Global ICT Expert Walda Roseman Elected Chair of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation

October 28, 2015

Washington, D.C.– Walda W. Roseman has been elected Chair of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation, effective mid-January 2016. She succeeds the Hon. Tedson J. Meyers who is stepping down after more than 13 years as the Foundation’s Chairman. The existing ACCF board and executive committee is expected to remain in place as Ms. Roseman assumes her leadership role early next year.

Ms. Roseman has had a distinguished career as an executive, strategist, advocate, ICT expert, and entrepreneur, primarily in the international information and communications technology and entertainment sectors. She has also devoted much of her energies to promoting social and economic development worldwide through technology. She was honored last year by the UN agency for ICT, the International Telecommunication Union, with its Gold Medal for her efforts to advance the roles of women in ICT and her dedication to empowering young people to embrace technology as tools for positive economic change.

“I’m delighted,” said Ms. Roseman, “to be returning to the Board of ACCF and feel honored to have been entrusted to take over from Tedson Meyers, whose leadership and dedication to advancing the mission of the Foundation led to the establishment of the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination at University of California San Diego. Human imagination is bountiful, and can be practical, as Arthur Clarke himself showed us. We will be seeking to build on that foundation to further inspire and recognize new ideas, those who develop them, and those who apply them for a real and beneficial impact.”

Ms. Roseman is CEO of CompassRose International, a respected international advisory firm that she established in 1993 and led until she joined the Internet Society in 2011. At the Internet Society she served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Strategic Communication Officer during a period of change, advancing the organization’s development of strong operations, fundraising, membership and strategic communications as well as its expanded global presence. She returned to CompassRose International earlier this year. CompassRose International has provided strategic change management, international ICT policy and regulatory and market entry expertise, and global spectrum, standards and development strategy and execution. Its clients have included intergovernmental and international organizations, government agencies, and global corporations, primarily with ICT interests.

“It is truly rare to find the right person in the right place at the right time,” said Meyers, a founder of the Foundation. “With my highly regarded friend, Walda Roseman, we can claim all three. Thirteen years as Chair are enough; it’s time for new ideas and new strategies. For the work already in place and the opportunities we look for, she is the ideal leader.”

Ms. Roseman founded and led the first international communications office of the Federal Communications Commission where she effected major changes in satellite and spectrum policy, guided its involvement in trade negotiations and served as its chief international negotiator. She held executive positions with Intelsat in external relations, strategic planning, advocacy, marketing and communications. She served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; Senior Vice President of National Affairs and Planning at National Public Radio; and Director of Public Information and Government Affairs with the former White House Office of Telecommunications Policy. She began her career in communications as a print journalist covering education issues, and then as Managing Editor of the National Cable Television Association’s publications programs.

Ms. Roseman has been active in a number of professional and non-profit organizations, chaired international committees, and served on the boards of several organizations. She is a founding member of the U.S. ITU Association and its former Chair. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Mum’s phone developed for Advanced Development for Africa, and sits on the Board of Youth Service America. She launched in 2001 and served as Chair of the ITU Youth Forum and is active in international women’s activities, including as a founder in 1992 of the ITU’s Women’s Breakfast series that continues today. Ms. Roseman has served as a member of the State Department Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy; as Board member and Vice Chair of the American Refugee Committee International; and as Board Member Emeritus of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation.

Dr. Joseph N. Pelton, a founder and Vice Chairman of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation who worked closely with Walda Roseman at Intelsat in the 1990s, said that he could not envision a better person to lead the Foundation forward as it pursues new global initiatives.

The Arthur C. Clarke Foundation was established in 1983 in Washington, D.C., as part of World Communications Year celebrations at the United Nations, an international event sponsored by the United Nation’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The Foundation was created to recognize and promote the extraordinary contributions of Arthur C. Clarke to the world, and to promote the use of space and telecommunications technology for the benefit of humankind. The Foundation is dedicated to building on Sir Arthur Clarke’s multidisciplinary and inspiring legacy. The Foundation draws its inspiration and activities from Sir Arthur’s wide range of visionary, creative and constructive imagination.