Helga Spitaler


Bio: Helga Spitaler, Project Manager, GÉANT, United Kingdom

As part of the International Relations team at the pan-European networking organisation GÉANT, for over 18 years Helga has been involved in network development across the globe, primarily in the context of EU-funded research and education networking projects. She supports the Arab States Research and Education Network (ASREN) in the implementation of AfricaConnect3 in north Africa and EUMEDCONNECT in the Eastern Mediterranean, overseeing procurement activities and connectivity deployments. Helga also contributes to GÉANT’s global partnership engagement in the GCC region and Asia-Pacific.

Helga joined GÉANT in 2004, holding various positions as the organisation has evolved, but always driven by arguing the case for NRENs and R&E networking and compellingly showcasing the impact.  

Prior to joining the NREN world, Helga was an Executive Education Programme Manager at the Judge Business School in Cambridge, UK, following a stint in event management in the US and after working for several years as simultaneous interpreter with assignments including at the European Commission.

Abstract: "GÉANT - at the heart of global R&E networking"

The talk will provide an introduction to GÉANT, the pan-European networking organisation, and will focus in particular on  the most significant refresh of the GÉANT network in a decade, aimed at supporting the rapidly growing needs of Europe's research and education community for the next 15 years.