Lars Steffen is Director International at eco – Association of the Internet Industry, the largest Internet industry association in Europe. At eco, he coordinates all international activities of the association and takes care of the members from the domain name industry. Together with Thomas Rickert, he manages the eco Names & Numbers working group and the recently launched topDNS Initiative ( with the goal of fighting DNS abuse. Before he joined eco, Lars was Head of Sales, Marketing and Communication at iWelt, a regional hosting provider and domain registrar in Germany.