Meet the Executive Committee

July 30, 2017

Pindar Wong, Chair of the Executive Committee

Mr. Pindar Wong is the chairman of VeriFi (Hong Kong) Ltd, a discreet Internet financial infrastructure consultancy and founder of Hong Kong’s Smart Contracts Initiative that pioneered the ‘Belt and Road Blockchain’. He is a Bitcoin protocol enthusiast and volunteers to help organise ScalingBitcoin.org. He co-founded the global blockchain research network ‘Bsafe’ and organised Coala’s first Blockchain Workshop in Asia. Previously, he co-founded Hong Kong’s first licensed ISP in 1993, was the first vice-chairman of ICANN, chairman of the Asia Pacific Internet Association (APIA), alternate chairman of Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), elected trustee of the Internet Society and Commissioner on the Global Commission on Internet Governance.


Walid Al-Saqaf, Vice Chair

Walid Al-Saqaf a software developer based in Stockholm and is a senior lecturer and scholar with a specialty in communication, media and technology. He is on the board of trustees of the Internet Society, where he is also the subject matter expert on blockchain technology. Al-Saqaf has been involved in testing smart contract-enabled software solutions designed to run on the Ethereum blockchain. He is also actively involved in the space of Internet policy and governance, particularly in the domains of access, privacy and human rights. His latest research focuses on potential blockchain applications for human rights.

Seun Samson Ojedeji, Secretary

Seun Ojedeji is the Chief Network Engineer at Federal University Oye Ekiti in Nigeria. He holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Ilorin, and also possesses a number of industry/professional certifications from Cisco, Juniper, linux-certs, moodle and Microsoft. Seun has contributed to Internet development in the African region and globally through actively participating in Internet governance, capacity building and meetings such as the IGF,ICANN, IETF, AIGF, WAIGF, AfNOG, NgNOG, and AfriNIC. Seun is Member of the AFRINIC Board, and a Member of the At-Large Advisory Committee to the ICANN Board (ALAC).


Renata Aquino Ribeiro, Treasurer

Renata Aquino Ribeiro is an independent researcher and professor, one of the founders of E.I. Collective, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Non-Commercial Users Constituency. At Internet Freedom Festival 2017, a fellow in the Regions and Groups track. Also part of the MAG IGF – Multistakeholder Advisory Group in the Internet Governance Forum promoted by the United Nations, representing Civil Society in 2016. In 2015, she was a professor in the IT Campus at Quixadá City in Federal University of Ceará (UFC), Brazil. [1] She is involved with the internet governance space through research and consultancy with other universities.

Nadira Alaraj, Member

Nadira Alaraj is the vice chairperson for the Internet Society Palestine Chapter, involved into the governance of the Palestinian Internet Exchange Point. She is on the steering committee of the Internet Society Chapter Advisory Council. Currently presenting her chapter to the APRALO ICANN At-Large. She was appointed to the Arab IGF MAG for 2015. Since 2013, she has been working on the online Internet Governance Capacity Building track with Diplo Foundation and IGMENA. Hold two M.Sc. degrees two M.Sc. degrees in Computer Science and Information Resources management from Syracuse University, and worked as lecture at Bethlehem University. Served on national steering committees for strategic planning for eLearning.


Michael D. Palage, Member

Michael Palage is an intellectual property attorney and an information technology consultant. He holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering and JD in Law and is a founder of InfoNetworks and provides consulting services to both the public and private sector in connection with a broad range of governance issues involving the Internet’s unique identifiers. InfoNetworks is a recently created company that Palage co-founded to focus on Blockchain related matters.  He was active in the domain name space as he was selected by ICANN’s Generic Names Supporting Organisation for the Board, which he served on from April 2003 to April 2006.

Hanane Boujemi, Member

Hanane Boujemi is senior tech policy expert with more than a decade experience in the economic and legal aspects of Internet Policy and Governance. She is currently leading a research on Blockchain technologies addressing soft power management and accumulation within distributed governance. Mrs. Boujemi’s professional career includes positions as a senior policy analyst with various UN institutions including ITU, UNESCO and UNESCWA. She also managed iGmena programme for 5 years and was responsible for its overall design and implementation. Mrs. Boujemi has extensive experience in issues mapping and policy analysis, she is also an avid creator of tech tools that respond to policy challenges in developing countries. She is well versed in different policy contexts mainly Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and South East Asia.