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Public Policy 13 January 2015

A bridge … but not too far! Au revoir and see you again soon!

After almost three great years of working with ISOC staff, and especially the wonderful regional team, from whom I have learnt so much and who have all won a place in my heart, as well as with the wider community, and in particular the fabulous group of volunteers and others that are a part of the ISOC chapters and members, I have decided to go back to my passion which is to help shape an enabling environment for Information and Communication Technology (better known as “ICT”) and create a world of possibilities for people around the world.

I believe that a reliable and sustainable Internet dramatically enrich our lives, but that it also drives social and economic development.  More and more people are coming online every day – including young people and people looking to the Internet to follow their dreams and pursue opportunities.  With ISOC and its communities of dedicated and passionate individuals, chapters and members, I contributed to expanding access, connectivity and keeping what is so important to us all- a global, resilient, open Internet that is available to all. We have seen many challenges, particularly in the last days, weeks, and months.  But today, I am even more convinced of the importance of strengthening communities of practice and bringing the Internet to everyone so that we can be informed, and learn, and have all those opportunities ICTs and the Internet offer.   I have so often said – I am who I am and do what I do because of ICTs – and helping to build an environment where people are only limited by their imagination is my true passion in life.  And together we have worked on these issues.  And we will continue to do so.

I hope that my work over these last years with ISOC and in particular with the regional bureaus as well as with our Chapters and Members has contributed to making ISOC a truly global organization. People are at the heart of ISOC.  During my time here I’ve been privileged to be able to get to know and to listen to people, in their own communities, around the world.  There is amazing work being done on the ground. From community grants, to IXPs and more, it was a privilege to be a part of it.

We have truly made a difference, but there is still a lot to do!

I am honored to have been offered and have accepted the position of Head of the Regulatory and Market Environment Department (RME) at the Telecommunication Development Sector of the International Telecommunication Union, starting on 19 January 2015.  RME provides assistance to counties and regions around the world to implement reform and create enabling environments for ICT development.

It was not an easy decision to leave ISOC, since the community of staff, Chapters and Members is precious and special.  The truth is that I will still work with these amazing people, always with the goal of bringing the Internet and ICTs to everyone in all places, even those remotest places on earth where knowledge and information can make the greatest difference.

So – it is not goodbye! I am sure there will be many opportunities to work together and share knowledge and experiences, and I look forward to continue to build bridges with ISOC and the rest of the Internet communities at local, regional and global levels!

 Take care, thank you, and au revoir!  And, please stay in touch!

 

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Disclaimer: Viewpoints expressed in this post are those of the author and may or may not reflect official Internet Society positions.

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