Data Economy EMEA 50: The top influencers in data centres, cloud and data in 2017

Data Economy is proud to run for the first time ‘The EMEA 50’ as part of our first magazine issue exclusively launched at Datacloud Europe in Monaco.

“The EMEA 50” showcases the 50 people who are leading data centre, cloud an data through charting new innovations or technological breakthroughs, sheer business acumen, or exceptional entrepreneurial skillsets.  

Here’s the 50 people leading the industry in EMEA today.


Top influencer

Michael Tobin OBE

Entrepreneur, author, marathon runner, non-executive director of several companies and former CEO TelecityGroup, he has won many prestigious awards for his professional achievements and tops the movers and shakers chart in data centre businesses for the EMEA region.


Richard Agnew 


Incessant in his quest to bring to the table the availability topic, Agnew has over 20 years of experience in the data and cloud space. His expertise around outages prevention through disruptive and emerging backup and disaster recovery technologies has granted him the position of thought leader in the sector.

Younus Al Nasser          

Assistant Director General of the Smart Dubai Office

CEO of Dubai Data Establishment

Heading one of the most ambitious data projects in the world, Al Nasser is directly involved with the Dubai Data Initiative to make the UAE city an example for others across EMEA and the globe by opening and sharing city data across the public and private sector.

Giordano Albertazzi

President EMEA, Vertiv

As a business strategist he heads one of the world’s largest and recently rebranded solution companies. Albertazzi has been an avid influencer in the development of data centre operations and management across the region.


Andrus Ansip

European Commissioner for Digital Single Market and VP of the European Commission

Former Estonian Prime Minister, Ansip is today in charge of one of the most forward looking portfolio in the EU. He is responsible for driving the adoption of cloud and data across member states and creating the basis for enterprises and providers to work seamlessly.

Charles-Antoine Beyney/Antoine Boniface           

CEO/MD, Etix Everywhere

CEO Beyney is a French serial entrepreneur and investor who co-founded Etix Everywhere with MD Antoine Boniface who previously operated in the real-estate space for the data centre industry. Founded in 2011, Etix Everywhere is now present across EMEA and North America. They have pioneered new facilities in Africa.

Susan Bowen   

VP/GM EMEA, Cogeco Peer 1

For nearly 20 years, Bowen was instrumental in driving HP’s – followed by HPE – strategy. She is today in charge of colocation, cloud and managed IT services at Cogeco Peer. Bowen is also a chairwoman at techUK’s Tech Council and a non-executive director and trustee at Jisc.

Robin Brown    

Head of TMT M&A Advisory, BDO

With a corporate strategy and M&A background, Brown has proven over the years to be an influencer in the telecommunications, cloud and data centre spaces. Currently advising on company sales and acquisitions, re-financings and private equity at BDO, he is also an advisory committee member at techUK.

Paul-François Cattier

President, Francophone Africa, Schneider Electric

A businessman and lecturer, Cattier is responsible for driving Schneider Electric’s business across the French-speaking Africa and advancing the regions ICT sector. He has more than 35 years experience in sales and general management in the IT, telecom and power industries and is now based in Côte d’Ivoire.

Ralph Choufani

Principal, ABRY Partners

Choufani has focused on private equity in the TMT sector for more than ten years, and particularly the data centre sector over recent years where he has been recognised as a key player in the increasingly expanding M&A activity.

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