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Chapters Advisory Council Steering Committee

Chapters Advisory Council Steering Committee

Olivier Crépin-Leblond
(UK-England Chapter)

Region: Europe
Position: Steering Committee Vice Chair

Carlos Vera
(Ecuador Chapter)

Region: LAC
Position: Steering Committee Vice Chair

Ram Mohan
(US Philadelphia Chapter)

Region: North America

Ines Hfaiedh
(Tunisia Chapter)
Region: Africa

Satish Babu
(India Trivandrum Chapter)

Region: APAC
Position: Steering Committee Secretary

Nabil Bukhalid
(Lebanon Chapter)

Region: Middle East

Non-geographical members

Richard Hill
(Switzerland Chapter)

Position: Steering Committee Chair

Sivasubramanian Muthusamy
(India Chennai Chapter)

Position: Steering Committee Vice Chair

Jahangir Hussain
(Bangladesh Dhaka Chapter)

Olivier Crépin-Leblond

Region: Europe

Position: Steering Committee Vice Chair

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.

Carlos Vera

Region: Latin America and the Caribbean

Position: Steering Committee Vice Chair

Carlos Vera is an Ecuadorian electronic engineer with a master degree on International Relations and extensive experience in the international field working with NGOs, governments and enterprises at directive level.

Carlos is the founder and former president of several ICT organizations in Ecuador and LatinAmerica, including the Internet Society Ecuador Chapter as of 2000.

He is now a member of the Internet Society’s Chapter Advisory Council, with a focus on bottom up capacity building for a more inclusive and more participative, democratic and transparent Internet Society.

Ram Mohan

Region: North America

Ram Mohan is the Executive Vice President and CTO of Afilias, a leading domain name registry. Ram has over 25 years’ experience in technology, leadership and entrepreneurship within both publicly quoted and private companies. Previously he worked at companies including Infonautics Corp., First Data Corporation, Unisys Corporation and KPMG. Ram was a founder of the technology behind TurnTide, an anti-spam company acquired by Symantec (a provider of internet security) in July 2004. He has served on the ICANN board of directors since November 2008. After joining Afilias in July 2001 as Chief Technology Officer, Ram has overseen the key strategic, management and technology choices for the Group. He has also advised several governments on internet security and internet globalization issues.

Ines Hfaiedh

Region: Africa

Ines Hfaiedh is a Tunisian Teacher specialized in ICT Implementation in Education. She was a Fulbright Teaching Assistant at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC. Ines Hfaiedh is Africa Representative in ISOC’s Advisory Council Steering Committee and Africa Representative in ICANN’s Non-Commercial Users Constituency. Hfaiedh is currently in charge of the Secretariat of ICANN’s 2018 Middle East and Adjoining Countries School on Internet Governance and worked on ICANN’s Intercultural Awareness Programme and the first Tunisian School on Internet Governance in October 2017.

Hfaiedh has been an ICANN Fellow, Coach and community member a couple of times. Hfaiedh was a Guest Speaker at the last two Global IGFs in Mexico and Geneva, the Fourth Edition of the Arab IGF, the International Symposium on ICTs, the Tunisia TESOL National Conference, MATE International Conference. The European Educational Tool Portal has shared her tool of ‘Interactive ICT Implementation in Formal and Informal Learning’ and selected it for the International Tool Fair in Budapest, Hungary. She also compiled ICT-enhanced lesson plans into a pedagogical paper for teachers. Hfaiedh was also a guest at the World Bank Group Youth Summit on “Rethinking Education for the next Millennium” in Washington DC.

Satish Babu

Region: Asia Pacific

Position: Steering Committee Secretary

Satish Babu is a Free Software activist, early Internet advocate and development professional based out of Kerala, India. He is the founding Director of the International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS), an autonomous academic/research institution of the Government of Kerala, India, where he worked during his Sabbatical (2011-2015). He is associated with national and international professional societies such as IEEE, Internet Society (ISOC), ICANN, and the Computer Society of India (CSI). He is a past President (2012-13) and Fellow of the CSI.

Satish has been an Internet user and advocate since 1993, and started running a free/open email service in Kerala, India, in 1994. In 1997, he conducted a workshop on email and Internet technologies for small-scale fisher trade unions in Latin America, at the Catholic University, Lima, Peru.

Satish has been active in Internet Governance since the 2009 IGF. He was a Fellow of the 2012 European Summer School in Internet Governance (EuroSSIG), and is associated with ICANN since 2012 and with ISOC as a member since 2009. He is currently the Chair of APRALO, the organization of ICANN’s At-Large community in Asia-Pacific, and is a Member and Secretary of the Steering Committee of ISOC’s Chapters Advisory Committee.

More details are available here.

Nabil Bukhalid

Region: Middle East

Nabil Bukhalid is an Internet evangelist and Internet Hall of Fame inductee. Nabil is currently consulting in areas including Internet infrastructure and services, economic and social development utilizing technology, open data and the Internet, datacenters and cloud services, higher education networks, project management, Internet governance and intersection of Internet policy and technology. He has lead technology efforts focused on Internet infrastructure, governance and socio-economical impact. Nabil has made significant contributions to the introduction and development of the Internet in Lebanon.

He has served since 1993 as the .LB Administrator and Registrar. Nabil is also the co-founder of the Lebanese Broadband Manifesto Support Group and BeirutIX. He is also a co-founder and ex-officio president of the Internet Society Lebanon Chapter (ISOC-LB), co-founder and CEO of the Lebanese Internet Center (LINC), advisory board member of the Lebanese Canadian Tech Hub and COO of Northern Investment Partners. He served for thirty years as the director of computing and networking services and chief enterprise architect at the American University of Beirut. Nabil attended AUB, where he earned both his BEE (1981) and EMBA (2006).

Richard Hill

Region: Non-geographical

Position: Steering Committee 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.

Sivasubramanian Muthusamy

Region: Non-geographical

Position: Steering Committee Vice Chair

Jahangir Hossain

Region: non-geographical

Jahangir Hossain is a founding member and Vice Chair of Internet Society (ISOC) Bangladesh Dhaka Chapter and Founding member of Executive Committee of Bangladesh Network Operator Group (bdNOG). He has participated ISOC Next Generation Leadership (NGL) program and alumni member of fellow SANOG, APNIC, IETF (from ISOC), ICANN and UNIGF. He has also served as a National Point of Contact (NPoC) of Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), in support of the United Nations programme on space applications from 2015-2017. At present he has been working as a Sr. Manager of Data Communication Network in BanglaTel Group a leading International Internet gateway (IGW), International Territorial Cable (ITC) Operator, International Internet Gateway (IIG) and Interconnection Exchange (ICX) operator in Bangladesh.

He has completed graduation and master degree Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering from Daffodil International University in Bangladesh.

He has been working with various stakeholders and working groups in Asia Pacific and International ICTs community to build regional awareness and capacity building on critical internet resource and internet governance.

More information available on Jahangir’s LinkedIn profile.

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