Board of Directors
Sharing their diverse perspectives from across multiple industries, PIR’s Board of Directors shapes a holistic and global strategic vision for the organization. The Board draws on its wealth of non-profit and corporate sector knowledge to provide best practices for planning, governance, and oversight.
Lise Fuhr, Chair (Europe)
Term: 2019 – 2022
Advisory Council Liaison
Lise Fuhr is ETNO’s Director General. Prior to that, she was Chief Operating Officer of DK Hostmaster and DIFO, the company managing the .dk domain name. In the period between September 2014 and December 2015 she also chaired the Cross Community Working Group for the IANA Stewardship Transition, building on her strong network within the Internet community. She has recently been appointed to the Internet Society Public Interest Registry Board of Directors for a three year term starting in July 2016.
Lise has 10+ years of experience in the telecoms industry. She started her career at the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (1996-2000) where she wrote and implemented regulation for the telecommunication markets. After that, she worked for the telecoms operator Telia Networks (2000-2009), where she led various teams dealing with issues as diverse as interconnection agreements, mobile services and industry cooperation.
Lise is a Danish national.
Jeffrey Bedser,Vice Chair (N. America)
Finance and Audit Committee, Chair
Jeffrey Bedser is an entrepreneur with extensive private and public sector experience. He is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of iThreat Cyber Group Inc. and has spent decades building technology, services and solutions to combat Internet abuse and crime. Mr. Bedser spent his early career in Fortune 100 global security functions. Mr. Bedser is a member of the Security and Stability Advisory Council for ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) and serves on the Editorial Board of the Security Journal.
Narelle Clark, Member (Asia Pacific)
Term: 2018 – 2020
Finance and Audit Committee
Narelle Clark has deep expertise in the Internet and broader telecommunications industry having held a range of senior technical, managerial and policy roles. Currently the Principal Consultant with Pavonis Consulting, she advises companies on telecommunications regulation, operations and technology. Narelle has a Masters in Engineering (Telecommunications), a Bachelor of Applied Physics and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management.
Her previous role was as Deputy CEO at the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) the peak body for consumer advocacy in the Australian telecommunications and Internet marketplaces. Responsible for their research and grants program, board operations and Internet policy, Narelle also sat on a range of in-depth technology policy boards and working groups as a consumer representative.
Narelle is a former head of CSIRO’s Networking Technologies Laboratory, of Networks R&D/Advanced Network Architecture at SingTel Optus, and a former trustee of the global Internet Society which she represented in the IANA transition co-ordination group. Narelle is also a sitting member of auDA’s Policy Review Panel, reviewing all the policies that govern .au.
Narelle’s board experience includes a range of non-profit and for profit boards.
Jay Daley, Treasurer (Asia Pacific)
Term: 2018 – 2021
Finance and Investment Committee, Chair
Audit and Risk Committee
Jay has had a thirty-year career as a technologist, the majority of it as a senior leader, in a variety of organisations across the public, not-for-profit and private sectors. His current role is as the IETF Executive Director.
Jay moved into the domain name industry in 2002 as CTO of the .uk registry for six years, where he gained a reputation for his inclusive and innovative approach. He then moved to New Zealand, where he still lives with his family, to take up the role of CEO of the .nz registry, which he held for nine years. His tenure at .nz was notable for high growth, low abuse levels, world-leading research and innovation particularly in the area of data analytics, and the successful introduction of new products and services outside of the domain name industry.
Jay is an advocate for strong corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, a culture of audit and review, and supporting the executive as they deliver a clear and forward-looking strategy.
Keith Davidson, Member (Asia Pacific)
Term: 2019 – 2022
Audit and Risk Committee
Advisory Council Liaison
Keith Davidson has held a number of senior management and board positions in the not-for-profit and commercial sectors. Keith’s expertise crosses a variety of disciplines including newspaper, radio and, more recently, the Internet. He has held various roles including Executive Director and member of the Governing Council of InternetNZ, which manages the .nz top level domain.
Keith has been active in ICANN since its inception and was vice chair of the country code Names Supporting Organisation for 6 years. He also chaired and co-chaired a number of ICANN working groups.
In ISOC, Keith served as a trustee from 2012 to 2015, and chaired their Nominations Committee.
Keith currently runs a small consultancy that provides advice to ccTLDs, and is enjoying a less hectic lifestyle in semi-retirement in New Zealand. He asserts that responsible organisations like PIR have a duty of strong leadership and best practice governance as an exemplar model TLD.
Gregory Kapfer, Member (North America) Compensation Committee, Chair
Term: 2019 – 2022
Finance and Investment Committee
Greg has over 30 years’ experience as a senior financial officer. During his career he has worked with a wide range of corporations employing the Internet to bring services to both public and private sectors, including telecommunications providers, equipment suppliers, a wireless communications integrator, an Internet-based application service provider. Most recently, Greg was the Internet Society’s initial Chief Financial Officer. Over the nine year of his tenure, he was responsible for activities in financial planning and reporting, human resources and benefits, legal affairs, global corporate presence and compliance, tax, insurance, and fundraising matters.
Greg holds an undergraduate degree in accounting and mathematics from Wake Forest University and an MBA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his license as a Certified Public Accountant in North Carolina.
Amitabh Singhal, Member (Asia)
Term: 2019 – 2021
Amitabh has over 36 years of work experience in both corporate and non-profit executive and leadership positions mostly in IT, Telecommunications and Internet sector. His interest in networking dates back to mid-80’s when he introduced the use of personal computers to select government and public sector organizations. He initiated the concept of local area networked computers to some of his client organizations. In the mid-90’s, he helped his company set up one of India’s first private commercial data networks to provide e-mail, EDI services, etc.
As a Co-Founder and then President of ISP Association of India, he became one of the pioneers of Internet industry, playing a key role in freeing the Internet from government monopoly. He authored and influenced key Internet/Telecom Licensing, Policy and Regulatory measures leading to wider proliferation of the Internet in India. In 2003, he became the Founder, Board Director and CEO of National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI), setting up Internet Exchanges, .IN Domain Registry, Root Servers, etc. He is also on the Boards/AC’s of some NGO’s/Non Profits which work on ICT access to grassroots, primarily focusing on improving Governance standards. He previously completed two terms as PIR Board Director & Secretary.
He runs a consulting practice & has a startup investment in solar microgrids. He has a BA (Hons) & a Bachelor of Law degree, PG Diploma in Marketing and holds a Certificate in Corporate Directorship (his dissertation was on Building High Performance Boards).
Andrew Sullivan, ISOC CEO Liaison (N. America)
Andrew Sullivan joined the Internet Society as President and Chief Executive Officer in September 2018.
He has worked on Internet infrastructure and standards since 2001. In 2012 he joined Dyn (later, Oracle Dyn) to establish Dyn Labs and then to manage the DNS development and architecture departments. His activities in this area led to him being appointed to the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) in 2013. His IAB colleagues elected him Chair in 2015 and 2016.
Past Public Interest Registry Board Directors
- Gerry Barañano (2002-2003)
- Larry Landweber (2002-2003)
- Alan Levin (2002-2003)
- Andy Linton (2002-2003)
- Marc Rotenberg (2002-2006)
- Frode Greisen (2002-2004)
- David Maher (2002-2004)
- Lynn St.Amour (2002-2013) ISOC Liaison
- Geoff Houston (2003-2005)
- Kenny Huang (2003-2004)
- Amadeu Abril i Abril (2003-2005)
- Susan Estrada (2004-2007)
- Barbara Fraser (2004, 2005-2007, 2008-2011)
- Eva Frolich (2004-2007)
- Glenn Ricart (2004-2006, 2007-2010, 2010-2011)
- Pindar Wong (2006)
- Kuo-Wei Wu (2008-2009)
- Raimundo Beca (2011-2014)
- Erik Huizer (2007-2015)
- Maarten Botterman (2008-2016)
- Alexa Raad (2009-2010) non-voting
- Amitabh Singhal (2010-1016)
- Art Reilly (2011-2017)
- Eric Burger (2015-2017)
- Ingrid Srinath (2013-2018)
- Hartmut Glaser (2014-2018)
- Kathryn Brown (2013-2018) ISOC Liaison
- Roberto Gaetano (2013-2019)
- Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken (2016-2019)
- Suzanne Woolf (2018-2019)