Walda W. Roseman, Chair
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.
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.
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.