Position Statement

Mike Ksar, Microsoft Corporation

I would like to participate in the upcoming workshop on Friday, 1 February 2002, in DC. My focus will be to contribute to the discussions relative to I18N at the workshop. I am also interested in the status of the character model document and to find out how it has been received by the rest of the W3C working groups.

Here is a short bio for reference.


Mike Ksar
Senior Program Manager – International Standards Strategy
Microsoft Corporation

Convener JTC1/SC2/WG2 Technical Working Group on ISO 10646

Unicode Consortium Board Member

Mike Ksar is Senior Program Manager – International Standards Strategy at Microsoft Corporation. Mike has been working in the IT industry for nearly 40 years. Prior to joining Microsoft, Mike worked at HP for more than 24 years. In his last assignment at HP, he was the Corporate Globalization Manager. He spent about 18 years in the area of internationalization programs and processes in R&D at HP product divisions and in the field, five years of which at HP in Geneva, Switzerland managing the development of localized products for Arabic, Hebrew, Greek, Turkish, Portuguese and languages of Eastern Europe.

For the last 11 years, Mike has been the Convener of the ISO technical working group (JTC1/SC2/WG2) that developed and published ISO/IEC 10646. His term as Convener has been extended for three more years in September 2000. Mike is also a member of the Unicode Consortium Board of Directors; his term as a Board member has been extended for three more years in November 2000. He is very active in both the Unicode Technical Committee (UTC) as well as the Unicode Editorial Committee. He was a key player towards the merging of the first version of Unicode and ISO 10646 and continues to play a significant role in supporting the continued development, convergence and synchronization of ISO 10646 and Unicode. He is a contributing author and editor to Unicode 3.0.

In his position at Microsoft, Mike will continue to participate in several standards development organizations including JTC1, US-JTC1 Tag, NCITS, Unicode, 3GPP, W3C, CEN TC304, and ECMA. He is also the JTC1/SC2 liaison officer to several organizations including SC22.

During his tenure at HP, Mike published several guidelines that focus on Globalization and the product generation process.

Mike has an MBA from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California and a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.