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Led the product development and technical assistance teams through restructuring and refocusing of product lines.
Spokesperson and senior negotiator for CGNET to new and major customers, including:
Partnered with Cisco, McKinsey, and Accenture in formation of NetHope, a consortium of humanitarian agencies extending the Internet in developing countries. Managed deployment of VOIP service and pilot broadband satellite network in Afghanistan and East Africa for CARE, Save the Children, and other NetHope members.
2001-2002: Reuters Foundation Digital Vision Fellow, Stanford University.
Awarded the Digital Vision fellowship in its first year. Studied novel methods of content filtering for applications in developing countries, including weblogs, RSS, and news search services. Started http://www.novak.com/weblog .
1992-2000: Director of Network Services, CGNET Services International.
Led growth of network services business from annual $500,000 to $5 million. Directed expansion of technical staff from 3 to 28, adding 7/24/365 operation and diversifying services.
Product architect: Studied customer needs to design product lines for CGNET, and managed their development and rollout. Highlights:
1987-1992: Network Manager and Consultant, CGNET Services International (Australia and Menlo Park, CA).
On-site consulting: Installed electronic mail systems in fifteen developing countries, often the first internet-capable e-mail in the country. Consulted with management, technical, and scientific staff on its use.
Consulted on computer acquisition and scientific applications for research organizations in several developing countries. Advised on the use of PBX's, fax machines, and general telecomm issues.
Hired and managed a team of field consultants as the CGNET network grew.
1980-1987: Consultant, The Sombers Group (New York, New Jersey, Cameroon, Hong Kong)
Technical manager for development of an extensible message switch: negotiated and authored the functional specifications, helped design the software, and directed eight programmers for eighteen months to completion. Installed the message switch in Cameroon for the national telegram service.
Designed and programmed applications, including systems and libraries for a new pattern-matching language, and news wire story retrieval systems for an electronic publisher.
1975-1977: Programmer, Comshare (Ann Arbor, MI).
Programmed a real-time character processing front end for a packet switched network. Packaged tools for microcomputer product development, including an assembler, a debugger and a simulator.
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