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2008 Board Election

Candidate: David Appasamy

David Appasamy is the Executive Vice President of Sify Technologies Limited, India, responsible for Marketing, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations for the company.

He is an active member of the International Chamber of Commerce's (ICC) eBusiness IT & Telecoms (EBITT) Commission. He is also the Vice Chair of the Internet and Telecoms Infrastructure & Services Task Force of the EBITT Commission of the ICC. He is a member of the International Chamber of Commerce's Business Action in Support of the Information Society (BASIS). He is actively involved with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) and has been on the organizing committee of 'CONNECT', the major ICT conference and exhibition of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

He has been closely involved with the IGF process starting with being a member of the ICC BASIS delegation at the World Summit for the Information Society in Tunis in 2005, and at the Internet Governance Forum in Athens, Greece in November 2006 where he addressed a workshop. He also represented the ICC and global business at the Closing Ceremony of the IGF in Athens. He was a speaker in one of the main sessions of the Internet Governance Forum 2007 at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and also spoke at a workshop on Policy Development. He was a speaker on the ISOC workshop on a Multi-lingual Internet, and also moderated the FICCI workshop on Driving Investments in Emerging Economies in the Changing Global Financial Environment.

He has also worked with L'Arche', the global organization based in France in support of people with mental disabilities. He served their community in Chennai for fourteen years, initially as a volunteer for two years followed by five years on the Governing Council. He was the Chairman of the Governing Council for the last seven years of his involvement. His responsibilities included overseeing the management of the home, as well as in raising funds for its operation.

His business experience of over 25 years spans Sales & Marketing, Advertising, Business Strategy, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations Management. He has worked in the hotel industry, advertising industry and Internet & Network services with industry leaders ITC Sheraton, DDB Mudra and Sify Technologies Limited.

He has done Business Administration at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, after graduating in Hotel Management from the Institute of Hotel Management, Chennai. He is based in Chennai in South India.