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Rodrigo Arenas, Computer Engineer, University of Chile

Rodrigo ArenasRodrigo Arenas is a Computer Engineer from the University of Chile. He has worked for ten years as a Network Administrator, Systems in Telephony and Domain Name Registration at .cl NIC Chile.

With extensive experience in the planning, design and implementation of data networks and services in high availability, he has served as a consultant in these areas and as professor at the University of Chile, where he has taught courses in Computer Networks and the Workshop of Computer Networks. He frequently participates in regional and international forums involved in the development of technical standards for the Internet, and has exhibited work and tutorials developed for the deployment and configuration of IPv4 and IPv6, streaming audio and video over IP networks resources, and other issues.

Chris Grundemann, Director, Deployment & Operationalization, Internet Society

Chris GrundemannChris Grundemann (JNCIE #449) is the Director of Deployment and Operationalization at the Internet Society where he focuses on developing and delivering programs to foster the uptake and use of key Internet technologies. Chris is the author of Day One: Exploring IPv6 and Day One: Advanced IPv6 Configuration, as well as several IETF Internet Drafts and various industry papers. He is the founding Chair of CO ISOC, the Colorado chapter of the Internet Society, a board member for the Rocky Mountain IPv6 Task Force (RMv6TF), an elected member of the ARIN Advisory Council (AC), an appointed member of the NANOG Program Committee (PC), Chair of the DLNA TC IPv6 Task Force, Co-Chair of the UPnP IPv6 Task Force, and a member of the CEA Pv6 Transition Working Group.

Chris also maintains a personal weblog aimed primarily towards Internet related posts typically focusing on network operation and design, tech-policy and the future of the Internet.

Wes Hardaker, Lead Research Scientist, Technical Director of the Network Security Research Group, Parsons

Wes HardakerMr. Hardaker is the Technical Director of the Networking Security Research Group (netsec) within Parsons Government Systems. He is responsible for overseeing the technical aspects and direction of the netsec team, whose mission is to create and improve upon the security features of core networking protocols. Mr. Hardaker has taken lead roles in managing, designing, and carrying-out multiple network security projects, including projects on network management, DNS and DNSSEC, IPsec, and the RPKI and BGPSEC secure routing technologies. He is a strong advocate of open, interoperable standards and has played active roles in the creation and deployment of Internet Protocol standards through his extensive participation in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

Since 1995, Mr. Hardaker has been the lead developer and architect of the Net-SNMP open source project, a highly popular open source SNMP stack and agent development toolkit. Mr. Hardaker also led the design and development of the DNSSEC-Tools toolkit, which is designed to facilitate the deployment of the DNSSEC protocol and is used by network operational staff around the world. Mr. Hardaker also plays a key role in Parson’s effort to define, implement and promote the IETF’s new RPKI and BGPSEC secure routing technologies.

Max Henry Larson, Founder and President, Transversal

MaxHenryLarsonNetwork Engineer, IT Trainer and Entrepreneur, He founded, in 2005, Transversal which provides network, training services and Mobile application development. He is a co-Founder of The Haitian Association for the Development of Information Technology and Communication (AHTIC) which includes almost all the key players of the IT sector in Haiti. Max has been teaching the past ten years at State University of Haiti and is very active in ICT in the LATAM region. Along his contributions to launch .ht ccTLD, Help Haitian ISPs to build their Core Infrastructure and Create the Haitian Internet Exchange Point, Max has served from may 2010 to may 2014 as co-Chair of the public policy Forum at LACNIC.

Carlos Martinez, Chief Technology Officer, LACNIC

CarlosMartinezCarlos Martinez is LACNIC’s Chief Technology Officer, where he leads a team both in charge of the technological operational support of the organization and in charge of pushing research and innovation projects in areas related to computer networking and the Internet like IPv6, network routing and computer security security.

Previously Carlos was the head of LACNIC’s R+D efforts and Project Manager for LACNIC’s Security, Stability and Resiliency initiatives.

Before LACNIC Carlos worked for the in the Internet Service Provider (ISP) industry, having gained extensive experience in ISP
operations and network planning for large deployments and for designing and managing security and stability in large networks.
He has also provided consulting services for different organizations, including AGESIC, Uruguay’s e-Government and Information Society agency, and has also taught at two universities in Montevideo.

Christian O’Flaherty, Senior Development Manager for Latin America and The Caribbean Bureau, Internet Society

Christian O'FlahertyChristian O’Flaherty focuses on promoting Internet access, growth, and sustainability in Latin American and the Caribbean. Christian began his career in academia, lecturing on operating systems, networking, and data communications at the Universidad Nacional del Sur in Argentina. In 1995, he became the Internet Operations Director at the Argentine National Research and Education Network (RETINA), where he was responsible for network planning and operations, coordinating more than 20 universities and research institutions that were connected through RETINA to the NSFNET.

In 1997, Christian joined IMPSAT, a Latin American provider of IP, hosting and data solutions. He played a key role in IMPSAT’s evolution from satellite-based communications to a regional IP fiber network and managed Internet services and network planning in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela.

Global Crossing acquired IMPSAT Fiber Networks in 2006. With Global Crossing, Christian served as Latin American Internet Product Marketing Manager, and was responsible for developing and implementing the strategic plan for Internet products in the region.

Christian served as the Policy Chair of LACNIC from 2004 to 2008. He has been an active participant in other local, regional, and international forums including the Argentine IPv6 Task Force, the Argentine ISP association (CABASE), the Latin American IXP association (NAPLA), and the Internet Governance Forum (IGF).

Alvaro Retana, Distinguished Engineer, Cisco Technical Services

Alvaro RetanaAlvaro Retana is a Distinguished Engineer in Cisco Technical Services, where he works on Strategic Customer Enablement. Previously, Alvaro was a Distinguished Technologist in the Advanced Technology Group at HP Networking, where he lead the definition of strategy and technical direction for OpenFlow/Software Defined Networking. He originally worked at Cisco Systems from 1995-2011 as a Principal Engineer in the Network Software and Solutions Technology Group, leading the Core IP Technology Architecture Team. Alvaro is widely recognized for his expertise in Routing Protocols and Network Design and Architecture; he is a Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (CCIE), Cisco Certified Design Expert(CCDE) and one a handful of people who have achieved the Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) certification.

Alvaro is an active participant in the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force), where he co-chairs the Routing Area Working Group (rtgwg), is a member of the Routing Area Directorate and has authored several RFCs on routing technology. Alvaro has published 4 technical books and has been awarded more than 35 patents by the US Patent and Trademark Office. His current interests include Software Defined Networking, energy efficiency, infrastructure security, routing protocols and other related topics.

Alvaro holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Costa Rica. He was born and raised in San José and now lives in North Carolina with his wife and two sons.

Arturo L. Servin Niembro, Peering and Content Distribution Manager, Google

arturo servinArturo L. Servin Niembro currently works at Google Inc. as Peering and Content Distribution manager for Iberoamerica and the Caribbean. Before joining Google, he was Chief Technology Officer at the Internet Address Registry for Latin America and the Caribbean (LACNIC). Arturo also has worked as a research engineer, consultant and network manager at various organizations in the UK and Mexico.

He received his PhD from the Department of Computer Science at the University of York, where his research focused on artificial intelligence, machine learning, and network security. In addition, he holds a Master’s Degree in Telecom Management and a B.S. in Electronic Systems Engineering, both from ITESM Campus Monterrey, Mexico. Arturo has worked on multiple innovation projects, including the development of Internet-2 in Mexico, where he served as Chairman of the Network Development Committee and Coordinator of the working group on IP-Multicast.

Jan Žorž, Operational Engagement Programme Manager, Internet Society

Jan-ZorzJan is the Internet Society’s Operational Engagement Programme Manager. He works on operational initiatives to ease the deployment of IPv6 and other technologies. He is also working to help the industry document best current operational practices and to improve operator feedback to the IETF.

Jan is one of the pioneers of SiOL, the Slovenian national ISP, and has been involved in the organization from the beginning. For the last seven years, Jan has been working as a consultant in the IT field, specializing in IPv6. He co-founded the Go6 institute (not-for-profit), a Slovenian IPv6 initiative whose main objective is to raise IPv6 awareness in Slovenia and alert the community to the fact that we are approaching extensive changes on the Internet.

Due to the success of Go6 Institute, Slovenia is currently leading the EU as the country most prepared for IPv6 (according to the RIPE NCC’s IPv6 RIPEness study). Jan has been invited to present around the world on his work, the model of the Go6 platform, IPv6 awareness raising and deployment at the national level. Jan is also primary co-author of a very successful procurement (specification) paper, published as official RIPE Best Current Practice document RIPE-501, titled “Requirements For IPv6 in ICT Equipment”. This document is translated into more than 10 languages and is used around the world by enterprises and governments when requesting IPv6 features in ICT equipment purchases. RIPE-501 was recently replaced by RIPE-554, also co-authored by Merike Kaeo, Sander Steffann and Jan Žorž.

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