NRO Number Council election


Rishi Chawla
Title Mr.
Name Rishi Chawla
Resident of India
Organisation Global Internet Policy Initiative, Internet Society, National Internet Exchange of India
Postal address T- 15, Green Park Extension, New Delhi 110016, India
Biographical information

Rishi Chawla has a multidisciplinary knowledge and experience relating to the development of the Internet. He has worked on the Policy, legal and technical issues of the Internet. Because of his technical knowledge and excellent communication skills he would be an effective and efficient member of the NRO Number Council.

Rishi is the Country Co-ordinator of the GIPI project which has the objective of improving Internet Penetration; especially in the developing countries, through Policy and Law Reforms. He has been involved in the Internet policy reforms in India, especially concerning Legalising Internet Telephony, Opening up of the Wireless Internet etc.

Rishi is the Founding Director of the National Internet Exchange of India - the only Internet Exchange in India established as a partnership of Government of India and the ISP sector of India. Rishi helped in the establishement of NIXI through research of global best practices relating to Internet Exchanges and Internet Policies. Rishi was a member of NIXI's routing policy task force.

Rishi is Founding Director in the .IN Registry which is the Indian cctld authority. He is a member of the Dispute Respolution Committee and has been instrumental in drafting and establishing the Domain name Dispute policy and selection of Arbitrators for the same.

Rishi is the Founding President of the Internet Society, New Delhi Chapter, India, and participated as ISOC Ambassador in the Internet Governance Debate during the WSIS.

He has been chosen to be Advisor by the Diplo Foundation, Malta, for their Internet Governance Capacity Building Project.

Rishi is on the governing board of the Computer Society of India

Rishi has made several international presentations regarding Internet policies and regulations, and has written several papers on the same.


Motivation for nomination Representing the point of view of ISPs and other Internet Stakeholders of the Asia - Pacific Region in global policy development. There is a specific need to represent the interests of the Asian Pacific Internet Community; especially the developing economies who have been mostly unrepresented until now. It is very important that these economies are represented in the policy making processes so that Internet penetration improves in such economies. The most important need is to CONNECT the UNCONNECTED using POLICY PROCESSES.

Nominated by

Name of person making the nomination Naresh Asnani
Organisation Internet Society (ISOC), India

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