Michael E. Novak
Asia Pacific Chief Operating Officer & International Ambassador,
Mr. Novak brings considerable international experience in information technology, satellite communications, intercultural and multilingual communications, and international development to the InfoTelesys management team.
Beginning his career with a 20 year history of successful information technology experience in Silicon Valley, Mr. Novak co-founded Ross Systems and managed its field operations as Executive Vice President, and later assisted in the launching of Documentum corporation.
He also directed the multimedia efforts at Walker Interactive, and began his IT career with Arthur Andersen/Andersen Consulting.
Building on that success, Mr. Novak has worked almost exclusively in the international sector for the last decade.
As an international IT consultant he has assisted companies like Hitachi and Fujitsu with their investment strategies in the US, as well as helping to bring leading IT companies like PeopleSoft to Japan.
also led Sterling Software's efforts in Asia as their Asia Pacific Vice President.
He also served as President of Clarke Consulting Group, then the country's major intercultural consulting company.
At Clarke he
managed the company as it addressed the globalization challenges faced by companies such as AT&T
in China; Microsoft
, and Proctor & Gamble
in Japan; and NASA
for the space station collaboration with the Russian Space Agency and Japan's
Work included joint venture assistance, technology transfer facilitation, expatriate orientation, and headquarters/ subsidiary alignment issues.
has also maintained a commitment to the non-profit and NGO community throughout his
He currently sits on the Board of Directors of Equal Access and Equal Access-Japan.
is a strategic partner of the UNDP
in addressing the issue of the global digital divide, and also collaborates closely with the European Union
, the Japanese government, USAID
, and the World Bank
in addressing the use of IT with issues like AIDS education and the reconstruction of Afghanistan.
Mr. Novak has also dedicated a significant portion of his time to the State of the World Forum, where he has been a member of its President's Council.
has participated in this non-governmental organization since its launch over two years ago.
is recognized as a leader in the use of satellite technology to provide information and education to the developing world.
has been involved in almost all aspects of the organization.
has also spearheaded the organization's entry into Japan, attracted some of Japan's top leaders to the organization as advisors, and worked closely with the Foreign Ministry in coordinating the efforts of Equal Access
with that of the Japanese government.
Senior Fellow Japan Management Association
and Advisor - Japan Management Consulting Association
Mr. Novak was the first non-Japanese to have the role of Kyakuin Kenkyuin, or senior fellow, in JMA's history, advising the organization in the areas of knowledge management and global business practices.
also consults to the 120,000 member strong JMCA association in various international business areas.