Afke Schaart – Taghzout

SVP Global Government Affairs, Huawei

Afke Schaart – Taghzout

Speaker Bio


Afke is the Senior Vice President Global Government Affairs at Huawei based in Shenzhen, China. She is responsible for global engagement with International Organisations, and covers topics on Sustainability and Business Ethics. Huawei is a leading provider of information and communications technology infrastructure and smart devices operating in more than 170 countries and regions, serving more than 3 billion people around the world.



Before she joined Huawei in 2020 Afke was the Regional Lead for Europe, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) for the GSMA. The GSMA produces the industry- leading MWC events held annually in Barcelona, Los Angeles and Shanghai, as well as the Mobile 360 Series of regional conferences.



Here Afke was responsible for all Public Policy advocacy activities, Strategic Engagement, Mobile for Development and Technology Programmes (Digital Identity, Internet of Things, Future Networks (5G), Regulatory Modernisation and Spectrum) of the GSMA in the European and Euasian region.



Afke is also the former Vice-Chair of the Alliance of Europeans Telecoms and Automotive (EATA) promoting the wider deployment of Connected and Automated Driving in Europe.



Before joining the GSMA, Afke led Microsoft’s EU Institutional Relations Team in Brussels, responsible for Microsoft’s engagement with the EU Institutions, Council of Europe, the OECD and the World Economic Forum (WEF).



Prior to this, Afke served as a Member of Parliament in the Netherlands and was the spokesperson for Economic Affairs and Innovation, Technology and ICT for the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD).



Previously, she was responsible for KPN's policy interests and governmental affairs in Europe and has started her international career at Shell International in the Netherlands.



She studied International Relations and European Law at the University of Amsterdam and has followed the LBB (International Relations) Programme at the Clingendael Institute in The Hague.