Ai-Chin has been in the domain name industry for more than 20 years, focusing on policy-making and technology development for the .tw/.台灣 namespace, and continues to maintain its good performance and impression of .tw.
She also serves as the Co-Secretary of the Chinese Domain Name Consortium (CDNC) since 2005. Currently, she is ccNSO councilor and Chair of APTLD.
Before joining TWNIC, Ai-Chin worked at the Computer Center of the Ministry of Education and the Institute for Information Industry. She graduated from National Taiwan University with a BA in Political Science and held MS in Computer Science from the University of Missouri-Rolla in the USA.
Erhan Karabardak is a senior lawyer, and trademark attorney. Erhan is recognised as a leading trademark and domain name professional and is regularly engaged to provide expert advice and commentary on trademark and domain name issues. He acts for a range of clients both Australian and internationally based, including well-known global brands. With over 20 years’ experience.
He recognised as a leading expert in domain name law and has run some of the leading cases in this area. Erhan has represented some of the world’s largest domain name portfolio holders, and has served as a director and board member of the .au Domain Administration (auDA), Australia’s domain name regulator since 2012, where he is currently Deputy Chairman.
Boyoung Kim has been in charge of international relations and Internet governance at KISA(Korea Internet & Security Agency)/KRNIC since 2012. For last 10 years, she has been developing both domestic and international policies for domain name and Internet governance.
She has followed up ICANN related issues such as new gTLD policy, WHOIS policy, etc. as a GAC representative of Korea for more than 7years, and interacted with the Korean community to improve .kr ccTLD policy. She has participated in the RZ-LGR process as a member of KGP(Korea Generation Panel) in recent years, which is core project for IDN. She manages several cooperation projects with international organizations and ccTLD registries. Especially, she has been deeply involved in organizing APIGA(Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy) which is the most outstanding capacity development program for Youth in AP region. With her experience, she is working on making local program to work more systematically from school to real field experience.
She has been appointed to the Board of Directors for APTLD since 2021 and became the secretary in 2022. During her term, she has been working for APTLD to be more beneficial to members, especially regarding capacity development, fellowship opportunities, etc.
Mr. LI Hongtao, the Chief Technology Officer of CNNIC, is currently responsible for the technology development, research on cutting-edge technologies and international technical exchange. He also acts as the guest professor and supervisor of master student in Computer Network Information Center of Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has:
A solid technical background, owing master’s degree in computer science, familiar with SRS, DNS, WHOIS, big data and other cutting-edge technologies
Over 17-year work experience in domain name industry
Strong leadership and communication skill
International outlook and intimate connection with registries, registrars and other domain name communities
Mr. LI Hongtao has accumulated rich experience in domain name cutting-edge technology R&D, industry exchange and policy making. He has built an international outlook for domain name technology development during his tenure as a CNNIC leading member.
Hongtao has a solid technical background. Majored in Computer science, he got his master degree in Tsinghua University in 2005 and having worked in CNNIC for over 17 years since then. He owns senior engineer’s title and serves as an expert member of National Standardization Technical Organization. As the CTO of CNNIC, he led a series of project, including: 1) the development of the SRS, SDNS and WHOIS service system; 2) the research and deployment of IPv6 and its application; 3) the establishment of Internet infrastructure big data platform and other important technical platforms; and 4) technical research on DNS abuse governance.
Mr. LI also has rich experience in international exchange. He keeps his participation in ICANN, IETF, Apricot, IEEE and other industry meetings every year. Under his leadership, CNNIC successfully built several joint labs with oversea organizations, including Cisco, Internet Systems Consortium and so on. Meanwhile, Hongtao established friendly and cooperative relations with domain name community. He strengthened technical contacts with Afilias, carrying out technical exchanges and discussions, and promoted cooperation with IETF on industry standards. For years, Hongtao has proactively promoted the IDN and involved himself into Chinese Domain Name Consortium (CDNC)’s work, building close relationship with peers in Singapore, Hongkong, Taiwan and Macow. In addition, he has published several technical papers in international journals.
Although his expertise lies on technology, he did have some major experience in policy making. He put his effort in establishing the cooperation mechanism between CNNIC and Tsinghua University，Chinese Academy of Sciences and other organization.
Isobel Egerton was a senior lawyer until commencing the role of Assistant Domain Name Commissioner at .nz in March 2021.
Isobel’s prior legal practice included commercial and litigation work in private practice; work as a junior barrister at Harbour Chambers, and for New Zealand’s Crown Law Office. Most recently, Isobel worked for 10 years in-house for the New Zealand Police providing corporate and investigative advice. Isobel has significant expertise in privacy law, the law of search and suveillance and public law. Isobel has worked on counter-terrorism investigations and law reform; on Police’s approach to hate crime; and Police referrals of objectionable publications.
Isobel lead the lanuch of the Domain Name Commission’s Online Dispute Resolution platform and is currently the Interim Domain Name Commissioner at .nz.
Mr. Rajiv Kumar is the current APTLD Board member since APTLD 79, Feb 2021.
His fulltime role is Manager .IN Registry with National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) where he has been working since August 2007. He is a qualified Service and Result Oriented professional in ICT & Telecom Industry. During his tenure as the Manager (Registry) of NIXI, he steered some of the key projects and reforms across Internet Exchange, National Internet Registry and ccTLD Registry.
Mr. Rajiv Kumar has a Master degree in Radio Physics & Electronics and Master of Computer Application (MCA). You can also find out professional background on his LinkedIn profile. Link for LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rajiv-kumar-4bb06612/
During his last 2 years (approx.) tenure as APTLD Director, he has worked along with the community for the common objectives of APTLD. Some of the key activities are :
• Regular participant and contributor in the Board meetings.
• APTLD80 - worked closely with Pacific island ccTLD Managers inviting them to be part of APTLD and derive the benefits.
• Capacity development and knowledge sharing with other APTLD members in field of IDN, Dispute resolution policy, SRS and other best practices.
• APTLD82 - Part of Fellowship selection committee.
• Volunteered for incorporation of APTLD Ltd at Singapore
• Founding Board of Director for APTLD Ltd
• Closely coordinating with APTLD GM for other activities related to establishment.
• Chair of APTLD Reincorporation Members Working Group (ARMWG) members – working for the formation of byelaws, MoA etc.
During the last 15+ years, he has been working as a Manager (Registry) with NIXI.
• As a nodal person in NIXI for coordinating activities related to implementation of IDN, he has actively interacted with ICANN, IANA, C-DAC, Ministry of IT, Govt. of India (MeitY). He has attended all the major meetings related to the implementation of IDN and contributed effectively. He has coordinated with ICANN and IANA for delegation of IDN ccTLD to NIXI. For testing of IDN software, he has coordinated with CDAC and Technical Service Providers.
• As a person responsible for running and maintaining the .IN Registry he has contributed in New Registry Registrar Agreement, involved in set up of secondary Data center, involved in selection of New Panel of Arbitrator and getting the re-delegation of .IN ccTLD from NCST (C-DAC) to NIXI.
• He has also contributed substantially in implementation of DNSSEC & IPv6 in the .IN Registry. He has also contributed in implementation of Domain tasting in respect of .IN Domain.
• He handled and coordinated the team during the ICANN 31 & IGF in 2008, APRICOT & APTLD in 2012, APrIGF in 2014 and ICANN 57 in 2016 at Hyderabad being the host of the event.
• He has worked in GAC secretariat at Delhi, India during 2007-08
• He has made presentation on DNSSEC at ICANN – 57 (Hyderabad) , 60 (Abu Dhabi), at APTLD 71, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
• He has attended ICANN69, ICANN68, ICANN67 in 2020, APTLD 77, 78 in 2020 and IGF 2020
• He has also attended all webinars held by APTLD
• Developed API with help of CDAC, Pune and Launch of IDN in 07 scripts in 2014.
• Delegation of IDN Registries in 15 scripts covering 22 Indian languages in 2010 & 2017.
• He has Introduced Sunrise C (for ASCII domain holder) and part of Sunrise evaluation team of all IDN scripts
• He was part of Neo Brahmi Generation Panel and Variant Issues Project -- Devanagari Case Study Team.
• He has hold position of Vice-Chair in UA-Tech in Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG)
Presently he is working towards the use of Internet for inclusive growth and development of multi-lingualisation in the Indian context and the roll out of Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) in rest of the official Indian languages.
Ms. Thuy holds a Master of Electronics and Communications industry from Hanoi University of Science and Technology.
For 20 years working in the industry, she earned variety experience in Internet resources management and development. She is the main contributor to the regulatory, compliance, dispute resolution and development policy of the .VN domain. Before her appointment as Director of Cooperation & Internet Resources Management, she had 8 years of working as a technical staff for .VN ccTLD, as well as NIR of the Asia - Pacific region for Vietnam.
Ms. Thuy has initiated and contributed to many projects that brought Viet Nam to be in the first place in ASEAN with highest ccTLD registration, the 8th place in the world with highest IPv6 adoption rate, including:
- Main contributor for formulating development and management policy of “.VN” domain during its development.
- Main contributor for the implementation of .VN IDN in Viet Nam; assisting in the development and promotion of a multilingual Internet using IDNs in Viet Nam and the region.
- Active member of Viet Nam IPv6 Task Force, developing and initiating Viet Nam’s IPv6 Action Plan (for the period of 2011-2019).
- Consultant for Viet Nam’s IPv6 for Gov Program (for the period of 2021 – 2025).
- The lead of IPv6 field in the project “ASEAN Smart ICT Ecosystem” (2019-2020). The project aims to assessing challenges in IPv6 adoption in ASEAN, design Architecture for the ASEAN Smart Cities platforms with due consideration on the Use of ICT for DDRM System and the availability of a secure, scalable, and connectable TCP/IP address identifiers.
She has also engaged actively in various international Internet forums and WGs (APTLD, APNIC, ccNSO…), contributing to the promotion and development of Internet in the region.
Yuri Takamatsu currently works as International Affairs Leader at JPRS, which manages and operates Japanese Top level domain “.JP”. Her main job is to research policy affairs related to domain names (especially ccTLD-related issues) and to share the trends and hot topics internal to JPRS and also to the local/global community. She also works as JPRS’ contact point for Japanese government. Furthermore, she is a member of the M-Root DNS deployment project.
[Domain name related activities]
She joined JPRS in 2011. Her first role was to research the policy development process (PDP) of gTLD at ICANN and to report about the mechanism and substance of ICANN’s PDP’s from a registrar’s view. In 2012, she moved her arena from gTLD to ccTLD and started to participate in APTLD meetings and ICANN meetings.
Since 2015, she joined the discussion to establish Japanese Label Generation rules as a secretariat at the beginning, and later as one of the active members. She also joins ccPDP4 Working Group, which is chartered to propose policies for the selection of Internationalized Domain Name ccTLD (IDN ccTLD) strings and their variant management. Utilizing the experience of creating Japanese RZ-LGR, she has been active in the working group.
In 2020, she joined the ccNSO meeting program committee and contributed to the discussion about planning various events that aim to share the information and/or to make lively discussion during the event.
Regarding APTLD activities, she also served as a Host member of APTLD67 which was held in Fukuoka/Japan in 2015. In 2020, she also contributed as a member of the Secretariat Performance Review Working Group.
Since 2014, she has been active in the discussion in Japan about Internet Governance (IG) related issues which includes the base set to form the body to discuss IG topics, planning public events to make them aware of IG issues, and stimulating them to join further discussion in the global arena. Also, she joined several IGF meetings and joined reporting events for the Japanese community with other members who are from other sectors, such as private sector, government, and others.
JPRS has operated M-Root DNS Server jointly with WIDE Project since 2005. Since 2020, JPRS and WIDE Project started to deploy M-Root DNS services in the Asia Pacific and beyond in cooperation with APNIC to improve performance and resiliency of the Internet usage in the AP region by enhancing Root DNS service. She has been involved from the beginning and has led the discussion since then.