Committee members are responsible for the review and assessment of the grant proposals submitted under an specific funding category, that have passed pre-screening conducted by the ISIF Asia secretariat.

Each committee counts with subject matter experts representing the APNIC board, APNIC staff, donors and sponsors, former ISIF Asia recipients and experts from the community.

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Internet Operations Research - Selection Committee 2020

Gaurab Raj Upadhaya

Gaurab Raj Upadhaya is currently serving as the chair of APNIC Executive Council. He has been active in the Internet community for more than a decade and is currently employed by Amazon Web Services (AWS) as Principal of GND Infrastructure. Gaurab previously worked for Limelight Networks as Senior Director of Network Strategy and Interconnection, and Packet Clearing House (PCH) as Senior Internet Analyst. Gaurab has a long record of volunteerism and commitment to the Asia Pacific Internet Community. He served on the Asia-Pacific Internet Association (APIA) Board of Directors from 2004 to 2014, and as Chair from 2006 through 2009. He has served on the APRICOT Program Committee continuously since 2004, and as Chair from 2007 to 2009. Additionally, in 2003 he was the founder of the South Asian Network Operators Group (SANOG), the regional network operators' forum that has trained hundreds of network engineers and brought the Internet community together in the South Asian Region with twenty-five successful meetings to date. In addition, Gaurab played a role in the formation of the Middle East NOG (MENOG) and has served on its coordination committee. Between 2007 and 2011, he has served the APNIC community as the chair of the APNIC Internet Exchange Special Interest Group (IX-SIG). In 2010 he was elected as the chair of the APNIC Policy SIG, and subsequently was elected to the APNIC Executive Council in 2011. Gaurab is one of the 14 global Trusted Community Representatives who oversee the process of cryptographically signing the root of the domain name system in ICANN Root DNSSEC Key ceremonies. In 2001, Gaurab was the founder of the Nepal Internet Exchange (NPIX), the first IX in the South-Asian region, and still serves as its Chairman, pro-bono. In 2007, he worked together with local colleagues to build the Nepal Research and Education Network (NREN) and continues to serve as its Technical Director. This role has brought him close to various NRENs in the region and increased his understanding of their role in education and on the Internet. During his career, he has spoken and presented at INET, APRICOT, SANOG, APNIC, NZNOG, MENOG, AUSNOG, PHNOG, JANOG, SGNOG, MYNOG,BDNOG,AfNOG, NANOG, ICANN conferences as well as RIPE and LINX Meetings.

Christina Chu

Christina Chu is Director of IP Strategic Planning at NTT America, Inc., overseeing NTT’s Global IP Network peering relations. Her Internet career started in 1995 as a network engineer in NorthWestNet, one of the Network Science Foundation regional networks, where she gained hands on experience in all aspects of network operations: physical and logical designs, physical installs, routing, traffic engineering, firewalls, DNS, Internet Routing Registries, etc. As a backbone engineer in the early days of Verio, Inc., she worked on integrating Verio’s 55 acquired ISP networks and eventually operating its worldwide tier one network. In NTT, before moving on to her current position, she managed a diverse team of talented IP operations engineers and enabled the operation and support of IPv4/IPv6 dual stack throughout the NTT’s Global IP Network. She currently serves as VP of the Global Peering Forum board. She has a M.S. degree in Computer Science. In her spare time, she is interested in building Internet communities and their diversity.

Xing Li

Xing Li received his B. S. Degree in Radio Electronics from Tsinghua University, China in 1982, and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University, USA in 1985 and 1989, respectively. He has been a faculty of the Electronic Engineering Department at Tsinghua University, China since 1991 and a Professor since 1993. His research activities and interests are in the areas of signal processing, multimedia communication and computer networks. He has published more than 200 papers in his research areas. He is currently a Vice Chair of the Research Institution of Networking Science and Cyberspace Technology. Since 1993, he became one of the pioneers of the China Education and Research Network (CERNET). He is Deputy Director of China Education and Research Network (CERNET) Center. He is Chairman of the Professional Committee of Internet of China Computer Federation. He has been participating in IETF for the Internet standard. He is the coauthors of 12 RFCs, including the IPv4/IPv6 transition specifications (RFC4925, RFC6052, RFC6145, RFC7599, etc). He was a member of Internet Architecture Board (IAB). He has been very active for the Internet development in Asia Pacific region and participating in *Asia** pacific Network Group (*APNG), the Asia Pacific Internet Association (APIA), Asia Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technologies (APRICOT), Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN) and Coordinating Committee for Intercontinental Research Networking (CCIRN). He was serving in the executive council of APNIC, Chairman of APNG and Co-chair of CCIRN.

Congxiao Bao

Congxiao Bao is Associate Professor at Research Institution of Network Science & Cyberspace Technology, Tsinghua University. She has 20 years of research experiences on network architecture, protocol and network measurement /management. She has been in charge of more than 20 research projects founded by government and international organizations. She has been the first author or the leading author of 9 IETF RFCs and more than 30 granted Chinese patents. She has been in charging of the advanced network services of the China Education and Research Network (CERNET and CERNET2), such as high performance measurement and applications, multicast and IPv6. She is also the steering committee member of APAN Medical WG.

Keisuke Kamata

Keisuke Kamata has been working on cybersecurity for 15 years. With eight years of technical work and international relations responsibilities at JPCERT/CC, he joined the Bank of Tokyo MitsubishiUFJ to start building cybersecurity management capability. Since 2014, he has taken on various roles including Board Member of Financials ISAC Japan, Regional Director of FS-ISAC, Advisor to Cybersecurity of Financial Services Agency of Japanese government and others. His specialty also reaches into assisting large enterprise cybersecurity management and instructor of hands-on training for security engineers.

Che-Hoo Cheng

Che-Hoo Cheng is Development Director of APNIC since he joined APNIC in April 2017. His responsibilities at APNIC include training, technical assistance, community outreach, policy development and security awareness. Before APNIC, he was in charge of Hong Kong Internet eXchange (HKIX) and the university IT infrastructure at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He has accumulated over 30 years of experience and knowledge of Internet and IT infrastructure and human connections through services for APNIC Executive Council, .ASIA TLD (Top Level Domain) application and .ASIA Board, Level 3 Asia, FLAG Telecom Asia, APIX, .HK, Hong Kong Academic and Research Network (HARNET), HKISPA, ISOC-HK, HKNOG, APRICOT-APAN 2011 in Hong Kong and APAN 42 in Hong Kong.

Former Selection Committee Members

  • Bruce Baikie
  • Naveed Haq
  • David Rowe
  • Dr Wanqing Tu
  • Mike Jensen
  • George Michaelson
  • Phet Sayo
  • Edmon Chung
  • Kalyani Menon-Sen
  • Jessica Shen
  • Kitisak Jirawannakool
  • Julie Wang
  • Lars Eggert
  • Geoff Huston
  • Rajnesh Singh
  • Philip Smith
  • Ma Yan
  • Karen Rose