Nick Ashton-Hart

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Nick Ashton-Hart
Nick Ashton-Hart April 2012.jpg
Nick Ashton-Hart speaking at the CCIA Washington Caucus, April 30th 2012. (c) Dan O'Connor, 2012
Title Geneva Representative of Computer and Communications Industry Association

Nick Ashton-Hart is the Geneva Representative of the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA). Prior to that he was Senior Director for Participation and Engagement and Director for At-Large[1] at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

He has been active in international policy development and intergovernmental negotiations in various areas from sustainable unban development (UN Habitat II Conference, Istanbul, 1996 and preparatory conferences), Intellectual Property (WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights,[2] 2001–Present and the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents,[3] 2008–present), and Internet Governance (at ICANN)[1].

He has served as a Director and Managing Director of various organisations, including Executive Director of the International Music Managers Forum (IMMF),[4] the international non-governmental organisation representing the interests of music managers and their clients, the featured artist community.

He began his business career as an artist manager for featured musical artists, such as James Brown[2] (in partnership with Frank "Superfrank" Copsidas at Intrigue Music LLc) and Heaven 17. He retired from artist management in 2004.

He speaks regularly on international public policy issues such as at Digital Hollywood[5] and MusicTank,[6] the Transatlantic Consumers Dialogue (TACD),[7][8] organs of government such as the Committee on Legal Affairs of the European Parliament,[9] and organs of the United Nations and its specialised agencies, most frequently during meetings of the World Intellectual Property Organisation on behalf of CCIA.

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