Hill & Associates
6 chemin du Port-Noir, CH-1207 Geneva, Switzerland
Tel.: + 41 22 840 1021, Fax: +41 22 840 1025
info@hill-a.ch     http://www.hill-a.ch

Dr. Richard Hill

Richard is the principal  of Hill & Associates in Geneva, Switzerland.  He has an extensive background in information systems, telecommunications, negotiation, mediation, and conflict management.

Since 2013, his main activities are acting as arbitrator in domain name disputes, representing clients involved in UN labor law disputes, and providing telecommunications consulting relating to the International Telecommunication Union.  

Richard was the Secretary for the ITU-T Study Groups dealing with numbering and tariffing issues, network operations, and economic and policy issues; he was the Secretary for the preparatory process for the 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications and headed the secretariat team dealing with substantive issues at the Conference.  He has facilitated numerous complex international negotiations regarding sensitive policy matters.  

He has been active as a domain name arbitrator and divorce mediator in Geneva and has designed and delivered mediation training for commercial lawyers, doctors, nurses, and judges.  He has also provided tactical and strategic consulting to parties involved in major ICC arbitrations.  He was an arbitrator and evaluator for the Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Moot.  He has published extensively on mediation and arbitration.

He is a Centre for Dispute Resolution (CEDR) accreditated mediatior, has been trained as a mediator by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), has been trained and certified in family and victim-offender mediator and was for five years the labor-relations mediatior at ITU.  He has taken law courses in Geneva and Lausanne, and has attended, spoken at, and chaired seminars accredited for continuing education by the UK Law Society.  He has published papers on mediation and computer-related intellectual property issues and the standard reference book to X.435

Richard has a long professional background in Information Technology (IT) and Telecommunications.  He was Department Head, IT Infrastructure Delivery and Support, at Orange Communications (a GSM operator), responsible for delivering and maintaining the real-time, fail-safe computing infrastructure for the company to support over 300 online agents and related applications such as billing.  He previously was the IT Manager at the University of Geneva.

Prior to that, he worked at Hewlett-Packard's European Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, in IT and Telecommunications.  He was the Western European Rapporteur for EDIFACT, responsible for the organization of the EDI standardization efforts in Europe.

Prior to joining HP, he worked as a Research Statistician for the A.C. Nielsen company in Europe, a large marketing research company, and as a systems designer and consultant for a small software company specializing Boston, Mass. that specialized in applications for managing financial portfolios.  Prior to that, Richard worked in software development for M.I.T. and N.B.E.R.

Richard holds a Ph.D. in Statistics from Harvard University and a B.S. in Mathematics from M.I.T.  Prior to his studies in the U.S.A., he obtained the Maturita' from the Liceo Scientifico A. Righi in Rome, Italy.