Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

Chris Disspain | Board Member

Statement of Interest

Since October 2000 Chris has been the Chief Executive Officer of .au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA), a non-profit company that is the independent governing body/manager of the Australian Internet domain name space (.au) and the policy body governing the Domain Name Space (DNS) in Australia.

He was instrumental in auDA becoming endorsed by the Australian Government as the appropriate body to become the manager of .au and responsible for negotiating the re-delegation of .au to auDA and for guiding the DNS in Australia through the transition from an unregulated monopoly regime to a new, regulated, fully competitive, price-sensitive regime.

Chris was for 14 years a corporate lawyer in the U.K. and Australia, and has experience in all aspects of Corporate & Commercial Law including IPOs, prospectus issues, venture capital, take-overs, mergers and acquisitions in UK, Australia, USA and Asia, and corporate tax planning and structuring.

In 1996, Chris ceased practising as a lawyer to concentrate on other business interests.

Since 1985 Chris has held executive management positions and directorships in private and public companies in the U.K. and Australia. These companies have included those involved in mining, e-commerce and the Internet.

He has been Chairman or Director of several companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.

Until he stood down in March 2011, Chris was the Chair, since its foundation in June 2004, of the Country Code Name Supporting Organisation (ccNSO), the body that represents the interests of and sets global policy and best practice for country code top level domains (ccTLD) within ICANN. He has been instrumental in developing the IDN ccTLD Fast Track which enables the delegation of country codes in non-Latin scripts.

Prior to becoming Chair, Chris was a member of the ICANN Assistance Group that negotiated with the ICANN Evolution and Reform Committee leading to the establishment of the ccNSO, and a member of and spokesperson for the ccNSO Launching Group.

Since 2006 Chris has been a member of the United Nations Secretary-General's Internet Governance Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group.

Chris was selected by the ccNSO to join the Board of ICANN in June 2011 and his term will expire at the Annual General Meeting in 2014.

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