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Dr Robert Henkel initially was a researcher in the area of astrophysics between 1984 and 1990. Between 1990 and1995 he was a Programme and Scientific Officer of the German Federal Ministry of Research and Technology and inter alia responsible for space, energy and environment research policy. Between 1995 and 2000 he directly assisted the Deputy Director General of DG Research of the European Commission, the Director General of the Joint Research Centre and the President of the European Parliament. After that he was an adviser for research policy in the Federation of German Industries BDI between 2000 and 2002. Further he was as head of sector responsible for the planning and coordination of communication activities in the Information and Communication Unit of DG CONNECT of the European Commission between 2002 and 2006. Between 2007 and 2012 he was seconded from DG CONNECT to the German Government to develop the German Broadband Strategy and to implement it. Since 2012 he has been responsible for the Broadband Policy in DG CONNECT.