Exploring Emerging Technologies


Adiel A. Akplogan
Vice President, Technical Engagement Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

Adiel A. Akplogan is Vice President for Technical Engagement at ICANN, with more than 25 years of engagement and active contribution to the Internet industry globally. Before joining ICANN, Adiel was the President and CEO of AFRINIC (2004-2015), IT Director for Symbol Technology (a Motorola company) in France (2001-2003), and CTO at CAFÉ Informatique in Togo (1994-2000). Recognized as one of the Internet Technology pioneers in Africa, he has contributed to building technical capacity for some of the first private ISPs in West Africa between 1996 and 2000. These achievements were recently recognized by the Internet Society community, which inducted him into the 2019 class of the Internet Hall of Fame.

Throughout his career, Adiel has served on Boards and Advisory Committees of several global and international organizations – currently at the USTTI (United States Telecommunications Training Institute), the Technical Advisory Committee of the United Nation Economic Commission for Africa (ATAC/UNECA) from 2005 to 2006, the Executive Council of the Number Resource Organization (NRO) from 2005 to 2015 as Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, ICANN’s Strategic Panel on its role in the Internet Governance ecosystem in 2014, as well as the Africa Union’s Internet Exchange development program’s Steering Committee from 2012 to 2015. Adiel also served on the very first IGF MAG (UN Multistakeholder Advisory Group) from 2006 to 2009.

With a strong passion for Internet technology and its impact lifting humanity, he has also actively contributed to the setup of several technical coordination bodies in Africa, such as the African Network Operators Group (AfNOG), The Africa Network Information Centre (AFRINIC) which he had led for 10 years, the African ccTLD Managers Association (AfTLD), AfricaCERT, Africa Internet Summit (AIS), etc. As a public speaker, he has written and contributed to several papers and articles on the Internet’s infrastructure and its governance.

Adiel A. Akplogan is an Electrical Engineer and holds a Masters in E-Business and New Technology Management from the Paris Graduate School of Management. He lives in and works from Montreal, Canada.


Alain Durand
Principal Technologist Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

Alain joined ICANN as a staff member in March of 2015 and currently serves as Principal Technologist. Alain’s responsibilities include applying expert technical knowledge and experience to improve ICANN’s technical capabilities and stature.

Edmon Chung
CEO, DotAsia Organisation

Edmon Chung is a social innovator and entrepreneur.  Edmon currently serves as the CEO of DotAsia Organisation, serves on the Board of ICANN, the Executive Committee of Internet Society Hong Kong (ISOC HK), the Board of Make a Difference (MaD) Institute, and heads the secretariat for the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF). Edmon served also on the founding board of the Internet Governance Forum Support Association (IGFSA), continue to support its secretariat, cofounded the annual Hong Kong Kids International Film Festival (KIFF.Asia), and participates extensively on Internet governance and social innovation matters. 

Edmon is an inventor of patents of internationalized domain names (IDN) and email addresses technologies, and has served on many global IDN related technical and policy groups, that made possible the introduction of multilingual domain names and email addresses on the Internet.  Edmon won 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.  Between 2006 and 2010, Edmon served on the ICANN GNSO Council, between 2010 and 2012 on the ICANN At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), and between 2006 and 2011, as an elected member of the Elections Committee of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in the Information Technology Subsector.

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