What's Next for Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) Variants?


Satish Babu
Chair of ICANN’s Asian, Australasian and Pacific Islands Regional At-Large Organization (APRALO)

Satish Babu is an Internet Governance practitioner based out of India. He is the Chair of the Asian, Australasian and Pacific Islands Regional At-Large Organization (APRALO) of ICANN At-Large. He has been a Software Developer, Entrepreneur and a specialist in Open Source. He is a co-founder of the India School on Internet Governance, and the Chair of the Asia-Pacific School on Internet Governance.

Satish chairs the UA-Tech Working Group and is the ALAC Liaison to UASG. He was a member of the IDN Implementations Guidelines WG and is a member of the EPDP on IDNs.


Pitinan Kooarmornpatana
IDN Programs Senior Manager

Pitinan Kooarmornpatana is a Computer Engineer professional. Pitinan joined ICANN in August 2017 as an Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) Programs Manager. She is currently focused on facilitating various Script Generation Panels to develop the Label Generation Rules proposals for the root zone.

She previously worked as a Director of Information Technology Infrastructure Office in the Electronic Transactions Development Agency, in Thailand. Prior to that, she worked as a Business Analyst at Accenture, and has worked on projects for both public and private sectors in Thailand, Singapore and Philippines.

Pitinan holds a Master of Information System and Management from Carnegie Mellon University in USA. She is passionate in enabling the effective and efficient use of Information Technology for everyone through technology localization.

Donna Austin
Head of Registry Policy, GoDaddy Registry

Donna Austin is the Head of Registry Policy at GoDaddy Registry. Donna is a seasoned advocate and leader with extensive experience working in government, not-for-profit, private sector, and global multi-stakeholder environments. She has considerable expertise in policy development, implementation, and administration in the areas of Internet governance, domain names, telecommunications, broadcasting, and law enforcement. Donna also has proven success engaging customers and stakeholders from different sectors building constructive working relationships to bring projects to successful conclusion, and fostering consensus building for productive outcomes.

Dr. Kenny Huang
Member of the Board and CEO, TWNIC
Chair of ccPDP4 Working Group Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO)

Member of the Board and CEO, TWNIC
Dr. Kenny Huang is the leading figure of the Internet communities in Asia. Since the early years of Taiwan’s Internet development, he contributed a great deal to build up a better Internet environment in Taiwan. Because of his tremendous knowledge and experience, he has been invited to take up leading roles in many Internet technology and policy organizations, including APNIC Executive Council member, APNIC Policy SIG Chair, NRO Number Council member, PIR Board member (.org), TWNIC Board member, TWNIC International Affair Committee Chair, Advisor of .taipei Registry, dot Asia Advisory Council, ICANN New gTLD Review Committee, APAN TW founder, ISOC Taipei founder, TWIA advisor.

Dr. Huang’s contributions have been acknowledged especially in the development of Internet technology. Dr. Kenny Huang is the co-author of IETF RFC3743; co-chair of CGP (LGR for the Root zone); Co-Chair of JET; Advisor of CDNC. Dr. Huang is working closely with government agencies in developing technology policies. He is Taiwan e-Government Committee member, Taiwan Government & IT Transform Committee member, MOTC (Ministry of Transportation and Communications) project leader and advisor on IPv6 policy and broadband policy. He is also the .taipei registry advisor for the Taipei Government.

Chair of ccPDP4 Working Group
Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO)
Dr. Kenny Huang is currently chairing a working group to recommend a policy for the (de-) selection of Internationalized Domain Names (IDN) country code top-level domains (ccTLD), commonly termed ccPDP4. He is also co-chair of the Chinese Generation Panel.

Dr. Huang’s interests at ICANN are varied. Besides IDN, he is also keen on topics like Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC), Internet governance, policy development, and stakeholder engagement. He actively participates in the Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy (APIGA) to encourage youth participation. He is also the co-organizer for the ICANN APAC-TWNIC Engagement Forum.

A leading figure amongst the Internet communities in Asia, Dr. Huang has taken up roles in many Internet technology and policy organizations including Executive Council of Asia Pacific Network Information Center (APNIC), Addressing Supporting Organization (ASO) Address Council, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TWNIC, to name a few.

Dr JianKang Yao
Research Engineer, CNNIC

Dr. Jiankang Yao joined CNNIC in 2003 as a research engineer.  His main research interests include but not limit to EAI, IDN, DNS, and Internet naming. Since the 62nd IETF meeting in 2005, he has been active in the IETF and has experiences in working as the IETF WG co-chair and secretary. He has co-authored several EAI/IDN related IETF RFCs.  Moreover, he got the APEC funding for EAI deployment as the overseer. Currently, he is IAB member, ICANN ccNSO council member and SSAC member.

Marc Blanchet
Vice President, Internet Engineering, Cofomo

Marc Blanchet is VP Internet Engineering at Cofomo. Before, he was President of Viagenie for 26 years. Marc has been involved in developing Internet Standards in IETF such as IPv6, IDN where he was co-chair of the IDN working group and co-author of the first version of the specifications, Delay-Tolerant Networking (DTN) and RDAP. He has authored 16 RFCs, has been chair of 9 IETF working groups. He has been involved in many ICANN projects, many related to the usability and deployment of IDNs.  He has been also involved in space networking and chaired the SANA working group of the CCSDS. He has worked with the international space agencies since more than 10 years. Marc has written several books, such as Migrating to IPv6 published by Wiley and is co-author of four patents.  He has been inducted in the IPv6 Hall of Fame and received the ICANN Leadership Award. In his personal time, Marc volunteers helping homeless people in his region.

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