Keynote Speakers


Mr Jeremy Richard Godfrey  |  Government Chief Information Officer, Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Mr Jeremy Godfrey has had an extensive career in the ICT sector, serving in senior positions in the telecommunications industry and as a partner in an international management and technology consulting firm.  Before this, he served as a civil servant in the United Kingdom. Mr Godfrey graduated from Cambridge University in 1984. He served as private secretary to the Secretary of State of the Department of Trade and Industry in the United Kingdom Government between 1987 and 1989. In 1989, Mr Godfrey took up a management appointment with the Cable & Wireless Group.  From 1989 to 1990, he worked for Hongkong Telecom on the regulatory strategies for the liberalisation of telecommunications in Hong Kong.  From 1990 to 1994, he worked in the United Kingdom for other businesses in the Cable & Wireless Group.  From 1995 to 1998, he returned to Hongkong Telecom, serving first as Director of Strategic Planning and then as Director of Marketing. From 1998 to 2007, Mr Godfrey was a partner with PA Consulting Group in Hong Kong.  He led strategy, e-business, IT and business change projects for the public sector and for private sector clients in the telecommunications, transportation, utilities and entertainment industries in Hong Kong and various South and East Asian economies. Since November 2007 and prior to his acceptance of the appointment from the HKSAR Government as the Government Chief Information Officer, Mr Godfrey worked as an independent consultant advising clients on strategic issues and business change projects.


Markus Kummer  |  Markus Kummer is the Executive Coordinator of the Secretariat supporting the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Previously he headed the Secretariat of the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG). Before joining the United Nations in 2004, he held the position as eEnvoy of the Swiss Foreign Ministry in Berne. Mr. Kummer was a member of the Swiss delegation during the first phase of the World Summit on the Information So-ciety (WSIS) where he chaired several negotiating groups, including the group on Internet governance. He served as a career diplomat in several functions in the Swiss Foreign Ministry and was posted in Lisbon, Vienna, Oslo, Geneva and Ankara.



Stephen K.M. Lau  |  Stephen K.M. Lau, Adviser, HP Enterprises Services (previous Chairman  of EDS Hong Kong) and President of the Hong Kong Computer Society, was the first Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data for Hong Kong (1996-2001) with responsibility to promote and enforce compliance with The Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance, which was enacted to provide adequate protection for the use of an individual’s personal data in both the public and private sectors. Mr. Lau has 30+ years’ experience in the information technology and banking industries in both the government and private sectors.  He has a long and distinguished career, having held a variety of senior management positions with International Computer Limited, Citicorp, EDS and the Hong Kong Government where he was Head of the Government Data Processing Agency. Mr. Lau is active in professional and community affairs. He holds chairmanships/ memberships of a number of advisory committees of the Government and universities, including the chairmanship of the Departmental Advisory Committee of the Department of Information Systems of the City University of HK.  In August 2008 he was appointed a Member of the Global Multistakeholder Advisory Committee for the UN’s Internet Governance Forum. In 1984, Mr. Lau was awarded the Member of the British Empire (MBE) for his outstanding service to the Hong Kong Government and the community in the area of information technology.  In 1986, he was made a Distinguished Fellow of the Hong Kong Computer Society.  In June 2001, he was made a Justice of the Peace. In July 2009 he was elected a Fellow of the HK Institution of Engineers. With an Adjunct Professorship at the City University of Hong Kong, Mr. Lau has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Manchester, a master’s in computer science from London University, and has completed a senior executive program at the Harvard Business School.


John Galligan  |  John Galligan is the Regional Director for Internet Policy for Microsoft.  His role is to support markets across Asia-Pacific to promote Microsoft’s internet policy agenda – including privacy, security, cloud computing and the online ecosystem. Prior to this role, John was Director for Corporate Affairs & Citizenship for Microsoft Australia where he had responsibility for government and industry engagement, community affairs and the Company’s corporate citizenship strategy. Before joining Microsoft in 2006, John held the position of Director of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs at BAT Australasia for over 6 years and from 1993-1997 he occupied a number of senior advisory positions in Australian federal politics.  From 1997-1998 he was Manager of Media and Communication for the Liberal Party of Australia National Office as well as Acting Executive Director for the Menzies Research Centre. John holds degrees in Business Communication from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and in Political Science from Australian National University (ANU).


Mr Stephen Mak, JP  |  Deputy Government Chief Information Officer, Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Stephen Mak is the Deputy Government Chief Information Officer (Consulting and Operations) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.  The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) is responsible for formulating policies, strategies and implementing measures to drive ICT development in Hong Kong and in so doing contribute to Hong Kong’s commerce and economic development and well-being of the community. Mr Mak oversees the work of the IT Strategy, Business Transformation, IT Operations, and Professional Development Divisions of the OGCIO.  His responsibilities include providing consultancy and advice in the implementation of Hong Kong’s Digital 21 Strategy for ICT development, developing a pan-government strategy for inspiring government bureaux and departments to adopt IT in delivering their policy objectives.  His Divisions develop management frameworks, standards and guidelines on information security, interoperability, infrastructure, and advise on IT-enabled business change and service transformation in departments.  He also leads the central functions in funding of IT capital projects, procurement of IT products and services, operation of major government data centers and continuous development of the government IT profession. Between 2004 and 2008, Mr Mak served as the Government Director on the Board of the Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation that managed the  country code top-level domain for Hong Kong.  He is currently a member of the Consultative and Advisory Panel of the company.  He is also the alternate representative for Hong Kong in ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee. Mr Mak has nearly 40 years of experience in the IT field.  He started his career in the private sector and joined the Hong Kong Government in 1975.  He has since held a number of IT strategic planning, programme and technology management, professional services and corporate management positions.  He holds an MBA degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and is a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Information Technology Professional.  He is married with two children.



Wolfgang Kleinwächter  |  Wolfgang Kleinwächter is a Professor for International Communication Policy and Regulation at the Department for Media and Information Studies of the University of Aarhus in Denmark where he teaches since 1998 a full Master Course on “Internet Policy & Regulation”. He is involved in Internet Governance issues since the early 1990s and has participated in more than 30 ICANN meetings since 1999. He was a member of ICANNs Membership Information Task Force (MITF) and the Steering Committee of At Large (2001/2002). From 2005 to 2007 he served as a voting member in ICANNs Nomination Committee (NomCom), in 2007/2008 as Vice-Chair of the NomCom and in 2009/2010 he became the NomCom Chair Since 2008 he is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Dublin based “Dotmobi Inc”. and was invited to serve as an “International Adviser” for the Chinese Information Network Center (CNNIC). In the WSIS process he was a member of the WSIS Civil Society Bureau. He co-founded and co-chaired the WSIS Civil Society Internet Governance Caucus (IGC) in 2002/2003. In 2004 he was appointed by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan as a member of the UN Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG). He is also a member of the “Panel of High Level Advisers” of the “Global Alliance for ICT and Development” (GAID), the follow up of the UN ICT Task Force. In 2006 he was appointed as “Special Adviser” to the Chair of the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) where he continues to serve until December 2010. He is also co-founder and member of the Programme Committee of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EURODIG) and the Internet Governance Forum Germany (IGF-D). Furthermore he was appointed by the Council of Europe to chair an Internet Expert Group in 2009 which have to study the “feasibility of the elaboration for an international instrument on Internet Governance” until December 2010. In the academic world, Wolfgang Kleinwächter is an elected member of the International Council of the “International Association for Media and Communication Research” (IAMCR) and served as the president of the IAMCR Law Section in 1988/1998 and 2004/2008. In 2007 he founded the “European Summer School on Internet Governance” (EURO-SSIG) and initiated the Latin America and Arab Summer Schools on Internet Governance, where he chairs the various faculties. He is the co-founder of the “Global Internet Governance Academic Network” (GIGANET) where he was a member of the Steering Committee until 2008. Furthermore he is founder and chair of the ICANN Studienkreis since 2001. He was a member of the Parliamentarian Media Council and the Media Law Commission of the German Democratic Republic (1989/1990) and Corresponding Member of the German UNESCO Commission (1991/1999). He is the Co-Founder and Member of the Board of the Media City Leipzig e.V., Leipzig, Germany (since 1990) a local non-for-profit civil society organisation, recognized also as an At Large Structure (ALS) under ICANN Bylaws which organizes, inter alia, the annual “Leipziger Round Table on the World Press Freedom Day” and the “Mitteldeutsches Internet Forum”. He testified in hearings on Internet issues in the Deutsche Bundestag (2007) and the European Parliament (2008). He was Member of the Programme Committee for INET 2002 of the Internet Society in Washington D.C. and for the ITU-Caleidescope Conference in Geneva in 2007. He was Key-Note Speaker, Panelist, Moderator and Rapporteur of numerous international academic and political conferences on the Information Society, Information Law and Internet Governance, inter alia UN, ITU, EU, Council of Europe, OECD, UNESCO, UNICTTF, Global Business Dialogue on eCommerce (GBDe), PTC and others. His research work includes more than 100 international publications, including 7 books, on issues of Broadcasting Legislation, Global Information Society, Internet Governance and WSIS. Recent articles has been published in “Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review”, “Development”, ”Telecommunication Policy”, “info” and “Gazette”. His four latest books has been “The World Summit on the Information Society: From the Past into the Future”, UNICTTF New York 2005 (with Daniel Stauffacher), “Power and Money in Cyberspace: How WSIS Frames the Future of the Information Age”, Heise Publisher 2004 (in German), “The Power of Ideas: Internet Governance in a Global Multistakeholder Environment”, Berlin 2007 and “Internet Governance Forum: The First Two Years”, UNESCO Paris, 2008 (with Avri Doria). He served also a member of several advisory boards of scientific journals, including “Transnational Data and Communication Report”, “Computer Law and Security Report”, “Communications Law: The Journal of Computer, Media and Telecommunication Law” and “The International Communication Gazette”.