Multi-stakeholder Steering Group

The Multi-Stakeholder Steering Group (MSG) of APrIGF is a self-organised committee with members from around the AP Internet Community formed with the below objectives:

  • To support and ensure the proper conduct of the organizational work of the annual Asia Pacific Regional IGF,
  • To promote and encourage dialogue among all stakeholders involved with Internet governance related issues in the Asia Pacific region, and
  • To act as an interface between the Asia Pacific IGF community and the global IGF community.

The membership emphasizes the inclusion of multi-stakeholders and so is open to any interested individuals within the AP region who are committed

  • The Organisational Principles of openness, transparency and multi-stakeholder cooperation,
  • Devote some time and effort in support of the APrIGF, and
  • Maintaining and demonstrating respect for all other members.
APrIGF Operations Manual
Table of Contents
Date of Adoption
Section 1 Operating Principles of the APrIGF Multistakeholder Steering Group 7 Jul 2021
Section 2 Operating Procedures for APrIGF Committees & Working Groups 25 Jan 2021
Section 3 Other Guidelines and Operating Documentation -
Section 3.1 APrIGF Code of Conduct 16 Mar 2022
Section 3.2 APrIGF MSG Election Rules and Procedure 1 Sep 2022
Section 3.3 APrIGF Program Committee Guideline 4 Sep 2019
Section 3.4 APrIGF Fellowship Committee Guideline 22 Oct 2019
Appendix I Definition of Asia Pacific Region 1 May 2020
Appendix II Definition of Rough Consensus 3 Feb 2021

Any interested individuals who would like to join the MSG must read through Section 1 Operating Principles of the MSG as well as acknowledging and accepting it. If you wish to become part of the MSG, please kindly contact the secretariat at [email protected]

We welcome any comments and feedback on the Operations Manual from the community whereby amendments could be made under the discussion and decision from the MSG from time to time whenever necessary.

Chairing Members

Ms. Anju MANGAL, Chair (2021-2023) bio Fiji

Regional Head of Asia Pacific, World Wide Web Foundation and Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society (Civil Society)

Mr. Waqas HASSAN, Vice Chair (2021-2023) bio Pakistan

Assistant Director (International Liaison & Training), Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (Government) (Civil Society)

Mr. Ashirwad Tripathy, Vice-chair
(2022-2024) bio Nepal

President, Educating Nepal (Civil Society)


View Past Chairing Members


bio Nepal

Treasurer, Forum for Digital Equality (Civil Society)

Mr. Klée AIKEN
bio New Zealand

Coordinator, APCEN (Civil Society)

bio Sri Lanka

Executive Director, CySec Consulting (Pvt) Ltd. (Private Sector)

Mr. Babu Ram ARYAL
bio Nepal

Founder/Director, Internet Governance Institute (Civil Society)

bio Australia

Chair, ISOC Accessibility Standing Group (Civil Society)

Mr. Satish BABU
bio India

Chair, APRALO (Civil Society)

bio Bangladesh

Focal Person-Disabilities, YPSA (Young Power in Social Action) (Civil Society)

bio India

Associate Professor, Dr.G.R. Damodaran College of Science (Academia)

Dr. Lennon CHANG
bio Australia

Professor, Monash University (Academia)

Ms. Joyce CHEN
bio Australia

Senior Advisor - Strategic Engagement, APNIC (Technical Community)

Ms. YingChu CHEN
bio Taiwan

Assistant Research Fellow, Taiwan Institute of Economic Research / Assistant Research Fellow - Individual (Academia)

Mr. Sunny CHENDI
bio Australia

Senior Advisor Policy and Community Development, APNIC (Technical Community)

Dr. Yik Chan CHIN
bio China

Associate Professor, Beijing Normal University (Academia)

Mr. Eun Chang CHOI
bio South Korea

Director, GP3Korea (, The Global Poverty Public Awareness Project in Korea (GP3Korea) (Civil Society)

bio India

Director, CCAOI (Civil Society)

Mr. Edmon CHUNG
bio Hong Kong

CEO, DotAsia Organisation (Technical Community)

Mr. Shibendu DEBBARMA
bio India

Individual (Technical Community)

bio Sri Lanka

Undergraduate, University of Peradeniya (Youth / Students)

Ms. Anusetsen ENKHZORIGT *
bio Mongolia

Cyber security administrator, Khan Bank (Technical Community)

Mr. Ananda GAUTAM
bio Nepal

Program and Policy Officer, Internet Governance Institute (Youth / Students)

Mr. Mohammad Abdul HAQUE ANU
bio Bangladesh

Secretary General, Bangladesh Internet Governance Forum (Civil Society)

Mr. Waqas HASSAN
bio Pakistan

Assistant Director (Int'l Liaison & Training), Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) (Government)

Dr. Md. Rakibul HOQUE *
bio Bangladesh

Professor, University of Dhaka (Academia)

Ms. Tayyaba IFTIKHAR *
bio Pakistan

Assistant Director (Public Relations), Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) (Government)

bio Philippines

Dean, College of Information Technology, Southville International School and Colleges (Academia)

Mr. Fahad IQBAL *
bio Pakistan

Information Security Researcher, PISA-CERT Pakistan (Private Sector)

Mr. Priyatosh JANA
bio India

Assistant Professor, Haldia Institute of Technology (Academia)

Mr. Jan Jacob Glenn Marinez JANSALIN *
bio Philippines

Analyst (Academia)

Vasundhra KAUL *
bio India

Researcher, The Bachchao Project (Civil Society)

Ms. Nighat Parveen KHAN *
bio Bangladesh

Deputy Manager, Operations, BRAC (Civil Society)

Mrs. Deepa KHANAL *
bio Nepal

Chair, yIGF Nepal (Civil Society)

bio India

Head of Technology and Human Rights, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (Civil Society)

Mr. Samik KHAREL
bio Nepal

Freelancer, (Civil Society)

Ms. Ellen KUSUMA *
bio Indonesia

Head of Digital At-Risks Subdivision, SAFEnet (Civil Society)

bio Fiji

Pacific Liaison, Global Forum Cyber Expertise (GFCE) (Technical Community)

bio Australia

Company Director: Internet Australia, a NFP Australian Registered Company, and the Australian ISOC Chapter; Founding Member of the Australian NRI, 'NetThing' active in its MSC, Internet Australia / NetThing (the Australian IGF) (Civil Society)

Ms. Phyo Thiri LWIN
bio Myanmar

Youth, (Youth / Students)

bio Fiji

Regional Head of Asia Pacific, World Wide Web Foundation and Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society (Civil Society)

bio Bangladesh

Marketing Promotion Coordinator, [email protected] Limited (Private Sector)

Mr. Charles MOK
bio Hong Kong

Tech for Good Asia, Tech for Good Asia (Civil Society)

Mr. Milan Raj NEPALI
bio Nepal

Vice President, Centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation (Civil Society)

Ms. Jessie NGUYEN *
bio Vietnam

(Youth / Students)

Mr. Allen P ALEX
bio India

Legal Associate, (Civil Society)

Mr. Raymond de Vera PALATINO *
bio Philippines

Freelance Writer / Blogger (Press / Media)

Mr. Shah Zahidur RAHMAN
bio Bangladesh

Head of Business Strategy and Development, Eyhost Ltd (Technical Community)

Dr. Gnanajeyaraman RAJARAM
bio India

Professor, SBM College of Engineering and Technology (Academia)

bio India

Project Coordinator, Association for Progressive Communications (APC) (Civil Society)

Mr. Vivek RANA
bio Nepal

Principal consultant, InfoAssure LLP (Private Sector)

bio Sri Lanka

Lecturer, University of Colombo School of Computing (Academia)

bio Sri Lanka

Demonstrator/Instructor, University Of Sri Jayewardenepura (Academia)

bio Fiji

Academic, Fiji National University (Academia)

Mr. Shreedeep RAYAMAJHI
bio Nepal

Ict4D consultant, Rayznews (Civil Society)

Mr. Winston ROBERTS
bio New Zealand

Senior Advisor, IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) (Civil Society)

Mr. Unggul SAGENA
bio Indonesia

Head of Internet Access Division, Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network (Civil Society)

Dr. Muhammad SHABBIR
bio Pakistan

NA, (Academia)

Mr. Lokendra SHARMA *
bio India

PhD Scholar, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru (Academia)

bio Nepal

President, Nepal Internet Foundation (Civil Society)

Mr. Santosh SIGDEL
bio Nepal

Founding Chair, Digital Rights Nepal (Civil Society)

Mr. Bibek SILWAL *
bio Nepal

(Youth / Students)

Mr. Rajnesh SINGH
bio Australia

ICT Director, National University of Samoa (Academia)

bio Russia

PhD student, The International Information Security School (Youth / Students)

Ms. Sarai TEVITA *
bio Samoa

Regional Vice President, Asia-Pacific, Internet Society (ISOC) (Technical Community)

bio Thailand

(Civil Society)

Mr. Ashirwad TRIPATHY
bio Nepal

President, Educating Nepal (Civil Society)

Mr. Mohammad Kawsar UDDIN
bio Bangladesh

General Secretary, Internet Society Bangladesh Chapter (Press / Media)

bio Sri Lanka

Senior Lecturer, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (Academia)

Mr. Kasun Tharaka WICKRAMASURIYA *
bio Sri Lanka

Senior Manager, Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) / Lanka School on Internet Governance (LKSIG) (Government)

Mr. ahmad zia YOUSUFI
bio Afghanistan

Full stack developer, Internet Society of Afghanistan (Technical Community)



Mr. Chiranjibi ADHIKARI
bio Nepal

President, NPCERT (Technical Community)

bio Nepal

Director, (Private Sector)

Mr. Muhammed Abdullah AL MAMUN
bio Bangladesh

Head of Information Security, (Technical Community)

Prof. Peng Hwa ANG
bio Singapore

Professor, Nanyang Technological University (Academia)

Mrs. Mina ARYAL
bio Nepal

Chief Editor, ICT Frame Magazine Pvt. Ltd. (Press / Media)

Mr. Tanka Raj ARYAL
bio Nepal

General Secretary, Digital Rights Nepal (Civil Society)

Ms. Cho Thazin AUNG
bio Myanmar

Asia Administrative Associate, Association for Progressive Communications (Civil Society)

Mr. Fouad BAJWA
bio Pakistan

Co-founder, Digital Dera (Private Sector)

bio Australia

External Relations Manager, APNIC (Technical Community)

Mr. Rajesh CHHARIA
bio India

President, Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI) (Private Sector)

Ms. Debora Irene CHRISTINE
bio Indonesia

Researcher, United Nations University Institute in Macau (Academia)

Ms. Brinda DASH
bio India

Sr. Associate, Growth team, Haqdarshak (Civil Society)

Ms. Maureen HILYARD
bio Cook Islands

Development Consultant, DC-SIDS (Civil Society)

bio Australia

Strategic Engagement Director, APNIC (Technical Community)

Mr. Md Jahangir HOSSAIN
bio Bangladesh

Member of Board of Trustee, Internet Society Bangladesh (Technical Community)

Mr. Hiro HOTTA
bio Japan

Board Member and Sr. EVP, JPRS (Technical Community)

Mr. KAUNG Sat Naing
bio Myanmar

Rights Defender, Maubin Technological University (Youth / Student)

Ms. shubha KAYASTHA
bio Nepal

Executive Director, Body & Data (Civil Society)

Mr. Maheeshwara KIRINDIGODA
bio Sri Lanka

Coordinator, IG Sri Lanka Initiative (Civil Society)

Mr. Naveen Karaparambil LAKSHMAN
bio India

Solutions Architect, Graphite Networks (Technical Community)

Dr. Yong LIU
bio China

Associate Research Fellow, Hebei Academy of Social Sciences (Academia)

Mr. Jia-Rong LOW
bio Singapore

Vice President and Managing Director, Asia Pacific, ICANN (Technical Community)

Ms. Trang MAI *
bio Vietnam

(Private Sector)

Ms. Jyotsna MASKAY
bio Nepal

Chair, LOOM Nepal (Civil Society)

Mr. Ananda NIRAULA
bio Nepal

Sub Inspector, Nepal Police (Government)

Ms. Qurra Tul Ain NISAR
bio Pakistan

Student, (Youth / Students)

Ms. Hamna NOOR *
bio Pakistan

Centre for Quantum Technologies, NUS (Youth / Students)

Ms. Mary Rose OFIANGA
bio Philippines

Sr. Project Manager, (Private Sector)

Mr. Rom Kant PANDEY
bio Nepal

Asst. Professor of ICT Education, Tribhuvan University, Nepal (Academia)

Ms. Karishma PARAJULI
bio Nepal

Student, ISMT College (Youth / Students)

Mr. Ram Krishna PARIYAR
bio Nepal

Associate Vice President, Subisu Cablenet Ltd (Technical Community)

Mr. Niranjan PATEL
bio Nepal

Operations Manager, Top Nepal International Pvt Ltd (Private Sector)

bio Bangladesh

Chief Executive Officer, Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication/ Bangladesh Internet Governance Forum (Civil Society)

Mr. K Mohan RAIDU
bio India

President, ISoc India Hyderabad Chapter (Technical Community)

Ms. Chat Garcia RAMILO
bio Australia

Executive Director, Association for Progressive Communications (Civil Society)

Pritika REDDY
bio Fiji

Lecturer, Fiji National University (Academia)

Mr. Mubashir SARGANA
bio Pakistan

Consultant, (Civil Society)

Mr. Vishaarad SHARAN
bio Fiji

Member, (Academia)

bio Nepal

IT and Legal Advisor, (Civil Society)

Mr. Prabesh SUBEDI
bio Nepal

President, Digital Media Foundation, Nepal (Civil Society)

Ms. Yen Thi Hoang TA
bio Vietnam

Financial Analyst, Abivin Vietnam (Private Sector)

Mrs. Dalsie Green Baniala TOLANG
bio Vanuatu

Managing Director, SP Exec Compliance & Solutions (Technical Community)

Mr. Mohamad Afiq Ammar TULOS
bio Malaysia

Deputy Director, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (Government)

Mr. Savenaca Siwatibau WAQA
bio Fiji

IT Project Manager, (Government)

bio Australia

Director General, APNIC (Technical Community)

Prof. Hong XUE
bio China

Professor, Beijing Normal University (Academia)

Mr. Xiaobo YANG
bio China

Researcher, Fuxi Institution (Civil Society)

* Remarks new members

Past Chairing Members


Ms. Amrita CHOUDHURY, Vice-chair
(2020-2022) bio India

Director, CCAOI (Civil Society)

Mr. Rajnesh SINGH, Chair
(2017-2021) Australia

Regional Vice President, Asia-Pacific, Internet Society (ISOC) (Technical Community)

Mr. Babu Ram ARYAL, Vice-chair
(2018-2020) Nepal

Founder/CEO, Internet Governance Institute (Civil Society)

Ms. Sylvia CADENA, Vice-chair (2017-2019)
Brisbane, Australia

Head of Programs, Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) (Technical)

Mr. Chester Soong, Vice-chair (2015-2018) Hong Kong

Chairman, Internet Society HK (ISOCHK) (Civil Society)

Mr. Paul Wilson, Chair (2015-2017) Brisbane, Australia

Director General, Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) (Technical)

Mr Arun Sukumar, Vice-chair (2015-2017) India

Head of Cyber Initiative, Observer Research Foundation (Civil Society)

Mr. Paul Wilson, Chair (2013-2015) Brisbane, Australia

Director General, Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) (Technical)

Mr. Shahzad Ahmed, Vice-chair (2013-2014)

Country Director, Bytes for All (Civil Society)

Ms. Youn Jung Park, Vice-chair (2013-2015)
Songdo, Korea

Professor, SUNY Korea (Academia)