WG Chair Biographies

Connect WG : WG Chair Biographies

Florence Lavroff

My journey in the Internet industry and networking started in 2005 at Cable and Wireless in a technical support and NOC environment.

From 2009, I specialised in Content Delivery whilst having the privilege to work for companies, such as Akamai and Google, which made the Internet as it is today.

In my current position as a Peering Manager at Google, I deal with content delivery optimisation, develop strategic partnerships, and negotiate peering agreements with ISPs and Internet Exchanges of my region of expertise, i.e EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa).

As a firm believer of the impact of community work and mentoring, I have been part of the RIPE community since 2010 and Co-chair of the Connect Working Group since 2014.

Will van Gulik

My interest in the Internet started around 1993 when I was connecting to remote machines across the world using telnet from my school, without exactly knowing how that was possible. In 1995, I went online by myself using a dial-up connection.

In 2001, I worked as a support clerk and then systems administrator; positions that would bring me closer to those details.

In 2007, I reached the DFZ and started exploring the marvels of BGP and peering as part of my daily job.

I started attending RIPE Meetings in 2014, got my own ASN in 2015 and started an IXP in 2017. I currently work for Saitis Networks, a FTTH/B network in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Remco van Mook

Remco van Mook is the CEO of Asteroid International BV. He was previously director of interconnection at Equinix, where he looked after the company's global interconnection strategy as well as the company's Internet Exchanges. As part of that position, he got involved with all sides of the company - from datacenter engineering and network architecture to marketing and corporate development.

He was CTO of NDIX, responsible for architecture and technical strategy, from 2000 until 2009. NDIX was the first Internet Exchange spanning across an international border, with the intention to promote regional development. NDIX has evolved into an exchange platform connecting a diverse range of companies across a multitude of cities in the Netherlands and the states of Nordrhein/Westfalen and Niedersachsen in Germany.

During that same time, he was founder and manager of Virtu, a Dutch datacenter company that got accolades for being one of the fastest growing technology companies in the Netherlands for three consecutive years. After he sold Virtu to Equinix in 2008, he was country manager for Equinix in the Netherlands for the remainder of that year.

Previously an active contributor to EURO-IX, he involves himself mostly with network design challenges, the European datacenter market and regulatory affairs. He is co-author of a few RFCs, including RFC 5452, to upgrade the security of current DNS (non-DNSSEC) implementations against Kaminsky-style attacks and the widely used RFC 2322.

He is a regular speaker at conferences and RIPE Meetings and advisor to various government organisations on Internet-related affairs. He also currently serves as the co-chair of the Connect Working Group within the RIPE community and is a member of the RIPE NCC Executive Board.

When Remco is not sitting on a plane, attending conferences or taking over the world, he lives near Deventer, the Netherlands with his wife and two daughters.

LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/remcovm/