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WG Chair Biographies

DNS WG Chair Biographies

Dave Knight

Dave Knight is an Architect at Neustar, a role he has held since January 2018. He is also Principal Undulator at Snake Hill Labs Inc since 2014. Dave has previously been an Architect at Dyn, DNS Operations Manager at ICANN, Director of Resolution Services at Afilias, and has held various operations engineering roles at Internet Systems Consortium and the RIPE NCC.

He has participated in RIPE since joining the RIPE NCC in 1999. There he began a career-long fascination with DNS, particularly around infrastructure and operations. He has made significant expansions to the deployments of three root nameservers, worked on the anycast edge nameserver and DNSSEC signing infrastructure for .ORG and was a member of the project team tasked with deploying DNSSEC in the Internet root zone.

Dave has been a co-chair of the DNS Working Group since 2015, has twice served on the board of directors of DNS OARC and was a member of the DNS OARC Program Committee for two years.

Originally from Scotland, Dave has lived in The Netherlands, California and since 2007 with his family and altogether too many cats in Ontario.

João Luis Silva Damas

João is currently working as a Senior Researcher at APNIC.

Previously, he has worked at ISC (Internet Systems Consortium) as Chief Technology Officer overseeing technical developments. Before that, he served as Chief Technology Officer at the RIPE NCC and later founded a consulting and research company, Bond Internet Systems. He also co-founded a DNS startup, Hivecast, which was acquired by Dyn Inc.

He has organised the RIPE plenary programme for around 7 years and launched the current RIPE Programme Committee.

In 2008, together with colleagues, João launched ESNOG to bring together Spanish ISP's to interact with each other, an activity that continues to this day.

Shane Kerr

Shane Kerr is a DNS Software Developer at NS1.

He started his involvement with Internet organisations when he worked at ARIN as a Software Engineer. While there he helped implement ARIN’s first IPv6 registry. Since then he moved to the RIPE NCC, working on the RIPE Database and eventually managed the RIPE NCC Software Engineering department. Shane joined ISC, best known for making the BIND DNS server, working on the ISC team that added DHCPv6 support to the ISC DHCP server. He led on the BIND 10 project at ISC, also spending time as the Director of DNS Software. He helped build the software for Dyn’s Hivecast system. He acted as the Chief Architect at BII Labs, working on researching alternate models for DNS root server deployment, DNS standards, and Open Source DNS Software development. After a brief stint working on the DNS for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, he started working as a Software Developer at NS1, an innovative DNS company delivering both managed DNS and DDI.

Shane served as a RIPE IPv6 Working Group co-chair for several years, was on the RIPE Programme Committee for two terms, and is currently one of the RIPE DNS Working Group co-chairs. Outside of RIPE, he has also served on the DNS OARC Program Committee and the PeeringDB Product Committee.

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