About ICC Management
Day-to-day management of ICC is carried out by the Director and the members of the Executive Committee.
MA MMath CMath FBCS
Simon has been the Director of ICC since November 2011. He was previously the Director of Business Solutions and Chief Information Officer in the UK Department for International Development (DFID), with a remit covering Information Systems, Knowledge and Information Management, Capital Portfolio Management, and the Centre of Excellence for Project and Programme Management. Simon was a founder member of the UK Government CIO Council and the Knowledge Council and had been the chair of the Government IT Profession Board.
Simon has a degree in mathematics from Cambridge University and started his career as a research scientist doing mathematical modelling using large computers in the Institute of Hydrology, Fulmer Research and ICI in the ‘80’s. In 1990 he moved into IT management within ICI and by 1993 he was leading their Technical Computing & Applications group. In 1994 Simon joined CAB International (a small international organization providing information and scientific services) as Director of Information Technology. Simon then moved to the Dialog Corporation in 1999 to become their CD-ROM Technology Director with responsibility for rebuilding the Division's technology capability and direction after it relocated to the UK. He became Head of Technology UK after Dialog was acquired by the Thomson Corporation, responsible for the technology and product management of three product lines which were sold worldwide.
Sameer has joined the International Computing Centre on 1 August 2015 as the Chief, Clients and Projects. He brings over 20 years of professional experience in both the Public and Private Sectors and an educational background in Computer Engineering and Computer Science.
Most recently, he headed Knowledge Management and Digital Marketing IT for Deutsche Bank Asset and Wealth Management. He played several roles at Deutsche Bank over eight years, including being the COO for an IT division of approx. 800 staff and externals worldwide. In that capacity, he handled annual budgets of over EUR 110m and provided oversight into all operational aspects including financial, audit, compliance, regulatory and operational risk, vendor management, and business continuity planning.
Prior to Deutsche Bank, Sameer spent several years as a consultant for Deloitte. He established a track record of delivering complex, global programs and projects for major global organizations across various industries including Financial Services, Public Sector, Telecom, Manufacturing and Software. He gained experience in operational and strategic aspects of running large IT departments, defining and adopting best practice operational and governance processes, portfolio management, vendor management, business and enterprise architecture.
He started his career as an IT developer in the US Public Sector, developing child and family welfare systems for various US state governments.
Ray wrote his first computer program in 1972 and was hooked. After studying at the City College of New York and Columbia University, he worked as a software developer implementing X.400 store-and-forward messaging systems. He moved on to do independent IT consulting in New York in both the communications and financial sectors. In 1994, Ray joined the United Nations and spent one year working in 12 different UN Peacekeeping missions around the world doing everything from network design and installation, to system configuration and tuning, and training of field IT staff. In 1995, he was part of the advance team that established the UN Logistics Base in Brindisi, after which he moved back to New York to work on the UN’s IMIS project in a progression of roles in systems administration and management.
Ray joined ICC in February 1999 to act as the global coordinator for IMIS support in the UN Offices Away from Headquarters (OAHs). In 2002, after managing an internal project defining ICC’s business processes, Ray was appointed to the newly created post of Business Manager. In 2007, he was appointed Acting Chief of the Business Management Division, and was later confirmed in that post by competition. In August 2012, Ray was appointed Acting Chief of the Operations and Technology Division and in October 2014 was confirmed in the position of Chief Operations Officer of the Operations and Technology Division.
François has joined the International Computing Centre in 2009 as Chief, Customer Relationship Management Section, with the mission to set-up this new section and develop the business relations and processes with the ICC Partners. Starting August 2012, François was Acting Chief, Business Management Division, providing strategic leadership to ICC on all business aspects including CRM, Product Management, Finance and Procurement.
He was confirmed in this position newly redefined as Chief, Corporate Services, in April 2015
François has a degree in psychology and sciences of education from University of Mons-Hainaut, Belgium, as well as a post-graduate degree in statistics and analytical modeling from University of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. François started his career in 1983 as teaching assistant at University of Mons-Hainaut with research and teaching responsibilities in the areas of computer-based laboratory, statistics and experimental design and methodology. From 1988 to 1990, he was also member of the Board of Directors.
In 1990, François moved to SAS Institute, the worldwide leading provider of Business Intelligence software solutions, as Senior Technical Consultant then as Product Strategy Manager. End of 1996, François was appointed Managing Director for SAS Belgium and SAS Luxembourg being fully responsible for business planning, finance, operations and human resources. From 1999 to 2004, he was also member of the Board of Directors.
In 2005, François set up his own management consulting activity providing services to companies and public/international organizations in strategic and finance management, decisional information and process, as well as in operational process improvement.