Alan Barrett is the Chief Executive Officer of AFRINIC.
Mr Barrett has been involved with the Internet since 1989, when he was a lecturer in the Electronic Engineering department at the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa. Throughout 1990 and 1991, he played a key part in the transformation of the South African universities network to the TCP/IP protocols and in its connection to the global Internet. He operated the primary name server for .ZA at that time and, in 1993, was a co-founder of South Africa’s first commercial Internet service provider.
In 1997, he was one of the four authors of the proposal to form AFRINIC, and served on the AFRINIC Board from its inception until 2009. He has been a member of the ASO Address Council since 2005. He was member of the Consolidated RIR IANA Stewardship Proposal (CRISP) Team, which drafted the number resource community’s response to the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group’s (ICG) request for proposals. He is also a member of the ICG, which is preparing a proposal for the transition of the IANA functions away from oversight by the US government’s NTIA. He was also one of the founding members of the South African chapter of the Internet Society, and one of the founding members of Namespace ZA, an organisation that was intended to oversee the .ZA ccTLD before that role was taken over by legislation.
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.
Oscar Alejandro Robles Garay is currently serving as CEO of LACNIC. He holds a degree in Computer Systems Engineering and a Masters degree in Information Technologies Management, both from the Monterrey Institute of Technology (Mexico).
He was one of the founders and has served as President of LACTLD, the Latin American and Caribbean Country Code Top Level Domain Organization, which groups the major Latin American and Caribbean ccTLDs. He has been involved with LACNIC since its creation in 1997, initially serving as a member of the Fiscal Commission and as a member of the Board of Directors since 2003. From 2005 to 2011 he participated in the Advisory Council for the Public Interest Registry (PIR), a not-for-profit responsible for managing the .ORG top-level domain.
He has been involved with DNS management and Internet Governance issues since 1996, when he participated in the International Ad Hoc Committee (IAHC) proposed by the Internet Society
Robles has been involved with ICANN in various capacities. He served on the Membership Advisory Council (MAC) in 1998 and on the At-Large Membership Study Committee. He was elected to the Domain Names SO Council (NC). While the ccNSO (the ICANN structure that groups ccTLD managers) was being created he served on the ccNSO Launching Group and later, from 2004 to 2010, he was a member of the ccNSO Council.
Oscar has presented various lectures in Mexico and Latin America, particularly on Internet Governance, domain names and intellectual property, and Internet growth in Mexico and Latin America. He coauthored the books Internet, the Intelligent Medium and Internet and the Information Society. He was tenured for five years at the Virtual University of the Monterrey Institute of Technology, where he taught Legal Aspects of Electronic Commerce.
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.