CEO and Executive Director
After three years as APNIC’s Development Director, Duncan was appointed the founding CEO and Executive Director of the APNIC Foundation in April 2017. As CEO, he leads efforts to support and advance the APNIC Development Program and the Internet’s technical development in the Asia Pacific region. The Foundation is focused on supporting professional development in the APNIC community, particularly among the network engineers who are building and running the Internet in Asia Pacific.
Before joining APNIC in 2014, Duncan spent more than 20 years working in development, technology and media in Asia including time in Hong Kong, Thailand and the Philippines. He has developed and established foundations in Singapore and Hong Kong and has extensive experience in innovation and global development and capacity building.
Over the past ten years, he has worked in the areas of strategic relations, technology and resource mobilization as well as investment and philanthropy. From 2007 to 2012, he worked on a campaign that raised USD 145 million including USD 4.7 million from Asian investors. Before that, he spent 15 years as a journalist in Australia, Asia and United Kingdom.
At the APNIC Foundation, Duncan leads efforts to engage and collaborate with development agencies, foundations, philanthropists and the private sector. Before joining APNIC, he founded and led foundations for one of Asia’s leading research organizations (and an APNIC member), the International Rice Research Institute.
Head of Programs and Partnerships
After ten years managing the Information Society Innovation Fund (ISIF Asia) at APNIC, Sylvia was appointed Head of Programs at the APNIC Foundation in December 2016. As Head of Programs and Partnerships, Sylvia works on the management, design and implementation of collaborative programs and projects to expand APNIC Foundation activities in the region including the ISIF Asia program, one of the region’s most established Internet development programs, as well as the Seed Alliance, which supported innovative Internet development across the global south.
Over her 25 years of experience in Internet Development in Latin America and Asia Pacific, Sylvia’s work has focused on the strategic use of the Internet for development with an emphasis on capacity building and infrastructure deployment. Since her early years as a UN Volunteer, she has worked across the multistakeholder spectrum of organizations with technical, training and advisory roles, mainly about information systems, access provision and innovation coordinating projects and team across the global south.
She has served in many selection committees and working groups focused such as the Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group of the Internet Governance appointed by the UN Secretary General, the ICANN CCWG on new gTLD auction proceeds, the APrIGF Multi-stakeholder Steering Group and the Policy Network on Meaningful Access among others.
Grants Management Lead
Hannah joined the APNIC Foundation in February 2021. She manages the Information Society Innovation Fund (ISIF Asia), a grants and awards program that seeks to empower communities in the Asia Pacific to research, design and implement Internet-based solutions for their own needs. As one of the region’s most established Internet development programs, ISIF Asia places particular emphasis on the positive role the Internet has on social and economic development in the Asia Pacific. Hannah comes to the APNIC Foundation from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation where she led work supporting artists and arts and culture organizations around the United States with a particular focus on dance, theatre and international cultural exchange. Previously, Hannah worked for Community Partnerships and the Theatre Board at the Australia Council for the Arts. She holds a BA in Acting from the University of Southern Queensland, and an Executive Leadership certificate from the University of Pennsylvania. Hannah credits her time spent across government and private funding in both hemispheres for inspiring her commitment to understanding and evolving the systems of support required to realize a thriving and equitable community for all.
Monitoring and Evaluation Lead
David joined the APNIC Foundation in February 2021. He has worked in the non-profit sector for over 20 years in complex humanitarian environments in over 25 economies, and three years as a consultant in the humanitarian sector. David is the past owner of Program Management Group Australia, a full-service consulting firm for non-profit organizations and bilateral and multilateral donors.
David previously worked for World Vision International in Australia, Georgia, Jerusalem, the Pacific, and Timor Leste in management and director roles in a humanitarian affairs capacity. He has since worked in Swaziland, Lesotho, Zambia, Afghanistan, Mongolia and Nepal delivering training and evaluating development programs. His work focused on the economic empowerment of women; rural enterprises and producer organizations; agricultural markets and value chains; agricultural policy; program design, management and evaluation; policy analysis and advocacy; research, teaching and training; and coaching and facilitation.
David holds a BA in International Relations from Griffith University, an MBA from the University of New England and a Graduate Diploma in International Development from Murdoch University.
Finance and Business Manager
Audrey joined the APNIC Foundation in April 2021. She is a CA and CPA qualified accountant with an MBA in Finance and has over 17 years of experience working in insurance companies, IT companies, banks, and government across Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Singapore, and Indonesia. With strong problem-solving, analytical and evaluative capabilities, Audrey has honed her skills across a wide range of disciplines, including accounting, business analysis, auditing, tax, and IT systems development.
Business Services Coordinator
With over 16 years’ experience in administration, Cathlene joined APNIC and APNIC Foundation in a Business Services Coordinator role in October 2019. She provides administration and operational support. Cathlene coordinates training workshops within the Asia Pacific region, liaises with stakeholders to identify the requirements for the training facilities, provides travel plans, and ensures correct data entry and allocation of costs for donor funding.