Community: APNIC

Short biography

I have a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Delhi University and a postgraduate in Commerce Honors. Beginning my career in my family business of Manufacturing Packaging Materials in 1974 as CEO, helped the company in moving from strength to strength.

I have been working in the Internet since its very inception (1998) in India. I was one of the first ISP, a very small ISP, which we grew it to a not-so-small ISP. From there I started contributing to the Internet community as an Executive Council member of ISP Association of India (ISPAI) since 2001. My contribution grew to my now leading ISPAI as it’s President (since 2006). One of the most interesting things about my experiences is that I have an understanding of the perspectives of both the small as well as large service provider and contribute to Internet community accordingly.

I am currently enjoying the thinking process of planning to take the Internet to the next billions and what Internet can be in the next decade, visualizing regulatory advocacies & socio economic factors that may be prevailing at that time. I was the first President of ISP Association of India who ensured presence of India in APNIC by nominating and supporting election of a ISPAI representative to the EC of APNIC.

I have also managed National, Regional (SE Asia, Asia Pacific) and International events. The very first IPv6 tutorial in New Delhi, India in 2007 was conducted under my stewardship. SANOG 10 was another and one of the most successful training programs in the year 2007. In the same year, the 1st time Internet event of Asia-Pacific magnitude, APNIC 24 was also hosted in New Delhi under my Presidentship of ISPAI.

I also sharpened my management skills as a member & co-founder of NIXI (National Internet Exchange of India), a not-for-profit organization floated by Internet community of India representing all stake holders managing the exchange points and domain name registry in India. NIXI also supports Internet infrastructure in India like 3 root servers within India, and have IPv6 Test Beds in leading metros of India. The peering at 7 exchange points of NIXI has saved valuable foreign exchange for our country and created a level playing field between small, medium and large ISP’s in the critical early stages of Internet growth in India.

As a Director of NIXI, we hosted ICANN in 2008 New Delhi and recently IGF 2008 in Hyderabad along with ISPAI.

As a nominee for the Board of Directors of ICANN, I think the management of IPv6 needs policies and an approach on how large we wish the Internet to be.

Rather beside Internet I am also a Member for Taxes as Regional Advisory Committee (RAC), Central Excise & Service Tax under Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India.

I also contribute by being a member of committees of leading Industry Associations of India like FICCI, CII & ASSOCHAM.

Digest of statements of support

Subject: Re: support statement
From: Vyom Mittal
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 2009 23:56:23 +0530

On Thu, Apr 9, 2009 at 11:55 PM, Vyom Mittal <vyommittal [at] gmail [dot] com> wrote:

I support Mr. Rajesh Chharia for ASO seat of ICANN board as he is a very dynamic personality and he can properly voice our matters.

Vyom Mittal
Third Year B.Tech Student
Department of Civil Engineering
IIT Bombay


Subject: Nomination of Rajesh Chharia
From: snigdh bhatnagar
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 2009 23:41:02 +0530

Dear ASO Address Council Members,

I support the candidature of Mr. Rajesh Chharia from India for the ASO seat of ICANN Board.

I know him from more than 5 years now. I have seen a lot of dedication and an inner force to Lead and Tackle things effeciently and with a cool attitude. Internet-which touches all of our lives in more than one way, also needs a representative like Mr. Chharia.
I wish all the best to him and I am confident that he would add great value to ICANN.

Warm regards,
Snigdh Bhatnagar,
Animator and Communication Designer


Subject: Comments on Nominees to Seat 9 of the ICANN Board
From: Brajesh jain
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 2009 22:31:56 +0530

Dear Sir,

I wish to mention that Mr Rajesh Chharia is a well known champion to spread Internet in India. He has worked very constructively with policy makers TRAI, Department of Telecommunications, Government of India for various reforms in internet service including setting up of National Internet Exchange of India , Internet telephony, IPv6, lawful interception, internet security. He has put long hours while working with all stakeholders and for building consensus on all issues and influencing policies.

He has a good understanding of Internet issues in India and Internationally. Moreover, he has organising capacity to mobilise expertise available. He has ably led Internet Service Association in India and has been taking up and aggressively following issues in print as well as TV media.

Mr Chharia would represent very effectively and would muster support from India and APNIC region in ICANN activities. I wish him success.

Brajesh C Jain
President
Spectranet Ltd
www.spectranet.com


Subject: Support for Rajesh Chharia
From: neha zutshi
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 2009 23:24:01 +0530

In the past five years that I have known him, Rajesh Chharia has come across as a person deeply committed to the growth of Information Technology. His belief in the internet as an important instrument of social and economic development and his contributions to the advancement of this cause more than justify his nomination to the post of director at ICANN.

I believe he has a lot more to give to this world and at ICANN, he can!

Neha Zutshi
Member,
Students in Free Enterprise


Subject: Support for Rajesh Chharia – ICANN 2009 Board of Directors elections
From: RAHUL SHARMA, Noida
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 2009 23:04:18 +0530

I am glad to know that Rajesh Chharia has been chosen a nominee for the Board of Directors of ICANN and would like to express my full support for his candidature. I am witness to his invaluable contribution to NIXI, which has helped us advance in our mission to accelerate the growth of the Internet, de-monopolize this growing market and maintain healthy competition to fulfill our socio-economic objectives.

Despite being at the helm of Internet related affairs in India and juggling with multiple responsibilities, he has delivered on all fronts with his knowledge and skills, which I am sure he will do as a director at ICANN too.

I wish him all the very best.

Rahul Sharma
HCL Technologies


Subject: Support for Rajesh Chharia
From: Deepak Gupta
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 2009 22:01:13 +0530

Dear Sirs,

I would urge you to consider Rajesh Chharia for the ASO seat on the ICANN Board.

Rajesh Chharia is currently the serving President of the Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI), a non-profit association representing ISPs serving over 90% of India’s Internet customers. He has served the ISP community very well, helping to resolve many regulatory issues with the Government of India.

I am the CEO of Eurus Network Services Pvt. Ltd., an ISP in India and a leading provider of Voice services. A profile can be found at: http://eurusnet.co.in/background.htm and http://dqchannels.ciol.com/content/successstory/108080102.asp

I am confident that Rajesh Chharia would make valuable contributions as a member on the ICANN Board.

Regards,

Deepak Gupta
+91 98111 03184
www.eurus.net


Subject: Support for Rajesh Chharia for ICANN
From: Vmukti
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 2009 22:53:21 +0530

Being into the IT industry from a long and understanding about requirement of a leader who can understand the requirement and issues challenges being faced by the IT Industry, Rajesh is having the quality of that leader, under his leadership we saw Internet Exchange growing, .in domain and more specific Broadband in rural. His quality of understanding and co operation, working as bridge between all stake holders and consumer and Policy makers. I hope from the platform of ICANN he can address the lot of issues like Security, IPv4 and migration to IPv 6. We very son is going to touch 1 billion and the vision of Rajesh is not of billion but beyond billion and I hope if elected, the ICANN will find him as assets.

I support and urge ASO members too to support him whole heartedly as I assume he can bring lot of development by contribution as he is doing in this area.

Regards & All the nest

Hardik Singh
C I O
Soft Sysytems


Subject: Rajesh Chharia – New Director of ICANN Board
From: sanjayjha
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 2009 22:27:57 +0530

Mr. Rajesh Chharia, has played a pivotal role in escalating the Internet services at a new height. His tremendous efforts and ability to fight for all is appreciable.

In his leadership ISPAI has got its position and are listened in Government and NON Government organizations. I in the capacity of Regulatory Head of an emerging

National level ISP fully supports Mr. Rajesh Chharia to be nominated for Director Post of ICANN.

His Mission and Vission towards the ISP and added services may be cashed by ICANN. He must be considered for Director on the basis of his talent, dedication, ability to listen everybody, to work together and knowledge.

I know him since last five years, his understanding towards the IP, international agenda, future challenges makes him eligible for the post of Director of ICANN Board.

Wishing him and ICANN all the best.

Thanks

Sanjay Kumar Jha
Regulatory Head
Ortel Communications Ltd.
New Delhi
9910098521


Subject: 2009 ICANN Election-support for Mr. Rajesh Chharia
From: Sapna Goenka
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 2009 22:15:52 +0530

Hi,
I have read through the profile for Mr. Charria and I would like to vote in Support for Mr. Rajesh Chharia. He has had a good exposure in handling small to large service providers. I got impressed with his credentials and his contributions as ISPAI President. I am sure that with his vision the international internet service providers are also going to benefit a lot.

Thanks.
Regards,
Sapna Goenka


Subject: 2009 ICANN Election-Support for Mr.Rajesh Chharia
From: aloke goenka
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 2009 22:08:19 +0530

Hi,

I would like to vote for Mr. Rajesh Chharia. Under his leadership as ISPAI President, APNIC, SANOG 10, APNIC 24 and others have been some of his few success stories. I am sure that given the depth of his understanding and vision for internet and service providers, he will succeed internationally too with flying colours.

Thanks.
Regards,
Aloke Goenka


Subject: Support for Rajesh Chharia
From: Deepak Gupta
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 2009 22:01:13 +0530

Hi,

I would like to vote for Mr. Rajesh Chharia. Under his leadership as ISPAI President, APNIC, SANOG 10, APNIC 24 and others have been some of his few success stories. I am sure that given the depth of his understanding and vision for internet and service providers, he will succeed internationally too with flying colours.

Thanks.
Regards,
Aloke Goenka


Subject: Support Statement
From: Mittal, Kshitij
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 2009 19:33:08 +0100

To whom it may concern,

Mr. Chharia has been handling responsibilities adroitly and with his kind of profile he would be able to address the issues and handle the position promisingly. Hence, I would strongly support Mr. Chharia for the position.

Best Regards
Kshitij Mittal
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Subject: Nomination for Rajesh Chharia
From: sehgal.radhika
Date: Thu Apr 9 17:22:59 2009

I am writing in full support the nomination of Mr. Rajesh Chharia to fill
the ASO seat for the ICANN board.Serving the industry for the past several
years,Rajesh Chharia holds the ideal choice for the nomination.
Also he would be an asset for the ICANN board.

Thanks.

Regards
Radhika Sehgal
Architect
New Delhi.


Subject: Nomination for Rajesh Chharia
From: NEETIKA WAHI
Date: Thu, 09 Apr 2009 09:26:04 -0400

To whom it may concern,

I fully support the nomination of Mr. Rajesh Chharia to fill the ASO seat for the ICANN board. Having known Mr. Rajesh Chharia professional over the last 7 years, and having witnessed the powerful role played by him at both domestic and global platforms of the ISP industry, I am convinced of his ability to carry forward the vision of this organization.

I can assert with utmost confindence that through his dynamic leadership, clarity and change management skills, Rajesh Chharia would redefine and reinforce the role of the representative entailed by this nomination.

Warm Regards
Neetika Wahi
Architect and Urban Planner
Ohio State University
Regards
Neetika Wahi


Subject: Support Satement for Mr. Rajesh Charia
From: Ajay
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 2009 16:19:00 +0530

Dear Sir/Madam ,

I fully support Mr. Rajesh Charia as member of ICANN board. He has done great work for Industry as Industry leader in India. His voice matters in both industry and political circles in India. We all the best to him and ICANN.

Ajay Jin
Chief Executive Officer

Nish Final
201, 202 2nd Floor , Uday Plaza
16 Uday Park New Delhi -1100049
Tel : +91-11-46057398 Fax: +91-11-46057399


Subject: Nomination of Rajesh Chharia
From: Prodyut Bora
Date: Tue, 07 Apr 2009 21:46:51 +0530

Dear ASO Address Council Members

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), India’s principal opposition party, currently going into polls, would be proud to nominate Mr Rajesh Chharia to fill the ASO seat on the ICANN Board.

Mr Chharia has played a stellar role in the governance process of the Internet in India, and has emerged as the voice of the domestic ISP industry. We believe a person as enterprising as Mr Chharia would be able to make a significant contribution to a globally respected organisation like ICANN.

We also believe that the Internet is a global heritage of mankind, and therefore its governance should have a much more broad-based representation. Election of someone like Mr Chharia from the eastern hemisphere would go a long way in correcting the imbalance.

Warm regards

Prodyut Bora
National Convenor, IT
Bharatiya Janata Party
11 Ashoka Road
New Delhi 110001.

Tel: 91-11-23001711
Mob: 91-9868544477


Subject: ASO Seat
From: DEVENDRAA GOENKA
Date: Tue, 7 Apr 2009 12:52:18 +0530 (IST)

Hi,

i support the candidature of Mr. Rajesh Chharia from India for the ASO seat of ICANN Board .

Thanks

Devendra Kumar Goenka
Flat No.707, Srinivasa Towers,
Begumpet Main Road,
Hyderabad – 500016.
India
Mobile :919849127012


Subject: 2009 ICANN board of Directors – Support for Mr. Rajesh Chharia
From: “Lalit Chandra Mathur”
Date: Tue, 7 Apr 2009 10:29:59 +0530

While I whole-heartedly support Rajesh Chharia for this post, I have reasons to do that and you should know it as well. I know Rajesh both as a fellow Office Bearer at the Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI) and as Vice President of delDSL Internet Pvt. Ltd., a member of ISPAI. The trials & tribulations of our industry being faced due to various market as well as regulatory issues, where an ISP, especially a stand-alone ISP, is not heard in the corridors of power and the cause of Internet has been sacrified in those policy-making alters, Rajesh stood up and made our voice heard.

I agree with most of the comments stated in these columns, hence will not repeat those. If elected, Rajesh should bring to ICANN the same voice, simple but need-to-be implemented strategies and generally uncomplicate issues. In his avataar as President of ISPAI, he effectively involves everyone of us and as a result the proposals sent by us to the Govt. is now being heard and very favourable recommendations of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) have come, e.g. on liberalising Internet Telephony.

Rajesh will be an asset to the ICANN board and will surely bring in a global perspective Internet to this world.

Lalit Chandra Mathur
Vice President
delDSL Internet Pvt. Ltd.


Subject:Statement of Support
From: Brij Gupta
Date: Mon, 6 Apr 2009 07:19:55 -0700 (PDT)

Greetings,

Rajesh is a well educated with masters degree from a prestegious university of India. His company has been providing internet services to our institution since 2000; on account of which i have been intracting with him for the last 9 years.

I heartily support nomination of Rajesh Chharia, who is a technocrat and enterpreneur with a large heart and a very human touch to each interaction. As President of ISPAI (Internet Service Providers Association of India), he has a very delicate job of coordinating policies between Industry, Government, Polity and Legal issues, and he has been very admirably handling it in a polished way, without stepping on anybody’s toes, but clearly articulating the views of ISPAI members, while keeping the Consumer interest uppermost in his mind.
These are the qualities, which are needed in an ICANN director. Rajesh Chharia will bring Consumer and Industry voice from India and Asia, and his candidature should be heartily supported by everybody who wishes that ICANN hear more voices from the Ground.

With my personal intraction, i can say without reservation that Mr. Rajesh Chharia is not only a knowledgeble professional but also an excellent human being.

Thanks & Regards
Prof. B.K.Gupta,
Advisor,
Raj Kumar Goel Group of Educational Institutions,
Ghaziabad.


Subject: 2009 ICANN Election – Support for Mr Rajesh Chharia
From: Deepesh Thakkar
Date: Thu, 2 Apr 2009 10:37:06 -0700 (PDT)

Dear ASO AC Nominations Committee,
Mr Rajesh Chharia would be an ideal candidate for ASO seat on the ICANN Board. I have had the pleasure of knowing him for more than a decade now. During this time there have been more than ample occasions where he has shown that hard work, dedication and desire to succeed can overcome any kind of challenge. He also is a wonderful and compassionate human being which makes him a true champion. I am sure with his experience, knowledge and reputation he will bring a great value to ICANN Board.

regards,
Deepesh Thakkar


Subject: Comments on ASO ICANN Board Nomination of Rajesh Chharia
From: Ayush Kajaria
Date: Wed, 1 Apr 2009 17:32:26 +0200

Hello

With the rapidly expanding reach of the Internet in developing economies and the evergrowing mass of users, there is an increased need of their representation at a forum like ICANN. Rajesh would be an ideal candidate in such a scenario with his diverse experience as the ISPAI president, member of NIXI, an ISP and as an entrepreneur.

Being an ERP\IT consultant and an Internet end user I have been following the latest developments in the field and realise that with the dynamic and turbulent environment high growth markets like India provide, the responsibility of an ISPAI President would entail delicate balancing and co-ordination between the interests of different stakeholders. Rajesh’s experience in such a role would be helpful in policy decisions and security needs for shaping the future of the Internet.

Regards
Ayush Kajaria


Subject: support Rajesh Charria
From: skahuja11
Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2009 22:12:42 -0700
To: nom-com [at] aso [dot] icann [dot] org

I support Rajesh Charria

skahuja11
EarthLink Revolves Around You.


Subject: supporting nomination of rajesh as director ICANN
From: shyam kapoor
Date:Sun, 22 Mar 2009 15:17:38 +0530 (IST)

Dear Sir,
I have known Rajesh both as a technocrate and enterpreneur . He is always willing to extend a helping hand to others in matters related to spread of intrnet and associated services .
As president of Internet Service Provider Association of India he is very effectively co-ordinating between industry, academicia and the government and has earned good regards from every one due to his genuine commitment to consumers.

I feel that as ICANN director. Rajesh Chharia will bring Consumer and Industry voice from India and Asia together in furtherence to the cause of internet and therefore strongly support this candidature for the same .

Prof sl kapoor
NOIDA

919312072348


Subject: Support For Mr. Rajesh Chharia
From: Reema G
Date: Thu, 19 Mar 2009 16:17:25 +0530

Hi,
I would like to vote in Support for Mr. Rajesh Chharia. I am truly impressed with his credentials and believe that he can add a lot of value to the organization. His work as ISPAI President has been commendable and he would be a goos representation of Asis-Pac region.

Thanks.

Regards,
Reema Goenka


Subject: Comments on ASO ICANN Board Nomination of Rajesh Chharia
From: “Rajesh Aggarwal”
Date: Sun, 15 Mar 2009 10:15:33 +0530

I heartily support nomination of Rajesh Chharia, who is a technocrat and enterpreneur with a large heart and a very human touch to each interaction. As President of ISPAI (Internet Service Providers Association of India), he has a very delicate job of coordinating policies between Industry, Government, Polity and Legal issues, and he has been very admirably handling it in a polished way, without stepping on anybody’s toes, but clearly articulating the views of ISPAI members, while keeping the Consumer interest uppermost in his mind.

These are the qualities, which are needed in an ICANN director. Rajesh Chharia will bring Consumer and Industry voice from India and Asia, and his candidature should be heartily supported by everybody who wishes that ICANN hear more voices from the Ground.

Rajesh Aggarwal,
National Internet Exchange of India