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Mr  Paul  BUDDE

Managing Director BuddeComm

Paul Budde is the managing director of BuddeComm, an independent international research and consultancy company founded by him in 1978 in the Netherlands, which focuses on the broadband infrastructure market and its role within the digital economy. The research offered by BuddeComm’s worldwide network of senior analysts encompasses 190 countries, 500 companies and 200 discrete technologies and applications. The company is headquartered in Australia.

Paul specialises in advising governments, international agencies and corporations in relation to the social and economic transformations that are needed in today’s rapidly changing society. ICT and broadband infrastructure in particular are key strategic tools that allow governments and businesses to use digital productivity to improve the quality of life and to create a competitive economic environment.

Paul is actively involved in areas such as national broadband infrastructure; smart cities, smart communities and smart grids; e-health, e-education, e-government, e-commerce and e-entertainment.

In this capacity he has worked as an adviser to the government of the United States of America, where he presented the national broadband concept during a meeting at the White House. He advised the government of the Netherlands on transformative innovation. He was the strategic adviser to the Australian Communications Minister Stephen Conroy, the father of Australia’s National Broadband Network. He also advised the governments of the United Kingdom, Qatar, Ireland and New Zealand on the importance of national broadband networks for digital development. In the corporate and financial world his focus is on the need for business, industry and sector transformation in the wake of the rapid ICT developments that are reshaping business models, competition and innovation.

In 2009 he discussed with the ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré the formation of what is now the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, to which he is a special adviser.

Paul is also the founder and executive director of Smart Grid Australia and a founding board member of the Global Smart Grid Federation based in Washington DC.