Biographies NRO EC
Alan Barrett is the CEO of AFRINIC, the Regional Internet Registry for Africa and the Indian Ocean. Prior to his appointment as CEO in 2015, he served on the AFRINIC Board from 2004 to 2009, and he was co-author of the proposal to create AFRINIC. He has been a Member of the ASO Address Council since 2005 and served on committees related to the transition away from US Government oversight of the IANA functions: the ICG and the CRISP Team.
He holds an M.Sc.Eng. Degree from the University of Natal (now UKZN), Durban, South Africa.
His involvement with the Internet began in 1989, when he was a lecturer in the Electronic Engineering Department at the University of Natal. He played a key part in the connection of the South African universities to the global Internet in 1991. He was a co-founder of South Africa’s first commercial Internet Service Provider, in 1993. 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 the legislation. He has also worked at an Internet firewall company, Cequrux Technologies, and as an independent consultant.
Paul Wilson has nearly 30 years’ involvement with the Internet, including almost 20 years as the head of APNIC. In this role, he has led APNIC’s development as a provider of critical Internet services and as a key contributor to Internet growth and development throughout the Asia Pacific. Paul has worked as an expert and leader across the full range of communities and organizations involved in Internet development, including ISPs and network operators, non-profit organizations, governments and governmental agencies; and with many key organizations including RIRs, the IETF, ICANN, ISOC, APEC-TEL, the ITU and others.
Previously as Technical Director and CEO of Pegasus Networks, the first private ISP in Australia, Mr Wilson worked with early Internet technologies, and helped to establish many early Internet services in developing economies of the region.
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.
Before 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 the CEO of LACNIC, the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry, an international non-government organization established in Uruguay to administer Internet Number Resources.
Mr. Robles has more than twenty years of professional experience and a long history in building institutions related to Internet resources in the Latin American and Caribbean region, promoting professionalization and long term sustainability. He is the co-founder of LACTLD – the Latin America and Caribbean Country Code Top-Level Domain Organization – which groups together the ccTLDs from the region, co-founder of LACNIC and one of the .LAT promoters. From 1995 to 2015, he worked for NIC Mexico, the organization that manages the .MX domain name.
Mr Robles has been working on Internet governance, domain names and IP address matters since 1995. He actively participated in the creation of ICANN, the organization that oversees the global Domain Name System (DNS). Mr. Robles holds a Bachelor degree in Computer Systems Engineering, a Master degree in Information Technologies Management from Monterrey Institute of Technology and has taken several executive education courses at Kellogg School of Management, Stanford University, University of Texas, Montevideo University and Monterrey Institute of Technology.
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 commercialized the operation. Under his leadership, EUnet Deutschland GmbH became the market leader in Germany and one of the strongest EUnet networks in Europe.
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