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Milad Afshari

Term ends: RIPE 86

Milad Afshari is from Iran and has a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Systems Networking. He has over 8 years' experience in the network engineering field and has been working for ISPs in Iran. Currently, he works for one of the mobile network operators MTN-Irancell as an Enterprise Network Solutions Development Engineer. Furthermore, he has also worked as a network/technical consultant for ISPs and LIRs.

In the last few years, Milad has taken part in many activities in RIPE and RIPE NCC related fields to further his knowledge and share this with companies and colleagues in his own country. He has participated in RIPE Meetings as well MENOG and ENOG regional meetings. Additionally, he received accreditation as an IPv6 trainer through RIPE NCC's Train the Trainer programme in the Middle East.

Milad is also a member of PC teams in different communities, for instance, he is the co-founder and have been a PC member of IRNOG for 5 years and been a member of the MENOG PC team for more than 3 years.

Further information regarding his job experiences and skills are available on his LinkedIn profile.


Alexander Azimov

Term ends: RIPE 87

Alexander Azimov is a Network Expert for Yandex, where he focuses on the network monitoring, routing security and transport layer architecture.

Alexander also has an active role in the IETF where he co-authors several Internet-Drafts.


Mohamad Boroumand

Term ends: RIPE 85

Mohamad has more than 15 years of experience in the Telecommunications industry and the Internet.

He has a Master of Information Technology Management from the Olom Tahghighat University in Tehran and is now studying to get an Executive DBA at the Industrial Management Institute School of Business.

During his studies, he founded Didehbannet which is now a nation-wide ISP in Iran. Mohammad was Didehbanet’s Managing Director and Board Member for 15 years.

His other professional experiences include:

  • Banian Tose Ertebatat (Network Infrastructure) – Board of Directors Member, since 2019
  • Damedasti (online store and Cloud service) – co-founder of, since 2020
  • Pishgaman Diar kariman (ISP) – Board of Directors Member, 2014-2016
  • Information Technology Guild Organization, Board Member, 2011-2015

More information can be found on his LinkedIn profile.


Fernando García

Term ends: RIPE 85

Fernando García is a professional with more than 40 years of experience in computing and communications, first as a programmer and later as a network engineer. His first steps in communications were using the UUCP communications program with a 1200 baud modem. He founded one of the first ISPs in Spain and later, when the business for small ISPs disappeared under pressure from the local incumbent telco, he joined a VAR where he founded the Internet Development Team, dedicated to helping large companies (banks, utility companies, etc.) to support their Internet presence implementation.

Now he's part of Telefonica Digital de España, a subsidiary of the Telefonica global operator, where he's part of the SRE team that supports the development and production departments of the company. He is a long-standing member of the RIPE community, his first meeting was RIPE 30, and he been an active participant. For a few years, he ran measurements on the deployment of IPv6 along with his colleague, Juan Pedro Cerezo, and presented them at RIPE meetings (i.e. RIPE 56).

He's also one of the founders and the president of ESNOG (the Spanish Network Operators Group), which like many others NOGs, works to disseminate technical information through meetings, mailing lists, etc. He's passionate about technology and specifically about the future of the Internet itself as a free, decentralised network.


Dmitry Kohmanyuk

Term ends: RIPE 87

Dmitry Kohmanyuk graduated in 1992 from the Cybernetics Department of Kiev Taras Shevchenko University in Kiev (then Soviet Union, presently Ukraine), receiving a Masters Degree with honors.

He now resides in Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine and works as Chief of Strategy of Hostmaster Ltd, the registry for the .UA domain. He actively participates in the Internet community, attending local, regional and international forums, including RIPE, CENTR, ICANN, IGF and other meetings.

Dmitry speaks Ukrainian, Russian, and English (with a small set of Dutch words if needed.)

Dmitry has direct operational experience with networked Unix systems and router equipment, co-founding and running one of first Ukrainian ISPs back in 1991 (Communication Systems). His work included several technology start-up companies in the United States in the role of systems administrator, developer support and operations. He can write code and shell scripts, was a co-author of RFC 2319 and participated in the Ukrainian Unix Users Group.

He has been directly involved with Ukrainian ccTLD registration and operation since 1996, in both non-commerical and commerical forms, and continuously represented ccTLD with IANA. He sits on the board of Hostmaster. In the last two years, the local policy development process has restarted, community service has improved, IDNs have launched and operational migration to IPv6 was completed, as well as DNSSEC launch in March 2012.

Non-profit work includes IPv6 as well as DNSSEC promotion in the region, participating in UA-IX as a member of the technical committee and speaking with press to communicate about Internet technology, security and privacy issues. Two IGF-UA forums in Ukraine in 2010 and 2011 were organised with support from Dmitry and Hostmaster.


Franziska Lichtblau - PC Chair

Term ends: RIPE 86

Franziska is working on her PhD in the field of Internet Measurement at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken (formerly at TU Berlin). Her main focus is on inter-domain traffic measurements, IXPs, security and Internet infrastructure. 

She has a background as system administrator and is active in the free software community.


Brian Nisbet – PC Vice Chair, RIPE Working Group Chair Representative

Brian Nisbet is the RIPE Working Group Chairs representative on the RIPE Programme Committee. He has been active in the RIPE community since RIPE 48 and he currently co-chairs the Anti-Abuse Working Group. His day job is Network Operations Manager for HEAnet, the Irish NREN, where he mostly makes sure the packets are flowing in the right direction.


Khalid Samara - MENOG Representative

Khalid is a telecommunications and ISP expert with extensive experience in Internet, mobile, engineering and security technologies. He has acquired over a decade of experience in network planning, operations management, security and telecommunications policy development.

Khalid currently serves as PC Chair of the Middle East Network Operators Group (MENOG), an international forum dedicated to elevating communication and awareness about Internet best practices. Having been actively involved in providing consultation and advice to ISPs in the Middle East and Arab region, Khalid concentrates specifically on network strategies, design, Internet technology, and operations, as well as configuration and training. He has played a major role in training Middle East ISP and network engineers through MENOG roadshows and conferences.

Khalid is based in Jordan. Prior to his current role with ORANGE Telecom in the field of information security, he worked extensively with several regional and international telecom/ISP operators and has come to be considered a well-known face in the Internet industry in the Middle East.


Massimiliano Stucchi

Term ends: RIPE 88

Massimiliano “Max” Stucchi joined the Internet Society in 2019 as Technical Advisor for the European Bureau. His previous experiences are as a trainer and IPv6 Programme Manager at the RIPE NCC, and before that he was the founder and technical director of a small Internet Service Provider and Wireless Internet Service Provider in Northern Italy.

Max is a long time Unix fellow, with a specific love for FreeBSD and OpenBSD, which he’s been using for around 20 years now. His interest also cover BGP, Routing Security, DNS and of course, IPv6. If possible, he tries to contribute to the development of these technologies by participating in the IETF.

In his past, Max used to be an official football referee for the Italian Football Federation, but he quit when he moved to the Netherlands for work. Now, when he’s not in front of a keyboard, you can find him trying to get back in shape by running or racing remotely controlled cars.

Max speaks Italian, English, French, and is trying to improve his German.

He is based near Zurich, Switzerland.


Wolfgang Tremmel

Term ends: RIPE 88

After completing his degree at Karlsruhe University, Wolfgang started working as a network engineer in 1994. He went on to become head of network operations and peering manager at a range of ISPs.

In 2006, Wolfgang joined DE-CIX as Director Customer Support, a position he held for ten years. Since 2016, Wolfgang has been head of the DE-CIX Academy, making sure customers understand how BGP and other routing protocols work.


Jan Žorž - PC Vice Chair, SEE Representative

Jan ŽoržJan Žorž started his professional career in the RS-232/VAX VMS world in 1992 and continued through Novell and Windows environments all the way to Solaris and other UNIX derivatives that represent the native environment for the majority of his projects.

Jan is one of the pioneers of SiOL, the Slovenian national ISP, and has been involved in the organisation from the beginning. Among other activities, he began experimenting in 1997 with Internet streaming multimedia content. Based on these experiments, he successfully accomplished projects such as “Dhaulagiri ’99 Live” (an Internet multimedia transmission of Tomaz Humar’s solo climb of the south wall of Dhaulagiri (called Death Zone) in the Himalayas), “Ski Everest Live 2000″ (an Internet live-video transmission and monitoring of extreme skiing from the summit of Mt. Everest by Davo Karnicar) and other similar projects. Together with two other members of team “Dhaulagiri ’99 Live”, Jan received a media award/statue “Victor” for special achievement.

For the last seven years, Jan has been working as a consultant in the IT field, specialising in IPv6. He co-founded the Go6 Institute (not-for-profit), a Slovenian IPv6 initiative whose main objective is to raise IPv6 awareness in Slovenia and alert the community to the fact that we are approaching extensive changes on the Internet.

Due to the Go6 Institute, Slovenia is currently leading the EU as the country most prepared for IPv6 (according to the RIPE NCC’s IPv6 RIPEness study). Jan has been invited to present around the world on his work, the model of the Go6 platform, and IPv6 awareness raising and deployment at the national level. These speaking engagements have included conferences such as many RIPE Meetings and the Google IPv6 Implementors Conference 2010, Internet Governance Forum meetings, World IPv6 Congresses in Paris and London as well as national forums in Germany, Greece, Norway, Macedonia and many others.

Jan is also primary co-author of very successful procurement (specification) paper, published as an official RIPE Best Current Practice document RIPE-501, entitled “Requirements For IPv6 in ICT Equipment”. This document is translated into more than 10 languages and is used around the world by enterprises and governments when requesting IPv6 in ICT equipment purchases. RIPE-501 was recently replaced by RIPE-554, also co-authored by Merike Kaeo and Sander Steffann.

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