Franziska Raspe is heads the public policy department at Bitkom, the German Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media. She is in charge of coordinating the international, European, national and federal state-level political outreach, political communication, as well as projects and events of the business association on the full spectrum of digital policy issues. Prior to her engagement at Bitkom, she worked with the head of the German conservative members of the European Parliament, Mr Herbert Reul MEP, advising on industrial, telecommunications, and international trade policy. She also previously had brief stints at a political communications consultancy, Volkswagen’s Brussels Office, and the European Commission/DG Enlargement. She holds a master’s degree in European public policy from King’s College London and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Twente in the Netherlands. She spent a semester abroad at Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey.