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Dr Cara Schwarz-Schilling

General Manager and Director | WIK GmbH |

Dr Cara Schwarz-Schilling is General Manager and Director of WIK GmbH and General Manager of WIK-Consult GmbH since January 2020. Before joining WIK again she has worked for the Federal Network Agency for many years, most recently as Chairwoman of the Ruling Chamber 11 - National Dispute Settlement Body of the DigiNetzGesetz,implementing the Broadband Cost Reduction Directive. 

Cara is considered as an expert on regulation, deployment of broadband networks and the internet. After heading the Section of Postal Economics she built up and headed the Section of Internet Economics covering a broad range of topics such as market analysis, analytical cost models, the roll-out of high speed broadband networks, broadband measurement tools and net neutrality. 

Cara has been active in the relevant German and European committees of the regulatory authorities (BEREC) and has also shaped the international debate on digitisation. As Co-Chair of the BEREC NGN working group she was responsible for numerous BEREC reports, opinions and guidelines on NGA and VHCN-Rollout. 

Since 2020 she is a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German NRA BNetzA. Since its inception in March 2020 she is a member of the high level Gigabit- Forum of the BNetzA and since November 2020 she is a Member of the Executive Board of the Münchner Kreis – Supranational Association for Communications Research. 

Dr Schwarz-Schilling received her Diploma in Economics from the University of Bonn and a Master of Science in Mathematical Economics and Econometrics from the London School of Economics. She holds a PhD in the field of energy economics from the University of Cologne, where she served as Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics, chair of Professor Weizsäcker, focusing on industrial organization and antitrust policy. 


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