Ilham Habibie takes reins as new BASIS Chair

  • 25 June 2014
ICC Telecommunications

ICC has announced the appointment of Ilham Habibie, President Director of Indonesian company Ilthabi Rekatama, as the new Chair of the ICC initiative Business Action to Support the Information Society (BASIS).

Mr Habibie is Chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) Committee for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and the Committee for Research and Technology. Founder of the Human Resource Development in Science and Technology Division of the Habibie Foundation, Mr Habibie is also Chair of the Board of Trustees at the International University Liaison Indonesia Foundation and at Indonesia’s national information and communication technology (ICT) Council (DeTikNas).

Mr Habibie succeeds Subramanian Ramadorai, Vice-Chair, Tata Consultancy Services, who completed his term as BASIS Chair in January 2014.

BASIS brings the voice and expertise of businesses worldwide to international discussions on Internet governance and ICTs. Established at the request of companies who realized the importance of global business coordination on these issues, BASIS plays a prominent role at international gatherings and in processes such as the UN-linked Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and other activities stemming from the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

Drawing upon policy positions and practical guidance developed by the ICC Commission on the Digital Economy, BASIS represents the private sector on a range of Internet and ICT-related issues that impact the global economy and businesses in all sectors.

BASIS strongly believes in a multistakeholder approach to Internet governance and works with governments, civil society, intergovernmental, Internet technical organizations and the public to facilitate the implementation of the necessary legal and policy frameworks needed to enable businesses to spread the benefits of the information society more widely around the world.