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Gunther Grathwohl — Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy of Germany

Dr. Gunther Grathwohl, counsellor for International Digital Policy at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs in Berlin since August 2016.

Gunther Grathwohl is responsible for international Digital Dialogues and the Internet Governace Forum that will take place next year in Berlin. Furthermore he is currently dealing with setting up several bilateral digital dialogues between the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy of the German government and partner ministries in selected countries around the globe. Before that, Gunther Grathwohl was acting for the G20 digital ministerial process under the German Presidency and for the first meeting held by G20-ministers responsible for the digital economy on 6 and 7 April 2017 in Düsseldorf.

Between 2012 and 2016, he worked at the Permanent Representation of Germany to the EU in Brussels as deputy head of the economic department. Within this period he was responsible for all legislative files negotiated in the Council Working Party on telecommunication and information society as for example European rules on net neutrality, abolishment of EU-wide roaming tariffs or the network and information security Directive. Between 2006 and 2012 he was working for the German ministry of economics and technology, in the Division of European ICT-Policy, dealing i.a. with broadband policy, the review of the legal framework for electronic communication or the Digital Agenda for Europe. Gunther Grathwohl holds a PhD in International Economics and studied Economics in Trier, Seville and Bamberg. During his PhD studies (2000-2006) he worked as an assistant professor at Bamberg University in International Economics and Macroeconomics.

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