Isabella de Michelis
Isabella De Michelis di Slonghello is the CEO and founder of Ernieapp Ltd, a technology start-up, focusing on taking to market a new consumer oriented “privacy service” implementing some of the strictest requirement set by the GDPR. Company is in pre-trading stage, has just completed its second round of financing (undisclosed amount) raising funds from private international investors from Europe, US and Asia.
Isabella is also the MD and founder of High Pulse Gmbh, (2014) a strategic advisory and consulting company accounting businesses and governments among its clients. Company specializes in wireless, mobile and broadband policies advisory, telecom regulatory strategies, digital transformation; investment strategies; venture financing, policy communication.
Before launching her own venture, Isabella worked a Corporate Vice-President Government Affairs for US chipset giant Qualcomm where she served for over 12 years, setting up and leading company’s technology policy, regulatory agenda and strategy in Europe, Middle East and North African region. Since 2010 she was given the responsibility to initiate and oversight company global regulatory projects (including the strategic sale of the L-band asset in UK and the launch of the Licensed Shared Access strategy). She served as Managing Director of Qualcomm Belgium subsidiary and became member of Qualcomm Europe executive team in 2009. During the years at Qualcomm Isabella was the corporate sponsor and founder in 2011 of the Technology Innovation and Investment Council (TIIC now renamed 4IP), an IPR advocacy focused think-tank, grouping large and SME high tech companies putting “innovation” at the heart of their vision for growth. She served as Board member and first Chairwoman until 2014.
Before working for Qualcomm Inc, Isa worked for US networking giant Cisco Systems representing the company in Brussels across all European Institutions, designing its public policy program during internet bubble times (2000); before that she worked for Iridium, a MOTOROLA international led-consortium, as a Director of International Licensing; before Iridium she worked for Telecom Italia and for Telespazio as international corporate development manager and then in 1999 as a Director of Regulatory and European Affairs for Elsacom (the Leonardo company having invested in Globalstar consortium).
She started her career as an intern at the European Commission, Directorate General for Competition, after graduating from IUHED in Geneva in International Relations (1990), with a major in European competition law (from IUED). She holds an Executive Telecoms MBA from University College London (1996) which she did under Telecom Italia umbrella sponsorship.