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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

  • By Michael Kende and Karen Rose As the infrastructure necessary for Internet access is becoming more available in developing countries, efforts to close the digital divide have increasingly focused on promoting local content to increase interest in...
    Date published 12 January 2015
  • The Internet Society is working with the Ministry of Youth and ICT in Rwanda on a study to help build a robust hosting environment for content in Rwanda.  In most African countries, including Rwanda, no more than 5% of Internet content is sourced...
    Date published 02 October 2014
  • Alongside our first annual Global Internet Report, we provided a set of maps based on the report. Recently the ITU provided 2013 data, which we have used to update several of the maps. The numbers indicate some fascinating statistics about Internet...
    Date published 11 August 2014
  • The common view of the digital divide is that it separates the Internet haves from the have-nots; dividing those who are online from those who would like to get online, but are prevented based on the availability or affordability of access.   This...
    Date published 02 July 2014
  • When thinking about the Internet these days, many people think about ‘big data’, but we should also keep in mind the big numbers that the Internet is generating.  This was driven home several weeks ago, when the Gangnam Style music video hit two...
    Date published 26 June 2014