The W3C Team includes 47 people working from locations across the globe. Read more about W3C’s functional organization. With a truly international flavor, the Team includes engineers from more than 10 different countries.
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Kazuyuki Ashimura Team Contact for WoT and ME; Project Specialist; Smart Cities Industry Champion
Project Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University
Kaz joined the W3C Team at Keio University SFC in April 2005. Prior to joining the Team, Kaz worked for twelve years on research and development on speech and natural language processing.
He is interested in Web technologies in general, esp. those related to Voice/Multimodal, Web&TV, WoT and Smart Cities. He would like to make people happy using the Web technologies.
Kaz received his B.S. in Mathematics from Kyoto University and his Doctor of Engineering degree from Nara Institute of Science and Technology.
Caroline Baron Finance and Administrative manager
She joined the team in December 2001 and is now in charge of finance, accounting and part of human resources.
Caroline holds a BA in foreign applied languages and an MBA from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis.
Tim is the overall Director of W3C. He is the 3COM Founders Professor of Engineering in the School of Engineering, and at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT's CSAIL.
Tim founded and is on the board of the World Wide Web Foundation, whose mission is consistent with W3C's only broader. The Web Foundation will put the power of the Web into the hands of people around the world through effective, high-impact programs.
Tim invented the World Wide Web in 1989 while working at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland. He wrote the first WWW client (a browser-editor running under NeXTStep) and the first WWW server along with most of the communications software, defining URLs, HTTP and HTML. Prior to his work at CERN, Tim was a founding director of Image Computer Systems, a consultant in hardware and software system design, real-time communications graphics and text processing, and a principal engineer with Plessey Telecommunications in Poole, England. He is a graduate of Oxford University. More...
J. Alan Bird Global W3C Business Development Lead
Alan Bird is the Global Business Development Lead for W3C. In this role, Mr. Bird leads W3C staff efforts internationally to strengthen the W3C Membership program, identify business development strategies, and seek new revenue streams to support the organization. Alan joined W3C in January 2011.
Before joining W3C, Alan was a key executive in two small information security companies where he drove strategic business development. Prior to these appointments, he spent several years each with IBM, Compuware, Legent, and Cullinet in a wide variety of roles, many of which involved creating new business opportunities. Earlier in his career, he worked in the IT organization of Burlington Industries, AVX Ceramics, Family Dollar Stores, and Ingersoll-Rand. This combination of work experiences has provided Alan with a solid foundation from which to drive W3C’s business development activities.
Bert Bos Communications
Bert Bos completed his Ph.D. in Groningen, The Netherlands, on a prototyping language for graphical user interfaces. He then went on to develop a browser targeted at humanities scholars, before joining the W3C at INRIA/Sophia-Antipolis in October 1995. He is co-inventor of CSS and created & led W3C's Internationalization activity. After working on HTML and XML, he led for many years the CSS and later also the Mathematics activities. He is now working on privacy technologies and is part of the W3C communications team.
Carine joined the W3C team in 2001 as part of the Jigsaw HTTP server development team.
She holds an engineer degree and a PhD in Computer Science, with a research area in distributed artificial intelligence and multi-agent systems.
She has worked in the Web Services Activity and the XML Activity as staff contact for multiple Working Groups, in several EU-funded projects, in the Systems Team, and in internal tools development.
Currently staff for WebRTC WG, Web Performance WG, Automotive WG, SVG WG.
Laurent Carcone Systems Team
Laurent joined the W3C team in September 2000 to participate in the development of Amaya.
He is now part of the Sytems Team.
Before joining the W3C, he worked as an engineer at INRIA Grenoble.
Laurent hold an engineering degree in computer science from the CNAM Grenoble (Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers) in 1997.
Pierre-Antoine Champin Data Strategist
Pierre-Antoine joined W3C in February 2021, as a fellow from ERCIM, then from Inria. He is a member of the Strategy Team, with a focus on Data Interoperability. Before that, he has been involved in many Linked Data and Semantic Web related working groups (including RDF 1.1, Linked Data Platform and JSON-LD). He has been working with RDF and other Semantic Web technologies for as long as he can remember.
Pierre-Antoine received an engineering degree from INSA Lyon in 1997 and a PhD in Computer Science from Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 in 2002. He is currently based in Lyon, France.
Michael Cooper Accessibility Strategy and Technical Lead
François takes part in on-going discussions and developments around the convergence between Web and media, serving both as Entertainment Champion in the Industry team and as Media Specialist in the Strategy team. François is also staff contact for the media-related Media Working Group, Second Screen Working Group and GPU for the Web Working Group.
François initially joined W3C in November 2007 from Microsoft where he integrated an on-portal mobile search engine called MotionBridge. From 2007 to 2011, he served as staff contact for the Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group, the Web and TV Interest Group, the Web Real-Time Communications Working Group and was co-Activity Lead for the Web and TV Activity. He left W3C at the end of 2011 to develop cross-platform Web applications in a French start-up called Joshfire. François came back to W3C on May 2014.
Marie-Claire Forgue Head of W3C Training
Marie-Claire Forgue serves as Head of W3C Training. She developed the W3Cx MOOC program, in partnership with edX, where Web developers worldwide can learn front-end Web development techniques using W3C Web standards. Previously, she crafted W3DevCampus, a learning platform hosting small private courses. Additionally, Marie-Claire is a member of the W3C Developer relations team, organizing meetups and participating in online and in-person communities via forums, social media (@w3cdevs), etc. She is also involved in the dissemination activities of several projects funded by the European Commission. She joined W3C in 2001 and served as Head of W3C European Communications for over 10 years.
Marie-Claire received a Ph.D. degree (computer graphics and parallel processing) in Computer Science from the University of Côte d'Azur and INRIA, France. After a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Dynamic Graphics Project Lab at the University of Toronto, Canada, she worked at NTT's Human Interface Lab, Japan, for two years. Her research interests were focused on illumination algorithms and scene modeling. After that, she studied filmmaking in Vancouver, Canada. She has directed several short films and documentaries, and got interested in interactive multimedia back in 1993.
Dominique is W3C Developer Relationships Lead, W3C Community Development Lead (in charge of managing the Community Groups program), champion for the Telecommunication Industry in W3C, part of the W3C Project Management team, W3C Strategy Specialist on Virtual and Augmented Reality, and serves as staff contact in the Web Real-Time Communications Working Group, the Web and Machine Learning Web Working Group, and the Web & Networks Interest Group. He also develops tools and applications as needed in his various roles.
He joined initially W3C’s Communication and Systems Team as a member of the Webmaster Team in October 2000; after having joined then lead the QA Activity until September 2005, Dom took part to the Mobile Web Initiative as Staff Contact for the Best Practices Working Group and later as co-Chair of the Mobile Web Test Suites Working Group. Dom also served as Staff Contact for the Device and sensors Working Group
Dominique holds an engineering degree from the “Grande Ecole” École Centrale Paris.
Shawn Lawton Henry Accessibility Education and Communications Lead
Shawn joined W3C in February 2003 to lead worldwide education and outreach activities promoting digital accessibility for people with disabilities through the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). Before joining W3C, Shawn worked as a consultant with research centers, education providers, government agencies, non-profit organizations, Fortune 500 companies, and international standards organizations to develop and implement strategies to optimize design for usability and accessibility. She holds a BSc in English with focus on computer science and technical writing, and an MSc in Digital Inclusion.
Ivan Herman graduated as mathematician at the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest, Hungary, in 1979. After a brief scholarship at the Université Paris VI he joined the Hungarian research institute in computer science (SZTAKI) where he worked for 6 years (and turned into a computer scientist…). He left Hungary in 1986 and, after a few years in industry in Munich, Germany, he joined the Centre Mathematics & Computer Sciences (CWI) in Amsterdam where he had had a tenure position between 1988 and the year of his retirement, i.e., in 2021. He received a PhD degree in Computer Science in 1989 at the University of Leiden, in the Netherlands.
He joined the W3C Permanent Staff in January 2001 while maintaining his position at CWI and has continued to stay on the staff, albeit with reduced hours, after his retirement. As a W3C staff member, he served as Head of Offices until June 2006, then as Semantic Web Activity Lead until December 2013. He is the Publishing@W3C Technical Lead, as well as the W3C staff representative for the work on EPUB 3, Audiobooks, Decentralized Identities, and Verifiable Credentials. He was also member of the Strategy, as well as the Technical & Architecture teams of W3C until 2021.
Before joining W3C he worked in different areas (distributed and dataflow programming, language design, system programming), but he spent most of his research years in computer graphics and information visualization. He also participated in various graphics-related ISO standardization activities and software developments. See his professional web site for further details, including his list of publications, presentations, and various social activities.
Philipp Hoschka Deputy Director
Dr. Philipp Hoschka is General Manager of ERCIM and a Deputy Director of the W3C. He was founding W3C Industry Lead. He was responsible for W3C industry relationships; including having mutually reinforcing visions; working well in their ecosystems, and identifying new industry requirements for W3C Working Groups. His current work focuses on the "Web of Things", which is about leveraging open Web technology to overcome current silos in the "Internet of Things". In 2012, Philipp launched W3C efforts on automotive, focusing on the use of HTML5 for in-car infotainment apps. He also founded W3C's Ubiquitous Web Domain which had the mission to bring the benefits of Web technology to the emerging "Post-PC" world, including mobile and television devices. In the past, Philipp created W3C's Mobile Web Initiative and pioneered work on integrating audio and video into the Web leading to the W3C Standard SMIL. Philipp has been principal investigator in six EC research projects supporting the Ubiquitous Web Vision (MWeb, 3GWeb, MobiWeb2.0, OMWeb, MobiWebApp, HTML5Apps). Philipp holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science, and a Master's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. He was visiting scholar at MIT LCS from 1998 until 2002.
Chunming Hu Steering Committee
Richard Ishida Activity Lead, I18n; I18n Core WG Staff contact; I18n IG Staff contact
Richard joined the W3C team in July 2002, where he is Strategy Specialist and also Architecture & Technology Specialist for internationalization. He is staff contact for and contributes technically to the W3C Internationalization Working Group.
He serves on the Unicode Editorial Committee, the Unicode Script Ad Hoc committee, and the Unicode Conference board (and has a Unicode Bulldog Award), and coordinated the MultilingualWeb initiative. He developed the W3C Internationalization Checker, and in his spare time creates tools (such as UniView) for working with characters and scripts.
Richard has a background in translation and interpreting, computational linguistics, software engineering, and translation tools. Prior to joining the W3C, he was a Global Design Consultant at Xerox, providing services and training to external clients as well as to internal development teams with regard to the international design and localizability of user interfaces and documents. He received a corporate award for work on the Xerox product development process.
Ian Jacobs Payments Lead
As of 1 Feb 2015, Ian leads W3C's Web Payments Activity.
From September 2004 through January 2015, Ian was the Head of W3C Marketing and Communications. He managed the Consortium's Comm activities, including press, publications, branding, marketing, and aspects of Member relations.
Ian began at W3C in 1997 and for 7 years co-edited a number of specifications, including HTML 4.0, CSS2, DOM Level 1, three WAI Guidelines (Web Content, User Agent, Authoring Tool), the TAG's Architecture of the World Wide Web, and the W3C Process Document.
Ian received a degree in Engineering from Yale then a master's degree in software engineering from the CERICS in France. Ian then worked as a software engineer for five years, including at the INRIA.
Xueyuan Jia joined W3C in May 2015. She was the primary meeting planner at W3C/Beihang, and also the Media Contact in China as a member of W3C Marketing and Communications team. Since June 2017, she fully joined Marketing and Communications team to be committed to Member communications, W3C groups and team supports, as well as to expand W3C press relations in China.
Bill Judge CFO
Jay Kishigami W3C/Keio Deputy Director
Alexandra Lacourba W3C Global Events Coordinator
Alexandra joined W3C in September 2002.
She is in charge of events, staff travels and Membership administration. In 2019, she became W3C Global Events Coordinator.
Alexandra holds a bachelor in Event Project Management from Lille University and a Master in Management from EDHEC Business School.
Vivien Lacourba Head of Systems Team
Vivien joined W3C in May 2003 as the W3C Webmaster at the MIT/CSAIL host site in Cambridge, MA, USA.
Since September 2004 Vivien is working as a Systems & Network Engineer for W3C Europe at the ERCIM host site in Sophia-Antipolis, France.
Vivien graduated in September 2003 from the Polytech Nice Sophia engineering school (formerly known as ESSI) in Sophia-Antipolis, France.
He holds an engineering degree in Computer Science, specializing in Networks. In June 2000, he received a two year degree in Computer Programming at the University of Lyon, France.
Yves Lafon studied Mathematics and computer science at ENSEEIHT in Toulouse, France, and at Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal in Montreal, Canada. His field of study was signal recognition and processing. He discovered Internet Relay Chat and the Web in Montreal in 1993 and has been making robots and games for both. He joined the W3C in October 1995 to work on W3C's experimental browser, Arena. Then he worked on Jigsaw, W3C's Java-based server, on HTTP/1.1 and started the work on SOAP 1.2.
Yves is now the TAG Team Contact and WebApps Team Contactr.
Philippe Le Hegaret Strategy, Architecture, and Project Lead
Philippe Le Hegaret is the Strategy, Architecture, and Project Lead for W3C, responsible for the technical mission of the Consortium. As Project Lead, he is responsible to meet all of the milestones of all of the groups, facilitate the work of Team Contacts, Chairs, and Editors, and drive the work necessary to achieve operational success. Until 2016, he was for the former W3C Interaction Domain, which produced frontend Web technologies including HTML5, CSS3, SVG, WOFF, or Web APIs. Prior to 2009, Philippe lead the W3C Architecture Domain, which produced the W3C Core technologies in the area of XML, Web Services, and Internationalization. He is a former Chair of the Document Object Model (DOM) Working Group.
Prior to joining W3C, Philippe promoted the use of XML inside Bull in 1998, also focusing on the interaction between XML and object structures. He wrote the first version of the CSS validator in 1997.
Philippe holds a Master's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Nice (France).
An Qi (Angel) Li Deputy Director of W3C
Chris Lilley Technical Director
Coralie Mercier Head of W3C Marketing and Communications
Coralie is Head of W3C Marketing & Communications. Since February 2015, she manages the Consortium's Comm activities, including messaging, press relations, W3C website, branding, marketing, internal communications as well as Public and Member communications. Previously and since 2005, Coralie was W3C Communications Team assistant.
Since joining W3C in January 1999 with degrees in secretarial work and English as a foreign language, Coralie held a number of positions such as W3C Europe team assistant, W3C Europe administration manager (2001-2006). She was team contact for the W3C Advisory Board (2005-2017), helped with community outreach and developer relations.
Daniel Montalvo Accessibility Harmonization and Testing Specialist
Jun Murai Board of Director
Professor, Keio University
In 1979, he enrolled in the Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science and Technology, of Keio University and obtained degrees of MS and Ph.D in Computer Science, specializing in Computer Science, Computer Network and Computer Communication, in 1981 and 1987 respectively, both from Keio University.
In 1984, he developed the Japan University UNIX Network (JUNET). In 1988, he established WIDE Project, of which he currently has the title of the Founder. In the 1990's, he focused on the research and development of computer networks, and worked as a member of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) (1993-1995), and a member of the board of trustees of the Internet Society (ISOC) (1997-2000), as well as a member of the board of directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) (1998-2000). In the 2000's, he turned his attention also to IT governance for national government, including Prime Minister’s and global IT policy communities.
He is the recipient of many distinguished awards, including IEEE Internet Award (2011); the Okawa Publications Prize (1999); Funai Achievement Award (2007); Jonathan B. Postel Service Award (2005); the Okawa Publications Prize (1999). He was inducted in the Internet Hall of Fame in 2013.
Gerald joined W3C in September 1997 as a member of the Systems Team. He helps maintain W3C's system infrastructure including the web and mail servers, mailing lists and publishing tools. He created W3C's HTML Validation Service based on an earlier validation service he began as a student.
Prior to joining W3C, Gerald worked at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, and as a technical writer for IBM Canada in Toronto.
In his free time Gerald enjoys travel, photography, and writing software.
Gerald has a Bachelor of Science with specialization in Computing Science from the University of Alberta.
Dave leads W3C's Data activity and champions the Web of Things and the role of AI/ML + computational statistics for the Sentient Web. He has been closely involved with the development of Web standards since 1992, contributing to work on HTML, HTTP, MathML, XForms, voice and multimodal interaction, ubiquitous web applications, financial data, privacy and identity. Dave has participated in many European research projects: Boost 4.0, Create-IoT, and F-Interop, and before that VRE4EIC, HTML5Apps, COMPOSE, webinos, Serenoa, and PrimeLife. In addition to work on standards, Dave is a keen programmer, and has developed experimental web browsers (e.g. Arena), a plugin for rendering math from natural language (EzMath), a tool for cleaning up HTML (Tidy), a web page library for HTML slide presentations (Slidy), a Firefox add-on for enhanced privacy (Privacy Dashboard), customizable browser-based editing of HTML and more recently, an open source implementation for the Web of Things (Arena Web Hub). He was educated in England and obtained his doctorate from the University of Oxford, and is a visiting professor at the University of the West of England. For more information see Dave's home page.
Ruoxi Ran Web Accessibility Engineer
Jean-Guilhem Rouel Systems Team
Jean-Guilhem joined the W3C Systems Team in August 2006 as the W3C Webmaster at the MIT/CSAIL host site in Cambridge, MA USA.
He graduated in October 2006 from Polytech'Nice-Sophia Computer Science Department (formerly known as ESSI: Ecole Supérieure en Sciences Informatiques) specialized in Networks.
In September 2003 he received a two year degree in Mathematics and Computer Science (DEUG MIAS) at the University Jean-François Champollion in Albi, France.
Atsushi Shimono W3C Team
Atsushi holds a PhD in Science, with a research area in Astrophysics (observations of Active Galactic Nucleus) from Kyoto University in Japan.
Michael[tm] Smith Special Missions Subsection Junior Interim Floor Manager
Michael[tm] Smith is the W3C Special Missions Subsection Junior Interim Floor Manager, with key responsibilities in the areas of pharmaceuticals transportation, cyber, ponyatiya, and extremely compartmentalized information.
Ralph Swick Chief Executive Officer
Amy van der Hiel Media Relations Coordinator and Assistant to the Director
Amy van der Hiel is the Media Relations Coordinator for the W3C Communications Team and Assistant to the Director.
Before joining the W3C, Amy worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and was the Assistant to the Director and Curatorial Associate at the Exhibitions Department of the Massachusetts College of Art. She has her Bachelors in Art History from Bard College, NY and her Masters in Art Education from Mansfield University, PA.
Sam leads W3C privacy standardization efforts and serves as W3C's liaison to the IETF.
Rigo Wenning Rechtsanwalt
Kevin White Accessibility Development and Operations Lead
Kevin is the Development and Operations Lead for the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). In this role Kevin supports WAI to deliver internationally recognized standards that support accessibility. He manages W3C accessibility operations, including projects, such as WAI-CooP, co-funded by the European Commission.
Xiaoqian Wu Site Manager
Naomi Yoshizawa W3C Global Member Relations Lead | W3C Japan Site Manager
Naomi is the Global W3C Member Relations Lead to ensure member satisfaction, encourage participation in W3C groups and events. She is also appointed as the site manager of W3C Japan.
Prior to joining W3C, Naomi worked at AT&T Japan as a manager of Marketing Communications for AT&T World Access. She worked on a team that created an innovative prepaid card, produced publications and bids for designs, and developed sales channels. She was awarded a Grand Prize for Best Operations Manager in 1996.
She earned an MBA of International Management, from Aoyama Gakuin University, accredited by EFMD.