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George Sadowsky, Ph.D.


• A seasoned international ICT technical and policy expert — spanning five decades

• Member, Board of Directors, ICANN, 8 years

• Member, Board of Trustees, Internet Society, 7 years

• Member and Coordinator, Technical Advisory Panel, infoDev, World Bank

• Significant experience working with with national governments

• Responsible for successfully executing ICT technology transfer activities in 50 developing countries

• 20 Years of experience guiding national networking policies

• Policy adviser to governments in developing countries

• ICANN Chair of the Nominating Committee for 3 terms

• Special Adviser to the Chair of the Internet Governance Forum, 2006-2010

• 20 years of experience drafting policy and advising on ICT infrastructure in developing nations

• Edited and authored Information Technology Security Handbook, published by the World Bank

• Edited and authored Accelerating Development Using the Web: Empowering Poor and Marginalized Populations, published by the World Wide Web Foundation for the Rockefeller Foundation

• Expert witness in Internet technical legal proceedings in the US and the UK

• Citizen of the United States and the Federal Republic of Germany, holding U.S. and European Union passports.

Professional Background


• A.B., Harvard College, with significant graduate study in mathematics

• Taught mathematics at Harvard, statistics at University of Hartford

• Applied mathematician in nuclear power industry


• M.A. and Ph.D., Yale University

• Taught economics at Yale

• Research in simulation, gaming, industrial organization, designed and implemented large microanalytic simulation of household behavior

Computer Science

• Extensive industry work in machine, assembly and higher level languages

• Authored production mainframe operating system

University and research computing

• Director and founder of Brookings Institution Computer Center

• Director, NYSERNet (New York State Research and Education Network)

• Directed central academic and research computing activities at NYU and at Northwestern University

• Founder and Chair, ACM Special Interest Group in Social Science Computing


• Directed multi-protocol central networking activities at NYU and Northwestern

• Created and directed Internet Society Network Training Workshops for Developing Countries – in all 3,000 people trained

• Trustee, Internet Society, 1996 – 2004, Vice President for Conferences and for Education

• Trustee, CREN (Corporation for Research and Educational Networking), 1993-1996

• Director, NYSERNet (New York State Educational and Research Network), 1990 - 2000

• Director, Applied Theory Corporation (NASDAQ: ATHY), 1996-2002

• NSF research grant for African networking feasibility study


• Past and present clients include the United Nations, World Bank, U.S. Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, Congressional Budget Office, National Academy of Sciences, Veterans Administration, United Way, UNESCO, USAID, UNDP, UNICT Task Force, OECD, Inter-American Development Bank, Governments of Bahamas, Belarus, Bulgaria, Canada, Sri Lanka, Sweden and Switzerland, State Governments of Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana and Maryland, New York University, National Science Foundation, Department of Health and Human Services, University of Michigan, National Bureau of Economic Research, Brookings Institution, Soros Foundation, Markle Foundation, Spencer Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, Cornell University, International Science Foundation, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Waitt Foundation, Internews Network, World Wide Web Foundation, GS1, ZADNA. Expert witness in legal actions regarding computing and Internet technology.

Current and recent pro bono work

• Member, Advisory Board, European Quantum Internet Alliance, Technical University of Delft, Netherlands

• Member, Advisory Group, Fuxi Institute, Beijing, China

• Internet Hall of Fame Selection Committee

• Co-chair, Information Technology Committee, Fox Hill Residences, Bethesda, MD

  • Proposal reviewer for European Commission initiative, the Next Generation Internet (NGI)
  • Session organizer, IGF-USA for 2020 and 2021 Conferences
  • Council member, Internet Society Washington DC Chapter
  • Chair, Internet Governance Forum

• Project Director, NATO, Extending the Research and Education Network in Tajikistan

• Founder, Woodstock Internet Caucus

• Governing Board and Executive Committee member, EC Fiber (East Central Vermont Fiber)

• Governing organization, Wireless Woodstock


• Many papers, reports and presentations, significant involvement in international ICT work.

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