Caroline De Cock was born in Africa, and spent her childhood moving between Africa, the Middle East and South America. The hard reality of Europe confronted her when she came back to Belgium to study Law in Brussels.
Luckily, she discovered as a student the only shelf in the Law library that did not have any dust (or books for that matter): the one dedicated to Internet Law. Caroline discovered the challenges created by Electronic communications to legal frameworks across all borders in 1995, when she collaborated to “Business and Law on the Internet”, the first European one-stop guide to doing business on the Internet published in 1996.
She then joined Deloitte & Touche’s Brussels office, providing legal and strategic advice in Internet Law and Telecoms Regulation in Europe and Africa (the latter based in Deloitte’s Johannesburg offices). She became Deloitte’s youngest Manager worldwide at the age of 24, and worked on dossiers in the fields of Ecommerce and Telecoms.
After a short stint as a Legal Adviser at Stanbrook & Hooper, a Competition law firm based in Brussels, Caroline joined a start-up company called Ipergy in 2000 as their Head of Legal & Regulatory, shortly before it became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cable & Wireless. She then took on the position of Director of EU Affairs for Cable & Wireless, representing the Group before the different EU institutions, in both telecoms and Internet related dossiers. In this capacity, she co-founded the EuroISPA Industry Forum and was an Executive on the ISP Constituency of ICANN. Caroline also worked as Director of Regulatory Operation and Policy for the COLT Telecom Group and was Chairperson of the Public Policy Working Group of ECTA, the European Competitive Telecommunications Association.
Caroline launched her own lobbying consultancy, N-square Consulting, in 2007, and represents clients from the satellite, telecoms and Internet industries. Her clients include Google, the Voice on the Net Coalition Europe (Google, Skype, Microsoft, iBasis, Rebtel and Voxbone), The Number, the European interactive Advertising Association (including eBay, Yahoo!, Orange etc.) and more.
Caroline presents herself as “a recovering lawyer”, specialised lobbyists, and somewhat of an EU geek. She is one of the co-founders of the EU Girl Geeks network, aka Table 607.