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Who We Are
International Advisory Board
Profile of IAB Members
Steve Chang
Dr Hamadoun Toure
Eugene Kaspersky
Prof. Fred Piper
Dr Salim Sultan Al Ruzaiqi
Ayman Hariri
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Steve Chang
Founder & Chairman Of Trend Micro

Steve Chang is the founder and chairman at Trend Micro Inc. and was the company's original chief executive officer until the end of 2004. Trend Micro experienced tremendous growth under Chang's leadership, increasing revenues from US$10M in 1994 to US$454M by the end of 2003. Trend Micro grew to more than 2,000 employees with sales, operations, research, support and development in over 30 countries. As chairman of the board, Chang continues to be the voice for the company to customers and industry partners.

Recognizing the threat of computer viruses, Chang formed Trend Micro in California in 1988 with the mission of developing antivirus software for personal computers. As local networks proliferated and the Internet matured, the company's focus evolved to address antivirus and content security software and services.

Chang's management style and vision have resulted in innovative and timely antivirus strategies that have been recognised in industry-leading publications. He was named one of Asia's "25 Movers and Shakers" in 2001 by ZDNet Asia. Fortune Magazine has called him a "global force," and he was twice chosen for Business Week's "Stars of Asia" award, recognizing fifty Asian leaders at the forefront of change. Chang was named "Innovator of the Year" in 2004 by Asia Business Leader Awards.

    If we are to create a future where cyber crime and cyberthreats are
    under control, it is vital that we are better connected and more organised
    than the criminals we are fighting.
Dr. Hamadoun Touré
Secretary - General of International Telecommunications Union (ITU)

Dr Hamadoun Touré was elected Secretary-General at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Antalya, Turkey, in November 2006 and took office on 1st January 2007.

Dr Touré is committed to cultivate ITU as an innovative, forward-looking organisation adapted to meet the challenges created by the new ICT environment and to spearhead the Union towards implementing the resolutions of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

He served as Director of BDT from 1998 until 2006, where he played a significant role in the WSIS process by launching numerous projects based on partnership building with international organizations, governments, civil society and the private sector. From 1996 - 1998, Dr Touré was Africa's regional general manager for ICO Global Communications. He spearheaded the company's activities to lay the foundation that ensured the successful introduction and operation of ICO's regional activities including marketing and network distribution as well as co-ordination with service partners, regulators and operators of fixed, mobile and special services. Prior to ICO, Dr Touré joined the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (INTELSAT) where he occupied several important positions. From 1986 to 1990, he was Telecommunications Officer of INTELSAT Assistance and Development Programme


(IADP). He was involved in IADP projects including the design of earth stations, feasibility studies for domestic satellite communication systems and the implementation of technologies such as time division multiple access (TDMA) and demand assignment multiple access (DAMA) in several developing countries.

From 1990 to 1994, he was INTELSAT's Director for the Africa Region and later served as the Group Director for Africa and the Middle East from 1994 to 1996. During this time, he took an active part in the continental initiative launched by the Regional African Satellite Communications Organization (RASCOM) to pool transponders on the INTELSAT system. He pioneered studies for regional interconnectivity and worked closely with all African and the Middle East countries to enhance the development of their telecommunication infrastructure. In these positions he managed annual revenue budgets of more than USD 115 million.

    IMPACT is unique because from the very beginning, it is conceived
    as a politically neutral organisation. It’s neither east nor west,
    but somewhere in between.
Eugene Kaspersky
Founder and CEO of Kaspersky Lab

Born in Novorossiysk, Russia, Eugene Kaspersky graduated from the Institute of Cryptography, Telecommunications and Computer Science and worked at a multi-disciplinary scientific research institute until 1991. He began studying computer viruses in 1989, when the Cascade virus was detected on his computer. From 1991 to 1997 Kaspersky worked at the KAMI Information Technologies Center where he developed the AVP antivirus project with a group of associates (AVP was renamed Kaspersky Anti-Virus in November 2000). Eugene Kaspersky became a co-founder of Kaspersky Lab in 1997.

Today, Kaspersky is one of the world's leading experts in the information security field. He has written a large number of articles and reviews related to computer virology and speaks regularly at specialised seminars and conferences all over the world.



    I think it’s vital that people attempt to tackle internet security at the
    international level, just because boundaries have gone, because there is a lack
    of control, a lack of law enforcement, and simply, a lack of laws.
Prof. Fred Piper
Cryptologist, Founder of the Information Security Group at Royal Holloway, University of London

Prof. Fred Piper is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Royal Holloway, University of London and has worked in information security since 1979. In 1985, he formed a company, Codes & Ciphers Ltd, which offers consultancy advice in all aspects of information security.

Piper has acted as a consultant to over 80 companies including a number of financial institutions and major industrial companies in the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia, South Africa and the USA. The consultancy work has been varied and has included algorithm design and analysis, work on EFTPOS and ATM networks, data systems, security audits, risk analysis and the formulation of security policies. He has lectured worldwide on information security, both academically and commercially and has published more than 100 papers. He is also joint author of Cipher Systems (1982) - one of the first books to be published on the subject of protection of communications, Secure Speech Communications (1985), Digital Signatures - Security & Controls (1999) and Cryptography: A Very Short Introduction (2002). Piper has been a member of a number of DTI advisory groups.


He has also served on a number of Foresight Crime Prevention Panels and task forces concerned with fraud control, security and privacy. He is currently a member of the Scientific Council of the Smith Institute, the Board of Trustees for Bletchley Park and the Board of the Institute of Information Security Professionals. He is also a member of (ISC)2's European Advisory Board, the steering group of the DTI's Cyber Security KTN, ISSA's advisory panel and the BCS's Information Security Forum.

In 2002, he was awarded an IMA Gold Medal for "services to mathematics" and received an honorary CISSP for "leadership in Information Security". In 2003, Piper received an honorary CISM for "globally recognised leadership" and "contribution to the Information Security Profession".

Dr Salim Sultan Al Ruzaiqi
CEO Information Technology Authority Oman

As CEO of the Information Technology Authority, Dr Salim Sultan Al Ruzaiqi is responsible for the implementation of the Digital Oman Strategy. In more than 18 years of his career in the IT field, he has held different technical and managerial roles in the Sultanate of Oman. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in March 1987 and led the IT initiatives in the ministry.

He gained diplomatic experience by joining the Sultanate's Diplomatic Corp as the First Secretary at the Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman in Washington DC from 1998 to 2003.


He holds a Bachelor’s in Computer Science and Mathematics from Lindenwood University of St Charles Missouri, a Master’s in Information Systems Technology from George Washington University and a Doctorate in Information Systems and Communications from Robert Morris University of Pittsburgh; all USA

H.E. Gilbert G. Noël Ouedraogo
Minister of Transport & Information Technology, Burkina Faso

Gilbert Noël Ouédraogo is a Burkinabé politician. He is the president of the Alliance for Democracy and Federation–African Democratic Rally and currently serves in the government of Burkina Faso as Minister of Transport. He has also served as a member of the Pan African Parliament from Burkina Faso.



H.E. Mr. Samuel Lesuron Poghisio, MP
Minister of Information and Communications Kenya

Hon. Samuel Poghisio is the Minister for Information and Communications, Kenya, having been appointed to this office in January 2008. He is an elected Member of Parliament of the Kenyan National Assembly and currently serving for the fourth term since he joined politics in 1988.

Hon Poghisio was a temporary speaker in the 2002-7 parliament term, besides being on several parliamentary committees. Between the year 2000 and 2002, Hon. Poghisio served as an Assistant Minister for Education, Science and Technology between, a Member of the ACP – EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly and member of the Parliamentary Network of the World Bank.


Following his passion for humanitarian issues, Hon Poghisio remains active in peace making forums including the Amani Forum, a peace forum for MPs from the Eastern and Central African region where he has served as a Chairman.

Hon. Ali Abbasov
Minister of Communications & Information Technologies, Azerbaijan

PhD in Microelectronics, Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. 1991-2000, Director, Institute of Information Technologies, National Academy of Sciences, Azerbaijan; 2000-04, Rector, Azerbaijan State Economic University; concurrently, Member of the National Parliament; 2001-04, Member, Parliamentary Assembly, Council of Europe; since 2004, Minister of Communications and Information Technologies of Azerbaijan, responsible for the acceleration of transition to the information society and formation of the digital economy, application of e-government solutions and new technologies, development of broadband services and human recourses. Lecturer and researcher in the fields of digital economy, network design and application, and artificial intelligence. Professor of Information and Computer Sciences, Azerbaijan University of Technologies. Member: Strategy Council, Global Alliance for ICT and Development; National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan; Fellow, IEEE. Commissioner, Broadband Commission for Digital Development. Author of over 160 scientific and technical works, monographs and textbooks. 1996, named International Man of the Year, in Engineering and Technology, Cambridge Biography Centre.



Mr. Tim Unwin
Chief Executive Officer, Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation

Tim Unwin was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation in September 2011. At the CTO Council meeting in October 2012, his title was changed to that of Secretary General. He has led the organisation to embark on its ambitious new Strategic Plan, which includes the six new focus themes for the CTO’s work. Of these, Tim leads the CTO’s activities on ICTs for people with disabilities and ICTs in education, focusing on skills development and entrepreneurship. Tim has a strong commitment to the Commonwealth, not only through his research experiences in Commonwealth countries, but also through his work as Chair of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK. He has written or edited 15 books and more than 200 academic papers and chapters.


As well as his roles at the CTO and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, Tim is UNESCO Chair in ICT4D, and Emeritus Professor of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, as well as Honorary Professor at Lanzhou University in China.

Tim Archdeacon
President & Chief Executive Officer, ABI Research

In 1990, Tim founded ABI Research to provide business intelligence to the then nascent wireless market. Later, he broadened the range of topics addressed by ABI Research to include broadband, transportation, and energy. Prior to founding ABI Research, Tim was a senior analyst at World Information Technologies, a boutique research house specializing in communications and energy. His early research experience encompassed semiconductors, electronic components, air traffic management systems, intelligent transportation systems and broadband infrastructure.

Over the past 23 years Tim has developed a diverse skill set spanning research, marketing, client relations, media access and relational database development. Currently Tim heads up the sales & marketing operations for ABI and works with the management team on continuing to develop the overall company vision and coordinating new business initiatives.


Tim, who started hacking on a Commodore 64 in 1982, graduated from Drew University with a BA in English Literature and began his career in journalism. He is a member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and was a co-founder of the Intelligent Transportation Society of New York (ITS-NY).

Vujica Lazović
Minister of Information Society and Telecommunications, Montenegro

Vujica Lazović is the Minister of Information Society in the Government of Montenegro since 2009. He was born 10/3/1963 and enrolled Faculty of Economics Titograd (today's Podgorica) in 1982, winning several awards and recognitions.

Vujica Lazović has devised a working relationship between the Faculty of Economics in 1988. In the period from 1989 to 1993 he performed a series of public functions (member of the Assembly of Montenegro, member of the Council of Citizens of the Assembly of Yugoslavia, Minister of the Government of Montenegro, etc.).


In the period from 1998 to 2000 he was the vice dean for education at the Faculty of Economics and in the period from 2001 to 2006 he performed a function of the dean of the Faculty. He is the head of doctoral studies at the Faculty of Economics in Podgorica. He is also the author of several papers, books and publications on Economics and Business Information Systems. He conducted several study tours in the UK and USA.

Abdou Diouf
Secretary-General, International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF)

Abdou Diouf is a former president of Senegal and was elected Secretary General of the OIF in the Beirut Summit in 2002. He was reelected in 2006 during the Bucharest Summit, and in 2010, in the Montreux Summit.

He began his Law studies at the Faculty of Dakar and later at the National School of France Overseas (Enfom) in 1960. At age 25, he started his career as a high officer, having assumed the positions of Director of the International Technical Cooperation, Secretary General of the Ministry of Defence and Governor of the Sine-Saloum region. Abdou Diouf has contributed to expand the voice of Senegal in the world and has fought for a greater African union, notably by serving as a chairman of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in 1985–86, with a second term as OAU chairman in 1992–93, and as chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), in 1991-92.



Angela Sinaswee-Gervais
Permanent Secretary, Trinidad & Tobago