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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

Audit and Risk Committee
Finance and Investment Committee
Compensation Committee

Picture of Lise FuhrLise 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)

Term: 2017-2024

Finance and Investment Committee
Audit and Risk Committee, Chair

Picture of Jeff BedserJeffrey 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. Mr. Bedser was re-appointed to serve a three-year term as of July 1, 2021.

 

Eric Burger, Member (N. America)

Term: 2021 – 2024

Eric Burger is a Professor at Georgetown University. His research and teaching covers cybersecurity, distributed computing, DLT, systems economics and risk, policy, and network governance. He returns to the PIR Board after serving on detail as Assistant Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and prior to that as the Chief Technology Officer of the Federal Communications Commission. Prior to Georgetown, he was CTO of several network equipment and enterprise software companies. He currently serves on a number of advisory boards and formerly served on the boards of atfCYBER and Ascension Technology Group in the for-profit sector and the Internet Society, the IETF Trust, the SIP Forum, and the IMS Forum in the non-profit sector. He is also a member of the Industry Advisory Council of Medgar Evers College CUNY, designated a predominantly black institution / minority-serving institution (PBI/MSI).

Dr. Burger has published over 20 IETF, 3GPP, and W3C standards and holds over 20 issued U.S. patents. He is a Distinguished Member of the Association for Computing Machinery, a Senior Member of the IEEE, and a Senior Member of the National Academy of Inventors. He has a SBEE, MBA, and CS PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and the Illinois Institute of Technology.

 

Saerin Cho, Member (N. America)

Term: 2021 – 2023

Saerin Cho serves as Chief Counsel of Global Eligibility and Associate General Counsel at TechSoup. Saerin leads the Global Eligibility Team responsible for defining civil society in 236 jurisdictions worldwide and the specific validation processes to verify them. As Associate General Counsel, she also advises on general legal matters such as contracts, compliance, privacy, trademark, and taxation.

As an Adjunct Professor at University of San Diego, Saerin teaches a course on social enterprises and social innovations for the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES). Prior to her current roles, Saerin worked at Ernst & Young in its M&A Transaction Tax (Transaction Advisory Services) and Private Client Services (Tax) groups. Saerin received her BA in International Studies and a BA in Criminology, Law and Society from University of California, Irvine, and a JD along with an LLM in Taxation from University of San Diego School of Law.

 

Narelle Clark, Member (Asia Pacific)

Term: 2018 – 2023

Audit and Risk Committee
Compensation Committee
Advisory Council Liaison

Headshot of Narelle Clark

Narelle Clark is the CEO of the Internet Association of Australia, operator of IX Australia and NZIX, both not-for-profit, carrier neutral, member led internet exchanges. Narelle’s experience spans regulation, network architecture, research, consumer education and community development.

Narelle was Deputy CEO at the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network, 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 previously sat on auDA’s Policy Review Panel which reviewed all the policies that govern .au and contributed to the government review of auDA.

Narelle’s board experience includes a range of non-profit and for profit boards. She holds a bachelor of applied physics, a masters in telecommunications engineering and a postgraduate diploma in management. Narelle is also an Honorary Fellow at the University of Wollongong. Ms. Clark was re-appointed to serve a two-year term as of July 1, 2021.

 

Keith Davidson, Treasurer (Asia Pacific)

Term: 2019 – 2022

Finance and Investment Committee, Chair
Audit and Risk Committee
Compensation Committee

Picture of Keith DavidsonKeith 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)

Term: 2019 – 2022

Compensation Committee, Chair
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.

 

Jonathon Nevett, Member (N. America)

Jon Nevett is a veteran of the domain name industry. He co-founded Donuts Inc. in 2010 and helped to raise in excess of $150M to form a registry of over 240 Internet domain extensions. He served as Donuts’ EVP for Corporate Affairs and on its Board of Directors. Previously, Jon served as Senior Vice President at Network Solutions, where he was responsible for policy, government affairs, registry relations, and the corporate ethics office.  He also served as Chair of the Board of NameJet and Central Registry Solutions, two NetSol joint ventures with other industry companies. Additionally, Jon’s extensive volunteer work includes serving with ICANN in various capacities for more than 16 years and serving on the Board of Directors for both the Domain Name Association and the Green Acres School.

Prior to joining the industry, he was a director at MCI, an associate at the law firm of Kirkland and Ellis, a judicial clerk in the U.S. District Court of Pennsylvania, a congressional campaign coordinator, and a legislative assistant in the New York State Assembly. Jon has his BA from Binghamton University and JD from Harvard Law School.

Jon serves as a non-voting member of the PIR Board.

 

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)
  • Jay Daley (2018-2021)
  • Amitabh Singhal (2019-2021)