Administrative Group

Dr. Ajay Data

Chair / Dr. Ajay Data

Dr. Ajay Data is an award winner techno commercial Founder & CEO of multiple technology companies. He always puts people first, believes in long term relationships with team mates. He does not believe in employee employer relationship, rather co-workers with a vision to achieve common goal. As a CEO of the 1000+ team members of the company, he has been driving initiatives to build a skilled and culturally-diverse global workforce. His innovation and execution of software products like BharatSync, XgenPlus, Spamjadoo, DATAMAIL has got users world over and won multiple patents. Making a modest start on April 18th 1999 as Rajasthan’s first private Internet Service Provider, the company rapidly expanded its line of businesses in the areas of e-Governance, Software Products, Turnkey IT Solutions and Mobile Technologies.

Recently Data Xgen Technologies got global recognition for bringing in first of its kind IDN email supporting email addresses in Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Cyrillic, Thai, Korean, Arabic plus 15 more languages. Dr. Data is Managing Director of Data Group of Industries with an annual business turnover of approx US $200 Million and sought after speaker and leader by young entrepreneurs for mentoring and guidance. Recently Govt. of Rajasthan also started linguistic email services to every citizen on the innovation and technology built under his leadership and guidance. Along with his wide ranging experience in these organizations, he is also leading the ICANN’s Neo Brahmi General Panel for generating LGR’s , EAI Coordinator in Universal Acceptance Group, Member of ISPCP Constituency and Expert Panel of RZ-LGR Application.

Vice Chair / Dusan Stojicevic

I am coming from Serbia, where I started to deal with IDN problems. During January, I sent the full report which pictures my years of work on Universal Acceptance. You can find it on the list, if this system can’t manage to link it. As a member of the UASG from the very beginning, also former Chairman of Cyrillic Generation Panel, l am aware that we are far away from the end of the road.

My plan, if I get elected, would cover more systematic way of addressing UA issues, creating precise definition of UA ready software and testing methods, systematic creation of documents for development of UA capabilities in web apps and other software as a continuation of work done so far, creation of systematic way for including and helping local societies to address problems in their countries or regions, clear and public budget, systematic reporting of UASG leadership and UA ambassadors, inclusion of missed major players like Apple to solve UA issues, constant help for registries and especially registrars in UA issues such as EAI. As you can see, RFCs are there, UASG should work further on their adoption and in more systematic way.”

Dusan Stojicevic
Mark Svancarek

Vice Chair / Mark Svancarek

Versatile and accomplished technology leader with expertise and success across the breadth of the computer and software industries. Excellent at building trust and bridging gaps when creating technical relationships between companies and teams. Equally adept coordinating engineering and business efforts. Unique ability to see the entire end to end experience, then find and fix problems “between the cracks”.

Vice Chair / Dennis Tan Tanaka

Dennis is a senior platform manager at Verisign. He is a long-time advocate of Universal Acceptance (his advocacy work includes W3C and IGF), and has contributed to various projects for the UASG in the past 4 years. As vice-chair, Dennis wants to build on the good work accomplished thus far, increase UA awareness and support readiness in the public sector and pledges to be a good steward of UASG’s resources.

Dennis Tan Tanaka

UASG Working Group Chairs

Communications Working Group

Rahul Gosain

Rahul Gosain / Chair, Communications Working Group

Rahul Gosain has worked in government and policy development for the last 25 years, and is currently the Director of the Internet Governance & Digital Payments Divisions of the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology of the Government of India.

An engineer by training, Rahul has a master’s degree in Business Administration and in Public Policy and Sustainable Development. He has been exposed to several of the world’s leading university training programs including ones organized by Yale University (School of Forestry and Environment Sciences), University of Texas at Austin (Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs), Brandeis University, Graduate School of Business at George Washington University, London School of Economics (summer program on “The Political Economy of Public Policy”), INSEAD, ICLIF, Cranfield University, the University of California at Berkeley, and more. Rahul is also a Chevening Cybersecurity Fellowship alumnus, and as part of the program was trained at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom at Shrivenham for a course on cybersecurity.

Rahul has represented the Government of India on the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) at ICANN, as well as the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) for the last four years. Rahul is also Chair of the GAC Working Group on UA and IDNs.

Lilian Ivette De Luque Bruges / Vice Chair, Communications Working Group

For over 12 years, Lilian Ivette De Luque Bruges has worked on digital inclusion with the Colombian government and civil society in an effort to raise the quality of life for indigenous and vulnerable populations in the north of Colombia through Information Technology (IT). She is a journalist and social communicator specializing in IT. She currently works as a CIO in a municipality on the north coast of Colombia, and is a founding partner of a computer security company in the city of Bogotá.

Lilian actively participates at ICANN Public Meetings as a fellow and is involved with LACRALO as a representative of ALS Ageia Colombia, and serves as the chair of its communications working group. She is also the regional vice chair of the At-Large Social Media Working Group and is a member of several other At-Large working groups and ISOC chapters.

Lilian Ivette De Luque Bruges

EAI Working Group

Mark Svancarek

Mark Svancarek / Chair, EAI Working Group

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T. Santhosh / Vice Chair, EAI Working Group

T. Santhosh is the Senior Scientist at the Ministry of Electronics & IT, Government of India, New Delhi, and is responsible for policy formulation, implementation, and matters pertaining to Internet governance and IT for the masses. He has over 24 years of experience in policy planning and in the conceptualization and implementation of IT projects.

He currently manages various projects related to Internet technologies in India (policy and technology) and IT for the masses, which benefits disadvantaged people in India. He is also the additional Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Representative from India at ICANN.

T. Santhosh

UA Local Initiatives Working Group

Dr. Ajay Data

Dr. Ajay Data / Chair, UA Local Initiatives Working Group

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Sarika Gulyani / Chair, UA Local Initiative – India

Sarika Gulyani is the Director and Head of ICT & Digital Economy and FICCI-Indian Language Technology Alliance departments at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). Sarika has more than 15 years of experience in regulatory affairs, public affairs, and policy advocacy of the telecom, information communications technology, and digital economy sectors. Her specific areas of focus and expertise include Indic Internet, language technologies, Internet governance, M2M, AI, IOT, mobile technologies, broadband infrastructure, and enterprise IT. She has launched various international intellectual conferences and seminars like Bhashantara, Big Data Conclave, Emerging Technologies Conclave, India Internet Governance Conference, India Telecom series, Digital Bharat, i-Bharat, and has been instrumental in increasing the penetration of ICT in India.

Sarika works closely with government departments, industry associations, international agencies, and global ICT associations on policy issues as well as the overall growth of the ICT, digital economy, and Indic Internet. She also represents FICCI at various national and international forums. An electronics and communications engineer, Ms. Sarika Gulyani also holds a master’s degree in International Business from the University of Delhi.

Sarika Gulyani
Maria Kolesnikova

Maria Kolesnikova / Chair, UA Local Initiative – CIS-EE

Maria Kolesnikova lives in Russia and has worked for the Coordination Center for TLD .RU/.РФ as Head of Marketing, External Relations and Projects since 2007. Maria has a wide range of experience in information technologies, working in IT for 20 years. She is also an individual member of EURALO.

In 2007, Maria was involved in the IDN Program as an administrator of Cyrillic IDN wiki page “пример.испытание”. During 2008-2009, she participated in the Fast Track Process for delegation of the Cyrillic IDN ccTLD .РФ (Russian Federation). From 2012-2013 during the first round of New gTLD Program, she worked on applications for several gTLDs, including IDN gTLDs.

Since 2007, Maria has been involved with the ccNSO, CENTR, UASG, and local working groups, and has served in organizing and program committees of global and regional meetings hosted by ICANN, CENTR, APTLD, and IGF. She has also organized regional and local Internet industry and Internet governance events in Russia and Eastern Europe.

Wei Pei / Chair, UA Local Initiative – China

Ms. Wei Pei is a senior engineer and the head of the China UA Local Initiative. She is currently the Deputy Secretary-General of the Internet Society of China and has extensive experience in the Internet industry.

Wei Pei
Photchanan Ratanajaipan

Photchanan Ratanajaipan / Chair, UA Local Initiative – Thailand

Photchanan Ratanajaipan is an executive director at the Thai Network Information Center (THNIC) Foundation, which serves as a center to develop, promote, and facilitate Internet usage in Thailand, especially the use of the .th (dot Th) and .ไทย (dot Thai) country code top-level domains (ccTLDs). As a representative for THNIC, she has engaged in events organized by ICANN, the Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association (APTLD), and the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), and has coordinated hosting of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and APNIC locally. Since 2018, Photchanan has contributed to UA projects and actively worked to promote UA awareness and readiness to the public and technical community. Photchanan received degrees in Computer Science and has experience in various Information Technology (IT) fields.

Measurement Working Group

Dennis Tan Tanaka

Dennis Tan Tanaka / Chair, Measurement Working Group

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Technology Working Group

Satish Babu

Satish Babu / Chair, Technology Working Group

Satish Babu is the Chair of the Asian, Australasian and Pacific Islands Regional At-Large Organization (APRALO) of ICANN At-Large and has been an Internet user since 1993. He has been actively involved in ICANN’s IDN program since 2015, and has served two terms on the ICANN Nominating Committee. He continues to participate in organizational and policy work as part of ICANN At-Large.

Satish is also an active volunteer of the Internet Society and IEEE, and was the national President of the Computer Society of India. At his day job, he is the founder and President of InApp Infotech, an IT Services company with presence in the U.S., Japan, and India.

Dessalegn Yehuala / Vice Chair, Technology Working Group

Dessalegn Yehuala is an IDN, DNS, Security, and Data enthusiast. He currently works for the Computer Science Department at the Addis Ababa University as a lecturer and researcher. Yehuala also has extensive experience in Information Technologies as a practitioner, educator, and researcher. He has been the recipient of several fellowships in three separate but complementary standard and regulatory premiers in the Internet governance sphere (IETF, IEEE, and ICANN).

Yehuala was the chair of the Ethiopic Script Generation Panel tasked with the development of Label Generation Rules for Ethiopic Script for the Root Zone, and enabled eight local languages that use Ethiopic script in their writing systems to be added into the IDN space. He was also a member of the study group in charge of developing a framework for the technical utilization of root zone LGRs, and is a member of the RSSAC caucus.

Dessalegn Yehuala

UA Ambassadors Working Group

Dusan Stojicevic

Dusan Stojicevic / Chair, UA Ambassadors Working Group

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UA Ambassadors

Cengiz Acarturk

Cengiz Acarturk

Based in Turkey, Cengiz Acarturk conducts research in cognitive science and human factors in cyber security. Acarturk has been involved in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) as a user, researcher, and developer. A strong supporter of Universal Acceptance (UA), he aims to contribute as an Ambassador by identifying and providing solutions that can help overcome societal and technological challenges related to UA. He also aims to run applied research on various states of UA readiness.

Malick Alassane

Malick Alassane is an IT Security Analyst based in Benin. Malick has extensive work experience in the domain name industry, web development, Internet network measurement, and Internet security, and continues to conduct research in these fields. He also devotes a large amount of his time as a volunteer, working to promote a more open and secure Internet. To achieve a truly inclusive Internet Universal Acceptance must be achieved which is why he is passionate about being a UA Ambassador.

Malick Alassane
Harish Chowdhary

Harish Chowdhary

Delhi based, Harish has been an active advocate for Universal Acceptance within India and more globally through his participation in the IETF and the IGFs. His ‘day job’ as a technology analyst with the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) – Delhi for Ministry of Electronics & IT, Internet Governance Structured Implementation Module (IGSIM), Government of India, puts him in a good position to advocate Universal Acceptance in one of the UASG’s target geographies.

Mark W. Datysgeld

Mark is based in Brazil and became involved in Universal Acceptance to focus on producing evidence-based research and bringing his International Relations expertise to the project. He coordinated the first study that looked into UA Readiness in the LAC region and proceeded to do the same with the global research on the theme. Mark is a consultant acting under the Governance Primer brand who provides advice and support for the private sector’s participation in Internet Governance, dedicated to creating new partnerships and engaging in innovative projects.

Mark William Datysgeld
Mark Elkins

Mark Elkins

Mark Elkins lives in South Africa and first helped create the CO.ZA top-level domain (TLD) in 1995. No longer involved in everyday CO.ZA matters, he runs his own ISP, teaches classes on the DNS, enjoys DNSSEC, and is a member of the DNSSEC ICANN Workshop committee. He was also an AfriNIC Board Member for six years and a key member of the ICANN DNS Study for Africa.

Although no domain names under .ZA currently support Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs), Elkins has always been interested in Universal Acceptance (UA) and has included the topic in his discussions at ICANN Public Meetings since ICANN48.

Abdalmonem Galila

Based in Cairo, Abdalmonem Galila is the Deputy Manager of the مصر Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) country-code top-level domain (ccTLD) of Egypt. He’s also a strong supporter of Universal Acceptance as well as the use of the Arabic Script in the Internet generally. In his spare time he’s working to build a completely open source Arabic Script based email eco-system.

Abdalmonem Galila
Ashish Modi

John Levine

John is a well-established technical expert in Email Address Internationalisation (EAI) enhancements to the email technical protocols. John is also on the board of ISOC, on the ICANN SSAC, and a senior technical advisor to the M3WAAG – among other things. John has also been the primary author of the UASG’s core EAI documentation.

Zhijiang Liu

Zhijiang Liu has nearly 20 years of experience working in the Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) industry. Liu is the general manager of KNET Co., Ltd – the registry of the Chinese new gTLD .网址 (xn--ses554g) which is the multilingual IDN new gTLD with the largest number of registrations in the world. He is also the deputy director of the National Engineering Research Center of Internet Domain Name System (ZDNS Co., Ltd.) ZNDS hosts more than 50 new gTLDs and has partnerships with many international new gTLD registries.

In addition, Liu is secretary general of the Internet Society of China’s SME Service Committee (ISCSME). An industry self-regulatory organization, the SME Service Committee serves as a link between relevant government departments and corporate resources.

Zhijiang Liu
Aman Masjide

Aman Masjide

Aman Masjide currently leads the Anti-Abuse and Universal Acceptance (UA) efforts at Radix in India, and has 14 years of experience in the anti-abuse field of the domain name industry. Prior to joining Radix, Masjide led the abuse mitigation and compliance efforts for LogicBoxes, a domain registrar automation platform and consulting business, which was later acquired by Endurance International Group. He has also contributed his expertise in anti-abuse mitigation at Resellerclub and BigRock.

At Radix, Masjide has been leading an internal project testing UA readiness of website signup and contact forms. The objective is to ensure that a user of new TLD should have the same experience across various online portals and services as they would experience using any other legacy TLD.

Abdulkarim Ayopo Oloyede

Based in Nigeria, Abdulkarim Ayopo Oloyede is focused on supporting and building the next generation of Internet users through teaching, research, and consulting. He currently teaches wireless telecommunications, Internet protocol, and Internet governance at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria and the University of York, UK. Oloyede holds a PhD degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of York and is the author/co-author of over 50 scientific publications. He is currently Co-Chair of the AFRINIC Policy Development Working Group (PDWG), a member of the ICANN At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) representing the Africa Region, Vice Chairman of the ITU- D Telecommunication Development Advisory Group (TDAG) representing the Africa Region, and has represented Nigeria in various ITU meetings since 2016.

Oloyede is a strong advocate for the use of African languages on the Internet in order to improve Internet usage in Africa. As a UA Ambassador, he will encourage researchers and students to build software and systems compatible with Internationalized Domain Names (INDs), and promote Universal Acceptance (UA) with policymakers through his role at the ITU, among others.

Abdulkarim Ayopo Oloyede
Xiucheng Wu (Marvin Woo)

Sushanta Sinha

Sushanta Sinha, based in Kolkata, India, has a Bachelor of Engineering (BE) in Electronics & Telecommunication and a Master of Engineering (ME) in Software-Engineering. Sinha has been involved in the IT industry for the last 25 years and is currently working at a large global IT organization as an Enterprise Agile Coach. Well connected with industry leaders and academia, Sinha is a distinguished Fellow of Institute of Engineers (FIE) India, a patron for Computer Society of India, and is the Secretary of the Internet Society of India, Kolkata Chapter. He is currently the Chair of the Vernacular Internet Ecosystem Working Group (VIEW Group) formed under the India Internet Foundation (IIFON), which works exclusively to promote Universal Acceptance (UA) especially in regards to the Bengali language. Sinha is committed to spreading general awareness of UA, while working with the UASG to make sure that UA is viewed as a necessary requirement.

Yangyi Wu (Walter Wu)

Beijing based YANGYI Wu (Walter Wu) is the co-founder and President of Strategic Partner & Business Development for the registry,Internet DotTrademark Organisation Limited. The“.商标” (pronounced as “Shang Biao”, means “.trademark” in simplified Chinese characters) is the ICANN accredited IDN TLD launched in 2014. For Walter and his business, a lack of Universal Acceptance is an every day issue.

Yangyi Wu
Xiucheng Wu (Marvin Woo)

Xiucheng Wu (Marvin Woo)

Based in Guangzhou, China, Xiucheng Wu serves as vice president of Coremail – the largest provider of email systems in China with nearly one billion terminal registered customers. It was also the first provider to support EAI (since 2012). Wu is a proponent of utilizing EAI to promote Chinese domain name emails and has successfully sent more than 4,500 EAI work emails.

After the APEC TEL 48 workshop in 2013, Wu worked to accelerate the cooperation between Coremail and the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) to establish and maintain the first Chinese domain name mailbox registration platform in the world. He also helped organize the UASG EAI workshop at the APEC EAI forum in 2014 and 2018, and has promoted the use of EAI at multiple events including ICANN55, IGF 2016, and the EAI Workshop of Thailand. Wu has assisted THNIC and SGNIC in building EAI test systems, and in 2019, was awarded the title of “Outstanding Contribution Person of the Year in Chinese Domain Name Industry.”

Registry of Interests

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