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Ahmad Fawzi
Director, News and Media Division, Dpt. of Public Information, United Nations
Ahmad Fawzi was appointed Director of the News and Media Division in the United Nations Department of Public Information in September 2003.  The Division generates all daily United Nations news materials for television, radio, newspapers and the Internet, and is responsible for establishing links and cooperation with the media in all regions.
Mr. Fawzi was the Director of the United Nations Information Centre in London for 6 years and as such was the representative of the Secretary-General in the UK and Ireland. He has travelled with Mr. Kofi Annan on various missions, including to the Middle East and Africa.
Before joining the UN, Fawzi was a broadcast journalist, working for Visnews (now Reuters Television) in London, Prague, Moscow and New York, as well as most of the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

Jeff Jarvis 
President and Creative Director,
Jarvis Jarvis is president and creative director of, which oversees the Internet operations for Advance Publications. He has been a TV critic, a columnist, an editor for newspapers and at national magazines. Now he holds court at his weblog, Buzzmachine.

Gerry McGovern
Author and Speaker   
Gerry McGovern is widely regarded as the number authority worldwide on web content management. Since 1994, he has spoken, written and consulted extensively on Web content and knowledge management issues.  In 2004, Gerry was included in the 100 most influential figures in e-commerce in the United Kingdom and Ireland, as part of "An Internet Decade," organized by NOP World and E-Consultancy.
In October 2001, he published two books with Financial Times Prentice Hall, entitled: Content Critical and The Web Content Style Guide. The journal Design Research News stated that Content Critical, "should be on the reading list of every course in Web design." Knowledge Management Review described it as a "bible" of content management.
In 2000, Gerry received the Web Ireland Internet Industry Person of the Year award. Previously, Gerry was founder and chief executive officer of Nua, a developer of content management software and solutions.

Mohamed Muhsin
Chief Information Officer and Vice
President, World Bank
Mohamed V. Muhsin, a Sri Lankan national, is vice president and chief information officer of the World Bank Group. He was the first CIO of the World Bank and has been in this position since 1997. He is responsible for aligning information and technology strategy with World Bank business strategy - directing the investment in IT to support the organization's goals. He has implemented major reforms using IT in the World Bank; most recently, he led major programs for global connectivity and the renewal of the bank's information and knowledge management systems.
Prior to joining the World Bank, Muhsin worked in senior positions in the private sector in Sri Lanka. He also served for several years as an advisor to the President of Zambia on state enterprise reform and as the group financial director of Zambia's Mining and Industrial conglomerate.

Gerry Rice
Communications Director, The World Bank  
Gerry Rice was appointed Communications Director for the World Bank on May 2003.  He is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the Bank’s communications, internally and externally. In a career spanning 20 years at the Bank, Mr. Rice has served as Director of Internal Communications, Speechwriter to Presidents Preston and Wolfensohn, Assistant to the Managing Directors, and as Senior External Affairs Officer for the Africa Region. Over the period 1999-2000, he returned to Scotland, to help with the economic dimensions of the devolution project that was launched with the election, at that time, of the first Scottish Parliament in 300 years.
Gerry Rice holds a PhD in Modern History from Glasgow University and was a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard University.  He is the author of several books and many articles.


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