Filiz Yilmaz

Name of nominee
Filiz Yilmaz

Nominee's country of residence
The Netherlands

Nominee's organisation or employer

Nominee's email address:
koalafil [at] gmail [dot] com

Name of nominating individual
Hervé Clément

Nominator's organisation or employer

Motivation for nomination:
Filiz has an impressive experience in the Internet community at large.

She has worked at the RIPE NCC from 2001 to 2010, where she had the responsibility of the formal RIPE Policy Development Process.

She then held the position of Senior Director at ICANN, and after that was Director of Network Operations at Akamai Technologies.

She has been part of the ASO AC since Oct. 2013, Vice Chair between 2014-2016 and Chair in 2017. Having worked with Filiz within the ASO AC for one year and a half, I can attest of her perfect Internet governance knowledge and remarkable thoroughness.  

Furthermore, Filiz is member of the IANA Review Committee and was member of the RIPE Meeting Programme Committee.

Biographical information:
Filiz Yilmaz is currently running her own firm, a boutique consultancy with a mission to work for the good of the Internet, mainly focusing on relationship management, partnership and business development, event and training organization, Internet infrastructure resource management, Internet policy and telecom regulation. Among her current clients are Asteroid International, a highly automated and cost-effective Managed IXP solution helping local traffic exchanges and PeeringDB, a not-for-profit organisation providing a freely available user-maintained database of networks and the go-to location for interconnection data, which is a fully community-driven initiative, run and promoted by volunteers.

Previously, from 2014-2018, she held the positions of Director of Network Operations and Sr Manager Network Strategy EMEA at Akamai Technologies. In this capacity, she was responsible of the EMEA Infrastructure budget, scaling work cycle processes and KPIs, operational excellence, increasing efficiency and reducing the cost of Akamai production line of building capacity. During her initial years at Akamai, she managed relationships with interconnection, peering and Transit partners in EMEA, increasing Akamai capacity and footprint across the region.

Between 2010-2013, she held the position of Senior Director, Participation and Engagement at ICANN. Her responsibilities included, restructuring the ICANN Public Comment Period and Policy Development Processes, developing the ICANN Newcomers Programme, introduction of a Leadership Programme for the training and adequate on-boarding of new Board members and Community Leaders of ICANN, overall responsibility of the remote participation tools and channels enabling live participation to public ICANN events and liaison and consensus building between ICANN Board, Staff and Community.

From 2001 to 2010, Filiz worked at the RIPE NCC. She most recently held the position of Policy Development Officer, where she worked in development of the formal RIPE Policy Development Process, helping community members in drafting policy and position papers, introduced and managed the production of Impact Analysis reports, provided liaison and conflict resolution between Community, Board and Staff and representing RIPE NCC in various fora and industry events.

At the RIPE NCC, she initially held positions at the Registration Services Department, working actively on Internet number resource management, and delivering training courses on Internet number resource policy, DNSSEC and Routing Registry. This position was the start of her involvement in the critical Internet resource management, routing and peering and helped her tremendously in growing her understanding of the issues surrounding them from various aspects including policy, strategic and operational matters.

Filiz started her career in the Internet industry in 1996 in Turkey at the Middle East Technical University Computer Center – the institution that played a key role in bringing the Internet to Turkey. She managed the development of a university-wide net ethics program and led the development of training courses on newly-introduced Internet technology and applications for both the university community and civil servants in the city of Ankara, in co-operation with management of the governmental offices.

Filiz continues to stay active in Internet communities as a volunteer. Some of her recent roles, engagement, special appointments and recognition are listed below:

  • Member of Council and Chairperson, ICANN ASO AC/NRO NC
  • Member of IANA Review Committee
  • Guest Colloquia lecturer at System & Network Engineering Programme, University of Amsterdam
  • Member of Ethics Committee at System & Network Engineering Programme, University of Amsterdam
  • Former Member of United Nations Multistakeholder Advisory Group of the Internet Governance Forum
  • Former RIPE Meeting Programme Committee Member
  • Participant of various NOGs and fora (RIPE, NLNOG, ISOC, NANOG)
  • Founding Member of Internet Society Turkey Chapter during its Formation

Filiz holds a MSc Degree in Cognitive Science and a BSc in Mathematics from Middle East Technical University (METU).