2024 Speakers Profiles

Carolina Aguerre

Carolina Aguerre

Carolina is Associate Professor at the Department of Humanities and Communication at the Universidad Católica del Uruguay (UCU) and honorary co-director of the Centre for Technology and Society (CETYS) at Universidad de San Andrés (Argentina). Her research interests cover theories and practices around the governance of communications technologies, including the Internet and artificial intelligence and the intersection with the political economy of these technologies and north-south dialogues.

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Fiona Asonga

Fiona is Chief Executive Officer of the Technology Service Providers Association of Kenya (TESPOK), which operates the Kenya Internet Exchange Point and Industry Computer Security Incident Response Team. Fiona is an expert in Kenya’s ICT sector, advising the private sector and East African governments on ICT policy and regulations. Fiona is a keen advocate of ICT for development and multi-stakeholder engagement for digital development and sits on the Executive Council of the UN IGF.

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Anriette Esterhuysen

Anriette led the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) from 2000 to 2017, and now advises on internet governance. She chairs the UN Internet Governance Forum’s Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) and served on the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace. An Internet Hall of Fame inductee, she received the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award. Anriette serves on the boards of Connect Humanity, the IGF Support Association, and the South African Tertiary Research and Education Network (TENET).

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Alexia González

Alexia is Policy Analyst at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) with extensive experience in communication sector analysis. She focuses on the evolution of wireless networks and the environmental sustainability of communication networks. In the past, Alexia worked as an economic advisor to one of the five board members of the former Federal Telecommunications Commission (COFETEL) in Mexico (2010-2011) and was a trainee at the Under-Ministry of Communications in Mexico (2008).

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Alisa Heaver

Alisa is Senior Policy Officer at the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. She has been working on Internet governance for the Dutch government for over 3 years. She participates actively in the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), since last year as a member of its Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG). She also represents the Dutch government in the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). At a national level Alisa engages with the Netherlands IGF and other public-private partnerships such as the Dutch Standardisation Forum.

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Hu Xianhong

Xianhong is UNESCO’s Programme Specialist at the Sector of Communication and Information. She serves on the Secretariat of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Program of Information for All (IFAP) and leads on the UNESCO Internet Universality R.O.A.M principles (Rights, Openness, Accessibility, Multi-stakeholder) indicators project. Her policy work relates to humanistic digital governance and transformation, the ethical implications of Artificial Intelligence and other emerging technologies, and building humanistic and inclusive Knowledge Societies. She serves as member on the Steering Committee European Dialogue of Internet Governance (EuroDIG) and theInternational Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV).

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Nibal Idlebi

Nibal is Acting Director of the Statistics, Information Society and Technology Cluster at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (UNESCWA) in Beirut. She is senior expert on technology and innovation policy, knowledge society, digital and open government and STI for sustainable development. She has led regional initiatives to boost the appropriate use of technology and innovation and accelerate the implementation of SDGs in the Arab region. Nibal is a jury member of regional and international awards on innovation, entrepreneurship, digital content and e-Government.

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Olaf Kolkman

Olaf is Principal, Internet Technology, Policy, and Advocacy at the Internet Society. He has two and a half decades of experience in Internet technology and policy matters of security and trustworthiness of the Internet. He is executive-level advisor to and spokesperson of the Internet Society. He serves on several advisory boards and is treasurer of the Global Forum on Expertise in Cyberspace. He served as chair of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) between 2007 and 2011 and was commissioner on the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace.

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Markus Kummer

Markus is an Internet governance and policy expert. He is Senior Advisor to the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP) and the DiploFoundation. He is former Chair of the IGFSA Executive Committee and Vice-Chair of the Internet Society Switzerland Chapter. In 2014-17 he served on the Board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and in 2011-14 as Vice-President of the Internet Society. In 2004-11 he was Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Working Group on Internet Governance and the Secretariat supporting the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Markus served as a career diplomat in the Swiss Foreign Ministry between 1979 and 2004.

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Milton Mueller

Milton is an internationally prominent scholar specializing in the political economy of information and communication. His work informs public policy, and scholarship in science and technology studies (STS), law, economics, communications, and international studies. His books are acclaimed scholarly accounts of the global governance regime emerging around the Internet. Milton’s research employs theoretical tools of institutional economics, STS and political economy, as well as historical, qualitative and quantitative methods.

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Elena Plexida

Elena is Vice President for Government and IGO Engagement at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Previously she worked on internet governance issues for the European Commission DG CONNECT. Before that, she was a Telecom Attaché with the Permanent Representation of Greece to the European Union. During the Greek Presidency of the Council of the EU, Elena co-chaired the Council Working Party on Telecommunications and Information Society. She was also an international affairs officer at the Hellenic Ministry of Telecom.

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Jamal Shahin

Jamal is Programme Director and Associate Professor at the Brussels School of Governance (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Senior Lecturer at the University of Amsterdam, and Professorial Fellow at UNU-CRIS in Bruges. At UNU-CRIS, Jamal heads up the Digital Governance cluster. His research interests focus on digital sovereignty and related issues, specifically in a European (Union) context. He investigates how new forms of social and political organisation at the global level influence the effectiveness and legitimacy of decision-making.

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Nadia Tjahja

Nadia is a PhD Fellow and Co-Coordinator of the Digital Governance Cluster at the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) and a PhD researcher at the Centre for Digitalisation, Democracy and Innovation (CD2I) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) working on the Global and Regional Multistakeholder Institutions (GREMLIN) project, where she is researching the legitimacy of multistakeholderism in Internet governance.

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Yang Fan

Fan is Assistant Professor of international law at Xiamen University (China). He is currently Visiting Associate Fellow at The Hague Program on International Cyber Security at Leiden University. He is the initiator and Deputy Director of the Cyberspace International Law Center at Xiamen University School of Law and the Deputy Director of the International Economic Law Institute of Xiamen University. He is a liaison and expert for the Sino-EU Expert Working Group on the Application of International Law in Cyberspace.

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Guus van Zwoll

Guus serves as Senior Policy Coordinator at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague, leading the Digital Rights and Governance unit. He navigates the intricate international public policy landscape with a dedicated focus on advancing human rights, digital governance, and enhancing global digital security. Guus has held a series of influential roles within the human rights sphere, specializing in the (digital) security of Human Rights Defenders. He initiated the Dutch Shelter City Initiative and served as the Head of Secretariat at ProtectDefenders.eu.