Speakers

Maarten Botterman

Maarten Botterman is Chairman of the ICANN Board, and independent strategic advisor on Internet Governance and related issues with 25+ year experience in guiding governments and major organizations on the economic/business and societal impacts of current and future internet innovations and technologies.

During those 25+ years he participated and led more than 50 international projects and studies for governments and industry on Future Net issues with teams including experts with advanced academic degrees from many disciplines ranging from technology and mathematics to economics and law, and from many different countries and cultures. Previous positions included RAND Corporation, European Commission and Dutch Government, before becoming independent in 2006.

He has been on the ICANN Board since November 2016. Following his election as Chairman in November 2019, he stepped down from other positions to be able to fully focus on this assignment.

Eka Kubusidze

Eka Kubusidze is a Head of Communications, Information and Modern Technologies Department of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia. Before, she has been working in the Telecvommunication’s Administration of Georgia and in the Ministry of Communications and Post of Georgia on different leading positions. She was one of the initiator of the project “Georgian Governmental Network”, first biggist regional ICT Conference “Georgian IT Innovation Conference” and etc.

As a head of the department, she is committed to develop strategies, projects and legislative framework of ICT to promote the field as a major driving force for socio-economic development, bringing the unprecedented benefits of broadband networks and services to remote and rural regions of Georgia and support formation of digital economy and society in the country. She is the country coordinator for project of Harmonization of Digital Market of EaP with the EU, which is established under the EU4Digital platform.

Merab Katamadze

Merab Katamadze is Master’s degree holder in Management Information Systems with qualification of Engineer. Merab has been working with the Georgian National Communications Commission, independent regulatory authority for electronic communications and broadcasting, since 2014. In 2015 the Parliament of Georgia elected Merab Katamadze on a position of Commissioner. He has huge experience in different sectors like broadcasting, E-voting, publishing, etc. Merab Katamadze is a member of ISOC Georgia Chapter; he is one of the initiators and great supporters of the Mountain Community Internet Project related to covering high mountain regions of Georgia with high speed Internet. Merab is signee of the MoU between GNCC and RIPE NCC. He actively supports development of cooperation between these two organizations under the signed MoU. Merab was a lecturer at Tbilisi State University. Merab speaks Georgian (native), English and Russian. He is a member of Wine Club, National Hiking Federation and Georgian Pen Center.

Revaz Kopaladze

Chief Executive Officer of Caucasus Online (CO), Revaz Kopaladze has more than 15 years of experience in telecommunications management. He joined Caucasus Online in 2019 and guided the company through a transformation program, delivering cost reductions and operational excellence. Before joining CO, Mr. Kopaladze served as Chief Performance Transformation Officer of Veon Georgia (brand beeline), part of the VEON group, a leading global provider of connectivity and Internet services. Prior to Veon, Mr. Kopaladze was Chief Financial Officer of Magticom LLC, the largest telecom company in Georgia. He began his career in Baker Tilly international as an auditor of telecommunication companies. Mr. Kopaladze is a graduate of Tbilisi State University.

Teimuraz Lortkipanidze

Teimuraz has spent his entire professional career in IT. He started as a database developer and programmer, and worked in this capacity for a long time. Then moved to IT administration. Gained professional experience both in IT companies and commercial organizations as an IT manager. For the last 13 years worked in Georgia’s system integrators, first at Orient Logic as Director of the Infrastructure Projects Department, and then at Greennet, where, together with his colleague David Davitashvili, established an information security solutions division, where he currently works as an architect of IT solutions. Teimuraz promotes the proactive approach to ensuring information security of enterprises, creation of tiered system of protection for organizations based on the assessment of risks and vulnerabilities of a specific IT infrastructure, and the creation of SOCs (Security Operations Center).

Andrey Vorobyev

Andrei Vorobyev graduated with honors from Moscow State University of Railway Engineering (MIIT) as an engineer-technologist of transport machine-building in 1999. He received his second, law degree, from the Russian State Institute of Intellectual Property with a specialization in intellectual property protection in 2006. He studied Appraisal of Intellectual Property at the International Academy of Appraisal and Consulting in 2008-2009.

His career in the domain industry began in 2001 at the Russian Institute for Public Networks (RIPN). After RIPN’s domain registration unit was reorganized into a separate entity, Andrei Vorobyev became the Director of Public and Government Relations at the RU-CENTER domain registrar. In 2015, Andrei Vorobyev joined the Internet Development Institute as director of public relations. In October 2015, he was appointed director of the Coordination Center for TLD .RU/.РФ.

Pavel Gusev

Irina Danelia

Irina Danelia is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer at the Coordination Center for .RU/.РФ. She is involved in all the areas of the ccTLD operation, and has contributed to the launch of .РФ, the biggest IDN ccTLD worldwide.

She later spearheaded the launch the Cyrillic-script IDN gTLD .ДЕТИ (.KIDS), and still heads its operation.

Her current area of responsibility at the Coordination Center for .RU/.РФ includes registrar relationship, finance, and project management.

Irina is also a member of the ccNSO Strategic and Operational Planning Standing Committee (SOPC), ccNSO & Policy Development Process (PDP) 3 Review, Mechanisms & Policy Development Process 4 Working Groups, and a participant at national and global IGFs/

Physicist by training, Irina Danelia spent nearly two decades as an executive at leading international and Russian telcos, running nationwide sales and distribution of mass-market products, and managing complex business development and marketing projects.

Svitlana Tkachenko

Svitlana Tkachenko is Head of Department of Development and Operations of Hostmaster Ltd, administrator of .UA cctld.

Svitlana has been in IT business since 1995 and worked for leading Ukrainian Internet service providers. Tkachenko is one of the founders of Hostmaster ltd. Svitlana actively participates in the Internet and ICT industry in Ukraine. She is also involved with CENTR and RIPE working groups.

Sergey Povalishev

Povalishev is the CEO of Reliable Software, Ltd., and founder and permanent leader of hoster.by. A leading national expert in the domain and hosting industry and Internet governance, he is also the founder of Belarus Internet Governance Forum.

He has also contributed to the creation of the Cyrillic ccTLD .БЕЛ in Belarus. He was awarded a diploma from the Ministry of Communications and Informatization of the Republic of Belarus for his achievements in the industry.

Mzia Gogilashvili

Mzia Gogilashvili is a Masters degree holder, with distinguished experience in international relations and project management within the fast-moving information and communications technology sector. Mzia has been working with the Georgian National Communications Commission since 2000. This is an independent NRA for electronic communications and broadcasting. She holds the position of Chief Expert on International Relations. Mzia is a member of the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) at ICANN, ISOC -Georgian Chapter, .ge ccTLD Advisory Board, and the Geo-IGF Support Team.

David Birman

David Birman is the co-founder of Domenebi.ge – the leading Georgian domain registrar and official reseller of Google Workspace products.

David is a domain names enthusiast with more than 20 years of experience. His companies have been among the first wave of new .GE registrars, accredited by Caucasus Online in 2018.

David has notable senior executive and consultancy experience in Marketing, Branding, Digital Transformation, and User Experience (UX) Management. He is the customer-centric business practices advocate through his boutique consulting company Experia Digital.

David is a proud co-author of the official Georgian currency symbol (₾) and the author of its guidelines. He is a Master Certified in UX Management and Interaction Design by Nielsen Norman Group (UXMC NN/g) and holds a BBA degree from the European School of Management.

Katarina Gevorgyan

Katarina Gevorgyan has been involved in the domain name registration business since 2015 and is an ISOC Armenia member since 2017. In 2020 she was elected as an ISOC Armenia chapter board member.

Katarina was selected as a fellow for ICANN Fellowship, NASIG (North American School of Internet Governance) and ArmSIG (Armenian School of Internet Governance) programs in 2019, as well as participated as a trainee in «Shaping the Internet» and «Encryption» training organized by the Internet Society in2020.

Now she works at «GlobalR» domain registrar company as the head of the customer care department and responsible for the cooperation with the ccTLD registries.

Sandro Karumidze

Coordinator of the GE ccTLD Advisory Board

Sandro is based in Tbilisi, Georgia and holds degrees in Physics and Business Administration from Tbilisi State University and the University of Iowa, USA. He has been working in IT and the Internet for more than 30 years, starting as a hardware engineer and programmer and moving to various business management roles. Currently, Sandro is responsible for Telecom and IoT business development at UGT, the largest IT holding in Georgia. In the 90s, he worked for the Open Society Fund in Georgia focusing on Internet and Media development. Sandro is a founder and former board member of the Internet Society Georgia Chapter, with a focus on Internet Governance, connectivity IoT, ccTLD administration and Safer Internet.

Sarmad Hussain

Sarmad Hussain is currently the Senior Director of Internationalized Domain Names (IDN) and Universal Acceptance (UA) Programs at ICANN. Before joining ICANN, he was a professor of Computer Science, with a research background focused on developing computing solutions for Pakistani languages, including research in linguistics, localization, language computing standards, speech processing and computational linguistics. Between 2004 and 2010, Sarmad led the PAN Localization program, which saw the development of local language computing capacity across developing Asia, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

Sarmad’s involvement with IDNs started in 2006 ,where he was actively involved in the IDN country code top-level domain (ccTLD) work for Pakistan. Before joining ICANN in 2014, he was an active member of the ICANN community, as well as a member of ICANN’s Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC).

Maria Kolesnikova

Maria Kolesnikova is a Head of Regional Coordination Group on Universal Acceptance of CIS and Eastern Europe.

She has been worked in telecommunication, hosting and domain name markets for more than 20 years. During 1997-2007 she held different positions at the largest telecom operators, hosting providers and registrars in Russia. Since 2007 to 2019 she worked for .RU and .РФ ccTLDs Registry (Coordination Center for TLD RU) as head of marketing, external relations and projects.

In 2005-2006 she was involved in the joint project based on geolocation services MTS-Poisk. In 2012 she launched Netoscope project, the first cybersecurity project for the domain name space. In 2012-2013 she worked in team on applications and delegation of new gTLDs .ДЕТИ and .TATAR. Earlier she was responsible for accreditation and operation of ccTLDs registrars. She also produced international and regional industry events on different levels with focus on internet infrastructure, cybersecurity and internet governance themes.

Since 2007 she has been engaged and led different community working groups, participated in program committees and reported on international meetings organized by ICANN, CENTR, APTLD, national and regional IGFs.

Konstantine Karosanidze

Konstantine Karosanidze is the co-founder of Cloud9.GE, Georgian Datacenter and Cloud service Provider.

Konstantine been ICT enthusiast for 16 years of his carrier and had been involved in .GE and .გე zones.
Had been tech administrator of .GE zone for 5 years and member of team who planned and implemented .გე ccTLD zone and is current tech administartor for zone.

Konstantine is hightly involved in ICANN and ISOC event in region and member of APTLD as .გე domain representative.

Toma Gavrichenkov

Toma Gavrichenkov holds a Master’s Degree in Mathematics and System Software Engineering from Moscow State University, and is currently doing MBA at Skolkovo.

He has been an IT networking and monitoring professional for a decade, starting as a contractor for Microsoft and HP and then moving on to a permanent position in HP Russia Telecom Solutions team.

Since 2009, he has worked for the Qrator Labs, of which he is currently the chief technology officer.

Gavrichenkov was an ICANN 61 Fellow and an ICANN 64 Fellowship Coach.

He has been a speaker/presenter at numerous conferences, including BlackHat USA, RIPE meetings, NANOG, APNIC/APRICOT, Eastern European DNS Forum, and ENOG/RIPE NCC Regional Meeting.

Yuri Kargapolov

Yuri Kargapolov is the Chief Executive Officer of the Ukrainian Numbering, Naming and Addressing Operating Center, Consortium which develops ccTLD/gTLD/ENUM Registries, MNP/LNP, IMEI, MSP, and more. He is also the Chair of the ISOC IoT SIG, member of the UANIC Coordination Council, one of the developers and founders of the .УКР IDN ccTLD, was a member and Chair of the ICANN Working Groups, and a Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) member for short time.

He graduated from the Odessa Polytechnic Institute, radio-engineering faculty, in 1980 and received a diploma Dipl. Eng. Radio Designer and Technologist.

He created Internet Service Providers, and has built and launched over 25 technical platforms in different cities in the Ukraine, providing broadband wired and wireless access. His professional interests include convergence, Internet Governance and the newest DNS-technologies’ applications. As a speaker, he has attended over 75 local and international meetings and conferences, including those organized by ICANN, IGF, RIPE, ITU, EEDNSF, SEEDIG, ENOG, APTLD, and more.

Kurt Pritz

A Member of the UK Creative Ideas Strategic Planning Board, Kurt has led operations in the UK and then the US offices of the .ART Domain Registry – bringing a new platform, new technologies, and online visibility for artists and art institutions.

As 9-year executive ICANN, the Internet’s technical coordinator, Kurt provided stability to finances, matured relationships with key stakeholders, and ensured consistency in the management of the Internet’s root zone. He is best known as the architect of ICANN’s program for making thousands of new web addresses globally available.

Prior to that, Kurt spent nearly a decade at Walt Disney Imagineering where, as Vice President, Engineering & Production, he was responsible for the technical design and delivery of theme park shows & rides worldwide.

Kurt holds a BS and MS in Physics, an MBA and a JD and is admitted to the California State Bar. He is published in technical journals and in law review.

Oleg Ermakov

Gleb Pyzhov

Gleb Pyzhov is Deputy Director of the Internet of Things Association.

Pyzhov started out in the sphere of IT as the head of the Automation Department at Mosbiznesbank. There, he organized the automation of the bank’s department from scratch, and developed and implemented a unique client-bank system, which was innovative for its time. At Zenon NSP, he participated in the organization and commercial operation of its data center, and, together with Intel, was carrying out a joint project on the introduction of Intel’s network technologies and server solutions to the Russian market.

Gleb Pyzhov became one of the pioneers of the establishment of private Internet access networks in Russia by building Tushino.ru, a network that served over 3,000 Internet users in a Moscow neighborhood. For several years, he was the head of an innovation company Nekster and participated in the development of Pravosvyaziye, an educational course for telecommunication providers. Pyzhov is an expert in the sphere of telecommunications, the internet of things, internet governance and the construction of information and communications networks.

Alain Durand

Alain Durand is principal technologist in the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at ICANN. His responsibilities include applying expert technical knowledge and experience to improve ICANN’s technical capabilities and stature. Prior to ICANN, Alain has was Distinguished Engineer at Juniper Networks, a large Internet equipment vendor. Prior to Juniper Networks, Alain worked at Comcast, a very large Cable service provider.

He served Comcast as director of IPv6 and Internet governance. While developing the first IPv6 deployment plan for a service provider this size, Alain represented Comcast in various Internet governance fora. Alain has been part of the Internet technical community for over 20 years, being a pioneer in IPv6 standardization and deployment. In particular, he has served as working group chair for several working groups at IETF and authored over 14 RFCs.

Mikhail Anisimov

Mikhail Anisimov heads ICANN’s Global Stakeholder Engagement for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.Asia. Prior to joining ICANN, Mikhail was the Head of External Communications at the Coordination Center for TLD .RU/.РФ, the registry for Russian country code top-level domains. Throughout his ten years in the domain industry, Mikhail has been instrumental in the expansion and development of .ru and .moscow domain names. He has also been involved in several initiatives and events across the region, building relevant networks and an extensive background in the field. Mikhail received his higher education in Moscow, studying mechanical engineering, advertising and public relations, and translation and intercultural communications.

Irakli Shavgulidze

Irakli Shavgulidze is Senior Cyber Security Architect. He has more than 10 years of experience of engineering, presale and desing with demonstrated history of working in different IT areas. He has skilled and experienced in Network/Data Center Architecture and Security, PAM (CyberArk), SIEM, WAF, DLP, DataBaseFirewall, Email Secuirty, Advanced Treat Protection Solutions, MDM-EUMM and many others.

Since 2007, he has been working as Senior Cyber Security Architect in „GREENET“, where he also works for Cyber Security Engineering , Information Security, Network and InfrastructureSecurity Architecture, IP Network Solutions Design, Routing&Switching,Wireless, Datacenter Solutions, Products Presale management.

Giorgi Iashvili

Co-Founder & CEO at Georgian Information Security Association (GISA)

Giorgi is an information security professional with an impressive leadership experience and with a successfully completed projects in the field of ICT and Information Security governance.

Working as a Head of IT Security Office at Central Election Commission of Georgia (2011-2015) and as a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the National Bank of Georgia (2016-2019), he has developed a solid expertise in information/cyber security governance and IT infrastructure resilience against advanced threats, including sophisticated and/or state-sponsored cyber-attacks.

Giorgi is Cardiff University (UK) graduate, PhD candidate and certified ISO/IEC 27001 Lead Implementer and Lead Auditor from British Standards Institution (BSI).

He works for USAID as a Cyber Security Subject-Matter Expert and currently engaged in the project of Building Cyber Security Resilience for Georgian Elections.

Apart from the engagement in Georgia, Giorgi has recently been involved in various international projects (Ukraine, UK) as a Cyber Security consultant and Information Security Auditor.

He also leads a cyber security consultancy company – GSI Partners.

He has been giving lectures in cyber security studies at top Georgian Universities, regularly participates in international conferences, workshops and also, delivers public speeches on emerging and sophisticated cyber campaigns.

Grigori Saghyan

Grigori Saghyan is a Board Member at the Internet Society, and an associate professor at the Russian-Armenian University. Previously he was the technical director at Arminco, Armenia’s first ISP, for seven years. He also worked at the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Armenia as head of IT and Telecommunications Department for two years.

Grigori Saghyan’s interests span a variety of topics including Solid State Electronics, Scanning Microscopy, Telecommunications, Networking, and Internet Governance.

He has been an International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Network Security expert since 2012. He is also secretary of the Multistakeholder Internet Governance Council of Armenia.

Giorgi Gurgenidze

Cyber Security professional with 10 years of experience within Public
and Private sectors in Georgia, CIS region and the UK.

Giorgi held a position of Head of Information Security at JSC Bank of Georgia. Led Information
and Cyber Security practices from financial institution perspective, considering local (NBG)
and UK (LSE) perspectives.

He’s been working for Deloitte UK Cyber Intelligence Center as a Manager during 2016-2017,
where he responded to the famous NotPetya ransomware against UK NHS and other critical
infrastructures.

Giorgi led Deloitte Georgia Risk Advisory Service Line with focus on Cyber and Privacy Risks,
2017-2020.

Worked under USAID, EU, World-Bank, NATO funded projects for Resilience Building of
Georgian and Regional Critical Information Infrastructures.

Currently serves as an Advisor to the CISO’s within TBC Bank and Tegeta Motors.

He holds MSc in Information Security from Royal Holloway University of London. PhD
Candidate from Tbilisi Statue University for Cyber Conflict Analysis and Management.

Giorgi has NIST Cyber Security Specialist Certification, accredited by APMG, NIST US and
NSCS UK.

Danko Jevtović

Danko Jevtović is one of Serbia’s Internet pioneers and currently a Board Member at ICANN. He is also a member of the UN IGF MAG (Multistakeholder Advisory Group).

He was founding partner of Jugodata, PC computer company in Yugoslavia/Serbia since 1987, and SezamPro, one of the first Internet service providers in Serbia. He was the initiator of reform of then .YU ccTLD. Subsequently he was a member of the Board of Governors of the Serbian National Internet Domains Registry (RNIDS – .RS/.СРБ ccTLD) and the CEO of RNIDS (2013-17)

He lives in Belgrade, Serbia, where he is a partner at Jugodata Ltd., working as consultant and investor in Serbian IT start-ups. He has a BA in Management of information Systems from the University of Belgrade, Serbia and an Executive MBA from the IEDC, Bled School of Management, Slovenia. He is a member of the Serbian Association of Managers (SAM), and USA National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).