IDEA Staff

Photo: Veni

Photo: Veni

Nick Ashton-Hart, Executive Director

Nick Ashton-Hart was for more than eight years the senior permanent representative of the technology sector to the UN, its member-states, and the international organisations in Geneva. He has participated in multilateral policy development since 1992, been an active part of the Geneva community for 14 years and a resident for the past eight.

He came to international policy from private-sector careers in both the entertainment and ICT sectors, starting in the music industry managing some of the world’s most successful and influential artists including the “Godfather of Soul” James Brown. In the tech sector he started as a Systems Administrator in the 1990s and finished up as a temporary CIO/CTO five short years later, giving him broad hands-on technology experience.

He is now pro-bono President of the Assembly, and was from 2015 to 2016, Executive Director of the Internet & Digital Ecosystem Alliance (IDEA), a Swiss NGO with the mission to ensure that for-profit and not-for profit Internet stakeholders are collectively represented to the multilateral policy community in Geneva. Geneva is home to 26 UN agencies and more than 50% of the international Internet policy meetings and processes that take place worldwide each year. Nick was the only person who participated across them in any representational capacity.

Prior to founding IDEA he was Geneva Representative of the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), Director for At-Large and Senior Director for Participation and Engagement with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and Executive Director of the International Music Managers Forum (IMMF).

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He is also a Featured Blogger on CircleID, a periodic contributor to the Council on Foreign Relations, can be found @nashtonhart on Twitter,  and may be reached by email here.