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  • Tue

    [Talk] Ed Happ: “What we can learn from disaster relief; a CIO's Perspective"

    12:00 pm - 01:00 pmNQ 3100 (Ehrlicher Room), North Quad, 105 S. State St. Ann Arbor MI 48109


    Edward G. Happ from the School of Information here at the University of Michigan, will give a MISC talk on Mar. 28 (Tues), noon-1PM in NQ 3100.

    Light lunch will be provided, please let us know if you will be there (so that we know how much food to prepare!).

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    If we look at the characteristics of disasters and response, we can gain insights in how to move forward in the midst of disruptive change in our organizations. We will look at crisis, resilience and context sensitive ICT, introduce a framework for information in crises, and ten lessons that can guide us.


    Edward G. Happ is an Executive Fellow at the University of Michigan School of Information, where he is teaching and conducting research.  He is also the Co-founder and former Chairman of NetHope (, a U.S. based consortium of 50 leading international relief, development and conservation nonprofits focused on information and communications technology (ICT) and collaboration.

    He recently retired as the Global CIO of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (, based in Geneva, Switzerland.

    He is the former Chief Information Officer at Save the Children (, in Westport, CT.  During his first year at Save the Children, in March 2001, he presented a paper to Cisco on “Wiring the Virtual Village,” which became the basis for NetHope.

    Before joining Save the Children, he was a senior partner and founder of HP Management Decisions Ltd. (, a management consultancy, and has held a variety of corporate management positions, to the Senior Vice President and General Manager level, with Wall Street data providers, service and software product companies.

    His 40 years of professional experience include all facets of managing information services and high technology businesses, including general management with P&L responsibility, operations, product management, sales, marketing, customer service, human resources management, technical consulting, manufacturing, and both software and hardware development.  

    In 2007, the editors of eWEEK, CIO Insight and Baseline selected Mr. Happ as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in IT and one of the Top 100 CIOs.

    In 2008, the Center for Digital Strategies at the Tuck Business School at Dartmouth appointed Mr. Happ as Executive Fellow and first CIO in residence for the spring term.

    In 2010, the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) honored Mr. Happ with a Lifetime Achievement Award for technology leadership in the nonprofit community.  

    In 2011, he was selected to be a Fellow and Practitioner in Residence at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, where he began work on a book on collaboration.

    In 2012, Mr. Happ was invited to be a Technical Advisor for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which he served for the five years the TA program ran.

    Since 2008, Mr. Happ has volunteered as a world citizenship and grants judge in the Microsoft Imagine Cup, the world’s largest student software competition.

    From 2012 to April 2016, Mr. Happ was a member of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Technology Partner Network (TPN).

    In 2016, he was honored as a Leadership Fellow for NetHope, an organization he co-founded in 2001.

    He is a recognized thought leader in the NGO sector and the author of numerous articles,  blogs, presentations and publications, including the chapter on the future of IT in the NTEN book Managing Technology to Meet Your Mission.

    He began his career as an Assistant VP, Equity Research at the First Boston Corporation.  Mr. Happ is a graduate of Drew University where he also did graduate work.  He is also the founder and editor of The Fairfield Review (, Connecticut’s first on-line literary magazine.  Further information on Mr. Happ may be found on his web page at: