Fellows 2016

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Ariel Xinyue Liang, China

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

Ariel Xinyue Liang
Academic background: I received a Master of Science in Communications Practice at Columbia University in the City of New York. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Global and Transnational History at Vanderbilt University, which included programs of study in Japan and Denmark.

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: Since I joined ICANN in 2014, I have been working side by side with At-Large Community volunteers, providing substantive and logistical support to their policy activities that impact the interests of Internet end users worldwide. As my responsibilities increase in ICANN, I seek opportunities to deepen my understanding of the technical operation and the governance of the Internet, with the goal to develop subject-matter expertise and offer better service to our community. Renowned for its well-established program and stellar faculty members, Euro-SSIG will help me build a solid knowledge foundation of the history and theory of Internet Governance, as well as gain insights into its evolving political, economic, and social-cultural landscape. Furthermore, as 2016 celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Summer School, I will also have a unique opportunity to learn from and build relationship with fellow students, faculty, and returning alumni, with many of them active in diverse parts of the ICANN community and the wider IG world. The strong recommendations from my ICANN colleagues, who attended the program, have reinforced my conviction that Euro-SSIG will accelerate my professional growth. I am eager to learn and contribute my experience, skills, and perspectives inside and outside the classroom.
Krishna Kumar, India

Hertie School of Governance

Krishna Kumar
Academic background:I am currently pursuing my Master of Public Policy degree at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. I completed by M.Sc in Electronic Media with first class and distinction at the College of Engineering Guindy, Anna University. I also completed the ISOC NGL E-Learning Programme on Internet Governance and Policy

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: I have been participating in various Internet Governance platforms and I have been keenly observing the developments in the policy making field. I represented ISOC as their Ambassador at the 10th IGF in Joao Pessoa, I was also selected for the ICANN 51 and 53 meetings. These interactions with the community helped me get an understanding of the complex issues on hand and the intricacies in handling them. The EURO-SSIG platform was highly recommended to me by the past alumnus of the programme as a platform for furthering my knowledge on the issues and learn from the leaders of the community.
Bram Fudzulani, Malawi

Malawi Internet Governance chapter / ISOC

Bram Fudzulani
Academic background: Graduate computer scientist, currently working for a major Internet Service Provider in Malawi. member of the internet governance Malawi chapter. Having been involved with on a number of activities both locally and on the global level, through my involvement with ICANN where I am a member of the GNSO (NCUC-Member) as well as ISOC fellow on the African Peering Forum.

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: I have dedicated my entire life to the development of the internet governance principals through my community work both at home as well as on the global scene. As a fellow of the ICANN and ISOC I have attended many forums which have helped me contribute to a number of notable developments in Malawi, In 2014 I was involved during the formation and establishment of the Malawi IGF chapter but also facilitated a number of public presentations on the issue of encouraging creating more local content. I feel this course will help me realize a full potential of the internet governance as I have never taken one, yet its so important and necessary that I be considered one in-order to better me reach out with more knowledge and info. I am also an active member of the The Youth Coalition on Internet Governance which was established to advocate for the voice of children, young people and young adults in Internet Governance debates, particularly at the annual Internet Governance Forum.
Elisabeth Schauermann, Austria

Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz

Elisabeth Schauermann
Academic background: In 2013 I completed the bachelor program Transcultural Communication at KFU Graz. The topic of my thesis was how Russian state media portrayed power structures and morality in reports about Pussy Riot. Thereafter, I started the master program Global Studies at KFU Graz. My emphasis is on Human Rights, international law and environmental aspects of globalization. I am currently writing my master?s thesis on the freedoms of expression and assembly on the internet and legal restrictions thereof. In the course of my studies I had internships in Austria, Russia (2012) and Lithuania (2015), and studied abroad in Georgia (2015/16).

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: As stated above, I am in the process of writing my thesis in the field of Internet Governance, more specifically, on the exercise of freedom of expression and assembly online, which benefits from the Internet's openness but also becomes more vulnerable as surveillance increases. The decision for this topic was reached during the most recent (and at the same time first) national Internet Governance Forum in Tbilisi, Georgia, that took place in December 2015. I could participate thanks to my now supervising professor, Wolfgang Benedek. I have developed a special interest in new media and its influence on society and legal systems. During IGF Georgia I had the chance to learn a lot about multi-stakeholder processes that shape, develop, but also endanger democracy on the Internet. Being a part of Euro-SSIG 2016 would be a great opportunity to broaden my knowledge in Internet Governance and to get new input from other participants who are active in different fields and therefore contribute diversified insights. At the same time, I believe that I could become a vital part of Euro-SSIG 2016 and I am excited to share my knowledge and findings with people who are as passionate about the topic as me.
Sven Braun, Germany

Oxford Internet Institute

Sven Braun
Academic background: I studied political science and computer science as an undergraduate and worked on how to grasp the concept of governance in Internet governance from a political scientists perspective. Currently I am reading for my master‘s degree in Social Science of the Internet and am focusing on privacy governance, Internet governance and regulation.

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: Having worked with concepts of Internet governance from a solely academic perspective, I would like to learn more about the interweaving of theory and practice. I hope that discussions about both perspective together informs and inspires my future research. While in the past I had the opportunity to take classes on Internet regulation, I am now looking forward to deepen my knowledge about cyber security, the role of business, as well as other areas of interest for Internet governance. Euro-SSIG brings together experienced practitioners both from academia and the real world, who allow for questions and answer?an opportunity I certainly want to make use of. At the programme, I am keen on meeting people with different backgrounds working in and on the same area of interest.
Adriatik Allamani, Albania

Electronic and Postal Commmunications Authority - AKEP

Adriatik Allamani
Academic background: I have a degree in Computer Science Engineering, from the Polytechnic University of Tirana. Currently I work as ccTLD.al Administrator and I cover both technical and legal administration of ccTLD.al at AKEP. I have worked as a Part time lecturer at the Durres University (Public University in Albania) for Network and Electronic Communications fields. I was Technology Adviser at Albanian Center for Human Rights, Tirane (Albania) an NGO on the Human Rights field. I wasTrainer and Lector for the seminars and events organized by the center.

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: My interest is to better understand the Internet Governance visions and future. Working as ccTLD manager has learned me a lot, but many concepts and mechanisms are still not clear for me. In Albania, where I live there not to much people or organization to work for the sensibilisation and and responsibilities in Internet Governance. The current position that I hold (as ccTLD.al Admin) gives me a lot of responsibilities and the need for more knowledge and better understanding of Internet concepts and field. Unfortunately my income does not allow me to follow the curses and schools. So I would like to have the opportunity to follow this course and use the knowledge in my country to help the development and advance in Internet governance and concepts.
Adela Goberna, Argentina

Asociación Lationamericana de Internet (ALAI)

Adela Goberna
Academic background: I am lawyer, graduated with honors from the University of Buenos Aires, focused on Law of Economics and Internet Governance. I am also a former researcher for this university, regarding topics related to the tensions generated between the application of Information Technology and Communications and nd the rights to protection of personal data, privacy and image. I was an ICANN honorary fellow at ICANN53 - Buenos Aires, a fellow for LACNIC at the LACIGF8 and the e-LAC/CEPAL meeting, a fellow of the Internet Society (ISOC) and the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.Br) at the IGF2015 and fellow for the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Düsseldorf.

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: I am interested in participating on this program because for many reasons. Firstly, I believe it is very important to find a balance between my on the field education and my theoretical formation. Even though I participated in several Internet Governance events, I do believe I must also focus on forming a solid academic background as to make the most of every opportunity. Secondly, I have recently started to work in the Asociación Latinoamericana de Internet (ALAI - http://www.alai.lat/en/- ), which is an association who pursues to be the voice its associates - such as Google, Facebook and Yahoo-, in order to promote and defend public policy solutions addressing the industry point of view. In this sense, going to the Euro SSIG could help me have a much more comprehensive understanding of the industry and the policy behind it, leading me to better results. Finally, I do have the intention of being more and more involved with Internet Governance and there is no doubt about that exchanging views and opinions with top level faculties and other fellows will definitely enrich my knowledge and help me get more involved.
Ana Gascón Marcén, Spain

Council of Europe

Ana Gascón Marcén
Academic background: I have a Law Degree, a Master in European Studies from the Real Instituto of Estudios Europeos, an Advanced Studies Diploma and a PhD in Law from the University of Zaragoza. I worked as University lecturer and associate professor of European Union Law and Public International Law. I also published several articles or book chapters on subjects related to Law and the Internet as this was one of my research interests.

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: When I worked at University, I did research on the interplay between law and Internet. Internet governance started got my attention because it works in a very different way than the classical model of creating International law. I want to know how and whether the multi-stakeholder mechanisms works. I also believe it is a crucial topic in a world where technology is ubiquitous and we are connected 24/7. Afterwards I started to work in the Media and Internet Division of the Council of Europe. We try to ensure that Internet governance works in a way that respects and improves the protection of human rights, democracy and the rule of law. Attending the SSIG would be useful for me because I will deepen my knowledge of Internet Governance in areas relevant for my work. I think the EuroSSIG is the best place to learn about the topic with a European approach. I would also be able to contribute sharing the work my organization has done on the topic or is about to start. I also count of creating a good network of people working in the subject from different perspectives.
Vinicius W. O. Santos, Brazil

Brazilian Network Information Center (NIC.br)

Vinicius W. O. Santos
Academic background: I'm a PhD Candidate in Science and Technology Policy at the University of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil. I'm in the last year, almost finalizing my thesis, which deals with network neutrality in Brazil. I did my Masters at the same University, in Culture and Science Communication, dealing with the digital divide issue. Both degrees had a multidisciplinary approach. My undergraduate degree was in Social Communication, at the Federal University of Viçosa, Minas Gerais, southeast of the country. I also joined the first edition of the Brazilian Internet Governance School (EGI) organized by the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br).

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: I'm interested in participating in the European Summer School on Internet Governance due to my academic trajectory and my current role within the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee's Advisory Team. Gradually, I've been dealing with different themes related to Internet Governance, from specific topics like net neutrality to the global ecosystem itself. In my ongoing PhD thesis, I'm investigating the complex relations around net neutrality discussion in Brazil, specially in the context of the legislative proceedings of “Marco Civil”, the Brazilian Internet Law. In CGI.br Advisory Team I participate in diverse processes which deal with Internet Governance themes, in national, regional and international contexts, through gathering information to support multiple decisions of CGI.br's board, like, for example, the current process of regulating Marco Civil. I'm also involved in the planning and implementation of different projects and events of the committee, such as the Brazilian Internet Forum and the Brazilian Internet Governance School. As EuroSSIG is one of the most important courses in Internet Governance's field, I expect to join it and learn from your experiences, so as I can improve my knowledge in IG and enhance my role in the local level.
Carly Renée Morris, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Internet Society

Carly Renée Morris
Academic background: I am a Bachelor of Arts graduate, with a double major in French and Spanish, obtained from the University of Auckland in 2006. I also have a post-graduate degree in Communication and Public Relations from the Auckland University of Technology (AUT), obtained in 2009. I hold a Cambridge English Language Teaching qualification from Cambridge University and a DELE C1 Advanced Certificate in Spanish from Instituto Cervantes, Madrid.

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: I am the Stakeholder Relations Manager at the Internet Society. My previous professional background includes eight years working in communications and public relations for consumer technology brands. Entering into the Internet Society has been my first foray into the deep, inner-workings of the Internet. And I strive to understand more. The Internet Society engages in a wide array of issues; Internet Governance forms a chief component. Advocating principles that help governments make decisions that are in the best interests of their people is critical to the work our organisation does and the communities we interact with. The multi-stakeholder, collaborative approach is at our core. All our efforts are centred around ensuring a secure, sustainable Internet is available to everyone, now and for the next billion users. Better understanding the complexities of standard setting, policy-making and infrastructure maintenance of the Internet will be invaluable to the relationships I forge with stakeholders. Grasping their priorities will help me form deeper professional alliances with individual and organisation members, Chapters and beyond. Equally, the opportunity to meet people from around the world who care about the growth of the Internet and want to tackle policy and regulatory challenges would be an immensely rewarding experience.
Elizabeth Oluoch-Do Canto, United States of America

Internet Society

Elizabeth Oluoch-Do Canto
Academic background: I hold a M.A. in Public Policy from American University, Washington DC. My focus was on Policy Analysis where core coursework was on policy research methods and analysis. I completed research and analytical papers on gender and ethnic disparities in STEM education in the United States and evaluated impacts of STEM funding in targeted school districts. Additionally, I completed course work in Brussels at the European Union on comparative governance structures. I also hold a B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina Central, USA.

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: I am pleased to submit my application to attend the SSIG this July. I am enthusiastic about the wealth of information and networking opportunity that the course provides. My primary interest in SSIG is to really gain a broader perspective and a more in-depth understating of the aspects of the Internet's governance in support of my current work portfolio and role as a policy advisor at the Internet Society. While some governments continue to challenge the veracity of the existing Internet governance structures in addressing some of the emerging issues, it remains a viable mechanism for stakeholders in the Internet‘s ecosystem to engage on these issues and find common solutions. More advocacy and education will be necessary on the value of sustaining such mechanisms in the years ahead in light of the policy challenges and constituent pressures governments confront. The SSIG experience will contribute tremendously to the advocacy component of my work. Additionally, SSIG facilitates engagement and information exchange with other participants. The SSIG environment models to some extent the Internet Governance for as such offers good practical experience as well. I appreciate the consideration of my application.
Mauricio Galvan Mejia, Mexico

SciencesPo Paris

Mauricio Galvan Mejia
Academic background: I studied in the French Lycee in Mexico City, where I obtained the Baccalaureat with special mention in 2011. I completed my bachelor degree at SciencesPo Paris (Political Sciences and Public Policy) and also carried out an Erasmus exchange, during which I studied European Policies and Policy Making at King's College London. I am currently enrolled in a master's degree in International Public Management at SciencesPo Paris. I speak fluent French, English, Spanish and Portuguese and currently learning Italian.

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: I want to participate at the Euro-SSIG because I think that this course is essential for my professional project, which is to become a policy-maker in the Internet Governance process but first, I need to fully understand the complexity of it and I need to grasp the different stakeholder’s vision. Through my studies I familiarized with the multi-stakeholder's approach and its implications on policy making but I want to have a deeper understanding of all the stakeholder’s rationale specially the technical side which I am sadly quite unfamiliar with. I am currently an intern at the ICC as part of the Business Action to Support the Internet Society where I combine my academic background with a practical insight of the business approach. After this experience I need to have a holistic perspective of the internet governance arena with a special interest in Human Rights and Civil Society that I haven’t fulfilled at my internship and at school. I am persuaded that this programme, the Faculty and fellows will give me the skills, contacts and experience I require to launch my professional project and to get involved in the IG process as a policy maker or an activist for Digital Rights.
Gergana Petrova, Bulgaria


Gergana Petrova
Academic background: Bachelors in Integrated Social Sciences; Masters in Business Research.

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: Internet touches every aspect of society and has made its way on the national and international political agenda. How we handle Internet issues such as privacy, security, network neutrality, cybercrime, free speech, intellectual property rights to name a few, will shape how societies develop in the future. People with no technical background, including myself, can no longer afford to stay in the background. I want to use this course as an opportunity to enrich my knowledge of the current state of Internet governance. This way I hope to be a more informed participant in discussions and actively contribute to the development of the Internet in my new role at RIPE NCC.
Anna Karina Vink, Netherlands


Anna Karina Vink
Academic background: I studied law in Nijmegen (the Netherlands) from 1993 until 1999 and last year I did a post academic IT-law course.

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: I am a legal counsel at SIDN (among others the registry for .nl) and participating at the Euro-SSIG would be an ideal way to further broaden my perspective on the internet, the domain name world and the governance issues. I have a long experience with SIDN and hopefully I can bring some specific experience to the group of my fellow students.
Alastair Strachan, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


Alastair Strachan
Academic background: After finishing high school I went onto study Computer Aided Design and Materials engineering at college. Following the completion of both these courses I started my working life providing technical customer support for a number of large tech companies before moving to the RIPE NCC to work in their Customer Service department.

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: Due to the importance of the internet in everyone’s lives today, I believe an in depth knowledge of how it is governed, regulated and the threats it faces is vital to anyone who wishes to work in and for the internet community. I hope to broaden my knowledge of Internet Governance and the stakeholders involved in making the Internet what it is. The internet is changing every day (IANA Stewardship transition is just one example of the ever changing landscape) and this solid knowledge of how things work and who controls what will be extremely beneficial to me and my career. I also look forward to building relationships with both the faculty and students attending.
Annette Südmeyer, Germany

The Federal Office of Administration

Annette Südmeyer
Academic background: I graduated Electrical Engineering (Diplom Ingenieur) at the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne. After that I first worked for an German ISP in the WAN area for some years, then I specialized more in LAN technics (administration and troubleshooting large business customer?s networks) and later in network monitoring as a technical consultant for private enterprises before I joined the Federal Office of Administration (Bundesverwaltungsamt) at 2007. Since 2015 I do work for the LIR (Local Internet Registry) de.government and our job is among others to assist the public administration in Germany in migrating from IPv4 to its successor IPv6.

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: For my job at the LIR de.government it is essential to be able to understand and to participate discussions of communities like ripe, ietf. For this reason it is important to me to get to learn a lot more about internet governance to be able to represent the specific interests of our area of responsibility internal and external (e.g. ripe). That means I would like to improve my knowledge about all the organizations and parties ensuring the administrative and technical coordination necessary to enable the operation of the Internet plus their relationships and co-operation. In addition it was strongly recommended by a colleague to me to attend the Summer School for professional improvement in internet governance and because of the good experiences he made there. Last but not least I look forward to meet and get to know people who are also interested in internet governance.
Marcelina Moraru, Republic of Moldava

Ministry of Information and Communications Technology / Council of Europe

Marcelina Moraru
Academic background: Graduated (Bachelor of Science) the Law and International Law Faculty at the State University of Republic of Moldova (1998-2002).

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: As recently appointed head of International cooperation and European integration Dept. at the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, I am dealing with this new and challenging sector, including policy making process and harmonising national legal framework with EU and international legislation in ICT sector. EuroSSIG will help me to understand better what is the Internet Governance (technical and policy aspects) and to get a comprehensive knowledge on the various aspects of IG, cyber security, human rights on internet protection and other related issues. I assume it will result for me as a higher interest and motivation to get involved into IG processes and the knowledge and support on how to do it better.
Mariam Sulaberidze, Georgia

Georgian National Communications Commission (GNCC)/CoE

Mariam Sulaberidze
Academic background: I have engineering as well as managerial background. Initially, I graduated from the Georgian Technical University and have Master’s Degree in Engineering management, but I also hold MBA degree (Major: General Management).

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: It is obvious that principals of Internet Governance are very important nowadays. Accordingly Georgian National Communications Commission, within its competencies, tries to implement them. In order to move forward to this direction it is essential to get more clear and deep understanding of overall ecosystem of Internet Governance. Thus, Euro-SSIG gives perfect opportunity to get such information, to acquire not only theoretical, but also practical knowledge.
Kamal Mammadov, Azerbaijan

The Ministry of Communications and High Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Council of Europe

Kamal Mammadov
Academic background:I studied at Baku State University from 2000 to 2004. At the faculty of Applied Mathematics and Cybernetics, the specialty of Economic Cybernetics. Graduated with distinction from the university in 2004, at the Bachelor's Degree. From 2004 to 2006 studied on master degree at the same university. In 2006 graduated with distinction, at the Master’s Degree. At 2014 defended my PhD dissertation and awarded the title of Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics.
I am working at the Ministry of Communications and High Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan at the department on Science, Technology and Information Society Development as a senior adviser on IT field.

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: I want to participate on Euro-SSIG for getting more detailed information about technical internet standards, protocols, codes, domain names, registries and I want to increase my knowledge on IT field. I think it is an unique opportunity for getting information and knowledge's from experts working directly in the technical community. Also Euro-SSIG offers great opportunity to get acquainted with the experience of other countries.
Ucha Seturi, Georgia

Small and Medium Telecom Operators Association of Georgia

Ucha Seturi
Academic background: I was graduated Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Law with master degree in 1999. From 1999 to 2008 was working as head of Legal Department, JSC United Telecom of Georgia, from 2008 to 2012 - Lawyer Georgian National Communication Commission. From 2013 OSF Project director of Media Law and Telecommunications at NGO IDFI and simultaneously Lecturer of Media Law of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, from 2016 -Executive Director, Small and Medium Telecom Operators Association of Georgia. From 2013 - member of parliamentary investigation commission of the NRA. Since 2003 Member of the Bar Association of Georgia.

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: After University I had practice in private sector (9 years), after in governmental field - NRA. From 2013 I am in civil society (OSF Project) and now I am representative S&M Telecom Operators and continue working in telecom field. Also, I am member of ISOC chapter in Georgia and Georgia IGF initiative platform organizer (September 2016) and my main activities is related with advocacy of Telecommunication field and internet. I am author of more than 30 Publications in Telecom and Media law, my last researches about Internet Governance issues, but I need more information. The Governmental sector in better position than Civil sector - all conferences, trainings and other sources mostly available for State guys 🙂 I am sure EuroSSIG will give me new information, experience, contacts and opportunity for better advocacy and I have to get a better understanding of Internet governance, in general, and Internet governance issues and processes, in particular, are perceived by the Internet community. I have to do more in this field such as: interest and participation in IG processes and organizations (new challenges, opportunities), Internet-related issues considered as most pressing at national level, degree of satisfaction with national, regional and global IG mechanisms, etc.
Ana Dabrundashvili, Georgia

Transparency International Georgia

Ana Dabrundashvili
Academic background: I graduated from Tbilisi State University Faculty of Social and Political Sciences in 2010 majoring in journalism. I continued my master’s studies in Tallinn University and obtained master’s degree in International Relations in 2012. My MA thesis concentrated on interconnection of individual, international and global events that led to 2008 conflict between Georgia and Russia. I also attended Vilnius University Faculty of Communications and University of Vienna Faculty of Political Sciences as an exchange student in 2009 and 2011 respectively.

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: I would like to attend Summer School on Internet Governance mostly because the knowledge I will gain from this school will help me in my current job. For the last three years I have been working at Transparency International Georgia on issues of media and communications. Internet and its growth is one of the topics I work on and I expect this school can help me to better understand the role of civil society in internet governance. One of the topics of discussion during the school is human rights in the context of internet governance. This topic is most vibrant for me as I often work on cases when human rights, especially right to privacy and children’s rights are violated on internet. Lectures on technical aspects of internet governance and on eco system of internet governance are even more attractive for me. I expect that analysing internet government from different angles will help me see the bigger picture and identify more challenges that growth of internet faces in my country and globally. Thus, I will be able to better contribute to the debate on internet governance in my country.
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