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Uber forms international advisory board to guide policy


By John Glenday, Reporter

May 5, 2016 | 2 min read

Uber is seeking to internationalise its governance by forming a new advisory board composed of members drawn from every continent except Africa and Antarctica as it grapples with the complexities of operating across 70 countries.

The public policy advisory group had their first gathering earlier this week and consists of eight members drawn from established markets in the United States, Peru, Brazil, India, Australia, Saudi Arabia and the Netherlands.

Uber chief adviser David Plouffe: “Today more than 70 jurisdictions in the U.S. do, and many other places around the globe are following suit, including in Australia, Canada, India, the Philippines and Mexico.

“We had vibrant discussions about every aspect of our business and the unique challenges and opportunities Uber faces around the world.”

Panel members including Melody Barne, vice provost for global student leadership initiatives at New York University; Roberto Daniño, former prime minister of Peru; Dr. Allan Fels, professor at Melbourne, Monash and Oxford universities; Neelie Kroes, Netherlands special envoy for startups; Ray LaHood, former U.S. secretary of transportation; Dr. Gesner Oliveira former president of the Brazilian Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE); Her Royal Highness Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud, founder and CEO, Alf Khair and Adil Zainulbhai chairman of the Quality Council of India.

Each member will be tasked with drawing lessons from past experiences to spread its wings further around the globe.


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