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Vice President, Trade & International Affairs, BT Group
Tilmann Kupfer is based in Brussels and joined the company in 1997 to work on European policy and regulation. Today, he covers trade policy in particular and works closely with BT’s public affairs and regulatory teams in the UK, the US, Asia, and Latin America. Since July 2013, he chairs the policy committee of the European Services Forum, which is a Brussels-based trade association promoting the liberalisation of international trade in services.
He also looks after BT’s relations with the European Parliament and since October 2014 is a business board member of the European Internet Forum. During his career, he has also been involved in discussions on legislative initiatives around e-commerce, copyright, data protection, audio-visual media services and the services directive.
Before joining BT, Tilmann was a public affairs consultant at Hill and Knowlton. In the early 1990s he worked as an assistant for two Members of the European Parliament and was a trainee at the European Commission and the Council of Europe.
After his master degree in history and political science at the Ludwig-Maximilans-Universität in Munich, he started his first career steps as a freelance journalist for the Bavarian Television. He speaks fluent German, English, and French as well as basic Spanish and Portuguese.