Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989. He is a scientist and academic whose visionary and innovative work has transformed almost every aspect of our lives.

Having invented the Web in 1989 while working at CERN and subsequently working to ensure it was made freely available to all, Berners-Lee is now dedicated to enhancing and protecting the web’s future. He is a Founding Director of the World Wide Web Foundation, which seeks to ensure the web serves humanity by establishing it... read more

Doreen Bogdan-Martin was elected Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau on the 1st of November 2018.  She took office on the 1st of January 2019. She is a strategic leader with 30 years of high-level experience in international and inter-governmental relations. She has a long history of success in policy and strategy development, analysis and execution.  Ms. Bogdan-Martin serves as Coordinator of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development.

 From 2008-2018, she led the Strategic Planning & Membership Department of ITU. Ms Bogdan-Martin was responsible... read more

Robert Cailliau is a Belgian informatics engineer who proposed a hypertext system for CERN and collaborated with Tim Berners-Lee on WWW from before it got its name.

Cailliau graduated from Ghent University in 1969 in electrical and mechanical engineering later obtaining an MSc from the University of Michigan in Computer, Information and Control Engineering. In 1974 he joined CERN as a Fellow, working on the control system of the accelerators. In 1987 he became leader of Office Computing Systems, and in 1988 proposed the study of an internal hypertext system for documentation in the... read more

Anna holds a Master’s degree in Immunology and her career has been an eclectic and interesting journey since, spanning laboratory sales, freelance scientific translation, administration, resource planning and HR.

Anna joined CERN in 2004 to work on the EU-funded Enabling Grids for E-sciencE (EGEE) project, and in 2010 she joined the HR department’s Talent Acquisition (TA) group to start up the staff recruitment unit which she ran for 6 years. Today she co-leads the TA group, coordinating all student, graduate and staff programmes, with a particular focus on CERN’s HR communication... read more

Frédéric is the Chief Regional Bureau Director for Europe for the Internet Society.

Frédéric Donck has in-depth experience as a negotiator and advocate in the telecommunications and Internet industry. Much of his work has been to bridge the interests of the public and private sector to negotiate policy solutions to the benefit of all parties.

During ten years of international public policy work within the European Commission, in particular with Directorate-General for Information Society and the Directorate-General for Enterprise,... read more

Fabiola Gianotti received her Ph.D. in experimental particle physics from the University of Milano in 1989. Since 1994 she has been a research physicist in the Physics Department of CERN and since August 2013 an honorary Professor at the University of Edinburgh. She is also a corresponding member of the Italian Academy of Sciences (Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei) and foreign associate member of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States.

Dr Gianotti has worked on several CERN experiments, and been involved in detector R&D, construction, software development and data... read more

Bruno Giussani is the Global Curator of the TED conferences (ted.com) and the Chairman of the Geneva International Film Festival on Human Rights (fifdh.org).

A recognized expert on international affairs and on the social and economic impacts of technology, he was a journalist and columnist (for, among others, the New York Times) and has co-founded three Internet companies. He also co-created, in 1995, the first news website in Switzerland... read more

A lifelong entrepreneur, Jean-François Groff always strives to simplify technical innovations and make them accessible to the general public. He now helps the world transition to digital mobile money, thus accelerating financial inclusion for all.

During his stay at CERN as "cooperant", Jean-François helped Tim Berners-Lee develop the World Wide Web technology. He later as consultant ported the communications code to DECnet in order to set up servers for physics experiments, and helped the Danish Technical Library set up their W3 server. Jean-François also worked for NeXT Europe. ... read more

Prof. Jovan Kurbalija is the Executive Director of the UN Secretary General High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation. Prof. Kurbalija established DiploFoundation and the Geneva Internet Platform. A former diplomat, Prof. Kurbalija has a professional and academic background in international law, diplomacy, and information technology. He has been a pioneer in the field of cyber diplomacy since 1992 when he established the Unit for Information Technology and Diplomacy at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies in Malta.

Prof. Kurbalija was a member of the United Nations (UN)... read more

Early web pioneer and author of the Lynx browser, founding engineer at Netscape, and founding member of 5 successful startup companies. 

Lou has been programming for over 30 years and has been an active member of the open source community.

Lou is best known as the creator of web cookies, but is also responsible for several foundational web technologies and standards.    read more

Monique is President and Co-Founder of the Humanized Internet, a non-profit organization focused on addressing the need to control our identities as well as providing digital identity for those individuals most underserved. The belief in the social good of technology with embedded ethics has guided Monique’s extensive work with blockchain, especially its applicability to education and credentialing as well as other industries including healthcare, insurance, and Internet of things. Monique is also Venture Partner at Sparklabs Accelerator for Cybersecurity and Blockchain..

As of... read more

Zeynep Tufekci is an associate professor at the University of North Carolina, author of Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest from Yale University Press and an opinion writer at the New York Times and a columnist with Scientific American and Wired.

Her research revolves around the interaction between society and technology with special focus on how big data, algorithms and artificial intelligence are affecting social and political structures in society and the workings of power, politics and resistance. read more

Charlotte Warakaulle has held a variety of posts at the United Nations and was a key focal point for relations between CERN and the UN Office at Geneva.

Since 2001 Charlotte Warakaulle has held a variety of posts at the United Nations, from associate speechwriter to chief of the Political Affairs and Partnerships Section at the United Nations Office at Geneva.

Most recently she held the position of chief of the United Nations Library in Geneva, where she was responsible for library services, knowledge management, cultural diplomacy and intellectual outreach.

Prior to... read more

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