Erika Mann brings to the ICANN Board extensive knowledge in foreign policy matters. Between 1994 and 2009, Erika was a German member of the European Parliament, where she concentrated on trade and World Trade Organization (WTO) policy, transatlantic relations, digital economy, telecommunications and Internet policy, and research policy.
Between 2003 and 2008, while she was the European chairperson of the Transatlantic Policy Network (TPN), Erika conceived the notion of a Transatlantic Market between the EU and US. This concept led to the founding of the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC), where she was a member of the European Parliaments advisory board until 2009. She was a founder of the European Internet Foundation, which she chaired until mid-2009.
Erika has acquired considerable expertise in transatlantic relations and international Internet policy formation. She is a lecturer and author of many publications on trade, transatlantic relations and Internet-world related topics, and has received awards from multiple organizations, including the European-American Business Council for Exceptional Transatlantic Commitment, and has also been awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande (the German Federal Cross of Merit).
Erika Mann joined February 2016 as senior European policy advisor Covington’s global Public Policy and Government Affairs practice.Erika headed Facebook’s office in Brussels as Managing Director Public Policy from October 2011 until end of 2015. She was the Executive Vice President of the Computer & Communications Industry Association until October 2011. She was a non-resident Senior Fellow of the Atlantic