Alex Wong, Chairman, Swiss Council
Alex has over 30 years professional experience in a series of leadership roles that has consistently focused on building partnerships to address the world’s biggest development challenges. Since January 2020, Alex has been serving as Senior Strategy Advisor to the Director of the Telecommunications Development Bureau at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs). In this role Alex leads and supports the implementation of BDT’s strategy, and the scale up key digital development projects around the world.
Prior to joining the ITU, Alex has worked in both the private and not-for-profit sectors. From 2018-2019, he served as President of CG/LA Infrastructure, where he oversaw all operations and the development and implementation of a new strategy to advance development in the world’s infrastructure markets. From 2000 to 2018, Alex was a member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum, an international organization for public private cooperation with a mission to improve the state of the world. At the WEF, he held several leadership roles including overseeing the development and rollout of the Forum’s Global System Initiatives; heading the Future of the Digital Economy & Society initiative; heading the IT & Telecoms, Media & Entertainment industry teams; heading the Basics & Infrastructure industry teams; and heading the Center for Global Industries Geneva. From 1988-2000, Alex worked for 12 years in a variety of professional roles at Accenture as a Strategy Consultant, General Motors as a Quality Control Engineer, and the US National Parks Service.
He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto, and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University.
Michael Kende is a Senior Fellow at the Internet Society, a Senior Advisor at Analysys Mason, and an Affiliate of the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University. He is currently a visiting lecturer at The Graduate Institute, Geneva, and most recently, he was the Chief Economist of the Internet Society. Prior to joining the Internet Society in August 2013, Michael Kende was a partner at Analysys Mason, a global consulting firm focused on telecommunications and media. He 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. He has done a significant amount of work on promoting Internet development in emerging regions around the world. He is also working on the economics of cybersecurity, as a means to reduce data breaches and increase trust in the Internet. He has a Ph.D. in economics from MIT and a BA in mathematics and economics from Bowdoin College. After MIT, he spent five years as a professor of Economics at INSEAD, teaching microeconomics to MBA students and a course in industrial organisation for Ph.D. students. He was also the Director of Internet Policy Analysis at the US Federal Communications Commission, where he was responsible for managing a wide range of policy analyses and regulatory decisions. Prior to MIT, Michael Kende worked as a systems analyst in the IT department for Proctor and Gamble in Geneva.
Clarisse A. Morgan is Senior Counsellor in the Rules Division of the World Trade Organization, where she has served since 1995. She has over 30 years of extensive experience in high-level policymaking in a broad range of topics. Most notably, she has led teams of policy advisors providing expert technical assistance to Member governments, been integral to high-level multi-stakeholder policy negotiations, and provided expert legal and policy advice to many WTO dispute settlement panels. Recently, she created a set of experiential eLearning training modules to provide an integrated learning tool for national government officials.
Steve Sénèque is an Australian and Swiss national living in Geneva. Steve holds a PhD in Economics from the Australian National University and has 30 years of international experience. He began his career as an economist working principally in Vietnam on poverty and development projects for UNICEF and UNDP. After moving to Geneva in 1997 he began a career in wealth and fund management. Since then Steve has held a variety of senior management roles, including Senior Vice President for Santander Group (Geneva), President and Chief Investment Officer of Sparx International Hong Kong, Head of Equities (Japan) for Fidelity International in Tokyo, Investment Director at Octogone Gestion SA (Geneva) and most recently Chief Investment Officer of XP Private Europe. He is currently an independent financial consultant. Outside of his professional activities, Steve has been involved with philanthropic causes, including the Ashoka Support Network, through which he began his involvement with IBJ in 2014.
A former public defender, Karen is the founder and CEO of International Bridges to Justice. Karen first developed her interest in the cross section of criminal law and human rights as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow in 1986, after observing Southeast Asian refugees detained in a local prison without trial. In 1994, she moved to Cambodia to train the country’s first core group of public defenders and subsequently served as a United Nations Judicial Mentor. Under the auspices of the U.N., she trained judges and prosecutors, and established the first arraignment court in Cambodia.
After witnessing thousands of prisoners of all ages being held without trials, usually after being tortured into making ‘confessions’, Karen founded International Bridges to Justice in 2000 to promote systemic global change in the administration of criminal justice. In the initial stages, she negotiated groundbreaking measures in judicial reform with the Chinese, Vietnamese, and Cambodian governments. Under her leadership, IBJ has expanded its programming to 47 countries, including Rwanda, Burundi, and India. IBJ has created a Global Defense Support Program to bring IBJ assistance to public defenders worldwide.
A graduate of UCLA Law School and Harvard Divinity School, Karen was named by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders in 2007. She has been recognized by the Skoll Foundation, Ashoka, and Echoing Green as a leading social entrepreneur. Karen was the recipient of the 2008 Harvard Divinity School’s First Decade Award, and the 2008 American Bar Association’s International Human Rights Award. She also received the 2009 Gleitsman International Award at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Anna is a strategic philanthropy, advocacy and impact professional with more than 25 years of experience in the non-profit, philanthropy and social venture sector. Since 2008, she has helped RS Group, a family office based in Hong Kong, shape its philanthropy portfolio and advance its “total portfolio approach” in managing all of the principal’s investments. RS Group is now a leading voice in promoting impact investment globally. At the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, she supported the foundation’s relationship with other funders and provided advice on the foundation’s global health R&D strategy and advocacy activities. Anna has also recently joined Gore Street Capital, a private equity firm focused on renewable energy, as a Venture Partner to lead the firm’s impact agenda.
Anna is on the board and advisory boards of several charities and B-Corps dedicated to tactical fundraising, access to justice and girl empowerment. She is the founder and director of a non-profit photography collective, Photographers for Hope which aims to use the power of images to support positive social change.