Digital Initiatives in the APAC Region

Moderator

David Chui
Chief Innovation Officer, MYNIC

David joined MYNIC in Oct 2018 as the Chief Innovation Officer. He is tasked to ensure the security, resilience, and availability of the DNS operation and services to serve the .my community in the country.

Before joining MYNIC, David has worked in multiple organizations with experience ranging from advisory, training, pre-sales, support, and system integrations. He has been involved with security, virtualization, infrastructure designing, and deploying technical projects for enterprise customers.

David holds a Master’s in Business Administration, York St. John University, United Kingdom, and Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Charles Sturt University. He is also a Certified Scrum Master, and IT Service Management (ITIL).s

Speakers

Md Fariz Ahmad Sanusi
Chief Marketing Officer, MYNIC

Md. Fariz Ahmad Sanusi is the Chief Marketing Officer of MYNIC, an agency under The Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia which is the official registry operator for .MY domain names. He joined MYNIC in 2018.

He holds an MBA majoring in strategic transformation and also a Certified Transformation Leader from Chartered Management Institute of United Kingdom. With more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, business development and transformational strategy. He is a familiar face and frequently invited to share his knowledge in public forums on local SME digital transformation and represents MYNIC at federal level in the digital economy blueprint and improvement task force.

Min Feng
International Affairs Manager, 22net, Inc.

Min Feng works at the domain name registrar 22net, Inc. She has been in the domain name industry for ten years. Her role in 22.cn is as the International Affairs Manager.

Hong-Fu (Tom) Meng
Researcher, Net-Chinese

Hong-Fu is a researcher at Net-Chinese, and he has been with the company since 2017. His work entails Internet policy research, ICANN relations, partner relations, statistical and trend analysis. Hong-Fu’s first ICANN Meeting was ICANN 60 Abu Dhabi, and he has proactively participated in every ICANN Meeting ever since. He believes that the more he participates in ICANN, APAC Space, APNIC, ISOC, and RrSG activities, the better he can contribute to the global internet.

Net-Chinese was established in 2000. It is not only an ICANN accredited registrar with over 800 TLDs available to its clients and customers, including gTLDs, ccTLDs, and New gTLDs, but also a registry for New gTLD. Net-Chinese also provides ICANN policy consulting in Taiwan.

Han Zhang

Senior Software Engineering Manager, Salesforce

Han Zhang joined Salesforce in 2016. He is currently a Senior Software Engineering Manager on the DNS team. The team has deployed DNSSEC on various very large zones. Han has also given presentations in DNS-OARC, APNIC, and IETF. 

Han holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Colorado State University. His research interests include network security and network measurement.

Graeme Bunton

Director, DNS Abuse Institute

Graeme Bunton is the Executive Director of the DNS Abuse Institute, an initiative dedicated to developing collaborative and innovative methods of reducing DNS abuse. Graeme has over 11 years of DNS policy experience. Prior to heading the DNS Abuse Institute, he was the Head of Policy for Tucows and served as Chair of ICANN’s Registrar Stakeholder Group for four years. Graeme was one of the driving forces behind the ‘Framework to Address Abuse’, a new set of guidelines and principles for addressing online harms, which was adopted by more than 50 registries and registrars. He helped found the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, and currently serves as Board Chair of the Internet Infrastructure Coalition.

Merike Kaeo

DNS Security Facilitation Initiative Technical Study Group (DSFI-TSG) Coordinator

Merike Kaeo is currently the CISO at Uniphore and has over 25 years of experience in pioneering Internet technology deployments and developing strategic security initiatives.

Merike instigated and led the first security initiative for Cisco Systems in the mid 1990s and authored the first Cisco book on security, Designing Network Security, which was translated into multiple languages and widely used in security accreditation programs. She has held a variety of executive leadership positions and has a deep-rooted history in the global Internet community having contributed to organizations such as NANOG, APNIC, RIPE, ARIN, LACNIC, IGF, IETF, FIRST and ISOC. She is a frequently sought-after panelist and keynote speaker for disseminating and promoting strategies to create stable, resilient and safe digital environments.

Since 2010, she has been on ICANN’s Security and Stability Advisory Council (SSAC), and served as the SSAC Liaison to the board from 2018 thru 2021.

Yuichi Yokoi

General Manager of the Corporate Communication Office Japan Registry Services Co., Ltd (JPRS)

Yuichi joined Japan Registry Services Co., Ltd (JPRS) in 2012. Currently, as a General Manager of the Corporate Communication Office, he is in charge of public relations and advertising of JPRS. He is also responsible for planning and managing JPRS’s websites and recently has been focusing on planning and managing web contents with SEO in mind.

Dr. Ajay Data

Managing Director, Data Group of Industries
&
Chair, Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG)

Dr. Ajay Data is an award-winning techno-commercial Founder & CEO of multiple technology companies. Data Xgen Technologies received global recognition for bringing first-of-its-kind linguistic email addresses technology supporting email IDs in Hindi, Gujrati, Tamil, Telugu, Cyrillic, Chinese, Marathi plus 20 more languages. 

He had been investing and mentoring start-ups, and very actively contributing to the entrepreneurial ecosystem. 

He regularly speaks on various platforms like IGF, TIE, iSpirt, IAMAI, NEN, ICANN, FICII, CII for entrepreneurship, Internet Governance, Universal Acceptance, technology, and innovations. 

He became the first Indian to be elected as Chair of the global organisation – the Universal Acceptance Steering Group. Dr. Data is the Managing Director of Data Group of Industries with a team of 3000+ employees and a sought-after leader by young entrepreneurs for mentoring and guidance.

Mingkai (Mike) Zhang

DNS Software Engineer, Alibaba Cloud

Mike Zhang joined Alibaba in 2021. As a DNS software engineer, he is currently responsible for DNS system monitoring and reliability related works. Prior to joining Alibaba, Mike used to work at CNNIC (China Internet Network Information Center) for seven years. 

Jia-Rong Low

Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement and Managing Director, APAC, ICANN

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, Jia-Rong works with key stakeholders to bring ICANN to the region and facilitate stakeholders to participate in multistakeholder Internet governance.

Prior to joining ICANN, Jia-Rong served at Singbridge International, a Singapore government-linked company specializing in sustainable urban development projects. A former diplomat, Jia-Rong worked for Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and served as First Secretary (Political) at the Singapore Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam. Jia-Rong is very familiar with the region, having represented Singapore in engaging the region’s governments such as Thailand, Myanmar, and the Philippines.

Jia-Rong 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.

Mastura Mukhtar

Lead, IT Services

MYNIC Berhad

Mastura Mukhtar is a Lead, IT Services from MYNIC with over ten years of extensive experience in the domain name industry. Her primary role is in supporting infrastructure to facilitate DNS applications, as well as managing DNS and DNSSEC for Malaysia’s country code top-level domain (.my). 

With MYNIC as the official .MY domain registry, this position is crucial in maintaining the technical operations of DNS and DNSSEC to ensure the normal operation of systems and services. This involves incident handling, troubleshooting, and providing second-level support to resolve technical issues regarding DNS and DNSSEC, as well as the domain name operations.

Leveraging on her background and experiences, she is also responsible for providing training and awareness on the adoption of DNS Security to various sectors, including government and financial institutions, for securing DNS services.

David Chui

Chief Innovation Officer, MYNIC Berhad

David joined MYNIC in Oct 2018 as the Chief Innovation Officer. He is tasked to ensure the security, resilience, and availability of the DNS operation and services to serve the .my community in the country.

Before joining MYNIC, David has worked in multiple organizations with experience ranging from advisory, training, pre-sales, support, and system integrations. He has been involved with security, virtualization, infrastructure designing, and deploying technical projects for enterprise customers.

David holds a Master’s in Business Administration, York St. John University, United Kingdom, and Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Charles Sturt University. He is also a Certified Scrum Master, and IT Service Management (ITIL).s