John Higgins cbe: chairman

John Higgins CBE has been the public face of the digital sector in Europe since November 2011 and speaks regularly on platforms and at conferences throughout Europe and beyond. He was Director General of DIGITALEUROPE, the association for the digital technology industry in Europe, until Spring 2017, following nine years leading its UK member association, TechUK. In Spring of 2017 he became Chair of the Global Digital Foundation. In 1995 he was appointed CEO of the Rocket Networks, a California based that provided the world’s first online recording studios. He returned to the UK in 1998 and became Director General of the Computing Services and Software Association, one of Tech UK’s predecessors. He holds a degree in Mathematics from the University of East Anglia and then a post graduate Diploma in Accounting and Finance. Early in his career he trained as a systems analyst, held senior positions with Ernst & Young and worked in Chicago with leading software company SSA. John was President of the European Commission’s Strategic Policy Forum on Digital Entrepreneurship and a Board member of the European Internet Foundation. John’s other committee chair roles have included the cross industry association council of the CBI, the UK business association, a government/industry space committee and the global policy action committee of the World IT Services Association, WITSA. He was board member of e-skills, the UK’s digital sector skills council and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was presented with two personal awards for outstanding contributions; first to the association sector in 2004 and then to the IT industry in 2008. The Queen appointed him a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2005 for his services to the UK IT industry.



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Paul MacDonnell: Executive Director

Prior to joining the Global Digital Foundation, Paul was Head of European policy at the Center for Data Innovation in Brussels. Prior to that he spent 12 years at Insurance Ireland, the insurance industry trade association, in Dublin and Brussels and managed the industry's response to policy, legislative and regulatory development. Paul began his career with Hill & Knowlton’s government affairs division in London where he provided advice to a number of Fortune 500 companies. In 2001 he co-founded an economic policy forum in Dublin, Open Republic, which, as well as hosting events aimed at policy-makers and politicians on such issues as pensions, taxation and the EU, was the Irish publisher of the Economic Freedom of the World Report. Paul has extensive broadcast and print media experience, and he holds a degree in Medieval English literature and philosophy from Trinity College Dublin and an MBA from University College Dublin.

Emmanuel Amos, DIRECTOR, Africa

Immediate Past Vice President, of the Information Technology (Industry) Association of Nigeria, ITAN where he chaired the ITAN Strategic Initiative Committee, in 2011 Emmanuel became the World Summit Awards (WSA) Eminent National Expert for Nigeria. A member of the World Summit Awards (WSA) Grand Jury, he has been working in collaboration with United Nations Global Alliance for ICT, UNGAID since 2010, contributing to the development of the computer-based eNabler toolset on Strategic Planning Acquisition and Control Education (S.P.A.C.E. initiative) for Small Islands Developing States, SIDs, with special reference to Nigeria (SPACE4Nigeria: Anti-Corruption Portlet Service) as country coordinator. He is a founder of SmartAfrican Innovation Network—platform to identify individuals, and organisations with web and mobile innovations likely to have the highest positive impact on African society. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Information Management, IIM, a member of AIESEC Alumni Nigeria, a member of the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria, and a life member of the Nigeria Computer Society, NCS.

Patrice Chazerand, DIRECTOR OF POLICY; Director, Europe

Currently a director at DIGITALEUROPE, Patrice Chazerand was formerly Secretary-General of the Interactive Software Federation of Europe (ISFE), the trade body of PC and videogames publishers operating in Europe between 2002 and 2009. He established PEGI, the pan-European system of harmonised rating of digital content dealing with topics including:  internet content, protection of minors, privacy, freedom of expression, intellectual property, competition law, and net neutrality. In 1999, Patrice set up the Brussels office of Viacom which he ran as Vice President, European Affairs until 2002. From 1989 to 1995, he was Director, Public Affairs, at AT&T France, and subsequently Managing Director from 1995 to 1999. Patrice spent the first fifteen years of his career with the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, seven of which were at the Embassy of France in Washington DC. He holds an MBA from HEC, France’s top business school, and a degree from Sciences Po Paris.


Hon. Philip j. bond, DIRECTOR, north america

Former CEO of TechAmerica, the largest technology association in the United States (2013-2016), between 2001 to 2005, Phil Bond served Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce for Technology and, from 2002-2003, he served concurrently as Chief of Staff to Commerce Secretary Donald Evans. In his dual role, he worked closely with Secretary Evans to promote global access to the world’s leading digital technology. He oversaw the operations of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Office of Technology Policy, and the National Technical Information Service. During his tenure, the Technology Administration was the pre-eminent portal between the federal government and the U.S. technology industry. He formerly served as Director of Federal Public Policy for Hewlett-Packard, and previously as Senior Vice President for Government Affairs and Treasurer of the Information Technology Industry Council. Named to the Federal 100, the annual listing by Federal Computer Week of the most influential people in government technology; Named one of the Top 50 Tech Leaders of 2003 by Scientific American for his policy leadership around nanotechnology; he was named Tech Titan in Washingtonian's annual listing of tech leaders; He is a graduate of Linfield College in Oregon.