Jiro Kokuryo

Vice President of International Collaboration
Keio University

Jiro Kokuryo is currently serving as Vice President for International Affairs. He is responsible for leading Keio University’s global outreach efforts. Professor Kokuryo’s research interests center on how to maximize the benefits of information technologies with society and economy. As a member of the Cabinet IT Strategy Headquarters, he has played a central in the development of Japan’s Internet policy and strategy. Professor Kokuryo graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1982, and obtained an MBA in 1988 and a doctorate of business administration in 1992 from Harvard Business School.

Jun Murai

Keio University

Jun Murai’s research focus is global computer networking and communication. He is known as the ‘Father of Japan’s Internet’. He has received the Internet Society Jonathan B. Postel Service Award (2005), the Forum of Information Technology Funai Achievement Award (2007), and the Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Personal Award (2004), in recognition of his work. He has served as an advisory member of the Japanese Cabinet’s IT Strategy Headquarters. Professor Murai obtained his Masters in Engineering in 1981, and Ph.D in Computer Science in 1987 from Keio University.

Toshio Obi

Waseda University

Toshio Obi is Professor at Waseda University’s Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, and Director of the APEC Institute of e-Government (Waseda University). He has work for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) as a program planner and is Senior Researcher at the Center of Japanese Economy & Business at Columbia University. Dr. Obi is also executive advisor to the Japanese Ministry of Labor, and acts as Chair or as senior member to various advisory committees to the Japanese government including the National e-Government Promotion Council, Ministry of Internal Affairs & Communication, UNESCO UNITWIN Program on Disaster Management, Mobile Business Forum, and the ITU TELECOM. He received his Masters and Ph.D from Keio University.

Toshiya Jitsuzumi

Professor, Department of Economics
Kyushu University

Toshiya Jitsuzumi: Professor in the Faculty of Economics, Kyushu University. He obtained an LLB from the University of Tokyo, an MBA from the Stern School of Business, New York University, and a DSc from the Graduate School of Global Information and Telecommunication Studies, Waseda University. Before assuming his current post, he worked for 18 years for the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications (now Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication), Japan. His main research interests include telecommunications policy and Internet economics, and his current focus is on network neutrality.

Makoto Yokozawa

Kyoto University

Dr. Yokozawa is the head professor of the Market and Organisation Informatics Systems, which is a Joint Research Unit with Nomura Research Institute, Ltd., at the Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University. He has been participating in many study groups on regulatory and policy issues within the Japanese government and private sector associations focusing on broadband policy, frequency management, innovation R&D and policies for a Ubiquitous Network Society.

China, Hong Kong

Hong Xue

Beijing Normal University

Hong Xue is a Professor of Law and the Director of the Institute for the Internet Policy & Law at Beijing Normal University (BNU). Professor Xue specializes in intellectual property law, information technology law and the Internet governance. She is an elected Top Ten Nationally Distinguished Young Jurists by the China Law Society.

Professor Xue is an invited professor to teach at Torino Law School-WIPO Master of Laws in Intellectual Property and is the Microsoft Fellow of Yale Information Society Project and the Chinese Leader for Global Academy on Access to Knowledge. She is the only Asian Scholar in the Executive Committee of the International Association for Promotion of the Advanced Teaching and Research of Intellectual Property (ATRIP), the Editorial Board of World Intellectual Property Journal, the Expert Advisory Board of Diplo Foundation. Professor Xue serves as an arbitrator at CIETAC, UDRP neutral at WIPO and ADNDRC and founder of CNDRP.

Malavika Jayaram

Executive Director
Digitsl Asia Hub

Malavika works broadly in the areas of privacy, identity, free expression and internet policy in India. A practicing lawyer specializing in technology law, she has a particular interest in new media and the arts, and has advised start-ups, innovators, scientists, educational institutions and artists. A Fellow at the Centre for Internet and Society in Bangalore, India, she follows legislative and policy developments in the privacy and internet governance domains. For the last few years, she has been looking at he evolution of big data and e-governance projects in India – particularly the world’s largest biometric ID project – and their implications for identity, freedom, choice and informational self-determination. As a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, she will explore the business case for protecting privacy and free expression in India, in the context of big data projects and threats to internet freedom.

Keith Wong

Director (International Secretariat)

Mr Keith Wong from Hong Kong has been appointed as the new Director (International Secretariat). He comes from the Harvard Business School Asia Pacific Research Centre where he was a Senior Researcher. Since 2007, he wrote case studies for the HBS and coordinated research programs across the Asia-Pacific region. He has over 15 years of experience in managing academic research projects and business operations in the technology and hospitality sectors. He was a lecturer in the business school at Hong Kong Polytechnic University for 5 years. Before that he was in China running a Hong Kong hotel management company and then in an IT start-up. He has run the strategic, finance and HR sides of growing companies and is very able in setting up corporate systems. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, an MBA from McGill University, and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from HKUST.


Kilnam Chon

Professor Emeritus

Professor Chon contributed to the Internet’s growth in Asia through his extensive work in advancing Internet initiatives, research, and development. Chon has worked on networking systems, including the Internet, since the early 1980s. He founded and is the current chair of various regional Internet organizations such as Asia Pacific Networking Group (APNG), Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN), and Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Name Forum (APTLD). Professor Chon received a PhD degree in computer science from University of California, Los Angeles in 1974, and a BS degree in engineering science from Osaka University. He continues to teach at KAIST, as well at Keio University.

Nohyoung Park

Korea University

Nohyoung Park is currently the Dean of School of Law, and the Director of the Cyber Law Centre at Korea University. He graduated from the College of Law, Korea University (LL.B., 1981), the Graduate School, Korea University (LL.M., 1983), Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1985), and the University of Cambridge (Ph.D. in International Law, 1990).His main research interests cover international economic law, negotiation and mediation, and cyber security and privacy.

Jung-Hoon Lee

Yonsei University

Jung-hoon Lee is currently professor of Technology & Innovation management at the Graduate School of Information, Yonsei University. He was a visiting scholar with the Stanford Program on Regions of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SPRIE), Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2011-2012. Professor Lee’s recent research focuses on IT-based service design and implementation in urban planning and development. Professor Lee received a B.Eng./MSc. from the University of Manchester, his MSc from the London School of Economics, and Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge.


Yudho Giri Sucahyo

Associate Professor
University of Indonesia

Yudho Giri Sucahyo is actively involved in ICT communities in Indonesia as a Board Member of PANDI (.id ccTLD Registry), Vice-chairman of ISOC (Internet Society) Indonesia-Jakarta Chapter, Member of MAG (Multistakeholder Advisory Group) ID-IGF (Indonesia Internet Governance Forum), and Academic Relations Director ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association) Indonesia Chapter. He received his B.E., Masters degree in computer science from the University of Indonesia, and his Ph.D in computer science from the Curtin University of Technology, Australia.

Abu Bakar Munir

University of Malaya

Professor Abu Bakar Munir is an internationally renowned scholar, expert and consultant on ICT law and data protection law. He was the Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Malaya, Malaysia. Currently, he is a Professor at the Faculty of Law and an Associate Fellow at the University Of Malaya Malaysian Centre Of Regulatory Studies (UMCoRS). Professor Munir was appointed the Adviser to the Government of Malaysia on data protection law in 2007 and was instrumental in crafting and the passing of the Personal Data Protection Act of 2010.

Ang Peng Hwa

Nanyang Technological University

Ang Peng Hwa is Professor at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is President-Elect of the International Communication Association, the first Asian to be so elected and will be President of the ICA after June 2016. His research interests lie in media law and policy and he has consulted on the subject for the governments of Singapore, Thailand and Bhutan. He is the author of Ordering Chaos: Regulating the Internet (Thomson, 2005), which argues that the internet can be, is being and should be regulated. He was a member of 40-strong Working Group on Internet Governance that was appointed by then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to prepare a report for the 2005 World Summit on the Information Society. Most recently, he spent a year on sabbatical in Ahmedabad, India, to help start the doctoral-equivalent programme at the Mudra Institute of Communication, Ahmedabad.


Dave Farber

Carnegie Mellon University

Dave Farber, Professor of Computer Science and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Farber created the world’s first operational distributed computer system and helped train the first generation of academics and engineers that built the global Internet. He served as chief technologist at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) during a critical period in the development of the Internet. Dave has been called the “grandfather” of Japan’s Internet because of his key role in sharing Internet technologies with Japanese researchers in the early days of the Internet,

Richard Dasher

Consulting Professor
Stanford University

Richard Dasher is Director of the US-Asia Technology Management Center and, concurrently, Executive Director of the Center for Integrated Systems.His research and teaching focus on innovation systems and the impact of new technologies on industry structure and dynamics. Dr. Dasher serves on selection and review committees of major government funding programs for science, technology, and innovation in Canada and Japan. He is an advisor to start-up companies, business accelerators, venture capital firms, and nonprofits in the U.S., China, Japan, and S. Korea. He received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Linguistics from Stanford University.

Jonathan Aronson

University of Southern California

Jonathan Aronson is Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California as well as Professor of International Relations at USC. Professor Aronson writes on issues related to international communication policy, globalization and international trade and trade negotiations. His current research focuses on ways in which communication and network developments related to privacy, equity, standard setting, competition policy, and international intellectual property shape the path of globalization. His most recent writings consider the implications of new communications technologies for globalization and international communications competition. Aronson graduated from Harvard University and received his Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Woodrow Hartzog

Affiliate Scholar
Stanford University

Woodrow Hartzog is an Associate Professor at the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and an Affiliate Scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. His research on privacy, data security, and robotics has appeared in numerous law reviews and peer-reviewed publications such as the Columbia Law Review, California Law Review, and Michigan Law Review popular publications such as The Guardian, Wired, The Atlantic, CNN and BBC. His book, "Privacy’s Blueprint: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies," is under contract with Harvard University Press.

Robert Orr

Ambassador (Ret.), Asian Development Bank
U.S. Department of State

Ambassador (Ret.) Robert Orr was confirmed by the Senate as United States Executive Director with rank of Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in September 2010. In July 2013 he became Dean of the Board of the Asian Development Bank. He served as Ambassador to the ADB until December 31, 2015. From 2007-2010 he was Chairman of the Board of the Panasonic Foundation and concurrently Vice Chair of the National Association of Japan-America Societies, a member of the Board of Trustees of J.F. Obirin University and a member of the Board of the East-West Center Foundation. From January 2002 until March 2007, Dr. Orr was President of Boeing Japan holding that position during the development of the most successfully selling airplane in history, the 787 Dreamliner, 35% of which is made in Japan. Prior to joining Boeing, Ambassador Orr was Vice President and Director of European Affairs for Motorola based in Brussels. He has held various senior level posts with Motorola in Japan culminating as Vice President of Government Relations. In that capacity he successfully led the negotiations that opened up the cellular phone market in Japan.

Susan Aaronson

Research Professor
The George Washington University

Susan Ariel Aaronson is Research Professor at The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, GWU Cross Disciplinary Fellow, Cavalho Fellow at the Government Accountability Project, and the former Minerva Chair at the National War College.Aaronson’s research examines the relationship between economic growth and human rights. She is currently directing projects on digital trade and digital rights, the WTO and access to information, sanitation and education, repression and civil conflict, and whistleblowers in international organizations.

Leon Trakman

Professor of Law
University of New South Wales

Professor Trakman is former Dean and currently Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales, 2002-2007. He was Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of California, Davis, 1999/2000; Professor of Law, Dalhousie Law School, 1975-1999; Visiting Professor, Wisconsin Law School, 1992/93; Visiting Professor of Law, University of Cape Town, 1990; Bora Laskin National Fellow in Human Rights, Canada, 1997/98; Killam Professor, Killam Foundation, 1986; Visiting Professor, Tulane Law School, 1983. Bolton Visiting Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 1982. Professor Trakman specializes, inter alia, in contracts, international commercial arbitration, trade and investment law. He is an author of 8 books and over 100 articles in international recognised journals in his areas of specialty.


Samir Saran

Vice President
Observer Research Foundation

Samir Saran is Senior Fellow and Vice President at the Observer Research Foundation. An Electrical Engineer by training, he has a Masters in Media Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science and has been a Fellow at the University of Cambridge Program for Sustainability Leadership.

He has had a rich and diverse experience in the Indian private sector and was actively engaged with regulators and policy makers during the 1990s as India undertook economic reforms. He was part of the business development team of Reliance Industries, India’s largest business conglomerate, and helped to develop its investment plans in the Power Sector. From 2000 onwards – he served the company in its regulatory and corporate affairs team for the Telecommunications business at New Delhi and was a member of the Government – Industry panel on Intellectual Property and Broadcasting regulation.