North america and oceania

ICT Advisor
Secretariat of the Pacifc Community

After a long career in Ericsson Australia, Sweden and New Zealand, Ian Thomson was contracted by UNESCO and the NZ government to hold a series of Civil Society workshops to produce documents for the New Zealand Government’s input to WSIS. He is currently RICS and OLPC Coordinator for the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) where he is managing Rural Internet Connectivity Projects to provide internet access to rural and remote locations in the Pacific Islands as well as the introduction and scale up of OLPC projects to all Pacific Islands. He is providing advice on ICT policy issues in the Pacific region. Being the Chair of 2020 Communications Trust which addresses Digital Divide issues in Wellington as part of the Infocity strategy he worked with various government agencies on policies and programs and Memorandum of Understandings.

PositionChief Technical Officer for IT Assist
Vanuatu Government

Over 10 years experience in Information Technology and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

Employment Status: Currently Chief Technical Officer for IT Assist. Previously employed by Vanuatu Government for over 12 years as an IT Specialist within the Vanuatu Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources.

Chief Innovation Officer
HealthEd Group

Kel Smith is a longtime speaker, author and practitioner on digital innovation and mobile health. His articles have appeared in numerous publications including the Pentagon Library, Springer-Verlag, the International Journal of E-Politics, the E-Access Bulletin, and UX Magazine. The Pentagon Library, the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, and Kent State’s Knowledge Management Program have cited his academic work in web accessibility.

Kel's presentation credits include appearances in North America and Europe, spanning nearly thirty cities in six countries. Credits include the CSUN Conference for Persons with Disabilities (San Diego), the Interaction Design Association (Dublin), the Royal National Institute of the Blind (London), the Unitech ICT Network (Oslo), the Society for Technical Communications (Sacramento), the World Future Society (Vancouver) and the Universitat Autònoma (Barcelona). Kel also delivered the keynote address at the Knowbility John Slatin AccessU Summit in 2012.
 
Kel’s professional experience includes leading the Havas Worldwide Health digital accessibility practice, as well as forming his own technology startup in 2008. He is currently working on a suite of mobile offerings that embrace the consumer habits of disenfranchised populations. 
 
Kel is the author of the book Digital Outcasts: Moving Technology Forward Without Leaving People Behind, slated for a 2013 release. He lives and works in Philadelphia and New York City.
Director
BWX Productions

Jan Bieringa works independently as a creative producer in both new media and with feature documentaries. The opportunity to work across both sectors is immensely satisfying & provides the best of both worlds. Jan has primarily worked in and around the cultural sector and during the 90s she was Programme Director at Creative New Zealand, responsible for programming and funding short film, documentary and new media. Jan, with a small dedicated team, set up and ran (e)-vision Digital Media Centre for Communication Art and Technology in the late '90s.
From (e)-vision came her engagement with WSA in '03 and she is now working with both New Zealand & the Pacific to ensure submissions from both regions are available. In September last year she took the WSA Roadshow to Rarotonga to the PacInet conference. Simultaneously she is working to realise a Digital Content Showcase in 2009 in NZ. The WSA Roadshow will provide a central component to this event which will seek to engage with a broad cross-sector audience with the aim of showcasing new media practice beyond the parameters of the ICT world. The philosophy of the WSA makes it the perfect vehicle to encourage and demonstrate digital content in the fullest sense. She is currently the programme coordinator for an ideas forum - see http://www.7x7nz.net/ - a forum for people ambitious for what the world might be and New Zealand’s role in this framework.

You have a great product you wish to submit to the WSA? New Zealand is currently holding a  national contest to pre-select the best eContent!

Executive Vice President
e.Republic, Inc.

Cathilea Robinett is Executive Vice President of e.Republic, Inc. where she is responsible for Government Technology, Public CIO, Emergency Management and Converge magazines and websites, all of Government Technology conferences and events, research strategy and national awards and surveys in the state and local government and education markets.

Cathilea is a frequent speaker for worldwide government and education organizations, including Harvard University, the United Nations, the State Legislative Leaders' Foundation, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Council of State Governments, the World Congress on Information Technology and many more.   She has been quoted frequently in the press including the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Forbes magazine and others.

In 2007 she was the recipient of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers’National Technology Champion Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to advance public sector information technology initiatives.   She has also received the 2008 Sacramento Outstanding Woman Leadership Award from the National Association of Women Business Owners and the 2009 Sacramento Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame Award.

Molly specialises in screen-based storytelling and multiplatform production. As a practitioner, Molly makes documentaries and websites including 12 Canoes which was the UN World Summit Global Champion for eCulture & Heritage in 2013.