Harald A. Summa – CEO DE-CIX Group AG
Harald A. Summa, founder and Chief Executive Officer of eco – the Association of the German Internet Industry, has managed and developed both the eco Association and the Internet Exchange operator DE-CIX since 1995, and has been CEO of DE-CIX since 2003, when it became an independent company.
A vocal representative of the Internet industry in Germany and internationally, Summa has written numerous industry articles and frequently lectures on topics including communication, marketing and sales. From 1981 until 1992, he was a lecturer at the University of Cologne in Applied Informatics, and he is currently undertaking a Ph.D. at the University of Cologne in the Department of Business, Media and Technology Management.
Through his work for eco and DE-CIX, Summa has helped to shape the legal and political framework for the liberalization of the telecommunications market in Germany, and has supported the development of Internet infrastructure from its inception in Europe, and, increasingly, throughout the world.
He is the co-initiator of the European associations EURO-ISPA and Euro-IX, acts as an industry consultant, and serves on a range of advisory committees in Germany, at both the state and federal levels.