PTI Board of Directors
Appointed By: ICANN Nominating Committee
Term: 15 September 2016 – ICANN Annual General Meeting 2022
Bio: Lise is ETNO's Director General. Prior to that, she was Chief Operating Officer of DK Hostmaster and DIFO, the company managing the .dk domain name. In the period between September 2014 and September 2016 she also co-chaired the Cross Community Working Group for the IANA Stewardship Transition, building on her strong network within the internet community. She has recently been appointed to the Internet Society Public Interest Registry Board of Directors for a three year term starting in July 2016. She is also a Board member of Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) for the next year and she has been a member of the ATRT 2 in 2013.
Lise has 10+ years of experience in the telecoms industry. She started her career at the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (1996-2000) where she wrote and implemented regulation for the telecommunication markets. After that, she worked for the telecoms operator Telia Networks (2000-2009), where she led various teams dealing with issues as diverse as interconnection agreements, mobile services and industry cooperation.
Appointed By: ICANN
Term: 15 September 2016 - ICANN Annual General Meeting 2023
Bio: David Conrad is a long-time and active participant in Internet infrastructure, development, and operations. Highlights of his career include leading the team that developed one of the first TCP/IP packages for the original IBM PC, helping to start one of the first commercial Internet Service Providers in Japan, establishing and becoming the first Director General of APNIC, founding and being the CTO and co-VP of Engineering of Nominum, Inc., being the "Internet Janitor" at CloudFlare, Inc., and performing a number of roles at ICANN, including General Manager of the IANA, Vice President of IT and currently, CTO.
Bio: Kim Davies serves as President of PTI, and Vice President of IANA Services for ICANN.
Kim joined ICANN in 2005, serving as Manager of Root Zone Services and Technical Liaison, and later as Director of Technical Services. Before his roles within ICANN, he was active in the ICANN community through a number of appointments concerned with Internet infrastructure. He served as Technical Policy Advisor at the Council of European National Top Level Domain Registries, is a co-founder and former director of the .au ccTLD manager auDA, and was responsible for commissioning and operating a key Australian Internet exchange point.
Appointed by: ICANN Nominating Committee
Term: 22 October 2020 – ICANN Annual General Meeting 2023
Bio: James Gannon is a Director of Technology Quality Compliance at Novartis AG.
James has over a decade of experience in technology governance focused on the area of critical infrastructure and healthcare technology. Coming from a technical cybersecurity background, he now manages technology governance at the cutting edge of advanced technology within the Cell and Gene Therapy domain. Prior to his current role, he was Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Lyfegen Inc, a digital health startup, and Global Head of Emerging Technology Regulatory Compliance at Novartis.
He is also an active participant in internet governance matters with a focus on SSR topics. He has held multiple roles within the ICANN community, including being a Design Team Lead during the IANA Stewardship Transition, a member of the SSR2 and IANA Naming Function Review teams, a member of the GNSO Council and a member of multiple GNSO PDPs since 2014. In his (limited) spare time, he is an Angel Investor in the HealthTech space and advisor to a number of startups.
Appointed by: ICANN
Term: 7 November 2019 – ICANN Annual General Meeting 2022
Bio: Jia-Rong Low joined ICANN in August 2013. He is currently the Vice President, Global Stakeholder Engagement, and concurrently Managing Director for the Asia Pacific (APAC) regional office. Stationed in Singapore, Low works with key stakeholders to bring ICANN to the region and facilitate stakeholders to participate in multistakeholder Internet governance.
Prior to joining ICANN, Low served at Singbridge International, a Singapore government-linked company specializing in sustainable urban development projects. A former diplomat, Low worked for Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and served as First Secretary (Political) at the Singapore Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam. Low is very familiar with the region, having represented Singapore in engaging the region's governments such as Thailand, Myanmar, and the Philippines.
Low holds a Diploma in International Trade Law from WTO in Geneva, Switzerland. He graduated with a Bachelor of Communications Studies at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University.
Term ending 2020:
Appointed by: ICANN Nominating Committee
Term: 13 December 2017 – ICANN Annual General Meeting 2020
Bio: WANG Wei is the Technical Partnership Manager in Google China.
Before joining Google, he worked as Vice President and Chief Engineer in Knet Technologies, the largest IDN New gTLD registry of ".网址/xn--ses554g". Before that, he worked for Computer Network Information Center of Chinese Academy of Sciences（CAS-CNIC）from 2004 to 2014, specifically, served in CNNIC, the ccTLD registry of .CN. He used to be the deputy director of CNNIC, in charge of technical department, research lab and international cooperation department, successfully restructured .CN resolution platform, initiated domain anti-abuse research, and expanded new New gTLD business. In addition, he has served as the head of Science & Technology Office in CAS-CNIC from 2012 to 2014, promoting eScience research and application in CAS.
WANG Wei is an active member in ICANN community, helped deploy mirror servers of I root, F root, L root, .KR and .DE in China. He is currently serving as co-chair of Chinese Generation Panel (CGP) in Root Zone LGR Project, as well as the member of RSSAC Caucus. In Asia, he is the general secretary of CDNC (Chinese Domain Name Consortium).
WANG Wei earned a Ph.D. of Engineering from Nankai University in 2004. Now he is also a visiting professor and Ph.D. tutor in CAS-CNIC.
Term ending 2019:
Appointed by: ICANN
Term: 25 October 2018 – September 2019
Bio: Trang joined ICANN in 2011 and most recently served as its Vice President of Strategic Programs. In this role, she had oversight of programs such as subsequent procedures for gTLDs, Registration Directory Services (RDS), and registrants for the organization. She also played a critical role during the IANA stewardship transition, leading the coordinated efforts of various stakeholders and ICANN org to successfully implement the transition proposals. Prior to that work, she built and led an operations team that implemented the 2012 round of gTLDs.
Before joining ICANN, Trang held various senior positions at small companies and large technology corporations in the area of strategy and communications. Her work included overall responsibility for the definition and execution of go-to-market strategy for KPMG's southwest region; advising non-profit organizations and technology companies on communications and outreach strategies; developing brand strategy for a start-up as well as a global, publicly-traded, healthcare IT consulting firm, which was acquired by Computer Sciences Corporation; and launching a new digital product for a software company.
Term ending 2018:
Appointed By: ICANN
Term: 15 September 2016 - 8 October 2018
Bio: As the first President of ICANN's Global Domains Division, Akram Atallah oversaw management of generic domain operations, domain name industry engagement and web services. His appointment in June 2013 acknowledged the rising importance of the organization's New gTLD Program that is increasing the Internet's top-level domain name space from 22 top-level domains like .COM and .ORG to potentially hundreds more. He was charged with delivering operational excellence while increasing scale and responsibility.
A catalyst for driving positive change and growth in technology organizations, Akram first joined ICANN in September 2010 as Chief Operating Officer. In that role, he oversaw operations and strategic planning as ICANN evolved and grew from an entrepreneurial-type start-up to an international and professional organization.
His diversified technology experience runs the gamut from engineering to process and performance improvement to product development and marketing. Before joining ICANN, he successfully restructured CoreObjects Software, an engineering services start-up, as its Chief Operating Officer. Prior to that, he held positions of progressive responsibility at Conexant Systems, culminating in his role as Senior Vice President and General Manager of its Broadband Access Business Unit. Among his accomplishments at Conexant were improved profit margins, the restructuring of the marketing and engineering functions and restoration of market leadership position.
Akram has an MBA, a master's in electrical engineering and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Colorado at Denver. He is trilingual in English, Arabic, and French.
Term ending 2017:
Appointed By: Ex-officio
Term: While President
Bio: Elise Gerich, a 21-year veteran of Internet networking, was the Vice President of IANA.
Before joining ICANN, Gerich worked for Juniper Networks for nine years, serving most recently as Director of Software Product Management. Prior to that, she worked as the Director of Operations for the @Home Network, which built and operated the fist national backbone for delivery of Internet Services by North American cable operators.
Prior to joining @Home Network, Gerich served as the Associate Director National Networking at Merit Network in Michigan. While at Merit she was also a Principle Investigator for NSFNET's T3 Backbone Project and the Routing Arbiter Project.
In addition to her commercial experience, Gerich has been the Co-chair of the Internet Planning Group (IEPG), Chair and Co-founder of the North American Network Operators' Group (NANOG), the National Science Foundation's representative on the Federal Engineering Planning Group and a member of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB).
Elise Gerich holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan.
Appointed By: CWG-Stewardship
Term: 15 September 2016 - ICANN Annual General Meeting 2017
Bio: Jonathan Robinson is Executive Chairman of Afilias plc. Afilias is the world's second largest internet domain name registry operator, with more than 20 million names under management. Jonathan has extensive executive and non-executive experience in the Domain Name industry over many years. He was a co-founder of NetBenefit in 1995, a supplier of domain name management and associated services, which was admitted to the London Stock Exchange (AIM) in June 1999. Jonathan served as a main board director at NetBenefit from 1999 to 2009, which was ultimately renamed NetNames in 2011, after a successful sale to private equity. He also previously served two terms as a member elected non-executive director on the board of .uk operator, Nominet. Jonathan also served as Chair of the ICANN GNSO (Generic Names Supporting Organization) Council for three consecutive terms until 2015 as well as in other leadership roles within the ICANN sphere. He has served as a director of Afilias since 2001 and was appointed Executive Chairman in 2014.