Setting the scene


Kenneth Neil Cukier covers technology and telecoms for The Economist in London. Earlier, his work focused on the international politics of technology, particularly intellectual property and Internet governance. Previously, he was the technology editor of The Asian Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong and a regular commentator on CNBC Asia; before that he was the European Editor of Red Herring. From 1992 to 1996 he worked at The International Herald Tribune in Paris. From 2002 to 2004 Mr. Cukier was a research fellow at the National Center for Digital Government at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he worked on a book about the Internet and international relations. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Prospect, The Financial Times and Foreign Affairs, among others. He has been a frequent commentator on business and technology matters for CBS, CNN, NPR and the BBC and others. Mr. Cukier is a term-member at the Council on Foreign Relations. Additionally, he serves on the board of advisors to the Daniel Pearl Foundation.


Karen Banks is a networking pioneer who has worked with ICTs and their application as a tool for social change since 1990. She coordinated the Association For Progressive Communications’ (APC) participation in the WSIS process and has been active in facilitation of the Civil Society content and themes group and an active member of the Human Rights, Information Security, Gender and European caucuses and working groups. She leads APC’s work in the CRIS (Communication Rights in the Information Society) campaign and has currently holds the position of Networking and Advocacy Coordinator for APC after coordinating APC's Women's Networking Support Programme for 8 years. She is a Director of GreenNet (the APC Member in the UK) and trustee of Privacy International, an international privacy rights and civil liberties watchdog based in the UK.


Phillip Bond is the President and CEO of the Information Technology Association of America. Phil also served as Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce for Technology from 2001 to 2005, and he served as Chief of Staff to Commerce Secretary Donald Evans from 2002 to 2003. As Under Secretary, Phil oversaw the operations of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Office of Technology Policy, and the National Technical Information Service. He served as Director of Federal Public Policy at Hewlett-Packard Company in 2001 and, between 1998 and 2001, was Senior Vice President for Government Affairs and Treasurer of the Information Technology Industry Council. From 1993 to 1998, he was Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn (R-WA) and, from 1992-1993, was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, guiding legislative affairs for then Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney. Phil is a 1978 cum laude graduate of Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon.

Bertrand de la Chappelle is the Special Envoy for the Information Society of the French Foreign Affairs Ministry, in charge of Internet Governance and follow-up processes to WSIS. A career diplomat with an engineering background and entrepreneurial experience, Bertrand de La Chapelle has specialized in multi-stakeholder mechanisms and the use of information technologies to facilitate them. He was in particular the Director of, a Geneva-based association promoting multi-stakeholder interaction among WSIS participants, particularly through a web community platform. As Head of the Mission for New Information Technologies in the French Foreign Ministry from 1998 to 2001, he was a member of the G8 Digital Opportunities Task force (DOT Force). He later conducted in 2001-2002 a personal research on global governance issues and mechanisms, as special advisor to the Director of IFRI, the leading French Think Tank on International Relations. 

His business experience includes being co-founder and President (from 1994 to 1998) of VIRTOOLS, the leading provider of development tools for the videogames and interactive 3D markets and Creator and Director of the Consulting Division of Innovation 128, a major French technology monitoring firm (1990-1994). 

Previous assignment include advisor in the cabinet of the Minister of European Affairs.

Yin Chen, is the Director General in the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Information Industry of China.

Pierre Dandjinou is currently a Regional Policy Advisor on ICT for Development at SURF/UNDP,Africa. Previously, served as Director of Infocom Services, a consultancy firm operating from Cotonou, Benin and Libreville, Gabon, then as a Programme Officer for UNDP (1997-2000); in this position, he coordinated the Africa node of the Sustainable Development Networking Programme (SDNP). Pierre is involved with many IT related initiatives on the continent, and is a member of various Advisory Committees including Afrinic , the African Internet Registry, the At Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) of ICANN, and the Global Internet Policy Initiative (GIPI). Pierre is Chairman of AfriNIC and President of the Benin ISOC Chapter. Pierre’s current specific areas of interest are e-strategies, e-governance and e-Parliaments as means for fostering use of ICTs for human development in the Africa region.

David Gross has served since August 2001 as the U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs of the US Department of State. Since joining the Department, Ambassador Gross has addressed the United Nations (UN) General Assembly and has led U.S. delegations to many major international telecommunications conferences, including the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) 2002 Plenipotentiary in Marrakech, Morocco, the ITU's 2002 World Telecommunication Development Conference in Istanbul, the ITU's 2004 World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly in Brazil, and two APEC Tel Ministerials, in Shanghai, China and Lima, Peru. He also has led the U.S. Government's participation in the multilateral preparatory work for both phases of the UN's "Heads of State" World Summit on the Information Society, and had the honor of leading the U.S. delegations to both the formal Summit in Geneva in 2003 and in Tunis 2005. Ambassador Gross has been a member of the UN Information and Communications Technologies Task Force. Ambassador Gross has had the honor to lecture at many colleges and universities around the world, including in the United States, Qatar, the UAE, Yemen, Thailand, India, Bangladesh and France.

Jean-Jacques Massima Landji est Ingénieur diplômé en Radioélectricité en Electronique et en Informatique à Paris en 1983, et Diplômé en Anglais de la Société pour la Diffusion des Langues étrangères en France . Monsieur Landji, après avoir travaillé 6 mois au Centre d’Etudes Nucléaires de Saclay, effectue sa carrière au sein de l’Office des Postes et Télécommunications de la République Gabonaise de 1983 à 1998 aux responsabilités successives suivante: Chef de service de la Téléinformatique et de la Télématique, Directeur des Services Informatiques et Télématiques, Directeur Central des Télécommunications et puis Directeur Général des Télécommunications. En 1992, il occupe concomitamment à ses fonctions nationales les fonctions d’ Administrateur de RASCOM et Préside le Conseil de cette Organisation pendant deux mandats. En 1998, Monsieur Landji débute une carrière internationale en qualité de Directeur Afrique Centrale de ICO Global Communications et la poursuit à l’UIT de 2000 à 2004 comme Haut Fonctionnaire, Coordonnateur de Projets au sein du BDT. IL a mis en place l’Agence de Régulation des Télécommunications de la République Gabonaise en qualité de Président de cette structure et occupe aujourd’hui les fonctions de Conseiller du Gabon pour les questions de Télécommunications et Représentant permanent de Gabon Télécom auprès de l’UIT.

Hideo Shimizu is the Vice-Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan.

Juan Carlos Solines Moreno, is the Head of ICT and Telecoms Regulatory Authority of Ecuador. He is also the Executive Director of the research and consulting firm Gobierno Digital, a lawyer and holder of a Masters in Public Administration program from the Kennedy School at Harvard University. He served for three years as the Personal Assistant to the Ecuadorian President Sixto Duran-Ballen and later as Undersecretary General for Public Administration (Deputy Chief of Staff). He works as a Partner for the Law Firm Asociados Solines (JASOL) in Quito and he currently teaches Law and New Technologies, Intellectual Property and e-Commerce Seminar at Universidad San Francisco de Quito.  He is also the founder and President of the NGO's "Tecnologia Estado y Sociedad" and "Red Tecnologica Latinoamericana", two non-governmental organizations created to analyze legal and policy issues relating to computer based information exchange, and the impact and influence of ICT in government, private sector and society at-large, respectively. He represented his country at the e-Commerce Experts Committee of the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA), and at the World Summit of Information Society (WSIS) and Preparatory Process. He was also a member of the UN Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG)


David Souter has been managing director of ICT Development Associates ltd and visiting professor in communications management at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, since 2003. He works mainly at the interface of ICT and development policy with a variety of international and civil society organisations and the private sector. He was coordinator of the Louder Voices project which assessed developing country participation in international ICT decision-making for the DOT Force in 2002, and is currently reviewing developing country and civil society participation in WSIS for APC. From 1995 to 2003, he was chief executive of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation.

Lynn St.Amour is President/CEO of the Internet Society (ISOC). She joined ISOC in 1998 as Executive Director of its Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) division, and has been responsible for ISOC's international expansion. She became ISOC's global Executive Director and COO in 1999 and held that position until her appointment as President and CEO in March of 2001. Her background includes positions at the highest levels in international sales and marketing, strategic planning, partner management and manufacturing. She also has considerable experience in corporate restructuring and start-up management. St.Amour has spent most of her career working in the United Kingdom, France and Switzerland, with significant long-term assignments in other European countries.

Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi is the Senior Advisor in the Office of the Chairman, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).Prior to assuming his current position in March 2003, he was responsible for leading new development initiatives such as licensing migration to a convergence framework, 3G mobile systems, broadband initiatives, capacity building programmes on bridging the digital divide and self regulation in the communications and multimedia sector within the MCMC. Amongst the organisations that he has collaborated with are the International Telecoms Union (ITU), the Commonwealth Telecoms Organisation (CTO), the Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT) and the Pacific Telecoms Council (PTC). Sharil also works closely with other international organizations in the Internet field such as ICANN where he is currently the Chairman of the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) in ICANN and a member of ICANN’s Board of Directors. Sharil has been involved in the ICANN process issues relating to Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) where he was involved in the early development of identifying problems in the deployment of IDNs.

Paul Twomey became President/CEO of ICANN on 27 March 2003. Before joining ICANN, he was the founder of Argo [email protected], a high-level international advisory and investment firm that assists both Fortune 500 companies and start-up companies to build global Internet and technology businesses and strategic alliances. Prior to that, Dr. Twomey was founding Chief Executive Officer of the National Office for the Information Economy (NOIE), and the Australian federal government's Special Adviser for the Information Economy and Technology. From 1999 to 2001 Twomey chaired ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC). Dr. Twomey was also Executive General Manager, Europe, of Austrade – the Australian Trade Commission. As the leader of Austrade's Global Information Technology and Telecommunications Network, he assisted Australia's IT&T firms to market their products and services to key European, American and Asian markets. Widely published in academic and popular journals, Dr. Twomey has contributed to books on industry policy, foreign and defence policy, and development issues. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honors) from the University of Queensland, a Master of Arts (Political Science and International Relations) fromPennsylvania State University and a PhD in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.