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Strategic Communications | Community Engagement | Public Policy | International Relations | Diplomacy | Negotiation | Media Relations | Internet Governance | Technology Policy | Latin America | Asia-Pacific

Summary

Experienced engagement strategist, highly skilled in community relations, international affairs, government relations, media outreach, public relations, and public policy. Subject matter expert in technology policy and Internet governance with deep experience in both Latin America and the Asia-Pacific regions. Currently managing external relations and public affairs for APNIC.

Profile

  • Engagement strategist, highly skilled in bridging technical communities with government affairs
  • Subject matter expert in technology, Internet governance, Asia and Latin America
  • Strategic communicator adept with media outreach, public relations, and messaging
  • Technology policy expert and Internet evangelist
  • International liaison with significant experience in high-level global meetings
  • Key organizational contributor valued for expertise, original thinking, and collaborative style
  • Effective mediator with a unique ability to bridge disparate groups, mindsets, and paradigms

    Work experience

    Jan 2014Present

    Strategic Engagement Director

    APNIC

    Responsible for facilitating strategic decision-making by the Executive team. Coordinates the external relations program of APNIC.

    • Coordination of 200+ APNIC engagements per year. 80% in Asia Pacific, 20% Globally.  The purpose of these engagements is in support of a global, open, stable, and secure Internet that serves the entire Asia Pacific community,
    • Cross-area collaboration in resourcing these engagements. Half of them are training, technical assistance and related to Internet security. Other half is to build and strengthen the Internet technical community in Asia-Pacific.
    • Product Manager for CRM implementation (Salesforce) at APNIC.

    Aug 2011Dec 2013

    Public Affairs Director

    APNIC

    Responsible for coordinating APNIC strategic engagements, particularly at a senior level with governments, key intergovernmental and treaty organisations, and other key stakeholders.

    Jul 2010Jul 2011

    Senior Public Affairs Advisor

    APNIC

    Responsible for providing key advice to APNIC's Director General on cultivating and managing relationships with governments, key intergovernmental and treaty organisations, and related bodies.

    Mar 2007Jul 2010

    Manager, Regional Relations

    ICANN
    • Contributed to organizational growth by playing an active role in the establishment of the Washington DC office and improving collaboration between different areas of the organization
    • Instrumental in developing an international mindset within a U.S.-centric organization
    • Worked with the Latin American Internet community – government, private sector, user groups, and country code top level domain registries (ccTLDs) – to achieve strategic goals by establishing relationships, building trust, and promoting strategic alliances
    • Promoted participation in ICANN processes; increased attendance of Latin Americans to ICANN meetings
    Feb 2006Feb 2007

    Regional Liaison, Latin-America

    ICANN

    Worked with the Latin American Internet community (government, private sector, ccTLDs and user groups) to promote regional representation in ICANN’s processes. Knocked doors, established network of contacts, built trust and promoted strategic alliances.

    Jun 2003Jan 2006

    Director of Multilateral Affairs, International Bureau

    COFETEL
    • As the sole expert on Internet policy and governance in the Mexican government, led Mexico’s participation in several important forums including APEC-TEL, ICANN, ITU, OECD, and Regulatel
    • Served as Chief negotiator on Internet governance during the World Summit on the Information Society (2003-2005)
    • Served as Vice-Chair, Government Advisory Committee of ICANN (2003-2005); see http://gac.icann.org
    • Held significant leadership role as the Advisor to the Chair, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Telecommunications and Information Working Group (APEC-TEL), (2003-2005); see http://apectelwg.org/
    • Participated in Mexico’s defense in a Telecommunications WTO dispute with the U.S.
    • Member of the Consultative Committee, NIC-Mexico, (2001-2005); see http://www.nic.mx/es/comite.inicio
    Mar 2000May 2003

    Deputy Director

    COFETEL

    At the International Bureau of COFETEL. See achivements above.

    Aug 1998Mar 2000

    Analyst

    GEA
    • Played an important role in the initial surveys for a Presidential candidate in the first Mexican election resulting in a democratic transition after 75 years of a single party in power
    • Prepared a development plan for the State of Guerrero

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