The Future of the Domain Name System (DNS)

Moderator

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.

Speakers

Göran Marby
ICANN President & CEO

Göran Marby was appointed CEO & President on 23 May 2016. He brings over 20 years experience as a senior executive in the Internet and technology sector, as well as his leadership as Director General at the independent regulatory body Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS), where he worked closely with international organizations and standards bodies.

Prior to this, he served as CEO and founder of Appgate, a Swedish security software company (now Cryptzone in the U.S), where he grew the organization to a global company with customers in 35 countries and operations in the U.S.

Before his seven years at Appgate, he was CEO for the advanced networks company Cygate Group (now owned by TeliaSonera) where he spearheaded operations in five countries with revenues in the range of 120 million euros. And as Country Manager for Cisco in Sweden, Marby led sales of all products and services.

Marby holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Gothenburg, School of Business, Economics and Law, and is married with three kids. He is fluent in English and Swedish and is a Swedish national.

Geoff Huston
Chief Scientist, APNIC

Geoff Huston AM is the Chief Scientist at APNIC, the Regional Internet Registry for the Asia Pacific. He has worked in and one the Internet for the past 35 years. He was responsible for building the first Internet platform in Australia in the early 1990s, AARNet, for the higher education and research sector, and then worked for Telstra where he constructed their national and international Internet platforms. He joined APNIC to concentrate on research programs in 2005. He is an active member of the IETF, and has authored 44 RFCS. He was a member of the Internet Architecture Board, and has chaired a number of Working Groups. His current research interests include measurement, routing, security, and the intersection between economics, public policy and technology. His blog and various presentations can be found at https://www.potaroo.net.

Lim May-Ann
Director, Fair Tech Institute

May-Ann is the Director of the Fair Tech Institute at technology consultancy firm Access Partnership, and is concurrently the Emeritus Director of the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA). She has worked extensively on technology policy development, including data governance policies, digital economy, ICTs for development, green digital sustainability, and cybersecurity. She has worked with many global and regional organisations such as APEC, ASEAN, PECC, INTERPOL, UNIDIR, FELEBAN, and the ACCA on thought leadership development, government outreach and stakeholder engagement efforts. A strong advocate for digital inclusion and sustainability, May-Ann volunteers as a youth mentor with Advisory Singapore, and with nonprofit organisation Engineering Good, which focuses on assistive technology and digital inclusion of the underprivileged and disabled.

Ram Mohan
Chief Strategy Officer, Donuts

Ram Mohan is a seasoned executive with a strong strategy orientation, working closely with the CEO, board members and other executives to achieve Donuts’ long-term vision. He was a founding team member of Afilias and served as its COO prior to its acquisition by Donuts.

Ram is responsible for Donuts’ strategic-planning processes, leading the development of strategy, translating it for people across functions and business units, driving organizational change, and aligning the company towards innovation. He also manages the Registry Service Provider business unit.

At Afilias, Mohan created and launched the .INFO, .ORG and .IO Registries, building the world’s second largest domain name registry, managing over 20 million domain names. Previous positions include Co-Founder of Turntide (an antispam technology company acquired by Symantec in 2001); COO Infonautics a publicly traded Internet company serving the education market; leadership positions at First Data, Unisys, and KPMG.

Mohan served on the boards of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) and the ICANN board of directors from 2008 to 2018 where he was also a founding member of the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC). He is the founder and inaugural Chair of the Universal Acceptance Steering Group.

A cybersecurity and internationalization expert, he is an inventor on nineteen U.S. patents for his work in Internet technology. Ram was the recipient of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s ‘40 Under 40′ award, InfoWorld’s ‘Premier 100 Technology Leaders’ award, a CIO100 honoree and a Guinness World Record holder (2018).

He completed his BS in Electrical Engineering and his MBA in India before working on his MS at Drexel and post-graduate coursework at Harvard and INSEAD – Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires.

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