Edward G. Happ is an Executive Fellow at the University of Michigan School of Information, where he is teaching and conducting research. He is also the co-founder and former chairman of NetHope. He recently retired as the Global CIO of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Happ is the former Chief Information Officer at Save the Children. 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.

Before joining Save the Children, he was a senior partner and founder of HP Management Decisions Ltd. (www.hpmd.com), a management consultancy, and has held a variety of corporate management positions, from the senior vice president and general manager level, with Wall Street data providers, service, and software product companies.

He has earned many awards and accolades during his 40-year professional career. Since 2008, Happ has volunteered as a world citizenship and grants judge in the Microsoft Imagine Cup, the world’s largest student software competition. He has held fellowships at Dartmouth and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, and from 2012 to 2017, served as a Technical Advisor for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Mr. Happ received his undergraduate degree from Drew University, where he also did graduate work. He is also the founder and editor of The Fairfield Review (www.fairfieldreview.org), Connecticut’s first online literary magazine.