Mr. Mario Franco

Country: 
Portugal
Position and Company: 
President Foundation for Mobile Communications

Mario Franco made studies in philosophy. His background is linked to the associative movement in different areas from youth to development and environment. Later on he dedicated to public policy, focussing on Information and communication technologies. From 1995 he has been involved in eInclusion projects and programs at national and international level.

In 2008, he assumed the post of President of FCM - Foundation for Mobile Communications having previously been coordinator of the Portuguese Information Society Fund - proceeding FCM. Mario leads a team who developed and managed the e.escola Program. This Program has allowed the access to a mobile computer and internet to 1.3 million people in Portugal, considered one of the most successful initiatives in this field.

As manager of the e.escola Program, Mario is working with many companies, governments and institutions, in particular he chaired the International Expert Group of World Telecommunication Policy Forum (WTPF) organized by the International Telecommunication Union and he is a member of the Strategy Council of The Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development (GAID) of the United Nations.

From 1996 to 2004, he was Chairman of the Foundation for the Promotion of Information Technology (FDTI) and afterwards he worked as a consultant until 2008.