MAG 2017 has been announced


The Secretary-General has renewed the membership of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group(MAG) for the twelfth meeting of the Internet Governance Forum(IGF) 2017, which is scheduled to take place in Switzerland in December 2017.

The MAG 2017 Members are

• Ms. St. Amour, Lynn
Boston, USA – CEO, Internet Matters

Honorary Host Country Co-Chair
• Mr. Schneider, Thomas
Biel/Bienne, Switzerland – Deputy Head of International Affairs, Federal Office of Communication Switzerland


• Ms. Abdulla, Rasha (Civil Society, 2 terms)
Cairo, Egypt – Associate Professor at the American University in Cairo

• Ms. Aquino Ribeiro, Renata (Civil Society, 2 terms)
Researcher and teacher, E. I. Consulting, Fortaleza, Brazil

• Mr. Iliya Bazlyankov (Private Sector, 2 terms)
Sofia, Bulgaria – CIO, UNICART

• Mr. Bello, Pablo (Private Sector, 1 term)
Chile – Secretary General, Association of Inter American Telecom Enterprises (ASIET)

• Ms. Bidart, Silvia (Private Sector, 3 terms)
Buenos Aires, Argentina – Director General, Federation of ICT Ibero-Latin American Industry National Associations

• Ms. Bou Harb, Zeina (Government, 2 terms)
Beirut, Lebanon – OGERO Telecom, Ministry of Telecommunications

• Mr. Candia, Miguel (Government, 1 term)
Paraguay – Officer, Permanent Mission of Paraguay to the UN Office at Geneva

• Mr. Casasbuenas, Julian (Civil Society, 2 terms)
Bogota, Colombia – Director, Colnodo

• Mr. Cheon, Billy Mooho (Government, 2 terms)
Seoul, Republic of Korea – General Researcher, Korea Internet & Security Agency

• Mr. Dengate Thrush, Peter (Technical Community, 3 terms)
Wellington, New Zealand – Counsel, Barrister

• Mr. Donkor, Wisdom (Government, 2 terms)
Accra, Ghana – Information Technology Manager, Technical Lead for Ghana Open Data Initiative, National Information Technology Agency

• Ms. Doria, Avri (Civil Society, 3 terms)
Providence, USA – Independent Researcher, DBA Technicalities

• Ms. Elanskaya, Yulia (Government, 3 terms)
Moscow, Russian Federation – Deputy Director of International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communication

• Ms. Erramuspe, Alejandra (Government, 2 terms)
Montevideo, Uruguay – Communications Manager and Head of Internet Governance, Agencia de Gobierno Electrónico y Sociedad de la Información y el Conocimiento

• Mr. Fernández González, Juan Alfonso (Government, 3 terms)
Havana, Cuba – Advisor, Ministry of Communications

• Mr. Estrada, Miguel Ignacio (Government, 2 terms)
Buenos Aires, Argentina – National Director of Internet Policy and Development, Ministry of Moderisation

• Ms. Franz, Liesyl I. (Government, 2 terms)
Washington, D.C., USA – Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues at the Department of State

• Ms. Gatto, Raquel (Technical Community, 1 term)
Portugal – Regional Policy Advisor, ISOC

• Mr. Haojun, Ji (Government, 1 term)
China – Counsellor, Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations Office at Geneva

• Ms. Ho, Bianca Caroline (Civil Society, 3 terms)
Hong Kong, China – NetMission Ambassador, NetMission.Asia

• Mr. Ho Chi Ping, Patrick (Technical Community, 2 terms)
Hong Kong, China – Deputy Chairman and Secretary-General at China Energy Fund Committee

• Ms. Hutchison, Laura (Technical Community, 2 terms)
Oxford, United Kingdom – Policy Executive at Nominet

• Mr. Ilishebo, Michael Zambia (Government, 1 term)
Zambia – Officer, Zambia Police Service

• Ms. Inne, Anne Rachel (Technical Community, 1 term)
Niger – Vice President for Government Engagement, ICANN

• Ms. Kaspar, Lea (Civil Society, 3 terms)
Zagreb, Croatia – Programme Lead, Global Partners Digital

• Ms. Kee, Jac sm (Civil Society, 3 terms)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Women’s Rights Programme Manager, Association for Progressive Communications

• Mr. Kenyanito, Ephraim Percy (Civil Society, 3 terms)
Eldoret, Kenya – Policy Fellow, Access

• Ms. Laksmi, Shita (Civil Society, 3 terms)
Jakarta, Indonesia – Programme Manager, HIVOS Regional Office Southeast Asia

• Ms. Lazanski, Dominique (Private Sector, 3 terms)
London, United Kingdom – Public Policy Director, GSM Association

• Mr. Lo, Mamadou (Private Sector, 1 term)
Senegal – Head of Communication and Information Department, Credit Agricole Bank

• Ms. Mahmutovic, Aida (Civil Society, 3 terms)
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina – Co-chair, Center for Internet governance

• Mr. Mansoor Ansari, Omar (Private Sector, 2 terms)
Kabul, Afghanistan – President, TechNation Afghanistan

• Mr. Markovic, Slobodan (Technical Community, 3 terms)
Belgrade, Serbia – Advisor for ICT Policy and Internet Community Relations, Serbian National Internet Domain Registry

• Ms. Miller, Cheryl Ann (Private Sector, 3 terms)
Washington, USA – Director of International Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Verizon

• Mr. Mochizuki, Kenta (Private Sector, 1 term)
Tokyo, Japan – Lawyer, Yahoo Japan Corporation

• Mr. Moisander, Juuso (Government, 3 terms)
Sipoo, Finland – Commercial Secretary, Information Society and ICT, Ministry for Foreign Affairs

• Mr. Mohammed, Muataz (Government, 2 terms)
Khartoum, Sudan – Head of Monitoring and Response, Sudan Computer and Emergency Response Team

• Mr. Ndicho Bambo, Samuel (Government, 1 term)
Cameroon – Foreign Service Officer, Ministry of External Relations

• Ms. Nguyen, Carolyn (Private Sector, 1 term)
Vietnam – Director for Telecommunications & Internet Governance, Microsoft Corporation

• Mr. Olugbile, Segun (Private Sector, 3 terms)
Abuja, Nigeria – CEO, Continental Project Affairs Associates

• Mr. Onyango, Douglas (Technical Community, 2 terms)
Kampala, Uganda – Chief technology officer at Delta IT Solutions

• Mr. Ostrowski, Igor (Private Sector, 3 terms)
Warsaw, Poland – Chairman, Polish Digitization Council

• Ms. Paque, Virginia (Civil Society, 3 terms)
Maracay, Venezuela – Director Internet Governance Programmes, DiploFoundation

• Mr. Pérez Galindo, Rafael (Government, 2 terms)
Madrid, Spain – Head of Unit, Directorate for Information Society Services, Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism

• Mr. Philippot, Jean-Paul (Media, 1 term)
Brussels, Belgium – President, European Broadcasting Union

• Mr. Rhijn van, Arnold (Government, 2 terms)
The Hague, Netherlands– Senior Policy Advisor/Project Manager, Telecommunications Market Directorate, Ministry of Economic Affairs

• Mr. Sabir, Sumon Ahmed (Technical Community, 2 terms)
Dhaka, Bangladesh – Chief Strategy Officer at Fiber@Home Limited

• Ms. Sakalova, Marianne (Civil Society, 3 terms)
Minsk, Belarus – Consultant on Internet related Policies, Legal Transformations Center

• Mr. Son, Tran Van (Government, 2 terms)
Geneva, Switzerland – Permanent Mission of Viet Nam

• Mr. Szubert, Krzysztof (Government, 1 term)
Warsaw, Poland – Strategic Advisor, Ministry of Digital Affairs

• Ms. Tamanikaiwaimaro, Salanieta(Civil Society, 2 terms)
Suva, Fiji – President, South Pacific Computer Society

• Ms. Thomas Raynaud, Elizabeth (Private Sector, 2 terms)
Paris, France – Senior Policy Executive, Digital Economy and Project Director at International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

• Mr. Valdez, German (Technical Community, 3 terms)
Brisbane, Australia – Executive Secretary, Number Resource Organisation

• Mr. Wagner, Flávio (Technical Community, 3 terms)
Porto Alegre, Brazil – Board Member, Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (

• Mr. Wanawit, Akhuputra (Government, 2 terms)
Bangkok, Thailand – Deputy Executive Director, Electronic Transactions Development Agency, Ministry of Information and Communication Technology

The following former IGF host countries are also invited to attend and contribute to MAG meetings:

• Greece

• Brazil – designated Mr. Igor Resende (Deputy Head of the Information Society Division, on behalf of the Communication Ministry of Brazil) as representative.

• India – designated Mr. Rahul Gosain (Department of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India) as representative.

• Egypt – designated Ms. Christine Arida (Director of Telecom Services and Planning Division, National Telecom Regulatory Authority) as representative.

• Lithuania

• Kenya – designated Mr. Dennis Chebitwey (Director of Public Communications, Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology of Kenya) as representative.

• Azerbaijan – designated Mr. Nariman Hajiyev (Manager of Project “Modernization of sustainability and efficiency of the ICT infrastructure and services in the Republic of Azerbaijan”, Ministry of Communication and Information Technologies) as representative.

• Indonesia – designated Mr. Moedjiono, Sardjoeni (National ICT Council Executive Team Member) as representative.

• Turkey – designated Mr. Ihsan Durdu (Advisor to the Minister, Ministry of Transport and Communications) as representative.

• Brazil – designated Mr. Hartmut Glaser (Executive Secretary at the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee) as representative.

• Mexico – designated Mr. Israel Rosas (Internet Policy Analyst at the National Digital Strategy Coordination) as representative

Representatives of intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) and European Commission:

• Council of Europe – Mr. Lee Hibbard, Coordinator for Internet Governance and Information Society

• European Commission – Ms. Cristina Monti, International Relations Officer, Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology

• International Telecommunication Union (ITU) – Ms. Despoina Sareidaki, Policy Analyst

• UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

• UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) – Mr. Makane Faye, Chief, Knowledge Services Section, Public Information and Knowledge Management Division

• UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) – Mr. Cédric Wachholz, Programme Specialist, Communication and Information Sector, Knowledge Societies Division

• World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) – Mr. Victor Owade, External Relations Division

A total of 55 members, 12 among them new, will assume the responsibility to guide the preparation of the 2017 Internet Governance Forum (IGF). The Advisory Group members are from all stakeholder groups and all regions, representing Governments, civil society, the private sector and technical community.This year

All Advisory Group members serve in their personal capacity, but are expected to have extensive linkages with their respective stakeholder groups. The main task of the Advisory Group is to provide advice on the preparations

MAG is a multistakholder group or representatives of previous host countries and representatives of relevant international and regional intergovernmental organizations .

The Internet Governance Forum is an outcome of the Tunis phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) that took place in 2005. In the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society, Governments asked the Secretary-General to convene a “new forum for policy dialogue” to discuss issues related to key elements of Internet governance. The mandate of the Forum was extended for another 10 years in December 2015, during the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the overall review of the implementation of the WSIS outcomes.

The Forum’s past 11 meetings took place in: Athens, Greece, in November 2006; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in November 2007; Hyderabad, India, in December 2008; Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, in November 2009; Vilnius, Lithuania, in November 2010; Nairobi, Kenya, in September 2011; Baku, Azerbaijan, in November 2012; Bali, Indonesia, in October 2013; Istanbul, Turkey, in September 2014; João Pessoa, Brazil, in November 2015, and Guadalajara, Mexico, in December 2016.


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