Vahan Hovsepyan has a diverse background in boosting initiatives in ICT field. He is a Director of ARMIX Foundation-Armenian neutral Internet exchange, Armenian Operators Union, with more than 20 member companies. He worked at the Union of Information Technology Enterprises as a Deputy Director, heading Armenian technological delegations during different local and international activities. He has served as a Jury Member of Georgian ICT Award, and in 2017 became an ICANN Fellow. Vahan has participated in IXP workshops in Dushanbe and Bishkek, and was a co-host of RIPE NCC Regional Meeting in 2015 and host of ENOG 12 in 2016. He graduated from Armenian-Russian State University, and has completed executive education courses in Maastricht School of Management and John. F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
From July 2017, Vahan will serve as an External Relations Officer, Caucasus and Central Asia with the RIPE NCC.
For the last seven years, he has worked in internet hosting and domain registration, holding various positions with Russia’s largest host providers and domain name registers. In 2013, as part of the Foundation for Assistance for Internet Technologies and Infrastructure Development, he played an active role in launching the .МОСКВА and .MOSCOW domain zones. In 2014 he joined the ccTLD team where he is working in press-service and in staging the industry events.
Mikhail Anisimov is a member of various industrial organizations and an organizer of thematic conferences and forums concerning domain registration, hosting, internet infrastructure and cybersecurity. He represents Coordination center in different domestic and foreign internet conferences and makes lectures for schools and universities about internet infrastructure and information security.
Asomudin Atoev is a regional director of SecDev Foundation and a project coordinator on cyber security of Civil Initiative of Internet Policy Public Fund in Kyrgyzstan now. He is a Master in Computer Science (2000, Salford University, Great Britain), a Master in ICT Natural Sciences (information and communication technologies) for development (2010, Manchester University, Great Britain) and a Scholar in the International Policy Fellowships Programme 2004/2005 of the Policy Studying Center (Central Europe University). He actively deals with the issues of ICT introduction both in practice and policy at the national and regional levels. He has a number of publications in such issues as ICT advantages of providing free and open software for technological independence, information society, electronic government and electronic participation. His joint work with Richardo Dunkomb called “The Development of Potential E-citizen” has won an award of International ICEGOV 2011 Conference for the Best work in the field of the theory and practice of electronic control.
Besides, he is a coauthor of a number of researches on electronic readiness, cyber security, ICT for development, open data, digital broadcasting and regulations of telecommunication and TV and radio broadcasting.
Since 2010, led a branch of the company AXOFT in Kyrgyzstan and engaged in the promotion of solutions to ensure information security. He started working at Kaspersky Lab in 2013 as a business development Manager in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Since 2014 commercial Director of Kaspersky Lab regional office in Central Asia and Mongolia.
Sarkis Darbinyan is the head of the Digital Rights Protection Center and the leading lawyer of Roskomsvoboda. He is also the author of a number of studies focused on the legal regulation of copyright in the digital age, the responsibility of information intermediaries, the restriction of access to websites, cyber surveillance, law enforcement of the right to oblivion, as well as criminal and administrative prosecution in connection with the expression of opinions on the Internet. He is the ideologist of the campaign “Time to change copyright” and co-author of a number of bills to regulate copyright in the digital age.
He is a strong supporter of the multistakeholder approach to the regulation of relations on the Internet. He believes that any new legal regulation of relations related to the use of online space should be balanced with the rights and interests of all parties: users, business, government.