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Development E-commerce Workshop

MIT Media Laboratory

August 16-17, 1999

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Alfaro P., M.A. Jorge
Vice-Rector for Community Programs
Universidad Nacional of Costa Rica
P.O.Box 284-3000
Heredia, Costa Rica

Universidad Nacional (UNA) Vice-Rector for Community
Programs. Specialist in Social Anthropology, Dialectology and
Sociolinguistics . Graduated in State University of New York at
Albany. Full professor in UNA since 1976.  At UNA we are interested in
knowing about E-Commerce alternatives in order to cooperate with
LINCOS project social and educational strategies.

Alfaro, Jose Miguel
Costa Rica

Barrios, Dr. Juan I.
LINCOS Project Director
Costa Rica Foundation for Sustainable Development,
Interlink 897. P.O.Box 02-5635
Miami, Florida 33102   or
P.O. Box: 557-2250
Tres Ríos, Costa Rica.

Lincos Project Director, MD degree, specialist in Medical Informatics,
was in charge of Health Information system for the Health Sector in
Costa Rica for the last 10 years, Telemedicine Project Director, Pan
American Health Organization advisor for Latin American countries in
Information technologies . I am very interested in knowing different
E-Commerce alternatives to implement it in LINCOS, in different
countries' scenarios with different strategies.

Bers, Marina Umaschi
MIT Media Lab
20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

Best, Michael L.
MIT Media Laboratory
20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

I am interested in technologies for social and economic
development. In particular, I study new e-commerce technologies and
system software that are appropriate and appropriable by the majority
world. I'm taking a holistic approach to technology and development --
combining learning, health and wellness, and entertainment, with
economic and business development. This approach integrates with
activist field projects that are community centered. I am keenly
interested in first-class technologies that are cost-appropriate for
people who make less then two dollars a day.

I received the B.S. in computer science from UCLA, the S.M. from MIT,
and am scheduled to defend my Ph.D. in November. Prior to MIT I spent
5 years as a software engineer at Thinking Machines Corporation where
I designed compilers, networks, database systems, and was the chief
architect of nodal I/O for the CM-5 supercomputer.

Bharali, Utpal
Trade Access, Inc.
University Park at MIT
350 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA  02139

Burgos, William
Secretaria de Estado de Finanzas
Av. Mexico #45, Gazcue
Santo Domingo
Republica Dominicana

I am the advisor/consultant for the state secretary of finance of the
Dominican Republic in IT. At this moment Information Technology and
the Internet are expanding in the private and public sector all around
the Dominican Republic, which will start the demand for e-commerce.

Camp, Jean
Harvard University
Kennedy School of Government
79 John F. Kennedy St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(voice) 617-496-6331
(fax) 617-496-5960

Professor Camp's research has been on the policy implications of
technical decisions. She is currently faculty at the Kennedy School of
Government. At Harvard, she is researching information policy issues,
Internet commerce and Internet survivability. She spent one year as a
Senior Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National
laboratories. At Sandia, she focused on system survivability and
distributed trust. She received her doctorate at Carnegie Mellon
University in Engineering and Public Policy (EPP) in 1996.  At EPP her
studies included economics, law, and quantitative research methods for
public policy, as well as computer science and telecommunications
policy. In her dissertation she analyzed electronic commerce systems
from the perspectives of privacy and information availability,
reliability of transactions, and security. She is the author of
"Internet Commerce" from MIT Press.

Chaves, Armando
Hewlett Packard
Health Division

Conklin, Jeffrey, M.
Founder & CEO
Trade Access, Inc.
University Park at MIT
350 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA  02139
(voice) 617-583-8250
(fax) 617-583-8318

Mr. Conklin is the inventor of the TradeAccess suite of
Internet-centric Electronic Commerce software. He developed the first
trade development web site for a U.S. Presidential Trade Mission and
has twice served as a delegate for the United States on electronic
commerce missions.  Mr. Conklin has been an Electronic Commerce
advisor to the governments of the United States, China, India,
Malaysia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Thailand; institutions like
The World Bank and the UN International Trade Centre; and companies
such as IBM, Sun, and Microsoft.

Crisafulli, Daniel
Private Sector Development Specialist
The World Bank
1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433

As member of World Bank/IFC Small Enterprise Unit and anchor of
TechNet (WB technology policy initiative), I am the lead person
focusing on issues of e-commerce.  I am currently working toward the
launch of a technology- oriented VC fund in Mexico, where I manage a
number of other technological initiatives.  In addition, I have led
project activities and policy work aimed at upgrading enterprise
capabilities in Chile, Brazil, Central Asia and North Africa.

Ehrgood, Tom
International Trade Counsel
Compaq Computer Corp.
1300 I Street, NW Suite 900E
Washington, DC  20015

Active participant in government e-commerce programs: APEC, FTAA, WTO.
Chair, International Committee, Information Technology Industry
Council (ITI); Co-chair, Trade Working Group, Bus. SW Alliance (BSA);
Member FTAA Joint Committee of Public-Private E-Com Experts; speaker
on E-Com, APEC Business Summit, November 1998.

Espinosa , Altagracia
Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo

Figueres Olsen, Jose María
Costa Rica Foundation for Sustainable Development
Interlink 897. P.O.Box 02-5635
Miami, Florida 33102   or
P.O. Box: 557-2250
Tres Ríos
Costa Rica

Godínez Porras, Rosario
Apartado Postal No. 21
San Marcos Tarrazú
San José
Costa Rica

I work as an administrator of my family company. I work in my
community and with young people in churches. I am very interested in
the installation of the container in the community of San
Marcos. Through Asociación por la vida we are working hard in
trying to achieve this.

Godinez, Rosario
Costa Rica

Guyton, James
Information Technologies Group
Center for International Development at Harvard University
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138


James Guyton is a Research Assistant with the Information Technologies
Group at the Center for International Development at Harvard
University. He is currently studying economics and telecommunications
while completing a Master's degree at the Fletcher School of Law and
Diplomacy. James previously worked at the World Bank in the
organization's Corporate Strategy Group.

Guzman , Marcela

Hagen, Paul
Senior Analyst
Forrester Research
1033 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

Paul Hagen is a Senior Analyst in Forrester Research's "Commerce Site
Research Group" where he helps Global 2000 companies understand the
business implications of emerging Internet technologies and
services. Prior to Forrester, Hagen worked as a Strategy and Marketing
Manager for an Andersen Consulting start-up company which hosted
global enterprise applications. Hagen also spent five years in
education, as a high school math teacher with the Peace Corps, the
National Placement Director with Teach For America, and a Research
Associate with the Edison Project. Hagen received a B.A. in political
science from Stanford University and a Ed.M. in technology in
education from Harvard University.

Henry, James S.
7 Morris Cove Lane
Sag Harbor, New York 11963

Hoffman, Matthew
Technology Policy Advisor
Computer Systems Policy Project
Vice President of Electronic Commerce and Government Services
Infotech Strategies, Inc.
1001 G Street, NW #900 East
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-879-9343
Fax: 202-393-0712


Matt Hoffman, Vice President of Electronic Commerce and Government
Services, specializes in electronic commerce applications and the use
of information technology to deliver government services.  Matt also
serves as Technology Policy Advisor to the Computer Systems Policy
Project (CSPP), a leading industry group working on trade and
technology policy.  Prior to joining Infotech Strategies, Matt served
as a policy advisor to U.S.  Commerce Secretary William Daley,
directed the Commerce Department's Secretariat for Electronic
Commerce, and coordinated the interagency electronic Commerce
Taskforce for Ira Magaziner.  Matt has worked for the education
technology division of the Council of Chief State School Officers on a
study of the National Information Infrastructure (NII).  He has been a
telecommunications analyst for the Massachusetts Department of Public
Utilities, and taught computer studies at the kindergarten through
eighth grade level.  Matt holds a Master in Public Policy degree, with
a specialization in telecommunications and information technology,
from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He
received his undergraduate degree from Brown University.

Interest in development e-commerce: In many senses, the possibilities
for e-commerce in developing nation's far exceed those in the U.S. and
other advanced economies.  In many places, you are starting with a
clean slate and the potential for improving social and economic
conditions surpass the returns that we will see in the U.S.  Although
the local resources may be limited, the global nature of the Internet
facilitates investment and for the first time creates a real business
(and not just social or humanitarian) incentive for capital investment
in Internet-related technologies and deployment.  The "network effect"
will becoming the driving force in leading the transformation of
developing nations.

Jacobson, Joseph
MIT Media Laboratory
20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

Kirkman, Geoffrey
Information Technologies Group
Center for International Development at Harvard University
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

tel: (617) 496-3210
fax: (617) 496-2911

Geoffrey Kirkman is head of the Information Technologies Group at the
Center for International Development at Harvard University (CID). His
work focuses on the impact of the Internet and other new information
and communication technologies upon developing countries. In
particular, his research looks at electronic commerce readiness in the
developing world, and the use of information technology to create new
models for international development and economic growth.  Mr. Kirkman
was graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, from Brown University
and holds a Masters degree in Public Policy from the John F.  Kennedy
School of Government at Harvard University.

Liang, Ying
Telecom and Informatics Division
The World Bank
1818 H street
Washington DC 20433
Phone : (202) 473 1997
Fax : (202) 522 3001

I am managing World Bank's several technical assistance projects in
the area of information infrastructure for our client countries. Our
projects include mainly : (i) establishment of legal and regulatory
framework which allows healthy competition and private/foreign
investment in infrastructure building and service development; (ii)
undertaking privatization transaction of government owned incumbent
telecom operators; and (iii) assisting governments to elaborate
information infrastructure policy and implementation strategy to set
up enabling environment for Internet development and for evolution
towards information and E-commerce based economy. My interest in
development of E-commerce is twofold : policy advising to governments
of developing countries and innovative ideas of using existing
technologies to develop cost-effective applications.

Maclay, Colin
Information Technologies Group
Center for International Development
Harvard University
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Experienced in different aspects of development including : foreign
investment; rural education and training; participatory development;
elections. Interested in devising non-traditional paradigms for
development and identifying e-commerce's role therein.

Maes, Pattie
MIT Media Laboratory
20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

My interests are in e-commerce, software agents and communityware.

Malhotra, Raj
Interlink Communications Ltd.
20 Park Plaza, Suite 470
Boston, MA  02116
Tel:  (617) 948-2595
Fax: (617) 948-2594

Raj Malhotra is the founder of Interlink Communications Ltd., an
emerging leader in providing electronic remote services.  Over the
last three years he grew Interlink from concept to a 100-person
organization with a network of international affiliates.  Interlink is
developing international data centers, web-enabled software and
infrastructural capabilities for markets including medical
transcription, financial billing, and value-added
services. Interlink's current operations are located in India, and it
is evaluating expansion opportunities in the Philippines, Ireland and
the Caribbean that would overlap with the social and development
objectives of its business model.  Prior to founding Interlink, he
held multinational technology and senior strategy management positions
with Polaroid and DEC, managing technology platform investments for
products contributing over $800 million in annual revenues.  He also
co-founded an on-line training enterprise ( through
collaborations with Arthur Andersen LLP and Prentice Hall. He holds a
master of management degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of
Management, Northwestern University, where he graduated Beta Gamma
Sigma, and masters and bachelors degrees in electrical engineering
from Cornell University, where he was awarded Tau Beta Pi and Eta
Kappa Nu national honors.  He is a member of the MIT Enterprise Forum,
the Indus Entrepreneurs and Young Entrepreneurs Organization.

Manzi, Jim
Chairman, Yarmouth Capital LLP (private equity investments in
Former Chairman, President and CEO of Lotus Development Corp.

1. Director, Partners Healthcare (parent of Mass General, Brigham &
2. Trustee, Colgate University, Chair Technology Committee
3. Trustee, Park School, Brookline, Ma.
4. Council on Foreign Relations
5. Board member of several Internet start-ups

Manzi was Chairman and CEO of Lotus Development from 1985 until its
acquisition by IBM in 1995. He led the company from its beginnings in
desktop software to be the leader in electronic mail and network-based
collaboration as exemplified by Lotus Notes which is now used by more
than 30,000,000 worldwide. Since leaving Lotus, Manzi has been
involved as principal investor and advisor to numerous technology
startups and has been active in several pro-bono activities.

Miller, Bruno
Graduate Student
P.O. Box 397192
Cambridge, MA 02139

I believe that the spread of information technologies to Third World
countries can spark their development in a sound and beneficial
way. E-commerce is one of the tools available to people in rural areas
to diversify their economies and gain a higher standard of living. As
a native from Costa Rica and a student in the Technology and Policy
Program, I see e-commerce as both an opportunity and a challenge for
our countries.

Ordehi, Chantal
Secretary of Agriculture
Dominican Republic

Pentland, Alex (Sandy)
MIT Media Lab
20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

Pérez, Nelson
Presidential House
Dominican Republic

Resnick, Mitchel
MIT Media Laboratory
20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

Mitchel Resnick, associate professor at the MIT Media Laboratory,
develops new technological tools and toys in an effort to bring about
deep changes in the ways children think and learn.  Resnick led the
development of the ideas and technologies underlying the LEGO
Mindstorms robotics construction kit. He has also led the development
of several projects (including StarLogo software and the Virtual
Fishtank museum exhibit) designed to help people learn about complex
systems and emergent phenomena. He co-founded the Computer Clubhouse,
a network of after-school learning centers for youth from under-served
communities.  Resnick was awarded a National Science Foundation Young
Investigator Award in 1993. He is author of the book Turtles,
Termites, and Traffic Jams, published by MIT Press in 1994.

Reynolds, Matt
MIT Media Laboratory
20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

Rhone, Camella
Director General
Ministry of Commerce and Technology
36 Trafalgar Road
Kingston 10

Civil head of the Ministry of Commerce and Technology, which has
responsibility for articulation and implementation of a National
policy for Information Technology for Jamaica.

In the process of articulating an Electronic Commerce Policy, and need
to understand issues which would impact on Jamaica as it seeks to
establish an enabling environment for e-commerce.  Also developing
projects at various levels (government to government, govt. to
consumer and business to business), which the Government will

Salas-Chaves, Dr. Alvaro
Apto. Postal 1373-2150,
Moravia, Costa Rica.

I am master in public health and public administration from the
Kennedy School, at Harvard University. I am the former president of
the n Social Security Agency, during the Figueres Administration,
1994-1998. I am a professor at the University of Costa Rica, School of
Public Health and at the Universidad Latina, at the post-graduate
school.  Currently, I am an international advisor in public health,
management, hospital administration and health care reform in Latin
American countries. I work for the World Bank and the Pan American
Health Organization and the World Health Organization, PAHO-WHO in
those countries.

Santana, Salvador
Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo

Sheats, James R.
Hewlett-Packard Laboratories
Manager, Technology for Sustainability
3500 Deer Creek Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304
(650) 857-5987; Fax 857-2379.

Then, José
Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo

Tirso Ortiz, Lilio
Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo

Urrea, Claudia
MIT Media Laboratory
Research Assistant
20 Ames Street

I have been involved in several projects on Education implemented in
developing countries and communities. I have been really interested in
how education brings development or can bring development to those
communities. I am really interested in the role of education along
with economic opportunities, using technology on developing

Villanueva Egan, Alejandro
Microsoft Corporation
Network Solutions Business Development Manager
Latin America - MSN Online
899 W. Cypress Creek Road
Suite 400
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
(voice) 954-489-4833
(fax) 954-491-1616

I am responsible to promote, engage and coordinate implementation of
network solutions on any network and any client device. Promoting:
wireless data services, Internet terminals on TV, small business
services, etc.

Zorrilla, Eduardo
Presidential House
Dominican Republic

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