2017 Forum programme

Akinori Maemura
 Akinori Maemura

Board Director
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
Japan

Biography

MAEMURA Akinori is General Manager of Internet Development Department at JPNIC - Japan Network Information Center, the not-for-profit Internet promotion body and National Internet Registry for Japan. He serves as a Board Director at ICANN – Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the not-for-profit corporation to steward and ensure the stable and secure operation of the Internet’s unique identifier systems through the global multistakeholder participation.
Maemura has more than 20 year career and experience in the Internet technical operations and coordination. He started the Internet career at NEC Corporation, Japan, to launch its ISP business, which is now known as BIGLOBE, as a network engineer in 1994. After that he started being involved in the Internet Coordination among ISPs and associations, including the establishment of JANOG, the Network Operators’ Group of Japan, and IP address management at JPNIC. Then his involvement expanded to the region when he was first elected to Executive Council of APNIC, Asia Pacific Network Information Centre, one of five Regional Internet Registries which administer the Internet number space for respective regions in 2000. He served as an EC member for 15 years, especially as the Chair of it for 13 years until February 2016, which constitutes one of his core competences of the strategic level of the Internet Number Space Management.
The department he has been leading in JPNIC since 2009 covers a wide range of activities for the coordination and promotion of the Internet Infrastructure, including research on the Internet policies and technologies, events, communications and the oversight role of .jp ccTLD. Among them, he is directly involved in Policy Research for Domain Names and Internet Governance. He is a regular participant in ICANN meetings since 2009. Based on the knowledge by research and participation, his department disseminates various information on ICANN and the domain name policies including major outcomes of every ICANN meetings, ICANN Board resolutions, policies adopted by ICANN, through JPNIC website, organized events, online magazines and publications to serve the Japanese Community. Further, the department facilitates Internet Governance Conference Japan (IGCJ) to engage Japanese Community to the discussion on the Internet Governance, where he serves as the Head of Secretariat.
He was selected by the Address Supporting Organization to serve on the Board of Directors of ICANN in 2016. His term will expire in 2019.

MAEMURA Akinori (surname, first name, 前村 昌紀) is General Manager of Internet Development Department at JPNIC - Japan Network Information Center, the not-for-profit Internet promotion body and National Internet Registry for Japan.  He serves as a Board Director at ICANN – Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the not-for-profit corporation to steward and ensure the stable and secure operation of the Internet’s unique identifier systems through the global multistakeholder participation.

Maemura has more than 20 year career and experience in the Internet technical operations and coordination.  He started theInternet career at NEC Corporation, Japan, to launch its ISP business, which is now known as BIGLOBE, as a network engineer in 1994.  After that he started being involved in the Internet Coordination among ISPs and associations, including the establishment of JANOG, the Network Operators’ Group of Japan, and IP address management at JPNIC. Then his involvement expanded to the region when he was first elected to Executive Council of APNIC, Asia Pacific Network Information Centre, one of five Regional Internet Registries which administer the Internet number space for respective regions in 2000. He served as an EC member for 15 years, especially as the Chair of it for 13 years until February 2016, which constitutes one of his core competences of the strategic level of the Internet Number Space Management.

The department he has been leading in JPNIC since 2009 covers a wide range of activities for the coordination and promotion of the Internet Infrastructure, including research on the Internet policies and technologies, events, communications and the oversight role of .jp ccTLD. Among them, he is directly involved in Policy Research for Domain Names and Internet Governance. He is a regular participant in ICANN meetings since 2009. Based on the knowledge by research and participation,his department disseminates various information on ICANN and the domain name policies including major outcomes of every ICANN meetings, ICANN Board resolutions, policies adopted by ICANN, through JPNIC website, organized events, online magazines and publications to serve the Japanese Community. Further, the department facilitates Internet Governance Conference Japan (IGCJ) to engage Japanese Community to the discussion on the Internet Governance, where he serves as the Head of Secretariat.

He was selected by the Address Supporting Organization to serve on the Board of Directors of ICANN in 2016. His term will expire in 2019.