Nicolas de Cordes
Nicolas de Cordes has been in the telecom industry for 18 years, and is today Vice President Marketing Anticipation for the Orange Group, in charge of identifying trends and exploring new business opportunities. As part of this role he manages the projects “Data 4 Development” launched in Ivory Coast and Senegal.
He worked in the past in various strategy and operational marketing positions for affiliates and for the Group in Belgium, in the UK and in France.
Before joining Orange, he worked as a consultant for Accenture and The Boston Consulting Group, and is a graduate from Ecole Polytechnique of Brussels
Nicolas is also member of the WEF’s Global agenda Council on Data-Driven Development, and served on the UN Secretary-General Independent Expert Advisory Group on the “Data Revolution for Development”
World Economic Forum
William Hoffman heads the World Economic Forum's initiatives on Data-Driven Development and the Global Agenda of the Information and Communications Technology sector. Comprised of a multi-stakeholder community of industry, civil society, governmental and academic leaders, this group works to collectively identify where ICT can positively impact some of the world's most pressing challenges. William’s focus at the Forum addresses the need for principle-based governance, demand-based innovation and the need for a balanced, inclusive and sustainable digital economy. In particular, he leads a multi-year initiative on advancing the need for human-centered approaches which empower individuals with greater autonomy and data literacy.
Prior to joining the World Economic Forum, William was the Director of Enterprise Marketing at AT&T. With extensive experience in the communications industry, he has a broad background with emerging technologies and strategic planning.
Ulrich Mans is responsible for the development of new research approaches in the field of peace & security and sustainability.
Major initiatives include the Peace Informatics Lab and the new Lynks visualization software for social networks. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the University of Amsterdam and a MA in International Development Studies from Radboud University Nijmegen.
Before joining the Centre for Innovation The Hague, Ulrich has worked for various organizations in the field of political transitions, including the International Crisis Group, the Clingendael Institute, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS), Life and Peace Institute in Khartoum, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam.