Olivier is a French national who has been an Internet user since 1988. He received a B.Eng. Honours degree in Computer Systems and Electronics from King’s College, London, UK, in 1990, a Ph.D. in Digital Communications from Imperial College, London, UK, in 1997, and a Specialized Masters Degree in Competitive Intelligence and Knowledge Management from SKEMA Business School (ESC Lille & CERAM) in Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France, in 2007.
Having founded Global Information Highway Ltd in 1995, he participated in many Internet projects, several of which enabled Internet connectivity in developing countries.
He was selected as Chairman of ICANN’s At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) in December 2010, renewed for four continuous years. Through serving the At-Large Community, he has gained a unique practical experience in an operational multi-stakeholder policy-making environment, finding and building consensus at the grassroots level. He became Vice-Chair in 2015 and is now Chair of the European At-Large Organisation (EURALO).
In December 2012, he attended the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) in Dubai as part of the United Kingdom delegation.
In March 2013, he was selected to sit on the second ICANN Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT2).
He attended NetMundial in April 2014, wearing both the hats of his ICANN At-Large Community but also as Co-chair of ICANN’s
Cross Community Working Group on Internet Governance. Since 2014 he has served as the Chair of the ALAC working group on IANA Issues feeding the ALAC’s input into the IANA Stewardship Transition and the ICANN Accountability global processes. He has also represented his community in Internet Governance Forums (IGFs) since 2010. In 2015 he was also involved with working groups of the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Whilst Chairman of the English Chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC) since March 2012, he is also a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and was a Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC) affiliate since the early nineties.
He is a Founder and Board member of EuroDIG, the European IGF. Full details are available at: http://www.gih.com/ocl.html