Bruno Lanvin is INSEAD’s Executive Director for Global Indices. From 2007 to 2015, he was the Executive Director of INSEAD’s eLab, managing INSEAD’s teams in Paris, Singapore and
Abu Dhabi, and then Executive Director for INSEAD’s European Competitiveness Initiative (IECI). From 2000 to 2007, Dr. Lanvin worked for the World Bank, where he was inter alia Senior Advisor for E-strategies and Regional Coordinator in Europe and Central Asia for information and communication technology (ICT) and e-government issues. He also headed the Capacity Building Practice of the World Bank’s Global ICT Department and was Chairman of the Bank’s e-Thematic Group. From June 2001 to December 2003, he was the Manager of the Information for Development Program (infoDev) at the World Bank. In 2000, Dr. Lanvin was appointed Executive Secretary of the G8-DOT Force. Until then, he was Head of Electronic Commerce in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva, and occupied various senior positions including Chief of the Cabinet of the Director General of the United Nations in New York, Head of Strategic Planning, and later Chief of the SME Trade Competitiveness Unit of UNCTAD/SITE. He was the main drafter, team leader, and editor of Building Confidence: Electronic Commerce and Development, published in January 2000. Since 2002, he has been coauthoring The Global Information Technology Report (Cornell University-INSEAD-World Economic Forum), and is currently the co-editor of The Global Innovation Index Report (Cornell University-INSEAD-WIPO). In 2013, he created and launched the first edition of the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI), and is still the co-editor of this annual report. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Valenciennes, France, a Masters of Business Administration from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris, France, a PhD in Economics from the University of Paris I (La Sorbonne) in France, and is an alumnus of INSEAD (IDP-C). A frequent speaker at high-level meetings, he advises several global companies and governments and has been a member of numerous boards for many years, including those of ICANN, IDA-Infocomm, GovTech, IP-Watch, AAID, and the Bin Rashid Foundation for Government Innovation.
Soumitra Dutta is Professor of Management and the former founding dean of the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business (April 2016 to January 2018). Previously, he was the Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean of the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management. Prior to coming to Cornell in 2012, he was on the faculty and leadership team of INSEAD, a leading international business school in France and Singapore. He is an authority on technology and innovation policy, is the co-editor and author of The Global Information Technology Report, published by the World Economic Forum and The Global Innovation Index, published by the World Intellectual Property Organization—two influential reports in technology and innovation policy. Mr. Dutta is on the global boards of Sodexo and Dassault Systèmes. He is also a member of the Shareholder Council of Chicago-based ZS Associates. In addition, he is a member of the advisory boards of several business schools including HEC, Montreal; ESADE, Barcelona; and ESCP, Paris. He has co-founded two firms, including Fisheye Analytics, which WPP group acquired. He is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the Global Business School Network, a Washington, D.C. based not-for-profit organization focused on improving management capacity in emerging markets. He was previously the Chair of AACSB, the leading global body for the accreditation of business schools. Mr. Dutta is a member of the Davos Circle,
an association of long-time participants in the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, and has engaged in a number of multi-stakeholder initiatives to shape global, regional, and industry agendas. He is also currently the co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Innovation Ecosystems. Mr. Dutta received a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), New Delhi, a Master of Science in both Business Administration and Computer Science, and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley. In 2017, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from his alma mater IIT Delhi.
Michael is an economist and independent consultant. Currently, he leads the analytical work of the Global Talent Competitiveness Index published by INSEAD, where he is responsible for the calculation and analysis of country and city rankings. Prior to this role, he was consultant and Associate Economic Affairs Officer at United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), working primarily on issues on trade and development related to least-developed countries and landlocked developing countries. Other past work experience includes consulting for the World Trade Organization and working as an analyst at the Swedish National Board of Trade, CUTS International, and Mintel International. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Geneva and a Master of International Law and Economics from the World Trade Institute (University of Bern).
Carolina Rossini has over 20 years of experience in technology law and policy, including ICT for development, internet, intellectual property, open innovation, and telecommunications. She is the founder of iNova Partners Consulting – assisting non-profits in executing effective and long-term change and impact -, and Yong Global Leader with the World Economic Forum. She serves on the advisory board of InternetLab (Brazil), Derechos Digitales (Chile), Lighthouse Collective (USA), Instituto EducaDigital (Brazil) and #IamtheCode (Global). She is a results-oriented, decisive leader with proven success in policy change and advocacy, strategic organizational impact, growth, and fundraising. Previously, she was the RightsCon Director at Access Now, she worked at Facebook as a Global Policy Manager for Connectivity and Mobile. In the USA, she also worked as the Vice President for International Policy at Public Knowledge (PK), a Project Director at New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, the International Director at Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and a 3-year Fellow at the Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Back in Brazil, where she was born, she was an in-house counsel Telefonica, and a law lecturer at the Center for Technology and Society at Fundação Getulio Vargas (CTS/FGV). Carolina has an LLM in Intellectual Property from Boston University, a MBA from Instituto de Empresas, a MA in International Economic Negotiations from UNICAMP/UNESP, and a JD from the University of Sao Paulo – USP.
Anna is a senior project manager and independent consultant. Currently, she leads various projects on inclusion & prosperity and on the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI, published by INSEAD), holding responsibilities such as the building of the report, event management, media relations, and dissemination. Prior to this role, she was a team coordinator at Procter & Gamble (P&G) and a project coordinator at the World Economic Forum (WEF), working primarily on digital economy and multilateral projects on internet and connectivity (dealing with academia, governments, public & private organizations and organizing world-class conferences in Davos).
She holds an MBA from the University of Geneva and co-founded in 2019 an LLC called PminD, collaborating on various projects related to the digital architecture of smart cities & innovation.
Anna has lived in 9 countries and is fluent in four languages. Her volunteer experience includes the New Zealand winter games and education in Ecuador. In her free time, she reads extensively and travels the world.
Isabella Wilkinson is pursuing a master’s degree in Democracy and Governance at Georgetown University (graduating December 2020) with a focus on the intersection of disruptive innovation, emerging technology, and governance (democratic, authoritarian, and everything in between). Wilkinson graduated from the London School of Economics with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations, History, and Chinese with honors.
Wilkinson is a former researcher for the Marshall Center for Security Studies, where she prepared the research groundwork and helped facilitate the Mediterranean Discourse on Regional Security conference. Additionally, Wilkinson has worked as a researcher for Georgetown University’s Government Department and the National Endowment for Democracy, focusing broadly on digital democracy.
Wilkinson is a native English speaker and proficient in both French and Mandarin Chinese. In addition to her master’s degree, Wilkinson is pursuing certificates in Artificial Intelligence and Python and has recently gained proficiency in Digital Mapping.
Joseph is currently a Master of Global Affairs candidate at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. Formerly working in the Federal Government of Canada within the Industrial Security Sector, Joseph recently completed work as a summer intern in Tunis, Tunisia with the international NGO Access Now, where he focused on policy issues dealing with artificial intelligence, content moderation and the overall intersection between human rights and technology. Joseph has also worked as a research assistant at Carleton University studying the health-ethnicity gradient in Canada. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.
Founder Director of Cedar Partners, a network of individuals working to improve life for all; founder Director of Adapt, a new startup helping companies manage user data ethically. Andrew also is the Chair of the Internet Watch Foundation which helps prevent child sex abuse online, Board Chair of the Board of Global Partners Digital focusing on human rights implications of internet policy, and Deputy Chair of the Sigrid Rausing Trust and management committee member of European Council of Foreign Relations.
Global Editorial Director, Thought Leadership at Economist Group, Economist Intelligence Unit. Experienced professional (economist by training) with a successful 20 year track-record in economic and policy research and on engaging with policy-makers and senior corporate leaders. Expertise in managing large teams with proven strategic, financial, planning and team building skills. PHD in International Economic and Trade Law from L. Bocconi University and MA in Latin American studies from the Institute for Latin American Studies, London University. Fluent English, Italian (native speaker) Spanish, French & Portuguese.
COO, Cybersecurity Technologies at Bank of America, CISSP, CEH. Technology, cyber security, and business operations executive. Certified Information Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). Top 100 CIOs; Wall Street Journal CIO Council; Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women International; ‘Leading CIOs Who Happen to Be Female’ (CIO Magazine), Business Role Model of the Year (Women in IT). Published author. Inventor (patents pending in security, privacy, digital payments technology).
Michaela Saisana is acting Head of the Monitoring, Indicators and Impact Evaluation Unit and she also leads the European Commission’s Competence Centre on Composite Indicators and Scoreboards (COIN) at the Joint Research Centre in Italy. She has been working in the JRC since 1998, where she obtained a prize as “best young scientist of the year” in 2004 and together with her team the “JRC policy impact award” for the Social Scoreboard of the European Pillar of Social Rights in 2018. Scientist and engineer with specialization on process optimization and spatial statistics, she is actively involved in promoting a sound development and responsible use of performance monitoring tools. These monitoring tools feed into EU policy formulation and legislation in a wide range of fields from social rights and fairness to innovation and competitiveness, from enterprises and firms to state aid, from employment to culture and creativity, from cohesion to sustainable development.
Chris Ferguson is one of the original senior management team that built the UK’s Government Digital Service. In 2011 he was brought into the Cabinet Office to take on the digital identity challenge and created the team that developed GOV.UK Verify. In January 2015, Chris became the GDS Director responsible for the Digital Group comprising GOV.UK, GOV.UK Verify and the Government-as-a-Platform delivery team. In February 2017, Chris established the National, International & Research Group within GDS. This will focus on how GDS engages and collaborates with the UK’s wider public sector, devolved administrations, and partner organizations worldwide. Chris is the chair of the cross-government Digital Leaders network and head of the digital profession within HM Government. Prior to his involvement with the digital transformation of public services, Chris’s career mainly focused on diplomacy and security in the UK and overseas.
John Garrity is an economist, policy advisor, and program manager focusing on digital inclusion through pro-poor information and communications technology (ICT) policy and projects to foster universal Internet access and adoption. Currently he is an independent consultant to public sector and private sector organizations, including to Connectivity Capital, a sector-focused investment management firm providing debt capital to Internet Service Providers (ISPs), UNDP as the technical advisor on a national rollout of free public WiFi in SE Asia, and with the UN Broadband Commission. Previously, John was the Senior Connectivity Advisor in the Global Development Lab at USAID. Before USAID, John spent ten years at Cisco and prior to that John was in the Corporate Strategy Group at the World Bank, and held previous roles at the Federal Trade Commission and in state government. John has co-authored several reports on technology and development and has presented around the world on efforts to close the digital divide.
Tawfik Jelassi is Professor of Strategy and Technology Management at IMD Business School in Lausanne (Switzerland). He is also Co-Director of the “Orchestrating Winning Performance” program in Lausanne, Singapore and Dubai, which is IMD’s signature program and its biggest executive education offering (with more than 650 participants enrolled in it annually). Before joining IMD, Dr. Jelassi was Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research, and Information & Communication Technologies in the post-Arab Spring Tunisian Government, which was mandated to finalize the democratic transition in the country. Dr. Jelassi was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ooredoo Tunisia, the leading mobile telecom operator in the country. Between 2000 and 2013, he was Professor and Dean of the Business School of Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris (the oldest Grande Ecole of France). Prior to that, he was Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Technology Management academic area at INSEAD, Fontainebleau.
Dr. Jelassi holds a Ph.D. degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) from the Stern School of Business at New York University (USA). His teaching and research interests are in th
Dr. Hessa Al Jaber is a Qatari engineer, academic and politician. She is the first-ever Minister of Information and Communications Technology in Qatar following the formation of the nation’s new Cabinet by the Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani in 2013. She is the third Qatari woman to assume a ministerial position in the state. Currently, she serves as the United Nations ITU Broadband Commissioner for Digital Development, Commissioner for the WHO/ITU Commission on Information and Accountability for Women and Children’s Health. Dr. Hessa holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Kuwait University, and a master’s degree and Ph.D in Computer Science from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. (Wikipedia)
As the founding CEO of Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du) since 2005 in the UAE, and the founding CEO of Egyptian Company for Mobile Services (Mobinil) in Egypt from 1998 to 2005, Osman Sultan set during the course of his career several strategies translating the profound transformations that the telecom and information sectors have been creating in our lives.
As an influential figure and a mentor in the telecommunications sector, he is proud to have groomed close to 20 talented individuals who became CEOs of various operations across all continents.
Osman Sultan is a visionary leader and a notable public speaker in the field. His distinguished achievements ranked him as one of the most powerful executives in the telecoms industry in the world twice on “GTBPower100 List” in both 2010 and 2011.
Osman Sultan brings 35 years of leadership, rich with achievements in the telecom business. His vast knowledge and expertise in the field as early as the pre-internet period, placed him as one of the pioneers in France, Europe, the USA, Japan and the entire MENA region.
As an industry veteran, Osman Sultan witnessed the birth of the “Minitel” ecosystem in France since late 1983; a stage that a lot consider the precursor and the incubator of the internet universe. This is when he had the certainty that connectivity will disrupt profoundly the lives of individuals and corporations allowing much more than the traditional status of talking or sending/ receiving messages.
The impact of mobility saw a paradigm shift in his journey when he launched “a mobile in the hand of everyone” slogan in 1998 in Egypt, as the founding CEO of Egypt’s first mobile operator “MobiNil;” a subsidiary of France Telecom/Orange.
In 2006, Osman Sultan established, as founding CEO, the UAE’s second integrated telecom operator EITC, operating the very innovative brand “du,” where he was driven by his profound belief that “being connected” was becoming a “basic human right.”
Since then, Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company has grown beyond connectivity offering all fronts of the digital transformations, end to end ICT solutions for enterprises, comprehensive platforms for smart cities (as a strategic partner for Smart Dubai Office) to realize Dubai’s ambition to be the smartest and happiest city in the world. The most recent endeavor was EITC’s launch of the Virgin Mobile in the UAE, as the fully digital B brand. In addition, EITC offers services catered for consumers embracing various aspects of their digital lifestyle of today.
Osman Sultan was, along his career and still is, a board member of various institutions in the telecom industry, technology space, and academic world. This includes board memberships of Tunisie Telecom, Malta Telecom (currently GO) in Malta, the National Telecommunications Institute (NTI) in Egypt, The Supreme Committee for Corporate Governance in the Egyptian Stock Exchange (back in 2000), the advisory board of the Mohammed bin Rashid School of
Communications (MBRSC), the Global Blockchain advisory Council of the WEF, The Board of Endeavor UAE and many others.
All industries are currently going through a profound transformation, one that is enabled by the acceleration of capabilities offered by technology. The astonishing disruption induced by social networks and is driven by the quest of finding economically viable ecosystems.
Osman Sultan is currently focusing on establishing the right platforms to allow the emergence of the new conversations needed for these ecosystems tackling the intersections between the technological, economical and societal dimensions to make way for a more technologically efficient and humanly rewarding future in the midst of all these rapid changes.
Osman Sultan is a father of five children. He doesn’t believe that our current world and social interactions allow boundaries between personal and professional lives. He is fond of Cinema, Arabic literature and poetry, and a passionate reader of the architecture of the new ecosystems in the Brave New World we live in today.
Diego Molano Vega is an international consultant on Digital Transformation of Companies and Governments. He was the Minister of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) of Colombia from 2010 to 2015. He transformed his Country with his policy plan “Vive Digital”, which aims to reduce poverty and create jobs using technology.
During his tenure, Colombia expanded all the elements of the digital ecosystem, not only infrastructure, but also, services, applications and users. Internet coverage extended to low-income homes and rural areas. 4G-LTE, Fiber optics and high-speed networks expanded to all municipalities, even those in the middle of the Amazon jungle. Every rural community with more than 100 inhabitants has an Internet community center. Education, health and government services were transformed with ICT, increasing their availability, reach and efficiency.
Mr. Molano has a long career in the technology industry, including high level executive positions in multinational companies such as BellSouth (now AT&T) in the US and Telefonica in Spain. He has had responsibilities in more than 20 countries. He has been board member of international organizations and corporations in the telecommunications, TV, radio and postal services sectors. He is currently Senior Advisor to the Inter-American Development Bank, Senior Advisor to McKinsey &Co. in Washington DC, and member of the Advisory Committee of the New Economy to the OECD in Paris.
Mr. Molano is an electronics engineer and economist from the Xavier University in Colombia and holds an MBA from IMD in Switzerland.