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Mei Lin Fung

Co Chair

Board Chair since 2020

Mei Lin is the current Co chair of People Centered Internet, where she is working on recruiting for the Global Help Desk (GHD) and the Echar Pa’lante initiative with Puerto Rico. She is also one of the co-founders of PCI (along with Vint Cerf), an organization created with the intention of ensuring that the internet is used as a positive force for good. In chairing PCI, Mei Lin is committed to establishing a “people centered” norm of technological development.

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Cyndi is the Chief of Staff at the Threatcasting Lab, Producer at Applied Futures Lab, Producing Director at the Weaponized Narrative Initiative, and a producer for the president’s office at Arizona State University. Through these roles, she engages with multiple audiences across numerous mediums to create narratives for tools, training, and applied outcomes. She received her BFA in Fine Arts from Kendall College of Art and Design and her MFA from Arizona State University. ​​
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Mei Lin’s Bio page

Honors

    • Hasso Plattner Institute Fellow 2022
    • Women of the Forum Award, Women’s Economic Forum 2020
    • Top 10 Finalist, GEAR Challenge – USA Office and Management & Budgets challenge for citizen engagement for better customer experience 2018
    • Shortlisted for Woman of the Year – Silicon Valley, Information Age, 2018
    • Phillip R Crosby Golden Medallion – American Society of Competitiveness 2007
    • Judge – Greater China CRM Awards 2003-2007

People must be at center of the Internet which is becoming “the infrastructure that underlies all infrastructures” Mei Lin Fung is Chair of the People Centered Internet building resilient communities with digital supply chains and finance, harnessing data so that all community members can thrive. She chairs the Technical Committee on Sustainability for the the IEEE Society for the Social Implications of Technology. She is on the advisory council of GovStack, a UN initiative to develop common digital building blocks for government services and was named a 2022 Hasso Plattner Institute Fellow. She worked at intel and Oracle. Mei Lin served as Co-Chair for the Expert Roundtable for Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle-East for the 2023 UN Commission on the Status of Women report on Digital Innovation. She convenes the Digital Cooperation and Diplomacy network in monthly international meetings chaired by the Tech Envoy of Estonia. She is the lead author of policy briefs for the German and Japan G7 presidencies, Think7.org process, of which two of the 2022 policies have been selected for implementation by the German Government. The Puerto Rico Prosperity Initiative is the first sandbox for digital transformation underway in the US that engages with digital cross sector regulatory issues, in a participatory democracy approach.

Jascha Stein

Executive Chair

Board Member since 2022

Jascha is co-founder and CEO of OmniBot, a global provider of voice and conversational AI platforms, headquartered in Germany.

Jascha is an ESG Impact-Entrepreneur, World Economic Forum Global Innovator and Executive Member of the EDISON Alliance. He is dedicated to reducing the digital divide and advocate for a more people centered world.

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He has worked at Microsoft in Beijing and San Francisco on projects concerning government affairs and technology and civic innovation and ALT Advisory in Johannesburg to build Data Protection Africa, a digital platform created to make data protection laws across Africa accessible. He has also worked at a Vault 50 law firm, the World Economic Forum Center for the 4 th Industrial Revolution, and the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project.  Justin holds a B.A. in Public Policy from Duke University, an MSc in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University—where he was a Schwarzman Scholar, an LL.M in European and International Business Law from the University of Vienna, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional- Europe (CIPP-E).
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Jascha’s bio page

Jascha Stein is Executive Chair of People Centered Internet and CEO of OmniBot.ai, a Conversational AI Platform he co-founded with its Chief Scientist, Jeff Adams, former tech lead of Amazon Alexa. As an ESG Impact-Entrepreneur and World Economic Forum Global Innovator, he is dedicated to reducing the digital divide, a mission acknowledged with a personal invitation to the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos by Klaus Schwab. Jascha also serves as an executive member of the WEF Edison Alliance for Digital Inclusion and Head of the Working Group Media & Marketing at the German AI Association. Jascha's philanthropic efforts include founding the non-profit Particip.ai supported by Brigitte Mohn. Particip.ai was recognized two years in a row in the UNESCO Global Top 100 of AI Solutions. Particip.aiutilizes Conversational AI to promote digital inclusion and participation in various sectors such as information, education, healthcare, and value adding by the people. With a background as a trained IT Systems Electronics Engineer and Gestalt Therapist, Jascha blends technology and psychology to focus on regulation, business, impact, and science to foster a more people-centered world., together with Mei Lin Fung he organizes the 50th Anniversary of the Internet in collaboration with ITU and IEEE. With a multinational heritage, Jascha champions joint innovation, harnessing intercultural and intergenerational insights to tackle key regional and global issues.

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Projects :

    • Digitization Strategy for People Centered Internet

Dr. Linton Wells II

Vice Chair

Board Member since 2019

Dr. Linton Wells II brings over 50 years of military, government, and academic experience focused on national security, technology, ethics, and global development to the PCI board. His contributions as a US Naval Officer and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, under two administrations, shaped current national security frameworks for driving public-private cooperation for disaster relief.

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Cyndi is the Chief of Staff at the Threatcasting Lab, Producer at Applied Futures Lab, Producing Director at the Weaponized Narrative Initiative, and a producer for the president’s office at Arizona State University. Through these roles, she engages with multiple audiences across numerous mediums to create narratives for tools, training, and applied outcomes. She received her BFA in Fine Arts from Kendall College of Art and Design and her MFA from Arizona State University. ​​
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Experience :

  • George Mason University
  • Principal Deputy Asst Secretary (Networks and Information Integration) for the Office of the Secretary of Defense

 

Lin’s expertise in resilience building has enabled him to lead PCI’s projects focused on building sustainable, digital ecosystems in Native American tribal communities and Puerto Rico. He’s excited to continue exploring how knowledge and technologies can be shared across sectors to build new solutions.

Justin Bryant

Secretary

Board Member since 2020

Justin Bryant is a recent graduate of Stanford Law School and former Treasurer and Operations Lead of People Centered Internet, where he is working on the Edgemoor Institute and Business Operations projects. He focuses on the intersection of law, policy, and technology in a global context and was selected as a Salzburg-Cutler Fellow in International Law and Public Service for his research on digital rights and data protection in Africa.

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He has worked at Microsoft in Beijing and San Francisco on projects concerning government affairs and technology and civic innovation and ALT Advisory in Johannesburg to build Data Protection Africa, a digital platform created to make data protection laws across Africa accessible. He has also worked at a Vault 50 law firm, the World Economic Forum Center for the 4 th Industrial Revolution, and the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project.  Justin holds a B.A. in Public Policy from Duke University, an MSc in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University—where he was a Schwarzman Scholar, an LL.M in European and International Business Law from the University of Vienna, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional- Europe (CIPP-E).
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He has worked at Microsoft in Beijing and San Francisco on projects concerning government affairs and technology and civic innovation and ALT Advisory in Johannesburg to build Data Protection Africa, a digital platform created to make data protection laws across Africa accessible. He has also worked at a Vault 50 law firm, the World Economic Forum Center for the 4 th Industrial Revolution, and the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project. Justin holds a B.A. in Public Policy from Duke University, an MSc in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University—where he was a Schwarzman Scholar, an LL.M in European and International Business Law from the University of Vienna, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional- Europe (CIPP-E).

Shruti Sekhri

CPA, LPC

Board Member since 2024

Shruti brings a diverse, nuanced, and intersectional perspective to PCI. Professionally, she is a business leader with over 25 years of deep strategic, operational, and financial expertise. Her passion for psychological health has also led her to practice as a mental health clinician in the US. Personally, since emigrating from India to the US at age 9, she has been immersed in and intentionally focused on understanding a wide spectrum of cultures, structures, and values.

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Cyndi is the Chief of Staff at the Threatcasting Lab, Producer at Applied Futures Lab, Producing Director at the Weaponized Narrative Initiative, and a producer for the president’s office at Arizona State University. Through these roles, she engages with multiple audiences across numerous mediums to create narratives for tools, training, and applied outcomes. She received her BFA in Fine Arts from Kendall College of Art and Design and her MFA from Arizona State University. ​​
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Shruti thrives in looking at the bigger picture with a people-centered lens to support individuals, businesses, and communities to think big while still valuing the small.

Shruti’s experience spans across business, mental health, and not for profit board leadership.

She has rich business experience across public, private, consulting, and not-for-profit organizations. Shruti has served as the Chief of Staff for Slalom Management Consulting, a Lead Financial Officer for a high growth services organization, and a Senior Management Consultant who has helped a wide range of clients create strategy, build leadership alignment, develop operating models, optimize operations, implement systems, and manage change.

She also founded a first-of-its-kind “gym” dedicated to emotional wellness by offering fitness for the soul through the creative arts; ultimately connecting her business acumen to her passion for mental health. She conceived a self-care philosophy, designed multi-modal arts integrative sessions, and created an environment free of judgement that allows people to utilize self-expression in visual art, movement, drama, writing, and music to reveal self-identity.

Shruti values community and human experience and has been a dedicated board member for BUILD, a nationally respected gang intervention, violence prevention, and youth development organization based on Chicago’s West Side that has worked to save lives and mentor young people who live in the city’s most challenged neighborhoods. Over her 25 years on the board, she has supported the organization’s exponential financial and impact growth: in 1999, the organization operated with a budget of $500K; in 2023, it operated with a budget of almost $16 million.

Shruti has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in clinical mental health. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the US. However, her biggest and most important role is as a solo mom by choice to her son.

 

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Benedikt Signer

Board Member since 2022

Benedikt’s work focuses on the intersection of climate, finance, and technology. He spent over a decade at the World Bank supporting countries in financial planning for climate risks. His focus was equally on supporting governments and building new programs.

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He has worked at Microsoft in Beijing and San Francisco on projects concerning government affairs and technology and civic innovation and ALT Advisory in Johannesburg to build Data Protection Africa, a digital platform created to make data protection laws across Africa accessible. He has also worked at a Vault 50 law firm, the World Economic Forum Center for the 4 th Industrial Revolution, and the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project.  Justin holds a B.A. in Public Policy from Duke University, an MSc in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University—where he was a Schwarzman Scholar, an LL.M in European and International Business Law from the University of Vienna, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional- Europe (CIPP-E).
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Benedikt has also launched multiple new initiatives including the Global Risk Financing Facility, a $300 million fund to scale up financial preparedness to shocks through Work Bank projects, and a training program that has since scaled to reach over 18,000+ people in 65 countries. Benedikt has frequently supported global policy discussions, including multiple G7 and G20 Presidencies, APEC, and ASEAN+3 discussions. He is currently an advisor to the World Bank, Fellow at the UK Centre for Greening Finance and Investment at the University of Oxford, and a member of the global advisory board of PLACE. He has a Master’s degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics.

Diego Molano-Vega

Board Member since 2021

Diego Molano-Vega is the former Minister of Information Technologies and Communications of Colombia. He stewarded Colombia’s national technology plan, which was highlighted at the World Economic Forum in Davos, and has aided governments in more than 15 countries in designing technology policies.

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He has worked at Microsoft in Beijing and San Francisco on projects concerning government affairs and technology and civic innovation and ALT Advisory in Johannesburg to build Data Protection Africa, a digital platform created to make data protection laws across Africa accessible. He has also worked at a Vault 50 law firm, the World Economic Forum Center for the 4 th Industrial Revolution, and the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project.  Justin holds a B.A. in Public Policy from Duke University, an MSc in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University—where he was a Schwarzman Scholar, an LL.M in European and International Business Law from the University of Vienna, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional- Europe (CIPP-E).
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Experience :

    • Banco Davivienda

With a commitment to leveraging technology to reduce poverty, Molano-Vega joined PCI to work on a project looking at how financial technology ecosystems can empower communities. He views PCI as a bridge between Silicon Valley and the developing world, and is excited to harness the innovation and creativity of the network to build new solutions.

Distinguished Advisors

Diane Strahan

Senior executive with 25+ years global leadership experience in privately held and publicly traded companies and nonprofits in the Internet, media, telecom and mobile sectors. Successfully led digital transformation initiatives for both disruptors and established market leaders. Diane has managed all C-level functions including sales, marketing, finance, operations, IT and human resources from start up through IPO to privately held Mid-Caps to Fortune 500 companies. She has been on the global boards of the leading industry associations in media and technology.

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He has worked at Microsoft in Beijing and San Francisco on projects concerning government affairs and technology and civic innovation and ALT Advisory in Johannesburg to build Data Protection Africa, a digital platform created to make data protection laws across Africa accessible. He has also worked at a Vault 50 law firm, the World Economic Forum Center for the 4 th Industrial Revolution, and the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project.  Justin holds a B.A. in Public Policy from Duke University, an MSc in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University—where he was a Schwarzman Scholar, an LL.M in European and International Business Law from the University of Vienna, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional- Europe (CIPP-E).
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Currently Diane is an Executive Advisor to Fortune 1000 companies as well as board member and advisor to various non profits. Diane served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Motion Picture Association (MPA), managing over 20 offices worldwide, fully modernizing operations and capabilities, including the addition of Netflix and Amazon Studios. As a global board member of the MPA, Diane worked alongside Senator Chris Dodd and the heads of all Hollywood studios to protect and steward the streaming, film and television industries, addressing the global changes in content distribution, security, cloud migration and data privacy. As General Manager of Neustar, Diane led the mobile and registry business lines at this now $2B company. At AOL Time-Warner she led the Customer Acquisition and Retention teams driving strategy and support for 12,000 sales and service reps. Diane also led sales and service strategy and support for MCI's for 10,000 + sales and service reps across all global call centers as well as was responsible for the MCI brand. Diane has taken companies public and led the integration of many M&As. Diane graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science Degree and holds an MBA from George Washington University. She and her family reside in Florida and Colorado after spending most of their years in the Washington, DC metro area.

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    Mara Strandlund

    Mara Strandlund is a global expert on building teams that drive impact. Currently, she is serving as the Chief People Officer at Resilience, a company that is changing the way medicine is made. Inspired by PCI’s mission to help communities achieve their development goals, Mara joined the board in 2021.

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    He has worked at Microsoft in Beijing and San Francisco on projects concerning government affairs and technology and civic innovation and ALT Advisory in Johannesburg to build Data Protection Africa, a digital platform created to make data protection laws across Africa accessible. He has also worked at a Vault 50 law firm, the World Economic Forum Center for the 4 th Industrial Revolution, and the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project.  Justin holds a B.A. in Public Policy from Duke University, an MSc in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University—where he was a Schwarzman Scholar, an LL.M in European and International Business Law from the University of Vienna, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional- Europe (CIPP-E).
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    Drawing upon deep experience in Human Resources, Mara is committed to building an ecosystem of people, from all sectors, committed to solving global challenges. In recognition that a “people-centered” internet cannot exist without people , Mara serves as the backbone for the PCI volunteer network. She devises strategies to find, engage, and connect volunteers from around the world.

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    Projects :

      • People
      • Rest of the World

    Executive Action Board

    Matthew Rantanen

    Director of Technology for the Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association (SCTCA)

    He assists tribes with technology development, ranging from broadband network design, radio station applications, tribal administration technologies, to technology policy development. Rantanen serves on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Native Nations Broadband Task Force for a second term, and is co-chair on the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Technology and Telecommunications Subcommittee as well as the Technology Task Force at NCAI.

     

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    He has worked at Microsoft in Beijing and San Francisco on projects concerning government affairs and technology and civic innovation and ALT Advisory in Johannesburg to build Data Protection Africa, a digital platform created to make data protection laws across Africa accessible. He has also worked at a Vault 50 law firm, the World Economic Forum Center for the 4 th Industrial Revolution, and the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project.  Justin holds a B.A. in Public Policy from Duke University, an MSc in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University—where he was a Schwarzman Scholar, an LL.M in European and International Business Law from the University of Vienna, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional- Europe (CIPP-E).
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    Rantanen is a Board member on Arizona State University’s, American Indian Policy Institute(AIPI), and sits on the Tribal Advisory Council(TAC) to the State of California for the Broadband Council and the Cal Office of Emergency Services.

    Matthew has been called a “Cyber-Warrior for Tribal Broadband.” He is an advocate for Net-Neutrality and Tribal Priority for Spectrum over Tribal Lands.

     

    Senior Fellows

    Tiffany Brar

    Special educator, disability & gender activist, accessibility evangelist, motivational speaker. Kerala, India

    A born fighter, did not let her disability stand as a hindrance in her moving forward. She became blind due to the sheer negligence of a doctor, soon after birth. Though her parents tried to rectify her condition, it was to no avail and she strongly believes that it is for a purpose that she is visually challenged and her disability is a way to bring possibility for others like her.

    In March 2022 PCI was proud to hear the news that Tiffany received the highest woman’s award from the President of India ( link ).

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    He has worked at Microsoft in Beijing and San Francisco on projects concerning government affairs and technology and civic innovation and ALT Advisory in Johannesburg to build Data Protection Africa, a digital platform created to make data protection laws across Africa accessible. He has also worked at a Vault 50 law firm, the World Economic Forum Center for the 4 th Industrial Revolution, and the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project.  Justin holds a B.A. in Public Policy from Duke University, an MSc in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University—where he was a Schwarzman Scholar, an LL.M in European and International Business Law from the University of Vienna, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional- Europe (CIPP-E).
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    Awards :

      • In 2022 she was awarded the Nari Shakti Puraskar for empowering visually impaired rural women.
      • In 2021, she received the Inspiring Woman Award from eiT NASSCOM.
      • In 2020, she received The Holman Prize from the Lighthouse for the Blind, USA .
      • In 2020, She received the Spirit Awards from World Pulse, USA .
      • In 2019, she received The Spindle Award for Project Jyothirgamaya From Voice, Netherlands .
      • In 2019, she received World of Difference International Award from The International Alliance for Women, Australia.
      • In 2019, she received Iconic women for making the world a better place Award from Women Economic Forum .
      • In 2019, she received the Award for Excellence in social service from the Kochouseph Chittilappilly Foundation, awarded by Kochouseph Chittilappilly .
      • In 2019, she received the Wonder Woman Award for her Community service from Ladies Circle India.
      • In 2019, she received the Neelam Khurshid Kanga Award from the National Association for the Blind, awarded by John Abraham .
      • In 2018, she received the Hellen Keller award from the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP), awarded by Dr. Sathya Pal Singh, Honorable Minister of State for Human Resource Development.
      • In 2018, she received karma Rathna Award for Outstanding social worker from Palm International.
      • In 2018, she received the Real Hero Award by ZEE TV from Vivek Oberoi, Omung Kumar and Huma Qureshi .
      • In 2018, she received the Vocational Excellence Award from Rotary International.
      • In 2018, she received the Phoenix Award from Padma Shri Mammooty .
      • In 2018, she received the Women of Vision Kerala vanitha Rathna Award.
      • In 2018, she received the Make A Difference Award from Rotary International .
      • In 2018, she received the Women of the Year Award from Job Day Foundation.
      • In 2017, she received the National Award for being a ‘Best role model’ from the President of India
      • In 2017, she received the Age of Unknown Award by TEDx vazthacaud.
      • In 2017, she received the Sarojini Trilok Nath-National Best Role Model Award from National Association for the Blind.
      • In 2017, she received the Bold and Beautiful Award from Doordarshan .
      • In 2016, she received the Prestigious Saarthak Naari Women Achievers Award.
      • In 2016, she received the For the Sake of Honour Award, Rotary International ‘s highest award.
      • In 2015, she received the Women of the Year Award from Hope Trust.
      • In 2012, she received the Kerala State Award for Social Worker.

    Experience :

      • Founder: Jyothirgamaya Foundation Apr 2014 – Present
      • Degree in English Literature from Kerala University
      • Bachelor’s in Education in special education from Rama Krishna Mission Vivekananda University, Coimbatore

                      Todd Hoskins

                      Organization Designer & Coach

                      Canopy Gap

                      Todd is both a practitioner and thought leader in the art and science of working together, with a focus on the dynamics of life that lead to coordinated movement in teams, and in ecosystems.

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                      He has worked at Microsoft in Beijing and San Francisco on projects concerning government affairs and technology and civic innovation and ALT Advisory in Johannesburg to build Data Protection Africa, a digital platform created to make data protection laws across Africa accessible. He has also worked at a Vault 50 law firm, the World Economic Forum Center for the 4 th Industrial Revolution, and the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project.  Justin holds a B.A. in Public Policy from Duke University, an MSc in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University—where he was a Schwarzman Scholar, an LL.M in European and International Business Law from the University of Vienna, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional- Europe (CIPP-E).
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                      In 2009, Todd launched Canopy Gap, an organization design firm inspired by his passion for nature, cooperation, collaboration, and navigating complexity. With wisdom guide Marti Spiegelman, Todd co-hosts the podcast and leadership program Leading from Being.

                      With graduate work in psychology, interest in network science and ecology, and training in awareness and somatic learning, Todd thrives when bridging disciplines and dimensions. Having worked in the corporate world, technology startups, and with a wide variety of entrepreneurs and nonprofits, he has helped launch 15 organizations and initiatives in the last twelve years, as well as worked with large organizations including Microsoft, Lenovo, Kaiser Permanente, NASA, Dell, and Northwestern University.

                      He is accustomed to a diverse set of spaces – from boardrooms to laboratories to forests – and he revels living in an old farmhouse among the dunes of Southwest Michigan, enjoying tango dancing with his beloved partner Pia, and spending hours outdoors each day.

                      Guido van Nispen

                      i4j Innovation for Jobs

                      Publisher: People Centered Economy Book Series

                      Guido is Publisher of Silicon Valley thinktank i4j (Innovation for Jobs) chaired by Vint Cerf. Furthermore he is, among other, on the supervisory boards of World Press Photo and Cinekid, Advisor to the Dutch Council for Culture chairing committees advising the Dutch government and advisor to scaleups.

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                      He has worked at Microsoft in Beijing and San Francisco on projects concerning government affairs and technology and civic innovation and ALT Advisory in Johannesburg to build Data Protection Africa, a digital platform created to make data protection laws across Africa accessible. He has also worked at a Vault 50 law firm, the World Economic Forum Center for the 4 th Industrial Revolution, and the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project.  Justin holds a B.A. in Public Policy from Duke University, an MSc in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University—where he was a Schwarzman Scholar, an LL.M in European and International Business Law from the University of Vienna, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional- Europe (CIPP-E).
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                      With i4j he recently published “The People Centered Economy, the new ecosystem for work”. i4j’s aim is helping in building a society where the enormous advances in technology – AI in particular – are used to improve the working lives of people by deploying them where their talents and capacities are optimally utilized.

                      Previously Guido was CEO of ANP, the largest independent BtB news and information supplier to all Dutch media and organisations in public and private sectors, ran two venture capital funds and was executive at BT in The Netherlands and Germany and director at social impact bank Triodos.

                      John Taschek

                      Senior Vice President, Strategy

                      Salesforce

                      Made the seemingly quantum leap from evaluating technology at a publication (eWEEK) covering technology to evaluating technology for a public technology company evaluating publications.

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                      He has worked at Microsoft in Beijing and San Francisco on projects concerning government affairs and technology and civic innovation and ALT Advisory in Johannesburg to build Data Protection Africa, a digital platform created to make data protection laws across Africa accessible. He has also worked at a Vault 50 law firm, the World Economic Forum Center for the 4 th Industrial Revolution, and the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project.  Justin holds a B.A. in Public Policy from Duke University, an MSc in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University—where he was a Schwarzman Scholar, an LL.M in European and International Business Law from the University of Vienna, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional- Europe (CIPP-E).
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                        • Salesfore.com

                      Ayesha Hassan

                      Ayesha is a natural connector and thrives on building relationships that lead to impactful partnerships, cooperation and greater understanding. She has represented the voice of global business in international internet policy issues and led stakeholder engagement strategies and initiatives at the global level. She is passionate about initiatives that empower women and youth and bring people together to collaborate and address challenging issues.


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                      He has worked at Microsoft in Beijing and San Francisco on projects concerning government affairs and technology and civic innovation and ALT Advisory in Johannesburg to build Data Protection Africa, a digital platform created to make data protection laws across Africa accessible. He has also worked at a Vault 50 law firm, the World Economic Forum Center for the 4 th Industrial Revolution, and the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project.  Justin holds a B.A. in Public Policy from Duke University, an MSc in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University—where he was a Schwarzman Scholar, an LL.M in European and International Business Law from the University of Vienna, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional- Europe (CIPP-E).
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                      She started her career as a litigator, was drawn to alternative dispute resolution approaches and headed one of the first online dispute resolution services. She followed her interest in global policy issues and led the International Chamber of Commerce's (ICC) commission and initiatives on digital economy issues--representing global business in international negotiations and processes related to ICTs and the Internet.

                      Ayesha Hassan is a Strategic stakeholder relationship builder who helps companies and organizations to improve and reach their engagement objectives in an effective, smart and connected way. She is passionate about initiatives focused on women and youth, family, and eco-friendly approaches. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Markup, a company focused on improving accountability and transparency in legislative and policy development processes, a member of the Board of the World Computer Exchange (WCE)-a global non-profit based in the USA which provides technology with content for educational institutions in developing countries and underserved communities. She is an advisor/consultant.

                      Ayesha co-created and is leading the European Summer School on Internet Governance (EuroSSIG) Alumni Network and has been a regular faculty member at the EuroSSIG since its creation. She founded the Digital Women’s Gathering (DWG), an informal network of women around the world, in 2022. Ayesha served as an advisor to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU)’s development bureau for the pilot of their “Women in Cyber Mentorship Program”.

                      Ayesha was Vice President Stakeholder Relations and Partnerships at the Internet Society (ISOC), responsible for optimizing ISOC’s relationships with key stakeholders in the future of the Internet and facilitating their engagement to ensure an Internet that is open, global, and accessible to all and driven by multistakeholder processes. She was responsible for strategy and implementation of engagement with members and stakeholders around the world.

                      As former Senior Policy Manager for the Digital Economy, Executive in charge of ICT policy at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Secretariat, Paris Ayesha managed ICC’s Commission on the Digital Economy and created, and oversaw ICC’s initiative, Business Action to Support the Information Society (BASIS) to bring the perspective and experience of global business from across sectors (from over 120 countries) to international and intergovernmental processes post- WSIS such as the Internet Governance Forum, OECD, Council of Europe and EU Commission. She managed the Coordinating Committee of Business Interlocutors (CCBI), a vehicle mobilizing and coordinating the involvement of the worldwide business community in the processes leading to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Summits of 2003 and 2005. Throughout the WSIS processes and summits she was the spokesperson for global business and connector to governments, civil society and the technical community.

                      In 2004 Ayesha accepted the UN Secretary General’s invitation to participate in his Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG). She also served on the UN Secretary General’s Task Force on Financial Mechanisms, and on the multistakeholder advisory group (MAG) for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) from 2006 to 2013. She was a member of ICANN’s business constituency and represented ICC on numerous occasions, participating in and making presentations at international and regional events including the G8 Dot Force, the Global Business Dialogue (GBDe), the UN ICT Task Force, Global Alliance for ICT & Development (GAID), ICANN, OECD, WTO, ITU and the EU Commission.

                      Ayesha is an experienced lawyer, and has a background in dispute resolution, mediation, international policy, and e-commerce issues. She is a seasoned policy expert with strong negotiation and facilitation skills. Ayesha is former head of online dispute resolution services at SquareTrade, one of the first Online Dispute Resolution and Trustmark providers based in California.

                      Ayesha is a natural connector and brings a global network of contacts and relationships with people and experts from business, the technical community, civil society, and governments and IGOS. She is passionate about engaging people and bringing them together to address issues and find solutions to challenges facing society particularly in the digital realm. She is also dedicated to empowering the next generations especially women, girls, and those in underserved communities. She devotes time and energy to mentoring and supporting younger people to achieve their potential as part of this dedication.

                      Ayesha obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago in Political Science, law degree from the University of San Diego, and a master’s degree in international policy studies from Stanford University. She is fluent in both English and French and is a citizen of both the USA and France. She has lived in France since 2001. Her global background and heritage give her an intuitive ability to connect with people from across cultures and geographies.

                      Ayesha is nourished by her family, friendships and embracing new experiences around the world. She enjoys, cooking, reading, building her yoga practice, walks in nature and cities, and is drawn to beaches---Corsica is the island of her heart!