Adiel A. Akplogan is the Chief Executive Officer of AFRINIC.
With more than 15 years experience in the Internet Technology environment, he has worked as New Technology Director at CAFENet (an IT service company based in Togo –1994-2000), then as IT Director of Symbol Technologies in France (2001-2003).
He was a member of the UN Secretary General Internet Governance Forum Advisors Group from 2006 to 2009 and has been part of the OIF (Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie) group of experts on Internet Governance since 1999.
He served in the African Technical Advisory Committee of the United Nation Economic Commission for Africa (ATAC/UNECA) from 2005-2006.
As CEO of AFRINIC, Adiel also serves as the Chairman of the NRO Executive Council. He is an electrical engineer and holds a MSc. in E-Business and New Technology Management.
Recent Awards: First Nii Service Award May 2009
He has also contributed and written several articles on the Internet and ICT.
Paul Wilson has twenty years’ involvement with the Internet, including over ten years’ experience as the Director General of APNIC. As part of this current role, he represents the activities and interests of the Asia Pacific Internet community in local and global forums related to the development and management of the Internet.Previously the Chief Executive Officer of Pegasus Networks, the first private ISP established in Australia, Paul also acted as a consultant to the United Nations and other international agencies. As a primary consultant on Internet projects, including the PAN Program with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Paul helped to introduce Internet services for the first time in several developing economies.
Paul is a highly respected member of the global Internet community and participates in the following organizations: APIA, APNG, ISIF, NRO, ISOC and dotAsia.
John Curran is the President and CEO of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), responsible for leading the organization in its mission of managing the distribution of Internet number resources in its geographic region. He
was also a founder of ARIN and served as its chairman from inception through early 2009.John’s experience in the Internet industry includes serving as CTO and COO for ServerVault, which provides highly secure, fully managed infrastructure solutions for sensitive
federal government and commercial applications.
Prior to this, he was CTO for XO Communications, and was integral in leading the organization’s technical initiatives, network architecture, and design of leading-edge capabilities built into the company’s nationwide network.
Mr. Curran also served as CTO for BBN/GTE Internetworking, where he was responsible for the organization’s strategic technology direction. He led BBN’s technical evolution from one of the earliest Internet Service Providers through its growth and eventual acquisition by GTE.
He has also been an active participant in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), having both co-chaired the IETF Operations and Network Management Area and served as a member of the IPng (IPv6) Directorate.
Raúl Echeberría, of Uruguayan nationality, has been Executive Director of LACNIC, the Internet Addresses Registry for Latin America and the Caribbean, since 2002.Previously, he was responsible for Information Technologies at the National Agriculture Research Institute of Uruguay, where he played an important role in the start up and development of the Internet in Uruguay. Between 1998 and 2002 he was member of the Board of Directors of the Latin American Network Forum (ENRED), and he was also member of ICANN’s Name Council on behalf of the non-commercial constituency when it was first created in 1999. Mr. Echeberría was one of the founders of LACNIC and Chairman of the Board of LACNIC between 2000 and 2002.
Mr. Echeberría was actively involved in the entire process of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). Between 2004 and 2005 he participated in the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) created by the United Nations Secretary General and played a relevant role in the negotiations that took place in relation to this issue at the Summit in Tunis.
In May 2006, he was designated as a member of the Internet Governance Forum’s Multistakeholder Advisory Group, and reappointed to this position in 2007, 2008, and 2009 by the new Secretary General. In November 2007, Mr. Echeberría participated as a panelist in the main session of Critical Internet Resources at the IGF meeting in Rio de Janeiro. In 2008 he was also panelist at the main session on Internet Institutional Arrangements at the IGF meeting in Hyderabad, India.
Since 2008, Echeberría has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Internet Society (ISOC). In July 2009, he was designated as Chairman of the ISOC Board, being the first Latin American to occupy this position.
Axel Pawlik is the Managing Director of the RIPE Network Co-ordination Centre (RIPE NCC).Axel graduated from the University of Dortmund, Germany, with a Masters Degree in Computer Science. He was later employed at the University of Dortmund from 1985 to 1992, where he contributed to the establishment of UNIX networking as a publicly available service in Germany. This institution introduced Internet access services to the business community and general public.
From 1987-1991, he also served as a member of the Board of the German Unix Users Group (GUUG).
Understanding the demand for a commercial operation to provide Internet services, Axel founded EUnet Deutschland GmbH in 1992 and commercialised the operation. Under his leadership, EUnet Deutschland GmbH became the market leader in Germany and one of the strongest EUnet networks in Europe.