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Michael Kende is Chief Economist of the Internet Society  

Prior to joining the Internet Society in August 2013, Michael was a partner at Analysys Mason, a global consulting firm focused on telecommunications and media.  Michael was head of the Policy and Regulatory sector, head of the U.S. office, and most recently was in charge of developing its Internet practice at Analysys Mason, where he worked with operators and regulators in all regions of the world, providing advice on a variety of Internet issues including mobile and fixed broadband deployment, Internet governance, IP interconnection, Internet Exchange Points (IXPs), Voice over IP and IPTV. Projects include creating converged policies and regulations in Lesotho, advising on next generation interconnection in Sri Lanka, developing IXPs in Singapore and the Gambia, and promoting broadband deployment in Peru. During the past several years, Michael has authored a number of papers for the Internet Society, including ISOC's study of the impact of IXPs in Kenya and Nigeria and improving Internet connectivity in Africa.

Michael has a Ph.D. in economics from MIT and a BA in mathematics and economics from Bowdoin College. Prior to MIT, Michael worked as a systems analyst in the IT department for Proctor and Gamble in Geneva.  After MIT, he spent five years as a professor of Economics at INSEAD, a business school near Paris, before joining the Federal Communications Commission. At the FCC, Michael was the Director of Internet Policy Analysis, where he was responsible for managing a wide range of policy analyses and regulatory decisions on Internet policy, broadband deployment, and mergers.  After heading the teams reviewing a number of the largest Internet backbone mergers, wrote a widely-cited FCC working paper entitled "The Digital Handshake: Connecting Internet Backbones."

Michael is a dual Swiss/U.S. national and speaks French and German in addition to English.  Michael is based in our Geneva, Switzerland office.

Latest Posts

  • While access to the Internet used to be the critical bottleneck in many emerging countries, the mobile Internet has changed all of that. Just as mobile telephony quickly leap-frogged fixed telephony in almost every country, the mobile Internet is...
    Date published 31 August 2016
  • Our President & CEO, Kathy Brown, will again lead a group of us headed to GSMA’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the week of 22 February. As highlighted in our 2016 Action Plan, our focus this year is on connecting everyone who is...
    Date published 18 February 2016
  • Today, the World Bank released its annual World Development Report (WDR), this year entitled Digital Dividends. As suggested in the title, and in line with the mandate of the World Bank, it focuses on the impact of the Internet, along with mobile...
    Date published 13 January 2016
  • I am pleased to announce the creation of an Internet Society Discussion Paper Series, and to release its first paper, " The Mobile App Divide". The Internet Society Discussion Paper Series is intended, as the name suggests, to stimulate discussion...
    Date published 18 November 2015
  • Reflecting on the 2015 IGF last week, the Internet Economy sub-theme featured prominently, for good reason.  First of all, the Internet economy is a large sector in itself, accounting directly for over 5% of GDP in the G20 countries alone....
    Date published 16 November 2015