Mr Danish A. Lakhani (chair)
Mr Danish A. Lakhani is the cofounder and CEO of Cyber Internet Services Pvt. Ltd. (“Cybernet”)—a pioneering Internet service provider in Pakistan— as well as of RapidCompute, Pakistan’s first public cloud service provider. Over the past decade, Mr. Lakhani has led Cybernet’s renewed focus in the enterprise, carrier and consumer market segments while building out the company’s low latency, fibre-based metro and access networks in multiple Pakistani cities. In 2014, he oversaw the founding of StormFiber, a fibre broadband provider specifically for domestic consumers—and led the organization’s growth to over 1000 team members serving customers in seven major cities across Pakistan.
Mr. Lakhani started his career as a Software Engineer at Cisco Systems in San Jose, USA, where he was part of the ATM development team for the Catalyst 8500 series and later as member of the DWDM Engineering team for the ONS 15540/15530 optical platforms.
He holds a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering (with specialization in Networked Systems) from Stanford University. He earned his Bachelor of Science (Applied Mathematics – Computer Science and Business Economics) from Brown University where he was elected to Sigma XI (Scientific Research Honors Society).
Mr. Lakhani is also a member of the Young President’s Organization – Pakistan Chapter, and served as the President of the Harvard Business School Club of Pakistan [2018-2021].
Ms Sylvia Efie Sumarlin
Ms Sylvia Sumarlin is Chair of the Federasi Teknologi Informasi Indonesia (the Indonesian Information Technology Federation (FTII). The FTII represents 14 professional IT associations. In this role, she leads efforts to advise the government on a national ICT roadmap and regulations that encourage the use of ICT, promote local IT industries to other economies in the Asia Pacific, develop cooperation with international partners, and provide education to enhance the knowledge of ICT professionals.
Ms Sumarlin’s involvement in the Internet began in 1995 when she established and led Dyviacom Intrabumi (DNET), one of Indonesia’s first ISPs. She has founded two other companies specializing in chipset development and defence activities. She also she serves as the Permanent Committee Head in the area of ICT Infrastructure Development for the Indonesia Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Ms Sumarlin acquired a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from Syracuse University, USA in 1986. In 1989, she earned two Masters of Arts in International Relations and Economics from Syracuse University.
Mr Edward Suning Tian, Ph.D.
Mr Edward Tian is the founder and Chairman of China Broadband Capital Partners, LP (CBC). CBC Capital was formed in May 2006. It is a sector-focused private equity fund investing primarily in companies in the telecom, Internet, broadband, media and technology (“TMT”) sector in China.
Before Mr Tian founded CBC Capital, he was the Vice Chairman and CEO of China Netcom Group from 2002 to 2006. He was also the CEO of China Netcom Company Ltd from 1999 to 2002. Mr Tian was also the Vice Chairman of PCCW Ltd from 2005 to 2007. Before joining China Netcom, Mr Tian was the co-founder and CEO of AsiaInfo Holding Inc, the first Internet technology provider in China, which was successfully listed in NASDAQ in 2001. After AsiaInfo privatized in 2014, Mr Tian began serving as the Executive Chairman of the company, a position he still holds today.
Mr Tian is also serving as an Independent Director of several multi-national company boards, including the Shanghai Pudong Developing Bank, Lenovo Group Limited and Taikang Life Insurance Company Limited.
Mr Tian holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resource Management from Texas Tech University, USA.
Mr Sharad Sanghi
Mr Sharad Sanghi is the Managing Director and CEO of Netmagic, an organization that he founded in 1998, and is now an NTT Communications Company.
Mr Sanghi is responsible for growing Netmagic into India’s leading managed hosting and cloud service provider, with over 1100 employees and nine data centres delivering services to over 2000 enterprise customers across the globe.
Mr Sanghi is a pioneer in the Indian cloud computing space, and his vision has helped Netmagic become a leader in the public cloud services market in India. On the business side, he led Netmagic through three successful VC funding rounds with Nexus Venture Partners, Fidelity, Cisco Systems and Nokia Growth Partners. He also led the 2012 acquisition of the company’s majority stake by NTT Communication Japan – a first in the Indian data-centre market.
Mr Sanghi is an industry veteran with over 20 years of extensive experience in developing Internet backbone infrastructure and providing Internet services. He is also a part-time Non-Executive Director on the Board of Bharat Electronics Limited, appointed by the Government of India.
During a six-year stint in the US, he worked for Unified Network Management Architecture Group at AT&T Bell Labs, the Backbone Engineering Group of NSFNET (ANS) and the Router Systems Development Group of Advantis (IBM Global Network). He has also helped Merrill Lynch and Bankers Trust design and deploy Wide Area Networks.
Mr Sanghi is an Electrical Engineer from IIT Bombay and holders a Masters degree from Columbia University, New York.
Dr. Jun Murai
Dr. Jun Murai is known as the ‘father of the Internet in Japan’. In 1984, he developed the Japan University UNIX Network (JUNET), the nation’s first-ever inter-university network. In 1988, he founded the Widely Integrated Distributed Environment (WIDE) Project, a Japanese Internet research consortium. He is a professor of the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies at Keio University, from which he earned his PhD in computer science in 1987.
In 2013, he was inducted into the “Internet Hall of Fame (Pioneer category)”. Prof. Murai also served as President of the Japan Network Information Center (JPNIC) and as Vice President of the Japanese Internet Association. He was appointed to the Internet Society’s Board of Trustees from 1997 to 2000 and in 1998, he was appointed as one of nine initial directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and served until June 2003.
He won the 2005 Internet Society’s Jonathan B. Postel Service Award in recognition of his vision and pioneering work that helped spread the Internet across the Asia Pacific region. He was also honored with the 2011 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Internet Award.
Past Board members:
Mr. Michael Malone November 2018 to June 2021. Chair 2020