Multi-stakeholder Steering Group

The Multi-Stakeholder Steering Group (MSG) of APrIGF is a self-organised committee with members from around the AP Internet Community formed with the below objectives:

  • To support and ensure the proper conduct of the organizational work of the annual Asia Pacific Regional IGF,
  • To promote and encourage dialogue among all stakeholders involved with Internet governance related issues in the Asia Pacific region, and
  • To act as an interface between the Asia Pacific IGF community and the global IGF community.

The membership emphasizes the inclusion of multi-stakeholders and so is open to any interested individuals within the AP region who are committed to:

  • The Organisational Principles of openness, transparency and multi-stakeholder cooperation,
  • Devote some time and effort in support of the APrIGF, and
  • Maintaining and demonstrating respect for all other members.

Any interested individuals who would like to join the MSG must read through the Operating Principles of the MSG as well as acknowledging and accepting it. If you wish to become part of the MSG, please kindly contact the secretariat at [email protected].

The Operating Principles can be downloaded here.

A Code of Conduct has been set by the committee in 2019 to ensure a safe and inclusive environment at the Forum, and can be downloaded here.

An Election Procedure has been adopted by the MSG on 2 July 2015 during the APrIGF Macao 2015. Please download here for more details.

The Program Committee Guidelines were set up by the MSG on 4 September 2019, and can be downloaded here.

We welcome any comments and feedback on the Operating Principles from the community whereby amendments could be made under the discussion and decision from the MSG from time to time whenever necessary.

Chairing Members

Mr. Rajnesh Singh, Chair (2019-2021) bio Singapore

Director of the Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau, Asia-Pacific, Internet Society (ISOC) (Civil Society)

Ms. Anju MANGAL, Vice Chair (2019-2021) bio Fiji and New Caledonia

Business Analyst and ECM Advisor, Digital Transformation, Pacific Community (SPC) (Government)

Mr. Babu Ram Aryal, Vice-chair (2018-2020) bio Nepal

Founding Vice Chair, MSG of Nepal IGF, Internet Governance Institute (Civil Society)


View Past Chairing Members


Dr. Nikhil AGARWAL
bio India

CEO, Innovation Society, Government of Andhra Pradeshl (Government)

Mr. AHM Bazlur Rahman - S21BR
bio Bangladesh

CEO, Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication; Member Bangladesh Internet Governance Forum (Civil Society)

Mr. Shahzad AHMED
bio Pakistan

Country Director, Bytes for All (Civil Society)

Mr. Izumi AIZU
bio Tokyo, Japan

Senior Research Fellow & Professor, Institute for InfoSocinomics, Tama University (Civil Society)

Mr. Klée AIKEN
bio Australia

External Relations Manager, APNIC (Technical)

Mr. JungBae AN
bio Korea

Chair, Korean School of Internet Governance Working Group, KIGA (Technical)

Mr. Peng Hwa ANG
bio Singapore

Professor & Director, Singapore Internet Research Centre, Nanyang Technological University (Academia)

Ms. Criden APPI
bio Nauru

Director of Telecommunications (Regulatory), .NR (Government)

Mr. Anivar ARVIN
bio India

Executive Director, Indic Project (Technical)

Mr. Babu Ram ARYAL
bio Nepal

Founding Vice Chair, MSG of Nepal IGF, Internet Governance Institute(Civil Society)

bio Australia

Director, Internet Society Australia (ISOC AU) (Civil Society)

Mr. Md. Abdul AWAL
bio Bangladesh

Treasurer, Internet Society Bangladesh Dhaka Chapter (Civil Society)

Mr. Satish BABU
bio India

President (2012-2013), Computer Society of India (CSI)(Civil Society)

Mr. Fouad BAJWA
bio Lahore, Pakistan

Public Policy Analyst, Researcher and Advisor, Internet Research Project (Pakistan) Member Cohort-2012-13 at the Centre for Public Policy and Governance, Lahore (Civil Society)

Mr. Ahmed BAKHAT Masood
bio Islamabad, Pakistan

Director (ICT / Network), Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) (Government / Regulator)

bio India

Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, Dr.G.R Damodaran College of Science, Coimbatore (Academia)

Ms. Sylvia CADENA
bio Brisbane, Australia

Head of Programs, Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) (Technical)

Mr. John Sushil CHAND
bio Fiji

Vice Chair, Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society (PICISOC) (Technical)

Ms. Joyce CHEN
bio Singapore

GSE Strategy & Development Senior Manager, ICANN (Technical)

Ms. Yeh-Chen, CHEN
bio Taiwan

Assistant Researcher, National Security Council (Civil Society)

Ms. Ying-Chu CHEN
bio Taiwan

Assistant Research Fellow, Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER) (Private Sector)

Mr. Srinivas (Sunny) CHENDI
bio Brisbane, Australia

Senior Advisor, APNIC (Technical)

Mr. Rajesh CHHARIA
bio India

President, Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI) (Private Sector)

Dr. Yik Chan CHIN
bio Hong Kong and Mainland China

Research Assistant Professor, Hong Kong Baptist University/Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (Academic)

Ms. Jee Eun CHOI
bio South Korea

ISOC-ROK (Civil Society)

Ms. Duangthip CHOMPRANG
bio Bangkok, Thailand

GITEC (Civil Society)

bio India

Director, CCAOI (Civil Society)

Mr. Edmon CHUNG
bio Hong Kong, China

CEO, DotAsia Organisation (Technical)

Mr. Rafik DAMMAK
bio Tokyo, Japan

Engineer (Civil Society)

bio New Zealand

Trustee, Board of Trustees at Internet Society (Civil Society)

Mr. Shibendu DEBBARMA
bio India

India - Assistant Professor, Tripura University, Agartala & Vice-President, Youth for Integration-NGO,
Tripura University (Academia)

Mr. Pavan DUGGAL
bio India

Advocate, Supreme Court of India & President, Cyberlaw Asia (Civil Society)

Mr. Kasek GALGAL
bio Papua New Guinea

Co-Chair, Policy, Pacific Island Chapter of The Internet Society (Civil Society)

Ms. Shuyi GUO
bio China

Policy Executive, CNNIC (Technical)

Ms. Noelle de Guzman
bio Philippines

Regional Program Manager, Asia Pacific, Internet Society (ISOC) (Civil Society)

Mr. Mohammad Abdul HAQUE
bio Bangladesh

Secretary General, Bangladesh Internet Governance Forum (BIGF) (Civil Society)

bio Singapore

Doctoral Candidate, Wee Kim School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI), Nanyang Technological University (Academia)

Mr. Faisal HASAN
bio Bangladesh

Associate Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, University of Dhaka Bangladesh (Civil Society)

Mr. Suhaidi HASSAN
bio Malaysia

Vice Chair, Internet Society Malaysia (Civil Society)

Mr. Waqas HASSAN
bio South Asia

Assistant Director (Int'l Liaison & Training)/President, ISOC Islamabad Chapter (Government)

Ms. Maureen HILYARD
bio Cook Island, Pacific

Member, At-Large, ICANN (Civil Society)

bio Australia

Public Affairs Director, APNIC (Technical)

bio New Zealand

Principal, I2 Consultants (Private Sector)

Mr. Hiro HOTTA
bio Tokyo, Japan

Director, JPRS (Technical)

Mr. Haoran HUANG
bio China


Postgraduate student, Institution of Internet Governance and Law, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT) (Civil Society)

Mr. Kenny HUANG, Ph.D.
bio Taipei, Taiwan


Board of Director, TWNIC (Technical)

Mr. Jahangir HOSSAIN
bio Bangladesh

Internet Society Bangladesh Dhaka , Bangladesh (Civil Society)

bio Pakistan

Lead Regional Chapter, Pakistan Information Security Association (PISA) (Private Sector)

bio Phillippines

Dean of College of Information Technology, Southville International School and Colleges (Academia)

Mr. John Graham JACK
bio Vanuatu, South West Pacific

Business Relations Officer, Office of the Government CIO, Prime Minister's Office, Vanuatu Government (Government)

Ms. Tripti JAIN
bio India

Counsel, (Civil Society)

bio Malaysia

Internet Society Malaysia Chapter (Civil Society)

Ms. Sajina KARKI
bio Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific, Lawyer/ Social Activist, Rayznews (Civil Society)

bio Armenia

Coordinator, Safer Internet Armenia (Civil Society)

Ms. InHee KIM
bio South Korea

Researcher, Korea Information Society Development Institute (Civil Society)

Ms. Kelly Kha Yeun KIM
bio South Korea

General Counsel, Open Net Korea, (Civil Society)

Mr. Maheeshwara Buddhika Bandara KIRINDIGODA
bio Sri Lanka

Media Secretary - Uva Province Governor's Office - Sri Lanka (Govenment)

bio Japan

Researcher, Mercari, Inc. (Private Sector)

Ms. Anja Kovacs
bio India

Internet Democracy Project (Civil Society)

bio Fiji

Systems & Automation Manager, Tropica Island Resort (Private Sector)

bio India, South Asia

Network Consultant/IPv6 Trainer, Pro6 Networks (Technical)

bio Australia

Chair Elect of the 2013 Nominating Comittee at ICANN (Civil Society)

Mr. Dong-Man LEE
bio Daejeon, South Korea

Professor, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) (Academia)

Mr. Kye-Nam LEE
bio Seoul, South Korea

Division Vice President, Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA)

Ms. Sabrina LIM
bio Singapore

GSE Programs Manager, APAC, ICANN (Technical Community)

Ms. Limei LIU
bio China

Director, Department of International Affairs and Policy Analysis, China Organizational Name Administration Center (CONAC) (Government)

Mr. Yong LIU
bio China

Legal Manager, Vivedu Corp (Private Sector)

Mr. Jia Rong LOW
bio Singapore

Vice President GSE And Managing Director - APAC Hub (Technical)

Mr. Akinori MAEMURA
bio Tokyo, Japan

General Manager Internet Development Department, Japan Network Information Center (JPNIC) (Technical)

bio Fiji and New Caledonia

Business Analyst and ECM Advisor, Digital Transformation, Pacific Community (SPC) (Government)

Ms. Jyotsna MASKAY
bio Nepal

Chairperson, LOOM (Civil Society)

bio Japan

Attorney at Law (New York), Public Policy & Corporate Governance, Corporate Management Group, Yahoo Japan Corporation (Private Sector)

Mr. Sivasubramanian MUTHUSAMY
bio India

President, Internet Society India Chennai (Civil Society)

Ms. Byoung Won Min
bio Seoul, South Korea

Professor, Ewha Womans University

bio India, Asia Pacific

Hash1 Consultancy (Academia)

Ms. Louise NASAK
bio Vanuatu

Technical & Internet Governance Manager, Telecommunications & Radiocommunications Regulator (TRR) (Government)

Mr. Ananda NIRAULA
bio Kathmandu, Nepal

Nepal Police (Government)

Mr. Byoung-il OH
bio South Korea

Academia, Korean Progressive Network Jinbonet (Civil Society)

bio Japan

Business Taskforce, The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) (Technical)

Mr. Rom Kant PANDEY
bio Nepal

Assistant Professor, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu (Academia)

Mr. Kyung Sin PARK
bio Seoul, South Korea

Executive Director, Open Net Korea (Academia)

Ms. Minjung PARK
bio Seoul, South Korea

Senior Research Associate, Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA) (Government)

Mr. Jaechon PARK
bio Seoul, South Korea

Chair - Korea Internet Governance Alliance (KIGA)

Ms. Youn Jung PARK
bio Songdo, Korea

Professor, SUNY Korea (Academia)

Mr. Adam PEAKE
bio Tokyo, Japan

Executive Research Fellow/Associate, Professor, GLOCOM, International University of Japan (Civil Society)

bio Canada

Communications Officer and Researcher, The Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto (Academia)

Mr. Krishna Prasad POKHREL
bio Kathmandu, Nepal

Deputy CTO, WebSurfer Nepal Communication System Pvt. Ltd. (Technical Community)

bio India

Free software and Open access Hacktivist, Swecha FSMI (Technical)

Mr. Anand RAJ
bio Andhra Pradesh, India

Associate Professor, CSE Department, SR Engineering College (Academia)

Mr. Kanumuri S RAJU
bio Sri Lanka

Founder / Innovator / Social Activist (Civil Society)

Mr. Shah Zahidur RAHMAN
bio Bangladesh

Lead Enterprise Solution Specialist, Augere (Technical Community)

Ms. Chat Garcia RAMILIO
bio Phillippines

Deputy Executive Director , Association for Progressive Communications (Civil Society)

Mr. Jeremille RATON
bio Phillippines

Supervising E-Commerce Specialist, Department of Trade and Industry (Government)

Mr. Shreedeep RAYAMAJHI
bio Kathmandu, Nepal

Activist/Blogger, RayzNews (Civil Society)

bio Islamabad, Pakistan

Coordinator GenderTech, Bytes for All (Civil Society)

Ms. Waltraut RITTER
bio Hong Kong

Managing Director, Knowledge Dialogues (Civil Society)

Mr. Adeel SADIQ
bio Pakistan

Huawei Pakistan (Technical)

Mr. Mubashir SARGANA
bio Pakistan

General Secretary, ISOC Pakistan Islamabad Chapter (Civil Society)

Mr. Hriday Ch., SARMA
bio India

Founder & Team Coordinator, Center for South-Caucasus-South Asia Business Development (Private Sector)

bio Dubai (UAE)

Sr. IT Infrastructure Project Manager, Pepsi- Dubai Refreshments (PepsiCo Bottler) (Private Sector)

Mr. Phet SAYO
bio New Delhi, India

Senior Program Officer, International Development Research Centre (IDRC) (Technical)

bio Singapore

Journalist (Civil Society)

bio Indonesia

PANDI .id Registry (Technical)

bio Taipei, Taiwan

Open Knowledge Taiwan (Civil Society)

Imran Ahmed SHAH
bio Pakistan

Founding President, Urdu Internet Society (UISoc), Internet Governance Forum of Pakistan (IGFPak) (Civil Society)

Ms. Sana SHAMS
bio Pakistan

Research Fellow & Manager, Center for Language Engineering (Technical)

bio Nepal

President, Internet Society Nepal Chapter (Civil Society)

Mr. Santosh SIGDEL
bio Nepal

General Secretary, Internet Society Nepal (Civil Society)

Mr. Rajnesh SINGH
bio Singapore

Director of the Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau, Asia-Pacific, Internet Society (ISOC) (Civil Society)

Mr. Chester SOONG
bio Hong Kong

Chairman, Internet Society HK (ISOCHK) (Civil Society)

bio New Zealand

Policy Director, InternetNZ (Technical)

Ms. Jianne Morny Sarmiento SORIANO
bio Hong Kong

Ambassador of NetMission.Asia, NetMission.Asia (Civil Society)

bio New Delhi, India

Head of Cyber Initiative, Observer Research Foundation (Civil Society)

Mr. Zakir SYED
bio Pakistan

Manager (Telecoms & ICT), SAMENA Telecommunications Council (Civil Society)

Ms. TAN Sze Ming
bio Malaysia

Programme Officer for Digital Rights & Security, Culture of Openness, Sinar Project, Malaysia (Civil Society)

Mr. Sonam Tenzin
bio Bhutan

Sr. ICT Officer, Promotion and Policy Division, Department of Information Technology & Telecom (Government)

Mr. Sujan THAPA
bio Nepal

Director - Technology & Operations, Broadlink Network & Communication Pvt. Ltd. (Technical Community)

Mr. Leonid TODOROV
bio Moscow, Russia

General Manager, APTLD (Technical)

Mr. Mohammad Kawsar UDDIN
bio Bangladesh

General Secretary, Internet Society Bangladesh Dhaka Chapter (Civil Society)

Dr. Karan VERMA
bio India

Assistant Professor, Central University of Rajasthan (Government)

Mr. Kelvin WONG
bio Singapore

Head of Outreach and Public Responsibility, Asia Pacific, ICANN (Technical)

Mr. Kuo-Wei WU
bio Taipei, Taiwan

CEO of NIIEPA; Board of Directors of ICANN Member (Technical)

Ms. Hong XUE
bio Beijing, China

Director of Institute for the Internet Policy & Law; Professor, Beijing Normal University (Academia)

Ms. Wen ZHAI
bio China

Policy Analyst and International Affairs Specialist, China Organizational Name Administration Center (CONAC) (Government)

Ms. Jian ZHANG
bio Beijing, China

Community Relations, DotAsia Organisation (Technical)

Mr. Zuan ZHANG
bio Beijing, China

Policy Analyst, China Organizational Name Administration Center (CONAC) (Government)


Past Chairing Members

Ms. Sylvia CADENA, Vice-chair (2017-2019)
bio Brisbane, Australia

Head of Programs, Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) (Technical)

Mr. Chester Soong, Vice-chair (2015-2018) bio Hong Kong

Chairman, Internet Society HK (ISOCHK) (Civil Society)

Mr. Paul Wilson, Chair (2015-2017) bio Brisbane, Australia

Director General, Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) (Technical)

Mr Arun Sukumar, Vice-chair (2015-2017) bio India

Head of Cyber Initiative, Observer Research Foundation (Civil Society)

Mr. Paul Wilson, Chair (2013-2015) bio Brisbane, Australia

Director General, Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) (Technical)

Mr. Shahzad Ahmed, Vice-chair (2013-2014)
bio Pakistan

Country Director, Bytes for All (Civil Society)

Ms. Youn Jung Park, Vice-chair (2013-2015)
bio Songdo, Korea

Professor, SUNY Korea (Academia)