Lieutenant of Royal Army of the Netherlands, President, Deco Type
Thomas Milo is the founder of DecoType, the first in the industry to introduce the concept of intelligent fonts (Ruq’ah 1986) and to develop Arabic script solutions based on thorough research into the Islamic calligraphic tradition.
Tomas Milo served as a captain in the Royal Netherlands Army and did two tours of duty as an Arabic speaking officer in the United Nations Interim Force in South Lebanon as a member of a contingent of armored infantry on peacekeeping duty. At the behest of the Netherlands Ministry of Defense, he wrote the Handbook of Lebanese Spoken Arabic for the Royal Netherlands Army (1981).
Has been involved with Unicode since 1988. Tom acts as a consultant for Basis Technology in Cambridge, MA, contributing to their Arabic and Persian Technology projects. He was given the honor three times of presenting the Keynote Address (IUC14 Boston, MA 1999, IUC15 San Jose, CA, 1999) and, directly following the dramatic events in September 2001, at IUC19. He hosted IUC16 in Amsterdam.