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Abdoulaye Ndiaye

A consultant and expert on information and communication technologies (ICTs), Mr Ndiaye is the Director of a private consulting firm, Agir-Promouvoir. He is a member of the Communications Regulation Body of ART (Agence de Régulation des Télécommunications) in Senegal and a consultant on ICTs and assists many African countries in designing national ICT development policies. Mr Ndiaye has more than 20 years of experience in capacity building in the field of ICTs in Africa, on the World Trade Organization, the private sector, and in fighting poverty.

Lee Hibbard

Lee Hibbard works in the Media and Information Society Division of the Council of Europe, based in Strasbourg. For the last three years, he has been coordinating Council of Europe work in various international forums dealing with information society and internet governance related issues. More recently, he has been active in the work of the Pan-European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG). At the substantive level, he has been heavily involved in the conception and development of several pan-European policy documents concerning empowerment of children online, the public service value of the Internet, protecting the dignity, security and privacy of children on the internet, freedom of expression and internet filters, and also human rights guidelines for ISPS and online games providers. At the moment, he and his colleagues are preparing the 1st Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Media and New Communication Services A new notion of media? which will take place in Reykjavik on 28-29 May 2009.

Mahmoud El Gowini

Mahmoud El Gowini was appointed as Advisor to the Minister for Telecommunication and Information Technology Policies in April 2008, after having served for three years as the Head of the Regulatory and Economic Affairs Division of the National Telecom Regulatory Authority. He brings thirty years of worldwide business development experience, including in start-ups and multinationals, in sales, marketing, operation and management. In addition, he is the recipient of Exceptional Performance Awards.

Mr. El Gowini started his career in the oil industry from 1974 to 1987, becoming the managing director of Rockwell International in Egypt, after which he started his own company, 3 Com, and introduced LAN and WAN to a number of Egyptian government agencies. He then became the operations manager for Sprint in Egypt from 1989 to 1997 before moving to the position of regional manager for North Africa for Teleglobe Canada to 2005.

During his tenure at NTRA Mr. El Gowini’s responsibilities encompassed telecom services planning including liberalization strategies and the introduction of new services and technologies, setting national standards, licensing, economic analysis and universal services definition and setting procedures for fund management.

Michuki Mwangi

Michuki Mwangi joined ISOC in April 2008 as Senior Education Manager working with the Education team to promote Internet growth and sustainability in the developing world. Michuki has long been active in the African and global Internet communities, having been centrally involved in key infrastructure developments, technical coordination activities, and policy-making forums. Before joining ISOC, Michuki was an Internet technology consultant. He previously served as the Administrative Manager at the .KE registry (KENIC) and serves as president of the African Top Level Domain (AfTLD) Association and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Kenya Internet Exchange Point (KIXP), both in a volunteer capacity. He facilitated the anycast deployment of the .COM, .NET, F, and J root servers in Kenya, as well as other key infrastructure deployments in Africa.

Nii Narku Quaynor

Nii Quaynor is the At-Large Director of ICANN chosen from the African region in the October 2000 At-Large voting process. He served until 26 June 2003. He has played an important role in the telecommunications industry in West Africa by introducing Value Added Networks in the region through the introduction of the SWIFT, Internet and Commerce networks whilst building human resources across the continent. He is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Network Computer Systems.

He established the computer Science Department at the University of Cape-Coast in Ghana. He also is a member of the United Nations Secretary General Advisory Group on ICT, Chair and of the OAU Internet Task Force, Chairman of the AfriNIC, member of the Worldbank Infodev TAP, member of the ITU Telecom Board, President of the Internet Society of Ghana, and member of the Council of the University of Ghana.

He received a B.A. in engineering science from Dartmouth College in 1972 and received a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Thayer School of Engineering in 1973. He obtained M.S. and Ph.D degrees in Computer Science in 1974 and 1977 respectively from State University of New York at StonyBrook.

Olaf Kolkman

He was trained as an astronomer but his interest in Internet technology took hold of his career path around 1996. He joined the RIPE NCC around 1997 where he got involved in the test-traffic project. That project brought him in contact with the IETF and he attended his first meeting in Munich.

After acting as operations manager for a while he became systems architect, responsible for DNSSEC deployment at the NCC, in 2000. From that time on he has been active in the DNS community for instance as co-chair of the DNSEXT working group. In 2005 he joined NLnet Labs, a R&D foundation, as chief executive. He is an IAB member since March 2006.

Dr. Olfat Abd El Monsef

Is the Vice President of the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority(NTRA) in Egypt. Her current work mainly focuses on policy and international cooperation. She joined NTRA in December 2001 as Head of Planning and Licensing and became a member of NTRA Board of Directors in April 2003. Dr. Monsef has made a major contribution in the development of NTRA and the restructuring of the telecom sector since its early stages, and represented the Egyptian regulator in various international and regional venues. She was appointed Vice President in April 2005.

Dr. Monsef had a long research career with the Electronics Research Institute (ERI) in Cairo, in addition to designing and teaching communication engineering programmes for undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Egypt, Oman, and the UAE. Dr. Monsef has had much experience as a consultant within the telecommunications industry.

She occupied the position of Advisor to the General Telecommunication Organization in the Sultanate of Oman for four years through which she assisted in the introduction of the first GSM mobile operation, the first high speed transmission infrastructure based on SDH, and the first Internet node.

Adiel A. Akplogan

Is the Chief Executive Officer of AfriNIC Ltd., the Internet Numbers' Resource Registry for Africa since 2004. With more than 15 years experience in the Internet Technology environment, he has previously worked as New Technology Director at CAFENet (an IT service company based in Togo – 1994-2000), then as IT Director of Symbol Technologies in France.

He is member of the UN Secretary General Internet Governance Forum Advisors Group since 2006, and the OIF (Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie) group of Expert on Internet Governance since 1999. He has served in the African Technical Advisory Committee of the United Nation Economic Commission for Africa (ATAC/UNECA) from 2005-2006. As CEO of AfriNIC, Mr Akplogan also serve as the Chair of the NRO Executive Council (Number Resource Organization – www.nro.net) and was involved with the setting up of several technical coordination bodies in Africa such as the African Network Operators Group (AfNOG) where he serves as a member of the Administrative committee and the African ccTLD Managers Association (AfTLD. With a strong passion for Internet technology, he is one of the Internet pioneers in West Africa where, in early 90’s, he setup and Manage one of the very first private and independent Internet Service Providers in the region CAFENet

Leanne Kenny

Has been working for Nominet for 9 years and more specifically within the policy team for the last 3 years. I work very closely with the Nominet Policy Advisory Body whose role is to act as a bridge between Nominet stakeholders and the Board and is intended to channel stakeholder feedback in the development of Nominet policy. I have been working on the UK IGF in a coordinating role since its inception together with the Rt Hon Alun Michael MP. I act as a key point of contact for partners in the IGF and organise the Best Practice Challenge.

Jovan Kurbalija

Jovan Kurbalija is the founding director of DiploFoundation. His professional and academic background is in diplomacy, international law and ICT. In 1992 he left the Yugoslav diplomatic service and established the Unit for IT and Diplomacy at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies in Malta. The main function of the Unit was to provide training, research and software development in the field of IT and diplomacy.

Mr Kurbalija’s research focuses on the impact of ICT/Internet on diplomacy, with emphasis on changes in the national/international environment for diplomatic activities (changes in national and international distribution of power), new items on diplomatic agendas (ICT policy and Internet Governance) and new tools for diplomatic activities (hypertext systems for research, online negotiation tools, etc.). He is currently involved in research on the taxonomy of Internet Governance, the emerging language of ICT diplomacy, and diplomatic aspects of the WSIS negotiations.

Jon McNerney, Chief Operating Officer

Jon brings more than 15 years of international general management and business development experience and a significant background in organizational relationship and team building. Immediately prior to joining ISOC, Jon worked for the Geneva office of Talisma Corporation. There he was the Vice President and General Manager of International Operations in which he led their European management team and oversaw operations, administration, sales, support, professional services, and marketing. Jon has also held positions with Lotus Development Corporation, Control Data Corporation, and NewsEdge Corporation, among others.

Dawit Bekele

Dawit is ISOC's Regional Bureau Manager for Africa. Prior to joining ISOC, Dawit worked at Addis Ababa University on teaching and research positions in computer science, since 1994. He also established and managed for more than 4 years a private company that provides Internet related services. Moreover, in the last ten years, Dawit has worked as a consultant for major international organizations such as United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Bank. His activities enabled him to travel around Africa with a large number of Information and Communication Technology professionals of the continent.

Christine Runnegar

Joined the Internet Society in February 2009 as Public Policy Manager. Working within the Public Policy team, Christine works on specific public policy advocacy programs, such as security issues, at the regional level, as well as contributing to the policy dialogue ISOC's INETs in Africa and other regions.

Christine Runnegar was previously an executive lawyer with the Australian Government and brings more than 10 years' experience in competition and consumer protection law, privacy, communications and anti-spam law. She has in-depth experience in relationships with government. Christine has also advised on collaborative scientific research ventures involving intergovernmental and private participation, and she has very strong interest in Internet policy, which she developed within IT and telecommunications working groups, as well as from early experience in science and technology.

Markus Kummer

Markus Kummer is the Executive Coordinator of the Secretariat supporting the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Previously he headed the Secretariat of the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG). From 2002 until 2004 he held the position as eEnvoy of the Swiss Foreign Ministry in Berne. Mr. Kummer was a member of the Swiss delegation during the first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) where he chaired several negotiating groups, including the group on Internet governance. He is a career diplomat who served in several functions in the Swiss Foreign Ministry.

Abdoulaye Ndiaye

A consultant and expert on information and communication technologies (ICTs), Mr Ndiaye is the Director of a private consulting firm, Agir-Promouvoir. He is a member of the Communications Regulation Body of ART (Agence de Régulation des Télécommunications) in Senegal and a consultant on ICTs and assists many African countries in designing national ICT development policies. Mr Ndiaye has more than 20 years of experience in capacity building in the field of ICTs in Africa, on the World Trade Organization, the private sector, and in fighting poverty.

Vincent Ngundi

Vincent Ngundi is the Administrative Manager at KENIC, the dot KE country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) registry. Reporting to the KENIC Board of Directors, his main role is coordinating the day to day running of the organisation.

Mr. Ngundi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Computer Science. Mr. Ngundi has over 6 years experience in the ICT field, mainly in the area of Internet technology.

Mr. Ngundi serves in various capacities, both locally, regionally and internationally, that is, Secretary to Kenya’s National Internet Protocol
version 6 (IPv6) Taskforce, member and country coordinator of the East Africa Internet Governance Forum (EAIGF) Steering Committee, member of the AfriNIC, Vice Chairman of the AfTLD Technical Committee, Director of Capacity Building of the AfTLD, Chairman of the AfriNIC Policy Development Moderator Group (PDP-MG) and Council Member from Africa to the ASO AC.

Christine Arida

Christine Arida is Director for Telecom Planning and Services at the Egyptian National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) since March 2006. She has been working for the government of Egypt for over 15 years on public policies related to the development of Internet services. From 2001 to 2006 she worked for the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, where she has been involved in a number of national projects: the Free Internet Initiative (January 2002), the PC for Every Home Initiative (December 2002), and the Broadband Initiative (May 2004). Ms. Arida started her career at the Cabinet's Information and Decision Support Center as a network engineer in charge of domain name registrations and Internet access, and was among the team who first introduced the Internet in Egypt.

Ms. Arida has been a member of the Internet Governance Forum Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group (IGF MAG) since 2007. She serves as Egypt's representative to the Arab Working Group for Domain Names and Internet Issues and was the former chair of the Arabic Internet Names Consortium (AINC). Ms. Arida is a founding member of AfriNIC and has worked on establishing the “AfriNIC Mirror Center for Technical operation” in Cairo as well as establishing the first Regional Resolution Server in Egypt in cooperation with VeriSign. Mrs. Arida holds a B.Sc. degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt.