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Nominating Committee | Members 2010

This page contains some background biographical information about each Nominating Committee member.

Members of the Committee

The members of the 2010 Nominating Committee are: Wolfgang Kleinwaechter (Chair), Hartmut Richard Glaser (Associate Chair), Tricia Drakes (Advisor), Yaovi Atohoun, Jeffrey Bedser, Olivier M. J. Crepin-Leblond, Margarita Valdes Cortes, Eduardo Diaz, Jan Gruntorád, Tony Holmes, Norbert Klein, Bill Manning, Chris Martin, Elliot Noss, Michael Palage, Mark Partridge, Mike Roberts, José Ovidio Salgueiro, Francisco da Silva, Henk Uijterwaal, Wilfried Woeber and Hong Xue.

Yaovi Atohoun

Yaovi Atohoun is currently a Senior IT Officer at the Association of African Universities in Accra (Ghana).

Yaovi Atohoun has more than 18 years work experience in Information and Communication Technology. He is an electrical engineer and has attended many training programs on Telecommunication and Internet infrastructures. His professional career started in Lome, Togo where he set up and managed the local area network in the National News Agency from 1991 to 1992. From 1992 to 1997, he traveled to more than 12 countries in West Africa for the West African News Agency Development project (WANAD/UNESCO) to computerize the National News Agencies. During the same period he conducted many training sessions on how to use computer, communication devices and the Internet in Benin and other African countries.

Yaovi Atohoun was the USAID/Leland Initiative Coordinator in Benin Republic from 1997 to 2004. He also worked for a Community Learning Centre Project in Ghana and the ADEA/EDDI education connectivity project. He traveled to Chad, Rwanda and many West African countries to conduct training sessions, technical equipment installation and policy discussions related to Information Technology for the Leland Initiative. He is part of a team that assisted ECOWAS countries in setting up the West African Telecommunication Regulators Association ( In May 2004, he was in the Mano River Union countries (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone) for an assessment on ICT development among the NGOs working on conflict prevention and mitigation.

Yaovi Atohoun worked in a team for the official recognition of the local ISOC chapter of Benin Republic (ISOC-Benin) in 1999. He was the secretary General of ISOC-Benin from 1999 to July 2009 and currently a member of the board. He participated in the Internet Society annual events (INET) in Geneva (1998), San Jose (1999), Yokohama (2000) and Sweden (2001). In 2002 Yaovi Atohoun was part of the African delegates in the ISOC-Francophonie meeting in Canada. In November 2007, he was at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Rio de Janeiro as one of the African ISOC Ambassador.

Yaovi Atohoun has participated in AfriNIC meetings in Maputo, Nairobi and Abuja and has served many times as the Chair of its Election Committee.

Jeffrey Bedser

Olivier M. J. Crepin-Leblond

Olivier M.J. Crépin-Leblond is a French national and has been an Internet user since 1988. He received a B.Eng. Honours degree in Computer Systems and Electronics from King’s College, London, UK, in 1990, a Ph.D. in Digital Communications from Imperial College, London, UK, in 1997, and a Specialized Masters Degree in Competitive Intelligence and Knowledge Management from CERAM Business School in Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France, in 2007.

Having founded Global Information Highway Ltd in 1995, he has been involved in many Internet projects, several of which enabled Internet connectivity in developing countries. Current interests range from IPv6 deployment, Network Neutrality, Internet Governance and Green Internet to all aspects of Strategy, Intelligence and Knowledge Management in the 21st Century, as well as several ongoing working groups in IETF.

Whilst attending all ICANN conferences since Paris (June 2008), he has taken a keen interest in supporting ICANN’s At Large constituency to voice the interests of Internet users worldwide. He is a member of the IET, a senior member of the IEEE, and a founder member of ISOC England. Full details available on:

Margarita Valdes Cortes

Margarita is currently the Legal and Business Manager of NIC Chile, in charge of designing the administrative and commercial policies as well as the administration of the local domain name dispute resolution system. Along with her participation in the steering group of NIC Chile and in the Chilean National Council for Domain Names and IP Numbers, Margarita provides legal assistance in intellectual property, industrial property and cybercrime to different governmental organizations, such as the Chilean Civil Police, Ministries and Official Departments. She is also a member of the Nom Com of ICANN, representing the ccNSO.

She is former President of LACTLD (Latin American and Caribbean Top Level Domains Organization) and participates as a permanent representative of NIC Chile before ICANN. Margarita is a frequently invited professor for graduate courses, in diploma and master programs at the University of Chile, the Catholic University of Chile and other universities. Before joining NIC Chile, she worked at the legal division of the Chilean Author Rights Society and previously in Webhost S.A., a pioneer Internet Service Provider in Chile, as legal and intellectual property advisor on matters of the Internet, domain name registration, consumer protection, and illicit actions in the online environment.

Eduardo Diaz

Eduardo is currently Principal Consultant at the D Consulting Group, Inc. as well as Founding member and current President of the Internet Society of Puerto Rico. His experiences and affiliations include: CEO of the Puerto Rico Domain Name Administration, Professional Engineer (PE) and Member of the Engineering Professional College of Puerto Rico, Member of the Puerto Rico Technological Corridor Advisory Board and Founding member of the NARALO.

Eduardo has been Director of Information Systems and Director of Product and Market Management at Puerto Rico for the Telephone Company, San Juan, Puerto Rico (1989 - 2003), where he launched (biggest ISP in Puerto Rico), Residential voice mail system, DSL, Broadband IP over Frame Relay and ISDN. Earlier, he was Member of the Technical Staff and Supervisor at AT&T Bell Labs, Whippany, New Jersey (1982 - 1989) where he designed narrow-pass digital signal filters, spectrum analyzers and system tests for a parallel computing environment.

Eduardo is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology (GaTech) with a Bachelor (1980) and Master (1981) degrees in Science of Electrical Engineering, with a concentration in Computer Design and Electronics. Master in Computer Science (1984) through AT&T Bell Labs. He was also a professional recruiter for AT&T Bell Labs (1985 - 1989) at UCB, MIT, University of Michigan and University of Puerto Rico.

Tricia Drakes – Advisor

Hartmut Richard Glaser – Associate Chair

Hartmut Richard Glaser is Assistant Professor at the Escola Politécnica (Engineering Faculty) of the University of São Paulo since 1968.

He is Executive Coordinator of the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee ( since 1996 and Director of the Brazilian Internet Network Center ( since 2005. He also serves as Director (Treasurer) of LACNIC and as ASO AC Member for the LACNIC Region.

Hartmut has earlier served as a voting member of the Nominating Committee, selected by the Address Council of the Address Supporting Organization.

Jan Gruntorád

Jan Gruntorád holds Dipl. Ing. (1975) and Ph.D. (1989) degrees from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague.

In 1992, he was awarded a grant by the Ministry of Education for establishment of an Internet network in the Czech Republic - CESNET. A legal body CESNET - NREN of the Czech Republic was founded in March 1996 and CESNET is an association of all Czech Universities and the Czech Academy of Sciences.

Since creation of CESNET, Dr. Gruntorád is a member of the Board of Directors of CESNET and Chief Executive Officer responsible for both research and operational tasks within CESNET.

In the period of 1998 to 2003, he was the chairman of the CEENET (Central and Eastern European Network Association). From 1996 to 1999 he served in the Board of Directors of the EBONE Company (pan-European Internet provider with the main office in Copenhagen, Denmark). In January 2003, Dr. Gruntorád became a member of the Board of Directors in DANTE (Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe). Dr. Gruntorád represents the Czech Republic in the TERENA Association (Trans-European Research and Education Networking Association) and is also a member of the Executive Committee of the GN2 project.

For more than five years, he worked as consultant for NATO in the field of computer network for the Research and Educational community in area of the Caucasus.

Tony Holmes

Norbert Klein

Norbert Klein, a German citizen living in Cambodia since 1990, started using e-mail in the early 1980's. While working with the Cambodian Ministry of Agriculture, he received a request to provide e-mail connectivity. With self-study and trial and error, he established the first e-mail system in Cambodia in 1994, then created and administered the country code address .kh, helped to get Khmer script into UNICODE, and supported the creation of a working group to develop UNICODE based Open Source Khmer software. By now this includes a fully localized Khmer language OpenOffice suite (Linux SUSE and Microsoft platforms). The Ministry of Education uses these for all Teacher Training Colleges and all high schools with computers.

Developments in Cambodia would not have been possible without international cooperation: early links included the AsiaPacific Networking Group, APRICOT, and ISOC. Norbert served on the Advisory Board of the international Francophone Institute for New Information Technologies and Education and cooperates with the Association for Progressive Communication and formerly also the Global Knowledge Partnership.

Norbert became a member of the non-commercial constituency of ICANN in 1999 and later a GNSO Council member. Since late 2008 he serves on the Nominating Committee.

Norbert is concerned that rapid developments in the global information society should not leave weaker regions of the world too far behind. He strongly supports the WSIS declared fundamental principle to develop “an Information Society, where everyone can create, access, utilize and share information and knowledge,” taking into account not only economic and legal implications but the vigorous efforts required to make the Internet a truly multi-lingual instrument.

Norbert is an Associate of the Cambodian NGO Open Institute. He edits, since more than 10 years, an English language review of the Khmer language press.

Wolfgang Kleinwaechter – Chair

Wolfgang Kleinwaechter is a Professor for International Communication Policy and Regulation at the Department for Media and Information Sciences of the University of Aarhus in Denmark where he teaches a full Master course on "Internet Policy and Regulation" since 1998.

He has studied Communication, International Law and International Relations at the University of Leipzig (B.A. 1971, M.A. 1974, Ph.D. 1981). His Academic Teaching Experiences includes University of Leipzig (until 1991), University of Tampere (1991/1992 and again since 2005), American University, Washington, D.C, (1992/1994), University of Örebro (2002/2003), Heilbronn Business School (2007) and Lomonossow University Moscow (2009).

He is involved in Internet Governance issues since 1997 and has participated in various capacities in 34 ICANN meetings. In the WSIS process he was a member of the Civil Society Bureau and co-chaired the Internet Governance Caucus; he was appointed by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan as a member of the UN Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) and serves since 2006 as Special Adviser to the Chair of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), Nitin Desai. He is founder and Chair of the ICANN Studienkreis, co-founder of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GIGANET), member of the Advisory Board of the dotmobi Registry and International Adviser to CNNIC.

He is a member of the International Council of the "International Association for Media and Communication Research" (IAMCR) and served as the president of the IAMCR Law Section between 1988 and 1998. Presently, he is a member of the EU Research Project "Network of the Future" where he chairs the section on "Governance and Privacy Implications of the Internet of Things". He was a member of the Programme Committee for INET 2002 in Washington D.C. and a Key-Note Speaker, Panelist, Moderator and Rapporteur of numerous international conferences on the Information Society, Information Law and Internet Governance, inter alia UN, ITU, EU, Council of Europe, OECD, UNESCO, UNICTTF, Global Business Dialogue on eCommerce. PTC and others.

From 1994 to 1998 he was the Chairman of the Management Board of the "Inter-Regional Information Society Initiative" (IRISI) of the European Commission in Brussels and coordinated the regional "Saxonian Information Initiative" (SII) of the government of the Free State of Saxony in Germany. He has worked as consultant for the EU, in particular for the Safer Internet Action Plan, and for the Council of Europe, where he is co-organizer of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EURODIG).

His research work includes more than 100 international publications, including 7 books. Recent articles has been published in "Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review", "Development", "Telecommunication Policy", "info" and "Gazette". Among his latest books are "Internet Governance Forum: The First Two Years" (UNESCO Paris, 2008), "The Power of Ideas: Internet Governance in a Multistakeholder Environment" (Berlin 2007) and "The World Summit on the Information Society: From the Past into the Future", UNICTTF New York 2005. He also serves as member of several advisory boards of scientific journals, including "Transnational Data and Communication Report" (until 1996), Computer Law and Security Report (until 1999), The Journal of Media Law and Practice (until 2001), "Gazette" (since 1992) and the "Journal for Virtual Reality" (since 2007).

Wolfgang served on the 2006 and 2007 NomCom as a voting member, selected by ALAC, and served as Associate Chair in on the 2008 NomCom.

Bill Manning

Bill Manning was a contributing scientist on Neustar's UltraDNS, and served on the research staff at USC's Information Sciences Institute under Jon Postel. His primary technical interests have been in network operations and naming systems.

At Texas Instruments, Bill was responsible for the deployment of IP networking first in the Semiconductor Division and then throughout the corporation. He then joined Rice University to become the lead engineer for the NSFnet's SESQUINET regional network. Based on his responsibility and performance in handling the migration of SESQUINET and MIDnet from the NSFnet to commercial networks, he was asked to assume a role in the NSFs Routing Arbitor project at ISI.

He is active in the IETF, and has been active in the DNS and Routing working groups as an active participant, working group chair and code developer. Bill was responsible for specifying the method for adding NSAP support to the DNS, and then developed and implemented plan to expand the Internet root server system to add four new nodes ... J, K, L, and M.

He is a Trustee of ARIN (American Registry for Internet Numbers) and is the managing partner in EP.NET, a private consultancy. He is a member of the Root Server System Advisory Committee and has responsibility for one of the root nameservers.

Chris Martin

Christopher Martin is Manager at the United States Council for International Business (USCIB), where he coordinates and promotes industry positions across a diverse portfolio of committees, including those related to DNS issues. USCIB is a business association whose membership includes some 300 leading U.S companies, professional services firms and associations, representing a wide array of Internet stakeholders, including general business users, ISPs, IP Rights Holders, registries, and registrars.  USCIB is also the U.S. affiliate to three leading global business organizations - the International Chamber of Commerce, the International Organization of Employers and the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD. Mr. Martin has engaged on a wide range of DNS issues over the years, including new gTLDs, IDNs, DNSSEC, and ICANN’s institutional evolution.

Before joining USCIB, Mr. Martin worked developing small business programs in Africa and Asia.  He also has prior experience at the World Trade Organization, the U.S. Senate and Resources for the Future, and he has published papers on trade and economic reform in Asia.  Mr. Martin holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and international affairs from James Madison University and a Master’s of Public Policy from the University of Chicago. 

Elliot Noss

As president and CEO of Tucows Inc., Elliot Noss leads the company's business strategy and vision. He is responsible for overseeing operations for the company's domain registration, domain portfolio, email and retail lines of business.

During his tenure, Tucows has grown to become the largest wholesale provider of domain names. Under Elliot's leadership, the company has rapidly expanded the wholesale service line to include email services, SSL certificates, and enhanced domain name offerings which are sold through a growing international reseller channel.

Elliot has been a leader in the Internet industry for over a decade. He champions areas of vital interest to the service providers and Internet users including privacy, ICANN reform and registrar matters, and the implications of emerging technologies.

Elliot chairs the University of Toronto's Department of Computer Science Advisory Board and is a distinguished graduate of the University of Toronto where he earned a BA. He earned an MBA and LLB from the University of Western Ontario.

Michael Palage

Mark Partridge

Mike Roberts

Jose Ovidio Salgueiro

José Ovidio Salgueiro, got his law degree at Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (Caracas) in 1989 and has been a practicing lawyer since with Volpe Ardizzone & Salgueiro. His primary practice at that time was intellectual property. Since, Salgueiro has done post graduate work in commerical law at the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain, and Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela.

From 1996 to 1999 he served as a Member of the Board of Directors of Banco Guayana of Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela and since 2003 is a member of the Board of Directors of the Venezuelan Association of Intellectual Property Agents (COVAPI).

Since 1997 José Ovidio Salgueiro was one of the first attorneys in the country to study informatics and computer law attending several courses abroad and teaching in Venezuela. In 2000 he presented the first domain name case before local authorities.

Mr Salgueiro has been a professor in informatics and computer law at Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (Caracas), Instituto de Altos Estudios Diplomaticos Pedro Gual (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) Universidad Católica del Táchira (San Cristobal) and Escuela Nacional de Administración y Hacienda Pública (ministry of Treasury) all in Venezuela, and has been a lecturer on same topics in Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Perú and Argentina .

He has served as an Advisor of the Superintendent of Electronic Signatures of Venezuela, and as the Academic Director of the Venezuelan Association on Informatics Law. He is the co-writer of the Data Messages and Electronic Signature Law of Venezuela and its regulations and member of the staff of Informatics Law Community Alfa-Redi.

Mr Salgueiro was a NomCom member in 2005-2006, an ALAC member 2007-2009.

Francisco da Silva

Henk Uijterwaal

Dr. Uijterwaal joined the RIPE NCC in 1997. He has been working on the development of new services for the RIPE membership as well as in various project management roles since then. Services that he developed include Test Traffic Measurements, the Routing Information Service, the introduction of 32-bit AS numbers to the RIPE community, as well as many others.

Henk is a member of the IAOC and IETF Trust, co-chair of the IETF IPPM WG as well as the RIPE TT-WG. He has served on many TPC's, in particular for the PAM and IMC conferences.

Henk has a Ph.D. in experimental physics from the University of Amsterdam.

Wilfried Woeber

Wilfried started his involvement with the IT industry in 1974 when becoming employed by Technical University Vienna as a software engineer for real-time data acquisition in the Physics Department. After taking on different responsibilities in the Computer Center he became a member of the group set up to establish the Austrian National Research and Education Network, "ACOnet". This group eventually was relocated to Vienna University, which in 1996 also established the "Vienna Internet eXchange" (VIX).

After coordinating connectivity of the national research community to EARN and BITNET and to HEPnet (the high-energy physics network), he became involved with the emerging, IP-based, Internet. In the late 1980s and early 1990s he was coordinating the Operations Team of "Ebone" and later (in 2002) he became leader of WP3 (WP3: Basic Network Services) in a large-scale project, "6NET", to prove the relative maturity and applicability of IPv6 for the next generation of the Internet (and to find out about the open issues).

Wilfried is co-chair of the RIPE Registry-Database Working-Group (DB-WG), was a member of the initial Executive Board of the RIPE NCC and is a member of the Set of Arbiters to support the RIPE NCC Conflict Arbitration Procedure. Other activities involve participation in Government Round-Table, GAC, and LAW-Enforcement Collaboration meetings; and in the DB-WG'S Data Protection Task-Force.

Wilfried is a member of the Address Council since the establishment of the Supporting Organisations for ICANN.

Within the Austrian NREN environment, Wilfried is a member of ACOnet's operational security team "ACOnet-CERT" and was involved in the establishment of and serves on the Advisory Council for the Austrian National CERT "".

Wilfried’s training activities include teaching various modules in TRANSITS courses and being a lecturer (master courses) for various aspects of network technology (including logistics and resource management, DNS, LAN technology, encryption and security) at the University of Applied Sciences in Wiener Neustadt.

Hong Xue

Dr. Hong Xue is a Professor of Law and Director of the Institute for the Internet Policy & Law at Beijing Normal University. Prof. Xue specializes in intellectual property law, information technology law and the Internet governance. Prof . Xue was elected as one of the Ten Nationally Distinguished Young Jurists by the China Law Society. She works in many governmental and non-governmental organizations. She is the only Asian Scholar in the Executive Committee of the International Association for Promotion of the Advanced Teaching and Research of Intellectual Property (ATRIP) and the Editorial Board of World Intellectual Property Journal. After serving as a founding member of the ICANN At-Large Advisory Committee for four years (2003-2007), she was appointed on the ICANN President’s Advisory Committee on Internationalized Domain Names, Nomination Committee and Fellowship Selection Committee. She is one of the founders of the Internet Users Organization in the Asia-Pacific Region.

Domain Name System
Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as"""" is not an IDN."