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Douglas T. Hickey c

Hickey Douglas Thomas

Commissioner General of the U.S. Pavilion, Expo Milano 2015

BACKGROUND / Academic and professional
Named Commissioner General of the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 by President Barack Obama in 2014, Ambassador Douglas T. Hickey has more than 20 years of operational experience holding senior-level positions in the telecom, Internet and technology space. Hickey spent 10+ years as Managing Director of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, one of Silicon Valley’s leading Venture Capital firms. Prior to Hummer Winblad, Hickey was CEO of Critical Path and President and CEO of Global Center. After selling Global Center to Frontier Communications, Hickey was named president of Frontier Global Center and Executive Vice President of Frontier Communications Corporation. Hickey also served as president and CEO of MFS Datanet. Hickey was a key member of the team that negotiated the purchase of UUNET, positioning MFS as the world leader in Internet data traffic. MFS was taken public and ultimately sold to WorldCom, at more than 15 Billion Dollars. Prior to this Hickey served as general manager of North America at Ardis, a Motorola company, and as Northern California Finance Co-Chair on Secretary Kerry’s Presidential campaign. He was a member of the National Finance Committee for President Obama’s campaign in 2008 and 2012 as well as Co-Chair or the California Finance Committee. Hickey received a B.S. in economics from Siena College.


ACHIEVEMENT/What is the project/initiative/startup/company you will be presenting at the Positive Economy Forum all about?
Feeding the Accelerator- USA Pavilion’s innovation program at Milan EXPO 2015


LOCATION/ In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities?
United States/ Italy



IMPACT/What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental…of the activity, project, initiative, startup, company?
By providing mentorship from leading industry professionals, as well as chefs, artists, designers and theorists to big corporate structures and start-ups alike, Feeding the Accelerator creates synergies between an entire ecosystem of disciplines around food.


QUOTE/ A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you :

If you believe you can win the probability of winning goes up dramatically. Think like a winner and do something amazing