Edward G. Happ is the Global CIO of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), based in Geneva, Switzerland, and Chairman of NetHope (www.nethope.org), a U.S. based consortium of 31 leading international relief, development and conservation nonprofits focused on information and communications technology (ICT) and collaboration. Prior to this position, he served as the chief information officer at Save the Children, where he worked for seven years. During his first year at Save the Children, in March 2001, he presented a paper to Cisco on "Wiring the Virtual Village," which became the basis for NetHope, a consortium of 20 international relief, development and conservation nonprofits focused on communications technology and collaboration, which he chairs. Before joining Save the Children, he was a senior partner and founder of HP Management Decisions Ltd., a management consultancy, and has held a variety of corporate management positions, to the senior vice president and general manager level, with Wall Street data providers, service and software product companies.
His thirty years of professional experience include all facets of managing information services and high technology businesses, including general management with P&L responsibility, operations, product management, sales, marketing, customer service, human resources management, technical consulting, manufacturing, and both software and hardware development.
In 2007, the editors of eWEEK, CIO Insight, and Baseline selected Ed as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in IT and one of the Top 100 CIOs.