MAEMURA Akinori was selected by the ASO AC to serve on Seat 10 on the ICANN Board of Directors for a three-year term from October 2016 – October 2019.

MAEMURA Akinori (surname, first name) is currently General Manager of Internet Development Department at Japan Network Information Center (JPNIC).

His primary expertise is IP Numbers Management, with comprehensive knowledge and expertise covering the address policy and its development at regional and national levels, the overall scheme and its governance and strategy, and the operation of the Internet Registry. Moreover, he is very familiar with Domain Names Management as well as other coordination of the Internet and has good experience in working in regional and global scale and dealing with cultural diversity.

He was elected to the Executive Council of APNIC in 2000, then elected as the Chair of it in 2003. He is seated in the Chair position until now with an additional role as APNIC EC observer to NRO EC (Executive Council of Number Resource Organization) since 2010. For more than a decade, he has been directly involved in the governance and strategy of the Internet Registry, representing APNIC membership and broader community which are very diverse.

In Japan, he was long involved in IP Numbers Management as well. He served as a committee member of IP Working Group and then the Trustee in charge of IP Address Management of JPNIC collectively for 10 years since 1997. After that, he joined JPNIC Secretariat as the General Manager of IP Department, which operates the National Internet Registry for Japan, until he moved to the current position in 2009, As the head of IP Department, he was responsible for providing the Number Resources Services as well as facilitating Policy Develop Forum for Japanese Community.

The department he currently leads in JPNIC covers a wide range of activities for the coordination and promotion of the Internet Infrastructure, including research on the Internet policies and technologies, Events, Communications and the oversight role of .jp ccTLD. Among them, he is directly involved in Policy Research for Domain Names and Internet Governance. He is a regular participant in ICANN meetings since 2009 as a member of the ISPCP constituency of the GNSO and keeping track of the discussion in ICANN. Based on the knowledge by research and participation, his department disseminates various information on ICANN and the domain name policies including major outcomes of every ICANN meetings, ICANN Board resolutions, policies adopted by ICANN, through JPNIC website, organized events, online magazines and publications to serve the Japanese Community. Further, the department facilitates Internet Governance Conference Japan (IGCJ) to engage Japanese Community to the discussion on the Internet Governance, where he serves as the Head of Secretariat.

Akinori began his career for the Internet with designing a nation-wide ISP backbone network operated by NEC Corporation in 1994 when commercial Internet services emerging in Japan. Since then, he has been involved in the coordination of the Internet in Japan, for JANOG (Japan Network Operators’ Group) as a founding Steering Committee member.

He moved from NEC to France Telecom Group in 2000 and took positions of IP Engineering for Japan, IP Product Management for Asian Region and then R&D in Tokyo Laboratories until 2006. During these years his involvement into activities with JPNIC and APNIC kept increasing. In order to dedicate his efforts to the Internet Coordination, he joined JPNIC as an employee, General Manager of IP Department in 2007.

Other Public Services:
– Visiting Research Fellow for GLOCOM (Center for Global Communication of the International University of Japan) (2007 –)
– Chair of Publicity Working Group of the Taskforce on IPv4 Address Exhaustion, Japan (2008 –)
– Nomination Committee of ISOC Japan Chapter (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
– Vice-Chair of Japanese Generation Panel (JGP) for the root-zone Label Generation Rule (2014 –)
– Board Director of JPCERT Coordination Center (JPCERT/CC) (2014 –)
– Inaugural Coordination Council of NETmundial Initiative (2015 –)
– Board Director of Asia Pacific Institute of Digital Economy (APIDE) (2015 –)
– JANOG Steering Committee (1997 — 2007)
– Visiting Lecturer at Reitaku University (2007 — 2014)
– Executive Multistakeholder Committee of NETmundial Conference (2014)

A Japanese national, based in Tokyo with wife and two children, with Japanese as the native tongue and English to fulfil the global and regional duties.