We have a team of external experts who will be involved in all our activities. Located respectively in Spain, Denmark, Slovakia and the UK, they will help provide a spatial coverage across the EU, and this is enhanced by their experience in social exclusion, business models and development:
David Esteban brings a business focus in the area particularly of local government, for example through his close involvement with inclusive eGovernment initiatives such as e-Catalunya and Gencat in Spain, which uses Web 2.0 and social networks technologies to maximise social inclusion. He is founder and Managing Director of Techforce SL, and has combined experience from responsibilities and activities in the field of telecom's applied research and business and strategic consultancy for the private sector (banking, telecom, industry) and for the public sector (Central, Regional and Local Public Administration both at the National and International level). Experience in international business promotion and in entrepreneurship development (founder and shareholder of several IT-related international companies both from services and industrial activities). He has been active since 1988 in European RTD Programmes (partner in projects, reviewer/auditor and panel rapporteur and also as expert participating in programme policy development and support). Esteban, Wilson and Blakemore have established cooperation through evaluation and review activities in DGINFSO projects.
Dr Helle Zinner Henriksen, PhD is associate professor in digital government at Department of Informatics, Copenhagen Business School. She has a M.Sc. in law from University of Copenhagen and a PhD in Management of Information Systems from Department of Informatics, Copenhagen Business School. Her research interests include: impact of IT in public sector with particular focus on e-services, adoption and diffusion of IT in the public sector, and regulation of eGovernment. HZH has published in international journals on the listed topics. Helle adds a business school research focus through existing research into eGovernment and e-Participation, and extensive experience in relevant EU projects including: the network of excellence Demo-Net (FP6-2004-27219), e-Factors which investigates e-Business Models (IST-2001-34868), and eBhutis which develop a standards-based eGovernance information system to improve coordination amongst public and private sector stakeholders (ASIE/2004/90311). She, Tomas Sabol and Frank Wilson have existing links in EU-funded Information Society activities.
Tomas Sabol brings to this group extensive project management and research skills into Information Society policy and practice in Eastern Europe and New Member States. Tomas is Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the Technical University of Kosice, Slovakia. His research interests are in the area of knowledge modelling, semantic technologies, knowledge management, e-Government, e-Business, information society and knowledge economy development. He has extensive experience in educational and R&D EU projects (coordinator of the IST eGovernment projects Webocracy IST-1999-20364 and Access-eGov, FP6 STREP Contract No. 027020), and also as subcontractor in EC tenders. Tomas has worked as evaluator, reviewer, rapporteur of IST projects, European eGov Awards (in 2003, 2005, 2007), and eParticipation projects. He was member of the eEurope Advisory Group - Expert Chamber (working also in the eInclusion Working group); and is member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the “Information Society Developments in the New Member States and Candidate Countries” Research Program of the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, JRC; national correspondent of the eBusiness W@tch etc.
Frank Wilson has substantial experience in RTD addressing socially disadvantaged groups, including work with the TIDE (disability) programme, work in London addressing integration of minorities, empowerment of third sector groups through ICT exploitation, and support for initiatives aimed at reducing social dependency in London, Berlin and Rotterdam. His background in Psychology and Ergonomics equips him to support integration of people and technology in a manner sensitive to the task requirements and wider objectives of the complexity of roles in a multi-channel and multi-service network. His work in developing self-sustaining models of work creation (PERIPHERA and FLEXWORK), and new business models predicated on completely new services (TRIAS and ESTRELLA) allow him to contribute new perspectives on solutions for both service delivery strategies and service sustainability.
We are also working directly with the European Commission project team: