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RIPE Programme Committee Biographies


Osama I. Al-Dosary – MENOG Representative

Osama I Al-Dosary

Osama, formally a Consultant at Cisco Systems, is currently an Independent ICT Consultant. He also serves as the Chair of the Middle East Network Operators Group (MENOG), which is a volunteering group dedicated to the education and raising awareness of Internet best practices. Additionally he serves in the RIPE Program Committee. He has a Master's degree in Computer Networks from the University of Southern California. He has over 14 years of industry experience across various roles in the field of Computer Networking and Communications.

The roles he has undertaken during his career have ranged from Business Development; Research and Development; Network Engineering and Administration; System Administration; Service Provider Network Operations and Network Planning; to Technical Marketing.

Osama is also affiliated with many industry institutes and associations such as the IEEE (Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers); ISOC (Internet Society); APIA (Asia Pacific Internet Association); COMPSOC (Computer Society); SANOF (Saudi Arabian Network Operators Forum)

Leslie Carr

Leslie Carr

Leslie Carr is currently an engineer specialising in automation at Cumulus Networks. She was previously on the production side of the world at many large websites, such as Google, Craigslist, and Wikimedia. She is a lover and user of Open Source and automation, and she dreams of robots taking over all of our jobs one day.

Cristian Copcea

Cristian Copcea

Cristian is a former aircraft engineer who also worked for several years as a specialist interpreter for NATO. He started working in the IT&C private sector in 1998, following his resignation from the Air Force. After occupying several positions in companies in Romania and France as a software developer, he now operates his own telecom company in Bucharest. Working for a better Internet, through his roles as Interlan VP and Euro-IX board member, is a very important aspect of Cristian's professional life.

Cristian holds MCSE and CCNA certifications and teaches Linux classes for a private academy. In his free time he designs and writes firmware for electronic automata powered by Atmel Micro-controllers, most of which are returned to the community as fully-documented Open Source projects.

Mike Hughes

Mike HughesMike is a freelance consultant with over 15 years of industry experience, specialising in areas of multi-stakeholder relations, peering and interconnect, and technical evangelism.

Despite having a degree which has nothing to do with computing, Mike's technical skills were forged in the fires of dial-up ISP tech support and network ops in the mid- to late-1990s, having to do mighty hacks to make things work, and the power of asking someone to /"Reboot and if it
still doesn't work, phone back"/.

Mike also serves on the Board of Directors and Programme Committee of UKNOF, and is Chair of the Board of Trustees of University of Greenwich Student's Union.

Shane Kerr - PC Vice Chair

Shane KerrShane Kerr is the Chief Architect at the BII (Beijing Internet Institute) Lab.

Shane started his involvement with Internet organisations when he worked at ARIN as a Software Engineer. While there, he helped to implement ARIN's first IPv6 registry. Shane then moved to the RIPE NCC, where he began working on the RIPE Database and eventually managed the RIPE NCC Software Engineering Department. Following this, Shane joined ISC – best known for making the BIND DNS server – to work on the team that added DHCPv6 support to the ISC DHCP server. He led the BIND 10 project at ISC, spent time as the Director of DNS Software and helped build the software for Dyn's Hivecast system.

In his current role at the BII Lab, Shane works on researching alternate models for DNS root server deployment, DNS standards and Open Source DNS software development.

Shane served as a RIPE IPv6 Working Group co-chair for several years and has been on the RIPE Programme Committee for the past four meetings.

Sergey Myasoedov – ENOG Representative

Sergey Myasoedov

Sergey Myasoedov is an independent consultant. His areas of interest are the new key Internet technologies, especially DNSSEC and IPv6.

Sergey has been active in the RIPE community since the RIPE 56 Meeting. He also serves the regional community as vice-chair of the ENOG Programme Committee.

Before starting his own company in 2007, he worked as a NOC Engineer and Chief of the NOC Department in Russian telecommunication companies. He graduated from Saint Petersburg State Technological University in Russia.

Brian Nisbet – RIPE Working Group Chair Representative

Brian NisbetBrian 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.

Benno Overeinder - PC Chair

Benno Overeinder

Benno Overeinder is a Senior Research Engineer at NLnet Labs. NLnet Labs is a non-profit research lab whose mission is to build a bridge between academic results and practical deployment of new technology in our networks. As a research engineer, Benno is particularly interested how results from research have practical and operational implications on how we run our networks.

Before joining NLnet Labs in 2007, Benno obtained his MSc. and PhD. in Computer Science from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Until 2001, he was a researcher at the University of Amsterdam, and from 2001 to 2007, he worked as an assistant professor at the VU University Amsterdam. His topics of interest were parallel & distributed computing, run-time support and middleware systems, grid computing and resource management, intelligent autonomous systems and autonomic computing.

At NLnet Labs, Benno's topics of interest are inter-domain routing (BGP dynamics, stability, and scalability - measurement and analysis), routing control plane configuration and management, inter-domain routing security, IPv6 deployment, and Internet measurements at large. He is also active in a number of IETF working groups.

Marcus Stoegbauer

Marcus Stoegbauer

Marcus is a network architect and CEO at GmbH which operates a small regional research and education network in Germany.

He is also active in the networking community and, as one of the main organisers, helps to arrange meetings of the German network operators group, DENOG.

Meredith Whittaker

Meredith Whittaker

Meredith Whittaker is a Program Manager at Google Research. She works on open source initiatives relating to reproducible network measurement, useable security and privacy technologies, and auditing, nurturing, and maintaining critical infrastructure.

She graduated from UC Berkeley and learned most of what she does by doing it.

She lives and works in New York.

Filiz Yilmaz

Filiz Yilmaz

Filiz Yilmaz is currently Network Strategy Senior Manager at Akamai Technologies, responsible for Akamai strategy towards network partners in EMEA.

She previously held the position of Senior Director, Participation and Engagement at ICANN, where she developed engagement, participation and outreach programs and strategies to bring new participants into the ICANN Community and increase the participation and engagement level of all stakeholders within the multi-stakeholder environment of ICANN.

From 2001 to 2010, Filiz worked at the RIPE NCC – a Regional Internet Registry based in Amsterdam – where she initially held positions in Internet number resource registration and management, and delivering training courses on Internet number resource policy, DNSSEC and Routing Registry. Filiz later acted as Policy Development Manager, where she continued working with the RIPE community in policy development, documentation of the proposal and policies, analysing and tracking policy proposals, and supporting policy implementation internally within the RIPE NCC itself.

After receiving her BSc Degree in Mathematics in 1996, Filiz worked at the Middle East Technical University Computer Center – the institution that played a key role in bringing Internet access and IT services to Turkey. She managed the development of a university-wide net ethics program and led training courses on newly-introduced UNIX and Internet 

On moving to the Informatics Institute, she took part in research projects and, in 2001, received her MSc Degree in Cognitive Science. Her thesis – A Computational Analysis of Information Structure in Turkish – was recognized as Thesis of the Year. She is still participating in TRNOG and is among the leading team to establish an ISOC Chapter in Turkey.

Jan Žorž

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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