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PTI Board of Directors

Akram Atallah | David Conrad | Lise Fuhr | Elise Gerich | Jonathan Robinson

Akram Atallah

Appointed By: ICANN

Term: 15 September 2016 - ICANN Annual General Meeting 2017

Bio: As the first President of ICANN's Global Domains Division, Akram Atallah oversees 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 is 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.

David Conrad

Appointed By: ICANN

Term: 15 September 2016 - ICANN Annual General Meeting 2017

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 Engineerig of Nominum, Inc., being the "Internet Janitor" at CloudFar, Inc., and performing a number of roles at ICANN, including General Manager of the IANA, Vice President of IT and currently, CTO.

Lise Fuhr

Appointed By: CWG-Stewardship

Term: 15 September 2016 - ICANN Annual General Meeting 2017

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.

Elise Gerich

Appointed By: Ex-officio

Term: While President

Bio: Elise Gerich, a 21-year veteran of Internet networking, is the Vice President of IANA at ICANN.

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.

Jonathan Robinson

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.

Domain Name System
Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as""icann.org"" is not an IDN."