Michael Kende

Michael Kende

Former Chief Economist, Internet Society

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Michael Kende was Chief Economist of the Internet Society from August 2013 until April 2016. Currently he is a Senior Adviser at Analysys Mason.

Prior to joining the Internet Society in August 2013, Michael was a partner at Analysys Mason, a global consulting firm focused on telecommunications and media. Michael was head of the Policy and Regulatory sector, head of the U.S. office, and most recently was in charge of developing its Internet practice at Analysys Mason, where he worked with operators and regulators in all regions of the world, providing advice on a variety of Internet issues including mobile and fixed broadband deployment, Internet governance, IP interconnection, Internet Exchange Points (IXPs), Voice over IP and IPTV. Projects include creating converged policies and regulations in Lesotho, advising on next generation interconnection in Sri Lanka, developing IXPs in Singapore and the Gambia, and promoting broadband deployment in Peru. 

During the past several years, Michael has authored a number of papers for the Internet Society, including ISOC's study of the impact of IXPs in Kenya and Nigeria and improving Internet connectivity in Africa.
Michael has a Ph.D. in economics from MIT and a BA in mathematics and economics from Bowdoin College. Prior to MIT, Michael worked as a systems analyst in the IT department for Proctor and Gamble in Geneva.  After MIT, he spent five years as a professor of Economics at INSEAD, a business school near Paris, before joining the Federal Communications Commission. At the FCC, Michael was the Director of Internet Policy Analysis, where he was responsible for managing a wide range of policy analyses and regulatory decisions on Internet policy, broadband deployment, and mergers.  After heading the teams reviewing a number of the largest Internet backbone mergers, wrote a widely-cited FCC working paper entitled "The Digital Handshake: Connecting Internet Backbones."

Michael is a dual Swiss/U.S. national and speaks French and German in addition to English.

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