Todd Underwood – PC Chair

Todd UnderwoodTodd is currently a Site Reliability Manager at Google in a position that has almost nothing to do with network engineering or operations, but it does involve ensuring that some fairly interesting infrastructure keeps running well.

He has served previously on the NANOG Program Committee and has presented at NANOG, RIPE and a number of other network operations, engineering and peering venues. Sometimes these presentations are even serious. He has a particular interest in ensuring that policy and engineering content at conferences are well coordinated.

Previously, he worked for Renesys doing systems engineering, peering and operations.

Filiz Yilmaz – PC Vice-Chair

Filiz YilmazFiliz Yilmaz  holds the position of Senior Director, Participation and Engagement at ICANN since October 2010. She develops engagement, participation and outreach programs and strategies for and with the ICANN Community to bring new participants in and to increase the participation and engagement level of all stakeholders within the multi-stakeholder environment of ICANN. To name a few, Filiz oversees and manages the Remote Participation services, ICANN Public Comment Processes, Newcomers’ Program and participates and supports various other training and outreach programs of ICANN.
Filiz also keeps working relationships with the Internet communities and is a regular attendee and a presenter at RIPE and other industry meetings.

After receiving her BSc Degree in Mathematics in 1996, Filiz worked at the Middle East Technical University Computer Center – the institution that played a key role in bringing Internet access and IT services to Turkey. She managed the development of a university-wide net ethics program and led training courses on newly-introduced UNIX and Internet applications.

On moving to the Informatics Institute, she took part in research projects and, in 2001, received her MSc Degree in Cognitive Science. Her thesis – A Computational Analysis of Information Structure in Turkish – was recognized as Thesis of the Year. She is still participating in TRNOG.

In 2001, Filiz began work at the RIPE NCC – a Regional Internet Registry based in Amsterdam – where she took on positions in Internet number resource registration and management and delivering training courses on Internet number resource policy, DNSSEC and Routing Registry.

As the Policy Development Manager, Filiz also worked with the RIPE community, analysing and tracking policy proposals and supporting policy implementation.

Brian Nisbet – RIPE Working Group Chair Representative

Brian NisbetBrian Nisbet is the RIPE Working Group Chairs representative on the RIPE Programme Committee. He has been active in the RIPE community since RIPE 48 and he currently co-chairs the Anti-Abuse Working Group. His day job is Network Operations Manager for HEAnet, the Irish NREN, where he mostly makes sure the packets are flowing in the right direction.

Osama I. Al-Dosary – MENOG Representative

Osama I Al-DosaryOsama is a Consulting Systems Engineer working for Cisco’s Emerging Technology Group, supporting Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe for Physical Security. He has a Master’s degree in Computer Networks from the University of Southern California. He has over 12 years of industry experience across various roles in the field of Computer Networking.

The roles he has undertaken during his career have ranged from Research and Development; Network Engineering and Administration; Teaching; System Administration; Service Provider Network Operations and Network Planning; to ICT Consultation.

Osama is also affiliated with many industry institutes and associations such as the IEEE (Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers); ISOC (Internet Society); APIA (Asia Pacific Internet Association); COMPSOC (Computer Society); and SCS (Saudi Computer Society.) Osama’s other areas of interest include Security, Wireless, and Operating Systems.

Andrei Robachevsky – ENOG Representative

Andrei RobachevskyAndrei Robachevsky joined the Internet Society’s Standards & Technology Department in March 2011.

Prior to joining ISOC, Andrei was Chief Technical Officer of the RIPE NCC, leading the development of company’s IT strategy, external and internal IT services, and work of the engineering departments. He was responsible for the deployment of DNSSEC for the reverse DNS tree and deployment of anycast instances of the K-root DNS server.

Andrei brings to the Internet Society more than 10 years of experience in the Internet technical community. For more than a decade, he is actively following Regional Internet Registry (RIR) and Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) activities. He was Chair of the Number Resource Organization’s (NRO) Engineering Coordination Group (ECG), which is responsible for various technical inter-RIR activities and projects. Since 2010, Andrei has been a member of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB).

Andrei is based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Sander Steffann

Sander SteffannSander Steffann started working in the Internet industry in 1995, when he helped to start up Computel Standby BV. He supported Computel while he was a student at Universiteit Twente. Computel started in Apeldoorn (NL) as a small ISP, started the foundation, and has grown into a server management company with its own small data center.

Sander became a RIPE Address Policy Working Group Chair in May 2007, mostly because he is interested in the future of the Internet and he likes to participate in things he thinks are important.

In May 2008, Sander left Computel and started working for, which is a web application development company that specialises in Google Maps-based applications. He was responsible for the development of the MaxLib, the software library that is used for all projects.

In March 2010, he left to start his own company. He is focusing on internet infrastructure-related subjects such as IPv6, routing and security.

All Internet-related technology, including networking (service provider and enterprise), security and application development. His favourite activity is researching and implementing innovating technologies. Implementing IPv6 and dealing with the upcoming shortage of IPv4 addresses is his main focus area in this regard.

Jan Žorž

Jan ŽoržJan Žorž started his professional career in the RS-232/VAX VMS world in 1992 and continued through Novell and Windows environments all the way to Solaris and other UNIX derivatives that represent the native environment for the majority of his projects.

Jan is one of the pioneers of SiOL, the Slovenian national ISP, and has been involved in the organisation from the beginning. Among other activities, he began experimenting in 1997 with Internet streaming multimedia content. Based on these experiments, he successfully accomplished projects such as “Dhaulagiri ’99 Live” (an Internet multimedia transmission of Tomaz Humar’s solo climb of the south wall of Dhaulagiri (called Death Zone) in the Himalayas), “Ski Everest Live 2000″ (an Internet live-video transmission and monitoring of extreme skiing from the summit of Mt. Everest by Davo Karnicar) and other similar projects. Together with two other members of team “Dhaulagiri ’99 Live”, Jan received a media award/statue “Victor” for special achievement.

For the last seven years, Jan has been working as a consultant in the IT field, specialising in IPv6. He co-founded the Go6 Institute (not-for-profit), a Slovenian IPv6 initiative whose main objective is to raise IPv6 awareness in Slovenia and alert the community to the fact that we are approaching extensive changes on the Internet.

Due to the Go6 Institute, Slovenia is currently leading the EU as the country most prepared for IPv6 (according to the RIPE NCC’s IPv6 RIPEness study). Jan has been invited to present around the world on his work, the model of the Go6 platform, and IPv6 awareness raising and deployment at the national level. These speaking engagements have included conferences such as many RIPE Meetings and the Google IPv6 Implementors Conference 2010, Internet Governance Forum meetings, World IPv6 Congresses in Paris and London as well as national forums in Germany, Greece, Norway, Macedonia and many others.

Jan is also primary co-author of very successful procurement (specification) paper, published as an official RIPE Best Current Practice document RIPE-501, entitled “Requirements For IPv6 in ICT Equipment”. This document is translated into more than 10 languages and is used around the world by enterprises and governments when requesting IPv6 in ICT equipment purchases. RIPE-501 was recently replaced by RIPE-554, also co-authored by Merike Kaeo and Sander Steffann.

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