Ram Mohan

Ram Mohan is executive vice president and chief technology officer of Afilias Limited. Ram oversees key strategic, management and technology in support of Afilias’ various lines of business. These include the generic top-level domains (gTLDs) .INFO, .ORG, .MOBI and .PRO, sponsored domains .asia, and .aero, and country code domains including .IN (India) and .ME (Montenegro). Ram has led the strategic growth of the company in registry services and security as well as new product sectors such as Managed DNS and Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs). Prior to Afilias, he worked with Infonautics Corporation, First Data Corporation, Unisys Corporation, and KPMG Peat Marwick in a variety of leadership, engineering and technology positions. Ram is also founder of the technology behind TurnTide, an anti-spam company acquired by Symantec. Ram is active in the ICANN community. He joined the ICANN Board of Directors in November 2008 as a non-voting liaison from the Security and Stability Advisory Committee. He is the author (with others) of the Redemption Grace Period (RGP) and the IDN implementation guidelines, now global industry standards. He led the GNSO IDN Working Group, is a co-founder (along with the UN and the Public Interest Registry) of the Arabic Script IDN Working Group. He is a founding member of the ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC), a board advisory committee comprised of Internet pioneers and technical experts including operators of Internet root servers, registrars, and TLD registries. Ram has a B.A. in electrical engineering from the University of Mangalore, an M.B.A in entrepreneurial management from Bharathidasan University, and left most of the way through his second M.A. in computer science at Philadelphia’s Drexel University to take Infonautics public. Also, he is the author of several patents. Ram was previously named one of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 40 under 40 and is a recipient of InfoWorld’s chief technology officer 25 Award. He is a founding member of the Internet Society’s Philadelphia Area Chapter and serves on the advisory boards of several startup companies, as well as the Lifeboat Foundation’s scientific advisory board. Ram is also actively involved in cancer-related nonprofits.