Multistakeholder Advisory Group Renewed To Prepare Internet Governance Forum Meeting In Hyderabad, India

The membership of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group, which is entrusted with assisting in the preparations for the annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum, has been renewed.A total of 50 members, 17 among them new, have been appointed. This represents a renewal of one third of its membership. The members of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group are from all stakeholder groups representing Governments, private sector and civil society, including the academic and technical communities, representing all regions.The Special Adviser for Internet Governance to the Secretary-General, Nitin Desai, has been asked to continue as the Chairman of the Advisory Group. The Chairman may select special advisers to assist him. Representatives of relevant intergovernmental organizations and the European Commission are also invited to attend the meetings of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group.All members serve in their personal capacity, but are expected to have extensive linkages with their respective stakeholder groups. The main task of the Advisory Group is to provide advice on the preparations of the next meeting of the Internet Governance Forum, which is to be held in Hyderabad, India from 3 to 6 December 2008.The renewed composition of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group is the result of broad-based consultations. It reflects a widely held view that the group should represent a better balance in terms of geographical diversity and gender. The group now includes 16 women among its 50 members, compared to nine in its previous composition.As part of its mandate, the Multistakeholder Advisory Group has been asked to continue efforts to enhance the transparency of the preparatory process by ensuring a continuous flow of information between its members and the various interested groups.The assistance of the Advisory Group in planning the annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum is appreciated and the outgoing members of the group are thanked for their work and support.The Internet Governance Forum is an outcome of the Tunis phase of the World Summit on the Information Society, which took place in 2005. In the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society, Governments asked the Secretary-General to convene a “new forum for policy dialogue” to discuss issues related to key elements of Internet governance and set out the Forum’s mandate.The Forum’s first two meetings took place in Athens in November 2006 and in Rio de Janeiro in November 2008.For further information, please visit or contact Markus Kummer, Executive Coordinator, Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum, tel.: +41 0 22 917 54 88, e-mail: Governance Forum Advisory Group – List of Members:Chairman:Mr. Desai, Nitin
Delhi/Mumbai – Special Adviser to the Secretary-General for Internet GovernanceMembers:Mr. Akplogan, Adiel
Port Louis – CEO, Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Africa – AfriNICMr. Al Shatti, Qusai
Kuwait City – Deputy Chairman of Kuwait Information Technology SocietyMs. Arida, Christine
Cairo – Director of Telecom Planning and Services, National Telecom Regulatory Authority, EgyptMr. Bayramov, Ayaz
Baku – Head of Department for International Relations and Cooperation with NGOs, Ministry
of Communications and Information Technologies, AzerbaijanMs. Betancourt, Valeria
Quito – Coordinator of the Communication and Information Policy Programme in Latin America,
Association for Progressive Communications (APC)Ms. Cavalli, Olga del Carmen
Buenos Aires – Adviser for Technology, Ministry of Foreign Affairs ArgentinaMr. Clarke, Trevor
Geneva – Permanent Representative of Barbados to the United Nations Office at GenevaMr. Daftardar, Abdullah
Riyadh – Senior Executive, Communications and Information Technology Commission, Saudi ArabiaMr. Dardailler, Daniel
Nice – Associate Chair for Europe, World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)Mr. de la Chapelle Bertrand
Paris – Special Envoy for the Information Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, FranceMs. Diop Diagne
Dakar – Director of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Ndeye Maimouna Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and ICT, SenegalMr. Disspain, Chris
Carlton, Australia – Chief Executive Officer, .AU Registry; Chair, Council of Country-Code Names
Supporting Organization (ccNSO)Ms. Dryden, Heather
Ottawa – Senior Advisor, International Telecommunications Policy and Coordination,
Telecommunications Policy Branch Industry, CanadaMr. Echeberría, Raúl
Montevideo – Executive Director/CEO, Latin America and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry
(LACNIC)Mr. Fältström, Patrik
Stockholm – Consulting Engineer, Cisco Systems; Member, Board of Internet Society; Member,
Swedish Government IT Advisory GroupMr. Graham, Bill
Ottawa – Global Strategic Engagement, Internet Society (ISOC)Ms. Gross, Robin D.
San Francisco, CA – Executive Director, IP JusticeMr. Hansen, José Vitor
Brasilia – Deputy Head, Division of Science and Technology, Ministry of External Relations, BrazilMs. Hassan, Ayesha
Paris – Senior Policy Manager, E-Business, IT, and Telecoms, Executive in charge of Information and
Communication Technologies (ICT) Policy, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)Mr. Hilali, Aziz
Rabat – Professor, Institut Supérieur des Télécommunications de Rabat ; President, Internet Society
MoroccoMs. Hofmann, Jeanette
London – Senior Researcher, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) / Social Science
Research Center BerlinMr. Jamil, Zahid U.
Karachi – Senior Partner and Barrister-at-Law, Jamil and Jamil, Chairman Domain Name Dispute
Resolution CenterMr. Kârkliòð, Jânis
Paris – Ambassador of Latvia to France and Permanent Representative to UNESCOMr. Katoh Masanobu
Tokyo – Corporate Vice President; President of the Law and Intellectual Property Unit and Security
Export Control Headquarters, Fujitsu LimitedMr. Katundu, Michael
Nairobi – Assistant Director, Information Technology Communications Commission, KenyaMr. Lau, Stephen K.M.
Hong Kong – Chairman, Electronic Data System (EDS)Mr. Lohento, Gemma
Dakar – Panos Institute West Africa, Coordinator, Center for International
Brice (Ken) ICT Policies for Central and West Africa (CIPACO)Mr. Matulis, Aurimas
Vilnius – Director of the Information Society Development Committee, LithuaniaMr. Moedjiono
Jakarta – Senior Adviser to the Minister of Communication and
Sardjoeni Information Technology of the Republic of Indonesia for International Relations and Digital
Divide, IndonesiaMr. Oliver, Colin
Canberra – Assistant Secretary, International Branch, Department of Broadband, Communications and
the Digital Economy, Canberra, AustraliaMr. Ondrej, Filip
Prague – Chief Executive Officer of the NIC, Czech RepublicMr. Papadatos, George
Geneva – Minister-Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Greece to the United Nations Office at GenevaMs. Park, Y J
Delft – PhD Candidate at Syracuse University – Fellow TU Delft
Ms. Piñeiro, Lorena
Santiago – Head of International Affairs Department, Undersecretariate of Telecommunications, ChileMr. Pisanty, Alejandro
Mexico City – Director of Computing Academic Services, Universidad Autónoma de México; Director
ISOC MexicoMs. Primo, Natasha
Johannesburg – Chair, Executive Board – Association for Progressive Communications (APC)Mr. Quaynor, Nii
Accra – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Network Computer Systems; President, Internet
Society of GhanaMr. Riehl, Frédéric
Bienne – Deputy Director, Head of International Relations Service at the Federal Office of
Communications, SwitzerlandMs. Rionge, Njeri
Nairobi – Chief Executive Officer; Ignite Consulting LimitedMr. Sambrook, Richard
London – Director, Global News Division, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC); Vice President,
European Broadcasting Union (EBU)Mr. Seadat, Peiman
Tehran – Deputy Director for International Specialized Agencies, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamic
Republic of IranMs. Selaimen, Graciela
Rio de Janeiro – Executive Coordinator, Núcleo de Pesquisas, Estudos e Formação (NUPEF)Mr. Sha’ban, Charles
Amman – Executive Director, Regional Office, Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual PropertyMr. Shanker, N. Ravi
New Delhi – Joint Secretary, Government of India, Ministry of Communications and Information
technology, Department of Information TechnologyMs. Swinehart,
Theresa Marina del Rey, CA – Vice President, Global and Strategic Partnerships, Internet Corporation
for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)Mr. Tang, Zicai
Beijing – Deputy Director, Department of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Information Industry, ChinaMs. Taylor, Emily
Oxford – Nominet.UK, Director of Legal and PolicyMr. Vasiliev, Vladimir
Moscow – Deputy Director, Department of Information Society Strategy, Ministry for Information
Technologies and Communications, Russian FederationMs. Warren, Jennifer A.
Alexandria, VA – Vice President, Technology Policy & Regulation,Lockheed Martin CorporationMr. Yahaya, Issah
Accra – Head of Policy Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation/Telecoms, Ministry of Communications,
GhanaThis news release was sourced from here.IGF Advisory Group Renewed, Expanded by Brenden Kuerbis
The IGF’s Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) has been renewed, adding 17 new appointments, which brings the total number of advisers up to 50. We provide a quick review of the new appointees.

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