eff Bullwinkel serves as Microsoft’s Associate General Counsel and Regional Director of Corporate, External & Legal Affairs for Europe. He is based in Amsterdam and oversees the company’s legal and corporate affairs teams across the region, providing support for commercial transactions and regulatory counsel on public policy issues such as IPR, cybersecurity, competition, and international trade. Mr Bullwinkel joined Microsoft in 2000 and previously held a number of senior roles with the company across the Asia Pacific region, based in Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Mr Bullwinkel was with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, an international law firm based in New York. Mr Bullwinkel also served as a federal prosecutor with the Office of International Affairs, Criminal Division, US Department of Justice, where he was responsible for a wide range of matters relating to international law.
Mr Bullwinkel is originally from the New York area. He graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received his law degree from New York University. He is a member of the New York State Bar.
How can CEE best grasp the opportunity to benefit from tech-driven growth? How can the EU Recovery plan help grow the digitalization efforts in the region? What are the most likely areas for strengthening regional cooperation in the digital area?
Digital technology is at the centre of today’s economic debate due to its wide use during the COVID-19 outbreak. While technological advancements were already changing the world over the past two decades, the pandemic has further amplified the adoption of new technologies. In the CEE region, the lockdown-induced digital acceleration was particularly visible during the first months of the coronavirus crisis, with the rate of growth of the digital economy being almost twice as high as the year-on-year change observed in 2017–2019.
Synchronized with the EU’s recovery plans and strategic priorities, it is already clear that the future growth model for CEE should be based on digital and green technologies. At the same time, the region’s digital transition is an opportunity to grow not only its economic future but also its political influence within the EU and in the transatlantic relationship.