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Despina Spanou

Director for Digital Society, Trust & Cybersecurity in DG CNECT

European Commission

Despina Spanou (PhD in European law from the University of Cambridge) is the Director for Digital Society, Trust and Cybersecurity at the Directorate-General Communications Network, Content and Technology.

She was previously Director for Consumer Affairs at the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers (2013-2017) in charge of consumer policy, consumer and marketing law, redress and enforcement, and product safety. 

She was the Deputy Head of Cabinet for the European Commissioner for Health and Consumers Mr. Kyprianou (2004-2008) and for the Commissioner for Health, and later Education & Culture, Mrs. Vassiliou (2008-2010).


Panel 1 - Realising the Potential of Health Data