Speakers

 

Mohammed AlTamimi

Dr. Mohammed AlTamimi, Governor of the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), has extensive experience in organizational governance, politics, and competitive economics, and is recognized as a global expert in wireless networks and cloud computing.

Prior to taking on the Governorship at the CITC, Dr. AlTamimi served the organization as Deputy Governor for Regulation and Competition and acting Deputy Governor for Consumer Protection and Partnership.

Dr. AlTamimi graduated from Harvard University’s Leadership Development program and holds a Ph.D. in telecommunications and networking from the University of Pittsburgh in the USA, a master’s degree in communications technology and policy from the University of Strathclyde in the UK, and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals in Saudi Arabia.

Göran Marby

Göran Marby was appointed CEO & President on 23 May 2016. He brings over 20 years experience as a senior executive in the Internet and technology sector, as well as his leadership as Director General at the independent regulatory body Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS), where he worked closely with international organizations and standards bodies.

Prior to this, he served as CEO and founder of Appgate, a Swedish security software company (now Cryptzone in the U.S), where he grew the organization to a global company with customers in 35 countries and operations in the U.S.

Before his seven years at Appgate, he was CEO for the advanced networks company Cygate Group (now owned by TeliaSonera) where he spearheaded operations in five countries with revenues in the range of 120 million euros. And as Country Manager for Cisco in Sweden, Marby led sales of all products and services.

Marby holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Gothenburg, School of Business, Economics and Law, and is married with three kids. He is fluent in English and Swedish, and is a Swedish national.

Manal Ismail

Ms. Manal Ismail is chair of the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) of ICANN, where she represented Egypt for more than 15 years and served as one of its vice chairs in 2009 and 2017. She is GAC non‐voting liaison to ICANN Board and co‐chair of the Board‐GAC Interaction Group (BGIG). She served as vice chair of the first ICANN Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT1), was member of the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) and participated to the successful introduction of IDNs.

Ms. Ismail is Chief Expert, Internet Policies at the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) of Egypt. She has been working in areas of Internet development and related public policies for over 20 years, and was among the team who first introduced the Internet to Egypt and worked on building its information society.

Ms. Ismail holds M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from University of Louisville (UofL), Kentucky, USA.

Baher Esmat

Baher Esmat is the ICANN Regional Vice President for stakeholder engagement in the Middle East, and Managing Director for the Middle East and Africa (MEA) Regional office in Istanbul. In his role, Esmat oversees ICANN’s engagement in the MEA region and facilitates collaboration with stakeholders to fulfill ICANN’s strategic objectives at the regional level. Esmat has been involved in Internet technical and governance issues for over two decades. He also served on several Internet governance related groups including the UN Working Group on Internet Governance, the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development, Working Group on IGF Improvements, and the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Committee (MAG). Esmat holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Cairo University, and a master’s degree in Computer Science from the American University in Cairo.

Cengiz Acarturk

Cengiz Acarturk was assigned as an ICANN ambassador on Universal Acceptance (UA) in 2020. His current research interests cover topics at the interaction between cybersecurity and cybercognition, as well as human factors in cybersecurity and Natural Language Processing (NLP). He supervises graduate students and teach courses in cognitive science (on visual cognition, psychology of reading), in cyber security (on information security and cyber systems, human factors in cyber physical systems), as well as on topics that overlap between the two departments (artificial intelligence and machine learning). He was a postdoctoral fellow at MLDC Microsoft Language Development Center, Microsoft Portugal, Lisbon (2011-2012). Since 2012, he has been a faculty member at METU Informatics Institute, in Cognitive Science and Cybersecurity Graduate Programs. He is a member of IEEE, ACM, and Cognitive Science Society.

Adiel Akplogan

Adiel Akplogan is Vice-President for Technical engagement at ICANN with more than 25 years engagement and active contribution to the Internet industry globally. Before joining ICANN Adiel was the President and CEO of AFRINIC from 2004-2015, IT Director for Symbol Technology (a Motorola company) in France (2001-2003) and CTO at CAFÉ Informatique in Togo (1994-2000). Recognized as one of the Internet Technology pioneers in Africa, he has contributed to building technical capacity for some of the first private ISPs in West Africa between 1996 and 2000. These achievements where recently recognized by the Internet Society community which Inducted him into the 2019 class of Internet Hall of Fame.

Adiel Akplogan is an Electrical Engineer and holds a Masters in E-Business and New Technology Management from Paris Graduate School of Management. He leaves and works from Montreal (Canada).

Raed I. Al-Fayez

Raed I. Al-Fayez is the deputy governor for Information Technology and Emerging Technologies in CITC. Raed has more than 22 years of experience in IT, Internet services, Cloud computing, IoT and Cyber security. He was one of the first Saudi engineers who participated in introducing Internet in Saudi Arabia in 1998. In addition, he was the director of SaudiNIC (ccTLD admin for .sa &.السعودية) and he was the general manager of Internet services in CITC. He is an author/coauthor of many research papers on Arabic domain names and DNS security. Raed has a Bachelor’s degree and a Master degree in Information Systems from King Saud University in 1998 and 2006 respectively.

Ali Alhoshaiyan

Ali Alhoshaiyan is a Software Engineer working for SaudiNIC, part of the Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC). He finished his degree in Computer Science from Qassim University in 2017 and joined the NIC in 2018.

Since joining SaudiNIC in 2018, he helped develop the in-house registry system and EPP server. He’s also implementing and maintaining DNS related technologies, perform analytics and provide support for Arabic IDNs. He is also a junior member of TF-AIDN.

Abdullah Alshammari

Abdullah Alshammari is a Team Leader working for SaudiNIC, part of the Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC). He joined CITC in 2011 and finished his master degree in Computer Science from King Saud University in 2016.

Since joining CITC in 2011, he helped develop the in-house DNS services and led the team that was responsible of developing registry/registrars project. He’s also working as solution architect for several projects in SaudiNIC such as DNSSEC, Domain names reports and others.

Abdulrahman Almarzouqi

Abdulrahman Almarzouqi is the Director of Digital Policies at the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of UAE. He has over 15 years of experience in Telecommunication, Cybersecurity, Information Technology, Networking, and the Internet Industry.

His current role is to oversee digital policies at the national level as well as Internet policy issues within the UAE, and manages initiatives and projects that develop the digital ecosystem. His role also involves managing national policies for Trust services, Domain Names, and Internet Access.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering (honors) from Khalifa University of Science and Technology in the UAE, and a master’s degree in Engineering Management (honors) from the University of Wollongong in Australia.

Munir Badr

Munir Badr is a young Internet entrepreneur and the Founder/CEO of AEserver.com, an award-winning, UAE based domain name registrar and web host. AEserver.com is an accredited .ae registrar by TRA of UAE since 2008. Hosting more than 15,000 businesses from all over the world.

Munir has lived more than 22 years in Dubai and has seen the country grow from desert to a futuristic city, this was his fuel for passion to start and grow a business within the domain name/web hosting industry. Munir is also a prominent speaker at various forums such as MEDNSF, APTLD, MENOG, and others.

Tom Barrett

Tom Barrett is President and Founder of two ICANN-accredited domain name Registrars founded in 2001; EnCirca and Name Share. EnCirca’s business specialty is with industry-based top-level domains and it has dominant market shares in the .BANK, .CPA, REALTOR, and .REALESTATE domain extensions.

EnCirca is also active as a reseller of Blockchain-based domain names, supporting Handshake TLDs, .ETH, .Crypto, .Zil as well as hybrids such as .LUXE and .xyz.

Tom serves as the Chair of the Blockchain Subcommittee for the International Trademark Association. The Blockchain Subcommittee mission includes examining the opportunities and threats to brand owners arising from Blockchain domains. Tom has also been active in ICANN since its founding in 1999. He is currently Chair of the Nominating Committee Review Working Group.

Mr. Barrett has engineering degrees from MIT and WPI and lives north of Boston, Massachusetts. His Linkedin Profile is here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomasbarrett/.

Fahd Batayneh

Fahd Batayneh works for ICANN as a Stakeholder Engagement Senior Manager covering the Middle East. He’s been with ICANN as a staff member since October 2013, and held different positions during his time. Prior to ICANN, he led the Jordanian ccTLD and IDN ccTLD registries, and was an active ICANN community member with the ccNSO.

Fahd holds a B.Sc. in Computer Engineering with honors, and an MBA. In his spare time, he loves traveling, watching soccer, and watching cricket. He calls Amman, Jordan his home.

Gavin Brown

Gavin Brown is the Head of the Registry Services Division at CentralNic Group PLC, which supports over 115 top-level domains (including .bh and .البحرين, the TLDs for Bahrain) and almost 50% of all new gTLD domains under management. He was CentralNic’s CTO from 2005 to 2019, during which time he designed and built its domain registry platform and Anycast DNS network. He is the author of several RFCs relating to the domain name system, and was also a member of ICANN’s Technical Study Group (TSG) on Access to Non-Public Registration Data, and the current DNS Security Facilitation Initiative (DSFI).

Graeme Bunton

Graeme Bunton is the DNS Abuse Institute’s inaugural Director. Graeme joins the Institute with 11 years of DNS Policy experience. He served as Head of Policy of Tucows, was chair of the Registrar Stakeholder Group for four years, and co-chair of both the RRSG Abuse Working Group and the Contracted Party Abuse Working Group. Graeme was one of the driving forces in the creation of the Framework to Address Abuse, which has more than 50 registry and registrar signatories.

Graeme currently serves on the Board Directors of The i2Coalition (Internet Infrastructure Coalition). Graeme works remotely from Toronto, and is an avid cyclist.

Mukesh Chulani

Mukesh Chulani serves as ICANN’s gTLD Accounts Senior Manager, where he functions as the liaison for contracted parties in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. 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.

David Conrad

(ICANN), David Conrad is at the heart the organization’s mission to help maintain the security, resilience and stability of the Internet system of unique identifiers that ICANN helps coordinate. Previously, Conrad held several different positions at ICANN, including Vice President of Infrastructure & Technology and General Manager of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority.

Before joining ICANN, Conrad helped found a number of Internet startups, and was involved in the creation of the Asia Pacific Network Information Center, the second Regional Internet Registry (RIR).

Conrad also provided senior-level advice and technical input for CloudFlare, and was the Executive Director of the Internet Software Consortium.

He was also the 7th employee of the Internet Initiative Japan Corporation in Tokyo, and held a number of software and infrastructure research and development positions throughout his career.

Rafik Dammak

Rafik Dammak is an engineer by background, working and living in Japan. He has been involved in civil society on Internet Governance issues since 2007. He has been involved in ICANN policy-making space as NCUC and NCSG, civil society organizations within ICANN, individual user members. He was the chair for NCSG and NCUC. He was GNSO Councillor for NCSG and GNSO Council vice chair ending his term in October 2020. He also worked in Internet Governance issues in the MENA region and collaborated closely with the IGMENA project and different capacity building efforts. He supported MENA activities in ICANN in several capacities such us chair for the MEAC strategy working group.

Dr Ajay Data

Dr Ajay Data is an award winning techno commercial Founder & CEO of multiple technology companies. His innovation has led to the execution of software products like BharatSync, XgenPlus, Spamjadoo, DATAMAIL, has got users world over, and has won multiple patents.

Recently, Data Xgen Technologies got global recognition for bringing a first of its kind linguistic email address supporting email ID in Hindi, Gujrati, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi plus 8 more languages. Dr. Data has been investing and mentoring startups and very actively contributing to entrepreneurial ecosystem. He regularly speaks on various platforms like TIE, iSpirt, IAMAI, NEN, ICANN, FICII, CII for entrepreneurship, technology and innovations. He became the first Indian to get elected as Chair of global organisation – Universal Acceptance Steering Group.

Dr. Data is Managing Director of Data Group of Industries and sought after leader by young entrepreneurs for mentoring and guidance.

Mohamed Elbashir

Mohamed Elbashir has more than 15 years of International experience in the Internet/Telecom Public Policy, Internet Governance, Regulatory Frameworks, and Technology Programs.

At ICANN, he leads the Universal Acceptance (UA) program which aims to make the Internet more accessible for the next billion Internet users whose first language is not English, and is not written using the Latin characters.

Mohamed holds an MBA degree from the University of Manchester, and completed his executive education programs from MIT Solan Business School, Stanford University, and the University of Oxford.

Amr Elsadr

Amr Elsadr is a dedicated Policy Consultant and Arabic Language Policy Specialist having joined UNR in 2020. He is an ICANN policy expert with over a decade of experience in Domain Name Registration Data and Rights Protection. Mr Elsadr served on the GNSO Council for three years, then joined ICANN in 2017 as a Policy Manager where he supported gTLD policy development. He then served as a Policy Consultant at CentralNic, during which time he provided support in policy development and Arabic translations of domain name registration regulations and processes for a ccTLD Registry Operator. Mr Elsadr holds an MB, BCH in Medicine (Egypt) and a MSc in Telemedicine and E-Health (Norway).

Kadir Erdogan

Kadir Erdogan is Deputy General Manager at METUnic; the biggest .tr registrar. He was formerly the Technical Group Director at the .tr ccTLD Administration for 15 years.

He received a BA in Mathematics from the Middle East Technical University. He is also the co-founder of ALTOSEC A.S.; a cybersecurity company focused on cloud based security solutions.

Abdalmonem Galila

Abdalmonem Galila is the first-ever recipient of the Tarek Kamel Fellowship Recognition award. He is responsible for the operating and maintaining of the .masr (.مصر) IDN ccTLD of Egypt at the National Telecom Regulatory Authority.

Galila is a member of the Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG), and was selected to be Universal Acceptance ambassador since March 2018. Recently, Galila was nominated for the volunteering position as Universal Acceptance Senior Advisor for Tanzania Community Network Alliance, helping the community to be Universally Accepted In a wide scale.

He has conducted many international sessions, trainings, hands-on workshops and engagement as a technical expert, and was recently nominated as vice-chair of UASG EAI WG (Email Address Internationalization Work Group), as well as co-chair of the ICANN Middle East Space.

He is also a member of the Task Force on Arabic Script Internationalized Domain Names (TF-AIDN) that focuses on the secure deployment and ease of use of Arabic IDNs.

Sarmad Hussain

Sarmad Hussain is with ICANN’s Internationalized Domain Names (IDN) and Universal Acceptance (UA) Programs. Earlier, Sarmad was a professor of Computer Science and held the IDRC Chair in Multilingual Computing. His research has focused on developing computing solutions for Asian languages, including research in linguistics, localization, speech processing and computational linguistics. He has been an active member of the ICANN community, engaged in IDN ccTLD application for Pakistan and as a member of ICANN’s Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC), before joining ICANN.

Fengbo Jiang

Fengbo Jiang now serves as an principal engineer at DNSPod, dedicated in DNS-related areas ever since his joining in 2012, who leads the development and maintenance of Tencent Cloud/DNSPod authoritative DNS, public DNS, HTTPDNS, DOH, DOT and other related DNS services. Under his leading, DNS nodes of Tencent Cloud/DNSPod has been deployed world widely, providing hundreds of billions of DNS query services for billions of users on a daily basis. Fengbo Jiang has accumulated rich practical DNS security operation experiences in large traffic DDoS attacks, DNS hijacking, etc., ensuring stable and safe operation of Tencent Cloud/DNSPod DNS service.

Maria Kolesnikova

Maria Kolesnikova has been working for Coordination Center for TLD .RU/.РФ as a head of marketing, external relations and projects since 2007. Maria has a wide range of experience in information technologies, communications and marketing.

Since 2007 Maria is involved in IDN and UA Programs, participated in Fast Track Process for delegation of the Cyrillic ccTLD .РФ. In 2012-2013 she worked on delegation of several gTLDs during the first round of New gTLD Program. She is also a Chair of UASG Communications Working Group (for 2021) and a Chair of CIS-EE UA Local Initiative.

Maria has been a speaker/presenter at numerous conferences, including ICANN meetings, CENTR and APTLD workshops, regional and global IGF forums, Eastern European DNS Forum, Eurasia Network Operators’ Group conferences, TLDCON, etc. She has also managed regional and local Internet industry and Internet Governance events in Russia and Eastern Europe.

Raedene McGary

Raedene McGary is UNR’s Chief Operating Officer since 2020, when she joined UNR to head the company’s cross functional team in its transition to a dedicated Registry Service Provider. She also spear-headed the Consultancy department dedicated to foster security and governance best practices in ccTLDs.

Raedene’s experience in the industry spans 20 years, including 7 years with CentralNIC’s Registry services in legal and policy roles. She has been working with new gTLDs and Brand TLDs in the Middle East and providing services to ccTLDs in the region since 2001. Her post graduate qualifications include being called to the Bar in England and Wales since 1995. She has been a licensed California attorney since 1999 and a Certified Practitioner of Data Protection (GDPR) since 2017.

Michele Neylon

Michele Neylon is co-founder and CEO of Blacknight, Ireland’s largest web hosting provider and domain name registrar. Actively involved in Internet policy development, he is currently a member of the EUrid Registrar Advisory Board, the Names and Numbers Steering committee of eco, as well as the .ie domain registry’s Policy Advisory Committee and the usTLD Stakeholder Council. He previously served as chair of i2Coalition and was a member of ICANN’s GNSO Council as a representative of domain registrars. Michele received the Irish Internet Association Net Visionary Award in 2013 and was named one of Ireland’s 30 Technology Disruptors at The Spiders Awards in 2019.

Photchanan Ratanajaipan

Photchanan Ratanajaipan is the Chair of the Thailand UA local initiative, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of UA to the public sector, government agencies, businesses, and the technical community. She has been promoting Internationalized Domain Name (IDN), Email Address Internationalization (EAI), and addressing the acceptance of all domain names and email addresses since 2018. Photchanan believes that IDN and UA are important for the continued expansion of the Internet while narrowing the language gap for people with limited English literacy. She urges companies to have their information system improved to be UA-ready, so that all domains and email addresses can be received and used correctly.

Seher Sagiroglu Ayhan

Seher Sagiroglu Ayhan is a business professional with over ten years of experience in the domain names industry. Between 2011- 2013, Seher worked with Nic.tr (“ .tr” ccTLD Authority between 1991- 2019) in various capacities and had broad experience in the areas related to the registration of country code domain names. With 6+ years of compliance experience at ICANN’s Contractual Compliance Department, Seher joined the Global Stakeholder Engagement (GSE) team as a Regional Specialist in 2020. Her focus areas are to help building stakeholder relations and improving ICANN’s collaborative efforts in the Middle East and Africa.

Seher holds a master’s degree in Political Science and Public Administration from the Middle East Technical University, and is based in ICANN’s Middle East and Africa Regional Office in Istanbul since 2013.

Giovanni Seppia

Giovanni Seppia is the External Relations Manager at EURid since 2007. In this function, he coordinates a 20 people’s team from all over Europe who are in charge of EURid relations with registrars and registrants, communications, marketing, contractual compliance, international relations and relations with the European institutions. He previously worked as ICANN’s European Regional Liaison. Prior to that, he was the General Manager at CENTR. He has also served as the 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 the Master on EU policies and programs at the Venice International University.

Samaneh Tajalizadehkhoob

Samaneh is Lead Security, Stability & Resiliency Specialist and the lead of the DAAR project, at the Office of Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) group at ICANN, working remotely from the Netherlands. She works in close coordination with other ICANN organization functions to implement ICANN’s Security, Stability and Resiliency strategies. She is currently focused on DNS security and DNS abuse related research and collaborates with various parts of the ICANN community on issues and discussions related to these topics. Samaneh holds a PhD degree in Economics of Web Security, Policy and Data Analytics from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. She worked as a Post-Doctoral researcher at the same University where she carried out research related to security of Internet banking platforms. Samaneh sits as a program committee member in a number of industry and academic conferences and has authored publications on web security, the underground market, Internet measurements, and development of reliable security metrics using advance statistical methods.

Emily Taylor

Emily Taylor is CEO of Oxford Information Labs. A lawyer by training, Emily has worked in the Internet governance and cybersecurity environment for more than 20 years. She is lead author of the long-standing EURid UNESCO World Report on Internationalised Domain Names. Emily is an associate fellow at Chatham House and editor of the Journal of Cyber Policy; a research associate at the Oxford Internet Institute and an affiliate professor at the Dirpolis Institute, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa. Emily writes a weekly column for World Politics Review has written for the Guardian, Wired, Ars Technica, the New Statesman and the Slate, and is a regular commentator on technology issues in news and broadcast media including the BBC and Sky News. Emily is a graduate of Cambridge University, and has an MBA from Open University. Follow her on Twitter @etaylaw.

Mohammad Zeidan

Mohammad Zeidan is a business professional, living in the UAE for more than 11 years, currently working as the General Manager – MENA at GoDaddy Registry, provider of Top Level Domain Registry and DNS infrastructure.

Mohammad has more than 17 years of experience, working for leading regional and international Internet Companies and Telecom Operators across MENA. Mohammad holds two master degrees and one bachelor degree all around technology and business administration.