Peter A. Bruck
Chairman, World Summit Award
CEO and Chief Researcher, Research Studios Austria Forschungsgesellschaft
Prof DDr Peter A Bruck studied law, economics, sociology and communications at the universities of Vienna, Iowa and McGill. He holds doctorates in law and communications and has taught at universities in Canada, the US and Western Europe plus Israel and Poland. He has more than 25 years experience in research, university teaching and information technologies in Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Portugal, the US and Canada. Mr Bruck received numerous awards and fellowships in Europe, the US and Canada and is listed in the Canadian and Austrian Who's Who. He founded, built and headed research institutes at three universities, and he is a senior partner of the ICRA (International Communications Research Associates) in Ottawa, Canada.
Secretary General, Kuwait e-Award; e-Leader, UN GAID
Manar Al-Hashash is a Computer Engineer from Kuwait, holding a master degree (MBA) with focus on Management of Information Technology. Based on that academic technical background, Manar works in two parallel lines, technical and social. She is the co-founder of DotDesign, a software development company. On the other hand, she multi-tasks several activities with her main goal “Promote ICT in society”. Since 1999, Manar has been involved in media and public work in many ways to achieve that goal. She prepares and presents the weekly IT program “Compunet World” on Kuwait Satellite Channel in Arabic as well as preparing and presenting another weekly IT program on KTV2 in English called “Zero Ones”. In 2004 Ms. Al-Hashash launched and Manage a Local e-Content Annual Contest under the name of “Ghiras electro Contest” which aims at youths in Kuwait (14-22yrs) competing for Best website design, Best Presentation, Best Graphic design and Best mobile e-greeting card, all focus on local content. Manar also has rich experience in the press media publishing for IT, as she wrote a weekly IT page for the an official daily newspaper in Kuwait from 2000 till 2005, where she concluded that experience by launching the IT magazine “Dot” of which she was owner and Chief Editor. As a student Manar was awarded an IEEE for her outstanding Internet and e-Commerce projects in 2000. In addition to being a member in WSA board of directors, Manar is a member of High-Level Panel of Advisers of Gaid — United Nations.
Managing Director, Electronic Media Reporting
Jak Boumans works as Principal Consultant for Electronic Media Reporting, an electronic publishing consultancy specialised in content strategy, based in Almere, the Netherlands. He has been active in publishing since 1970 and started to specialise in electronic publishing from 1980. In 1984, he created the first online version of a daily newsletter for the computer industry in Europe - for VNU BP in London. In 1990, Mr Boumans started Electronic Media Reporting, performing strategy studies, doing market scans, executing project audits and organising conferences and workshops. Mr Boumans has experience as a Project Evaluator, reviewer and expert for the European Commission in the field of electronic publishing, multimedia and content. He was also a tutor in the EU media projects X-Melina and INYOP. Presently he is involved in the EU SCIENAR project on science and art. Mr Boumans has published many articles in Dutch, English, French and German on new media, contributed to the book E-Content: Technologies and Perspectives for the European Market (Springer, 2004) and co-edited High Performance Multimedia (IOS Press, 2008). Mr Boumans is Secretary General of the European Academy of Digital Media (EADiM), a network consisting of 125 multimedia experts in 28 European countries. In 2003 EADiM was one of the founding fathers of the World Summit Award in e-Content and Creativity.
CEO ICT Agency of Sri Lanka
Reshan Dewapura holds a Bachelors Degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka and a Masters Degree in Project Management from the George Washington University, U.S.A. He has been in the ICT industry for the last 25 years with almost 20 years experience in driving large, complex ICT programs and projects. Reshan joined the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (www.icta.lk) in July 2003, where he currently is the Chief Executive Officer. The ICT Agency is the apex ICT policy body in Sri Lanka, and the implementing organization for e-Sri Lanka (ICT led National Development initiative) and hence functions as the Office of the National CIO for the country. Reshan also holds Board Director positions at Sri Lanka CERT (www.slcert.gov.lk), as well as at LKNIC (Sri Lanka’s Domain Registry - www.nic.lk). He’s also a member of the International Advisory Board of the Centre for Development Informatics at the University of Manchester, U.K. (www.cdi.manchester.ac.uk), and a member of the Board of Trustees of Telecentre.org Foundation (www.telecentre.org). Immediately prior to joining the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka, Reshan worked with Hewlett Packard (HP) Professional Services in Europe, Middle East and Africa for almost a decade, where he managed some of the largest ICT out-sourcing projects for HP. During his tenure at HP, Reshan has been the recipient of HP’s Top Achiever’s Award for his outstanding contributions to the company.
Head of Marketing & Communication D-A-Ch SapientNitro
Since 1979 different Jobs in film- and video production, production management for TV, later director of Corporate Videos and TV-Commercials. Feelance writer for TV-Programm, TV-Commercial, writer or special interest magazines on media development. 1990 — director and later producer at Putz und Partner GmbH Duesseldorf; 1993 — Business Devolper and Manager of the first Multimedia Department at MEDOX Medien GmbH. 1995 — Research Scientist at germans largest media research programm conducted by the German Research Society (DFG) at the University of Siegen. Assistent Professor at the University of Siegen in the media faculty; Managing Director of the German Multimedia Association (dmmv) e.V. 1998 — Managing Director dmmv-service GmbH, since 2004 called German Association for the Digital Economy (BVDW) e.V. Currently — Conference Director of the ICT Africa and the 3rd African PrepCom for the UN-WSIS.
Dorothy K. Gordon
Director-General, Advanced Information Technology Institute – Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT
Dorothy K. Gordon is the first Director-General of Ghana’s first Advanced Information Technology Institute (AITI), the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT. She is a specialist in international development with over 20 years experience working throughout Africa, the US, Europe and Asia in Executive and Consulting positions – principally with the United Nations but also working with private sector and civil society organisations. Ms Gordon’s work includes support to the drafting of key policy documents and providing systems design and implementation support to the launch of Ghana’s first Community Information Centres. She also supports training and research initiatives in India and Africa. Ms Gordon, who has degrees from Ghana and the United Kingdom, serves on a number of international and national boards and also works with a range of NGOs and community-based organisations to support economic empowerment and good governance.
President, IPv6 Forum
With support from the IETF NG & Ngtrans Working Groups and the IPv6 Deployment Initiative, Latif initiated the foundation of the IPv6 Forum in May 1999 (www.ipv6forum.com), of which he is the President. He also served as chairman of the European IPv6 Task Force (www.ipv6.eu), is an Emeritus Trustee of the Internet Society (ISOC) (www.isoc.org) and a Board Member of the IPv6 Ready Logo Program (www.ipv6ready.org). Furthermore, Latif works at the University of Luxembourg as a Senior Researcher on multiple European Commission Next Generation Technologies IST Projects (6INIT - www.6init.org – First Pioneer IPv6 Research Project, 6WINIT- www.6winit.org , NGNi - www.ngni.org, EURo6IX- www.euro6ix.org, Eurov6 - www.eurov6.org. In addition, Latif is involved in the following projects: IPv6 Security & Privacy project - Security Expert Initiative (SEINIT) - www.seinit.org , European Security Task Force project - SecurIST: www.securitytaskforce.org , u-2010 Emergency & Disaster and Crisis Management - www.u-2010.eu, Public Safety Communication Forum - publicsafetycommunication.eu, FIPSANS project - www.efipsans.eu, Secricom Safety & Security Project - www.secricom.eu and IRMA Project (Integrated Risk management for Africa using IPv6) - www.irma.lu,. Latif is a member of 3GPP PCG (www.3gpp.org), 3GPP2 PCG (www.3gpp2.org), the Vice Chair of IEEE ComSoc EntNET), (www.comsoc.org/~entnet/EntNet%20Committee.htm), a member of UN ICT Task Force Policy WG, a member of IEC Executive Committee, a member of the ITU-T Informal Forum Summit, a Board Member of TSF (“Technologies Sans Frontieres”), a Board member of AW2I ( www.aw2i.org ), a Board Member of Nii Quaynor Institute for Research in Africa, and a Board member of WSA http://www.wsis-award.org/index.wbp.
Rudy Laddaga Lopez
Rodolfo Laddaga "Rudy" is Mexican, born 1972 in Mexico City. From childhood he showed interest for film and computers. At the age of 13 years he finished a technical course as Programmer and Systems Analyst, since then the technology has been part of his professional life. He graduated with honors from Tecnologico de Monterrey with a Bachelor in Communication Sciences and later started a masters degree at New York University (NYU) in the Interactive Telecommunications Program. In 2000 he abandoned his studies when he developed the first digital cinema poster, the Virtual Board, product that was embraced by the international company Cinemark in order to be installed in their theaters all over the world. To start this endeavor, he partnered with Alejandro Machorro and founded Media Innovations, the first Digital Signage Company in Latinamerica that became the number four worldwide in 2005. Rudy also studied film and has participated in several film projects. His work has been screened at international film festivals. He also has been a professor at several universities teaching courses on Multimedia and Digital Cinema. His passion for information technology and communications has lead him to collaborate with the World Summit Award since 2005, first as a national expert and now as a Board Member. At age 14 he started his first company and since then he has been a successful entrepreneur with projects always related with information and communications technologies. In 2007 he founded U-TOUR with Alejandro Machorro to develop multimedia guided tours. The company was recently awarded the World Summit Award in the category e-Culture and with the 2009 DELL AMERICAN EXPRESS Small Business Award for being the most innovative company. Rudy is married to Lorena and together hold a small NGO called Constelacion Mascota (Pet Constellation), an organization devoted to take pets from the street, heal them and find them a home.
Founder & Director, Digital Empowerment Foundation
Osama Manzar is a convert social entrepreneur spearheading the mission to overcome the information barrier between India’s rural sector and the so-called developed society, through Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) – the not-for-profit organization founded to accomplish the mission. Osama has been British Chevening Fellow in 2002 and in 2011 he was invited by the US State Department for the “International Visitors Leadership Program”. He just released his 4th Book titled “NetCh@kra: 15 Years of Internet in India”. He is a member of the Advisory Board for National Optic Fibre Network (NOFN). At the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, for the Community Radio Licensing, Osama Manzar is a member of the Screening Committee.He has recently initiated a regional movement on “How Mobile can Empower Masses” through mBillionth Award South Asia, recognising and mentoring Mobile Content, Application & Services. In 2003 he launched Manthan Award, India’s first ever award for choosing the best e-content practices. Manthan Award has extended its reach to the Asia Pacific region recently and has accumulated more than 4000 best e-content practices in its nomination database. Osama Manzar is e-Content Expert for India for World Summit Award (WSA), Grand Jury Member and member of the Board of Directors. In addition, he has been Jury Anchor for the Dataquest e-Gov Champion Award (2008), for Bahrain e-Content Award (2009), Sri Lanka’s e-Content Award & Bangladesh e-Content & ICTD Award-National Digital Innovation (2010). He has been the moderator for e-North east Award Jury (2012). Further, he is the facilitator of the “Pearson Teachers Award” (launched in 2012). He has been a part of the Professional Social Entrepreneurship Program by Social-Impact International and worked for Computerworld as assistant editor and for Hindustan Times as head of Interactive Media Division. He is a physics graduate and holds a post-graduate diploma in Journalism. Osama has a credit of covering at least 200 ICTD case studies in India and South Asia and has traveled more than 2000 villages, including 30 countries. Osama is fluent in English, Urdu, Hindi and can read and write Arabic and Persian.
Chief Executive Officer, Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA)
Lumko Caesario Mtimde is the Chief Executive Officer of the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA), a development agency set up to develop media diversity, as partnership between the South African Government and major print and broadcasting companies, and to assist in developing community and small commercial media in South Africa. His experience include working as a Communication Development Consultant after leaving the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) and did some work for, among others, Open Society Institute of Southern Africa (OSISA), AMARC Africa, SACOD, Article 19 and the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism of South Africa. From 2001 - 2002, he served as a General Manager / Chief Director (Broadcasting Policy) of the Department of Communications, Ministry of Communications. Before that, he served the IBA, as a Councillor from 1998 to 2000, following his appointment by the then South African President Nelson Mandela, in terms of the IBA Act. This followed after four and a half years serving as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Community Radio Forum (NCRF). Lumko Caesario Mtimde is a graduate of the University of the Western Cape and the University of South Africa.
Legislative Council Member, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China
Founder , Internet Professional Association (iProA)
Dr. Elisabeth Quat is Vice President of Corporate Development of SC Fulfil Ltd, a company which specialises in IT logistics. She holds a BBA, MBA and PhD degree in Management and has 15 years of experience in Asia market entry, new business & product development and M&A. Dr. Quat is an active member of many HKSAR Government Advisory Committees and community servicing organisations such as the Logistics Development Council and the Research Grants Council. She was awarded one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons and Ten Outstanding Young Digi Persons in 2001.
Federal Executive Secretary, eGovernment
Christian Rupp was appointed as the Federal Executive Secretary for the eGovernment initiative of the Austrian Government in Spring 2003 and since autumn 2005 is the Spokesperson of the Federal Platform "Digital Austria" in the Austrian Chancellery, which coordinates the ICT and eGovernment activities between local and national governments, municipalities as well as industries. He is also member of the Advisory Board for Information Society in the Austrian Federal Chancellery, which coordinates the i2010 activities in Austria, as well as the Advisory Board of saferinternet.at and the Strategic Consulting Group ICT in the Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour. Before his activities in the Austrian Federal Chancellery he was the eBusiness representative of the Austrian Federeal Economic Chamber for nearly 10 years. Beyond that he was Vice-Director of Communications and Marketing, Director of the eCenter, Adviser for the International Technology- and Know-How-Transfer in the Austrian Federal Chamber Organisation.
CEO & Founder: Mobilium International; Chairman Emeritus & Founder: Mobile Entertainment Forum - Americas
Ralph Simon is regarded as one of the founders of the modern mobile entertainment industry. Over the last decade he has been a global trailblazer and innovator, growing the global mobile entertainment & content industry, and playing a central role in its development, significance and presence world-wide. He has been dubbed the 'father of the ring tone', as he and his team created and developed the first commercial ring tones in the USA, Canada, Europe, Africa and Australia in 1998. Prominent internationally, he has evangelized mobile operators, media & film companies, TV networks, brands, ad agency groups and platform providers on how to create and grow mobile revenues, impact and content on mobile devices and smart phones. He co-founded the Zomba group, became the Executive Vice President of Capitol Records and Blue Note Records in Hollywood and started EMI Music´s global New Media division in the mid 90s. Simon founded the influential Mobile Entertainment Forum, and acts as its chairman as a high level adviser.
Effat El Shooky
Director of Online Distance Learning Program, Cairo Regional Center for Training on Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa -CCCPA- Cairo
Effat El-Shooky is the in Egypt", National Project Director of UNDP-MCIT Project "Empowering and Connecting the Community through ICT", and Director of the GDLC-Egypt (Global Development Learning Center) of the World Bank at RITSEC (Regional Information Technology & Software Engineering Center). Effat El Shooky was awarded by the President of Finland“ Knights Award, First Class “Lion of Finland,” based on her achievements in initiating, activating and coordinating the Finnish-Egyptian partnership initiatives, programs and projects in the area of information and communication technology (ICT), Mrs. Effat El Shooky has been very active and instrumental in the field of Information technology for more than 25 years. In 2005, she was the Advisor of International Cooperation at ITIDA (Information Technology Industry Development Agency). In 1992, she was the Executive Manager for RITSEC. By mid 80’s she was the Manager of International Coopertaion at IDSC (the Cabinet Information and Decision Support Center), at the Cabinet of Ministers. In the 70’s, she worked for IBM and the Arab League Industrial Development Information Center. During her professional career, Effat El Shooky provided advisory and consultation to a number of UN Agencies as UNDP, UNESCO, UNIDO, ECA, ESCWA, UNCTAD, ILO, UNICEF and the World Bank, DANIDA, JICA, CIDA, EU, WIPO, EFTCA (Egyptian Fund for Technical Cooperation with Africa-Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Arab League, and others. She has been greatly involved in developing regional projects and providing technical assistance in ICT and e-Learning programs for Arab countries as Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Morroco, Tunisia and African countries as Cote D’Ivoire, South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Nigeria. She also represented the Governement of Egypt in a number of global and regional initiatives for the Groups of G8, G15, G77 and CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States), NEPAD (New Partnership for the Development of Africa), and the UN ICT Task Force.
Managing Director, Actis Wunderman
Anya Sverdlov is the Managing Director of Actis Wunderman, Russia's top digital agency, member of the Wunderman network and part of the WPP family. Prior to joining the Actis team, Ms. Sverdlov's professional experience included three years on Wall Street at Kemper Securities, Inc. and more than three years in strategy management consulting with A.T. Kearney (working in the US, Russia, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Sweden and Denmark), where she managed large projects in the financial services and consumer goods sectors. Ms. Sverdlov holds a BA degree in Economics and Political Science (magna cum laude) from Yale University and an MBA degree in Finance and Multinational Management (with Distinction) from Wharton Business School.
President, FanTrust Entertainment Strategies
Catherine Warren is president of FanTrust Entertainment Strategies, the international management consultancy for digital distribution and media industries (www.FanTrust.com). Her work has influenced Fortune 500 clients, game companies, producers and portals, providing them with new ways to captivate audiences, build revenues, secure financing and strategic partnerships and capitalize on innovation and intellectual property. A digital media veteran celebrating 25 years, Catherine leads due diligence on M&A for major game and animation companies, creates fan strategies for blockbuster television franchises such as CSI and advises mobile leaders including Nokia and Orange Telecom on premium game models. Working in North America, the UK and Europe, Catherine has served as a senior manager for both publicly traded and privately held media companies. She has published more than 25 titles for adults and children on science and computing as well as produced numerous award-winning Web sites and interactive broadcasts, including the Gemini Award-winning CTVNews.com. In addition to WSA, Catherine serves on various digital media boards, including the Bell Broadcast & New Media Fund, which has contributed more than $70M to convergence production, including two recent interactive Emmy-award winners. A member of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, she has also served as a judge for the digital Emmys. Catherine has a degree in physics from Reed College and a masters from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York, where she broke the original story of new media on location at MIT.
Director of ESI Center Eastern Europe
George Sharkov is the Director of the ESI Center Eastern Europe – the regional excellence center of European Software Institute in Sofia. He graduated Mathematics and Computer Science at Sofia University in 1986, obtained PhD in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence), specialized in applied informatics and applied research in biophysics and genetics (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and University of Gent – Belgium). Since 1994 he is leading international teams and projects for software and information systems in the fields of banking and finances, online trading, e-business and e-commerce solutions, internet exchanges and B2B markets, interactive and cross media systems. Among the initiators of BASSCOM (Bulgarian Association of Software Companies – www.basscom.org
) and Chairman since the year of2001. Founder and manager of ESI Center Bulgaria (www.esicenter.bg
) since 2004. Qualified instructor in SPI (Software Process Improvement), implementation of CMMI, accredited ITMark instructor and appraiser. Initiator and promoter of the international initiatives for ICT regional branding and competitiveness. One of the initiators of the ICT Cluster Bulgaria.
CEO and Founder Afroes
KENYA, SOUTH AFRICA
Anne Githuku-Shongwe is a Social Entrepreneur and Innovator, a long-term Policy Development Professional and a thought leader on public service effectiveness and social innovation.
Anne is the Founder of Afroes, whose core business is creating niche digital education solutions for Corporates and Governments designed to revolutionize learning in the African market. Afroes products are uniquely positioned to unlock the leadership, citizenship and entrepreneurial potential of millions of young Africans through mobile game-based learning.Afroes partners with social development agencies, corporate enterprises and governments to unlock the potential of youth in Africa in a fun, effective and innovative way via mobile. Some of Afroes partners include the ICT Board of Kenya, UN Women, Ford Foundation, Tuvuke Initiative for Peace, the Nelson Mandela Children’s’ Fund, Vodacom, Samsung and Nokia. Afroes innovative learning solutions have won global awards and recognition including the MEFFYs Award, London UK; Netexplo Award, Paris; Mobile Premier Award Finalist, Barcelona.
Anne is an experienced Public Service Innovator and provides strategic advisory services focused on entrepreneurial and social innovation, strategy and and development policy to Governments and high-value development agencies working across Africa. Advisory services clients have included the Governments of Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, the UNDP, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Nelson Mandela Children’s’ Fund and the African Monitor.
Anne is also a public speaker on themes related to Social Innovation for the Public Good including TEDx Soweto; PICNIC, Amsterdam; Netexplo, Paris; Frontiers in Development, Washington DC; Games for Change, New York; Mobile Web Africa and East Africa & Africom.
Prior to establishing Afroes, Anne was an International Developmentprofessional with over 20 years of development experience working with the United Nations and Management Consulting firms across Africa and the United States. Anne spent 13 years in various roles with the UNDP Africa as an Advisor to governments on Capacity Development, Public Service Innovation and Performance.
Anne is a recipient of the Schwab Foundation/World Economic Forum Social Entrepreneurs of the Year and a recipient of the Kenya Presidents Honour 2012, Order of the Grand Warrior. Anne has been a Finalist of the Cartier Womens Initiative 2010 and a Fellow of the African Leadership Network 2011.
She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Lawrence University, New York, a Masters degree in International Development from The American University, Washington DC and a post-graduate Certificate in Management Development from Jones International University in conjunction with the UNDP. Anne is a wife and mother of 3.
Special Adviser for Competitveness and Knowledge Economy | Ministry of Finance and Economy
Jasna Matić is a Serbian politician and business women who has held several prominent positions in Serbian national politics and is one of the Commissioners of the UN Broadband Commission for Digital development. Most recently Ms. Matic served as the Minister of Telecommunications and Information Society, 2008-2011 and as the State Secretary for Digital Agenda, 2011-2012, in the Government of Serbia. Born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia, she received an engineering degree from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Civil Engineering. She attended postgraduate studies and earned an MBA from the Washington University in St Louis, USA in 2001. She has also completed Executive Education programs related to ICT, public administration, leadership and economic development at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
With twenty years of experience in public service, international organizations, Serbian and international business and political environment, Ms Matić is now the Special Adviser for Competitiveness and Knowledge Economy to the Minister of Finance and Economy and a Commissioner of the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development.
Boardmembers Emeritus and Special Ambassador for Development of WSA
President, Professional Computer Association of Lebanon (PCA)
General Secretary, MEDICI Framework
WSA Director Emeritus for Development of WSA in North America Region
Chair, Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund
Global CEO, Noank Media Inc.
WSA Director Emeritus for Relationship with ISOC
Senior Partner, Institute of Scientific Simulation & Trustee Emeritus, Internet Society
Ahmed Yahia Darwish
WSA Eminent Expert for Egypt, Head of the Industry Capacity Building Department
Information Technology Industry Development Agency
H. E. Ali Mammad oglu Abbasov
Minister of Communication and Information Technologies
H.E. Adama Samassekou
President of the African Academy of Languages
President of WSIS Preparatory Committee for Geneva Phase
Former Minister of Education of Mali (1993-2000)
President/CEO, Indigo Brainmedia
Vinton G. Cerf
Vice President & Chief Internet Evangelist
Lynn St. Amour
President/CEO, Internet Society (ISOC)