José M. Alonso

Director of Strategy & Partnerships

José serves as Director of Strategy and Partnerships. In providing strategic direction for the Web Foundation, he benefits from his deep knowledge of the organisation, as its longest-serving team member. He joined in 2011 to lead the Open Data program, later becoming the Director of the Digital Citizenship program.

He currently leads the Contract for the Web — a collaborative project that brings together governments, companies, civil society organisations, and citizens from around the world to collectively define our responsibilities towards ensuring a free, open and fair web for everyone.

José has extensive experience in the fields of Open Data, eGovernment and Web standards. He has held a number of leadership and advisory roles, working on projects at the local, regional, national and global levels, including the Open Government Partnership, the International Open Data Charter, Open Ownership, Open Contracting, the Open Data Research Network, and the Open Data Initiative in Spain.

He has served on United Nations and European Commission expert panels as well as on the Nominating Committee at ICANN, the organisation dedicated to preserving the operational security and stability of the Internet. Prior to joining the Foundation,

José held several positions at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the Web standards-setting organisation, where he established and led the eGovernment Activity. He also launched the Spain country office.

Originally a software engineer, José has worked as IT analyst, consultant and trainer, and even founded his own web startup back in 1997.