Samir Saran

Samir Saran is the President of the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), one of Asia’s most influential think tanks. Working with the Board, he provides strategic direction and leadership to ORF’s multiple centres on fund raising, research projects, platform design and outreach initiatives including stakeholder engagement.

Samir curates the Raisina Dialogue, India’s annual flagship platform on geopolitics and geo-economics, and chairs the CyFy: The India Conference on Cyber Security and Internet Governance. He is the Co-Convenor of the India-US Track 1.5 Dialogue on Cyber Issues. Samir is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Cybersecurity. Samir is the Director of the Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies at Sardar Patel University of Police, Security and Criminal Justice, Jodhpur.

Samir writes frequently on issues of global governance, climate change, energy policy, global development architecture, artificial intelligence, cyber security, internet governance, and India’s foreign policy. He has authored four books and several academic papers. His latest publication, New Norms for a Digital Society, outlines rights and responsibilities of stakeholders in evolving digital spaces. Samir has frequently been featured in national and international publications.

Samir has also benefited from a rich and diverse experience in the Indian private sector. At India’s largest conglomerate, Reliance Industries, he served in various capacities across their fibre and petrochemicals, power, telecom, retail and media verticals. He was also a member of the Government – Industry panel on Intellectual Property and Broadcasting regulation.  Samir has been actively engaged with regulators and policy makers since the early 90s, closely studying India’s ambitious economic reform journey.

Samir completed his doctoral studies at the Global Sustainability Institute, UK. He holds a Masters in media studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK, and a Bachelors in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology, India.

Olaf Kolkman

As Chief Internet Technology Officer, Mr. Kolkman is in charge of the Internet Society’s Strategic Technical activities, particularly as they pertain to issues and opportunities for enhancing the Internet’s evolution.

Olaf has been actively involved with Internet technologies since his astronomy studies during the early nineties. Internet became his professional focus in 1996 when he joined the RIPE NCC to develop the first version of what has become a worldwide test-network. In 2007 he became the managing director of NLnet Labs. Under his responsibility NLnet Labs produced open-source products, performed research on technical issues with global impact, and contributed actively to the regional and global collaborative standard and governance bodies (e.g. ICANN, RIPE, IETF), and ‘pushed the needle’ on the development and deployment of DNSSEC.

Kolkman describes himself as an Internet generalist and evangineer, somebody with deep knowledge on some of the Internet’s technical aspects who particularly enjoys bridging the technology-society-policy gaps.

Olaf Kolkman has had numerous responsibilities in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the premier standards organization for the Internet. He chaired the IETF DNS Extension Working Group (dnsext) and the Web Extensible Internet Registration Data Service (weirds) working groups. He was IAB member from 2006 to 2012 and its chair between March 2007 and March 2011. He was member of the IETF Administrative Oversight Committee (IAOC) and the IETF Trust, and was Acting RFC Series Editor in 2011.

He is the IETF/ISOC representative on the European Multi-Stakeholder Platform on ICT Standardization and a Trusted Community Representative in the context of the DNS Root-Signing ceremony.

Frédérick Douzet

Frédérick Douzet is a Professor at the French Institute of Geopolitics at Paris 8 University and has been chairwoman of the Castex Chair of Cyber Strategy since February 2013.

Her current research deals with the geopolitics of cyberspace, as cyberspace has become the object of power rivalries between stakeholders, a scene of confrontation, and a highly powerful tool in geopolitical conflicts. Frédérick Douzet work aims at replacing cyber conflicts within their geopolitical context and training young researchers to take into account the cyber dimension of the geopolitical conflicts and regions they study. She manages a multidisciplinary team of graduate students at the University of Paris 8 and the Castex Chair of Cyberstrategy and covers a wide range of topics.

She studied political science at the Institute of Political Studies of Grenoble and Oxford Brookes University. She earned a Master’s degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley in 1993 then joined the graduate school of geopolitics at the University of Paris 8 where she did her PhD under the supervision of Béatrice Giblin. She has been a member of the editorial board of the review Hérodote since 1994.

Frédérick Douzet was nominated junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France in 2006 and has received several awards for her research : International Forum on Cybersecurity (FIC) Book Prize for strategic thinking (2015) ; France-Berkeley Fund Award for Outstanding Young Scholar (2014) ; Alphonse Milne Edwards book prize from the Society of Geography (2008); Ernest Lemonon book prize from the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences (2008) ; Best paper award from the Urban Affairs Association (2009). She has also received scholarships from the Fulbright Program and the Georges Lurcy Foundation. In 2015, she received the title of “Chevalier de l’ordre national du Mérite” in recognition for public service.

James Andrew Lewis

James Andrew Lewis is a senior vice president and program director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where he writes on technology, security, and innovation. Before joining CSIS, he worked at the Departments of State and Commerce as a Foreign Service officer and as a member of the Senior Executive Service. His government experience includes work on a range of politico-military and Asian security issues, as a negotiator on conventional arms transfers and advanced military technology, and in developing policies for satellites, encryption, and the Internet. Lewis led the U.S. delegation to the Wassenaar Arrangement Experts Group on advanced civil and military technologies and was the rapporteur for the 2010, 2013, and 2015 UN Group of Government Experts on Information Security. He was also assigned to U.S. Southern Command for Operation Just Cause, to U.S. Central Command for Operation Desert Shield, and to the U.S. Central American Task Force. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Lewis is an internationally recognized expert on cybersecurity. His writings include “Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency,” which was noted by President Barack Obama in his first speech on cybersecurity. Lewis is the U.S. lead for a long-running Track II Dialogue on cybersecurity with the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, and he has also authored numerous publications on the relationship between technology, innovation, and national power. Another series of reports examined the role of space in national security. His current research examines international security and governance in cyberspace, the relationship between innovation and technology, the future of warfare, and the effect of the Internet on politics. He has served as a member of the Commerce Department’s Spectrum Management Advisory Committee and the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy, and as a member and chair of the Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing. Lewis is frequently quoted in the press and has testified numerous times before Congress.

Marietje Schaake

Marietje Schaake has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament for the Dutch Democratic Party (D66) with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) political group since 2009. She serves on the International Trade committee and is the spokesperson for the ALDE Group on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Schaake also serves on the committee on Foreign Affairs and the subcommittee on Human Rights. She is the founder of the European Parliament Intergroup on the Digital Agenda for Europe. Furthermore, Marietje Schaake is the Vice-President of the US Delegation and serves on the Iran Delegation and the Delegation for the Arab peninsula. She was a Member of the Global Commission on Internet Governance and is a Young Global Leader and a Member of the Global Future Council on Future of Digital Economy and Society with the WEF.

Marina Kaljurand

Former Chair of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace

Marina Kaljurand was elected in March 2019 to the Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu) as a member of the Social Democratic Party (SDE). In this context, she announced during the GCSC meeting in Kobe, Japan, that she has handed over the chairmanship of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace. Her chairmanship will be continued by the two Co-Chairs Michael Chertoff and Latha Reddy.

Previously, Marina served as Estonian Foreign Minister from 2015 July – 2016 October. She has also been appointed as Ambassador of Estonia to several countries, including the United States of America, the Russian Federation, the State of Israel, Mexico, and Canada.

Ms. Kaljurand has been appointed twice to serve as the Estonian National Expert at the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security.

She began her career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1991 and had since held several leadership positions, including Undersecretary for Legal and Consular Affairs (Legal Adviser), Undersecretary for Trade and Development Cooperation, Undersecretary for Political Affairs. She has played an important role as expert and negotiator in the process of Russian troop withdrawal and in negotiations on land and maritime boundaries agreements between Estonia and the Russian Federation, as well as in the accession negotiations of Estonia to the European Union and to the OECD.

Marina Kaljurand graduated with cum laude from Tartu University (M.A. in Law), she also has a professional diploma from Estonian School of Diplomacy and an M.A. degree in International Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Additionally, she has undergone professional training at the Universities of Lapland, Pittsburgh and Durham and at the Civil Service College in London. She is a founding member of the Estonian branch of the International Law Association and of WIIS-EST (Estonian branch of Women in International Security). She has been awarded the Order of White Star, III class, and the Order of the National Coat of Arms, III class, by the President of Estonia. She is fluent in Estonian, English and Russian.

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