Johan Helsingius – 2021 ICANN Board Seat 9

Johan Mikael (“Julf”) Helsingius

Born 4.3.1961 in Helsinki, Finland
Native languages Swedish/Finnish
Working language for last 25 years has been English, and married to (American) English literature teacher, so level of English is reasonable :)
Resident in Amsterdam, The Netherlands since 1997
Dutch language skills OK, but won’t win any literary awards.

Currently serving as co-chair of RIPE Cooperation Working Group.
Board member and chair elect for SIY – the Finnish ISOC national chapter.
Served on the ICANN GNSO Council as Nominating Committee appointee to the Non-Contracted Parties House 2015-2017, as ICANN GNSO liaison to the GAC
2017-2020 and chair of GNSO Standing Selection Committee 2018-2020.

Currently Chairman of the Board of IoT service provider BaseN  (

Previously 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 of telecoms and Internet provider KPNQwest 1998-2001, and founder and CEO of the first commercial Internet Service Provider in Finland,  EUnet,  1992-1996 that managed the .FI ccTLD and coordinated IP address allocation. Co-founder of first pan-European ISP. Co-founder of Finnish Internet Exchange (FICIX).

Ran the anonymous remailer. Recipient of EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation)
Pioneer Award 1997 for contributions to online freedom and privacy.
Founding board member of Bits of Freedom (Amsterdam) and (Washington, DC and Cape Town, South Africa)

Managed the UUCP/USENET node for Finland in 1985-1988, co-responsible for the first public Internet connection to the Soviet Union.


Last modified on 21/12/2020

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