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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

  • Today marks the 20th anniversary of the decommissioning of the NSFNET backbone on April 30 1995, an important milestone in the development of the commercial Internet. The NSFNET was set up by the US National Science Foundation in 1985 to enable...
    Date published 30 April 2015
  • Today the World Economic Forum published their Global Information Technology Report 2015. This year’s theme is "ICT for Inclusive Growth,” examining how developing and emerging economies are exploiting the potential of ICTs to drive economic...
    Date published 15 April 2015
  • Based on the positive response to the online maps we released last year, they tell a story. All of us understand the digital divide, but here we can see it in the differences between regions, and we can puzzle why some countries stand out within a...
    Date published 13 March 2015
  • Photo: android - google space CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Next week, in Barcelona, a number of us at the Internet Society, led by our CEO Kathy Brown, will travel to Barcelona for this year’s GSMA Mobile World Congress, taking place from 2 – 5 March. There we...
    Date published 26 February 2015
  • Economic growth and social inclusion, critical issues for many countries, will be promoted by bringing the four-plus billion non-Internet users around the world online. The common view of this digital divide is that it separates the Internet ‘haves...
    Date published 29 January 2015

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