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.

Hiroshi Esaki

University of Tokyo

Hiroshi Esaki has worked at the Research & Development Center, Toshiba Corporation. He has also served as a researcher at Bellcore, Inc. (USA) and at the Center for Telecommunication Research (Columbia University). His work led to the origin of “Multi-Protocol Label Switching” adopted by the Internet Engineering Task Force and the ATM Forum. Since 2010 he has served as the director of the WIDE Project which has led on several IPv6 research and development projects. He is the executive director of the IPv6 promotion council, which is serves to advise various Japanese government agencies. He received his B.E. and M.E. degrees from Kyushu University and his Ph.D from The University of Tokyo in 1998.

Jun Takei

Keio University

Jun Takei received his B.E. and M.E. from University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo in 1990 & 1992. Dr. Takei joined Japan Communication Satellite Co. (Now JSAT Co.) in 1992 as a systems engineer at Yokohama Satellite Control Center (YSCC).
He received his Ph.D from Keio University in 2003. Since 2005, he has been working at Intel Japan as a senior researcher and now as policy manager. He has been a WIDE project researcher since 1992 and now serves as a board member of the WIDE project.

Akinori Maemura

General Manager Internet Development Department

Akinori Maemura is currently the General Manager of the Internet Development Department at the Japan Network Information Center (JPNIC). Akinori began his career in the Internet industry in 1994, designing a nation-wide IP network operated by the NEC Corporation. Since then he has been involved in the Japanese Internet Community as a founding member of the steering committee of JANOG (Japan Network Operators Group), in JPNIC activities in its IP address management business as a committee member and the Trustee-in-charge, and so on. After working for the France Telecom Group seven years from 2000, he joined JPNIC as General Manager, IP Department in 2007. Akinori has been a member of the APNIC Executive Council since 2000, a visiting research fellow for GLOCOM (Center for Global Communication of the International University of Japan) since 2007, and Director of JPCERT Coordination Center since 2014.

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.

Yoshihiro Obata


Mr. Obata began his career with KDD (now KDDI) in 1986, and later as an acceptance testing and global interconnection engineer, subsequently working for their R&D teams, where he designed and developed a second-generation global fax mail system. In 1994, he was assigned as the project manager to start global Internet transit business between the United States and Japan. After involved in foundation of JPIX, the first commercial Internet Exchange company in Japan, he quit KDD in 1999 to start up eAccess as a director and CTO, an ADSL wholesale company. eAccess acquired a 3G license in 2005 and successfully introduced LTE in 2012 (under the EMOBILE brand). In 2013, after the acquisition of eAccess by Softbank, he moved to Equinix Japan and now serves as the CEO of BizMobile.

Kan Suzuki

Adjunct Professor
Keio University

Kan Suzuki holds professorships at both the Graduate School of Public Policy at The University of Tokyo and the Graduate School of Media and Governance at Keio University. He has also served as a visiting researcher at the University of Sydney, part-time lecturer in policy studies at Chuo University and associate professor at Keio University’s Faculty of Environment and Information Studies.

Mr. Suzuki received his bachelor’s degree in law from The University of Tokyo in 1986 and worked at Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). After leaving METI, he was a member of Japan’s House of Councilors for 12 years. He served two terms as senior vice minister of Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and is currently an executive committee member of the Japan Football Association.

Masanobu Katoh

Intellectual Ventures

Masanobu Katoh started his professional career at the legal department of Fujitsu Limited in 1977. In June 2002 he headed the company’s IP and Legal groups in Japan. Following several executive positions including Vice President and General Counsel, Mr. Katoh joined Intellectual Ventures in 2010. Mr. Katoh is actively involved in policy and regulatory discussions on Internet and technology issues. He served as chairman of the Internet Law & Policy Forum (ILPF), a board member of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), chairman of working group of Internet Governance at Global Information Infrastructure Commission (GIIC) and chairmen of two subcommittees at the Japan Business Federation (Nippon Keidanren). He serves as vice chair of IGF-Japan, the local IGF group launched in Japan.

He received law degrees from the University of Tokyo (LL.B.) and the University of Michigan (LL.M.), and is admitted to practice laws in Washington D.C. and New York.

Toshiya Jitsuzumi

Kyushu University

Toshiya Jitsuzumi is a 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.

Tomoko Ishikawa

Graduate School of International Development
Nagoya University

Tomoko Ishikawa is Associate Professor at Nagoya University in Japan. She is a member of the Legal Advisory Committee of the Energy Charter Treaty and an arbitrator at Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration. Her professional experiences include serving as a Judge at Tokyo District Court and holding the position of Deputy Director at the International Legal Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, where she worked on bilateral/trilateral investment treaties, Free Trade Agreements and WTO dispute settlement.

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.

Xing Li

Tsinghua University

Professor Xing Li is Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering at Tsinghua University. His research interests center on advanced communication and Internet design. He is Co-Chair of the Coordination Committee of the Intercontinental Research Network (CCIRN) and serves in the Internet Society. He received his Ph.D in electrical engineering from Drexel University.

Gao Xinmin

Vice President
Internet Society of China

Professor Xinmin Gao is the Vice President of Internet Society of China, and a member of the Advisory Committee for the State Informatization of China. He has extensive working experience in the research of informatization, including the application of computer technologies to power grids, informatization development planning, Internet governance, and e-commerce.


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.

YJ Park

SUNY Korea

Dr. Youn Jung Park (a.k.a. Y.J. Park) has been actively engaged with national, regional and global Internet Governance dialogues since 1999. While working as the acting chief executive officer of Multilingual Internet Names Consortium (2001 ~ 2002), she promoted the concept of multilingual domain names on the Internet working closely with many stakeholders including Internet Society. Her main research areas are the governance of Internet related organizations and the participation of different stakeholders in these institutions. Prior to her work at SUNY Korea, YJ was a senior research fellow at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at TUDelft in the Netherlands where she conducted postdoctoral research on Internet governance. She advises the Korean government on Internet Governance matters and has often been invited by them to serve as an expert member/observer of the Korean delegation at leading international meetings where Internet matters are discussed, including ITU, WSIS and IGF. YJ chaired adhoc sessions at the 2014 ITU Plenipotentiary meeting in Busan. Dr. Park holds a Ph.D. in Information, Science and Technology from Syracuse University.

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.

United States

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,

Peter Cowhey

Graduate School of Pacific Studies, UC San Diego

Peter F. Cowhey is the Dean and Qualcomm Professor of Communications and Technology Policy at the Graduate School of Pacific Studies at UC San Diego. In the Clinton Administration he served as Senior Counselor and then Chief of the International Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission during its overhaul of its global competition policies and forging of a WTO agreement on telecommunications services. Cowhey is head of policy studies for the California Institute on Telecommunications and Information Technology and Chief Policy Officer for the Aspen Institute’s International Digital Economy Accords project.

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.

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 Pepper

Fellow, Communications and Society Program
The Aspen Institute

Robert Pepper works with governments across the world helping them develop strategies and address areas such as ICT and development, broadband plans, IP enabled services, wireless and spectrum policy, the Internet of Things, security, privacy and Internet governance. Before joining The Aspen institute, Pepper led Cisco’s Global Technology Policy team for more than a decade following nearly 20 years at the FCC including serving as Chief of the Office of Plans and Policy and Chief of Policy Development beginning in 1989 where he led teams developing policies promoting the development of the Internet, implementing telecommunications legislation, planning for the transition to digital television, and designing and implementing the first U.S. spectrum auctions. Pepper received his BA. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

James Miller

Adjunct Professor of Law
American University

James Miller is a Senior Attorney Advisor in the Office of Engineering and Technology at the Federal Communications Commission, Adjunct Professor of Law at the American University, Washington College of Law, an Affiliated Research Fellow of the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information at the Columbia Business School and past 2004-2006 Mansfield Fellow. At the FCC, Mr. Miller focuses on regulatory and policy matters related to spectrum and Internet technology. As Adjunct Professor of Law at the American University, Washington College of Law he teaches U.S.-Japan Comparative Law and develops programs focused on East-Asia and technology.

As a Mansfield Fellow, Mr. Miller explored Japanese regulatory policies for broadband technology and the information society, particularly focusing on legal and regulatory reforms and spectrum policy, in the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Radio Policy Bureau (MIC), Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Office of Senior-Vice Minister Yoshitaka SAKURADA, and the Tokyo District and High Court’s Administrative Litigation and Intellectual Property Sections.

He is a cum laude graduate of the Washington College of Law, American University, and holds a bachelors degree in Economics and East-Asian studies (honors) from the University of Kansas.


Uday Desai

IIT Hyderabad

Uday B. Desai is the Director of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Hyderabad. His research interests are in wireless communications, wireless sensor networks and statistical signal processing. He is also interested in multimedia, image and video processing, arti cial neural networks, computer vision, and wavelet analysis. He is interested in the development of communication and other technologies that can be utilized for the betterment of rural India. Dr. Desai is a senior member of IEEE, a Fellow of INSA (Indian National Science Academy), Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), and a Fellow of The Institution of Electronic & Telecommunication Engineers (IETE).

Dr. Desai received his Bachelors degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, in 1974, his Masters from the State University of New York, Buffalo, in 1976, and his Ph.D from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, U.S.A., in 1979, all in Electrical Engineering.


Andrew Ure

Head of Trade and Economic Affairs for APAC

Andrew Ure is Head of Trade and Economic Affairs for APAC at Google, based in Hong Kong. Prior to this he was Managing Director of OgilvyEarth, a sustainability consultancy. He also spent eight years as a diplomat with the Australian Government, working on Middle East policy and UN climate change negotiations. He has a degree in Geography from Oxford University and International Law from the Australian National University.

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.


Adam Peake

Global Civil Society Engagement
Accountability, ICANN

Adam is responsible for ICANN's relations with civil society organizations, including academia, supporting non-commercial participation in ICANN's multi-stakeholder model. Before joining ICANN in December 2014, Adam spent more than two decades as a senior researcher at the Center for Global Communications (GLOCOM), International University of Japan, where he worked on projects related to telecommunications and Internet policy. Adam has been active in policy-making activities for the deployment and development of the Internet since the early-1990s. He was one of the lead civil society representatives during WSIS, IGF and NETmundial.