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Advisory Council Officers 2010 – 2012

Keith Davidson, External Relations Director, InternetNZ, AC Co-Chair


I have a fairly long history of association with the Internet, since the mid 1980′s and have considerable respect for the evolution of the technology, the commitment of the technical community, and the enormous enablement and transformation in communications and information availability brought about by this medium.

I have served, and continue to serve in a number of governance and management roles relating to the Internet. I owned and operated a regional ISP in New Zealand during the 1990′s and early 2000′s. I was President of InternetNZ, the delegated ccTLD manager for .nz for 4 years, and then its CEO for another 4 years. InternetNZ was established in 1995 very much leveraging from ISOC objectives, and has a considerable commitment to furthering objectives that keep the Internet open and uncaptureable, as well as a broad outreach programme within NZ, and importantly in the Pacific Islands. I continue engagement with InternetNZ looking after external, primarily international relationships. I am the current chair of APTLD, the association of ccTLD managers for the Asia Pacific region. Also I currently chair the ccNSO “Delegations / Redelegations of ccTLDs” working group, and co-chair the Government Advisory Committee / ccNSO Liaison Group in ICANN.

Within ISOC, I have been a member of the Pacific Island Chapter for many years, and have established programmes enabling travel fellowships for Pacific Island techies to attend various PICISOC and PacNOG, NZNOG and other relevant events. I have also represented InternetNZ on the ISOC Advisory Council for several years, as InternetNZ is an organisational ISOC member. Currently I am co-ordinating the processes to convene a Pacific IGF meeting planned for April 2011.

I’ve participated in a large number of technical fora including IETF, IGF, WSIS, ITU, APRICOT, APAN etc and also currently represent APTLD on the APIA (organiser of APRICOT) and APStar groups.

I am fully committed to ISOC’s core principles, and with a strong appreciation of the Internets underlying technologies, significant roles in the development of public policy in national, regional and global environments. ISOC has been progressing usefully in areas of Internet public policies, and I look forward to the forthcoming 2 years serving the Advisory Council as one of its AC Officers, and working with Desiree and Theresa as fellow co-chairs.

Desiree Miloshevic, Senior Advisor, International Affairs and Public Policy, Affilias, AC Co-Chair


Desiree Zeljka Miloshevic is Senior Public Policy and International Affairs and Adviser at Afilias, a global leader in Internet infrastructure and domain name registry services. She is a member of ISOC Community Grants Programme Committee and of ISOC Chapter England and ISOC Chapter Belgrade.

Desiree served as Special Adviser to the Chair of the UN nternet Governance Forum Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group (2006-2009) and as Board Trustee of the Internet Society ISOC (2004-2010), and as a Board member of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility CSPR (2004-2010) and EURALO Board member (2007-2009). She has been participating in the work of ICANN constituencies since April 1999 and in the work of many Internet councils in the areas of DNS policy and Internet governance. She is a frequent participant of RIPE, IETF, AFRINIC, LACNIC, LACTLD, CENTR, INET, APRICOT, IGF and OECD meetings.

Her decade-plus of close and productive interactions with regulators, intergovernmental leaders, academics, artists, and community activists throughout the world provide her with a unique set of resources with which to engage the often complex, cross-sectoral challenges of Internet technical coordination and governance.

Ms. Miloshevic’s work in the Internet field began in 1993 as one of the host masters of Demon Internet, the United Kingdoms first ISP to offer commercial access to individual internet users in addition to corporations. She participated in the informal, peer-coordinated policy making process for the .UK domain until supervision of the .UK ccTLD was assumed by Nominet in 1996. In 1998 she took a hiatus to set up, a music publishing website under the GPL license to help unsigned artists. Prior to joining Afilias Limited in 2001 she was VP of Corporate Development and Registry Policy at Virtual Internet PLC (1998-2001) where she oversaw a successful application for .pro Top-Level-Domain.

More recently, Desiree spent a year at the Oxford Internet Institute as a Visiting Associate (2008-2009) where her research focused on the New Economic context of Internet governance.  Her current projects include work on the history of London Internet Exchange (LINX) and UK Internet and chairing the board of Domain d.o.o., a “dotME” registry and a country code Top-Level-Domain (ccTLD) for Montenegro.

Desiree studied English Literature at the Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade. She has lived in London since 1991 and has travelled to more than 100 countries.

Theresa Swinehart, Executive Director, Global Internet Policy, Verizon, AC Co-Chair


Theresa Swinehart is Executive Director, Global Internet Policy for Verizon Communications, where she specializes in emerging issues including Internet governance and engagement with policy makers, experts and stakeholders globally.

Prior to joining Verizon in 2010, Theresa was Vice President, Global and Strategic Partnerships, for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), where she had been since 2001. Her responsibilities with ICANN included contributing to its reform process, leading the international team, the organization’s strategy for global engagement and outreach, and representing the organization in international forums, particularly those relating to Internet governance. She worked with a wide range of stakeholders, including business, regional and international organizations (governmental and non-governmental), technical community, government and civil society, on a range of issues bridging technical, political and policy expertise and experience (e.g. internationalized Domain Names (IDNs)).

Before joining ICANN, Theresa was Director for Global E-Commerce at MCI, where she was responsible for emerging international Internet issues, including ISP liability, data protection and the company’s participation in Internet related forums including the formation of ICANN.

Theresa began her career in international human rights with a focus on economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights.

Theresa holds a law degree from American University Washington College of Law (USA), a post graduate degree in International Studies from the University of Vienna (Austria), and a BA in International Relations from the University of California, Davis (USA).

She has represented organizations in numerous international forums, served on committees, including the Internet Governance Forum Multistakeholder Advisory Committee (MAG), and is fluent in English and German and conversant in French.