Past IGF Ambassadors

Sergio Alves Jr. is a Researcher in Internet Governance at the Berkman Center of Internet and Society at Harvard University. He holds a Bachelors in Law and a Masters in Regulation (Cybersecurity & Telecom Regulation) from Universidade de Brasilia. He has represented Brazil at several ITU, Citel, Mercosur, and other bilateral meetings/conferences, mostly handling cybersecurity and Internet governance issues. He… Read more

Ankush Bagotra is a Senior R&D Engineer with Synopsys Inc. He holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and specializes in Security & Privacy, Big Data, Cloud Computing, and Intellectual Property Rights. He is a member of the IPv6 Task Force setup by the Government of India, and works specifically to provide guidance to the public sector and local industry… Read more

Ysabel Briceno is a Journalist and University Researcher. She holds a Masters in Political Science and is currently working on her Ph.D. in Human Sciences. Ysabel has been involved with the Center for Scientific Computing of the University of Los Andes for a number of years, specifically in researching Internet governance issues. She is a visiting professor at several universities… Read more

Carlos Raul Gutierrez is the President of the ISOC Costa Rica chapter. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University. Carlos has been involved in Internet governance for over 5 years, mainly from the perspective of local regulatory issues and participating in ICANNs Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC). He now represents the chapter as an organizational member of the… Read more

Mehmet Bedii Kaya is a Lecturer at the Istanbul Bilgi University IT Law Institute (the only IT Law institute in Turkey), where he delivers post-graduate lectures on Internet law and Internet governance. He holds a LLM in Internet Law from Istanbul Bilgi University and a Ph.D. from the University of Nottingham. Mehmet also works closely with the Turkish Internet Development… Read more

Ivan R. Mendez is a Journalist and works in digital media across Latin America. In 2000, he created a website called “Cyberanalitica" which was used to broadly engage the populace in discussing cyber-culture. He currently runs another website called "Opinion y Noticias" where he writes about technology, society and politics. He has co-authored the book "10 Years of Digital Journalism… Read more

Towela Nyirenda-Jere is the Programme Manager in the e-Africa Programme at the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency. Towela holds both MSc. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas. She is based in South Africa, and over the last 3 - 4 years has been working on ICT strategy/policy and Internet governance issues through various projects. She has… Read more

Seun Ojedeji works as a Network Engineer at the Federal University Oye-Ekiti in Nigeria. He holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Ilorin, and also possesses a number of industry certifications from Cisco, Juniper, and Microsoft. Seun has contributed to Internet development in the African region through actively participating in Internet governance related activities and meetings such… Read more

Alexandra Permyakova is the Digital Marketing Manager at LLS Rambler Internet Holdings. She holds a Bachelors degree in Applied Informatics from Moscow State University of Railway Engineering, and is currently working towards her Masters degree in Electronic Business at the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow. She has participated in previous EuroDIG meetings, and is keen on… Read more

Shreedeep Rayamajhi (Nepal) is a Nepalese social activist and blogger. He is also the Managing Director of, an online news portal and blog, and has been featured on BBC Outriders and the World Bank’s Provocative Voices. He is one of the Founding Members of the ISOC Nepal Chapter, and currently serves as a Member of the Steering Group for… Read more

George V. Salama

Senior Manager – Public Policy SAMENA Telecommunications Council

George Victor Salama, an Italian – Egyptian national joined SAMENA Telecommunications Council in July 2011 as Senior Manager - Public Policy and has since then been involved in setting up a policy plan that includes: Digital Dividend, Spectrum Harmonization and Efficiencies, Broadband Infrastructure Development, Global Roaming Quality, Sustainable Internet Business Model, Internet Governance, Net Neutrality, Public Private Partnership and ICT… Read more

Fedor Smirnov is currently a Board Member and Secretary of the Russian Federation ISOC Chapter. Fedor has 8+ years of experience on the domain names & hosting market and since 2012 works as the Chief Marketing Officer at, an accredited ICANN registrar. He holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics and Bachelors of Arts degrees in German/English Philosophy and Financial Management… Read more