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Members of the Faculty 2007

Olga Cavalli

Ms Cavalli is an Electronic Engineer, she holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration and a Masters Degree in Telecom Regulations.
She is also a PHD Candidate in Business Administration.

Ms. Cavalli is advisor of the Ministry of Foreing Affairs of Argentina. She is the Argentina representative at the GAC (Governmental Adivsor Commitee) of ICANN, the Argentina Focal Point for the Information Society eLAC 2007 Action Plan, the coordinator of the eLAC2007 Financing Working Group and the coordinator of the eLAc 2007 Internet Governance Working Group. She was the Argentina representative and negotiator during World Summit of the Information Society held at Tunis, in November 2005.

Ms. Cavalli is a teacher in the Universidad de Buenos Aires, in the Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires and in the Instituto del Servicio Exterior de la Nación, where she teaches subjects related with technology, Internet and policy related with technology.

Bertrand de La Chapelle

Betrand de la Chapelle is an envoy for he information society in the Foreign Ministry of the French government in Paris. He represents also the French government in ICANN´s Governmental Advisory Committee. As an entrepreneur and a diplomat he was the co-animator of the OpenWSIS Initiative since its foundation in December 2002.

In the 1990s he was an advisor to the French Minister for European Affairs. When he left the ministry he became the co-founder of Virtools, a private company. He was a member of the G8 Digital Opportunity Task Force (DOT Force) and devoted two years in 2001-2002 to the study of multi-stakeholder mechanisms for global governance.

In 2006 he returned to the public service in the Foreign Office. Bertrand de la Chapelle is a graduate from Ecole Polytechnique (1981), Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (1983) and an alumni of Ecole Nationale d'Administration (1986).

Avri Doria

Avri Doria is an independent research consultant and an adjunct professor at Lule University of Technology in Sweden. She was recently elected as chair of the GNSO Council of ICANN. Furthermore she is involved in Internet standardization work of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and works as a consultant for the secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) of the United Nations. She was a member of the UN Working Group on Internet Governance and a civil society participant in the UN World Summit on the Informaiton Society.

William J. Drake

William J. Drake is the Director of the Project on the Information Revolution and Global Governance in the Program for the Study of International Organization(s) at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.

Current and recent activities include, inter alia: member, Start-Up Group, Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet); member, Start-Up Group and Panel of Advisors, the Global Alliance for ICT and Development (2005-present); member, United Nations Working Group on Internet Governance (2004-2005); member, WSIS civil society Internet Governance Caucus (2003-present); member, Research Network on IT Governance and Transnational Civil Society, the Social Science Research Council (2003-2005); Research Associate of the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, Columbia University (1983-present); and member of the editorial boards of the journals, Telecommunications Policy, and Info: The Journal of Policy, Regulation, and Strategy for Telecommunications, Information, and Media (respectively, 1996- and 1999-present).

William Drake’s scholarly research and advocacy work focuses on the national and global governance of the Internet and other information and communication technologies, and on the information revolution’s impact on world politics. He received his M.A., M.Phil, and Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.

Philipp Grabensee

Philipp Grabensee is Chairman of the Board of Afilias Ltd. Since 2003 and was Member of the Names Council of ICANNs Domain Name Supporting Organisation (DNSO). He studied law and philosophy at the Free University Berlin and the Rheinischen-Friedrich-Wilhelms-University in Bonn. He is an attorney with SHSG in Düsseldorf.

Michael Heller

Michael Heller has studied law and political science at the Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms-University in Bonn. He is an attorney with SHSG in Düesseldorf, specialized, inter alia, in legal issues of the Internet Domain Name System (DNS).

Jeanette Hofmann

Jeanette Hofmann has a PhD in political science. She is a senior researcher for Internet Governance at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB), and occasionally teaches at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

For two years she was co-coordinator of the WSIS Civil Society Internet Governance Caucus until 2006, and she represented civil society in the German Government Delegation to the WSIS. Hofmann served as a voting member of the 2004 and 2005 ICANN Nominating Committee.

Since 2002 she has been a member of the academic advisory board of the Federal Agency for Civic Education in Germany, and a member of the Committee for Communication and Information of the German Chapter of UNESCO. She is also a member of the advisory group that assists the UN Secretary General in convening the Internet Governance Forum.

Heike Jensen

Heike Jensen is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the department of Gender Studies of Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. Her research and teaching foci are gender theory, media, women's movements and globalization. Her recent publications focus on global information society politics, e.g. "Saperi del futuro: analisi di donne sulla società della comunicazione" (co-edited with Claudia Padovani and Olga Drossou, Bologna 2006: EMI) and the entry on the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in the "Encyclopedia of Gender and Information Technology" (edited by Eileen M. Trauth, Hershey, London, Melbourne, Singapore: Idea Group Reference, 2006. 1172-1177).

In WSIS, Dr. Jensen participated actively as a member of the Steering Committee of the WSIS Gender Caucus and as a civil society member of the German governmental delegation attending the Geneva and Tunis summit events. She convened the European/North American Regional Conference on Gender and WSIS in 2005. Currently, is a member of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GIGANet) and represents the German women's rights NGO Terre des Femmes as an At-large Structure within ICANN.

Dr. Jensen received her education at the Free University (Berlin, Germany), the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, USA), Brown University (Providence, USA), the International Women's University 2000 (Hamburg, Germany) and Humboldt University, where she obtained her doctorate in Gender Studies.

Wolfgang Kleinwächter

Wolfgang Kleinwächter is Professor for Internet Policy and Regulation at the Department for Media and Information Sciences, University of Aarhus.

He has studied Communication, International Law and International Relations at the University of Leipzig (B.A. 1971, M.A. 1974, Ph.D. 1981). His Academic Teaching includes Institute for International Studies, University of Leipzig (until 1991), Department for Communication, University of Tampere (1991/1992, 2005 ff.), School of International Services, American University, Washington, D.C, (1992/1994) and Department for Media and Communication Studies, University of Oerebro (2002/2003).

From 1994 to 1998 he was the Chairman of the "Inter-Regional Information Society Initiative" (IRISI) of the European Commission in Brussels and coordinated the regional "Saxonian Information Initiative" (SII) of the Free State of Saxony in Germany.

He is involved in Internet Governance issues since 1997 and has participated in various capacities in all ICANN meetings since Singapore (1999). In the WSIS process he was a member of the Civil Society Bureau and co-chaired the Internet Governance Caucus in 2002 and 2003. In 2004 he was appointed by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan as a member of the UN Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) and is presently a Special Adviser to the Chair of the Internet Governance Forum. He is also a member of the Panel of Advisers of the Global Alliance for ICT & Development (GAID) and serves in the International Council of the "International Association for Media and Communication Research" (IAMCR) where he co-chairs the Law Section.

He was a Key-Note Speaker, Panelist, Moderator and Rapporteur of numerous international information society conferences, inter alia in the UN, ITU, EU, Council of Europe, OECD and UNESCO.

His research is documented in more than 100 international publications, including five books. Recent articles has been published in "Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review", "Development", "Telecommunication Policy", "info" and "Gazette". He serves also as a member of several advisory boards of scientific journals like "Transnational Data and Communication Report" (until 1996), Computer Law and Security Report (until 1999), The Journal of Media Law and Practice (until 2001), Communication Law (since 2004) and "Gazette" (since 1992) and he was also a Member of the Programme Committee for INET 2002.

Jovan Kurbalija

Jovan Kurbalija is the founding director of DiploFoundation. His professional and academic background is in diplomacy, international law and ICT. In 1992 he left the Yugoslav diplomatic service and established the Unit for IT and Diplomacy at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies in Malta. The main function of the Unit was to provide training, research and software development in the field of IT and diplomacy.

He has lectured at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies in Malta, the Vienna Diplomatic Academy, the Dutch Institute of International Relations (Clingendael), the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, the UN Staff College, and Wilton Park, among others. He lectures on introduction to diplomacy, diplomacy and ICT/Internet, diplomatic privileges and immunities, and international law for diplomats.

Mr Kurbalija’s research focuses on the impact of ICT/Internet on diplomacy, with emphasis on changes in the national/international environment for diplomatic activities (changes in national and international distribution of power), new items on diplomatic agendas (ICT policy and Internet Governance) and new tools for diplomatic activities (hypertext systems for research, online negotiation tools, etc.). He is currently involved in research on the taxonomy of Internet Governance, the emerging language of ICT diplomacy, and diplomatic aspects of the WSIS negotiations.

Mr Kurbalija has published books, articles and book chapters, and edited books including: Internet Guide for Diplomats, Knowledge and Diplomacy, Influence on IT on Diplomatic Practice, Information Technology and Diplomatic Services of Developing Countries, Modern Diplomacy and Language and Diplomacy. The year, with E. Gelbstein and S. Baldi, he co-authored the Information Society Library, a set of nine booklets covering a variety of issues such as information security, online learning, Internet governance, and more. The Library was presented at the WSIS.

  Chengetai Masango

Chengetai Masango has been with the IGF Secretariat since its inception at the beginning of 2006 and was also with the Secretariat of the Working Group of Internet Governance (WGIG) as a consultant.

He has a MA in International Relations with a focus on Global Information Policy and is currently completing his PhD. in Information Science and Technology with Syracuse University.

Michael Niebel

Michael Niebel is Head Of Unit in the Directorate General for the Information Society and the Media (DG INFSO) of the European Commission in Brussels where he works on Internet Policy and Network Information Security.
He is a member of the EU High Level Working Group on Internet Governance and represents the European Union in ICANNs Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC). He was involved in the UN Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) and and is now linked to the Advisory Group of the Inernet Governance Forum (IGF) of the United Nations.
In the 1990s he was a member of the cabinet of the EU Commisisioner for Telecommunication, Martin Bangemann.

David Souter

David Souter is Managing Director of the consultancy ict Development Associates ltd (ictDA) and Visiting Professor in Communications Management at the University of Strathclyde (Scotland). He advises governments, international organisations, businesses and non-governmental (civil society) organisations on issues at the interface between information and communications, on the one hand, and social and economic development, on the other. From 1995 to 2003, he was Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation.
Dr Souter led the 2002 Louder Voices enquiry into the participation of developing countries in international ICT decision-making for the G8 DOT Force. He is currently leading studies, for various agencies, into a) the impact of ICTs on the voice and empowerment of the poor; b) the relationship between ICTs and poverty reduction strategies; c) the relationship between ICTs and children's rights; and d) regulatory harmonisation in a developing country region. His study of developing country and civil society participation in WSIS - Whose Summit? Whose Information Society? - is published this year by the Association for Progressive Communications.

Jonathan Zittrain

Jonathan Zittrain holds the Chair in Internet Governance and Regulation at Oxford University and is a principal of the Oxford Internet Institute. He is also the Jack N. & Lillian R. Berkman Visiting Professor for Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, where he co-founded its Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

His research interests include battles for control of digital property and content, cryptography, electronic privacy, the roles of intermediaries within Internet architecture, and the useful and unobtrusive deployment of technology in education. He has recently co-authored a study of Internet filtering by national governments, and is writing a book about the future of the now-intertwined Internet and PC. Papers may be found at www.jz.org ;