Collected Links on Proposed ICANN Initial Board Members


In its most recent submission to the Department of Commerce, IANA proposed that the following nine individuals be selected as the members of the Initial Board of the new ICANN entity. The biographical information appearing below has been drawn from news accounts, the individualsí personal home pages (where located), and general searches of Web resources.

This collection of links is offered by the Berkman Center as a resource to the Internet community to assist individuals in assessing the list of names offered by IANA. Readers are encouraged to email any relevant links (or corrections), including writings and news accounts, to

In their submission to the Department of Commerce, the Boston Working Group did not designate the identity of the Initial Board members; rather, their proposal (Article V, Section 1) calls for the Initial Board to be elected by the individuals who participated in the IFWP process.



Geraldine Capdeboscq is Executive Vice President for Strategy, Technology and Partnerships, BULL (France). While at BULL, she was also Finance and MIS Director for the French Network (1988-91), Finance and Strategic Partnerships Director for the Research and Development Division (1991-94), and President of Smartcards, Terminals and Securization (1994-97). BULL is a member organization of SFIB, Syndicat de l'Industrie des Technologies de l'Information, which represents the French information technology industry. SFIB is a member of EUROBIT, the European federation of national information technology associations.

Mrs. Capdeboscq serves on the Board of the Micro-Electronics Development for European Applications (MEDEA), a pan-European program for advanced research and development which focuses on silicon submicron technology and its integration into systems.

Mrs. Capdeboscq received her training at the Ecole Nationale d'Administration in France.



George Conrades is a Venture Partner with Polaris Venture Partners. He had been Executive Vice President and President, GTE Internetworking since the acquisition of GTE by BBN in 1997. He was also Chief Executive Officer of BBN (1994-98). Previously, he was with IBM for thirty-one years, including IBM United States and IBM Asia/Pacific in Tokyo. At IBM, he was Senior Vice President and a member of IBM's Corporate Management Board.

He is former Chairman of the Board of Ohio Wesleyan University, a trustee of The Scripps Research Institute, a trustee of the Committee for Economic Development, and chair of the subcommittee report on the importance of basic research in America. Previously, he served as director for several companies in health care, bio-pharmaceuticals and high technology, and is a member of the board of CBS.

Mr. Conrades holds a Bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics from Ohio Wesleyan University (1961) and a M.B.A. from the University of Chicago (1971).

Mr. Conrades was a panelist at the Harvard University Conference on the Internet and Society in May, 1998. His remarks on "The Place of the Internet in National and Global Information Infrastructure" are reproduced on the Conference web site.

BusinessWeek published a Q & A with Mr. Conrades in March 1998. Forbes Magazine ran a profile of Mr. Conrades in October 1997. A profile of BBN under Mr. Conrades appeared in the Boston Globe in 1996.


Greg Crew is currently the Chairman of the Australian Communications Industry Forum Ltd., which describes itself as "a communications self-regulatory body established by the industry to manage communications self-regulation within Australia. The primary role of ACIF is to develop and administer industry technical and operating arrangements that promote both the long-term interest of end-users and the efficiency and international competitiveness of the Australian communications industry. This primarily involves ensuring timely availability of Technical Standards, Industry Codes of Practice and industry support services that the industry and community need."

Mr. Crew is also Chairman of the Australian Information Technology Engineering Centre, which "was established under the Australian Government's Advanced Engineering Centres initiative as a joint venture between The University of Adelaide, The University of South Australia, The Flinders University of South Australia and the Regency Institute."

Mr. Crew is a non-executive director of ERG Ltd. (Perth), serving on the Audit Committee. ERG describes itself as "a world leader in the development and supply of technologically advanced multipurpose smart card systems, automated fare collection (AFC) products and systems and telecommunications products. Headquartered in Australia, ERG also has extensive offshore operations with manufacturing and/or sales and marketing bases in Belgium, Canada, Hong Kong, France, Scandinavia and the United Kingdom. The Company has over 800 employees worldwide. ERG comprises of three core operating divisions: Card Systems and Services (QuickLink Card Systems Ltd); Automated Fare Collection (AES Prodata Holdings Ltd); Telecommunications (ERG Telecommunications Pty Ltd)."

Mr. Crew is a non-executive director of Silicon Wireless Ltd. (California), a provider of PCS products and services. He was Chief Executive Officer of Mercury Communications Ltd. (UK) (1993-95) and Chief Operating Officer of Hongkong Telecommunications Ltd. (1991-93). He was also Managing Director of Hongkong Telephone Co. Ltd. (1988-91). Previously, he occupied various positions in engineering and commercial management in Hong Kong, and in Australia with Telecom Australia. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr. Crew holds a Bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of Tasmania (1959), a Master's degree in administration from Monash University (1979), and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the Open University of Hong Kong for services to telecommunications and education in Hong Kong.

In March 1998, Mr. Crew gave a presentation entitled "Self-Regulation of DNS" to a meeting of Australiaís National Office for the Information Economy. A transcript of and the slides for that presentation at entitled are available on the Web. It appears that this meeting was held in preparation for Mr. Magazinerís April 1998 trip to Australia to discuss DNS issues with representatives of the Australian Internet industry.


Esther Dyson is currently chairman of EDventure Holdings, a small but diversified company focused on emerging information technology worldwide. She is a member of the United States National Information Infrastructure Advisory Council, where she co-chairs the Information Privacy and Intellectual Property subcommittee, and a member of the President's Export Council Subcommittee on Encryption. She sits on the board of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

According to her home page, Ms. Dyson sits on the boards of the Global Business Network (a consulting organization), ComputerLand Poland , Cygnus Solution, E-Pub Services , Thinking Tools, Accent Software, Medscape, APP (Prague), PRT Group , TrustWorks (Amsterdam), Scala, Poland Online , New World Publishing, IBS (Moscow) and iCat, and on the advisory boards of Perot Systems and the Internet Capital Group. She has investments in all of those enterprises. She also has investments in other start-ups including PocketScience, Cambridge Display Technology, DPI and TerraLink (both in Russia), Softsteppe (Bishkek), Orchestream (UK), Prediction Company, Internet Securities, 21st Century Travel, Stagecast, FEED, i-traffic, Bright Light Technologies, Mirror Image, NetBeans (Prague) and GiGA Information Group.

Ms. Dyson is also on the boards and executive committees of the Santa Fe Institute and the Institute for East-West Studies, and on the board of the Eurasia Foundation. She is a founding member of the Russian Software Market Association and a member of the (US) Software Publishers Association. She serves on the advisory boards of The Software Entrepreneurs Forum (Silicon Valley), the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, the Russian Internet Technology Center, and the Soros Medical Internet Project.

Previously, she was a securities analyst (New Court Securities, 1977-80; Oppenheimer & Co., 1980-82), and a reporter for Forbes magazine (1974-77).

Ms. Dyson holds a Bachelor's degree in economics from Harvard University (1972).

Ms. Dysonís autobiographical home page features a large number of links.


Frank Fitzsimmons is Senior Vice President, Global Marketing for Dun & Bradstreet, where he is responsible for the implementation of new global marketing initiatives in the areas of access systems, software and consulting partner marketing, Internet applications, electronic markets, and value-added products. Previously, he was Senior Vice President, Global Electronic Commerce Marketing responsible for creating a global strategy for partnership marketing, D&B's web strategy, as well as defining D&B's role in electronic commerce.

Mr. Fitzsimmons was Vice President, Applications Marketing (1994-96), where he was responsible for the development of new products and new markets for D&B-U.S. In this role, he managed "start-up" type teams to develop strategies, products and distribution capabilities.

He was also Vice President, Finance for the Business Marketing Services Division and Vice President, Strategic Planning for D&B Information Services, North America. Previously, he held positions in Finance and Planning for Amerada Hess and the international divisions of W.R. Grace & Co.

Mr. Fitzsimmons hold a Bachelor's degree in accounting from Ithaca College and a M.B.A. degree in finance from Columbia University.


Hans Kraaijenbrink is Chairman of the Executive Board of ETNO, the European Telecommunications Network Operators association, located in Brussels. He is also Manager, European Policy and Regulation with Royal KPV N.V., the Netherlands where he is responsible for European and international regulatory strategic affairs.

Previously, he worked for the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, responsible for information technology and the services sectors, and for the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management. He was also a member of the management team of the Telecommunications and Posts Directorate in the initial phase of the Dutch Telecommunications Regulator.

Mr. Kraaijenbrink graduated from Delft University (1996).


Jun Murai is currently Professor, Faculty of Environmental Information, Keio University (Japan); Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Advanced Studies, United Nations University; Instructor at Tokyo University of Art and Music; President of the Japan Network Information Center (JPNIC); General Chairperson of the WIDE Project (a Japanese Internet research consortium); Vice Chairperson of the Japanese chapter of the Internet Society; and Vice President of the Japanese Internet Association. He is a member of the board of the Internet Society.

Previously, he developed the Keio Science and Technology Network, and the Japan University UNIX Network (JUNET). His research has centered on electronic observation, satellite Internet, multimedia Internet, and mobile and ubiquitous computing.

Mr. Murai graduated from Keio University (1979), holds a Master's degree in computer science from Keio University (1981), and a Doctorate in computer science from Keio University (1987).

Mr. Murai has authored a number of papers and books, mostly on Internet-related topics.


Eugenio Triana is an International Management Consultant on telecom policy, space and satellite systems, copyright and intellectual property rights in Madrid, Spain. He recently left the European Commission, where he was Deputy Director General in DG XIII (1994-98), responsible for the Commission's relations with the Information and Communications Technology user interests (ICT Partnership), and for coordinating the Directorate General's policy for space and satellite development. He has also been closely involved with intellectual property and Internet related policies. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and was President of the Licensing Executive Society (LES-Spain) from 1983-90.

Mr. Triana was Secretary General of Industrial Promotion and Technology in the Spanish Ministry of Industry and Energy (1990-94), with particular responsibilities for inward investment, innovation, small and medium-sized enterprises, and research and development. He also represented the Spanish Government in several national and international enterprises and organizations, including the European Space Agency.

Previously, he held several positions in Spanish industry. He also taught physics, engineering, and technology management in several academic institutions (1965-83). He has been a board member of diverse public corporations on telecommunications and energy.

Mr. Triana holds a Doctorate in industrial engineering (1963) and a Master's degree in business administration (1964) from Madrid University.


Linda S. Wilson is currently the seventh president of Radcliffe College. Previously, was vice president for research at the University of Michigan.

She is a Trustee of the General Hospital Corporation of the Massachusetts General Hospital and chairs its Diversity and Human Resources Committee. She was recently elected to the Committee on Economic Development. She is also on the Board of Directors for Citizens Financial Group, Inc.

A charter member of the National Academy of Sciences' Government-University- Industry Research Roundtable, she recently served on its Task Force on the Academic Research Enterprise. She chaired the National Research Council's Office of Scientific and Engineering Personnel for six years. She also served on the Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology and Government Task Force on Science, Technology and the States.

Ms. Wilson served on the National Commission on Research and was chair of its subcommittee on accountability. She was a member of the Director's Advisory Council of the National Science Foundation for nine years. As a member of the Council of the Institute of Medicine, she chaired its Finance Committee, and served on its Committee on Government-Industry Research Collaboration in Biomedical Research and Education.

She is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Ms. Wilson received a Bachelor's degree from Sophie Newcomb College, Tulane University, and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin. She received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Newcomb College, Tulane University, and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Maryland.

Ms. Wilsonís Radcliffe home page states the following: " Wilson has long been active in the national science policy arena. She is noted particularly for her efforts to develop cooperative working relationships among universities, government, and industry and for her attention to individual, institutional, and systemic issues in the development of science and engineering personnel. Her publications span the fields of chemistry, science policy, higher education, and women's education."

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