Bill Hoffman

Bill Hoffman
Head, Telecommunications Industry Group, World Economic Forum

William Hoffman heads the World Economic Forum’s Telecommunications Industry Group, where he supports a global community of industry partners in addressing some of the world’s most pressing economic, social and environmental challenges. One of his primary areas of focus is leading a global initiative entitled Rethinking Personal Data. This multi-year project is designed to catalyze action and shared understandings on how to shape a personal data ecosystem that crates opportunities for both social and economic value creation as well as protecting the rights of individuals.

Prior to joining the World Economic Forum, William was the Director of Enterprise Marketing at AT&T. With broad experience in the communications industry, he has an extensive background with the adoption of emerging technologies, data analysis and strategic planning.

William holds degrees from Syracuse University as well as the University of Pennsylvania.


Location: Westside Ballroom
Robert Kirkpatrick (United Nations), Jane Yakowitz (Brooklyn Law School), Bill Hoffman (World Economic Forum)
Personal data is a an exploding asset class that is currently not being leveraged to inform public policy decisions or mitigate risk. This panel, sponsored by United Nations Global Pulse, will examine the value of private sector data and consider some of the challenges inherent its use. Read more.


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