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Selection Committee

The selection committee for the RIPE NCC Community Projects Fund is comprised of five volunteers from the RIPE community and a member of the RIPE NCC Executive Board. Each member of the committee has committed to serving a minimum term of one year (and a maximum of three) to ensure continuity.

Current Members

The current members of the selection committee are:

Biographies

Jaya Baloo

Jaya Baloo, currently Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Avast Software has worked in the cybersecurity area for nearly 20 years is also one of the top 100 Chief Information Security Officers (CISO) in the world. She was the CISO of KPN for seven years before joining Avast. She is a faculty member of Singularity University and a member of various infosec boards. Jaya is also the quantum ambassador of KPN Telecom and a Vice Chair of the Quantum Flagship Strategic Advisory Board of the EU Commission.

 

Bert Hubert

 In a CPF proposal, I am looking for things that would otherwise not happen - either because there is no obvious business model, or because individuals who would benefit from it are not in a position to fund the developer or do the development.  The goal is to find things that can actually improve the world (likely through the Internet) that have a decent chance of succeeding because of a CPF grant. 

Bert is the founder of PowerDNS, software that powers a significant fraction of the Internet. In addition to this, Bert co-founded a joint-venture with the well-known security company Fox-IT. In between these, he spent several years working for the Dutch government on cyber and national security. After selling both companies, Bert spent 18 months doing DNA research at TU Delft, leading to a publication in a major science journal. These days, he focuses on open standards, decentralized communications, Internet measurements and research (mostly DNA and GNSS).

Flavio Luciani

 Don't expect the community to let you know what it can do for you, let them know what YOU can do for the community. 

Flavio Luciani was born in Rome in 1981 and earned a Master's in Computer Engineering from the Roma 3 University in 2006. He has been working with Namex since 2008 and since then he has supervised the technical and infrastructural development of the exchange point, first as a member of the technical staff and then, starting from March 2020, serving as Chief Technology Officer. He was one of the Internet Society MANRS Ambassadors in 2020 and is currently member of EURO-IX FPC.

 
 

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 was involved with all aspects  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.

Samaneh Tajalizadehkhoob

 

 "The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he is one who asks the right questions" - Claude Levi-Strauss. In assessing a CPF proposal, I will keep an open mind to not lose sight of those so-called 'loonshots' whose innovative ideas would otherwise be discarded since they are proposed too early. 

Samaneh Tajalizadehkhoob holds a PhD in intersection between web security, policy and mathematical analysis from Delft University of Technology.  She has more than seven years of experience working in the interdisciplinary area of cybersecurity and the human factor. Previously, she collaborated with multiple academic institutions and security industry partners in areas related to vulnerability measurement, patch management, statistical modeling of security incidents, incident predictions as well as economics of online banking fraud.

Currently, Samaneh is a Lead Security, Stability & Resilience specialist at ICANN’s Office of CTO where she carries out and leads research related to DNS security and policy and translates operational security problems from the ICANN community to potential ares of research. Additionally, Samaneh sits on the program committee of multiple academic and industry conferences. As a part of her career goal, she mentors and supports women worldwide who would like to pursue a career in cybersecurity and she is one of the mentors in the ITU’s Women in Cyber Mentorship Program.

Samaneh has been active in the RIPE and IETF community for the past eight years and she regularly participates in discussions related to DNS abuse and security.

 

Tim Wattenberg

 Besides the obvious requirements of having an innovative, experimental, or even 'a little crazy' idea, which is presented in a conclusive way and planned with a realistic budget, I especially appreciate project proposals that have a clear strategy for communicating their vision, progress, and achievements and whose team composition strengthens the diversity of our community. 

Tim Wattenberg received a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf in 2018 and is currently enrolled in the Master's program at RWTH Aachen University. He became part of the RIPE community through the RIPE Academic Cooperation Initiative (RACI) and has attended and presented on several meetings since. Being also active in the standards processes of the IETF and with a professional background as a software consultant for interconnection businesses, Tim closely follows innovations and developments in the network world.