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2011 Board Election

Candidate: Nick Ashton-Hart

Nick Ashton-Hart is presently engaged as an advisor on the music industry and international policy by Google, Inc , and is also Geneva Representative of the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) . Previously he was Director for At-Large and Senior Director for Participation and Engagement with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, Inc. (ICANN). He is based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Aside from representational and advisory activities, at CCIA he’s also coordinator of a broad coalition of civil society NGOs, intellectual property rightsholders, libraries, consumer organisations and industrial stakeholders known as Copyright for Creativity (C4C) and a part of the Secretariat and organising committee of the International Music Registry project at WIPO.

Ashton-Hart’s business career began in the music industry managing performers such as James Brown and Heaven 17, which involved the practical application of intellectual property law and the management of people of diverse skill sets and backgrounds, projects with multi-million-dollar budgets and revenues, and complex negotiations of long-term recording, publishing, sponsorship, and other contractual arrangements for globally successful artists.

He has more than 15 years of experience in international strategic policy development and intergovernmental negotiations, successfully assisting civil society and private sector non-governmental organisations (NGOs), Fortune 50 multinational corporations, and international NGOs representing industry and Intellectual Property rightsholders create and develop partnerships with UN member-state Governments to achieve their objectives in multilateral processes at the United Nations and its agencies and the European Union’s Parliament and Commission.

He has served as a Director and Managing Director of companies in various market sectors during his professional career, including as the Executive Director of the International Music Managers Forum (IMMF) the INGO representing the interests of music managers and their clients, the featured artist community, at the global level.

In the private sector he has led a successful IT consultancy, providing consulting services for companies in transition, or during reorganisations or periods of rapid growth. His work there ranged from advising companies on how to achieve greater ROI on their IT systems to designing (or redesigning) enterprise-wide IP based networks. He has been engaged at various times as a temporary IT Director or CTO/CIO.

He has been a participant in multilateral negotiations in fields as diverse as sustainable unban development (UN HABITAT II Conference, Istanbul, 1996 and preparatory conferences), and Intellectual Property (WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights, 2001-Present).