Some of the same technologies, such as cloud computing and semantic search, that make the most popular social networking applications possible are now being applied to development, education and healthcare delivery.
How can these readily available technologies be best leveraged to address complex issues?
Rainer Brüderle (born June 22, 1945 in Berlin) is a German politician and member of the FDP. He served as Minister of Economics and Transport of Rhineland-Palatinate from 1987-1998.
On October 28, 2009, he was appointed Federal Minister for Economics and Technology in the Cabinet Merkel II.
William D. Green
William D. Green is chairman and CEO of Accenture, a US$21.6 billion global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company.
In addition to chairing the board of directors, Mr. Green is responsible for managing the company; formulating and executing long-term strategies; and for all interactions with clients, employees, investors and other stakeholders. Mr. Green is Accenture's primary decision maker and policy maker, setting the tone for the company's values, ethics and culture. He has served on Accenture's board of directors since its inception in 2001.
Michael W. Laphen
Mr. Laphen is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Computer Sciences Corporation. He was appointed chairman on July 30, 2007, and was elected to the position of chief executive officer on May 21, 2007. Earlier in 2007, he was elected to the board of directors of the company. Beginning April 1, 2003, Mr. Laphen was the company's president and chief operating office responsible for the effective execution of CSC's business plan and for ensuring operational excellence in the delivery of services to clients around the globe.
Mr. Laphen earned his bachelor's degree in business from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Laphen served in the United States Air Force and the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. He is a member of the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA), Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) and National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA).
Adam Lashinsky is a business journalist and commentator with special expertise in finance and technology. An insider to Silicon Valley, he has written in-depth articles on Apple, Google, eBay, Hewlett-Packard and Intel. He has covered hedge funds, venture capital, private equity and the post-Katrina economic recovery of New Orleans.
Lashinsky is editor-at-large for Fortune magazine and has extremely broad experience in both broadcast and print media. He is a weekly panelist on the Fox News Channel's program "Cavuto on Business" and appears frequently throughout the week on other Fox News and Fox Business Network programs: "Bulls and Bears," "Cashin' In," and "Your World with Neil Cavuto."
Before joining Fortune, Lashinsky was the Silicon Valley columnist for TheStreet.com and was the first high-tech stocks columnist for the San Jose Mercury News. He has been a reporter and assistant managing editor for Crain's Chicago Business and was a Henry Luce Scholar in Tokyo, working as a reporter for the Nikkei Weekly, the English-language version of Japan's main economic daily, Nihon Keizai Shimbun.
Lashinsky's work has also appeared in The New York Times, Wired, San Francisco Magazine and many other publications.
Appointed as the France Telecom Group's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer on February 27, 2005, Didier Lombard is also a director at Thomson and Thales and a member of the supervisory board at Radiall and ST Microelectronics.
Didier Lombard joined the Group in 2003 as Executive Senior Vice President, in charge of Technologies, Strategic Partnerships and New Usages for France Telecom.
Between 1988 and 2003, he worked with the French ministry for research and technology and the ministry for the economy, finance and industry, and was then founding chairman of the French agency for international investment.
He began his career in 1967 at France Telecom's CNET (currently Research and Development Division), where he worked on developing new products for France Telecom on satellites, electronic components and wireless systems.
Didier Lombard is a graduate from École Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications.
Eric E. Schmidt is executive chairman of Google. Since joining the startup in 2001, Schmidt has helped grow the company to be a global leader in technology. As executive chairman, he is responsible for the external matters of Google: building partnerships and broader business relationships, government outreach and technology thought leadership, and advising the CEO and senior leadership on business and policy issues. From 2001 to 2011, Schmidt served as Google’s CEO, overseeing the company’s technical and business strategy alongside its founder. Under his leadership, Google dramatically scaled its infrastructure and diversified its product offerings while maintaining a strong culture of innovation. Schmidt is a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council in the UK. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006 and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as a fellow in 2007.
Joel Selanikio is a practicing pediatrician, a former Wall Street computer consultant, and a former CDC epidemiologist with a passion for combining technology and public health to address inequities in developing countries.
He leads DataDyne.org's pioneering efforts to develop and promote new technologies for health and international development, including the award-winning EpiSurveyor mobile data collection project.