Speakers Profiles

Izumi Aizu | Izumi Aizu is Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for InfoSocinomics, Kumon Center, Tama University in Tokyo and Deputy Director at the Institute for HyperNetwork Society in Oita, Japan. Izumi promoted the use of PC based network in the ‘1980s, and the Internet in the ’90s in Japan and Asia In 1997, he moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and founded Asia Network Research, an independent research unit dedicated to promoting networking in Asia-Pacific region, focusing on societal aspects of the Internet, including global governance and digital divide issues. Between 1998 and 2000, he also worked as Secretary General of the Asia & Pacific Internet Association (APIA), a trade association representing Internet business community of the region. He was engaged in the creation process of ICANN (Internet Cooperation for Assigned Names and Numbers) and organized global Internet Y2K campaign. He was member of AtLarge Advisory Committee of ICANN until 2008. In April 2000, he moved back to Tokyo where he continues the research work on promoting the Internet in Asia. He represented Japanese NPO under the government’s requests to GLOCOM, for the Digital Opportunity Task Force, or DOT Force, initiated by the G8 to address digital divide issues. In 2001, he was asked by the government to organize supporting Asian NGOs and Civil society member to participate the preparatory process of WSIS (World Summit on the Information Society). In April 2002, he became Deputy Director of Institute for HyperNetwork Society, and in August 2004 he co-found Internet Governance Task Force (IGTF) of Japan to engage in the international debate on Internet Governance at the WSIS Working Group on Internet Governance set by the United Nations. He worked as the Secretary of IGTF from 2004 to 2006. In 2008, he found Satellite Broadband Promotion Council and became its Secretary General. In 2009, he co-founded Japan Internet Domain Name Council to promote Internationalize Country Code Top Level Domain, dot Nippon and he serves as a member of the Steering Committee of this Council. His advocacy works include promoting users’ voices and civil society perspectives at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and Internet Governance Forum (IGF). He served on various governmental committees including Network Neutrality Study Group and currently member of Internet Basic Issues Committee and IPv6 Advanced Use Study Group at the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) of Japan.

Prof. Ang Peng Hwa | Professor Ang Peng Hwa is Director of the Singapore Internet Research Centre at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is the author of Ordering Chaos: Regulating the Internet (Thomson, 2005), which argues that the internet can be, is being and should be regulated. He was a member of 40-strong Working Group on Internet Governance that was appointed by then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to prepare a report for the 2005 World Summit on the Information Society. Most recently, he was on sabbatical in India in Ahmedabad to help start the Mudra Institute of Communication Research. A lawyer by training, he worked as a journalist before going on to pursue a Master’s in communication management at the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. in the mass media at Michigan State University. His teaching and research interests combines law and communication, touching on internet law and policy, censorship, and the social impact of media. His articles have appeared in the International Journal of Public Opinion Research, New Media and Society, Cyberpsychology and Behaviour, as well as trade publications such as the Asian Wall Street Journal, and the Singapore Straits Times. In 2000, he was awarded a Fulbright fellowship and held a visiting position at Harvard University’s Harvard Information Infrastructure Project at the Kennedy School of Government. In 2001, he was a visiting fellow at the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy, Oxford University. He is interviewed regularly by the Singapore media and has also appeared in articles in the Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, and the Economist magazine’s Marketplace. Ang currently holds the chairmanship of the regional non-profit media organisation Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) and is one of the two vice-presidents of the Consumers’ Association of Singapore (CASE), and legal advisor to the Advertising Standards Authority of Singapore (ASAS).

Sean ANG | Sean Ang is currently the Executive Director for Southeast Asian Centre for e-Media (SEACEM), an organization committed to the promotion of freedom of expression, democracy and human rights through the use of ICT. As of today, SEACEM has provided technical assistance to more than a dozen of independent media organizations in the Southeast Asia, and has also supported NGOs and Citizen journalists in the region. His expertise is in Open Source applications with a special interest in technology foresight. Prior to joining SEACEM, Sean was a policy advisor for the National IT Council of Malaysia and have experiences in the field of e-learning and e-governance.

Ken Chan | Chief Officer, Children & Youth Service, Hong Kong Council of Social Services (HKCSS)

Edmon Chung | Edmon Chung is serving as the CEO for DotAsia Organisation and as Vice Chair for the Internet Society HK Chapter. Edmon is also an elected member of the Elections Committee of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, an elected councillor of the ICANN GNSO Council, and Secretariat for the ICANN APRALO (Asia Pacific At-Large Organisation). Since 2002, Edmon played a leadership role in the region-wide .Asia initiative, which brings together an open membership of 27 official country-code top-level domain authorities and regional Internet bodies. DotAsia is a not-for-profit organization with a mandate to promote Internet development and adoption in Asia. Since its launch in 2008, DotAsia has contributed significantly to a variety of community projects in Asia, including for example: OLPC.asia, Relief.Asia, CreativeCommons.Asia, ISIF.Asia, HKFilm100.Asia, NetMission.Asia and others. Edmon is an inventor of patents underlying technologies for internationalized domain names (IDN) and email addresses on the Internet. He founded Neteka Inc. in partnership with the University of Toronto Innovations Foundation in 1999, and went on to win the Most Innovative Award in the Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurship Award in 2001. In 2000, Edmon was selected by The Globe and Mail as one of the Young Canadian Leaders. Edmon has a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Engineering from the University of Toronto, and is a PhD candidate at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.

Peter Dengate Thrush | Peter Dengate Thrush is a barrister practicing in civil litigation and specializing in intellectual property, competition and Internet law. He was the legal advisor to InternetNZ from 1996 to 1999, advising it on the formation of its registry company (Domainz) and acting in early domain name disputes in which the registry was named. He served as chair from December 1999 for two terms. He is a past chair of InternetNZ’s International Affairs Committee, and a member of its Legal and Regulatory Committee (see www.internetnz.org.nz). He has been active in the setting up and developing of APTLD, the body of national domain name registry managers for the Asia Pacific region, and is the immediate past chair (see www.aptld.org). Peter has been involved in ICANN since its inception. As a member of the Boston Working Group, he provided comment in 1998 on the early drafts of the ICANN bylaws, and as President of AIPPI-NZ, he co-chaired one of the preformation meetings of the Intellectual Property Constituency in Wellington, New Zealand. In 1999 he was appointed to ICANN’s Independent Review Advisory Committee, or IRAC, a multi-national panel of legal experts charged with defining the principles of independent review of the actions of the Board of ICANN. He contributed to InternetNZ’s submission to WIPO 1 and served on ICANN’s Working Group A, which led to the development of the UDRP. He is currently on the President’s Strategy, Board Finance, Board Governance and Executive committees. He has been a leader of the ccTLD community, serving for many years on the Administrative Committee of the World Wide Alliance of ccTLDs. In that role he originated the call for the formation of a Support Organization for ccTLDs in ICANN and chaired the many meetings at which its bylaws were debated (see www.wwtld.org). He served on the launching group of the ccNSO and was selected as a board member after an international vote of ccTLD managers in the ccNSO in December 2004. Peter Dengate Thrush was originally selected for the ICANN Board by the Country Code Names Supporting Organization in 2005. His current three-year term expires six months after the conclusion of the 2010 annual meeting.

Chris Disspain | Chris, was for 18 years a corporate lawyer in the U.K. and Australia. For over ten years he has held executive management positions and directorships in private and public companies in the U.K. and Australia. He was appointed CEO of auDA in October 2000. auDA is the self regulatory body governing the .au domain name space and managing the domain name system in Australia. He is the Chair of the Country Code Name Supporting Organisation, a body that represents the interests of and sets global policy and best practice for country code top level domains within ICANN.

John Fung | Dr. John FUNG Yat Chu is the Director of ITRC (Information Technology Resource Centre) since 2004 with responsibility for the promotion of Digital Inclusion in Hong Kong, research and development of ICT applications/innovation for social services, ICT Consultations for NGOs, provision of ICT solutions to NGOs, implement and review ICT strategy for the social service sector. Dr. Fung has been a social worker since graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Hong Kong in 1985. He obtained two Master Degrees in Social Work and Information Technology from La Trobe University and Swinburne University of Technology. He was awarded a Doctoral Degree in Philosophy by the University of Hong Kong in 2004. Dr. Fung joined HKCSS (The Hong Kong Council of Social Service) in 1996 as the Research & Development Officer. He had participated in different IT projects and had involved in advocacy work via the Council in relation to social policies. Prior to joining the Council, Dr. Fung had a number of years of diverse social service experience in children & youth service and family support service. He had also served the civil and education sectors for years.

Robert Guerra | Robert Guerra directs the Internet Freedom project at Freedom House. The project aims to analyze the state of internet freedom, to expand the use of anti-censorship technologies, to build support networks for citizens fighting against online repression and to focus greater international attention on the growing threats to users’ rights. Robert is also one of the founding directors of Privaterra – a Canadian based initiative that works with nongovernmental organizations to assist them with issues of data privacy, secure communications, information security, internet governance and internet freedom. He is often invited to speak at events to share the challenges being faced by social justice organizations in regards to surveillance, censorship and privacy. He advises numerous non-profits, foundations and international organizations, including Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR), Taking IT Global, DiploFoundation’s Internet Governance and Policy Capacity Building Programme, The Open Net Initiative and The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’s Security and Stability Advisory Committee.

Michael Gurstein | Dr. Gurstein is currently Executive Director of the Centre for Community Informatics Research, Development and Training (CCIRDT) in Vancouver, Canada; Research Professor in the School of Management at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (Newark); Research Professor in the Faculty of Management at the University of Quebec (Ouatouais); and Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. From 1995 to 1999 Dr. Gurstein was the NSERC/SSHRC Associate Chair in the Management of Technological Change at the University College of Cape Breton. From 1992 to 1995 Dr. Gurstein was a Management Advisor with the United Nations Headquarters and from 2000 to 2002 the Team Leader (Dean) of the School of Management at the Technical University of British Columbia. Dr. Gurstein has served on the Board of the Vancouver Community Network, the British Columbia Community Networking Association, and Telecommunities Canada. He is currently on the Steering Committee of Global Telecentre Alliance, and on the High Level Panel of Advisors of the UN’s Global Alliance for ICT for Development. He is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Community Informatics and Foundation Chair of the Community Informatics Research Network. He has consulted to the governments of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Nepal and Jordan; to the Ford Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the UN Development Program, and the European Union; and to Nortel, Mitel, Bell Canada, and Intel among others. His most recent book is “What is Community Informatics (and Why Does It Matter)?”, Polimetrica, Milan (2007)

Micheal Jackson | Mr. Micheal Jackson is an Associate Professor in Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong. He specializes in criminal law and procedure, equity and trusts, and, more recently, cybercrime. His recent publications include”Law Enforcement in Cyberspace : The HK Approach”, in Broadhurst & Grabosky, Cybercrime : The Challenge in Asia (HKU Press, HK 2005). His current research includes the regulation of covert surveillance, organized crime, money laundering, commercial crime, and cybercrime in HK.
He has served as a member of the HK Law Reform Commission’s Subcommittee on Fraud, and the Law Society of HK’s Committee on Criminal Law and Procedure, and appeared on a number of occasions before LegCo panels to present submissions.
Admitted as a solicitor in HK, he consults mainly in the field of criminal law, and has assisted in several major criminal fraud cases during his time in Hong Kong.

Norbert Klein | Born: 3 April 1934 in Novi Vrbas, (former Yugoslavia), German. 1990 to the present: Cambodia; 1990 to 1994 at Ministry of Agriculture; Since 1994 with Cambodian NGOs
1994 created first ISP in Cambodia (UUCP, “store and forward”)
1996 created country code .kh and administered it until 1998 (transfer to Ministry of Telecom)
1997 took initiative to get Khmer script UNICODE encoded, 2003 Khmer UNICODE codification, 2010 standard for mail to Cambodian government
1997 started The Mirror, a daily review in English of the Cambodian Language press, editing it until now: http://cambodiamirror.wordpress.com
1999 started involvement in Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers – ICANN – later Council Member of its Generic Names Supporting Organization – GNSO, 2008 ICANN Nominating Committee member
2003 participant in the UN World Summit for the Information Society First Phase, 2005 Second Phase
2004 moved to create KhmerOS Initiative – creating UNICODE based Khmer Open Source software
2007 Ministry of Education accepts KhmerOS as official Khmer software in Public Education
2007 IGF Rio de Janeiro, 2008 Hyderabad (given up, as Bangkok airport closed), 2009 Sharm El Sheikh – 2010 AsiaPacific regional IGF Hong Kong
2009 Barcamp Phnom Penh (preparation group, participant, presenter: ICANN address system)
2009 Barcamp Ho Chi Minh City (participant, presenter: UNICODE and Open Source Software in Cambodia)
2010 Barcamp Yangon (one of the 2,700 participants, presenter: UNICODE and Open Source Software in Cambodia)
Presently active to get ISOC Cambodia Chapter functioning, President of ISOC-KH for the founding phase

Stephen Lai | Stephen Lai has worked in the digital publishing industry for over 10 years. He has extensive experience with marketing and digital information management across Europe and Asia Pacific. During this time, he has worked with local, regional and international firms with their digital marketing strategies and campaigns. At Melbourne IT, Stephen is responsible for products and services on corporate domain management, New gTLD consulting and brand protection across Asia.

Oiwan Lam | Media activist, research and educator currently based in Hong Kong. Northeast Asia editor of Global Voices Online and editor of inmediahk.net

Cheryl Langdon-Orr | Twenty plus years ago I left my Post-Grad research and career as a tutor in Physiology (although I am still a Teaching Associate at the Asia Pacific Research Institute of Macquarie University) to operate our then micro enterprise, Hovtek Pty. Limited. I am a telecommuter, and licensee of domain names in .au as well as in the global DNS, but most importantly, I am an avid end-user of the Internet for work and recreation. Recently we have established a second business interest, which was developed form some of the TQM activities of Hovtek; BuildersNet, which relies totally on the Internet to facilitate its operation. Our clients in Australia are Micro Businesses and SMEs – and internationally mainly SMEs and Government or Aid Funded bodies; we service and communicate with them almost exclusively online and the majority of our importation of raw materials and products as well as export documentation bookings etc. is now handled that way. I am a Director in several Associations and a NFP company interested in Global Trade and SME growth, facilitated by Internet use, under the auspices of UNCTAD. I believe the Internet should be seen as a public asset and needs to be developed and maintained as a cost-effective and accessible resource for communication, education, community, social and business opportunities by the Australian and wider global community. My focus and ongoing interests are not specifically technical but rather more consumer and end user focused (I currently represent ISOC-AU in the ACIF Consumer Advisory Council) with a keen interest in Policy Development, Access, Outreach and Regulatory issues. I was an Individual Member (prior to the formation of our Chapter) of ISOC and am a Demand Class Member of auDA, having been recently re-elected as a Board Member for my second term of office. Previously I have worked on several auDA Policy Advisory Panels, and am the current Chair of the Domain Name Industry Code of Practice Committee.

Ilya Eric Lee | Shih-Chieh Ilya Li, a.k.a. Ilya Eric Lee, is an Internet cultural activist, independent researcher, coordinator / project manager and sociology PhD student based in Taipei. His interests include strategic planning, participatory knowledge management & narrative architecture in new & hybrid media. The implementation and practices covering OpenID & identity 2.0, social media & software studies. The crowd, and the cloud. He enjoys interdisciplinary practices and experiments, theoretical dialogues and methodological adventures. He is working on digital archive & museum studies, food culture and user-oriented technologies. He works in TELDAP(Taiwan E-Learning & Digital Archives Program), CITI(Research Center for Information Technology Innovation), Academia Sinica. Personal blog since 2001 is at ilyagram.org, & microblogging at twitter.com/ilya.

Christine Loh, JP, OBE | Christine Loh is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the independent, non-profit public policy think tank, Civic Exchange. Loh had a 14-year career in the private commercial sector, where she was engaged in commodities trading and strategic planning, before having a highly successful career in politics for nearly a decade. Loh is an Adjunct Professor in the Division of Environment at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She is also a Board Member of the Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange, Senior Policy Adviser to the C40 Large Cities Climate Leadership Group (London), International Adviser to the G8+5 Climate Change Dialogue, Board Member of the Tällberg Foundation (Sweden), Board Member of the East West Institute (USA), Board Member of Community Business, Member of Asia Society’s International Council (USA), and Board Member of Global Urban Development (USA). Loh is also a trustee of the Fu Tak Iam Foundation, and is actively engaged on numerous non-governmental organisations in Hong Kong relating to urban planning and design. Loh is well known also for her work in designing and facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogue processes to help deepen and broaden understanding on public issues. She calls these processes Sustainability Tools, which she is continuing to develop by working with various international organisations. Loh has been widely recognised for her achievements, including as one of the World Economic Forum’s “Global Leaders for Tomorrow” in 1994; being twice recognised by Business Week as one of ‘The Stars of Asia’ in 1998 and again in 2000. She was named ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ in 2003 for the success of Civic Exchange, named by Asia Inc as one of Asia’s “Under-50 Movers and Shakers”; given the Peter Bryce award for outstanding civic work in 2004, named ‘Woman of the Year’ by Hong Kong Business for 2006, and received an OBE in 2007. She was recognised as one of the ‘Heroes of the Environment’ by TIME in October 2007, named as one of fifteen ‘Ethical Leaders of 2007’ by the London-based publication Ethical Corporation, named a Justice of the Peace by the Hong Kong Administrative Region Government in 2009, and named ‘Woman Who Makes A Difference’ in 2009 by RBS Coutts/Financial Times’ Women in Asia Awards.

Priscilla Lui Tsang Sun Kai | Priscilla Lui, Director of Against Child Abuse in Hong Kong, SAR, China. Priscilla Lui Tsang Sun Kai, B.B.S., obtained her Masters in Social Work from the University of Hong Kong in 1982 and Diploma in Sociology from the Hong Kong Baptist University in 1974. Priscilla Lui, was the administrator in 1979 and the director of the Against Child Abuse, HKSAR, China, since 1983. Priscilla has been involved in managing the agency and supervising advocacy of children’s rights and protection to ensure a child perspective in the community. She serves on the Government Committee on Child Abuse and many NGO committees. She also mapped out and orchestrated the implementation of fundraising and income generating plan to involve GOs, Charitable Foundation, Trust Funds, Corporate and individual donors. Areas of concern include the formation of a Child Commission in Hong Kong, the review of child related legislation to ensure the spirit of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child being thoroughly actualized. Priscilla Lui was awarded the Tenth Outstanding Young Persons Award in 1990, the HKSAR Bronze Bauhinia Star Award in 2000, the Award of Outstanding Community Service Leaders in 2001, the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) Distinguished Service Award in 2006, the Hong Kong Humanity Award for 2009, and The University of Hong Kong Distinguished Alumni Award for 2010.

Isaac Mao | Isaac Mao is a philosopher on Sharism, social entrepreneur, blogger, software architect and researcher in learning and social technology. He divides his time between research, social works, business and technology. He is now director of Social Brain Foundation, board member to Tor Project, advisory to Global Voices Online and board member to several web 2.0 and new media businesses. As one of the earliest bloggers in the Chinese community, Isaac is not only co-founder of CNBlog.org which is the earliest evangelizing site in China on grassroots publishing, but also the co-chair of Chinese Blogger Conference (2005 in Shanghai, 2006 in Hangzhou,2007 in Beijing, 2008 in Guangzhou). The CNBlog program then transformed itself into Social Brain Foundation (SBF) later on to umbrella grassroots media and free culture in China covering Free Access, Free Speech and Free Thinking, exampled projects like Ideas Factory, MeMedia, Digital Nomads, Open Education and Creative Commons China(before 2006), etc. Isaac is now studying how to apply social doctrines and technologies to totally eclipse global censorship clouds. At the same time, Isaac pays more attention on how social software can really improve the collective intelligences, then help evolve the whole society into a social brain. He is the person behind the concept “Sharism”, “Cloud Intelligence” etc. and put them into core discussion on Ars Electronica 2009 Sympoisum.

Isaac is also a global bridge in blogosphere. He is regular speaker/keynote to World Economy Forum, Web 2.0 Summit, Wikimania, Chinese Internet Research Conference, Ci’Num, PICNIC and other global internet cultural events. As a trained software engineer, he has a long history leads developing both business and consumer software. He worked as a Chief Architect in Intel HomeCD project and Tangram BackSchool suite. He applied many HCI methodologies into software design process and improved the usability of software so much. He turns to Social Computing research and organized the first Social Software Forum in China. Isaac Mao earned BS degree in Computer Science and got MBA training program at Shanghai Jiaotong University. Isaac is also a pedagogy consultant to some local institutions. He acts as advisors for some local hi-tech firms on their business strategiess.

Isaac Mao was listed as the people of “2006-2016, Map of the Decade”, by Institute for the Future. He is a director of Shanghai Youth Development Foundation. Mao made several waves in the technology and business world especially with his open letter to Google founders, challenging the search engine giant to support anti-censorship efforts and change its China strategy. He always holds a strong voice against censorship in China and nominated as winner of Index on Censorship Journalism Award.

Nigel Mendonca | Nigel Mendonca is a regional director, responsible for managing all sales across corporate and enterprise accounts, as well as partnerships for Symantec Hosted Services in Asia. Mendonca serves as a senior leader for the overall Symantec Hosted Services development and operations in the region. Mendonca served as partner account director in 2008. Prior to Symantec Hosted Services, he played a director and sales role at Premiere Global Services in Sydney from 2000. He was promoted to regional sales director in Hong Kong in 2005, and transferred to look after channel sales in 2007. He has been living in Hong Kong for years and he is no stranger in this Asian hub. During his previous tenure, Mendonca was also an active member of the Asia Digital Marketing Association; and Hong Kong Credit and Collection Management Association (HKCCMA), conducting numerous educational presentations for members. Prior to Premiere Global Services, Mendonca spent eight years with Salmat, looking after sales in five different message service areas.
Ram Mohan | Ram Mohan is Executive Vice President, & Chief Technology Officer of Afilias Limited. Ram oversees key strategic, management and technology choices for the company in support of the company’s various lines of business. These include generic top-level domains (gTLDs) .INFO and .ORG, sponsored domains .mobi, .asia, and .aero and country code domains including .IN (India) and .ME (Montenegro). Ram has led the strategic growth of the company in registry services and security as well as new product sectors such as Managed DNS, RFID/Auto-ID, and Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs). Before joining Afilias in September 2001, Ram was at Infonautics Corp., a pioneering online database and content distribution company. He held various leadership positions at Infonautics, and led the company to market leadership through product innovation, founding the award-winning CompanySleuth product, architected the Electric Library product line, now used in schools and libraries worldwide and built Encyclopedia.com, the internet’s first free enclyopedia . Prior to joining Infonautics, Ram worked with First Data Corporation, Unisys Corporation and KPMG Peat Marwick in a variety of leadership, engineering and technology positions. Ram is also founder of the technology behind TurnTide, an anti-spam company acquired by Symantec. Ram is active in the ICANN community. He joined the ICANN Board of Directors in November 2008 as a non-voting liaison from the Security and Stability Advisory Committee. He is the author (with others) of the Redemption Grace Period (RGP) and the IDN implementation guidelines, now global industry standards. He led the GNSO IDN Working Group, is a co-founder (along with the UN and the Public Interest Registry) of the Arabic Script IDN Working Group. Ram is a founding member of the ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC), a Board advisory committee comprised of Internet pioneers and technical experts including operators of Internet root servers, registrars, and TLD registries. Ram’s educational background reflects his belief that technology is best used for business advantage and market leadership. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mangalore, an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from Bharathidasan University, and left most of the way through his second Master’s in Computer Science at Philadelphia’s Drexel University in order to take Infonautics public. An inventor, he is the author of several patents. Ram was previously named one of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 40 under 40. He is a founding member of the ISOC Philadelphia Area Chapter and serves on the advisory boards of several startup companies, as well as the Lifeboat Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board. Ram is also actively involved in cancer-related nonprofits.

Charles Mok | Mr Charles Mok is the Vice Chairman of The Professional Commons, the first cross-sector professional think tank focusing on issues of public interest in Hong Kong. He is also the Chairman of Internet Society, Hong Kong (ISOC-HK), Honorary President of the Hong Kong Information Technology Federation (HKITF), chairman of the Health Information Technology Special Interest Division of the Hong Kong Computer Society, and a committee member of Engineers Without Borders (EWB). He was also a past chairman and a co-founder of the Hong Kong Internet Service Providers Association (HKISPA). Mr Mok is the executive director of Computancy Limited, a new media and Internet consulting company. Previously, Mr Mok was the Deputy Managing Director and a co-founder of HKNet Company Limited, one of Hong Kong’s earliest Internet service providers, that was acquired by NTT Communications of Japan in 1999. Mr Mok is a member of many key Hong Kong government statutory bodies or advisory committees, including Digital 21 Strategy Advisory Committee, Hospital Authority, Consultation Panel of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, CreateSmart Initiative Vetting Committee, and Road Safety Campaign Committee. Previously, Mr Mok was a part-time member of the Central Policy Unit, and a member of the Consumer Council, Committee on Economic Development and Economic Cooperation with the Mainland of the Commission on Strategic Development, and Trade and Industry Advisory Board. Mr Mok was elected as a member of the First (1998), Second (2000) and Third (2005) Election Committees in the IT Subsector. Mr. Mok graduated from Purdue University in the United States with Bachelor of Science in Computer and Electrical Engineering and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, and worked in the United States with SunSoft Inc. and Digital Equipment Corporation. In 1999, he was awarded as one of Hong Kong’s “Ten Outstanding Young Digi Persons”. He has also been writing extensively on technology, management and public policy, appearing regularly in the Hong Kong Economic Journal, Hi Tech Weekly and ezone. He is also an active blogger since 2004. In 2008 he published his first book in Chinese, entitled “Hong Kong 2.0.”

Michael Mudd | Mike Mudd is the Secretary – General, Asia – Pacific of the Open Computing Alliance and the Chief Representative of the OCA in the region, please see (www.opencomputingalliance.org) He brings 31 years regional business experience to the OCA, encompassing Japan to Australia and China to India. Before joining the OCA, he was Director of Public Policy for Asia Pacific for one of the worlds leading IT associations, CompTIA and opened the A-P office in Hong Kong, in 2004. Prior to this Mike was a Senior Manager with Standard Chartered Bank PLC, in the wholesale banks ecommerce group. Previously he was the Commercial Director for the e commerce division of the Noble Group. He is an appointed Expert to JTC-1 of the ISAO in Genva and is an active member of the IT, IP and Telecom committees at Amcham’s in Hong Kong, Beijing, Manila, Kuala Lumpur and Hanoi, where he has been the Chair of the IT, IP and Telecom’s Committee, since 2007.

Ken Ngai | Mr. Ken Ngai is now the Website Director of The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups responsible for all technological aspects of the website development for the Groups. He is also responsible for engaging youth online. Ken is, at the same time, the Project Manager for the largest internet education campaign, the BeNetwise in Hong Kong funded by the Government of Hong Kong. He plans, designs and executes the campaign. Ken was a pioneer in eLearning solutions and international eLearning standards. He conducted training camp on eLearning standards and implementation to enterprises in Taiwan and Hong Kong, as well as state-owned enterprises in China. Ken also project-managed eLearning system implementation for large enterprises such as MTRC. He was an engineer in Macromedia Inc, a world leading Internet solution company, and was responsible for Internet advocacy, training and technology exchanges in greater China region. He has delivered numerous Internet technological presentations for the Government, educational institutions and commercial organizations. He holds Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration.

Izumi Okutani | In charge of outreach and training activities for policy development and discussions in Japan, as well as being responsible for implementation of address policies for JPNIC’s services. Has been involved in policy co-ordination between Japan and Asia Pacific Address communities since 2000. Has served as NIR SIG Chair in APNIC forum since 2005.

Tulika Pandey | Ms Tulika Pandey is an Electronics and Telecommunications Engineer. She has been with the Government of India since 1992 and holds the position of Additional Director with the Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, Government of India. She has been involved in implementation strategy and action plan formulations for wider reach of ICT facilitated benefits; Integration of appropriate technology interfaces between human and cyber world; Steering of Research and Development projects for development of contextual ICT technology, tool, applications and content. She is has traversed through the path of Microelectronics development, E-Learning, Technology Development for Indian Languages, Digital Libraries and now E-Infrastructure and Internet Governance in her stint with the Government of India. Ms Tulika Pandey is a member of the IEEE Women in Engineering Society. She has conducted technical training programmes and entrepreneurial workshops for ubiquitous ICT interventions in human life for inclusion and contribution of women in the field of Information and Communication Technologies. She is spearheading activities of Internationalization of Internet, Net Neutrality, Internet Proliferation and its last mile outreach within India. She represents the concerns of India and government in particular in the International and National forums of Internet Governance, Internationalization of Internet and Women in ICT.

Thomas Parenty | For over twenty five years, Thomas Parenty has advised governments and corporations on the development and use of information security technologies to increase productivity and innovation, while reducing costs and risk. Currently, assists clients in preventing financial fraud and the loss or theft of sensitive information in Asia’s complex business environment. Professional Highlights:
Testified five times before the United States Congress on global competitiveness, national security, law enforcement, and encryption export controls
Evaluated United States Government information security activities on behalf of the National Academy of Sciences
Advised the (US) President’s Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection regarding information security research directions and the protection of telecommunications networks
Featured over 90 times in over 5 languages in international TV, radio and print media ranging from CNN’s Global Office to The Economist to China Daily
Lectured throughout the world over 80 times at industry conferences and academic institutions, including the University of California at Berkeley and Los Angeles, the University of Massachusetts, the National Cryptologic School (NSA), and the Chinese University of Hong Kong
Wrote Digital Defense: What You Should Know About Protecting Your Company’s Assets, published by Harvard Business School Press

Chiranuch Premchaiporn | Chiranuch Premchaiporn is Executive Director of Prachatai (www.prachatai.com) an online newspaper which is a program under the Foundation for Community educational Media. The ultimate goal of the organization is to promote the freedom of expression in Thailand. Now she has been charged for violating section 15 in Computer Crime Act according to the comments posted by user in her web forum discussion. She also affiliates with Thai Netizen Network[http://thainetizen.org/], the civil movement in cyberspace since it found in late 2008. She is a social activist who joined the social movement on HIV/AIDS in Thailand particularly in the issue of de-stigmatization as well as enhancing the right of people to build up their own capacity in a safe supportive environment away from HIV infection. Currently she also involved in HIV/AIDS work with children living with HIV/AIDS. She is the board member of ‘WE UNDERSTAND’ Group.

Oliver “Blogie” Robillo | Based in Davao City, Philippines, Robillo is the founder of the Mindanao Bloggers Community (www.mindanaobloggers.com), an aggrupation of Filipino bloggers concerned primarily with advocating for peace and sustainable development in the Philippine South. It is hoped that, with a growing amount of online content emanating from the southern islands, more and more people will come to understand Mindanao for what it truly represents. Robillo (or “Blogie”) is a cyber-journalist, trainer and special events organizer. Among his major annual events are WordCamp Philippines and the Mindanao Bloggers Summit. He is also a prolific blogger, writing for Dabawenyo.com and several other blogs.

Christine Runnegar | Christine Runnegar is a Senior Manager of Public Policy at the Internet Society, based in Geneva, Switzerland. Her current areas of interest include emerging Internet-focused policy responses to online copyright infringement, privacy and data protection, and the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement negotiations. Prior to joining the Internet Society in early 2009, Christine was a Senior Executive Lawyer employed by the Australian Government Solicitor. As a lawyer for the Australian government, Christine worked in a variety of areas, principally in competition and consumer protection law, but also in administrative law, taxation law, privacy and freedom of information law, corporate regulation and commercial law, information technology, and communications law (specifically anti-spam law). Christine holds Bachelor degrees in Law and Economics, and is a qualified arbitrator and mediator. She is qualified to serve as a panellist to resolve .au domain name disputes under the .au Dispute Resolution Policy.

Yap Swee Seng | Yap Swee Seng is the Executive Director of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development, a membership based regional organization with 46 members across Asia. He studied human rights at the University of Essex, United Kingdom.

Jonathan Shea | Jonathan Shea is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Ltd (HKIRC) and Hong Kong Domain Name Registration Company Ltd (HKDNR). He has extensive IT and technology experience in the telecommunications and ISP industry. Before joining HKIRC, Jonathan was the Chief Technology Officer of China Light and Power Telecommunications Limited. Jonathan has also held senior executive positions in Henderson Cyber, New World Telecom and Telstra (Australia). In his current capacity, Jonathan is helping HKIRC transform into a customer-focused organisation and become an active promoter of the application of Internet to benefit individuals and businesses in Hong Kong. Apart from his extensive IT and technology background, Jonathan has also contributed to business development activities and business planning process in the companies he worked for. Apart from being a Chartered Engineer, Jonathan is a fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors, member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (previous IEE) and Hong Kong Computer Society. He is also an Honorary Advisor of Hong Kong Wireless Technology Industry Association. In the regional and global arena, Jonathan is the Vice Chairman of APTLD (Asia Pacific Top-Level Domain Organisation), a regional organisation serving the interest of country-code Top-Level Domain registries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Sherman So | Former technology journalist of South China Morning Post and co-author of “Red Wired”

Tan Tin Wee | Tan Tin Wee (family name Tan) is best known in the Internet community for his founding efforts in R&D of Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) in 1998,culminating in the development of a fully operational IDN system and in creating the IDN movement to popularise the concept of a multilingual Internet in the late 90s and early 2000s. He has previously been pioneer evangelist of WAIS,Gopher, WWW, CUSeeMe, multilingual Internet, Internet for disability communitiesand other Internet technologies in the early 90s, and as Head of Technet Unit,Singapore’s first R&D ISP commercialised the service into Pacific Internet (PacNet)in 1995. From 1994-1999, he was Head of the Internet Research andDevelopment Unit (IRDU) of the National University of Singapore (NUS),Chairman of the Asia Pacific Networking Group (APNG), founding member of Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN), APTLD, APSIRC, Special Advisor to APNIC Director-General, Founder of the Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Network (APBioNet), Founder of the Tamil Internet Conference. He was a founding member and prime mover of the Multilingual Internet Names Consortium (MINC) and a founder of the International Forum for IT in Tamil (INFITT). He represented Asia in the CCIRN, and built the first Asian high speed connectionfrom Internet2 via the STARTAP to SINGAREN, Singapore’s $28M advanced research and education network in 1997. He also founded the Asean Science and Technology Research and Education Network Alliance (ASTRENA) and was involved in Grid and Cloud Computing initiatives in Bioinformatics. He was the founding director of the Bioinformatics Centre in Singapore (1996), coordinates the past eight years of the International Conference on Bioinformatics (InCoB) and is currently Master Eusoff Hall, NUS, and Deputy Head and Associate Professor of the Department of Biochemistry, YLL School of Medicine, NUS, as well as a Board Director of the International Society of Computational Biology (ISCB), Keppel Telecommunications and Transportation Ltd, and iGates Bioinnovation Pte Ltd. and repesents Singapore in the ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology (COST) as Focal Point in the Biotechnology SubCommittee. He has published widely on Internet technologies and Bioinformatics, and sits in editorial boards and committees, and has won numerous awards for his achievements including those in bioinformatics, the Internet and community work.

Dato’ Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi | Before taking up his post as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) in 2008, Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi worked across a broad range of industries including communications, multimedia, finance and law. Mr Tarmizi first joined the MCMC in its formative years in May 2000 to head Industry Development. After six years, he left to work in the private sector as Executive Director and Head of Strategy in a leading boutique investment advisory and strategic consulting firm. In June 2008, Mr Tarmizi was invited back to the MCMC to take on the role of COO. In the international arena, Mr Tarmizi has worked closely with a number of high profile international organizations including the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the World Bank, Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT), Pacific Islands Telecommunications Associations (PITA), Commonwealth Telecommunication Organisation (CTO) and the International Institute of Communications (IIC). He is currently the immediate past Chairman of the Government Advisory Committee (GAC) to ICANN. Mr Tarmizi holds a law degree from Aberystwyth University in Wales and qualified as a barrister from Gray’s Inn, England and Wales.

Christopher To | Christopher To is currently the Executive Director of the Construction Industry Council and was previously Secretary General of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. He holds Adjunct Professorships from a variety of academic institutions and is involved with educational reform and governance of such institutions. He is a member of various learned societies and actively participates as a Committee Member of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association and the Hong Kong Corporate Counsel Association. Christopher is also involved in a variety of Boards and Companies ranging from Engineering, IT, and Research and Development. In 2001 Christopher was the youngest Director to be awarded Director of the Year Award in Hong Kong.

Clarence Tsang | Mr. Clarence Tsang has over 10 years management experience in the commercial sector before he joined Christian Action. He was the general manager of a subsidiary of a public listed company and has successfully turned it from a deficit budget into a profitable situation in half a year by restructuring the company and enhancing its image. Clarence then joined Christian Action, a non-subvented social service agency in Hong Kong and has served the organization for over 10 years by contributing himself in various aspects including restructuring, business development, funding application, as well as overall management of the organization. He has led a team of over 80 staff members in providing large-scale training services to the public under various government projects, self-financing courses, as well as in-house training for private companies, non-government organizations and public sector. He was also in-charge of the Social Enterprise Division in exploring and developing new social enterprises for the organization. He is now the Deputy Director of Christian Action, assisting the Executive Director in overseeing the operation and development of the whole organization. The Social Services Department of Christian Action, which also includes Ethnic Minorities Programme, is also under his supervision. Christian Action has been providing services to ethnic minorities since 2003 and we are one of the pioneers in this area before the government cares for this vulnerable group. With the support of Hong Kong Jockey Club, CMAB and other funding bodies, Christian Action has set up service centres in Kwun Tong, Jordan and Tuen Mun to serve ethnic minorities in the community. Our staff members in these centres are of different races to fit for the need of the services. Our experience working for ethnic minorities has given us enough understanding of their needs. Clarence’s experience in both commercial and social service field is not common in the social service sector. Because of his commercial background, he has very rich practical knowledge in presentations, negotiation, communication skills, team building and organizational management. He has earned himself trust from other welfare agencies to provide training to their staff on commercializing their operation. His training is well recognized by the participants as he can always make an ordinary lecture into a training course with fun and humor without sacrificing the rich content.

Paul Wilson | 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.

Tony Wong | Head of Digital Inclusion Division, Government Chief Information Officer, Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The role of his division is to develop and implement relevant strategies and initiatives to address the digital divide issues of different underprivileged groups. Mr. Wong’s duties consist of supporting the development of Hong Kong as an inclusive, knowledge-based society, one of the five key action areas in the 2008 Digital 21 Strategy, and bringing the benefit of ICT, which plays a key role in enhancing the quality of life of people in Hong Kong, to disadvantaged groups of the community to strengthen their capacity to engage with the development of information society. Recent initiatives under his supervision includes the <District Cyber Centres Scheme> to establish an allied support network among the computer centres operated by different community organisations in supporting the ICT training, Internet access and technical support needs of different underprivileged groups in the districts; the <Elderly Portal> as an elderly friendly, easy-to-use one-stop entry portal for the elderly not only encourages the elders to integrate into the society and lead an active and healthy life, but also helps eliminate intergenerational digital divide; the <”Be NetWise” Internet Education Campaign> which is a one-year education programme to promote the safe and healthy use of the Internet among young students and their parent and teachers; and the forthcoming <Internet Learning Support Programme> which will enable all students in low income families to gain access to the Internet for the purpose of learning, by making available affordable Internet access services and computers as well as training and technical support to them.

Anthony S K Wong, S.B.S. | Mr. Anthony S K Wong is currently appointed as the President, Asia Pacific, by the non-profit organization One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), a worldwide project to help the poorest parts of the world by providing a rugged, low cost, low power consumption laptop computer equipped with education software and exploration. Mr. Wong founded the OLPC Asia Pacific in 2008 and raised funds to donate laptops to the school children in the earthquake stricken Sichuan, and other under-developed areas in Asia. Before retirement from the Hong Kong Government, he was the Commissioner for Innovation and Technology, responsible for the promotion and development of innovation and technology in Hong Kong. Major initiatives include facilitating the provision of technology support infrastructure, fostering technological entrepreneurship, furthering technological collaboration with the Mainland and other places, promoting internationally accepted standards and conformity assessment services to underpin technological development and international trade. Prior to this, Mr. Wong was appointed the Director-General of Telecommunications and the Telecommunications Authority of Hong Kong from March 1997 to August 2003. One of his major achievements was the liberalization of the telecom services and facilities markets in Hong Kong. Mr. Wong was also the chairman of the World Telecommunication Policy Forum in 2000, Chairman of the Annual Global Symposium for Regulators in 2000 and Chairman of the Policy and Legal Committee of the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference held in 2002. Mr. Wong holds a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Engineering, a Master of Philosophy degree and a Master of Social Sciences degree.

Peter K. Yu | Peter K. Yu (余家明) holds the Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law and is the founding director of the Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake University Law School. He is also a Wenlan Scholar Chair Professor at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in Wuhan, China. In summer, he serves as a visiting professor of law at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law. Before joining Drake University, he founded the nationally-renowned Intellectual Property & Communications Law Program at Michigan State University, at which he held faculty appointments in law, communication arts and sciences, and Asian studies.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Professor Yu is a leading expert in international intellectual property and communications law. He writes and lectures extensively on international trade, international and comparative law and the transition of the legal systems in China and Hong Kong. A prolific scholar and an award-winning teacher, he is the author or editor of four books and more than 60 law review articles and book chapters. His latest publications include a four-volume reference book set entitled Intellectual Property and Information Wealth: Issues and Practices in the Digital Age (Praeger Publishers 2007).
Professor Yu has spoken at events organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization, the International Telecommunication Union, the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Chinese, U.S. and EU governments and at leading research institutions from around the world. His lectures and presentations have spanned more than twenty countries on all continents except Antarctica, and he is a frequent commentator in the national and international media. His publications, which have been translated into Chinese, Japanese and Portuguese, are available on his website at www.peteryu.com. When he is not traveling, he divides his time among Des Moines, Hong Kong and cyberspace.

Zhang Jian | Jian currently is General Manager of Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association (APTLD). Jian has extensive experience both in the domain name and ICT industry. Before taking up the position of APTLD, Jian was the Director of International Business Department of China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC). During her tenure with CNNIC, she helped CNNIC to re-structure its oversea partnership and advanced in participating in global Internet community. In realizing the importance of culture diversity, she is also one of the key drivers on the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process. She has been actively involved in IDN policy development in ICANN, and was a member of IDNC WG in formulating policy proposals for IDN ccTLD Fast Track. In addition, with her rich hands-on experiences in cross-culture communications, Jian Zhang is enthusiastically participating in the global forum. She currently serves on the Board of Asia Pacific Network Information Center (APNIC), also the council of Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) in ICANN. Before working with CNNIC, Jian’s career track also included technical and managerial positions at GTE Internetworking, Nextel Communications and Cisco Systems in the US.

Shariya Haniz Zulkifli |  Shariya Haniz Zulkifli was a practising solicitor specialising in telecommunications law prior to her role as regulatory and legal adviser to Malaysia’s first Internet Service Provider. During this time, she was a major contributor in numerous pioneering communications legislation at the time; covering a diverse range of Internet-related issues such as licensing, internet addresses, security, abuse, content, digital signatures and privacy.

Presently serving as Director of .my DOMAIN REGISTRY, she sets the overall strategic direction of the company and oversees its operations. .my DOMAIN REGISTRY is the country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) administrator for the .my domain.