Speakers

Prof. Gihan V. Dias, President, ISOC Sri Lanka Chapter

Gihan DiasProf. Dias graduated from the University of Moratuwa in 1985 and was awarded a doctorate in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the UC Davis in 1992.

In addition to being a Professor in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka he serves as the Domain Registrar of the LK Domain Registry and as a member of the Asia-Pacific Top-Level Domain Association (APTLD) board. He is also a Trustee of the Internet Society and President of its Sri Lanka Chapter.

He has been active in several areas of computing, including computer networking, language technologies, security, distributed event processing, Internet identity and personal cloud.

He has assisted many public and private organisations to build, secure, and make best use of their computer systems. He was inducted to the Internet Hall of Fame in 2013.


Asela Galappattige, Deputy General Manager – IP & ISP Projects, Sri Lanka Telecom PLC

Asela GalappattigeAsela is a chartered engineer with 16 years of experience in ISP, Data Center, IP networks, and Telecommunication sectors. Asela is an enthusiast in technology who pioneered the IPv6 implementations in SLT ISP and leads the IPv6 Task Force of SLT. He contributes to the Internet community as a member of ISoC, a technical expert and a trainer in internet related technologies and strategies.

Asela is currently responsible in Project Management (PM) & Implementation of IP, ISP & IDC projects for Sri Lanka Telecom PLC (SLT).

He started his employment as an IT engineer and joined SLT as a Planning Engineer for telecommunication networks.
Prior to the current role as a project manager he was managing the ISP network of SLT in the capacity of DGM/ISP Network Operations.

He also serves as a technical expert for SLT in areas such as ISP, IDC and IP networks and contributes as a member of corporate governance boards.


Chris Grundemann, Director, Deployment & Operationalization, Internet Society

Chris GrundemannChris Grundemann (JNCIE #449) is the Director of Deployment and Operationalization at the Internet Society where he focuses on developing and delivering programs to foster the uptake and use of key Internet technologies. Chris is the author of Day One: Exploring IPv6 and Day One: Advanced IPv6 Configuration, as well as several IETF Internet Drafts and various industry papers. He is the founding Chair of CO ISOC, the Colorado chapter of the Internet Society, a board member for the Rocky Mountain IPv6 Task Force (RMv6TF), an elected member of the ARIN Advisory Council (AC), an appointed member of the NANOG Program Committee (PC), Chair of the DLNA TC IPv6 Task Force, Co-Chair of the UPnP IPv6 Task Force, and a member of the CEA Pv6 Transition Working Group.

Chris also maintains a personal weblog aimed primarily towards Internet related posts typically focusing on network operation and design, tech-policy and the future of the Internet.


Senevi Herath, Network/Systems Engineer, Lanka Education and Research Network (LEARN)

Senevi HerathSenevi is taking care of technical matters of National Research and Education Network of Sri Lanka know as LEARN (Lanka Education and Research Network). He is also a key trainer of the LEARN’s training programs. He had taken various roles in network engineering and system administration prior to joining LEARN as the network/systems engineer and now has 13 years of experience in rapidly growing academic network and its services after completion of his degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. He has completed his Masters in Computer Science while he was working as network engineer at university of Peradeniya and has undergone several trainings overseas on varies leading network technologies.


Jitender Kumar, Technical Account Manager, Afilias Limited

Jitender KumarJitender Kumar is the Technical Account Manager in the New Delhi (India) offices of Afilias, the world’s leading provider of Internet infrastructure services that connect people to their data. Kumar focuses on the day-to-day delivery of domain registry services and acts as the liaison between Afilias and its customers.

Kumar holds post-graduate diplomas in Software Engineering from NIIT University and in Business Management from the Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad.


Yoshinobu Matsuzaki, Senior Engineer, Internet Initiative Japan Inc.

yoshinobu-matsuzakiYoshinobu Matsuzaki is a Senior Engineer at Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (IIJ/AS2497), a pioneering commercial ISP in Japan. He has a decade of network operation experience with the IIJ backbone network team.

His areas of expertise include network design, network operation, network security, and DNS. He has given numerous talks at JANOG, NANOG, RIPE, and APNIC meetings, as well as other workshops.


Vivek Nigam, Member Services Manager, APNIC

Vivek NigamVivek is APNIC’s Member Services Manager. He joined APNIC in February 2008 and has a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and a diploma of Internet Programming. Vivek has previously worked in Desktop Support and IT Helpdesk roles at the University of Queensland, as well as for various ISPs. He has extensive experience supporting members.


Patrick Okui, Network Engineer and Trainer, Network Startup Resource Center

Patrick OkuiPatrick Okui is a Network Engineer and Trainer for the Network Startup Resource Center. When he’s not doing work at the NSRC he spends his time doing development, network design and roll out at Cristal Inc, a small startup in Uganda. Up until 2011 (from 2001) he worked at different mostly Internet related companies including some ISPs and the Ugandan Christian University. In addition Patrick has been consulting for numerous other service providers in Africa to help them design and build properly constructed IP networks

Since 2003 Patrick has been participating in the AfNOG workshop as an instructor but also as part of the NOC team that gets the network setup and keeps it running during the event. He also has participated in workshops organised by the Internet Society (ISOC) for setting up IXPs or localising different parts of the AfNOG workshop programme.

At NSRC, Patrick helps with workshop planning, training, material development as well as direct engineering and assistance as and when requests come in to the NSRC. This includes the active NOC role played before and during the AfNOG/AfriNIC workshops and conferences. In addition, Patrick works with the NSRC in the Asia/Pacific region at events such as SANOG, APRICOT and other network trainings and activities to help improve Internet access across the area.


Thilini Rajakaruna, Head of Electronics and Telecommunications Section, South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM)

Thilini RajakarunaThilini is an academic and a researcher interested in multimedia communication, video compression and optimization for real-time applications. She was an IP Networks Engineer at Sri Lanka Telecom and later received the ORSAS award by the Higher Education Council of England to pursue her doctoral studies at University of Surrey, UK. She received her Ph.D. in 2011.

Presently, Thilini is attached to South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM), where she is the Head of Electronics and Telecommunications section. She has been at SAITM for over three years, working in collaboration with Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand. Thilini was an internet society fellow to IETF in 2014.


Sashika Suren, Senior Systems Engineer, LK Domain Registry

Sashika SurenSashika Suren serves the LK Domain Registry as a Senior Systems Engineer. He has worked with open source technologies for more than five years, and has two years of hands-on experience in DNS/DNSSEC.

In addition, Mr. Suren is a RedHat certified engineer. He is a graduate of the University of Colombo’s School of Computing, where he is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Information Security.


Dan York, Senior Content Strategist, Internet Society

Dan YorkDan York is a passionate advocate for the open Internet focused on helping people understand the changes going on all around us within communication technology and practices. Dan serves the Internet Society as the Senior Content Strategist for the “Deployment & Operationalization” project helping create, curate, and promote online content that helps service providers, companies, and individuals more quickly deploy Internet technologies such as IPv6 and DNSSEC.

Separately, Dan is also the Chairman of the global Voice Over IP Security Alliance (VOIPSA). An author of multiple books on networking, security, IPv6 and Linux, Dan is a dynamic and engaging speaker who frequently presents at industry conferences and events and has been blogging and writing online for over 11 years. Previously Dan worked for Voxeo Corporation heading up the company’s communication through both traditional and new/social media. Prior to that, Dan served in the Office of the CTO for both Voxeo and before that Mitel focused on analyzing/evaluating emerging technology, participating in industry standards bodies and addressing VoIP security issues.

Since the mid-1980’s Dan has been working with online communication technologies and helping businesses and organizations understand how to use and participate in those new media. His most recent books are “Migrating Applications to IPv6″ and “The Seven Deadliest Unified Communications Attacks.” More information about Dan can be found at danyork.com.


Jan Žorž, Operational Engagement Programme Manager, Internet Society

Jan-ZorzJan is the Internet Society’s Operational Engagement Programme Manager. He works on operational initiatives to ease the deployment of IPv6 and other technologies. He is also working to help the industry document best current operational practices and to improve operator feedback to the IETF.

Jan is one of the pioneers of SiOL, the Slovenian national ISP, and has been involved in the organization from the beginning. For the last seven years, Jan has been working as a consultant in the IT field, specializing in IPv6. He co-founded the Go6 institute (not-for-profit), a Slovenian IPv6 initiative whose main objective is to raise IPv6 awareness in Slovenia and alert the community to the fact that we are approaching extensive changes on the Internet.

Due to the success of Go6 Institute, Slovenia is currently leading the EU as the country most prepared for IPv6 (according to the RIPE NCC’s IPv6 RIPEness study). Jan has been invited to present around the world on his work, the model of the Go6 platform, IPv6 awareness raising and deployment at the national level. Jan is also primary co-author of a very successful procurement (specification) paper, published as official RIPE Best Current Practice document RIPE-501, titled “Requirements For IPv6 in ICT Equipment”. This document is translated into more than 10 languages and is used around the world by enterprises and governments when requesting IPv6 features in ICT equipment purchases. RIPE-501 was recently replaced by RIPE-554, also co-authored by Merike Kaeo, Sander Steffann and Jan Žorž.

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