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Mark Smitham

Mark Smitham

Senior Manager of EU Public Affairs, Huawei

Biography

Mark Smitham is Senior Manager of EU Public Affairs at Huawei responsible for the policy area of cyber security and data privacy. In this role, Mark works with policy and technical stakeholders on a range of cyber security issues, including security strategy and policy, 5G security, risk management, information assurance, and critical infrastructure protection.

Before joining Huawei’s EU Public Affairs team in 2019, Mark worked in EU Government Affairs (EUGA) at Microsoft. He came to Microsoft from the Directorate General for Communications, Network, and Content Technologies (CNECT) at the European Commission where he worked on the Directive on Security of Network and Information Systems (NIS) and actions to extend access and build trust as set out in the European Commission Communication on the European Cloud Initiative.

Mark has 15 years of experience in the policy areas of cyber security, cloud, IoT and 5G, standards, interoperability and public procurement issues of cloud services, including developing trust and improving the overall level of security across Europe.

In 2010, Mark joined the UK Government where he worked in the Government Digital Service and UK Home Office, leading cloud security public policy and managed large IT projects and delivered systems in very high-profile and secure environments.

Mark holds an M.Sc. in Information Technology from the University of the West of Scotland, UK as well as an M.A. from the University of Glasgow, UK.