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Erika Mann

Senior Advisor
Covington & Burling LLP
Erika Mann is a senior European policy advisor in Covington’s EU Public Policy & Government Affairs team. As a former Member of the European Parliament, Ms. Mann has over 20 years of experience in policy related matters.

Ms. Mann is a current member of the GNSO (Generic Names Supporting Organization) Council of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which she joined end of 2016. She was a member of ICANN’s Board from 2011 until end of 2016.

Ms. Mann built and headed the office of Facebook as Managing Director Public Policy in Brussels from October 2011 until end of 2015. Prior to this, she was the Executive Vice President of the Computer & Communications Industry Association between December 2009 and October 2011. In that role, she built and led the Association’s Brussels office.

She was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for Germany between 1994 and 2009. As an MEP, she concentrated on trade policy, transatlantic relations, financial services, pharmaceuticals, digital economy, telecommunications and Internet related legislation and research policy. Ms. Mann was the Chairperson of the Joint Board which coordinates World Trade Organization matters between the European Parliament and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) based in Geneva. She also served as the Chairperson of the European Parliament Delegation with Mexico between 2005 and 2009, and has worked on Free Trade Agreements with various countries. She served on European Parliament delegations to the United States, Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, EFTA-Countries, and South Asia.

Ms. Mann was the European Chairperson of the Transatlantic Policy Network between 2003 and 2008. In this position, she conceived the notion of a “transatlantic market” between the EU and the U.S., which lead to the foundation of the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC) between the European Union and the United States. She sat as a member of the advisory board of TEC until 2009.

Over her career in public policy, Ms Mann held positions of non-resident Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council (based in Washington) and a Trustee of Friends of Europe (based in Brussels). She co-created and chaired the European Internet Foundation (EIF) for many years. EIF is the largest network in Brussels, chaired and governed by Members of the European Parliament, that focuses on Internet issues.

She was the Chairperson of the evaluation board for the Risk-Sharing-Finance Facility (RSFF), a capital driven financial instrument (10 Million EUR) for larger scale start up projects, governed by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank.

Ms. Mann is a lecturer and author of numerous publications on trade, transatlantic relations and digital economy related topics.

Ms. Mann is part of Covington's global public policy and government affairs team, which includes experienced lawyers as well as other former senior policy makers. The team advises clients on a range of European public affairs issues, including the EU policy-making processes and functioning of the European institutions.

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