Simon Phipps

Managing Director at Meshed Insights Ltd

Simon Phipps is managing director at Meshed Insights Ltd, advising companies globally on the dynamics of open communities and rights. He was previously head of open source at Sun Microsystems and a founder of IBM’s Java business unit. He is also on the board of the Open Rights Group and the Consul Democracy Foundation and executive director of Public Software CIC.

He served for a decade on the board of the Open Source Initiative, twice as President, and guided its transformation to a member organisation. He has been widely involved in standardisation activities, including as a founding director of the Open Mobile Alliance and as one of the Sun executives sponsoring the donation of resources to OASIS to create Open Document Format (ODF); he is currently a delegate at ETSI and ISO. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society as well as an Open Forum Fellow.