Who Is Virtual State?

Virtual State is a community and forum for exchanging ideas, developing solutions and deploying answers for one of the world’s biggest challenges. Four Virtual State citizens started this project. Join us. All you need is an open mind and willingness to work.

Citizen Staff
Brendan-DunphyBrendan Dunphy

Entrepreneur, consultant & social innovator specializing in Digital & Data strategy, innovation, and transformations.

Currently CEO of C-BIA Consulting Ltd and principal consultant at Dunphy Associates. Previously co-founder of online benchmarking provider Max.Net (UK) Ltd. and internet services company Extend Solutions. Other major roles include Consulting Director at Mobile Market Development (Telco research, Dublin) and former Innovation Lead at Frost & Sullivan Ltd in Europe.

Former Director of the Accenture (then Anderson Consulting) Centre for Strategic Technology in Sophia Antipolis, France pioneering novel applications of emerging web and mobile technologies to create new business value and capabilities.

Trustee of the youth charity the Lowdown, the Northamptonshire REACH collaborative of youth charities and Chair of Ekhaya Skills Centres for entrepreneurs. Member of the Centre for Citizenship, Enterprise & Governance (CCEG), the Open Data Institute (ODI), the Research Data Alliance (RDA) and a founding citizen of the Virtual State.

Brad-MatthewsBrad Matthews

Insightful, creative, and visionary executive and consultant with a track record in driving successful organizational transformation and change, and maximizing organizational, team, and individual impacts. Recipient of numerous client testimonials reflecting appreciation for personal efforts in resolving critical business performance challenges and enhancing organizational productivity, effectiveness and vitality. Global citizen who effectively interfaces across multiple cultures worldwide.

Managing Director of the Co-Innovation Institute, President CHANGEase Inc., and previously Vice President of Development at Induct Software, AS.

Mike-NorthcottMike Northcott

Principal and founder of Spearfish Innovation with concentration on business strategy and innovation, Mike has over 20 years of direct consulting experience with clients large and small across a broad range of industries.

With a business background that includes line management experience in global marketing, R&D, and supply chain operations, he brings a wealth of practical knowledge and systems thinking to his engagements.

As Hewlett-Packard’s Vice President of Global Operations Strategy, Mike led HP’s $50 billion supply chain social responsibility team, Lean Sigma, and strategic planning functions. Over the past 30 years Mike has lived and managed teams in the United States, UK, Germany, and Singapore.

Jan-RuijgrokJan Ruijgrok

Futurist and innovator with special interest in technological impact on social behaviour.

Currently partner at ChangeVision. Other major roles are partner at De Buitenkamer, think tank on good governance, ethics and integrity, member of the Dutch Future Society, board member of Sustainable Scherpenzeel and co-founder of The Virtual Nation State.

Previously founding member and chair of Micro Insurance Association Netherlands and Board member of MercyShips. Former IT Director at Interpolis insurances, IT director at Wang Ltd, IT Consultant and started in IT as software engineer and IT pioneer at CAP Europe. (Now CapGemini)


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