Selection Committee

Selection committee members are a coalition of individuals across the APNIC and Foundation board, APNIC staff, donors and sponsors, former ISIF Asia recipients and experts from the community.

The Selection committee is responsible for reviewing eligible applications and making assessments for impact in Internet development and the contribution to the broader community.

They are allocated to one of five specific committees. These are:

  • Infrastructure Grants Committee
    • Infrastructure: IPv6 Deployment Grants
  • Inclusion Grants Committee
    • Inclusion: Ian Peter Grants for Internet and the Environment
  • Knowledge Grants Committee

Each member is a volunteer and provides feedback and recommendations for funding distribution which is then ratified by the APNIC Director General.

Infrastructure Committee

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Sheryl (Shane) Hermoso

Sheryl (Shane) Hermoso is Training Delivery Manager (South East Asia and East Asia) at APNIC. Before joining APNIC, Shane had various roles as a Network Engineer, managing the enterprise network backbone and wireless infrastructure. Shane regularly presents on routing issues at conference and training events throughout the Asia Pacific.

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Wanqing Tu

Dr Wanqing Tu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Durham University, UK. Before joining Durham University, she worked as an academic in the UK and New Zealand. Prior to this, she was an IRCSET Embark Initiative Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Computer Science at University College Cork. Dr. Tu got her PhD from the Department of Computer Science at the City University of Hong Kong. She is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK.

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Narelle Clark 

Narelle Clark is the CEO of the Internet Association of Australia, operator of IX Australia and NZIX, both not-for-profit, carrier neutral, member led internet exchanges. Narelle’s industry experience spans regulation, network architecture, research, consumer education and community development. Narelle was Deputy CEO at the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network, is a former head of CSIRO’s Networking Technologies Laboratory, of Networks R&D/Advanced Network Architecture at SingTel Optus, a former trustee of the global Internet Society. Narelle holds a seat on the board of the Public Interest Registry (operator of .Org), the engineering industry advisory board of the University of NSW and is also an Honorary Fellow at the University of Wollongong.

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Kitisak Jirawannakool 

Kitisak Jirawannakool has worked in information security for over 15 years. He is currently Senior Security Incident Management Professional at KASIKORN Business-Technology Group (KBTG). Prior to that, he was an Information Security Consultant at the Thai Bankers’ Association (TBA) responsible for establishing a Thailand Banking Sector CERT or TB-CERT, which is the CERT for Thai banks and relevant banking companies. He was previously  employed as the Information Security Specialist of Electronic Government Agency (EGA), which is under supervision of the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology of Thailand, specializing in “security incident monitoring and management (CERT)”. He also received the Asia-Pacific Information Security Leader Achievement in 2011. Kitisak holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering from Khon Kaen University and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Chulalongkorn University.

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Zartash Afzal Uzmi

Dr. Zartash Afzal Uzmi is an academician, a researcher and an entrepreneur. He has been a LUMS faculty since 2002 after receiving his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He is the founder of various initiatives at the University including the 4G/5G lab, the LUMS Centre of Entrepreneurship, and the LUMS Space Observatory. Dr. Uzmi is also the Co-founder of Confiz and Pakwheels, the leading software platforms of Pakistan. He has been instrumental in building links bi-lateral channel between industry and academia in Pakistan, serving on several advisory panels and selection boards including the Prime Minister’s National Task Force on IT and Telecom. Dr. Uzmi has extensively published at top international conferences and journals and has also contributed to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). His current research interests lie in computer networking protocols, internet censorship, applications of blockchain technology, and optimizing service provider networks for cost-effective operations.

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Harish Pillay

Harish Pillay has been in the IT industry for over 30 years, of which 20 years were with Red Hat in Singapore. He is currently with the AI Verify Foundation, an open source software foundation that curates and builds open source software to test AI solutions for fairness. While at Red Hat, he has held many roles and was Head, Open Source Program Office (APAC).  Harish founded the Singapore Linux Users’ Group in 1993. In 2009, he was conferred Fellow of the Singapore Computer Society. In 2013, he was named Distinguished Partner by Enterprise Singapore. From 2007 to 2014, he was an Adjunct Professor at Nanyang Technological University teaching a course on open tech, public policy and ethics. In 2017, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Singapore. Harish holds a MSEE and a BSCS both from Oregon State University.

 IPv6 Grants Committee

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Sumon Ahmed Sabir

Sumon Ahmed Sabir has been involved in APNIC activity since 1998 and a regular attendee at APNIC conferences since 2005, serving as Policy SIG Chair from 2017-2020. Sumon is Chief Technology Officer of Fiber@Home Limited, running one of the largest telecommunication transmission networks and Internet gateways in Bangladesh. Prior to joining Fibre@Home in 2012, he was Managing Director of BDCOM for five and a half years, and CTO at BDCOM for six years. In addition to his duties at Fibre@Home, Sumon has continued to play an active role in the technical community in the region, serving on boards including Bangladesh Internet Exchange Limited (BDIX) and Bangladesh Network Operators Group (BDNOG), the Dhaka Chapter of ISOC Bangladesh. Sumon is also a Core Committee Member of the South Asian Network Operators Group (SANOG).

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Dave Phelan

Dave Phelan is a Senior Network Analyst and Technical Trainer at APNIC. He came to APNIC having worked in the Australian ISP and MSP community for the preceding 20 years in roles as diverse as carrier transmission networks, to System Administration, to core, edge and customer networks.  Having built a corporate ISP network from the ground up, he comes with an understanding of traps and pitfalls that most networks have, and do experience. 

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Christina Y. Chu

Christina Chu serves as Director of IP Strategic Planning at NTT Ltd., overseeing NTT Global IP Network’s peering relations. Her Internet career started in 1995 as a network engineer in NorthWestNet, one of the Network Science Foundation regional networks, where she gained hands on experience in various aspects of network operations. As a backbone engineer in the early days of Verio, Inc., she worked on integrating Verio’s 55 acquired ISP networks and eventually operating its worldwide tier one network. In NTT, before moving on to her current position, she managed a diverse team of talented IP operations engineers and enabled the operation and support of IPv4/IPv6 dual stack throughout the NTT Global IP Network. She has a M.S. degree in Computer Science. In her spare time, she is interested in building Internet communities and their diversity.

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Vijay Varadharajan

Prof Vijay Varadharajan is the Global Innovation Chair Professor in Cyber Security at the University of Newcastle and also heads the Advanced Cyber Security Engineering Research Centre (ACSRC). Since March 2022, he has taken the additional role of chief cyber strategist. He is also an Affiliate at the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI), where his interests are in trustworthy medical technologies and secure online healthcare services. Prior to Newcastle, Vijay was the Microsoft Chair Professor in Innovation in Australia, based at Macquarie University, Sydney (2001-2017). The Microsoft Chair position was at the level of ARC Federation Fellowship. He created the the ACSRC and established extensive linkages with Microsoft at Redmond US, Cambridge UK and Microsoft Asia. Prior to Macquarie, Vijay was Dean of School of Computing and IT at University of Western Sydney (1996-2000).

 Inclusion Committee

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Dr Kenny Huang

Dr Kenny Huang is a leading figure among Internet communities in Asia. He has worked on the development of the Internet in Taiwan for decades and held numerous roles, including APNIC Executive Council member, Chair of ccPDP4 Work Group of ccNSO and Co-Chair of Chinese Label Generation Panel for Root Zone. He has been on the Address Council of ASO, PIR Board, TWNIC Board, DotAsia Advisory Council, ICANN New gTLD Review Committee and Executive Board of the TWIA. Dr. Huang’s contributions have been acknowledged especially in the development of Internet technology. He has also been extensively involved in the development of Internet policy throughout the Asia Pacific. Dr. Kenny Huang holds a Ph.D. in Management of Information Systems from National Chengchi

Mike Jensen

Mike Jensen co-founded The Web in Toronto in the 1980s. It was Canada’s first Internet service provider (ISP) for civil society, which subsequently became one of the founding members of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) in the early 1990s. A South African now residing in Portugal and Brazil, Mike is recognized internationally as a leading expert in digital infrastructure technology and policy, having advised NGOs, governments and private companies on the deployment of broadband infrastructure in over 45 countries during the last 30 years. In recognition of his contributions to the development of the Internet, he was inducted into the Internet Society’s Internet Hall of Fame (IHOF) in 2017.

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Liza Garcia

Liza Garcia is the Executive Director of the Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA), a non-government organization based in the Philippines that assists citizens and communities in their strategic and appropriate use of various communications media for popular democratization and empowerment. As Executive Director of FMA, Liza has steered the organization towards being a champion of digital rights in the Philippines. From 2018-2019, FMA collaborated with the Philippines’ Department of Information and Communications Technology, and the Internet Society Philippines Chapter to spearhead the holding of the internet governance roadshows in four regions in the country. Liza has been involved in researches relating to women and migration, gender-based violence, and e-governance, to name a few, and has written briefing papers and articles on them.  Prior to joining FMA, she worked for NGOs focused on women migrants and children.

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Suchit Nanda

Suchit Nanda is an ICT professional with 35+ years of experience in technology for development, data networking and mobile computing. In his youth he helped start the Microcomputer User’s Club in Bombay and co-authored the internationally renowned book “War on Virus.” In 1989 he set up LWBBS (Live Wire! BBS) which was the earliest Bulletin Board Service in the Indian subcontinent which went onto to become LWNET (one of the earliest ISPs in India). With the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) he set up the first NGO platform and later BBS network called “IndiaLink”. For the last ten years Suchit has played a key role as senior management at Reliance Foundation (RF), India’s leading not-for-profit foundation, reporting to the Chairperson.

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Nancy Margried Panjaitan

Nancy Margried Panjaitan is a social entrepreneur aiming to empower traditional batik and hand-weaving textile artisans through technology. Established Batik Fractal Indonesia and Digital Tenun Nusantara, she created the jBatik and DiTenun app, revolutionizing and bringing innovations to these heritage textiles. Working in the intersection of tradition and technology, she oversees the whole lifecycle of tech creation to users’ applications, focusing on increasing digital participation and bringing economic impact. To date, 4500 Indonesian textile artisans, 80% of whom are women living in rural areas, benefit from using her software. Nancy‘s goal is to use technology for social good, empower the community, and preserve traditional cultures. Nancy is a TEDx speaker with a master’s degree from University College London (UCL), supported by the Chevening Award. For her work in technology and tradition, she has won the Indonesia ICT Award, Asia Pacific ICT Award, ISIF Asia Award, and Australia Award.

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Pubudu Jayasinghe 

Pubudu Jayasinghe is an Internet Resource Analyst and team leader at APNIC. With over 20 years of experience in the IT field, working across software development, systems management and services, he has a keen interest in cyber security and community engagement. He leads the APNIC help desk team, giving him extensive insight into the challenges faced by APNIC members and he brings that insight to bear in finding solutions.

Ian Peter Grants for Internet and the Environment Committee

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Efie (Sylvia) W Sumarlin

Efie (Sylvia) W Sumarlin is Chair of the Federasi Teknologi Informasi Indonesia (the Indonesian Information Technology Federation (FTII)). 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. Sylvia’s involvement in the Internet began in 1995 when she established and led Dyviacom Intrabumi (DNET), one of Indonesia’s first ISPs. She also she serves as the Permanent Committee Head in the area of ICT Infrastructure Development for the Indonesia Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She 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.

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Joyce Chen

Joyce Chen is APNIC’s Senior Advisor for Strategic Engagement. She is responsible for managing key relationships with stakeholders such as governments, intergovernmental organisations, and the wider Asia Pacific Internet community. Joyce is also involved in expanding APNIC’s capacity development and outreach efforts.
Joyce was appointed by the UN Secretary-General to be a member of the 2021 Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) with the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). She serves on the IGF Support Association (IGFSA) Executive Committee. She is a member of the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF) Multistakeholder Steering Group (MSG), the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE), and APAC Cyber Policy Network (APCEN).
Prior to APNIC, Joyce worked in ICANN as the Senior Manager (APAC) for Global Stakeholder Engagement. Her engagement work with the multistakeholder APAC community helped to further the global cause of ensuring an interoperable, secure, and stable Internet.

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Gaurab Raj Upadhaya

Gaurab Raj Upadhaya has been active in the Internet community for more than a decade and is currently employed by Amazon Web Services (AWS) as Principal of GND Infrastructure. Gaurab previously served as Chair of the APNIC Executive Council, and worked for Limelight Networks as Senior Director of Network Strategy and Interconnection, and Packet Clearing House (PCH) as Senior Internet Analyst. In 2003, Gaurab was the founder of the South Asian Network Operators Group (SANOG), the regional network operators’ forum that has trained hundreds of network engineers. 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. In 2007, he worked with local colleagues to build the Nepal Research and Education Network (NREN) and continues to serve as its Technical Director.

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Bronwyn Manley

Bronwyn Manley is a Senior Consultant at BM Consulting. Bronwyn sees out social ventures that are future-focused, community-driven, and innovative for a more equitable world. Her goal is to benefit marginalized/at-risk communities by collaborating on ventures that offer scalable impact and encourage inclusion, whilst improving livelihoods and well-being. Working across the non-profit, public, and private sectors, she has led or advised programs for education in emergencies, emergency preparedness & coordination, refugee advocacy, health, safety and risk management, & vocational education. She has expertise in system analysis, strategy, design thinking, program management and capacity building. She has been part of teams developing education solutions for children in conflict, creating educational games about climate change and sustainable development and advocacy programs dispelling myths about the refugees and asylum seekers.

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Suresh Krishnan 

Suresh Krishnan works as a Distinguished Engineer (Strategy, Incubation and Applications) in the Global Technology Standards organization at Cisco. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Madras in India and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Concordia University in Canada. He is a member of the Internet Architecture Board. He currently serves as a chair for the bpf(INT) and shmoo(GEN) working groups. He has served as IETF Internet Area Director from 2016-2020 and was the responsible AD for the IPv6 related working groups including 6man, 6lo, 6tisch, lpwan and ipwave. He has chaired the dna, intarea, and the sofwire working groups in the IETF, the mobopts research group in the IRTF and has authored more than 35 RFCs across multiple IETF areas. He is a holder of more than 40 US and International patents on several areas related to IP, wireless, and mobility.

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Harry Surjadi

Harry Surjadi is a science journalist who has specialized in environmental issues for more than 25 years. He is passionate in developing the citizen journalism movement, including building capacity in writing skills and media engagement. He has been providing training and workshops on environmental/science journalism, environmental communications, and media training in Indonesia, the regions and global (Timor Leste, Malaysia, Cambodia, Ukraine, US, etc.). He received the Knight International Journalism Fellowship from the International Center for Journalists two times. He developed the communication strategy plan for several institutions. He founded TempoWitness, a citizen journalism channel at

Knowledge Committee

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Vincent “Achie” Atienza

Vincent Atienza, more commonly known as “Achie“, has a dual role handling Product and Infrastructure at Globe Telecom in the Philippines. He has more than a decade of experience in the Internet industry. He is responsible for managing the end to end evolution/optimization of Globe’s IP ecosystem. Outside Globe, he is also passionate in improving the Internet and Peering ecosystem of his home country as well contributing to the global Internet community. He was instrumental in the rebirth of the Philippine Network Operators Group(PhNOG), which he has chaired since 2015, and is also part of the Internet Society-Philippine Chapter (ISOC-Ph) serving as Board of Trustee since 2013.  In February 2020 he was elected as an APNIC Executive Council member.

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Jessica Wei

Jessica Wei is a Senior Technical Trainer at APNIC, providing training on IPv6, routing, MPLS and network security in the Asia Pacific region, as well as working on the development of training contents. Before joining APNIC, Jessica spent six years in Huawei, providing technical training to engineers and administrators from more than 15 nations.

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Jennifer Chung

Jennifer Chung is the Director of Corporate Knowledge for DotAsia. She was an appointed member on the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) from 2017-2020 which advises the UN Secretary General on the annual global UN IGF agenda. Chung heads the Secretariat for the Internet Governance Forum Support Association (IGFSA) which provides support to the global UN IGF and grants seed funding to National and Regional Initiatives (NRIs).  She is also a part of the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF) organizing team. She hopes to drive greater participation in the APrIGF Synthesis Document process and believes that this can amplify the Asia Pacific views and contributions on Internet governance.

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Paresh Khatri

Paresh Khatri is the CTO for the IP Networks Division for Nokia Corporation in APAC.  In this role, Paresh is responsible for formulating platform and architecture strategies to meet the varied demands of operators in the Asia-Pacific region.  He has been responsible for architectural design for the largest IP transformation projects in the region, and is now working closely with service providers as they address the growing demand for scale and new services that will be enabled by the evolution to 5G 

Paresh’s areas of expertise include the entire range of IP/MPLS technologies and applications, from the network core to the access network.  His current areas of interest include 5G transport, network virtualisation and SDNs.

Paresh has more than 26 years of experience with both service providers and vendors in building carrier-grade IP/MPLS networks, including the largest IP NGN transformation project ever undertaken in Australia.

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Tariq Zaman 

Tariq Zaman, an Associate Professor and Head of ASSET at UTS Malaysia, is a seasoned academic and practitioner with a Ph.D. in Computer Science. With 24 years of experience spanning academia, research, and development, Tariq’s expertise in ICT for development, HCI, and Service Learning is profound. His project earned several prestigious awards, including the IFIP Brian Shackel Award and ISIF Asia Award 2013. Tariq is actively involved in shaping high-level policies, serving as a member of the 5G & Connectivity Keylabs Working Group established by Sarawak Govt. He consults for Charles Darwin University Australia and holds the prestigious title of Distinguished Scholar from COMSTECH. He was an evaluator of the Digital Futures Diversity and Inclusion Fund for the Swedish Government-KTH and Stockholm University in 2021.

Thy Boskovic

Thy Boskovic is the Development Operations Manager at APNIC, where she works collaboratively to build capability and capacity in the Asia Pacific region through training and technical community support. Thy has extensive experience working for not-for-profit organizations in the areas of program development, events management and continuing professional development. She holds a Bachelor of Communications from the University of Queensland and Masters of Business (Integrated Marketing Communications) from QUT.

Former Selection Committee Members

  • Christine Or
  • Carolyn Florey
  • Keisuke Kamata
  • Amjad Ul Hasnain Qasmi
  • Melody Bendindang
  • Xing Li
  • Congxiao Bao
  • Che-Hoo Cheng
  • Bruce Baikie
  • Naveed Haq
  • George Michaelson
  • Karla Skarda
  • David Rowe
  • Phet Sayo
  • Edmon Chung
  • Kalyani Menon-Sen
  • Jessica Shen
  • Julie Wang
  • Lars Eggert
  • Geoff Huston
  • Philip Smith
  • Ma Yan
  • Karen Rose
  • Rajnesh Singh
  • Sharad Sanghi