From Knowledge to Entrepreneurship - Capacity Building in a Changing Environment

14 November 2007 - A Best Practice Forum on Internet Governance for Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil



Germany - Land of Ideas (a public/private nation branding initiative)



SAP Hasso-Plattner-Institute (Private Sector)
Wolfgang Kleinwächter (Civil Society)

ICC (Private Sector)

Additional Information
In the global Information Society, capacity building continues to be a major cross-cutting challenge, especially with regard to the development dimension. Looking at the business perspectives, the issue of how to turn knowledge into revenue by serving the growing Internet Community deserves further attention.


Best Practice Forum

Target Audience:

IGF participants from all stakeholder groups, especially those interested in discussing business-oriented capacity building issues with a development focus.


Prof. Horst Zuse, Moderator, Germany, Civil Society

Suhas Gopinath, India, Private Sector

Walda Roseman, USA, Private Sector

Michelle Fernando, Sri Lanka, Civil Society

Nii Quaynor, Ghana, Private Sector

Jose Eduardo A. Fiates, Brasil, Private Sector (tbc)

Roberto Zachmann, IGO

Event Structure:

Approximately 60 minutes of presentations and at least 30 minutes of time for interaction with the audience.

Supporting Material:

Dedicated thematic reader with multi-stakeholder contributions:

"The Power of Ideas: Internet Governance in a Global Multistakeholder Environment"

(Editor: Prof. Wolfgang Kleinwächter)


Pre-information regarding the "Konrad Zuse Fellowship Programme", a new initiative for young IT professionals especially from developing countries. The programme will be co-financed by the German government (Foreign Office) and the German industry.