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Mark Davis Mark Davis, President, UNICODE Consortium
Mark Davis co-founded the Unicode project and has been the president of the Unicode Consortium since its incorporation. He is one of the key technical contributors to the Unicode specifications, including such areas as bidirectional text, normalization, scripts, text segmentation, identifiers (including IDN), collation, regular expressions, compression, locale data, character conversion, character properties, and security.

Mark was responsible for the overall architecture of ICU (the premier Unicode software library), and the earlier version of ICU that was incorporated into the standard Java release. 

Carl Hoffman
Carl Hoffman, CEO, Basis Technology
Carl founded Basis Technology in 1995 to provide rapid software internationalization services to American companies entering Asian markets. Since then, the company has grown to become the leading provider of software globalization and multilingual information retrieval technology to such firms as Ask Jeeves, Cisco, Convera, Endeca, Google, MSN, Oracle, Symantec, Verity, and Yahoo. During 2000, Carl concurrently held the position of VP Asia for, and in 2001 was honored by the Massachusetts eCommerce Association for his leadership in launching Japan.

Richard Ishida Richard Ishida, Internationalization Activity Lead, W3C
The W3C Internationalization Activity has the mission of ensuring universal access to the Web, regardless of language, script or culture, by proposing & coordinating any techniques, conventions, guidelines and activities within the W3C that help to make and keep the Web international. Richard's background includes international user-interface design consultancy, translation tool design, translating and interpreting, and computational linguistics.

Addison Phillips Addison Phillips, Globalization Architect, Quest Software and Chair, W3C Internationalization Core Working Group
Mr. Phillips has been involved with internationalization since 1991, working as an internationalization consultant or architect at companies such as AT&T and webMethods before joining Quest Software as Globalization Architect. He is currently the chair of the W3C Internationalization Core Working Group, as well as the author of several standards and technical publications.

Cathy Wissink Cathy Wissink, Group Program Manager, Global Platform Technologies and Services, Microsoft
Since 1991, Cathy has worked on numerous internationalization projects at Microsoft, including the Win32 NLS API, and the System.Globalization namespace in the .NET Framework. Cathy has been involved in implementing Unicode on Windows since version 1.0 was enabled on Windows NT 3.1, and has participated in the Unicode Consortium in varied roles. She is Microsoft's primary representative to the Unicode Technical Committee (UTC), UTC vice chair, and chair of INCITS/L2. She has published and presented many white papers and articles on Microsoft-specific internationalization.

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