Matyas Gaspar

Gender Male
Region Europe
Nationality Hungary
Residence Hungary
Languages Hungarian, Russian (fluent); English (good)
Nominated by
Endorsed by Telecentres WG

Personal statement

Matyas Gaspar
- is founder of the first Hungarian telecottage (1994) and the Hungarian Telecottage Association (1995), 550 telecentres operating in 2004
- first president of the Hungarian Telecottage Association (1995-1999), second turn: 2001-2004,
- 1999-2001, director of the 100 % owned by the HTA public benefit company "Telehaz KHT"
- board member of the Community TeleService Centres (CTSC), ITU affiliated civic organisation from 1998,
- as community informatics' consultant of the Hungarian Ministry of Informatics and Communication writer of the eHungary points strategy, part of the National Information Society Strategy,
- as community informatics' consultant of the Prime Ministers' Office, writer of the part of the Hungarian e-Government strategy (community access of the e-government network services)
- as consultant of the UNDP expert and writer of the national telecentre strategy for Ukraine, Belarus
- contributor of many regional telecentre development projets ( e.g. Romania, Serbia-Montenegro, Slovakia, Lituania, Poland, Bulgaria, Usbekistan)
- content developer of some websites used by telecentres, author of large number of articles, conference papers on telecentres,
- finalist of the Petersberg Prize, recognition of the Hungarian telecottage model, 10 years telecentre work in the region
- writer of telecentre books, manuals, on-line magazine in community informatics publicated in Hungary,
- founder and first president of the European Union of Telecentre Associations (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Esonia, Hungary, Russia, Serbia-Montenegro, Slovakia, in process of joining Spain)
- founder and operator of the model telecottage in Budaors City, Hungary (2004), as the part of a participative self-government model development
- founder and organisator of the Hungarian IT-mentor system,
- cooperation with the Base of the Pyramid (BOP) Learning Laboratory, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in the field of matching the world-wide telecentre movement and the BOP initiative

Professional experience and skills:
- economist, computer engineer phd
- local governmnent and public service management
- community informatics
- computer literacy (all basic applications)
- Hungarian (native), Russian (excellent), English (fair for work)

Statement of Affiliations:
- honorary president of the Hungarian Telecottage Association
- president of the European Union of Telecottage Associations
- board member of the Community TeleService Centres (CTSC)
- lecturer of the Budapest Economy College (management theory and practice)
- vice-president of the INFORUM civic organisation, protecting the interest of the information society development