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2009 Board Election

Candidate: Philip Smith

Philip Smith has been with Cisco Systems since 1998. He is part of the Internet Architectures Group in Corporate Consulting Engineering. His role includes providing consultation and advice to ISPs primarily in the Asia Pacific region, but also with other providers around the world. He concentrates specifically on network strategies, design, technology, and operations, as well as configuration, scaling, and training. He plays or has played a major role in training ISP engineers, co-founding the Cisco ISP/IXP Workshop programme, and providing ISP training and tutorials at many networking events around the world, including NANOG, RIPE, APNIC, SANOG, MENOG, AfNOG, PacNOG and APRICOT conferences. His other key interests include IPv6, BGP, IGPs, and network performance and data analysis.

Since joining, he has been working to promote and develop the Internet in the entire Asia Pacific region and has been actively involved in bringing the Internet to some countries in the region. He also is actively involved in establishing Internet Exchange Points around the world, as well as advising on peering and inter-ISP relationships across the industry. He is a chair of the APRICOT Management Committee (the regions annual ISP operational and technology conference), co-chair of APOPS (the regions ISP operational forum), and chair of APNIC's Routing special interest group (SIG). He is also a past chair of APNIC Internet Exchange Point SIG. Philip is also involved in the organisation committees of MENOG, SANOG, PacNOG and the EOF in Europe, as well as past chair and member of the NANOG Steering Committee. He also has a particular research interest in the growth of the Internet and provides a detailed daily analysis of the IPv4 routing table, from an Asia Pacific perspective, to the general operator community worldwide.

Prior to joining Cisco, he spent five years at PIPEX (incorporated into UUNET, and now part of Verizon's global ISP business), the UK's first commercial ISP, where he was Head of Network Engineering. As is common with startups in a rapidly growing marketplace, Philip gained deep experience in all of the engineering roles in an ISP, from support engineer, network operations, engineering, and development, before assuming responsibility for the entire UK network operation. He was one of the first engineers working in the commercial Internet in the UK, and he helped establish the LINX Internet Exchange Point in London and played a key role in building the modern Internet in Europe.

Philip is a Doctor of Philosophy and has a First Class Honours Degree in Physics. A native of Scotland, he now lives in Brisbane, Australia.