Watch a panel of global experts discuss how different countries around the world are harnessing the power of information and communication technology to enhance competitiveness and boost inclusive growth, based on the findings of the World Economic Forum’s Global Information Technology 2015 report, which will be released at 1000 CET on Wednesday 15th April 2015.

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On the panel:

Bruno Lanvin is Executive Director of INSEAD’s European Competitiveness Initiative (IECI) and Global Indices projects and co-editor of the report. He is a director on the boards of ICANN and IDA Infocomm (Singapore), and a Broadband Commissioner ( In 2009–10 he chaired the Global Advisory Council on the Future of Government (World Economic Forum). From 2000 to 2007, he worked for the World Bank in a variety of positions, including Senior Advisor for E-strategies, Regional Coordinator (Europe and Central Asia) for ICTs and e-government issues, Chairman of the Bank’s e-Thematic Group, and Manager of the Information for Development Program (infoDev). In 2000, MrLanvin was appointed Executive Secretary of the G-8 DOT Force. Before that, he worked for some 20 years in senior positions in the United Nations. The author of numerous books and articles on international economics, information technology, and development, he holds a BA in Mathematics and Physics, an MBA from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris, and a PhD in Economics from the University of Paris I – La Sorbonne.

Soumitra Dutta is Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and co-editor of the report. Prior to July 2012, he was the Roland Berger Chaired Professor of Business and Technology at INSEAD and the Founding Director of eLab, a center of excellence in the digital economy. Professor Dutta obtained his PhD in Computer Science and his MSc in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley. His current research is on technology strategy and innovation policies at both corporate and national levels. He has won several awards for research and pedagogy and is actively involved in strategy and policy consulting. His research has been showcased in the global media and he has received several awards, including the Light of India Award ’12 (from the Times of India media group) and the Global Innovation Award ’13 (from INNOVEX in Israel).

Robert Pepper leads Cisco’s Global Technology Policy team working with governments and business leaders across the world in areas such as broadband, IP-enabled services, wireless and spectrum policy, security, privacy, Internet governance, and ICT development. He joined Cisco in July 2005 from the Federal Communications Commission, where he served as Chief of the Office of Plans and Policy and Chief of Policy Development beginning in 1989. There he led teams developing policies promoting the development of the Internet, implementing telecommunications legislation, planning for the transition to digital television, and designing and implementing the first US spectrum auctions. Dr Pepper serves on the board of the US Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI) and advisory boards for Columbia University and Michigan State University, and is a Communications Program Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He is a member of the US Department of Commerce’s Spectrum Management Advisory Committee, the UK’s Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board, and the US Department of State’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy. He received his BA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Bahjat El-Darwiche is a Partner with Strategy& and the leader of the firm’s Communications, Media, and Technology practice in the Middle East. He has around 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, acquired through various engagements in the Middle East, Europe, North America, and Asia. He advises governments, regulatory authorities, industry bodies, and telecom operators and has led engagements in the areas of telecom sector liberalization and growth strategy development, policymaking and regulatory management, privatization, business development and strategic investments, digitization, corporate and business planning, competitive readiness, and governance, as well as operating models, and restructuring.

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