July 18, 2012

Memberships and Activities


12/2011 – 02/2023  

World Computer Exchange, Inc.

12/2011 – 04/2017: Member of the Board of Directors

04/2017 – 02/2022: Chairman of the Board of Directors

03/2023 – present: Member of the International Advisory Council (expected, election ongoing)

World Computer Exchange (WCE) is a non-profit organization incorporated in the United States and Canada that provides the following services: capacity building, low-cost technologies, content development, training trips, and local recycling. WCE’s services are enhanced by 25 global educational Strategic Allies. WCE’s 800 volunteers assist 750 Partner organizations in 77 developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Since 2000, over 3.6 million youth in 2,850 computer labs located in schools, universities, youth centers and libraries were able to access new skills, understanding and opportunities via the internet on WCE refurbished computers while these computers were kept out of landfills and recycled appropriately.


09/1993 – present  

Internet Society

Individual Global Member

By connecting the world, working with others, and advocating for equal access to the Internet, the Internet Society strives to make the world a better place.

The Internet Society engages in a wide spectrum of Internet issues, including policy, governance, technology, and development. We establish and promote principles that are intended to persuade governments to make decisions that are right for their citizens and each nation’s future. Everything we do is based on ensuring that a healthy, sustainable Internet is available to everyone – today and for the next billion users.


Mensa logo02/1987 – present  

Mensa – the high IQ society (member)

06/2017 – 04/2019: Board Member, German Chapter

06/2017 – 04/2019: Director, International Board of Directors, Mensa International

06/2017 – 12/2018: Executive Director, Executive Committee, Mensa International

Mensa, the high IQ society, provides a forum for intellectual exchange among its members. There are members in more than 100 countries around the world.

Activities include the exchange of ideas through lectures, discussions, journals, special-interest groups, and local, regional, national and international gatherings; the investigations of members’ opinions and attitudes; and assistance to researchers, inside and outside Mensa, in projects dealing with intelligence or Mensa.



06/2006 – 12/2022 International Chamber of  Commerce

Member, Digital Economy Commission

Member, Commission on Corporate Responsibility and Anti-Corruption 

By drawing upon a cross section of business leaders and experts from 50 ICC member countries, the Digital Economy Commission develops policy position for the Internet and ICTs on behalf of users, providers and operators of information technology. The consensus-building process provides the best platform to develop global voluntary rules and best practice guidelines by articulating concerns to individual governments and helping develop the infrastructure for global on-line trade. Founder of BASIS, the Business Action for the Information Society initiative to coordinate business interests following WSIS.


10/2006 – 12/2016 – German UNESCO Commission

Member, Expert Group on Communication and Information


03/2001-12/2015 – International Bankers Forum

Individual Member


04/2002-04/2012 – BITKOM (Federal Association for IT, Telecoms and New Media)

Member, Public Affairs Working Group


06/2006-12/2010 – UN Global Alliance for ICT and Development (GAID)

Member (alternate), Strategy Council


05/2006-05/2008 –United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

Advisor, Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group (MAG), first appointment by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in 2006

Advisor, Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group (MAG), second appointment, by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in 2007


01/2006-01/2008 – German Broadband Initiative



03/2004-09/2006 – Initiative D21

Executive Advisor and Sherpa to the Chairman of the Board


03/2002-12/2005 – UN ICT Task Force

Executive Advisor and Sherpa to the company CEO

See also: WSIS and the United Nations ICT Task Force


10/2001-06/2003 – G8 Digital Opportunities Task Force

Executive Advisor and Sherpa to the company CEO

See also: The Digital Opportunities Task Force: The G8’s Effort to Bridge the Global Digital Divide


Last Update: 15 March 2023