SPEAKERS

Maxim Alzoba

 Maxim Alzoba holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Physics, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University. Maxim has been actively participating in the policy creation of the TLDs of the city of Moscow (.moscow and .москва) since its early stages. As a special projects manager of FAITID, he is in charge of policy and compliance.

After the execution of .moscow /.xn--80adxhks Registry Agreements with ICANN in late 2013, FAITID joined RySG as a Registry and started direct participation in the work of RySG. Since then, Maxim has been participating in the work of RySG and GNSO. Maxim is one of the RySG GNSO Council Representatives of the European region.

David Conrad

As the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of ICANN, David Conrad is at the heart the organization’s mission to help maintain the security, resiliency and stability of the Internet’s system of unique identifiers that ICANN helps coordinate. Prior to being named CTO, Conrad held several different positions at ICANN, including Vice President of Infrastructure & Technology and General Manager of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority.

Before joining ICANN, Conrad helped found a number of Internet startups, including Nominum, and was involved in the creation of the second Regional Internet Registry (RIR), Asia Pacific Network Information Center, the Internet address allocator for the Asia and Pacific Rim region.In 2011, Conrad provided senior-level advice and technical input for CloudFlare, as a member of the organization’s technical staff. Prior to that, Conrad was the Executive Director of the Internet Software Consortium during the development of the “BIND version 9” domain name server.

Anna Karakhanyan 

Anna Karakhanyan is an administrator of the Armenian Network Information Center (AMNIC), which is the Registry of .am and .հայ domains. She also has extensive experience in the Registry/Registrar relations and management of domain registrations at Registrars.

Anna Karakhanyan has been using the Internet from its first days in Armenia. She had worked at the oldest Internet Service provider company ARMINCO since its establishment (1992). Anna also was Armenia’s main coordinator of the “Narot Network”, “Three Pomegranates” and “Education for Development” network projects.

She has been an active volunteer at CYSCA-Cambridge Yerevan Sister City Association (USA) since 1998. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of YCSCA (Association of Twin Cities of Yerevan).

Yuri Kargapolov

Yuri Kargapolov is the CEO 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 member and Chair of the ICANN WGs, and 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 ISPs, has built and launched more than 25 technical platforms in different cities of Ukraine to provide broadband wired and wireless access. His professional interests include convergence, Internet Governance and the newest DNS-technologies application. As a speaker, he has attended over 75 local and international meetings and conferences including those organized by ICANN, IGF, RIPE, ITU, EEDNS, SEEDIG, ENOG, APTLD, and more.

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.

Giovanni Seppia 

Giovanni Seppia has been the External Relations Manager at EURid since 2007. He previously worked as ICANN’s European Regional Liaison.Prior to that, he was the General Manager at CENTR.

He has also served as the Head of External Relations for the Italian Registry (ITT-CNR) for five years and has three years of experience in various roles at the European Commission.

He has been working as a consultant on EU programs for several national and international organizations and served as an EU programs lecturer for the Master on EU policies and programs at the Venice International University.

Vladimer Svanadze

Svanadze is the Founder and Managing Partner of the Cyber Security Academy CSA. He is also founder and the acting Chairman of the Board at the “Internet Development Initiative IDI”. At the same time, he is an invited lecturer at the University of Georgia, where he is managing a process of creation of the MA in Cyber Security.

In 2015 – 2016, he was the Consultant of “LEPL Cyber Security Bureau” under the Ministry of Defense of Georgia. He is one of the main authors of Cyber Security Strategy of Georgia for 2016 – 2018. He is also a member of the Working Group of Cyber Security Strategy of Georgia for 2019 – 2021.

Under his mentorship, the first Cyber Security Operation Center (CSOC) in Georgia was established. He is an author of numerous articles, including the first Georgian language book in Cyber Security “Cyber Defense: Main Players of Cyberspace. Police, Strategy and new Challenges of Cybersecurity, 2016”.

Samaneh Tajalizadehkhoob 

Samaneh Tajalizadehkhoob has been a lead Security, Stability & Resiliency specialist at ICANN OCTO SSR group since October 2018. She has been an active researcher in Domain Name Abuse and Internet Security for the past six years.

She holds a Ph.D. from Delft University of Technology (2018) on analyzing and improving security performance of hosting providers. Currently, she is managing ICANN ‘s Domain Abuse Activity Reporting (DAAR) project and conducting research to enhance and improve the project domain abuse detection and reporting.

Emily Taylor 

Emily Taylor is the CEO of Oxford Information Labs. She is an Associate Fellow of Chatham House and is the Editor of the Journal of Cyber Policy.

She is also a founder of ICANN accredited registrar, Netistrar Limited. A lawyer by training, Taylor has worked in the domain name sector for 20 years.

Siranush Vardanyan

Vardanyan joined ICANN org in September 2016 and is currently the Fellowship Program Manager.

She has over 23 years of professional experience with different international and local NGOs, including Save the Children Armenia, Habitat for Humanity Armenia, Project Harmony Int., and Care International. In 2012 and 2013, she was At-Large delegate to ICANN’s Nominating Committee from Asia Pacific/Australia/Pacific Islands Regional At-Large Organization (APRALO). From 2013 to 2016, she served as the Chair for At-Large APRALO at ICANN. She has been the Board Member of ISOC Armenia Chapter since February 2013.

Actively involved in Internet Governance fora since 2007, she’s also an ISOC Ambassador for IGF 2010 and Returning Ambassador for IGF 2011, Next Generation Leaders Program, ISOC Collaborative Leadership Exchange program and ICANN Fellowship Program Alumna.

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.

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.

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 the

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).

Dušan Stojičević

Dušan Stojičević is a manager at ICANN-accredited registrar Gransy, the Chairman of ICANN’s Cyrillic Generation Panel and Vice Chair of the Universal Acceptance Steering Group. He has been involved in Information Technologies for almost 30 years.

He is former Board Member of RNIDS, the Serbian National Internet Domains Registry (2011-2013), and former Chairman of the Board (2013-2016). He has been also the coordinator of the Registry Working Group for Internationalized Domain Names (2015-2016).

Other working groups at RNIDS he has been involved in include the IDN Working Group/Rules and Principles (2010); he was directly involved in launching Serbia’s IDN ccTLD, .срб.

Mikhail Anisimov

Mikhail Anisimov is head of external communications at the Coordination Center for TLD .RU/.РФ. He has been working in the area of hosting and domain registration for more than nine years, holding different positions in the largest hosting provider and domain registrar companies.

In 2013, he was involved in the launch of .МОСКВА and .MOSCOW TLDs at the Foundation for Assistance for Internet Technologies and Infrastructure Development (FAITID). In 2014, he joined the Coordination Center for TLD .RU/.РФ., where he has been responsible for the communications and organization of industry events. He has been involved with many organizations and has organized conferences and forums on domain registrations and hosting, Internet governance, and cybersecurity.

He has also participated in a number of educational events on Internet infrastructure and user data protection for small and medium businesses and students.

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.