ISIF Asia has three Selection Committees in place, each one dedicated a specific funding allocation category.

Committee members are responsible for the review and assessment of the grant proposals and award nominations submitted, that have passed pre-screening conducted by the ISIF Asia secretariat.

They contribute to the online selection process as volunteers and issue recommendations for funds allocation which are then ratified by APNIC Director General.

The committees count with subject matter experts representing the APNIC board, APNIC and APNIC Foundation staff, donors and sponsors as well as former ISIF Asia recipients.

Internet Operations Research Grants
Selection Committee

Committee Members 2017

Gaurab Raj Upadhaya

Gaurab Raj Upadhaya has been active in the Internet community for more than a decade. Currently employed by Limelight Networks (LLNW) as Director of Network Strategy and Interconnection, Gaurab manages network capacity, expansion and interconnection. Gaurab previously worked for Packet Clearing House (PCH) as Senior Internet Analyst (2002-2010) and ran PCH's global anycast DNS platform, providing resilient domain name service for more than 100 top level domains from more than sixty Internet exchange points around the world. 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. He is currently serving as Chair of the APNIC Executive Council.

Lars Eggert

Lars Eggert is Technical Director for Networking in NetApp’s Office of the CTO, based in Munich, Germany. Lars is a senior networking technologist with deep expertise in areas such as architectures, system and protocol design, and virtualization. Based on his understanding of technology trends, he drives NetApp’s networking agenda by bridging the gap between academic research and product development through in-house R&D projects as well as university and industry collaborations; leading to product improvements, key IPR, open source contributions, directions for M&A and other funding decisions, and numerous academic publications and standards contributions. Lars has been leading Internet standardization as part of the steering group, architecture board and as working group chair of the IETF for over a decade, and has chaired the IRTF, the IETF’s research arm. He is a senior member of the ACM and the IEEE, and serves on the program and organization committees of academic conferences such as ACM SIGCOMM and IEEE Infocom, as well as other boards, such as ACM SIGCOMM’s Executive Committee and Industrial Advisory Board. Lars received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2003. Before joining NetApp in 2011, he was a Principal Scientist at Nokia and served on the corporation’s CTO and CEO Technology Councils of senior technology experts. From 2009-2014, Lars was an Adjunct Professor at Aalto University, Finland’s top technical university. From 2003-2006, he was a senior researcher at NEC Labs.

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.

George Michaelson

George Michaelson is currently APNIC’s senior R&D scientist. Recently, he has been working on long-baseline DNS statistics, services logging, audit and analysis, and design and implementation of the Internet Number Resource Certification framework. George is a member of the BCS, and a founder member of the Australian chapter of the Internet Society. He participates regularly in IETF standardization meetings, and co-authors Request For Comment (RFC) documents, technical drafts, and conference and peer-review papers. George graduated from York University in 1982 with a BSc in Computer Science. His career in the United Kingdom and Australia has pursued research and development in computer science, networking, and systems administration.

Cybersecurity Grants
Selection Committee

Committee Members 2017


Since 2011, Julie, CHIA-YI, WANG is the Section Head of Information Sharing & Global Coordination Division at the National Center for Cyber Security Technology (NCCST), also known as the Taiwan National Computer Emergency Response Team (TWNCERT). The agency is responsible for providing cyber security technical services to government. Julie is in charge of the Government Information Sharing and Analysis Center (G-ISAC) to exchange cybersecurity information through public-private partnerships. She worked as a cybersecurity auditor from 2007-2010 and has led international collaboration efforts. Since 2014, she serves the Asia Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team (APCERT) as a member of the Steering Committee as well as leading the Training Working Group. During 2017, she was acknowledged as honoree of the (ISC)² 2017 Asia-Pacific Information Security Leadership Achievements (ISLA).

Kitisak Jirawannakool

Since March 2017, Kitisak Jirawannakool works as Information Security Consultant of the Thai Bankers’ Association (TBA), responsible for establishing a banking sector CERT. From 2013 to 2017 he worked at the Electronic Government Agency (EGA) specialised on security incident monitoring and management, as Information Security Specialist. He was responsible for the establishment of the Government CERT (G-CERT), improved the government services security such as the G-Cloud service, the Government Internal Network service, and the Government Mail service, for example, with an emphasis on incident response and management, web and network security, risk management, and awareness raising, among others, helping to improve security for many government organizations and conducted many training courses on these areas. Prior to his work at EGA, he managed ThaiCERT and worked as Security Specialist of the National Health Information System Project (NHIS). He is actively involved on the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) and the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA).

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.

Internet for Development
Selection Committee

Committee Members 2017

Jessica Shen

Jessica Shen has been working in the Internet industry for more than 10 years. She currently holds the position of Director of IP Operations at CNNIC and serves as NIR (National Internet Registry) SIG Co-chair (second term) of APNIC. With extensive experiences in IP operations, Jessica is in charge of IP service, policy, system construction and business development at CNNIC. Under her leadership, CNNIC has more than 600 IP members at the moment, covering various industries such as Internet and information, manufacturing, retail, education and healthcare etc. CNNIC IP Alliance keeps good relationships with industrial insiders and relevant government departments. It has become an efficient platform to facilitate the management and the usage of IP addresses in China. Jessica has dedicated to the IPv6 promotion. Under her efforts, the majority of IP members have obtained IPv6 addresses for technical verification. These members, such as Tencent, Baidu and Alibaba, have done the deployment of IPv6. In addition, she participated in some national IPv6 projects, such as IPv6 upgrade of domain name system, part of the China Next Generation of Internet projects, which helps dozens of registrars and ISPs to upgrade their DNS system to support IPv6. Within China Internet community, she established close connections with local operators, Internet service providers and relevant corporations. She made great endeavors to support local corporations for IP service. She attended many influential IT conferences and delivered presentations to introduce IP policies of Asia Pacific region and up-to-date IP allocation status and future trends. Relevant guidance of IP planning/application/usage was provided by Jessica to the local corporations. She also actively involved in seminars featuring new IP related technologies, including cloud computing, Internet of Things and SDN. In addition, by cooperating with APNIC and local research organizations, Jessica has provided IPv6 trainings for thousand of local engineers. Jessica is keen to participate in the Asia Pacific Internet Community. She’s always paying high attention to the latest IP address policies and technology trends in the Asia Pacific region and the globe. As a volunteer, Jessica serves as NIR SIG Co-chair since 2011. She has been actively attending APNIC meetings, presenting updated IP allocation and industry development status in China and CNNIC and exchanging information and experiences with participants from other communities.

George Michaelson

George Michaelson is currently APNIC’s senior R&D scientist. Recently, he has been working on long-baseline DNS statistics, services logging, audit and analysis, and design and implementation of the Internet Number Resource Certification framework. George is a member of the BCS, and a founder member of the Australian chapter of the Internet Society. He participates regularly in IETF standardization meetings, and co-authors Request For Comment (RFC) documents, technical drafts, and conference and peer-review papers. George graduated from York University in 1982 with a BSc in Computer Science. His career in the United Kingdom and Australia has pursued research and development in computer science, networking, and systems administration.

Phet Sayo

Phet Sayo (IDRC). For twenty years, Phet Sayo has investigated the impacts of the networked information society on human development in South and Southeast Asia. As a Senior Program Officer for the Networked Economies programme of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), he manages a portfolio that supports research projects/networks on digital rights, censorship and surveillance, the right to privacy in the digital age, intellectual property rights, ICT innovations, and Internet governance. Before joining IDRC’s regional office in New Delhi, Phet worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Malaysia and Thailand. As an author and editor, he has contributed to numerous UN publications, including ICT Policies and e-Strategies in the Asia-Pacific: A Critical Assessment of the Way Forward, and Internet Governance: Asia-Pacific Perspectives.

Naveed Haq

Naveed Haq is Regional Development Manager of the Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau at the Internet Society, the world's trusted independent source of leadership for Internet policy, technology standards, and future development. In this role, he serves as a bridge between policy and technical activities, and focus on (wider) development related work in the region. This includes access related work (e.g. studies and analysis, W4C, accessibility), capacity building, regional events programming (e.g. INET, Asia Internet Symposiums), engaging with regional stakeholders (government, inter-gov. agencies, industry) on development related policy issues and linkages to the Internet. He also maintain engagements with ISOC chapters in the region, providing them support and assistance. Prior to joining the Internet Society, Naveed was working with Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). He is an ICT professional, researcher and technology activist with major area of work surrounded around telecommunication networks and the Internet. Internet had been a central part of his professional career ranging from administration of Internet Infrastructure to working with Industry stakeholders on regulatory and policy issues in Pakistan. He is also an alumni member of ICANN’s fellowship, ISOC’s Next Generation Leadership and Diplo Foundation’s Internet Governance Capacity Building program.

Edmon Chung

Edmon Chung is serving as the CEO for DotAsia Organisation and heads the secretariat for the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF). Edmon serves also on the board of the Internet Governance Forum Support Association (IGFSA), and on the Executive Committee of Internet Society Hong Kong, which serves as the secretariat for the Asia Pacific Regional At-Large Organisation (APRALO) and participates extensively on Internet governance issues. Since 2002, Edmon played a leadership role in the region-wide .Asia initiative. DotAsia is a not-for-profit organization with a mandate to promote Internet development and adoption in Asia. Since its launch in 2008, DotAsia has contributed significantly to a variety of community projects in Asia, including for example: Go.Asia, ISIF.Asia, NetMission.Asia, MaD.Asia and others. Edmon is an inventor of patents underlying technologies for internationalized domain names (IDN) and email addresses on the Internet. Edmon has served on many global IDN related committees, including technical and policy groups, that made it possible for the introduction of multilingual domain names and email addresses on the Internet. Edmon won the Most Innovative Award in the Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurship Award in 2001. In 2000, Edmon was selected by The Globe and Mail as one of the Young Canadian Leaders. Between 2006 and 2010, Edmon served as an elected member on the ICANN GNSO Council. Between 2010 and 2012, Edmon served as an elected member on the ICANN At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) from the Asia Pacific Region. Between 2006 and 2011, Edmon served as an elected member of the Elections Committee of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in the Information Technology Subsector. Edmon has a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Engineering from the University of Toronto.­

David Rowe

David Rowe has been working with signal processing hardware and software for 30 years. In 2006 he left an executive position in the satellite communications industry to become a full time open source developer. Since then David has worked on open hardware and software projects in VOIP, developing world communications, echo cancellation, speech compression, modems, and digital voice over HF radio. David writes a popular blog that is read by 70,000 people each month, drives a home-made Electric Car, and also enjoys bike riding and sailing.