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2017 Chapters AC Steering Committee

Ali Almeshal

Region: Middle East

Olivier Crépin-Leblond

Region:  Europe

Dr. Olivier M.J. Crépin-Leblond is a French national who has been an Internet user since 1988. He received a B.Eng. Honours degree in Computer Systems and Electronics from King’s College, London, UK, in 1990, a Ph.D. in Digital Communications from Imperial College, London, UK, in 1997, and a Specialized Masters Degree in Competitive Intelligence and Knowledge Management from SKEMA Business School (ESC Lille & CERAM) in Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France, in 2007.

Having founded Global Information Highway Ltd in 1995, he took part in many Internet projects, several of which enabled Internet connectivity in developing countries. 

He was selected as Chairman of ICANN’s At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) in December 2010, renewed yearly for four continuous years, thus making him the longest serving ALAC Chair. Through serving the At-Large Community, he has gained a unique practical experience in an operational multi-stakeholder policy-making environment, finding and building consensus at grassroots level. He then moved to Vice-Chair in 2015 and is now Chair of the European At-Large Organisation (EURALO).

In December 2012 he was in the United Kingdom delegation at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) in Dubai.

In March 2013 he was selected to sit on the second ICANN Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT2).

He attended NetMundial in April 2014, wearing both the hats of his ICANN Community but also as Facilitator of ICANN’s Cross Community Working Group on Internet Governance. He has also represented his community in Internet Governance Forums (IGFs) since 2010. In 2015 he also started involvement with working groups of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Whilst Chairman of the English Chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC) since March 2012, he is also a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC) affiliate since the early nineties.

Full details are available here.


Eduardo Díaz

Region: LAC

Eduardo is Puerto Rican. Graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology (GaTech), in Atlanta Georgia, with Bachelor and Master Degrees of Science in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Computer Design, Electronics and Controls. Obtained a Master in Computer Science through AT&T Bell Labs.

Worked in AT&T Bell Labs (1981-1989), Puerto Rico Telephone Company (1989-2003) and currently owns a company and acts as its principal consultant providing services in Information Systems, project/construction management and design/installation of solar power energy projects.

Licensed Professional Engineer and solar powered systems designer/installer.

Founding member of ISOC Puerto Rico Chapter (2001). Served as President (2003/14, 2015/present) and Board member.

Founder and President of the Puerto Rico Broadband Taskforce (2012-present). The mission of the multi-stakeholder group is to increase broadband adoption in Puerto Rico (see more details here).

Frequent speaker and presenter at Internet and Technology forums and conferences.

Frequently call by Government official to provide advise on Internet matters.

Achievements highlights:

In 1996, led the massification of Internet in Puerto Rico by establishing and managing the biggest ISP (which today still is) named

In 2000, instrumental in bringing high-speed Internet to Puerto Rico by establishing DSL service which today provides access to more than 85% of the population on the island.

As president of ISOC Puerto Rico:

  • Motivated and supported the establishment of the “TecnoJovenes” program to promote entrepreneurship in technology in the young population.
  • Supported TecnoAbuelos, a program geared to bridge the digital divide for people over 55 years old through education.
  • With ISOC’s support, established a program to hold periodic events for digital inclusion, including an iNet day and established the Internet Clubs of Puerto Rico to promote digital inclusion of economically marginated communities. Supported the ISOC Information and Communications Technology (ICT) development grant for $10K awarded to “Centro para Puerto Rico” which helped revive several ICT centers in low income communities around the island.
  • ISOC-PR is recognized as a leader in Internet-related matters and its advice sought by the private sector, the government and NGOs.
  • Recently established an alliance with “Centro de Innovación Social” to produce Internet technologies webminars to help reduce the digital divide in Puerto Rico (and for that matter, the rest of the world) and established the 29th of October as the official Internet Day in Puerto Rico which was supported by an official proclamation made by the Government of Puerto Rico.

As president of the Puerto Rico Broadband Taskforce:

  • established a multi-year plan to promote broadband access at one gigabit per second by year 2020. On-going initiatives include:
  • development of a Technology Based Economic Indicator;
  • establishment of a program to reutilize unused government infrastructure by telecommunications providers to reduce construction/installation costs and in turn reduce Internet access costs in the Island;
  • development of Informational TV spots to explain various Internet technologies to promote broadband adoption and increase effective use of the Internet.


Avri Doria

Region: North America

Position: Steering Committee Chair  

Avri Doria is a research consultant. Her professional activities include several part-time activities, including: as a researcher at Association for Progressive Communications (APC), as secretariat for PIR's advisory council, consultant to dotgay LLC and technical research for Donuts Inc. She is currently creating a research group, Technicalities, to work on technical, policy and advocacy projects including projects related to new gTLDs. She was a member of the UN Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation (WGEC) and of the UN Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG). She spent 5 years as a member the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Secretariat and is a member of the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group (IGF MAG). As a technologist she has been involved in the development of Internet protocols and architectures for over 30 years, is a participant in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), and a past chair of the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) Routing Research Group. She is co-chair of a research group on Human Rights Protocol Considerations and a member of the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) Sterring Group (IRSG). She has been active in ICANN policy, was a member of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council where she served as its chair for 2+ years. She is an author of RFCs and articles and teaches on Internet governance subjects.

Avri was awarded the ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos award in 2014.

Richard Hill

Region:  Non-geographical

Position: Steering Committee Vice Chair

I've been involved with the Internet one way or another since the early Arpanet days, and I've been heavily involved in Internet governance discussions since 2000. I've been a UDRP arbitrator since the inception of that scheme. My professional career has been mostly in IT and telecoms, in a variety of roles, including operations management, in a variety of organizations (small software house, Hewlett-Packard, University of Geneva, Orange). I spent the last years of my career in the standardization sector of the ITU. I was born in Italy and studied in the US and Italy. I'm a citizen of Italy and Switzerland and have travelled extensively, including in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Jahangir Hossain

Region:  APAC

Jahangir is a founding member and Vice Chair of Internet Society (ISOC) Bangladesh Dhaka Chapter and Founding member of Executive Committee of Bangladesh Network Operator Group (bdNOG). He is also National Point of Contact (NPoC) of Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), in support of the United Nations programme on space applications.

He has participated ISOC Next Generation Leadership (NGL) program and fellowship alumni member of South Asian Network Operators Group (SANOG), Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Secretariat, United Nations. Now he is based in Dhaka, Bangladesh where professionally as a Sr. Manager of BanglaTel Group a leading International Internet gateway (IGW), International Territorial Cable Operator and International Internet Gateway operator in Bangladesh. Besides, he is the founder and CEO of Parween Systems an Internet Resource Analysis, Solution and Consultancy organization especially on IP Transit provider, International Gateway (IGW), Interconnection Exchange (ICX), Telecommunication and Internet Service Provider. He has completed graduation and master degree Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering from Daffodil International University in Bangladesh.


Ram Mohan

Region:  Non-geographical

Ram Mohan is the Executive Vice President and CTO of Afilias, a leading domain name registry. Ram has over 25 years' experience in technology, leadership and entrepreneurship within both publicly quoted and private companies. Previously he worked at companies including Infonautics Corp., First Data Corporation, Unisys Corporation and KPMG. Ram was a founder of the technology behind TurnTide, an anti-spam company acquired by Symantec (a provider of internet security) in July 2004. He has served on the ICANN board of directors since November 2008. After joining Afilias in July 2001 as Chief Technology Officer, Ram has overseen the key strategic, management and technology choices for the Group. He has also advised several governments on internet security and internet globalization issues.


Janvier Ngnoulaye

Region:  Africa

Janvier Ngnoulaye is currently the Chair of the ISOC Cameroon Chapter, and an Assistant professor in educational technology at the University of Yaounde 1 in Cameroon. He is a native French speaking. He has more than 18 years of experiences in ICT. His past employers include the Computer Center of the University of Yaounde 1, The Ministry of Higher Education, the Institute for the university digital governance. He has served in the Board of AFRINIC from 2011 to 2014, where he was member of the Audit and the By-laws committees with various valuable contributions. As the Chair of the ISOC Cameroon Chapter, he facilitated the process of the establishment of the Internet Exchange Point in Cameroon (CAMIX) (by writing the proposal of the bylaws of CAMIX, facilitating the two IXP workshops with ISOC and the Commission of African Union for the ISP in Cameroon, making the Chapter to stands as a steering committee member of CAMIX). Janvier activated many remote hub meetings for exposing the local community to some global important meetings and workshop such as IGF, IETF, Global INET and ICANN. He was one of the CRISP team members for the Africa region (IANA transition team for numbers). He also successfully served as the NomCom member for Afrinic in 2015 and 2016.Janvier Ngnoulaye is an Instructor on Linux and Cisco. He also holds a certificate in Internet Governance successful obtained through the Next Generation Leaders Programme of ISOC. He has a Master Degree in Computer Science from the University of Yaounde 1 and a Ph.D degree in educational technology from the University of Montreal.


Beatriz Rodriguez

Region:  Non-geographical

Beatriz is currently a Board Member of the Uruguay Chapter of the Internet Society. (ISOCUY)

She is a Doctor in Law and Social Sciences and Notary Public at the Eastern Republic of Uruguay University.

Master in the Information Society and Knowledge at the Santiago de Compostela University, Spain.

Assistant Professor of Legal Informatics, Computer Law and Telematic Law, at the Easter Republic of Uruguay University.

Specialist in International Public Law and in Integration Law at the Easter Republic of Uruguay University.

She has been a Fellow at the South School of the Internet Governance (SSIG) and has participated as a Fellow at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and in the Internet Governance Capacity Development Programme in Diplo Foundation.

Former Director of the Department of Jurisprudence of the Supreme Court.

Co-author of the several books and author of several works in her field of specialty, and national and international lecturer.