Born 4.3.1961 in Helsinki, Finland
Native languages Swedish/Finnish
Resident in Amsterdam, The Netherlands since 1997

Currently serving as ICANN GNSO liaison to the GAC and co-chairman of RIPE Cooperation working group. Served on the ICANN GNSO Council as Nominating Committee appointee to the Non-Contracted Parties House 2015-2017.

Professional background:

Currently Chairman of the Board of IoT service provider BaseN (

Chairman of the Board of IoT network device and solution provider Viola Systems Oy, (, acquired by ABB Group in 2015) 2004-2015.

Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of global networking infrastructure, Internet backbone and service company KPNQwest, formedby Qwest Communications (Denver, Colorado) and KPN (Netherlands) 1998-2001.

Director of Product Development and Member of Management Team at Pan- European Internet Service Provider EUnet International BV 1996-1998.

CEO of the first commercial Internet Service Provider in Finland, EUnet, 1992-1996.

Managed the .FI ccTLD and coordinated IP address allocation.

Founder of Finnish Internet Exchange (FICIX)

Responsible for developing first pan-European dial-up roaming Internet Access system (EUnet Traveller), with more than 400 dial-up and ISDN POPs in Europe and North America.

Responsible for setting up network connectivity to the former Soviet Union

CEO and principal owner of Open Systems consulting and training company Penetron/Penetic 1984-1992.

Managed the UUCP/USENET node for Finland

Judges Award for Outstanding Contribution, European ISP Awards 1999.

Activism and involvement with NGOs and non-profits:

Founding Member of the Board of Dutch digital rights organization Bits of Freedom (, a founding member of European Digital Rights (EDRi) 2001- 2009.

Founding Member of the Board of (Washington, DC & Cape Town, South Africa) 2002-2007.

Implemented and operated one of the most widely-known and popular e-mail-based pseudonym servers,, (“the Penet remailer”) 1993-1996.

EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) Pioneer Award for contributions to online freedom and privacy 1997.

Co-founder and chairman of Finnish UNIX Users Group

Member of management board, European UNIX User Group / EurOpen