Journal: ITU WSIS Geneva, Think Tank LA, PACE Washington DC, IFIP GA Vienna, IEA GIS New York, FEAPO LA, World CIO Forum Beijing, EU E-Skills Brussels

I am travelling much of this year and providing an update of my activities. The resulting articles and interviews will provides insights to you as IT executives to ensure you have the latest information to support your work and the goals of your organization.

In January I was invited by the US Embassy to be part of a delegation of industry executives to attend the international CES in Vegas. While there I was invited to dinner with the president of Samsung mobile and the VP of AMD. I wrote about these experiences for IDG-IT World Canada through a series of interviews and articles. In March and April I was in the Southern California meeting with foundations, notable executives and computing scientists. Throughout May, I am actively sharing best practices and leadership lessons from my discussions with global innovators and executives, and writing.


I am speaking at the ITU World Summit High-Level event (WSIS) in Geneva and then heading to France. My talk in Geneva will be on ICT trends / innovation and the growth of ICT professionalism. The ITU is the United Nations specialized agency administering standards and governing ICT with over 190 countries and 700 global organizations as members. The World Summit for the Information Society (WSIS) action lines (goals) cover all aspects of ICT development and the outcomes will influence countries, industries, and society for many years into the future.


I’m in Southern California in July where I am invited to a foundation think tank working on a forward looking disruptive framework that will impact people and enterprises. I participated also in March.


I’m invited to Washington DC to participate with PACE--the Partnership for Advancing Computing Education workshop on computing education research funded by the National Science Foundation and hosted by the National Academies at their Keck Center. The purpose of this invitation-only workshop is to ● establish a joint understanding and strengthen the sharing of research agendas and directions on computing education across various computing-related sub-disciplines; ● explore the possibilities for developing a forward looking and challenging research agenda for computing education as a whole, one that will extend and enhance the computing education research community; ● enhance the standing of the computing education research community and galvanize it into meaningful and effective action; and ● determine the ways in which professional and academic computing societies can best serve the computing education research community.


I am invited to participate and currently advising the International Economic Alliance (IEA) on their Global Investment Symposia (GIS). The IEA has its roots with Harvard, Presidents’ Clinton and Bush and changed into the IEA to allow a very broad international audience.  The GIS is an invitation-only event with global corporate chairs / CEOs or their special designates, billionaires, major owners, significant family offices, financial services CEOs / Chairs, luminaries and country leaders/ministers/ambassadors/economic advisors. The event is hosted at the Harvard Club in NYC Sept 24. The timing is the same week as the United Nations General Assembly. The leaders participating at the UN GA can then participate at the IEA Global Investment Symposia. I have an interview with Ambassador Tom Pickering, the IEA co-chair which will appear here shortly. You will notice when you listen to the interview, that the IEA GIS is definitely focused on execution and practical results from the GIS. In addition, they will continue to help GIS participants throughout the year and not just at the event. The purpose is for leaders to work together for shared value and reward. For example, corporations, entrepreneurs by participating will often get special help by the target countries. At the GIS, participants can get special time with each other to work on collaboration or partnerships or deals or more.

In September, I am also in Vienna at the IFIP General Assembly (GA). IFIP is the UN-founded federation representing IT with over 50 country society members. I am the founding chair of the Global Industry Council and vice-chair of IFIP IP3 which is a special program for supporting ICT professionalism. At the GA, I will be presenting on the activities of the global industry council and IP3. There is growth in professionalism as outlined in this article for IT World.


I am on the board of FEAPO (Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations). FEAPO is holding their annual plenary in Southern California and thus I will be actively participating as a founding board member. Earlier, FEAPO released their landmark concepts paper which is profiled in this IT World article “What is enterprise architecture?” FEAPO is now working on a Career Paths paper which will appear here when released.

I am invited to advise and speak at the global e-government forum in Astana. In 2012 and 2013, I advised/spoke at the world economic forum Connect and ASTEX in Astana, advised/mentored for the ICT Development Fund for start-ups and in 2013 was invited to do due diligence on a region-wide disruptive innovation research proposal having wide application including for all countries.


I am a vice chair of the IFIP World CIO Forum (WCF) 2014. I was also the vice-chair at the 2011 World CIO Forum where I wrote articles for IT World about the outcomes for IT executives and an interview with the CTO of Toyota who previously invented digital switching the basis for all modern communications and the Internet. The 2014 World CIO Forum will be held in Beijing Nov 10-12 and I’m now in the process of recommending content, speakers and encouraging participation. I will write articles about the WCF.


There is work underway on a E-Skills Pan European Union Body of Knowledge for IT supporting a professional workforce meeting future requirements. I provided input in March and was invited to participate at the final summit in Brussels.

Other items

In January, I was invited to provide recommendations for an IT Skills bill to be put forward to the US Congress. The draft Bill is still in progress and work continues as of May.

I sit on the practitioner board of the ACM and chair the practitioner board professional development committee (PDC). The PDC is responsible for the ACM Learning Center products and services you see spotlighted here such as Webinars and Interviews. Upcoming interviews in post-production include the ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient Leslie Lamport, ACM Infosys Foundation Award recipient David Blei, noted Stanford professor Andrew Ng.