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    SG/A/1006
    PI/1717
    18 May 2006

    Secretary-General Establishes Advisory Group to Assist Him in Convening Internet Governance Forum

    NEW YORK, 17 May (UN Headquarters) -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today established an Advisory Group to assist him in convening the Internet Governance Forum, a new forum for a multi-stakeholder dialogue on Internet governance.  The Group includes 46 members from Government, the private sector and civil society, including the academic and technical communities, who represent all regions of the world (see list below).  It is chaired by Nitin Desai, the Secretary-General's Special Adviser for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), who may also select special advisers to assist him.

    The Advisory Group will meet on 22 and 23 May in Geneva, following an open consultation on 19 May, also in Geneva.  Its main task is to prepare the substantive agenda and programme for the first meeting of the Internet Governance Forum, which is to be held in Athens from 30 October to 2 November.  Decisions on how to prepare subsequent meetings and on any future structure and working methods of the Forum will be taken in light of the experiences gained during the preparatory process for the Athens meeting.

    The Internet Governance Forum is an outcome of the Tunis phase of the WSIS, which took place in November 2005.  In the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society, Governments asked the Secretary-General to convene the Forum, giving it the mandate to discuss the main public policy issues related to Internet governance, in order to foster the Internet's sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development.

    Governments called for the Forum to be convened in an "open and inclusive process".  Accordingly, the Advisory Group will carry out its work in an open, inclusive and transparent manner, and will seek to make the best possible use of electronic working methods, including online consultations.

    List of members

    Desai, Nitin, Chairman

    Delhi/Mumbai - Special Adviser to the Secretary-General for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)

    Members

     

    Agrawala, Pankaj

    Delhi - Joint Secretary, Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology

     

     

    Akinsanmi, Titilayo

    Johannesburg - Programme Manager, SchoolNet Africa; Global Facilitator of the WSIS Youth Caucus

     

     

    Akplogan, Adiel

    Port Louis - Chief Executive Officer, Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Africa - AfriNIC

     

     

    Al-Shatti, Qusai

    Kuwait City - Deputy Chairman of Kuwait Information Technology Society (KITS)

     

     

    Bayramov, Ayaz

    Baku - Head of Department for International Relations and Cooperation with NGOs, Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies

     

     

    Bicalho, José

    Brasilia - Member of the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee; Advisor to the Board of Directors of the National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel)

     

     

    Clarke, Trevor

    Geneva - Permanent Representative of Barbados to the United Nations Office at Geneva

     

     

    Daftardar, Abdullah M.

    Riyadh - Senior Executive, Communications and Information Technology Commission

     

     

    Dardailler, Daniel

    Nice - Associate Chair for Europe, World Wide Web Consortium (W3C); Member, Board of Directors, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

     

     

    D'Costa, Valerie

    Singapore - International Director, Info-Communication Development Authority, Singapore

     

     

    Diop Diagne, Ndeye Maimouna

    Dakar - Directrice des NTIC, Ministère des Postes, Télécommunications et Nouvelles Technologies de l'Information et de la Communication (NTIC)

     

     

    Disspain, Chris

    Carlton - Victoria, Chair, Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Council; Chief Executive Officer, .au Registry

     

     

    Echeberría, Raúl

    Montevideo - Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, Latin America and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry (LACNIC)

     

     

    El-Nawawy, Mohamed

    Cairo - Chairman and Managing Director, TE Data

     

     

    Fältström, Patrik

    Stockholm - Consulting Engineer, Cisco Systems; Member, Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF); Member, Swedish Government Information Technology Policy and Strategy Group

     

     

    Gallagher, Michael D.

    Washington D.C. - Chairman of the Communications Group, Perkins Coie LLC

     

     

    Graham, Bill

    Ottawa - Director, International Telecommunication Policy and Coordination, Industry Canada

    Gross, Robin D.

    San Francisco, California - Executive Director, IP Justice

     

     

    Hassan, Ayesha

    Paris - Senior Policy Manager, e-Business, Information Technology, and Telecoms, Executive in charge of Information and Communication Technology Policy, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

     

     

    Hellmonds, Peter

    Munich - Vice President, Public and International Affairs, Siemens AG

     

     

    Hofmann, Jeanette

    Berlin - Researcher, Social Science Research Center

     

     

    Iriarte, Erick

    Lima - Executive Director, Alfa-Redi

     

     

    Kafi, Abdullah

    Dacca - Managing Director, J A N Associates Limited; former President, Bangladesh Computer Society

     

     

    Kārkliņš, Jānis

    Geneva - Permanent Representative of Latvia to the United Nations Office at Geneva

     

     

    Katoh, Masanobu

    Tokyo - Corporate Vice President; President, Law and Intellectual Property Unit and Security Export Control Headquarters, Fujitsu Limited

     

     

    Katundu, Michael

    Nairobi - Principal Officer, Information Technology Communications Commission

     

     

    Khan, Masood

    Geneva - Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations Office at Geneva

     

     

    Kovács, Kálmán

    Budapest - Minister of Informatics and Communications

     

     

    Lohento, Gemma Brice (Ken)

    Dakar - Panos Institute West Africa, Coordinator, Center for International information and communication technology Policies for Central and West Africa (CIPACO)

     

     

    Markovski, Veni

    Sofia - Chair of the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee; Member, Board of Directors, ICANN

     

     

    Oliver, Colin

    Canberra - General Manager, International Communications, Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

     

     

    Papadatos, George

    Athens - Minister Plenipotentiary, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

     

     

    Peake, Adam

    Tokyo - Executive Research Fellow/Associate Professor, Center for Global Communications (GLOCOM), International University of Japan

     

     

    Pisanty, Alejandro

    Mexico City - Director of Computing Academic Services, Universidad Autónoma de México; Director ISOC Mexico; Vice Chair, Board of Directors, ICANN

     

     

    Quaynor, Nii

    Accra - Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Network Computer Systems; President, Internet Society of Ghana

     

     

    Sha'ban, Charles

    Amman - Executive Director, Regional Office, Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property (AGIP)

     

     

    Shears, Matthew

    Copenhagen - Director of Public Policy, Internet Society (ISOC)

     

     

    Sierra, Colombo

    Buenos Aires - Chief of Cabinet, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

     

     

    Singer, Christian

    Vienna - Head of Division, Federal Ministry of Transportation

     

     

    Slizen, Vitaliy

    Moscow - Head of Department, Information and Communication Ministry

     

     

    Swinehart, Theresa

    Marina del Rey, California - Vice President, Global and Strategic Partnerships, ICANN

     

     

    Taylor, Emily

    Oxford - Nominet (.uk), Director of Legal and Policy

     

     

    Wessberg, Arne

    Helsinki - President, European Broadcasting Union (EBU); President, International Institute of Communication

     

     

    Xiaokun, Yang

    Geneva - First Secretary, Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations Office at Geneva

     

     

    Zangl, Peter

    Brussels - Deputy Director-General, Directorate General for Information Society and Media, European Commission



    For further information, please visit www.intgovforum.org  or contact Markus Kummer, Executive Coordinator, Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum, tel.: +41 0 22 917 54 88, e-mail:  mkummer@unog.ch .

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