Speakers

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Ai-Chin Lu

Ai-Chin Lu is the Vice Executive Director at Taiwan Network Information Center (TWNIC), managing Taiwan’s ccTLDs, .tw and .台灣. Ai-Chin has been associated with TWNIC since 1998. She has played a major role in creating the .tw/.台灣 registration guidelines and led the coordination of the domain name registration system, and DN Dispute Resolution Services. She serves as the Co-Secretary of the Chinese Domain Name Consortium (CDNC). She is also a member of the Joint Engineering Team. Before joining TWNIC, Ai-Chin worked at the Computer Center of the Ministry of Education and the Institute for Information Industry. She holds M.Sc. in Computer Science from University of Missouri-Rolla in USA.

Giovanni Seppia

Giovanni Seppia has been the External Relations manager at EURid since mid-2007. In this function, he is responsible for a team of 20 people, in charge of EURid relations with the European institutions, registrar relations, marketing and communication activities, and international relations. At EURid, he is also in charge of the environmental plan within the Eco and Management Audit Scheme framework. He previously worked at ICANN as the European Regional Liaison. Prior to that, he was the General Manager at CENTR. He has also served as Head of External Relations for the Italian Registry (ITT-CNR) for five years and has three years of experience in various roles at the European Commission. He has been working as a consultant on EU programs for several national and international organizations and served as an EU programs lecturer for ten editions of the Master on EU policies and programs at the Venice International University.

Hisham Ibrahim

Hisham Ibrahim is the Middle East Technical Program Manager at the RIPE NCC, in charge of capacity building, technical engagement and community development in the MENOG community.

Massimiliano Stucchi

Massimiliano Stucchi is the IPv6 Program Manager and a trainer at the RIPE NCC. In this position, he travels around the RIPE region to deliver trainings on how to better use the resources assigned by RIPE NCC. Prior to this role, he was CTO, founder and owner of an ISP/ITSP/WISP and also a consultant with experiences ranging from web technologies to carrier-grade networking topics. He is the Vice President of the Italian FreeBSD Users Group (GUFI).

Mukesh Chulani

Mukesh Chulani serves as ICANN’s Registrar Services & Engagement Senior Manager, where he functions as the liaison for ICANN-accredited registrars in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, and supports the development and implementation of various services for ICANN-accredited registrars. He is based in ICANN’s Regional Office in Istanbul, and holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines and a postgraduate diploma in application and management of information technology from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada.

Nick Tomasso

Nick Tomasso joined ICANN in 2008, bringing with him a wealth of experience after leading IBM’s global meetings as Director of Global Events. Today he has various roles at ICANN. In his capacity as Vice President of Global Meeting Operations, Nick manages all ICANN meetings, in particular, the three annual public meetings held in different regions of the globe that allow attendees from around the world to participate in person. These meetings are an essential platform for ICANN and provide the opportunity for an internationally diverse group of individuals and organizations to come together and discuss and develop policies for the Internet’s naming systems. He is also the Managing Director for ICANN’s Middle East and Africa Regional Office in Istanbul, Turkey. In this role, he supports the organization’s strategic objective to evolve and further internationalize ICANN and better serve the global community.

Patrick Jones

Patrick Jones is the Senior Director of Global Stakeholder Engagement at ICANN. He coordinates ICANN’s global engagement activities across its regional and functional teams. He joined ICANN in March 2006 and has been active in the Internet governance, policy, operations and security fields since 2000. Patrick is also an invited participant in ICANN’s Security and Stability Advisory Committee.

Raedene McGary

Raedene McGary is a barrister qualified in England, an attorney licensed in California, and a data protection certified practitioner. Her involvement in the domain name industry has spanned more than seventeen years. She is currently the Group General Counsel of CentralNic Group plc. One of the world’s leaders in the domain name industry, CentralNic is continuously developing to meet the domain market’s evolving challenges and opportunities. Headquartered in London, and with offices across the globe, the business services customers in over 250 countries. Raedene focuses on supporting ccTLDs in operational and policy development projects, assisting both dot brand and open TLD registry clients with policy support in relation its ICANN operator licenses and compliance for both registry clients and CentralNic Group owned registrars.

Rafik Dammak

Rafik Dammak is a computer engineer living in Japan. He has been involved in the civil society on issues related to the Internet Governance since 2007. He has been involved in ICANN policy-making spaces such as as NCUC and NCSG, CS organizations within ICANN, and as an individual end-user. He was the chair of NCSG and NCUC and he is currently a GNSO Councilor for NCSG and GNSO Council vice chair. He is also interested in the Internet Governance issues in MENA region and has collaborated closely with IGMENA project and took part in different capacity building efforts.Rafik Dammak is a computer engineer living in Japan. He has been involved in the civil society on issues related to the Internet Governance since 2007. He has been involved in ICANN policy-making spaces such as as NCUC and NCSG, CS organizations within ICANN, and as an individual end-user. He was the chair of NCSG and NCUC and he is currently a GNSO Councilor for NCSG and GNSO Council vice chair. He is also interested in the Internet Governance issues in MENA region and has collaborated closely with IGMENA project and took part in different capacity building efforts.

Samaneh Tajalizadehkhoob

Samaneh Tajalizadehkhoob has been a lead Security, Stability & Resiliency specialist at ICANN OCTO SSR group since October 2018. She has been an active researcher in Domain Name Abuse and Internet Security for the past six years. She holds a Ph.D. from Delft University of Technology (2018) on analyzing and improving security performance of hosting providers. Currently, she is managing ICANN ‘s Domain Abuse Activity Reporting (DAAR) project and conducting research to enhance and improve the project domain abuse detection and reporting.

Sarmad Hussain

Sarmad Hussain is ICANN’s IDN Programs Director, involved in Internationalized Domain Names program and Universal Acceptance initiative. He has over twenty years of research and development experience in local language computing, including Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs).

Tom Barrett

Tom Barrett has over 30 years of experience in technology, including over 20 years of experience in internet development and management. Currently, he is the President and Founder of ICANN-accredited Registrar: EnCirca, Inc. EnCirca is the leading registration, security and validation provider for restricted Registries, including the .BANK, .REALTOR, .PHARMACY, and .JOBS TLDs. EnCirca is also a Trademark Agent for the Trademark Clearinghouse. He was previously the CEO of NetNames, which he sold to NetBenefit (LSE:NBT) and Vice President at Thomson Compumark (part of ThomsonReuters), where he led the development of the SAEGIS trademark research platform. Previous affiliations also include Neustar, Ziff Davis Interactive (Interchange), Accenture (Andersen Consulting), General Electric – Aircraft Engines, and Pratt & Whitney Aircraft. He holds engineering degrees from MIT and WPI.