and Networks

2001 - present Member of the advisory council European Policy Centre (EPC)
2004 - present Member of the Centre for European Policy Studies(CEPS)
2004 - present Member of the board of the Kangaroo Group
2005 - present Trustee of Friends of Europe


2005 European-American Business Council Award 2005 (for exceptional transatlantic commitment)
2001 Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande
2003 Academic of the International Informatization Academy of the United Nations (AC II A UN)


Numerous publications from and about myself see here.
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