Officers of EuroISPA


Dr Maximilian Schubert, Chairman

After working for ISPA – the Austrian Association of Internet Service Providers as a legal expert he became General Secretary of ISPA in 2012. He earned his doctoral degree in the field of Intellectual Property Law at the Karl-Franzens University of Graz after obtaining an LL.M. degree in “Innovation, Technology and the Law" at the University of Edinburgh. He is working as a part time lecturer and has published a number of articles on IT-related topics in Austrian as well as in international journals. His main fields of expertise are telecom regulation law, ISP liability law as well as privacy matters.



Alexandra Laffitte, Vice-Chairwoman

Former fellow of the German Parliament, Alexandra chairs the Market and Services Committee since April 2018. She is in charge of both European Affairs, and of the regulation online contents and uses at the French Telecoms Federation (Fédération Française des Télécoms) since March 2018, and is also a member of the French commission tasked to determine copyright levies. Before that, she was in charge of regulatory affairs and comparative Law at the French MVNO Transatel. Alexandra is an alumna of the Master’s program in Telecommunications and Space Law of the University Paris-Saclay, as well as of the Franco-German dual Law program of La Sorbonne and the University of Cologne.



Innocenzo Genna, Vice-Chairman

Innocenzo Genna is a legal and policy expert for European telecoms and Internet sector. He publishes articles on newspapers and also on his professional blog RadioBruxellesLibera. He is also Board Member of the European Internet Forum. Previously, he was the chairman of ECTA, served as General Counsel for Tiscali S.p.A and was a partner at law firm Ughi e Nunziante. Innocenzo graduated in law (magna cum laude) at the University of Macerata in 1991 and subsequently got L.L.M. from both the College of Europe (Bruges) and the University of Trier. He has also been awarded a Diplome in Comparative Law from the International Faculty of Comparative Law of Strasbourg. Innocenzo is also a minimalist pianist and composer.



Alex De Joode, Treasurer

Alex was a Senior Regulatory Counsel responsible for handling internet- and copyright abuse, MLAT’s and other police requests and was also responsible for government contacts for a large EU headquartered global Internet Infrastructure Company. Current Alex is a public affairs manager for the Dutch National Trade Association “Nederland ICT”, where he specialises in (international) regulatory issues, amongst others e-evidence, notice & takedown procedures, copyright & levies and encryption.



Michael Rotert, EuroISPA Honorary Spokesman

Michael RotertProf. Michael Rotert studied business science at the University of Karlsruhe, specialising in OR / informatics. In addition to the professional experience he gained inter alia as the founder and Executive Director of Xlink, one of the first internet access providers in Germany, as Executive Director and Senior Vice-President of KPNQWest, as Executive Director of various different Internet service providers, he has an extensive academic background. Before he started at Xlink, Michael Rotert worked at the University of Karlsruhe. In 1985, he implemented the first Internet connection at a German university. In June 1999, Michael Rotert was awarded the title of Honorary Professor in the field of informatics by the University of Karlsruhe, where he has taught regularly since 1981. Through his work for various national and international bodies, Prof. Rotert is committed to providing intensive support for the success of the Internet in Germany. Since 2000, he has been Chairman of eco (Verband der deutschen Internetwirtschaft e.V.), President (2003-2007) and Vice President (2008-2009) of EuroISPA (European Internet Services Providers Association), and an industrial speaker of the German delegation of the G8 Cybercrime group. He also works as an expert for the EU, the UN and the U.S. Department of Commerce.