Next Generation Leaders Programme
ITU Youth Lunch, 6 October 2009
Laurent Haug is an entrepreneur and researcher who is passionate about understanding how technological innovation is reshaping society and culture. His job is to identify and understand upcoming shifts, spread the word, and help transform changes from threats to opportunities. Laurent is the founder and CEO of the Lift Conference, the co-founder and CEO of Lift Lab (a boutique consulting practice doing research projects), also a blogger, start-up adviser, and way-too-frequent-flyer attending conferences around the globe as a speaker or moderator.
After growing up in France and graduating from the university of Lausanne, Laurent spent most of his early career developing and implementing technological solutions to solve business problems, first in a start-up, then at Arthur Andersen and Pictet. A more complete bio, along with videos and articles, is available on his blog.
Jean-Pierre Lehman is professor of International Political Economy at IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland and Founding Director of The Evian Group, a coalition of global business, government and opinion leaders committed to an open, inclusive, sustainable and robust world economic agenda.
He is the author of several books, numerous articles and reports on globalisation, modern Asian history, global governance, development, trade and the international political economy. He is actively engaged in different capacities in global public policy forums, as well as serving as advisor to educational institutions, international organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and multinational firms throughout the world.
Born in 1945, he obtained his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University (1966) and his doctorate from Oxford (1976).
Ken Ducatel, British, aged 51, holds a PhD in economic geography from Bristol University and an MSc in transport policy from Cranfield University in the UK. He has worked on information society policy for twenty years during.
He was a member of the Faculty of University of Manchester for 14 years. His first experience in the European Commission was in DG Employment in 1995, where he worked in the secretariat to the High Level Group on the Information Society led by Professor Luc Soete. From 1997 to 2003, he worked at the European Commission's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies in Seville, where he led the Institute's flagship "Futures Project." At the end of 2003, he moved to DG Information Society to become Head of sector for eEurope. In November 2004 he was invited to join Commissioner Reding's Cabinet where he was in charge, among others, of the portfolio for Lisbon Strategy & Policies for the Information Society as well as for the coordination of Research policy. In January 2009, he was appointed Head of the "Lisbon Strategy and i2010" unit in DG Information Society.
Mark Jeffrey, Snr Program Manager, International Policy and Standards team, Entertainment and Devices Division, Microsoft Corporation
Mark Jeffrey is a Senior Program Manager for European Media Standards with Microsoft Corporation and is responsible for representing Microsoft in a variety of European and International standards and policy bodies, and providing standards and policy advice to the various Microsoft product groups.
Mark has twenty six years experience in the telecommunications and broadcasting industries. His recent standards participation includes the Digital Video Broadcasting Project (DVB), the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA). His work has been primarily focused on content protection for digital television, IPTV and Internet-TV, and home networking.
Mark began working on residential broadband services, including television delivery, in 1989, and has filed patents on a number of related technologies.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Mark worked as an engineer and standards representative for GPT, at that time the primary British telecommunications equipment supplier. He was hired by Microsoft in 1995 to provide broadband expertise for interactive television projects in the USA, and since 2003 has been based in Geneva, Switzerland.
Mark is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the British Computer Society (BCS), and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE). He also holds an Advanced Diploma in Management from Salford University.
Mark is married with two school-age boys, and wishes he could speak French as well as they do.