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Joseph H. Alhadeff is the Vice President for Global Public Policy for Oracle Corporation, the world's leading supplier of information management software. Mr. Alhadeff is responsible for coordinating and managing Oracle's international electronic commerce, privacy and Internet-related policy issues. Mr. Alhadeff joined Oracle from the U.S. Council for International Business (USCIB) in New York where he was General Counsel and Vice President for Electronic Commerce. At USCIB, he was responsible for the development and coordination of all USCIB electronic business-related initiatives and its international affiliations including the International Chamber of Commerce and the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the Organization for European Cooperation and Development (OECD). Mr. Alhadeff serves as both a Vice Chairman of the BIAC Committee on Information, Computer and Communication Policy as well as the Industry Chair of the OECD Tax Advisory Group on Technology. Mr. Alhadeff holds an M.B.A. in Management and Information Systems from New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, and a B.A. from Oberlin College.


4 March 1968 Born in Frankfurt/Germany

1978-87 High school, Frankfurt

1987 Industry training in Crewkerne, Somerset/UK

1988 Studies in Political Science, Comparative Literature and Art History at Johannes-Gutenberg University, Mainz/Germany

1988 Exchange program with University of Strasbourg/France

1990-91 Freelance at Bozell Advertising, Frankfurt and New York/USA

1991-92 Studies in Political Science at Bowling Green State University, Ohio/USA

1991 Master of Arts in Political Science (USA)

1993-94 Junior Consultant with Huth + Wenzel Communications, Frankfurt

1993 Postgraduate research grant for Political Studies at University of California, Berkeley/USA

1996-96 Doctoral research in Washington D.C./USA

1996-97 Consultant with EAC Euro Asia Consulting, Munich and Shanghai/PR China

1996 Dr. of Political Science at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Dissertation on "USA and China Relations 1989-92"

1998-99 Consultant for information society and electronic commerce issues with VDMA (German Machine Building Association, IT branch); Coordinator of Eurobit activities, Frankfurt and Brussels

Since 2000 Director General EICTA, European Information and Communications Technology Industry Association, Brussels


Kimberley Claman is Vice President of Global Affairs for the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA), the leading U.S. information technology industry association. ITAA encompasses over 26,000 direct and affiliate members, from America's largest corporations to the entrepreneurs building the blockbuster IT companies of the future. The Association plays a leading role in public policy issues of concern to the IT industry including human resources, information security, telecommunications, intellectual property, and privacy.

Kimberley is also the Executive Director of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA). WITSA is a consortium of 41 information technology associations representing economies around the world. WITSA is the global voice of the IT industry and is dedicated to advocating policies that advance the industry's growth and development; facilitating international trade and investment in IT products and services; strengthening WITSA's national industry associations through the sharing of knowledge, experience, and critical information. WITSA will hold its Global Public Policy Conference on "Digital Divide: Bridging the Gap" in Capetown, South Africa on September 10 and 11, 2001 and will hold the XIII World Congress on Information Technology in Adelaide Australia in March, 2002.

Prior to joining ITAA, Kimberley was a Foreign Affairs Officer at the U.S. Department of State in the Economic Bureau's Multilateral Trade Affairs Office. Kimberley worked with a small team to lead negotiations in the World Trade Organization, North-American Free Trade Agreement, Free Trade Area of the Americas and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. Kimberley received her undergraduate degree from the George Washington University and holds a masters degree in international economics from The Elliot School of International Affairs at the George Washington University.


Dr. Hisham El Sherif is the Chairman of IT Investments, a holding company with different subsidiaries in networking and telecommunications, software development, IT systems integration, and media. He is also the founder of Nile on line, and Egypt Internet Backbone Company, in addition to being the founder and current chairman of RITSEC, a regional leading organization in software engineering, multimedia, education and training, culture ware, environment technologies, information highway and Internet.

Nationally, Dr. El Sherif co-founded and chaired since 1985 to 1999 the Cabinet Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC) Advisory Board, which has helped create and develop over 1300 centers employing more than 40,000. He also helped create 29 institutions and centers, which trained more than 180,000. Under his leadership, IDSC was selected among the top 100 organizations in IT in the world in 1995.

As an internationally recognized leader in the field of information technology, Dr. El Sherif is a commissioner and co-chairman of the Application Task Force of the Washington-based Global Information Infrastructure Commission (GIIC), with its 25 top world business leaders. Also, Dr. El Sherif served as a member of the Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) in the World Bank on Information for Development (infoDev). He also chaired the task force that developed the "Africa Information Society Initiative" which has been adopted by all African countries. Dr. El Sherif is a known leader in shaping the Global Information Highway and Global Information Society Initiatives.

During the last two decades, Dr. El Sherif initiated and helped implement more than 700 programs and projects in Egypt, the United States of America, Europe and the Middle East. Recently, he is appointed as Chairman of the Advisory Board of the "Largest Museum in the World", the Great Egyptian Museum, and Chair of Egypt's Internet Society. On the Academic level, Dr. El Sherif is a Professor at the American University in Cairo since 1991.

Dr. El Sherif is honored to serve on the US- Egypt President's Council. Dr. El Sherif has been awarded three top awards: World first prize award in Information Systems in 1988 from SIM, the Franz Edelman award for Management Achievements and its Application (TIMS), and the IFORS operation Research Award. He has been also awarded the French Knight by the President of France. In September 1999, Dr. El Sherif has been awarded the First Order Metal of Science and Art from H.E. the President of Egypt.

Dr. El Sherif received his Ph.D. from MIT in Business and Engineering.


Director of the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM), Switzerland

Marc Furrer was born on 24 February 1951 and is married. From 1970 to 1976 he studied law at the University of Berne. In 1978 he qualified as a barrister and notary. He started his professional career in 1978 at Radio DRS. Until 1980 he was employed as Home Affairs Editor. He subsequently spent four years as Head of Consumer Broadcasts at Radio DRS. From 1984 to 1988 Marc Furrer worked as Federal Parliament Editor for Radio DRS.

In 1988 he moved to the former EVED (now DETEC - Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications) where he worked for four years as personal assistant to Federal Councillor Adolf Ogi.

Since 1992, the year when OFCOM was founded, Marc Furrer has been director of the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) in Bienne. With a team of 293 employees he is the regulator responsible for the drafting and implementation of legislation in the telecommunications sector as well as for radio and television. He is also responsible for management of the frequency spectrum and for supervising the performance of licensees.


Goh Seow Hiong holds the portfolio of the Deputy Director of Infocomm Development Policy of the Infocomm Development Authority (I.D.A.) of Singapore. He is also the Special Assistant to CEO of I.D.A. and supports her in corporate matters. Under Infocomm Development Policy, he is responsible for policy formulation to facilitate the development and growth of the e-commerce and infocomm industry in Singapore, and the planning and protection of critical infocomm infrastructures in Singapore.

Up till Dec 00, he was also holding the concurrent appointment of Deputy Director for Infocomm Security, and was responsible for the technical security programmes at the infrastructure, government and national levels. His office provided security consultancy services to both the industry and Government.

Previously, Seow Hiong was responsible for the electronic commerce (EC) initiatives at the then National Computer Board, where his group encourages the use of EC to the businesses and to the general public. He was one of the key persons that had put together the Singapore Electronic Transactions Act and its Regulations. He has also been actively involved in various inter-Ministry working committees on the legal and policy matters relating to IT and EC.

Seow Hiong has both a technical and legal background. He received his Bachelor's Degree with Honours in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley, and his Master's Degree in Computer Science from Stanford University. His computer science qualifications were undertaken under the auspices of the National Computer Board Scholarship. He also has a Bachelor's Degree with Honours in Law from the University of London, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Singapore Law with Merit from the National University of Singapore.


Venezuelan Diplomat. Minister Counselor to the United Nations and Deputy Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization.

Graduated from Universidad Central de Venezuela in Political Science, Master degree in International Relations, University of California, Studies on Caribbean Affairs, University of Oregon and studies at Venezuela's Military Academy. Diplomatic Officer since 1978.

Accredited to the Mission of Venezuela in Egypt, the United States, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Brazil, Colombia and the United Nations in Geneva.

Chief of the Caribbean Division of the Ministry of External Relations and Director General of International Negotiations of the Institute for Foreign Trade. He has been an international trade negotiator and technical advisor on the trade agreements between Venezuela and Central America and Caricom.

Visiting professor at the University of Cairo, Central de Venezuela and Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogotá. He has served as panelist in WTO the Dispute Settlement Body.

Author among other publications of "Diplomacia Creativa" (Caracas, 1995) and "La Diplomacia en un Mundo Globalizado" (Caracas 1999). He has been responsible for following electronic commerce issues, and has published various articles regarding e-commerce as "The implications of e-commerce for Venezuela and the developing countries". He was chairman of the first Electronic Commerce Legal Experts Conference organized by UNCTAD, in 1999. He is the Chairman of the "Trims Committee" in the World Trade Organization.


Undersecretary of State
Ministry of Economy, Republic of Poland Born in 1950

Curriculum Vitae

1. Education

In Poland:

M.Sc. at Law and Administration Faculty of Lodz University in 1971

Ph. D (Law) in 1978

Ph.D. (Sc)in 1988

Associated Professor in 1989

Prof. of Law in 1997


1981 Faculté Internationale de Droit Comparé Université de Strasbourg III (France)

1984 Columbia - Leyden - Amsterdam - Summer Program in American Law

1984 -1985 Fulbright Scholarship - Senior Program University of Washington (US)

1988 Université de Paris I - French Government Scholarship

1991 Université de Nantes (France), Leicester Polytechnic (UK), University of Baltimore (USA)

1994 University of Antwerpen (Belgium), "Tempus" Program

1995 Université de Grenoble (France)

1996,1999 University of Nagoya (Japan)

2. Professional career

April 1999 National Co-ordinator for Co-operation between the Republic of Poland and OECD

At present Since April 1997 - Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Economy Republic of Poland

1992 - 1997 Vice - President of the Supreme Chamber of Control

1991 - 1992 Adviser to the President of the Supreme Chamber of Control

1972 -1992 Legal Counselor, Attorney at Law

since 1972 Lecturer, Associated Professor, Professor, Head of the Chair of Business and Commercial Law at the University of Lodz, 1981 - 1984 Chief of Staff of the President of the University of Lodz, 1990 - 1992 Deputy Dean of the School of Law, University of Lodz

3. Languages

English, French, Russian

4. Marital status

Married with two children


Executive Director, Gateway Business Department
NTT DoCoMo,Inc.

Mr. Natsuno first joined a leading company in the energy industry after graduating from Waseda University. After profound experience in several real estate development projects, he went to the U.S. to receive an MBA from the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania. With an MBA, he joined a famous venture company in the Internet industry as Executive Vice President from 1996 to 1997 after consulting experience at the Boston Consulting Group. With the intense experience as a top executive in a fast moving industry, he joined NTT DoCoMo as Media Director to launch the "i-mode" service (Internet Gateway Service from cellular phones). He is directly responsible for developing strategic alliances for i-mode with application/content providers and key players in the industry worldwide. He is now one of the leading experts in the Internet and multimedia industry in Japan.


Head of Division
National Consumer Agency of Denmark

Lawyer by profession and graduated from law school at the University of Copenhagen, in 1971.

Joined the Ministry of Business and Industry in 1971 and has worked there for more than 25 years - with a leave of absence for two years from 1979 to 1981 when she was employed as a credit analyst in the international division of an American bank, Mercantile Bank, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

Ms. Oelgaard has been engaged in a number of different policy areas such as the Export Credit Council, stock exchange legislation, insurance law, book keeping regulation, tourism, a number of sectoral business areas like qualifying requirements for certified accountants, stock exchange brokers, hotel and restaurants, interpreters and requirements for performing business in general and administration i.e. budget and human resources development.

She has over the years been the chairperson of a number of committees whose tasks have been to prepare legislation to Parliament. In these committees there are representatives from the major business organisations and from other ministries with related interests. Since Denmark joined the EEC in 1973 she has participated in meetings in Brussels preparing for directives and other kind of EU-regulation both in the Council and the Commission and was the chairperson for a Council Committee preparing for EU legislation for stock exchange prospectives during the Danish presidency in the 80's.

Since 1991 she has been engaged in consumer policy matters, and as of September 1995 she joined the Danish National Consumer Agency.

She has been vice-chairperson for the Tourism Committee within the OECD and since 1996 is currently the chairperson for the Committee on Consumer Policy.


Biographic notes:

Born on March 15, 1940 in Milano, Italy.

Graduated in Economics at Bocconi University, Milano and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA.

Academic and professional curriculum:

1. Current status

President of the Italian Institute for Foreign Trade (I.C.E.)

Full Professor of International Economics at Bocconi University (on leave).

Vice-Chairman Cariplo Bank.

Soon after his 2 years stage at University of Michigan (1966-68) he began teaching and research as Associate Professor of International Economics at University Bocconi (1973-76).

1970-74: Member of research group on "A new econometric model of the Italian economy" (with annual data) chaired by Prof. Giorgio Fuà (University of Ancona).

1972-73 Member of the first Study Group on European Monetary Integration at Commission of European Communities - Direction General Economic and Monetary Affairs, with Professor R. Mundell (Nobel Prize Economics 1999), H. Giersch, P. Triffin, J. Meade among others.

From 1973 to 1995 rapporteur on Italian economy at bi-annual Seminars on Short term Forecasting at Institut für Weltwirtschaft, Kiel (German Federal Republic).

1976-1983: Full professor of Economics at University of Modena (Department of Law) and Associate professor of International Economics at University Bocconi.

Since 1983 Full Professor of International Economics at Bocconi University where, in 1990-95, he has been Dean of the School in Economics.

1990-95: Italian delegate at OECD Science and Technology Policy Committee.

1994-95: Assistant rapporteur to Carlo A. Ciampi (former Governor Bank of Italy, Minister Treasury, Prime Minister, today President of Republic of Italy) Chairman of the Competitiveness Advisory Group at European Commission.

1970-95: As member and President of I.R.S. (Istituto per la Ricerca Sociale, Milano), then Director and President of CESPRI - Bocconi (Research Centre on Internationalization Processes) he has directed and co-authored numerous research projects on International trade, industrial innovation and Italian dynamic, comparative advantages, Italian multinationals, industrial policy for internationalization, export credit financing and guarantee, balance-of-payments constraint to economic growth, determinants and effectiveness of Public Aid to Development.

1990-95 President of Scientific Council at I.C.E.

Since 1995: Commissioner, then President of I.C.E. (Italian Institute for Foreign Trade), the Italian Government Trade Promotion Organization.

Since 1995: Member of Executive Board, then Vice Chairman of CARIPLO Bank (Group Banca Intesa).

1998-2000 Member of the Asian Development Bank Institute.

June 2000 Awarded the Degree Honoris Causa from the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies.

Over the last 30 years, he has been member of several research groups and committees, among which: Assolombarda (Confederation of Industry, Lombardy Region), IreR (Istituto Regionale di Ricerca della Lombardia), Farmindustria, ISPI (Istituto Studi Politica Internazionale), IAI (Istituto Affari Internazionali), SUERF (Societé Universitaire d'Economie et Recherches Financières), Impresa e Stato (Milano Chamber of Commerce), OECD Development Centre and UNCTAD (on New Forms of international investment), CeMISS (Centro Militare Studi Strategici, Ministry of Defense), ISTAT, Mediocredito Centrale, Politica Economica (Il Mulino).


Author of numerous books and articles in international economics, among which: "Problemi di teoria monetaria internazionale" (Problems of International Monetary Theory), 1971; "The Theory and Policy of Optimum Currency Areas", 1972; "La bilancia dei pagamenti come vincolo alla politica economica" ('Balance of Payments as a Constraint to Economic Policy), 1974; "Industria italiana e commercio internazionale" (Italian Industry and International Trade), 1978; "Economia degli scambi internazionali" (Theory and Policy of International Trade), 1984 (1985 St.Vincent prize for the best textbook issued in 1984); "New Forms of Investment in Developing Countries", 1984; "Innovazione e competitività" (Innovation and International Competitiveness, 1985; "International Competitiveness and the Policy of Subsidized Export Credits", 1986; "The Italian Multinationals", 1988; "Industria italiana e alte tecnologie" (Italian Industry in High Technology), 1989; "Specializzazione e integrazione internazionale dell'industria italiana" (Specialization and International Integration of the Italian Industry), 1989 and 1992 (2 volumes); "Structural Change and International Integration of the European Single Market", 1992; "Integrazione internazionale e vincolo estero alla crescita dell'economia italiana: una riconsiderazione" (International integration and the external constraint to Italian economy growth), 1995; "The Uruguay Round and international diffusion of innovation", 1997; "Integrazione economica internazionale, povertà, standard sociali, diritti umani" (International economic integration, poverty, social standards and human rights), 1998; "Italy's pattern of international specialization: problems and prospects", 1999.

Contributor to 'Corriere della Sera' and 'Il Sole 24 Ore'.


Rachel Radford is an Assistant Director in the International Division of the United Kingdom Inland Revenue. She has responsibility for policy work on the international direct tax issues raised by e-commerce and co-ordinates work on taxation of e-commerce across the Inland Revenue.

She was the co-chair of the OECD's Electronic Commerce Tax Administration Group which worked on the tax framework for e-commerce for the Ottawa conference in 1998. Currently she is chair of the e-commerce sub-group of the OECD's Forum on Strategic Management which is taking forward tax administration issues arising from e-commerce.

Before joining International Division, she was a District Inspector in charge of a local tax office in the United Kingdom and then worked in one of the Inland Revenue's Regional Offices advising on and co-ordinating compliance work in local tax offices


Assistant Professor
Dept. of International Trade
Kwangwoon University

Professor Shim received his Ph.D. degree in Global e-Commerce from Hanyang University, M.S. degree in International Economics from Seoul National University, and B.S. degree in English Literature from Korea University, Seoul, Korea. Before joining the faculty of Dept. of International Trade, Kwangwoon University, Professor Shim had a variety of professional experiences in the field of international trade and global e-Commerce.

After his M.S. degree, he worked for Korea International Trade Association (KITA) as Senior Economist of Overseas Research Dept. for seven years. Also, he worked at Korea Trade Network (KTNET) for ten years, which was established by KITA and is designated as trade automation service provider based on EDI and Internet by Korean government. At KTNET, he served as chief of Education and Consulting Team, Internet Business Team, Electronic Commerce Resource Center (ECRC), respectively and got his Ph.D. degree at Hanyang University.

In addition to his teaching and research in Cyber Trade, Global e-Commerce and Trade Automation, his 17 years professional background has given Professor Shim many opportunities to serve in advisory bodies of Korean government and IT venture companies. His books and papers in e-Commerce and Cyber Trade are very popular in Korea.


Alastair Tempest was appointed Director General (FEDMA) in September 1999.

He had been Director General of FEDIM from February 1992, when that association was formed. FEDIM amalgamated with EDMA to create FEDMA in April 1997.

Previously he had been Director General of the European Advertising Tripartite (the umbrella grouping of advertisers, advertising agencies and the media) since 1989, and EATÀ's Secretary General since 1981. From 1980 to 1989 he was also Director of External Affairs for the European Association of Advertising Agencies.

Before moving to Brussels in 1980 he worked for the Independent Television and for the Confederation of British Industry in London.

He studied at the Universities of York and Sheffield in the UK and has a masters degree in European Economic Studies from the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium. He was a stagiaire at the European Commission for 9 months in 1973.

He has made his career in European public affairs strategy and policy of commercial communications. He is a Board member of the European Advertising Tripartite and Vice-Chairman of the Electronic Commerce Europe (ECE) Association; and on the Learning in Business Call Centre Editorial Board; also on the editorial Boards of the International Journal of Advertising and the Advertising, the Media Forecast Review, and the International Journal of Direct Marketing Strategy, the New Marketing Directions.


Senior Policy Advisor, International Telecommunications Policy
Industry Canada, Ottawa

Mr. Tiger is a Senior Policy Advisor on international telecommunications issues with Industry Canada in Ottawa. He is also the Chairman of the OECD Working Party on Telecommunications and Information Services Policy and the Canadian delegate to the OECD Committee on Information, Computers and Communications Policy. Mr Tiger was the lead Canadian negotiator for the telecommunications chapter in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). He was also part of the Canadian negotiating team for the WTO GATS negotiations and for the first Canada-US Free Trade Agreement (FTA). He spent 5 years in London as the Deputy Director and Executive Director of the International Institute of Communications (IIC). He has also worked with the International Management Institute (IMI) in Geneva; with the International Labour Office (ILO) in Geneva; and with Exxon (Imperial Oil) in Vancouver. Mr. Tiger is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal.


Vice-President of the Vietnam National Assembly Foreign Affairs Committee,

Director Mekong Delta Development Research Centre (Vietnam),

Member of National Council for Science and Technology Policy,

International Vice-President of the Francophonie Parlementarian Assembly.

NGUYEN NGOC TRAN is a mathematician, fluid mechanics scientist and parlementarian, born in My Hiep, An Giang province, January 6, 1940, Director of the Mekong Delta Development Research Centre, Member of the National Council for Science and Technology Policy. Vietnamese Parlementarian, he is Vice-President of the Vietnam National Assembly Foreign Affairs Committee, President of the Vietnamese section and Vice-President of the International Francophonie Parlementarian Assembly. He is married to Phan Thi Hong, IT engineer, and has two daughters Nguyen Hong Van, D.Sc, Nguyen Hong Phuong, D.Sc.

NGUYEN NGOC TRAN is Licencié (1960), Doctor 3rd cycle (1963) in Mathematics, Doctor ès Sciences in Fluid Mechanics (1970) at Paris Sorbonne University, Researcher National Centre for Scientific Research of France 1962-1974; senior Lecturer, Professor, University of Poitiers (France) 1970-1976. Coming back to Vietnam in 1976, he was Professor in Applied Mathematics and Mechanics, Vice-Dean, Vice-President University of HoChiMinh-City 1976-1980; Director of Integrated Comprehensive Investigation Cuu Long Delta State Program 1983-1991, and since 1992, he is nominated Director of the Mekong Delta Development Research Centre (MDDRC), Ministry of Sciences, Technology and Environment. Conclusions of the State Program and of the MDDRC works contribute greatly to the development of the Plain of Reeds, the Long Xuyen Quadrangle and the Ca Mau Peninsula as well as to the water resources exploitation in Cuu Long Delta. He is author of "Cuu Long Delta, Resources, Environment, Development" (1991), "Hydrological and Hydrodynamical Characteristics of the Lower Mekong Basin, Modelling the Mekong River Streamflow" (1995), "Proceedings of Workshops on Ca Mau Mangrove, Minh Hai Province I and II" (1993, 1997), "Environmental Problems and Sustainable Development in Cuu Long Delta" (1996), "Flood Computation and Inundation Control in the Mekong Delta" (1999), "Information Technology in service of the development of the Cuu Long Delta" (1999), "Sur le Transfert de Technologie" (1998), "Sur la Cooperation Sud-Sud francophone" (1999), "Sur l'Accord Multilateral d'Investissement (MAI)" (2000).

NGUYEN NGOC TRAN was Vice-Chairman State Committee for Science and Technology of the Government (1980-1992), Chairman Central Committee for Overseas Vietnamese of the Government (1992-1996), Vice-President National Committee for the Organization of the 7th Francophonie Summit in Hanoi (1996-1997), Member Vietnamese Delegation attending the Francophonie Summit Conferences in Senegal (1989), France (1991), Mauritius (1993), Benin (1995), Vietnam (1997).

NGUYEN NGOC TRAN was awarded Labour Order First Class of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (1997).

Office: NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, 35 Ngo Quyen, Hanoi; MDDRC, 98 Tran Quang Khai, HoChiMinh-City 1, VIETNAM.


Ms. SHOPE-MAFOLE obtained an Msc in telecommunications engineering at the "Jose Antonio Echeverría" Higher Polytechnic Institute in Havana, Cuba in 1983.

Ms SHOPE-MAFOLE is currently Minister Plenipotentiary: Communications, stationed at the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in France and is responsible for representing the South African Government in international institutions on information and communication technology matters.

Her responsibilities include working with: the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the United Nations Office on Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), the Universal Postal Union (UPU), the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the European Commission (EC) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Responsibilities held at national level

2000 Member of the Jury Telecommunications Journalist of the Year Award organized by Telkom SA

1999 to date General Manager International Telecommunications Policy and Minister Plenipotentiary for Communications, Embassy of the Republic of South Africa, France

1997-98 Advisor to the Minister for Post, Telecommunications and Broadcasting,

1994-97 Counsellor of the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA), the South African Broadcasting Regulatory body

1992-94 Member of the Board of the Media Monitoring Project

1992-94 Director of the Centre for the Development of Information and Telecommunications Policy.

1995-98 Member of the Board of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, CSIR

1993-94 Chairperson of the National Telecommunications Forum

1990-92 Deputy President and Secretary for International Affairs, Youth League of the African National Congress.

Responsibilities held at international level:

2000 Member of the International Jury of the Global Junior Challenge

1999 Chairperson of the 1999-2000 Session of Council of the International Telecommunications Union, ITU.

1999 Chairperson of the Working Group on ITU Reform.

1999 Vice-Chairperson of the Penang Working Party on the privatisation of INTELSAT

1999 Vice-Chairperson of the 22nd Congress of the Universal Postal Union, UPU

1998 Vice-Chairperson 1998-1999 Session of the Council of the ITU

1999 Member of the High Level Group on the future development of the Universal Postal Union, UPU

1998 Member of the Restructuring Implementation Team on the Pan-African Telecommunications Union, PATU.

1997 Member of the Group of Experts on the common Telecommunications Policy Framework for the Southern African Development Community, SADC, countries.

1999 Member of the Jury of the Global Bangemann Challenge

1999 Appointed Expert of UNESCO for the reform of the broadcasting law for Indonesia

Other responsibilities not related to telecommunications sector

1996 Member of the Jury of the Alan Paton Literature Award

Ms. SHOPE-MAFOLE was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1958 and is a mother of two sons, Khotso (14) and Sandile (8).


Mr Alan Siu was appointed to his present position as Deputy Secretary of the Information Technology and Broadcasting Bureau (Hong Kong SAR) in April 2000. In this position, he is responsible for policy matters relating to information technology and film development. Previously, Mr Siu served in a variety of bureaux and departments, including the Transport Bureau, Finance Bureau, Home Affairs Department and the Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority.


Douglas C. Worth is the Secretary General of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris. The BIAC represents and advances the public policy positions taken together by the business communities of the 30 OECD member states.

Mr. Worth spent 36 years with the International Business Machines Corporation. At IBM, Mr. Worth held U.S. and international assignments (in France and Portugal) in sales, management development, marketing, personnel, software development, product line management, and line management of country operations.

As IBM Vice President of Governmental Programs, Mr. Worth had global responsibility for IBM's position on, and response to, a broad range of political and economic issues, encompassing taxation and finance, trade and investment, technology, human resources, and environmental concerns. The global public policy capability led by Mr. Worth, supported by a network of internal and external resources, has been considered a model by other Fortune 100 U.S. companies, as well as by non-U.S. multinational corporations. Of particular note were leadership efforts within the context of the Uruguay Round in intellectual property protection, NAFTA in rules of origin and APEC and the WTO in the Information Technology Agreement.

In addition, Mr. Worth has been Chairman of the Trade Committee of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD and of the Trade Committee of the U.S. Council for International Business, where he was also a Member of the Board of Trustees. He was Vice Chairman of the Trade and Investment Commission of the International Chamber of Commerce and of the Board of Directors of the U.S. National Center for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), as well as a Trustee of the Asia Society. He served on the U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy and the Overseas Schools Advisory Council. He was a member of the Board of Advisors of the European Institute and as well as the Board of Directors of the National Foreign Trade Council.

Mr. Worth is a Member of the Board of Directors of the OAS Trust for the Americas, as well as the Board of Advisors of the Karl F. Landegger Program in International Business Diplomacy, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. He is a Member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the United States National Aquarium Society, and is an emeritus member of the Business-Government Relations Council.

Mr. Worth is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, the University of Virginia and holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Columbia University. Also, he has studied at the University of Paris, Sorbonne.

Mr. Worth is married to Gail Elaine Jertson and has two children, Leila Tiffany Worth, a veterinary radiologist and John Stephen Hartmann Worth, an investment banker.

Mr. Worth is a member of the Union League Club and the Squadron A Association in New York, as well as the Columbia Country Club in Washington. His hobbies include golf, tennis, horseracing, sailing, reading and political science.


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