Special guests

  • Bob Hinden

    Bob Hinden

    Bob Hinden is a member and Chair of the Internet Society Board of Trustees.  He is also the Check Point Fellow at Check Point Software, and co-chairs the IPv6 working group at the IETF.

    Previously at Nokia, he was a Nokia Fellow, Chief Internet Technologist at Nokia Networks, and Chief Technical Officer (CTO) at the Nokia IP Routing Group.

    Bob Hinden was one of the early employees (i.e., employee number 4) of Ipsilon Networks, Inc. Ipsilon was acquired by Nokia on December 31, 1997.  He was previously employed at Sun Microsystems where he was responsible for the Internet Engineering group that implements internet protocols for Sun’s operating systems.  Prior to this he worked at Bolt, Beranek, and Newman, Inc. on a variety of internetwork related projects including the first operational internet router and one of the first TCP/IP implementations.

    Bob Hinden was co-recipient of the 2008 IEEE Internet Award for pioneering work in the development of the first Internet routers.

    Bob Hinden has been active in the IETF since 1985 and is the author of thirty-nine RFCs. He is a past chair of the IETF Administrative Oversight Committee (IAOC) and co-chairs the 6man working group. Prior to this he served on the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), was Area Director for Routing in the Internet Engineering Steering group from 1987 to 1994, and chaired the IPv6, Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol, Simple Internet Protocol Plus, IPAE, the IP over ATM, and the Open Routing working groups. He is also a member of the RFC Editorial Board.

    Bob Hinden holds an B.S.E.E., and a M.S. in Computer Science from Union College, Schenectady, New York.

  • Kathryn C. Brown

    Kathryn C. Brown

    President and Chief Executive Officer, Internet Society

    Kathryn C. Brown joined the Internet Society as President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2014. A veteran of Internet policy development and initiatives that have aided in the Internet’s global expansion, Ms. Brown leads the Internet Society in its mission to keep the Internet open, thriving and benefitting all people throughout the world.

    The Internet Society is at the center of the largest global network of people and organizations focused on ensuring the Internet continues to evolve as a platform for innovation, collaboration, economic development and social progress. As the Internet faces escalating challenges in the areas of privacy, security and governance, the Internet Society serves as a powerful voice for the Internet community as an internationally respected expert on Internet technical, development and policy issues.

    Ms. Brown’s career spans the public and private sector, including serving in the United States National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and leading policy and global corporate social responsibility initiatives for telecom provider Verizon. She received her J.D., summa cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Marist College. Ms. Brown has served on the advisory boards of the Public Interest Registry (.ORG), the mPowering Development Initiative of the ITU, and the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab.

  • Hon. Amy Adams

    Hon. Amy Adams

    Minister of Justice
    Minister for Courts
    Minister of Broadcasting
    Minister for Communications
    MP for Selwyn

    Hon. Amy Adams became a Member of Parliament at the 2008 General Election, representing the large rural electorate of Selwyn in the Canterbury province.

    Following the 2014 General Election Minister Adams became the Minister of Justice, Minister for Courts, Minister of Broadcasting and Minister for Communications. She has previously held the roles of Minister for the Environment and Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Minister for Internal Affairs and Associate Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery.

    Before being elected to Parliament, Minister Adams was a partner with law firm Mortlock McCormack Law in Christchurch, specialising in commercial and property law.

    Minister Adams lives in Canterbury, with her husband Don and their two children on their 250 hectare sheep and crop farm in Aylesbury, mid-Canterbury.