GENEVA, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--WISeKey, a Swiss based cyber security company, today announces that Joice Fernandes, former Microsoft’s Worldwide Senior Director for Public Private Alliances, and founder of the Shape the Future program for Microsoft, joined the WISeKey Advisory Committee effective January 2016.
The Advisory Committee, chaired by Carlos Moreira, founder of WISeKey, provides advice to the WISeKey board of directors and senior management team on matters related to strategic business development and future revenue growth for the company. The members of the Advisory Committee have vast experience in a wide variety of sectors including cyber security, technology, financial services, business services, and government, areas of critical importance to drive WISeKey’s strategy (for more information visit: https://www.wisekey.com/about/corporate-governance/).
Joice Fernandes was the architect of Microsoft’s Shape the Future program aimed at helping governments invest in information and communication technology to create jobs, drive economic growth and increase competitiveness. During the past 5 years, the program helped 50 countries to bring access to the technology to over 50 million people and built the Public/Private Partnerships (PPPs) that create meaningful and effective solutions to people’s educational, economic, and social challenges. Over the years, more than one million people followed the movement through social net-working (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQbNRkuELt4) in over 80 (Governments) countries.
Generating millions in revenue for Microsoft around the world incremented business by a factor of 10, for Microsoft partners. Microsoft’s Shape the Future program became the most wide recognized brand in the social media for Microsoft generating more than 1 million fans in its Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/shapethefutureproject) and it became a widely adopted nomenclature around the world by several different businesses.
WISeKey has cooperated with Microsoft since 2007 in several projects in the public sector arena, including the Citizen Service Platform and Digital Identification projects, designed to meet the specific needs of the citizen and protect their privacy at every step. This cutting-edge approach takes multiple and complex citizen identity management systems, government services and e-government platforms, allowing citizens to independently use the facilities, services and tools that governments provide for their citizens via Trusted Identification and Secure Clouds.
WISeKey is also cooperating with Microsoft CityNext, a global initiative empowering cities, businesses and citizens to re-imagine their futures and cultivate vibrant communities. Microsoft CityNext is a global people-first initiative harnessing all the ideas, energy and expertise of a city’s people as they create a healthier, safer, more sustainable place to live. Microsoft CityNext empowers cities to make the most of existing investments and find the right combination of solutions, apps and programs to transform cities’ infrastructure and operations, engage citizens and businesses by delivering personalized services and apps that foster real-time dialogue, and accelerate innovation and opportunity through programs and partnerships that empower and nurture the next generation of skilled workers. Combining a vast network of global partners and history of successful education and social programs, Microsoft CityNext helps cities with what’s next (https://www.wisekey.com/press/wisekey-cybersecurity-solutions-microsoft-citynext/).
Mr. Fernandes, noted, "Shape the Future program has been a wonderful experience. Working with a talented group of people, at Shape the Future program, we were able to create public/private partnerships that led to greater employability, economic recovery and a better future for our generation. I have a great passion and deep focus on public sector security and I am thrilled to continue to serve different countries and their citizens as part of the prestigious WISeKey Advisory Committee."
Carlos Moreira, WISeKey's founder and CEO, said, "We are happy to welcome Joice to join our Advisory Committee, and to benefit from his vast experience and leadership in public sector activities to take WISeKey's cutting-edge activities even further."
WISeKey is a leading information cybersecurity and identity Management Company, a Global growth Company partner of the World Economic Forum, providing specialized technologies for data protection, effective identification and authentication of people or objects to ensure secured communications and transactions without compromising trust.
More information: WISeKey Advisory Committee https://www.wisekey.com/about/corporate-governance/