Agnès Bradier is the
Deputy Head of Unit of the eGovernment unit at the Directorate General
for Information Society in the European Commission. She has been working
for 15 years in the Commission in IST RTD research activities, in the
domains of knowledge management, high performance computing and advance
information processing. She is currently involved in the elaboration and
the follow-up of the Commission’s strategy to support eGovernment
policy and research activities.
Mark Bressers leads the Dutch Government’s
Programme Open Standards and Open Source Software (OSOSS) since it was
started in 2003. He studied Public Administration at the University of
Nijmegen, and has previously worked as a senior advisor for the programme
Public Counter 2000, part of the Dutch organisation for e-government (ICTU).
As project leader he was also responsible for setting up the Dutch Consumerportal,
a web portal which provides information about consumer rights.
Colm Butler is Director, Information
Society Policy, Department of the Taoiseach (Prime Minister), Ireland.
The Information Society Policy unit (ISPU) has overall responsibility
for developing, co-ordinating and driving implementation of the Information
Society agenda. Its aim is to ensure that Ireland develops as a fully
participative, competitive, knowledge-based Information Society, with
all of the benefits that entails. While it has a predominantly policy
development and advisory, monitoring and co-ordination role, it also has
specific functional responsibility for eGovernment, among other areas.
Rishab Aiyer Ghosh is Founding International
and Managing Editor of First Monday, the most widely read peer-reviewed
on-line journal of the Internet. He is Programme Leader at MERIT/International
Institute of Infonomics at the University of Maastricht, Netherlands,
where he coordinated the European Union -funded FLOSS project, the most
comprehensive study of free/libre/open source users and developers, and
coordinates the follow-on FLOSSPOLS project on policy support. He is involved
in research and policy supported by the European Commission, United Nations
organisations, the Dutch government and the US National Science Foundation.
Christian Hardy is Chief of the Information
Systems Department of the Forecasting Directorate at the French Ministry
of Economics, Finance and Industry. He is the author of the first report
recommending the use of OpenOffice in French Administration. He led the
trial of using OpenOffice in one of the most important administrations
of the Ministry of Finance. Since 2002 he has been a volunteer in the
OpenOffice.org developer community’s Fr_project..
Dr Barbara Held is presently working
as Detached National Expert at the European Commission where she is Programme
Manager at the unit for Interchange of Data between Administrations (IDA).
She is project officer of the European Interoperability Framework (EIF)
and related projects. Barbara Held formerly served at the German Government’s
Coordination and Advisory Board for IT in the Administration in the Federal
Ministry of Interior (KBSt).
Thomas Myrup Kristensen is a special
adviser in the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.
His areas of responsibility include policy issues related to the Danish
software strategy, open source software, IT architecture as well as the
EU IDAbc (Interchange of Data between Administrations) programme. He holds
a degree in political science.
Gregor Lietz is Director, Government,
EMEA Central Region of EDS. In his current position Mr. Lietz is responsible
for EDS Consulting and Operations Services in civilian and defence government
in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He is also leading the advisory software
strategy team of EDS in Federal Ministry of Interior working (among others)
on the Open Source Migration Guide and TCO-Model of the federal administration.
Alasdair Mangham is Head of the E-Services
Development Team, London Borough of Camden. He has experience of managing
and developing several Open Source developments for Local Government specific
applications. These include the Accessible Personalised Local Authority
Website project that produced the first open source content management
system built for local government purposes. He is currently working on
an application to create a deliberative online citizen's panel in partnership
with the University of Oxford's Internet Institute.
Flavia Marzano is Strategic Consultant
for Innovation at the Union of Italian Provinces. She has been active
for more than twenty years in the management of advanced technologies.
In recent years her activity has been mainly addressed to supporting Public
Administrations in e-government and Open Source in Public Administration.
She is a Member of the Open Source Committee of the Italian Ministry for
Innovation and Technology. She is also a Member of the Permanent Panel
for e-government of Italian Provinces.
Frans J. Nauta is member and
secretary of the Dutch Innovation Platform, which is chaired by the Prime
Minister. The platform coordinates the Dutch policies for education, research,
technology and innovation. Mr. Nauta is founder & CEO of the Knowledge
Land foundation (KL). KL is a think tank based in Amsterdam. It aims at
developing the full potential of regions and countries in the knowledge
economy, in a way that creates both economic and social value. KL has
gained some fame in the Netherlands as an unconventional change agent
with several innovative projects. KL’s vision for the Netherlands
as one of the world’s key regions in the knowledge economy was embraced
in 2003 by the new cabinet, resulting in the creation of the Innovation
Bernhard Schnittger is Head of Unit
(acting) for the European Commission’s Unit for Interchange of Data
between Administrations (IDA), DG Enterprise. He has been at the European
Commission since 1995 has worked on a number of IDA's horizontal measures,
including TESTA (a secure telecommunications network for public administrations)
and more recently open source-related activities such as a study on pooling
public sector software, the migration guidelines and the work on encouraging
open document formats.
Giovanna Sissa is Director of the Osservatorio
Tecnologico (Technology Observatory) of the Italian Ministry of Research
and Education. The Osservatorio is the national service for technology
transfer of ICT to schools. She has been involved as Independent expert
for the European Commission in several R&D programmes. In Italy, she
has advised the Information Society working group of the “Community
Support framework for Ob.1 Italian region”. She has been Involved
in ICT since the 1980s, and in 2003 she contributed to the Italian Survey
of Open Source Software in Government conducted by the Italian Minister
for Innovation and Technologies.
Mauro Solari is Deputy President of
the Province of Genova, Italy
Rolf Theodor Schuster is the Chief
Information Officer of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has
been at the Ministry for fifteen years. Since 2001 he was Head of IT Strategy
at the Ministry. He has previously worked as Deputy Consul General in
the German consulate in Houston, in the Protocol Department of the Ministry,
and in the German Representation at the OSCE, Vienna. He holds a PhD in
Economics from Münster University.
Wilbert Stolte is vice-mayor of the
city of The Hague since 1998 and responsible for ICT, sports, environment
and the city area of Scheveningen. He is in charge of ICT innovation for
the internal organisation of the municipality and ICT-projects for the
citizens of The Hague. He is also Steering Committee Member of the regional
authority of Haaglanden; Chair of Stedenlink, a network of cities with
big ICT-projects, Member of the Board of Commissioners of Dutch Companies
and Member of Committees of the Dutch Union of Municipalities.
Jan van de Straat is Director of R&D
at the City of Haarlem. He has 25 years of experience in the IT world,
has programmed in several languages including Assembler, Basic, Visual
Basic, Visual C++, Eclipse and supervised Haarlem’s study of and
migration to open source. He shares the experience of Haarlem by giving
frequent presentations regarding Open Source, server consolidation and
IT strategy for the public sector.
Luis Casas Luengo is Managing Director
of the Foundation for the Development of Science and Technology (FUNDECYT),
initiated by the Government of Extremadura in 2003. At FUNDECYT, and in
his previous positions in the Government of Extremadura, he has been responsible
for also leading and implementing the Regional Information Society Strategic
Plan for Extremadura, in support of the Regional Government’s goals.
Robin Weissenberger is one of the most
experienced project managers of the EDP department of the City of Vienna.
He was responsible for and one of the leading authors of the Study on
the feasibility of Open Source Software on the Workstations of Vienna’s
City Administration. In addition to his core business he also specialized
on project information and knowledge management.
Douglas Heintzman is the Director of
Technical Strategy for IBM Software Group. He is responsible for coordinating
the overall technical strategy for Software Group as well as specific
responsibility in the areas of government standards compliance, Linux
and open source. He is the executive chair of IBM’s Open Source
Steering Committee with corporate wide responsibility to authorize any
usage of open source code as well as open source strategy. He is also
a member of IBM’s Global Standards Council. He has represented IBM
on various international standards and specifications bodies and was Director
and Chairman of the Board of the SyncML initiative.
Phil Zamani is European Vice President
for Linux Business Development & Sales at Novell. He has extensive
experience in working with large organisations that are adopting solutions
based on Open Source technologies such as GNU and Linux. Having worked
for the major OSS service providers (Cygnus, Red Hat and now SuSE/Novell)
he has a unique multi-vendor insight in regard to where OSS is being deployed
in commercial organisations today, from corporate intranets to embedded