Filiz Yilmaz is currently Senior Manager at Akamai Technologies Network Strategy, where she is mainly responsible of Akamai capacity build-outs and network partnerships in EMEA.

Prior to that she was an independent Internet Governance and Policy Consultant, running her own firm providing consultancy services.

Between 2010-2012, she held the position of Senior Director, Participation and Engagement at ICANN, where she worked on bringing new participants into the ICANN Community and increasing the engagement level of all stakeholders within the multi-stakeholder environment of ICANN, by developing engagement and outreach programs and strategies.

From 2001 to 2010, Filiz worked at the RIPE NCC. She most recently held the position of Policy Development Manager, where she worked with the RIPE community in policy development within the RIPE region, documentation of these policies and proposals and the Policy Development Process itself. She introduced the Impact Analysis practice, supporting the policy implementation internally within the RIPE NCC. She participated as RIR support towards the NRO NC as well during this period.

At the RIPE NCC, she initially held positions at the Registration Services Department, working actively on Internet number resource management, and delivering training courses on Internet number resource policy, DNSSEC and Routing Registry.

Filiz started her career in the Internet industry in 1996 in Turkey at the Middle East Technical University Computer Center – the institution that played a key role in bringing the Internet to Turkey. She managed the development of a university-wide net ethics program and led the development of training courses on newly-introduced Internet technology and applications for both university community and the civil servants in the city of Ankara, in co-operation with management of the governmental offices.

Filiz continues to stay active in Internet communities as a volunteer too. Some of her recent roles and engagement are listed below:

Member of Council and Chairperson, ICANN ASO AC/NRO NC
Former Member of United Nations Multistakeholder Advisory Group of the Internet Governance Forum
Former RIPE Meeting Programme Committee Member
Participant of various NOGs and fora (RIPE, NLNOG, TRNOG, ISOC)
Founding Member of Internet Society Turkey Chapter during its Formation
Guest Colloquia lecturer at System & Network Engineering Programme, University of Amsterdam

Filiz holds a MSc Degree in Cognitive Science and a BSc in Mathematics.