Global Scholars

Mr. Robert Guerra is a civil society expert specializing in issues of Internet governance, human rights, digital security and Internet freedom. Mr. Guerra is the founder of Privaterra, a Canadian-based company that works with private industry and nongovernmental organizations to assist them with issues of data privacy and information security. Mr. Guerra has participated as a member of the official Canadian delegation at two UN World Summits on the Information Society (WSIS). He is a member of the Technical Advisory Board of the International Criminal Court; the Security and Stability Advisory Committee of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN); and ICANN’s Multi-stakeholder Ethos Award Panel. He is also the former Program Manager, Disability Inclusive Development (DID) Policy Collaboratory at the AU Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP).

Dr. Francesca Musiani (PhD, MINES ParisTech, 2012) is Associate Research Professor (chargée de recherche), French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), Institute for Communication Sciences (ISCC-CNRS/Paris-Sorbonne/UPMC), associated researcher with the Centre for the Sociology of Innovation of MINES ParisTech-PSL, and academic editor for the Internet Policy Review. Her current research focuses on Internet governance, and draws upon an interdisciplinary training in information and communication sciences, science and technology studies, and international law. Francesca was the Yahoo! Fellow in Residence at Georgetown University and an affiliate of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University in 2012-2013, and was a nominated member of the Commission for Law and Liberties in the Digital Age of the French Parliament (2014-2015).  Francesca is an Italian-born, France-adopted nomad-at-heart who has spent quite some time in the United States during her twenties. She tweets at @franmusiani. Access her personal page.

Dr. Mark Raymond is the Wick Cary Assistant Professor of International Security in the Department of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Toronto. His research and teaching interests include International Relations theory, international law and organization, and international security. His current book project examines the role of procedural rules in shaping the politics of global rule-making. He is the co-editor, with Gordon Smith, of Organized Chaos: Reimagining the Internet (Waterloo, Canada: CIGI, 2014). His work has also appeared in the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs and the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal. Mark held the position of Research Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, a non-partisan think tank located in Waterloo, Ontario. At CIGI, he contributed to the development and execution of research and programming on Internet governance, including the Global Commission on Internet Governance. In this capacity, he testified before the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development, participated in the 2013 Internet Governance Forum, and spoke at the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London (Chatham House).

Mr. Emir Sfaxi is a Fulbright fellow and a public policy consultant focusing on digital development, open government and data analysis. He holds a M.S. in Computer Science from the National Institute of Applied Sciences and Technologies in Tunisia and is finishing his M.S. in Development Management at American University’s School of International Service. He is currently an Independent Reporting Mechanism researcher working primarily on the Middle East and North Africa region on open government-related issues. Mr. Sfaxi has dedicated his career to public policy, ICT, and governance. Before coming to the U.S., he worked as a consultant at Ernst and Young managing a $100 million fund dedicated to entrepreneurship and job creation. Additionally, he oversaw the "Ta3mal" project, a combined effort between Microsoft, Silatech, and the Tunisian government to reduce unemployment by connecting employers and applicants through IT. In 2016, he participated in a United Nations Youth Advisory Panel and served in an advisory role at the Tunisian Ministry of Youth and Sports, where he was instrumental in the implementation of several programs designed to combat the radicalization of young Tunisians.