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2016 Chapters AC Steering Committee

Nadira Alaraj

Palestine Chapter

Vice Chairperson for the Internet Society–Palestine Chapter and heavily involved into the governance of  Palestinian Internet Exchange Point. For MENA region, I’m the coordinator of the sub-committee for the workshop track of the 4th Arab IGF 2015 Multistakeholder Advisory Group. Since 2013, I have been working on the Internet Governance Capacity Building track with the Diplo Foundation and I hold two M.Sc. degrees, one in Computer Science and one in Information Resources management from Syracuse University plus 23 years of lecturing experience at Bethlehem University on Information and Operations Management. Served on national steering committees for strategic planning for eLearning, providing consultation on pedagogical methods of eLearning.


Babu Ram Aryal

Nepal Chapter 

Steering Committee Secretary  


Olivier Crépin-Leblond

UK England Chapter
Dr. Olivier M.J. Crépin-Leblond is a French national who has been an Internet user since 1988. He received a B.Eng. Honours degree in Computer Systems and Electronics from King’s College, London, UK, in 1990, a Ph.D. in Digital Communications from Imperial College, London, UK, in 1997, and a Specialized Masters Degree in Competitive Intelligence and Knowledge Management from SKEMA Business School (ESC Lille & CERAM) in Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France, in 2007.
Having founded Global Information Highway Ltd in 1995, he took part in many Internet projects, several of which enabled Internet connectivity in developing countries. 
He was selected as Chairman of ICANN’s At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) in December 2010, renewed yearly for four continuous years, thus making him the longest serving ALAC Chair. Through serving the At-Large Community, he has gained a unique practical experience in an operational multi-stakeholder policy-making environment, finding and building consensus at grassroots level. He then moved to Vice-Chair in 2015 and is now Chair of the European At-Large Organisation (EURALO).
In December 2012 he was in the United Kingdom delegation at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) in Dubai.
In March 2013 he was selected to sit on the second ICANN Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT2).
He attended NetMundial in April 2014, wearing both the hats of his ICANN Community but also as Facilitator of ICANN’s Cross Community Working Group on Internet Governance. He has also represented his community in Internet Governance Forums (IGFs) since 2010. In 2015 he also started involvement with working groups of the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Whilst Chairman of the English Chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC) since March 2012, he is also a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC) affiliate since the early nineties.

Full details are available here.

Eduardo Díaz

Puerto Rico Chapter 

Eduardo is Puerto Rican. Graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology (GaTech), in Atlanta Georgia, with Bachelor and Master Degrees of Science in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Computer Design, Electronics and Controls. Obtained a Master in Computer Science through AT&T Bell Labs.

Worked in AT&T Bell Labs (1981-1989), Puerto Rico Telephone Company (1989-2003) and currently owns a company and acts as its principal consultant providing services in Information Systems, project/construction management and design/installation of solar power energy projects.

Licensed Professional Engineer and solar powered systems designer/installer.

Founding member of ISOC Puerto Rico Chapter (2001). Served as President (2003/14, 2015/present) and Board member.

Founder and President of the Puerto Rico Broadband Taskforce (2012-present). The mission of the multi-stakeholder group is to increase broadband adoption in Puerto Rico (see more details here).

Frequent speaker and presenter at Internet and Technology forums and conferences.

Frequently call by Government official to provide advise on Internet matters.

Achievements highlights:

In 1996, led the massification of Internet in Puerto Rico by establishing and managing the biggest ISP (which today still is) named

In 2000, instrumental in bringing high-speed Internet to Puerto Rico by establishing DSL service which today provides access to more than 85% of the population on the island.

As president of ISOC Puerto Rico:

  • Motivated and supported the establishment of the “TecnoJovenes” program to promote entrepreneurship in technology in the young population.
  • Supported TecnoAbuelos, a program geared to bridge the digital divide for people over 55 years old through education.
  • With ISOC’s support, established a program to hold periodic events for digital inclusion, including an iNet day and established the Internet Clubs of Puerto Rico to promote digital inclusion of economically marginated communities. Supported the ISOC Information and Communications Technology (ICT) development grant for $10K awarded to “Centro para Puerto Rico” which helped revive several ICT centers in low income communities around the island.
  • ISOC-PR is recognized as a leader in Internet-related matters and its advice sought by the private sector, the government and NGOs.
  • Recently established an alliance with “Centro de Innovación Social” to produce Internet technologies webminars to help reduce the digital divide in Puerto Rico (and for that matter, the rest of the world) and established the 29th of October as the official Internet Day in Puerto Rico which was supported by an official proclamation made by the Government of Puerto Rico.

As president of the Puerto Rico Broadband Taskforce:

  • established a multi-year plan to promote broadband access at one gigabit per second by year 2020. On-going initiatives include:
  • development of a Technology Based Economic Indicator;
  • establishment of a program to reutilize unused government infrastructure by telecommunications providers to reduce construction/installation costs and in turn reduce Internet access costs in the Island;
  • development of Informational TV spots to explain various Internet technologies to promote broadband adoption and increase effective use of the Internet.

Avri Doria

US - New York Chapter
Steering Committee Chair  

Avri Doria is a research consultant. Her professional activities include several part-time activities, including: as a researcher at Association for Progressive Communications (APC), as secretariat for PIR's advisory council, consultant to dotgay LLC and technical research for Donuts Inc. She is currently creating a research group, Technicalities, to work on technical, policy and advocacy projects including projects related to new gTLDs. She was a member of the UN Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation (WGEC) and of the UN Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG). She spent 5 years as a member the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Secretariat and is a member of the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group (IGF MAG). As a technologist she has been involved in the development of Internet protocols and architectures for over 30 years, is a participant in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), and a past chair of the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) Routing Research Group. She is co-chair of a research group on Human Rights Protocol Considerations and a member of the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) Sterring Group (IRSG). She has been active in ICANN policy, was a member of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council where she served as its chair for 2+ years. She is an author of RFCs and articles and teaches on Internet governance subjects.

Avri was awarded the ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos award in 2014.

Richard Hill

Switzerland Chapter
Steering Committee Vice Chair

I've been involved with the Internet one way or another since the early Arpanet days, and I've been heavily involved in Internet governance discussions since 2000. I've been a UDRP arbitrator since the inception of that scheme. My professional career has been mostly in IT and telecoms, in a variety of roles, including operations management, in a variety of organizations (small software house, Hewlett-Packard, University of Geneva, Orange). I spent the last years of my career in the standardization sector of the ITU. I was born in Italy and studied in the US and Italy. I'm a citizen of Italy and Switzerland and have travelled extensively, including in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Douglas Onyango

Uganda Chapter
Steering Committee Vice Chair 

Rudi Vansnick

Belgium Chapter

Steering Committee Vice Chair

As an early member of Internet Society (94) I've been interested in policy and governance of the Internet at regional, national and international level. For almost 8 years I've helped building ALAC (ICANN) the DNS house of many of the ISOC chapters. More recently moved into the policy development body (GNSO) and became chair of NPOC. Through my presence at the BoT I've learned more about the inside of the organisation and was able to participate in an exceptional CEO transition.
Avoiding long text here, for those interested in reading more stuff about me follow this link

David Vyorst

US - Washington DC Chapter