ORG United Nations Secretariat Title BIO Michael Laing has worked at the United Nations Secretariat in New York since 2002. He coordinates the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Board for the UN and chairs its Standards Task Force. Prior to joining the UN, Mr. Laing provided a wide range of IT consulting services from a company which he founded in the Boston area. He was a long term consultant to Harvard University in the area of technology evaluation and prototyping, and is the inventor of a general purpose protocol processing engine for which Harvard has applied for patent. His company has built award-winning eCommerce web sites for both commercial and government clients. Other Harvard work included web sites for the Kennedy School of Government and the School of Public Health, as well as back office systems for the Harvard Management Corporation which manages Harvard's $20 billion endowment. He has a variety of other experiences in the computing industry ranging from managing a computer distributorship in Venezuela to handicapping yachts for international offshore racing. Mr. Laing was educated at the United States Military Academy at West Point and received a Master of Business Administration degree from the Harvard Business School.