May 22, 2014
Panel 1 Moderator
Chair, International Committee, NVTC
M. Reda is considered by many to be one of the international leading IT industry innovator and influencer and has been engaged in developing, implementing and guiding IT-related strategic projects and global partnerships across more than three decades.
He has helped organizations and business in the international market to connect and facilitate business linkages across contents, and managed several projects that delivered more than 100,000,000 training hours to more than 150,000 trainees in 6 countries. He also has managed a project that offered support to more than 300 physicians and professional in healthcare service providers in the United States, allowing them to utilize a broad spectrum of highly sophisticated IT, EMR, tele-radiology, tele-medicine and transcription and coding services, helping to make their practices and medical services deliveries more optimally efficient and effective.
Additionally, M. Reda managed a project that supported more than 50,000 users in education portals from schools, universities and businesses and developed and delivered more than 50 applications and technology solutions in South Africa. Additionally, he led an eight year restructuring project to a group of contractors in the Middle East. The project included 90+ companies and managed to unify the corporate policies and procedures to become managed in one group management.
M. Reda has many business activities that take him to many places around the world and regularly place him in the presence of leaders in government, business, IT, healthcare and education. As a result, he also is in demand as a proactive and highly influential player in the global IT consulting arena, and enjoys current relationships at the highest levels of national, provincial and state governments and enterprise across the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia.
M. Reda's business development consulting experience runs the gamut from market introduction feasibility studies and identification of federal government and local government incentives to identification of, introductions to and connection with key government and business C-level purchasing decision makers and influencers, partner relationships and more.
CEO, Development Seed
former Official, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, U.S. State Department
former Member, Information and Communications Technology Team, National Democratic Institute
Ian Schuler is the CEO of Development Seed, where he oversees the technology strategy and development capacity of the company, keeping it pointed at the most interesting problems in the field. In addition, Schuler has a rich history of building teams and communities at the intersection of technology and human rights. He was a founding member of the National Democratic Institute's ICT team where he led innovations such as SMS-based election monitoring and open election data.
Schuler went on to build Internet Freedom Programs at the State Department's Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. He oversaw a growth in the State Department's Internet freedom portfolio from $20 million to more than $100 million. His stewardship of Internet freedom funding helped to grow the community of organizations advancing digital rights. Schuler is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, where he focused on physics, economic, computer science and international relations.
Senior Policy Counsel
Amie Stepanovich is senior policy counsel at Access. Stepanovich is an expert in domestic surveillance, cybersecurity, and privacy law. At Access, Stepanovich leads projects on digital due process and responds to threats at the intersection of human rights and communications surveillance.
Previously, Stepanovich was the director of the Domestic Surveillance Project at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, where she testified in hearings in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, as well as in State legislatures. She is serving as co-chair for the forthcoming 2014 Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference. Stepanovich was named as a privacy ambassador by the information and privacy commissioner of Ontario, Canada and was recently recognized as one of Forbes magazine's 30 under 30 leaders in Law and Policy. Stepanovich has a J.D. from New York Law School, and a B.S. from the Florida State University.
Panel 2 Moderator
Fellow, Tow Center for Digital Journalism
Columbia Journalism School
Alexander B. Howard is a writer and editor based in Washington, DC. Currently, he holds a fellowship at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, is a columnist at TechRepublic, founder of "E Pluribus Unum," a blog focused on open government and technology, and a contributor to TechPresident, among other fine publications. In the fall of 2013, he was a fellow at the Networked Transparency Policy Project in the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. From April 2010 to May 2013, he was the Washington Correspondent for Radar at O'Reilly Media.
National Democratic Institute
K. Scott Hubli serves as the director of governance programs at NDI, where he provides technical support to the Institute's legislative strengthening, public integrity, rule of law and local governance programs worldwide. At NDI, he has played a leading role in helping build international consensus on normative standards for democratic parliaments, authoring a background paper for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association's Benchmarks for Democratic Legislatures and serving on the InterParliamentary Union's Expert Group for its publication on parliaments and democracy in the 21st Century.
He supports the Openingparliament.org community of parliamentary monitoring organizations, which has developed the Declaration on Parliamentary Openness, a roadmap for parliaments seeking to improve their openness and transparency. The Declaration is currently supported by more than 130 organizations from 75 countries, as well as the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's Parliamentary Assembly.
He previously served as the lead parliamentary development advisor in the UNDP Bureau for Development Policy and as a nonpartisan legislative attorney and administrator with the State of Wisconsin Legislature. He earned his Juris Doctor degree with honors from the University of Wisconsin Law School and holds a master's of public policy and administration from the Robert M. La Follette Institute of Public Affairs.
Megan Ryskamp leads partnerships for Google Politics and Elections. Since 2007, Google's elections products have launched in more than 40 countries to provide millions of voters with access to information online to help them make informed decisions. Ryskamp also evaluates high impact partnerships to enable civic engagement and help people participate in the political process through technology. She previously worked on emerging markets and channel sales strategy for Adobe Systems, and helped expand Cisco's online technology education program to Africa. She received a degree in international relations from Stanford University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley.
Partnerships and Training Director
Amy Ngai is the partnership and training director at the Sunlight Foundation. She works to engage the public on the use of data to promote transparency and open government. As part of that work, she develops partnerships in both the nonprofit and private sectors to unlock and generate innovative uses for government data. In addition, Ngai also spearheads the training efforts at Sunlight, including Sunlight Academy, an interactive instructional portal on tools and resources pertinent to the open government community.
Prior to joining Sunlight, Ngai has spent more than seven years working on voter access and democracy issues. Most recently, she was a program director at FairVote working on electoral system reform. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Amy received her B.A. in politics from Mount Holyoke College and her M.S. from University College London.