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2008 Board Election

Candidate: Laina Raveendran Greene

Laina Raveendran GreeneI have a strong sense of mission, and am driven to have the voices of the disadvantaged stakeholders heard in key processes. I am also very excited about the transformative power of the Internet/telecom hence my involvement in this field over the last 20 years.

Some of my accomplishments include: launching a new trade organization (Asia Pacific Internet Association) in 1997, which continues to be a key player in Asia Pacific; assisting in the formation of APNIC (Asia Pacific Network Information Centre), founding APPLe (Asia Pacific Policy and Legal Forum- a SIG under APNIC), coordinating the formation of SINPECC (Singapore Chapter of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council) Information Technology Advisory Group, etc. In my other not-for-profit involvement, I have also served as: representative to WSIS (World Summit on the Information Society) for the BIC (Baha'i International Community) at Geneva 2003 and Tunisia 2004; consultant to the United Nations and its specialized agencies to work with countries in the developing regions such as Afghanistan, Mongolia, Morocco, etc; consultant to the IDRC (International Development Research Centre of Canada) to review their projects for ICT for Development in India and Indonesia; worked with the South Pacific Forum on telecommunications regulatory reform in the Pacific region, Asia Pacific IT Summit (APIT) in San Francisco program committee member, panel of judges of the World Communications Awards in London, International Advisory Panel of the Asia Pacific Development Information Program (APDIP) under UNDP, currently a mentor to engineering students at the Stanford Technology Venture Program (STVP), etc.

In my for profit capacity, I founded two companies (GetIT Multimedia and GetIT, Inc). (Global Empowerment Through Infocommunications Technology) GetIT Inc is a telecom business consulting company out of California since 2000, and GetIT Multimedia was started as an e-communications company in 1997 in Singapore. The Singapore company has survived 2 major economic recessions, now it has 90% recurrent customers and has recently been sold to a group of private investors. I have served for a year as Director and member of the audit committee for Globetel Communications Corporation in the US.

I have been very fortunate to have had a truly global experience. My career in telecoms started 20 years ago when I first left Singapore and later joined the International Telecommunications Union in Geneva Switzerland as an intern. Since then I have worked with INTELSAT in Washington DC, with Singapore Telecom in Singapore, and subsequently through my consulting practice and e-communications company, have worked in many countries in Asia working with governments, private sector, not-for profit organizations and civil society groups.

I have a law degree from Singapore, a Masters of Law (cum laudae) from Harvard University, and pursued graduate studies in International Law at the Graduate Institute of International Studies (Geneva, Switzerland) and the International Court of Justice (Hague, The Netherlands). I was also on scholarship as Research Fellow at Georgetown Law School under the Albert Gallatin Scholarship in the late 80s. I am a national of Singapore, am married to an American, and have two lovely children (10 and 14). I currently reside in California since one of my children has special learning disability needs that cannot be met in Singapore.

For more information, please refer to my LinkedIn profile.