Yves Poppe is very active in the Research and Education Networking Community where he was a pioneer in international high bandwidth with the first transatlantic STM-1 connection in 1994 between Canarie and Europe on the then just launched Cantat-3 cable. He promoted high bandwidth for R&E as a member of the Canadian delegation to the G7 GIBN (Global Interoperability of Broadband Initiative). In 2001 he facilitated the establishment of the first lambda level connection at 2.5gbps between  Surfnet Amsterdam, New York Manlan and Chicago Starlight and also contributed to first international connections between the USA and Russia for what was later to become the  Gloriad project. He represents  Tata Communications in R&E  organizations including TERENA where he was member of the General Assembly, Internet2 and APAN ;  he is also a former member of  Canarie’s Technical Advisory Committee.

Yves Poppe also actively supported the  early efforts promoting the  next generation internet protocol IPv6. Teleglobe became a founding member of the International IPv6 Forum where Yves represents the Corporation and is also a steering committee member of the North American IPv6 taskforce.  He chaired the Canadian IPv6 Task Group that in March 2010  issued a set of recommendations for IPv6 deployment and transition in Canada and chairs the Canadian IPv6 Forum. Yves is a member of the Cisco IPv6 deployment Council and the Tata Communications in-house IPv6 Council.

Over the years he has been instrumental in the successful conclusion of major supply and partnership agreements between Teleglobe, now Tata Communications and the global  Research and  Education Community.  Yves is a frequent presenter on the evolution of telecommunications,  the internet and the key role of IPv6.  He  regularly covers the  evolution of subsea communication capacity and international telecommunications  at sessions of TEMIC (Telecommunications Executive Management Institute of Canada).

VSNL international, part of the Tata Group acquired Teleglobe in February 2006 and  since  February 2008 the Company operates under the name Tata Communications. 

Johnathon Chapman is Chief Information Officer for Georgetown University in Qatar. He is also active in Internet2, the US national research and education network, chairing the Internet2 Emerging NRENs Middle East Special Interest Group. Mr. Chapman’s career spans more than 20 years in the field of information technology as an administrator, consultant, teacher, and technologist. Since 2000 he has lived in the Arabian Gulf where he has worked in higher education, government, and private industry.  Mr. Chapman has degrees in business and computer science. He has special interests in global education networks and the management of service organizations in culturally diverse environments.

David West joined DANTE in 2001 and has lead and managed regional research and education networking projects outside Europe.  He has run the EUMEDCONNECT project providing regional networking for North Africa and Middle East since its outset in 2004.  He has also developed regional networks across South and South East Asia (TEIN2 and TEIN3, 2004 – 2012), and Central Asia (CAREN  since 2009). He also contributes to DANTE’s core-business of building and operating the pan-European Network, GEANT and its global relationships. Previously David was a senior manager at British Telecom for 15 years in a number of international roles to develop and manage new international network services and business development projects for BT’s global division and its overseas partners.  He is educated to postgraduate level. 

Dr. Federico Ruggieri, is Director of Research of INFN and works on On-Line and Off-line Computing Systems for High Energy Physics experiments. He promoted the first GRID project approved by the European Community DataGRID. He was the Director of CNAF in Bologna, where he started the LHC TIER1 for Italy. He played also an important role in the development of the Networks for Research in Italy. He is a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of GARR. Presently he is the Project Manager of two European Projects: EUChinaGRID and EUMEDGRID funded under the 6th FP.

Dr. Jauad El Kharraz has been Information Manager of the EMWIS Technical Unit since early 2004. He has a BSc in Fluid Mechanics from the faculty of Sciences of Tetuan (Morocco, 1998), an MSc and PhD in Remote Sensing Sciences from the University of Valencia, (Spain, 2001-2003), and a master degree in enterprises management & strategy at the CERAM European School of Business (Sophia Antipolis, France).
He worked as senior consultant for Sud-Convergences (France) on 2006-2008, and he got strong project management experience on EC funded projects (project cycle management). He has also had experience working on several European research projects. As well as being the author of more than 50 well cited publications and communications on international reviews and at symposiums in remote sensing and water sectors, he is referee for, among others, the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing journal, the International Journal of Remote Sensing, the Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres and Photogrammetric Engineering, Remote Sensing Journal, Advance in Space Research, Remote Sensing of Environment Journal, Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering,“Water Resources Management” journal, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Journal, "Climatic Change Journal" and IGARSS'2009-2013 Congresses, as well as several PhD thesis.
In addition, he is Expert Evaluator of the European Commission DG Research & Innovation, and since October 2013 he was nominated COST (European Co-operation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research) French representative at the Intergovernmental framework for EU Cooperation in Science & Technology 'Targeted Networks COST Action TN1301' - Next Generation of Young Scientist: towards a contemporary spirit of R&I (Sci-GENERATION).
On the other hand, he is co-founder and General Secretary of the Arab World Association of Young Scientists (ArabWAYS), member of the Global Change Unit (University of Valencia, Spain).
He is member of the Global Young Academy (GYA). In addition, he was the coordinator of target Med 4.2 on "financing the collection and treatment of industrial and urban wastewater in the Mediterranean", subject of one of the sessions of the 6th World Water Forum (Marseilles, 12-17 March 2012). 
Dr. Jauad El Kharraz was one of 40 scientists worldwide selected to attend the “World Economic Forum 'Summer Davos' for New Champions” in Tianjin China in September 2012. He is also member of the International Journal of Agriculture and Food Research (IJAFR) Editorial Review Board. 
Dr. Jauad participated in numerous projects funded by the European Commission, European Space Agency, and other institutions, among others: MED-3R on adapted waste management in the Mediterranean, WATERMED on water use efficiency using remote sensing data, RWKN on Regional Knowledge Network on Systemic Approaches to Water Resources Management, Regional project on Strengthening National Water Information Systems and Harmonization of Data Collection towards a Shared Water Information System, GLObal RIver Water & Earth observation, etc.
Among many other activities, he chaired Science & Technology Session at the World Justice Forum III – WJF III - Barcelona (Spain), 20-23 June 2011. He co-organized the German-Arab Forum of Young Scientists with the Junke Academie held in Berlin (Germany), 16-19/06/2011, and the regional conference “New Prospects and Challenges for Science and Education in the MENA region” co-organized with the Maghreb-Alexander von Humboldt Alumni Association, held in Marrakech (Morocco), 09-11/03/2012. He also organized several regional workshops and trainings in the field of water management, water information systems, remote sensing applications and scientific research. 
His main interests are currently: water accounts & balances, information & data management in the water sector, integrated water resources management (IWRM), water scarcity & drought, water demand, water quality monitoring, waste management, information systems, Euro-Mediterranean cooperation programmes, assessing & benchmarking, scientific research tools and development and some remote sensing applications (desertification, multi-temporal time series, estimation of biophysical parameters from AVHRR & MODIS data).
Jauad is fluent in Arabic, Spanish, French and English.

Like many of my colleagues, I came to computer networking in the 1980s and 1990s in the context of my work in high energy physics, both with experiments and accelerator control systems.  This grew from laboratory wide networking to national and international networks and from physics specific networking to Research and Educational Networks both nationally and internationally.

After the fall of the Soviet Union, satellite links became the tool of choice to establish connections with our colleagues in Russia and the newly independent states. During the 2000s, this led to the Virtual Silk Highway NATO project establishing NRENs and their international links in the Caucasus and Central Asian states as a stepping stone to their fiber connections available now.

Currently my work in this area is concentrating on the Afghanistan Research and Education Network.

In 1997, my satellite experiences brought me into contact with the establishment of the Global Communications Infrastructure of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty where I have been active since as task leader for communications.

Magda H. Zaki is a graduate of the American University in Cairo where she majored in Political Science. . During her years of college, she had the chance to participate in an exchange program in Grand Rapid State College –MI-US, as well as to travel intensively for courses in China (1978) and the US (1980).

In 2000, she received her M.A with honors from the same university; her thesis topic was “National Identity in Central Asia in the Post Soviet Erathe case of Uzbekistan” which was partly written while visiting the countries of Central Asia in the late 90's.

Between 1980 and 1990, she joined her family's business working with different international co-operations such as Rockwell Int. (USA) , Mitsubishi (Japan) etc... Yet in 1993, she decided to work in her field of studies where she joined the League of Arab States.

Between 1993 and 2005, she joined the Arab Fund for Development and Cooperation in Africa, focusing on "Development" in less fortunate African Countries.

Between 2005 and 2008 she worked in the department of Arab-North American relations where she focused researching US-Arab relations during the Bush II administration. In 2008 she got promoted as director of the department of the Dialogue among Civilizations and in 2013 became director of the department of Education and Scientific research tilting her focus from political to social affairs.


Dr. Alberto Pérez has been working since 2002 for RED.ES, a Spanish Government agency in charge of promoting Information Society in Spain, which, inter alia, manages RedIRIS (the Spanish National Research and Education Network) and ‘Dominios.es’, the top level Registry for the ‘.es’ domain.

In 2004, Dr. Alberto Pérez became the Deputy Director of RedIRIS. His task are mainly related to strategic planning, project management, control of RedIRIS budget and staff management, as well as international representation of RedIRIS at fora like TERENA (European association of National Research and Education Networks) and at the management bodies of different EU-funded projects, like GN3Plus. He is currently co- Chairman of the TERENA Task Force on Management of Service Portfolios (“TF-MSP”) and member of the GÉANT Strategy and Innovation Committee, and was member of the Executive Committee of TERENA from 2007 to 2013.

When Dr. Pérez joined RED.ES in 2002, his activity was mainly related to the ‘.es’ Registry, of which he became the Deputy Director. He is still in charge of international representation and policy development for this Registry, representing it at international fora like ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), IGF (Internet Governance Forum) or CENTR (Council of European National Top Level Domain Registries). Dr. Alberto Pérez was member of the CENTR Board of Directors from 2007 until 2011.

Dr. Perez occasionally advises the State Department for Telecommunications and Information Society (to which RED.ES belongs) on matters related to policy and legal development for the ICT sector.

Prior to joining RED.ES, Dr. Alberto Pérez worked for the Spanish telecom regulator CMT (Comisión del Mercado de Telecomunicaciones) from 1999 to 2002, and for the University of Alcala as a lecturer from 1994 to 1999. Dr. Pérez has a Ph.D. in ICT law, has published two books and many articles on ICT policy, and has been a speaker at many conferences related to this sector. He also has an Executive MBA from the Instituto de Empresa. 

Based in Australia, Dr Markus Buchhorn is a former astrophysicist, a former IT geek, a former University IT Director at one of Australia’s largest research Universities (ANU), and a former Director of Services at a large state e-Research partnership involving ten universities. He has been actively involved in the application of ICT to research and education for over twenty years, across many local, state and national initiatives and now works as an advisor for multiple such projects across Australia and overseas. He has a strong focus on user community needs and requirements, as well as good governance, to guide technology planning. He was also deeply involved in the establishment and growth of APAN over its first ten years, and has recently returned to APAN to become its General Manager.


Prof. Roberto Barbera was born in Catania (Italy) in October 1963. He graduated in Physics "cum laude" at the University of Catania in 1986 and since 1990 he holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the same University. Since beginning of 2005 he is Associated Professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the Catania University. Since his graduation his main research activity has been done in the domains of Experimental Nuclear and Particle Physics. He has been involved in many experiments in France, Russia, United States and Sweden to study nuclear matter properties in heavy ion collisions at intermediate energies. He is author of about 90 scientific papers published on international journals and more than 150 proceedings of international conferences. He is editor of the International Journal of Distributed Systems and Technologies and referee of both Journal of Grid Computing and Future Generation Computer Systems. Since 1997 he is involved in the NA57 Experiment at CERN SPS and in the ALICE Experiment at CERN LHC. Within ALICE, he has been the coordinator of the Off-line software of the Inner Tracking System detector and member of the Off-line Board. Since late 1999 he is interested in Grid Computing. He is member of the Executive Board of the Italian INFN Grid Project , of the Executive Committee of the Italian Grid Infrastructure (the Italian National Grid Initiative) and of the Scientific & Technical Committee of GARR (the Italian National Research and Education Network). Between 2005 and 2009 he has been the Director of two big Grid Projects (TriGrid VL and PI2S2 ) funded by the Sicilian Regional Government and by the Ministry of University and Research, respectively. At European level, he has been involved with managerial duties in many EU funded projects and he is currently the Coordinator of the EPIKH project. Since 2002 he is the responsible of the GENIUS Grid portal project and, in 2004, he created the international GILDA Grid infrastructure for training and dissemination that he coordinates since the beginning.


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