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<title>FSFE - About - Georg C. F. Greve - Curriculum Vitae</title>


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<h1>Georg C. F. Greve</h1>
<h2>Curriculum Vitae</h2>
<b>(State: January 2009)</b>

<p>Georg C. F. Greve was born 1973 on Helgoland, Germany. His career as a
self-taught software developer began around 1987 through participation
in various bulletin board systems (BBS). His first professional
publication was an assembler program released in 1992. During the
following years he worked as software developer for the University Medical
Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, and for 'iD-Pro', a Free Software startup in
Germany. Mr Greve also contributed code to the GNU Project.</p>

<p>His academic career started in 1992, when Georg Greve began
studying physics at the University of Hamburg. His academic degrees
include a bachelor's degree with a specialisation in physical
oceanography and a master's degree with a specialisation in biophysics.
He also completed a diploma thesis in physics on scanning probe
microscopy (SXM), an interdisciplinary work in the area of
nanotechnology undertaken at the Computer Science department of the
University of Hamburg.</p>

<p>A speaker for the GNU Project since 1998, Georg Greve began writing a
monthly column on the GNU Project and Free Software in general in
1999 under the title "Brave GNU World." The column was printed in
English, German, French, Korean, Japanese and Portuguese and
analysed the economic, political and social impact of Free Software
and gave insights into various Free Software projects.</p>

<p>In 2000, Georg Greve motivated a group of like-minded individuals to
establish the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE), a non-profit
organisation and centre of competence for the promotion, protection
and political representation of Free Software in Europe.</p>

<p>As founder and president of the FSFE since 2001, Mr Greve has:</p>

<li>Chaired FSFE's General Assembly and served as the organisation's
primary representative towards other organisations, governments and
intergovernmental organisations, including the United Nations and
the European Commission;</li>

<li>Participated in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)
in various capacities, including as representative of the German
Civil Society coordination circle in the German Governmental
delegation, as co-coordinator of the Patents, Copyrights and
Trademarks working group of Civil Society, including political
analysis, strategic considerations and tactical implementation of
political positions on Free Software, Open Standards and Freedom of
Knowledge issues for Civil Society;</li>

<li>Overseen FSFE's joint work with the Samba Team on the antitrust
investigation against Microsoft by the European Commission and later
intervention in the European Court of First Instance (CFI);</li>

<li>Coordinated FSFE's public policy group, including analysis,
strategic planning and tactical implementation regarding multiple
subjects in various fora, including the United Nations World
Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and Internet Governance
Forum (IGF);</li>

<li>Developed concepts for various activities of the organisation,
e.g. the Freedom Task Force (FTF), and overseen the implementation
of these concepts;</li>

<li>Represented the organisation on the boards of and participated in
EU projects, often being responsible for strategic issues and legal

<li>Provided training to project managers at the World Bank about
the strategic economic, political, social and developmental implications
of Free Software, including business models and best practice examples;</li>

<li>Authored and published many documents for the organisation,
including co-authorship of the Fiduciary Licence Agreement (FLA);</li>

<li>Facilitated consensus building in various working groups inside and
outside the organisation, including mixed groups of volunteers and

<li>Coordinated work of staff and volunteers in the organisation;</li>

<p>Between August 2007 and April 2008, Mr Greve was contracted by Google
as Technical Programs Manager / Open Standards Specialist for the ISO
DIS 29500 standardisation process. Georg Greve represented Google
vis-a-vis various national standardisation bodies, and served as member of
the German (DIN) and Swiss (SNV) standardisation bodies. He was involved
in technical and strategic analysis, helped train local representatives
for the company, and coordinated Google's activities for the DIS 29500
Ballot Resolution Meeting (BRM).</p>

<p>In 2008 Mr Greve served as reviewer for the European Commission on the
QualiPSo project IST-FP6-034763, providing strategic analysis and
counseling regarding project objectives, and evaluation of project
success, to project management and the Commission.</p>

<p>Georg Greve is an experienced writer with hundreds of publications in
English and German, and a seasoned speaker with experience gathered
during many speeches, keynotes and seminars addressing a wide variety
of audiences around the world.</p>

<p>Mr Greve is married and is currently living in the Zurich area, Switzerland.</p>

<h3>More information about Georg Greve</h3>
<li><a href="">XING Profile</a></li>
<li><a href="">LinkedIn Profile</a></li>
<li><a href="">Wikipedia</a></li>


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Georg C.F. Greve
President, Free Software Foundation Europe

Curriculum vitae (long):

Born 10. March 1973, Georg Greve has a classic scientific background
as "Diplom" Physicist with biophysics, physical oceanography and
astronomy as minor fields of study. His interdisciplinary diploma
thesis was written in the field of nanotechnoloy at the computer
science faculty of the University of Hamburg.

Software development was part of his life since he was 12 years old
and besides a first publication of a program in a professional
journal in 1991, it partly financed his studies when he managed the
software development to evaluate SQUID-sensor data in the
biomagnetometic laboratory in the University hospital of Eppendorf
(UKE) in Hamburg, Germany.

In 1993 he came in touch with Free Software and GNU/Linux. Being
European speaker for the GNU Project since 1998, Georg Greve at this
time also began writing the "Brave GNU World," a monthly column on
Free Software published in the German Linux-Magazin and other
magazines worldwide, as well as the Internet in up to 10 languages.

In early 2001, he initiated the Free Software Foundation Europe
(FSFE, FSF Europe), the first Free Software Foundation outside the
United States of America and the only transnational Free Software
Foundation so far. Construction and coordination of FSFE as European
non-governmental organisation, as well as its integration and
coordination in global context was the focus of his work in the past

The range of activities spanned areas like technology, politics,
society, and economy as well as classical management. Among other
things, Georg Greve was invited as an expert to the "Commission on
Intellectual Property Rights" of the UK government or represented the
coordination circle of German Civil Society during the first phase of
the United Nations (UN) World Summit on the Information Society
(WSIS) as part of the German governmental delegation; he als
furthered networking the Civil Society working groups on European
level as well as for the thematic working group on Patents,
Copyrights, Trademarks (PCT) and Free Software.

Curriculum vitae (short):

Born 10. March 1973, Dipl.-Physicist Georg Greve has a classic
scientific background with an interdisciplinary diploma thesis in
nanotechnology at the University of Hamburg.

A software developer since he was 12 years old, Georg Greve came in
touch with GNU/Linux and Free Software around 1993 and was appointed
European Speaker for the GNU Project in 1998. Since then he has been
writing the "Brave GNU World", a monthly column about Free Software,
which is published in several magazines as well as on the Internet in
up to ten languages.

In early 2001 Georg Greve initiated the founding of the Free Software
Foundation Europe (FSFE, FSF Europe), the construction and
coordination of which has kept him busy on European and global level
in past years.

Within these activites between technology, politics, society, and
economy, Georg Greve was for instance invited as an expert to the
"Commission on Intellectual Property Rights" of the UK government and
participated to the first phase of the United Nations (UN) World
Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) on behalf of the German
coordination circle of Civil Society within the German governmental

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<h1>Georg C. F. Greve</h1><h3>President</h3><h3></h3> <a
href="">[ public key ]</a>
<img src="greve.jpg" border="0" alt="[ Picture of Georg Greve ]" align="right"/>
<h1 align="right">Georg C. F. Greve</h1><h3 align="right">President / Founder</h3><h3 align="right"></h3>
<a href="greve-public.asc" align="right">[ public key ]</a>

<h4>Working full-time for the FSFE since January 2001</h4>

<p><a href="cv.txt">CV as plain text</a>.</p>

<p> Responsibilities include European/Global coordination and planning
for the FSFE, supporting the local representatives in their
work; also work on political and legal issues as well as projects and
giving speeches or informing journalists to spread knowledge about
Free Software.</p>

<p><a href="/projects/">Projects</a> Georg Greve is/has been working on for the FSFE:</p>
<li><a href="/projects/fellowship/">Fellowship of FSFE</a></li>
<li><a href="/projects/wipo/">World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)</a></li>
<li><a href="/projects/wsis/">World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)</a></li>
<li><a href="/projects/igf/">Internet Governance Forum (IGF)</a></li>
<li><a href="/projects/fp6/">6th Framework Programme of the European Commission</a></li>
<li><a href="/projects/swpat/">Software Patents</a></li>
<li><a href="/projects/ms-vs-eu/">Microsoft against the European Commission</a></li>
<li><a href="/projects/ftf/">Freedom Task Force</a></li>
<li><a href="/projects/fla/">Fiduciary Licence Agreement (FLA)</a></li>
<li><a href="/projects/drm/"></a></li>
<li><a href="/projects/agnula/">AGNULA</a></li>
<li><a href="/projects/gbn/">GNU Business Network</a></li>
<li><a href="/projects/bgw/">Brave GNU World</a></li>
<li><a href="/projects/gnu/">GNU's Not Unix!</a></li>
<li><a href="/projects/eucd/eucd.html">EUCD</a></li>
<li><a href="/de/projects/buergerturm/">Bürgerturm</a><br /><br /></li>
<li><a href="">X.Org Foundation</a>, former interim board member</li>

<p>Selection of a few <a href="/events/">events</a> Georg Greve has
been attending in his work for the FSFE:</p>
<h2>About Georg Greve</h2>

<p>Georg Greve is a self-taught software developer with several years
of experience on the job, and traditionally trained
Physicist. Experienced writer with over a hundred published articles
in English and German. Eight years of experience in the coordination
of a multi-national organisation. Over seven years of experience in
international policy at the United Nations, European Commission and in
various countries, with focus on Information Technology related
policy. Several years of experience coordinating interdisciplinary,
international activities, often involving multiple
organisations. Experienced speaker with speeches and keynotes at
conferences and training seminars addressing a wide variety of
audiences, including UNCTAD, the WorldBank and various training
institutes. Strong background and interest in interdisciplinary policy
issues involving technology, law and society.</p>

<p>For more detail, please see the full <a href="cv.html">Curriculum

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<h3>More information about Georg Greve</h3>
<li><a href="">UN WSIS Contributory Conference on ICT &amp; Creativity</a>, Vienna, Austria, June 2005</li>
<li>United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), Geneva, Switzerland, December 2003</li>
<li>Information Society Technologies (IST) Conference &amp; Expo, Copenhagen, Denmark, November 2002</li>
<li>"Free Software Symposium 2002" Tokyo, Japan, October 2002</li>
<li><a href="">Commission on Intellectual Property Rights</a>, London, UK, January 2002</li>
<li><a href="">XING Profile</a></li>
<li><a href="">LinkedIn Profile</a></li>
<li><a href="">Wikipedia</a></li>

<p><br />[ More information available in FSFE <a href="/events/">events section</a> and <a href="/news/newsletter.en.html">newsletter</a> ]

<p>Selection of a few <a href="/documents/">articles and documents</a> Georg
Greve has been working on during his work for the FSFE:</p>
<li><a href="/documents/wiwo.en.html"><b>Towards a World Intellectual Wealth Organisation</b> - Supporting the Geneva Declaration</a></li>
<li><a href="/documents/eur5greve.html"><b>Free Software in Europe</b> - European perspectives and work of the FSFE</a></li>
<li><a href="/documents/fp6/">Recommendation and Expressions of Interest</a> for the 6th Framework Programme of the European Commission</li>
<li><a href="/documents/whyfs.html">We speak about Free Software</a> Initiative</li>

<p><br />[ <a href="">More publications</a> available on <a href="">personal home page</a> ]


<li><a href="">Interview with Georg Greve</a> explaining Free Software, commercial Free Software, and FSFE's view on multiple issues, such as copyright, patents, trademarks, WIPO and more. The interview was taken during the
<a href="">UN WSIS Contributory Conference on ICT &amp; Creativity</a>, Vienna, Austria, June 2005.</li>



<p>If you are looking for portrait pictures that can be
used with interviews, articles and such, they are available
on the <a href="">personal home

<h3>More Information</h3>

<p>More information about Georg Greve is available on his <a href="">Fellowship page</a>.</p>

<p>Another possible source of information is his <a href="">Advogato account</a>.</p>

<p>You could also read his <a href="">blog</a>.</p>

<p>Even more information can be found on his <a href="">personal home page</a></p>


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