Nominees of the 2003 Nominating Committee to the ICANN Board, GNSO Council, and At-Large Advisory Committee

Posted: 16 June 2003

Slate 1: Nominees to the ICANN Board of Directors


Ivan Moura Campos is founder and partner at Akwan S.A., a company specialized in information management on the Web, and a consultant on Information Technologies. In academia, he was Professor of Computer Science at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, where he also acted as Department Chairman and Dean of Graduate Studies of the University. In government, he was Director of Special Programs at the National Research Council of Brazil, Secretary for Informatics of Brazil, and Secretary for Science and Technology of his home state of Minas Gerais. In the NGO world, he was Chairman of the Board of the .br registry, is on the advisory board of several NGOs in Brazil and elsewhere and, since being elected by the Latin America and Caribbean region in the year 2000, has been a Director at ICANN. Ivan holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Vinton Cerf is Senior Vice President of Architecture and Technology for Worldcom, Inc. Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocol, the communications protocol that gave birth to the Internet and which is commonly used today. In December 1997, President Clinton presented the U.S. National Medal of Technology to Cerf and his partner, Robert E. Kahn, for founding and developing the Internet.

Prior to rejoining MCI in 1994, Cerf was vice president of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI). As vice president of MCI Digital Information Services from 1982-1986, he led the engineering of MCI Mail, the first commercial email service to be connected to the Internet.

During his tenure from 1976-1982 with the U.S. Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Cerf played a key role leading the development of Internet and Internet-related data packet and security technologies.

Cerf served as founding president of the Internet Society from 1992-1995 and as the chairman of the Board from 1998-1999. He is a fellow of the IEEE, ACM, American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.

Cerf holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Stanford University and Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from UCLA. He also holds honorary Doctorates from the University of the Balearic Islands, ETH in Switzerland, Capitol College and Gettysburg College.

Dr. Cerf is a current member of the ICANN Board of Directors and its current Chairman.


Tricia Drakes has played an active role in the promotion of the Internet in London and the global financial services community. She is the current Chair of ISOC England and a Past Master of The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists.

In her professional career, she served as Controller and Company Secretary for Italian International Bank, plc, from 1972 through 1986. In 1981 she founded International Banking Information Systems Limited, and served as Chief Executive and Managing Director until 1996. She currently serves as a Director of University of Surrey Seed Fund Limited. She is the past Chair of the Foreign Bankers Association's Operations Committee.

She serves as a Trustee for YouthNet and TheSite ( youthnet.org, thesite.org), award winning web-sites providing factual & unbiased information for 15-25 year olds (1.4 million unique computer users per month).


Hagen Hultzsch has more than 35 years experience in technology management. Until he stepped down in 2001, Dr. Hultzsch was a member of the Management Board of Deutsche Telekom, where he was responsible for Research and Development, Information Technology, and Quality. During Dr. Hultzsch's tenure at the company, Deutsche Telekom evolved from a government-owned organization into a publicly-owned corporation with four different business units. Prior to his work with Deutsche Telekom, Dr. Hultzsch held various executive positions at Volkswagen AG, Electronic Data Systems (EDS) and GSI, a German Research organization.

Until the end of 2001. Dr. Hultzsch served as the Chair of the Supervisory Board of T-Venture Holding in Bonn, Germany, a corporate venture capital firm focusing on high technology investments in telecom software, wireless communications equipment, computer software and Internet infrastructure.

Dr. Hultzsch was the founder of EARN, the European Academic and Research Network, for which he also served as a member of the Board of Directors. He has served as an Assistant Professor at Mainz University and completed a fellowship at IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center. He currently serves as a board member for some 20 commercial and academic organizations in the United States and Europe.


Masanobu Katoh is Senior Group Vice President, Intellectual Property Group and Security Export Control Headquarters, of Fujitsu, in charge of law, intellectual property, compliance, export control, and law and policy issues. He began his professional career in Legal Division of Fujitsu Limited, a Japanese global information technology company, in charge of general corporate legal issues including contract, antitrust, corporation, financial, international trade, antitrust, securities and intellectual property laws; for two years was assigned to a multinational law firm in San Francisco, working on an international arbitration property laws; moved to Washington, D.C. office to work on all public policy issues such as intellectual property policy and legal matters, international trade disputes, science and technology policy, competition policy and electronic commerce issues. Published numerous articles on intellectual property laws, electronic commerce related laws (e.g. privacy protection, electronic signature and authentication, electronic contracts) and telecommunication policy; co-author of a book “Interfaces on Trial,” Westview, (1995), analyzing copyright protection for computer programs. He is an active participant in numerous organizations currently addressing public policy issues affecting the information technology industry.

Mr. Katoh serves as the Chairman of the Electronic Commerce Committee of the Forum for the Global Information Infrastructure (GIIC). He is also Chairman of the Internet Law and Policy Forum (ILPF); the U.S. Japan Business Council, the World Information Technology Services Alliance (WITSA), the International Information Industry Congress (IIIC), and the Alliance for Global Business (AGB).

Mr. Katoh received his Bachelors of Law degree at the University of Tokyo and his. Masters of Law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.

Mr. Katoh has served as an ICANN director since November 2000, having been chosen to represent the Asia-Pacific region in the At-Large voting process conducted in October 2000. Prior to his service on the Board of Directors, he was the Asia-Pacific representative of the business constituency on the Names Council of the former Domain Name Supporting Organization (DNSO), which was responsible for developing and recommending policies concerning the Internet's technical management of domain names.


Veni Markovski has been working on Internet-related issues since 1990. He was the founder and CEO of one of Bulgaria's first Internet Service Providers (bol.bg) and founding Chair of the Board of the Internet Society - Bulgaria. He currently servces as the Bulgarian country coordinator for the Global Internet Policy Initiative and Chairs the President's IT Advisory Committee for Bulgaria.

Mr. Markovski has been an active advocate for reform of laws and regulations governing the Internet, working to change licensing requirements on ISPs in Bulgaria, amend his country's laws on computer crimes, and reach agreement with Bulgarian stakeholders on liberalization of VoIP regulations.

He is Member of the Civil Society Bureau to the World Summit on the Information Society and a Member of the Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility. A frequent contributor to ICANN, Mr. Markovski also served as a Chair of ICANN's Membership Implementation Task Force in 2000.

On the web, Mr. Markovski can be found at www.veni.com.


A career diplomat, Thomas Niles served for 36 years in the United States Foreign Service. From 1962 until 1981, he held a variety of posts in Belgrade, Moscow, Brussels, and Washington, D.C. From 1981 to 1985, Mr. Niles served as the United State's Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs. In 1985, he was appointed the U.S. Ambassador to Canada, where he served until 1989, when he was named U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, a post he occupied until September 1991. From September 1991 until April 1993, he was Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Greece from 1993 to 1997. In September 1997, he was named Vice President of the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., where he remained until his retirement from public service in 1998.

On 1 February 1999, Mr. Niles assumed the position of President of the United States Council for International Business (uscib.org), a position which he continues to hold.

As a volunteer, Mr. Niles has served on the Boards of three Greek-American educational foundations, the Board of Directors of the Business-Humanitarian Forum (Geneva), and the Governing Body of the International Labor Organization (ILO). Mr. Niles also served on the ICANN At-Large Study Committee in 2001-2002.


Prof. Qian has over 30 years experience in the computing industry and has been responsible for many of the major technology projects in China. He has made important contribution in bringing the Internet to China since 1989 and finished the initial Internet connection in 1994. In the same year, he finished the construction and operation of top-level domain of China (.cn). His team developed the first X.25 network in China 1984. As a chief designer, he finished the design of the computer network system for the 11th Asia Games 1990. He currently serves as deputy director at CNNIC Steering Committee, vice chair of ISC (Internet Society of China), Executive Committee member of APNIC, board member of APTLD, chief engineer and former deputy director at the Computer Network Information Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He also serves as editor for journals such as JCST (Journal of Computer Science and Technology, English version) and Journal of Software. He was a visiting scholar at Georgia Institute of Technology in the United States from 1980 to 1982.


Njeri Rionge is the CEO and Co-Founder of Wananchi Online Ltd., one of Kenya's largest Internet Service Providers (wananchi.com). She is actively involved in the company's marketing, staff development and strategic planning, and she has been instrumental in lowering the cost of Internet access in Kenya.

With a professional background in marketing, Ms. Rionge has lived and worked in Milan (Interact Chemical Italia), London (Next Collections, Benalex Canada) and Dallas, Texas (Womens Specialty Retailing Group). In Kenya, she has been instrumental in taking Internet concepts to a wide range of corporate and individual users. As Manager of Marketing for Form-Net Africa, she developed and implemented solutions for Kenya's corporate Internet community. At Inter-connect Ltd, she achieved sales growth at nearly five times the corporate target before leaving to establish Wananchi Online Ltd.

Ms. Njeri is a member and past Chair of Urukundo Investment and participates as a volunteer in the All African Business Womens Association (ABAA), the Organization of International Business Women in Trade (OWIT), the National Task Force on E-commerce, Kenya Women Finance Trust (KWFT), and the American Business Association (ABA).

Slate 2: Nominees to the GNSO Council


Amadeu Abril i Abril was born (1961) and lives in Barcelona (Catalonia; EU). He has been involved with the DNS reform process since late 1995. A member of the gTLD-MoU Policy Oversight Committee, he actively participated in the process eventually leading to the creation of ICANN (and its DNSO). He has previously served as DNSO Names Council member (May-October 1999), DNSO Working Group A (Dispute Resolution Policy) Co-Chair (June/July 1999), and ICANN Board member since October 1999.

Mr. Abril obtained his law degree from the University of Barcelona in 1985, and continued his legal education in different post-graduate and research programs at the Centre Européen Universtaire of the University of Nancy II (France), the Institut d’Études Européenes of the Free University Brussels (Belgium) and the European University Institute at Florence (Italy).

Outside of ICANN he works with Cuatrecasas law firm as of Counsel within its IP & Technology Law Group, teaches law at ESADE Law School and advises Nominalia, a domain name registrar, and participates in a number of Internet and non-Interent social initiatives.


Demi Getschko has been involved in international networking since 1987 and was part of the team that created the first Internet connection from Brazil. He has been a Member of the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee since 1995 and served as Administrative contact for .br since 1989. He played a critical role in the definition of the Brazilian DNS tree and in defining the rules that govern the Brazilian registry.

From 1971 through 1986, Dr. Getschko held a variety of positions within the University of Sao Paulo, from student to faculty to IT Professional. From 1986 through 1996 become the manager of the Fapesp's Data Center, a State Foundation that played a central role in the Brazilian academic networking. Between 2000 and 2001 he joined iG (Internet Group), a free Internet provider in Brazil, as Chief Technology Officer and Vice-President of Technology.

In 1996, Dr. Getschko became Technology Director at Agencia Estado (an arm of a major Brazilian newspaper), where he is involved in the strategic planning, focusing on the technological evolution affecting the information industry.

He hold BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Electronic Engenneering from University of Sao Paulo, in Brazil.


Alick Wilson is an independent management and IT consultant based in Wellington, New Zealand. He is a director of Intelligroup, Inc, a NASDAQ-listed international IT professional services company headquartered in New Jersey, a member of the Technology New Zealand Reference Group, and an advisor to two Wellington business incubators.

Mr. Wilson was a founder of Azimuth Consulting Limited, which expanded to Australia and Asia and became New Zealand’s largest independent IT consulting company. He was a director of Public Record Access New Zealand Limited (a joint venture with Telecom New Zealand and Unisys New Zealand) and a member of the Executive of the Information Technology Association of New Zealand.

Earlier in his career Mr. Wilson was a systems engineer, a salesman, and a scientist.

Mr Wilson has an MSc in Mathematics from the University of Auckland. He is a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand and is a Full Member of the New Zealand Computer Society.

Slate 3: Nominees to the At-Large Advisory Committee


Mr. Sunday Folayan is CEO of General Data Engineering Services (GDES), a Nigerian company he co-founded, which builds functional and affordable networks (SKANNET) under Sunday's direction.

He was one of the first people to establish Internet connectivity in Nigeria. Since that first connection was established, Mr. Folayan has turned his attention to bringing the Internet to most of the technology deprived regions of Africa through several African regional network operators organizations including AfriNIC, AfNOG, and AFTLD, building a community of IP technical resources for Africa's socio-economic development.

He currently serves as Secretary of the Internet Service Providers Association of Nigeria, an association leading the greatest growth in Internet connectivity anywhere in Africa, and is a promoter of the Ibadan Internet Exchange point (IBIX), the first exchange point in Nigeria. He is a long-time member of the Nigeria Internet Group

Mr. Folayan is very vocal on issues related to sustainable business development, appropriate technology for developing countries, technological transfer and self help,
as a catalyst for technological development in the third world.

He is a member of the Board of Nigeria Junior Chamber (NJC), a Leadership Development and Training organization for young entrepreneurs below the age of 40, which is an affiliate of Junior Chamber International (JCI).


Roberto Gaetano has been an active participant in the Internet and ICANN policy making process since 1997. As a representative of ETSI (European Telecommunication Standards Institute), he played important roles in the formation of CORE (Council of Internet Registrars), the policy discussions around the U.S. Government's "White Paper" (International Forum on the White Paper), and the formation of ICANN's original Domain Name Supporting Organization (DNSO). He served as one of the first Chairs of the DNSO General Assembly and has focused his efforts in recent years to bring to life a constituency for individual users and registrants.

Mr. Gaetano has almost 30 years of experience in Telecommunications and Information Technology, and he is responsible for application development in an international organization. Mr. Gaetano also spent twelve years at IBM, in both the United States and Europe.

Mr. Gaetano is fluent in five European languages.


Ken Hamma is Senior Advisor to the President for Information Policy of the J. Paul Getty Trust and Assistant Director for Collections Information at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California USA. In these positions, Mr. Hamma oversees the Getty's long term information mangement goals related to the creation, maintenance and use of digital resources for public and scholarly activities in collections, research and philanthropy. He manages the staff and program for Trust's website and for Museum departments of Information and Media Systems, Photo Services, Digital Media, and Information Planning.

Mr. Hamma serves on the Mellon Foundation panel on art conservation digital documentation and the American Association of Museum's Nazi Era Provenance Internet Portal. He sits on the Advisory Board of Gallery Systems and the Executive Board of the Consortium for Interchange of Museum Information.

Mr. Hamma was instrumental in the development of the proposal for the .museum TLD and currently serves as one of five board directors of MuseDoma, the sponsoring organization of .museum.


Toshifumi ("Tommy") Matsumoto is Vice-President and Managing Director of AT&T Wholesale in Japan and the Vice-President and Chair of Policy Advisory Council of JPNIC, where he has been involved in the evolution of Japan's ccTLD operations, the promotion of IPv6, and the coordination of INET 2000 and the ICANN forum in Japan in 2001.

A founder and Board Member of JPIX, Mr. Matsumoto worked to start the first Commercial Internet Exchange business in Japan in 1996 and since that time has worked to promote Japan's exchange capabilities to ISPs.

He is a founder and Steering Committee member of Asia-Pacific Next Generation Camp, where he works to find, educate and encourage the young people who will take leadership positions in technology development in the future.


Tadao Takahashi is the founder and former Director of Brazil's National Research Network (RNP), the Academic Internet in Brazil. Since 1999, he has served as Chair of Brazil's National Program for the Information Society. He currently serves as Chair of the Brazilian Chapter of the Internet Society, which he has promoted as a platform for wider participation of Brazil's Internet users in discussions about the future of the Internet. From 1995-1996 and again from 1999-2002, Mr. Takahashi was a member of Brazil's Internet Steering Committee.

Chair of the Latin America and Caribbean Outreach Node of the United Nation's ICT Task Force, Mr. Takahashi has a passion for understanding the needs and interests of individual users on the Internet, particularly those from low-income communities. Working to bring Internet access to children in Latin America's most remote regions, Mr. Takahashi has even negotiated with drug lords for permission to install telecenters for Internet access in regions they control.

Mr. Takahashi also served on ICANN's original Membership Advisory Committee in 1998.

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