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Speaker Biography

Bas BoorsmaBas Boorsma
Head Connected Urban Development, IBSG
CISCO

Bas Boorsma currently serves as head of Cisco’s Connected Urban Development, a commitment under the Clinton Global Initiative to help cities bring down carbon dioxide emissions by comprehensive organizational approaches and broadband strategies. In this capacity he is primarily responsible for coordinating the Amsterdam commitment under the program and coordinating the cooperation and exchange with the other CUD partner cities: Seoul and San Francisco.

Bas has a gained broad, in-depth experience in projects which concentrate on E-community development and broadband deployment worldwide. In his previous capacity as executive director of the International Network of E-Communities (2003-2007) he oversaw and managed the exchange of know-how and facilitated cooperation between member communities in all areas associated with e-community development and the deployment of high-end broadband, such as regulatory issues, service development, user engagement and business model development. Bas has also been responsible for several broadband related projects in the Netherlands, including the national Connecting the Dots program of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs to stimulate the exchange of broadband deployment among local players in the Netherlands.

Among the communities he works – or has worked - with are Amsterdam, Stockholm, Pau (France), Multimedia Super Corridor (Malaysia), Ottawa (Canada), Dubai, State of Colorado (USA), Utopia (Utah, USA), Malta, Iceland, Singapore, Government of Lebanon, Trikala (Greece), Seoul, San Francisco and Recife, Brazil.

Bas obtained his MA degree with honors in Political Science (International relations) and Asian History at the University of Amsterdam in 1993. Bas is married and has one son.

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