Board of Trustees and Advisory Committee of GKP Foundation

Executive Director

Klaus Stoll

...Board of Trustee

..Advisory Committee

Mr. Klaus Stoll

After finishing High School, Mr. Stoll studied theology at the Universities of Heidelberg and Goettingen, Germany. In the early 1980's he became engaged with the then just emerging new Communication and Information Technologies like the Internet. He became a pioneer in establishing the Internet presence for not for profit organizations. In 1997 he co-founded Fundacion Chasquinet in Quito, Ecuador. As Executive Director and later its President he developed ChasquiNet into a now 30 plus strong team of professionals who develop and implement development programs and projects at a local, national and international level. He is still active for the foundation as a member of ChasquiNets Executive Management team.
His travels and work in South and North America, Africa and Asia which made him one of the global experts in the strategic uses of communication technologies for International development issues, which is reflected in his role as a founder, adviser and developer of numerous organizations. His international institutional involvement and contacts ranges from grassroots communities in Latin America, Africa and Asia to global organizations and companies. Mr. Stoll is also highly engaged with the private sector and is involved in long standing and successful partnerships between the private and social sector. All these undertakings are based on an multi-sector approach that have the creation of win/win situations and the highest possible development impact at the heart of their value proposal.
Klaus Stoll contributes articles and book chapters to various publications regularly and is a frequent speaker at conferences. He is also active as a consultant for several organizations and projects.

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Board of Trustees

   |  Caroline Figuères   |   Anthony Harris   |   Pablo Priesca Balbín   |   Alain Berranger   |   Ilari Lindy   |

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Ms. Caroline Figuères

Mrs Figuères received her MSc. degree from the Strasbourg National School for Water and Environmental Engineering (ENGEES) in 1985. From 1985 till 2002 she has worked for several French and Dutch consulting companies (she moved to The Netherlands in 1989). Through short missions in developing countries and in Europe, she got insight into the international water and environmental problems. She has broad project experiences as advisor ranging from policy making, project formulation and preparation, master planning, monitoring and evaluation, project development and financing, feasibility studies, supervision of works and institutional strengthening. Between 1996 and 1999 she took the initiative and started the branch office of a Dutch consulting company in France (IWACO-France) and developed the strategy to be followed. From 1999 to 2002 she worked with NEDECO, Netherlands Engineering Consultants, as marketing manager (lobby activities) and water expert. In April 2002 she started working at the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, as head of the department Urban Water and Sanitation. She was a member of the management team and involved in education and capacity building programmes for the water and environmental sectors and carried out many identification, formulation and need assessment missions in several countries.

By January 1st 2008 she became Managing Director of the International institute for Communication and Development (IICD), a Dutch-based non-profit foundation that specialises in information and communication technologies (ICT) as a tool for sustainable development.

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Mr. Anthony Harris

Anthony Harris is the Executive Director of CABASE, a non-profit Internet industry association from Argentina. He is also the executive director for The Latin America and Caribbean Federation for Internet and Electronic Commerce, eCOM-LAC, and the regional co-ordinator of GPK LAC.

Anthony Harris is a GNSO Council member for the ISPC. He acts as a spokesperson for the IT and domain industry of Argentina and Latin America, and participates regularly in various regional and international events and meetings.


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Mr. Pablo Priesca Balbín

Mr.Pablo Priesca Balbín is the CEO of CTIC-Technology Centre (Gijón, Asturias, Spain). Degree in Psychology from the University of Oviedo. In the 90 worked on the design and management of European projects related to information society and territorial development.His professional career for 20 years is linked to the development of internet and information technology and communication. He was director of a training center in New Technologies (Aviles. Asturias-Spain), from where he led numerous projects for the information society. Editor of strategic plans for development of information society. He was responsible for Information Society FICYT (Foundation for Innovation, Science and Technology Asturias-Spain).

He is also the Expert Advisor and innovation programs and technology development. Project Manager in Spain which created the W3C Spanish Office (currently located CTIC). He was a member of the Advisory Committee of W3C. Writer of various articles and papers on human resources, technological development and planning.
He designed the strategy and the creation of the technology center is currently CEO (CTIC Technology Centre) and is an international benchmark in cutting-edge technologies for the Internet (mobile technology and device independence, semantic technologies and open Government Data).CTIC leads the Global e-Government for W3C and is helping governments to open their public data so they can be reused by others contributing to the transparency of governments.

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 Mr. Alain Berranger

Alain Berranger is Executive-in-residence at Schulich School of Business at York U., Toronto, Ontario, the leading business school in Canada. He is an Engineer and an MBA from McGill U. in Montréal, Québec. His career, focused on international development was spent with public aid agencies, management and engineering consulting firms and the private sector. From 1996 to 2006, Mr. Berranger was Director, Partnerships and Business Development for the International Development Research Centre of the Canadian Government. He is listed in Who's Who in Canada since 2000. He is a Trustee of the Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP) Foundation based in Gijon, Asturias, Spain and a Member of the Board of the Centre d’Études et de Coopération Internationale (CECI), a large Québec-based NGO. He is now actively retired and has recently conducted assignments for Expedia in Mexico, Microsoft, Fundacion Omar Dengo and Fundacion CRUSA in Costa Rica, UNDP in Egypt and Vietnam, Fundacion Chasquinet in Ecuador. He conducts training in strategic partnering and resource mobilization for civil society, foundations, government and development agencies. He is Chair-Elect of the Notforprofit Operational Concerns Constituency (NPOC) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

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 Mr. Ilari Lindy

Mr. Ilari Patrick Lindy is Senior ICT Policy Specialist at the ICT Sector Unit. Before joining the World Bank, he worked as Senior Advisor at the Department of Development Policy in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland advising on strategic development MFA’s global policies and instruments related to information society as well as science, technology and innovation. He has previously served as Counsellor on ICT4D for Ministry at the Embassy of Finland in South Africa, Senior Expert for European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) and Project Officer at the European Commission DG Information Society. Ilari has been involved in wide range of international, regional and national initiatives supporting innovation policy and systems development with particular focus on development and take-up of ICT enabled innovations. Most recently he co-chaired the European expert group of EU-Africa strategic partnership no 8 focusing on science, information society and space. He is currently interested to learn more on ICT-enabled social and economic development achieved through various Open Innovation and grassroots approaches.

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Advisory Committee

|   Walter Fust   |   Rinalia Abdul Rahim   |   Clotilde Fonseca   |

  |   Raul Zambrano   |   Eduardo Monge   |

Mr. Walter Fust

Born in 1945Walter Fust studied at St. Gallen University/Switzerland and graduated with a master in public administration (lic.rer.publ). He was working in banking and public administration before entering the diplomatic service in 1975 where he was assigned to Geneva, Bagdad and Tokyo. From September 1983 until end of 1984 he served in the Federal Government’s Integration Office (EFTA/EU Affairs). During the years 1985 and 1986 he was Personal Advisor to Federal Councilor Dr. Kurt Fugler, Minister of Public Economy and President of the Swiss Confederation 1985. End of 1986 Walter Fust was elected as Managing Director of the Swiss Office for Trade Promotion (OSEC) Zuerich/Lausanne. From 1990to 1993 he served as Secretary General of the Ministry of Interior (Science, Research, Environment, Social Affairs, Public Health, Culture, etc). During the period of September 1993 and April 2008, Ambassador Walter Fust was Head of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (bilateral and multilateral) and Support for Countries in Transition in Eastern Europe. Walter Fust retired end of April 2008.

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Ms. Rinalia Abdul Rahim

Rinalia Abdul Rahim is Managing Director of Compass Rose Sdn Bhd (, a consulting company based in Malaysia that she founded in 2009. From 2001-2008, she led the Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP) as its Executive Director and successfully positioned GKP as the world's leading multi-sector network in the field of “ICT for Development” and “Knowledge for Development”. From 1997-2000, she supported the Malaysian Government in developing its ICT policies, strategies and programs for nurturing Malaysia’s knowledge-based society.

Rinalia has held advisory positions with national, regional and global bodies including the United Nations, the World Economic Forum, the Global Action Network, the Malaysian Government, the Wawasan Open University, the International Task Force on Women and ICT, and the Youth Social Enterprise Initiative. She is currently a member of the At-Large Advisory Committee of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and an honorary Trustee for the GKP Foundation based in Spain.

Rinalia has 15 years of experience working on issues of access, empowerment and governance in the Information Age and has spoken widely on these issues including at the World Summit on the Information Society (2003 and 2005). She is experienced in bringing together stakeholders from the public, private and civil society sectors to explore innovative and collaboration-based solutions to development challenges worldwide. She has successfully established global programs and networks for sharing knowledge, building multistakeholder partnerships, and spreading best practices on a range of issues across regions involving government agencies, private sector companies, UN agencies, NGOs, academic institutions and media organizations.

Rinalia holds a Master in Public Policy Degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Princeton University.

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Ms. Clotilde Fonseca

 Clotilde Fonseca is Founding Director of the Costa Rican Program of Educational Informatics created in 1988. She is Executive Director of the Omar Dengo Foundation ,which is a private, non-profit organization that develops and carries out national and regional projects in educational innovation and new technologies. In particular, it focuses on expanding computer-use among youths and teaching methods that reinforce creativity and capacity development. Ms. Clotilde Fonseca is also the Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Global Knowledge Partnership and a Professor at the University of Costa Rica. Ms. Fonseca's areas of interest are the democratic uses of new technologies, and the use of digital technologies for the development of talent and creativity.


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Mr. Raul Zambrano

Raul Zambrano is a Senior Policy Advisor on ICT and Governance at the
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Democratic Governance practice based in New York. For the last 20years, he has supported the deployment and use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in over 80 developing countries with the goal of fostering development agendas and promoting social inclusion, working together with both national governments and civil society organizations. His current portfolio focused on e-governance policies and programmes that enhance public information and service delivery for the poor and promote participation of stakeholders and marginalzied communities in public policy and decision making processes. Before he joined UNDP in the early 1990s, Mr. Zambrano worked in the academic sector in the US. He has a background in engineering, sociology, and economics.


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Mr. Eduardo Monge

Mr. Monge's work involves partnership development, identification of funding opportunities, preparation of project proposals, coordination of project activities with national and international organizations, and the promotion of services that the Foundation offers both nationally and internationally. He has been with the Omar Dengo Foundation since April 2000 where he has also conducted economic and educational-related impact and process evaluations and research on educational technology projects at the Research Department. Mr. Monge is currently a member of the International Advisory Board of IICD, and serves as Chair of the Membership Committee of the Global Knowledge Partnership.

His experience also includes research in economic development, health education and Internet-related work with non-government organizations in Costa Rica and with local and foreign universities. He has co-authored articles published on health education journals and he has made presentations at several professional and academic conferences. Mr. Monge has taught economics at the Costa Rica’s Institute of Technology and at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. His academic training at the University of Costa Rica includes a bachelor’s degree in Economics and completion of Licenciate studies in Economics, as well as doctoral work at the Department of Economics at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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