Speakers

Speakers

The Internet Hall of Fame's inductees have extensive experience in a wide range of topics related to Internet and networking technology. Inductees who are available for speaking opportunities are listed below, along with their specific areas of expertise. If you would like to request a speaker, please fill out our speaker request form, and someone will be in touch shortly to follow up. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

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Alejandro Pisanty Alejandro Pisanty

Alejandro Pisanty has contributed to the growth and improvement of the Internet in Mexico and Latin America through his position at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and in his roles at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the Internet Society (ISOC), as well as other influential networking organizations. His advocacy, lobbying, and keen understanding of the unique needs of developing countries when it comes to the Internet have significantly influenced policy and directed funding to keep millions online.  Read full bio.

George Sadowsky

George Sadowsky has helped develop Information and Communications Technology for, and deploy it to, over 50 developing countries, serving a 13-year tenure at the UN. He introduced microcomputers for census data processing in Africa and supported computing activities of China’s 1982 Census of Population and Housing. He has served at the U.S. Treasury Department and World Bank and helped provide Internet connectivity to 20 countries in Africa.   Read full bio

He can speak on threats to Internet success, factors affecting Internet evolution, DNS history and current issues, evolution of Internet governance, early ICT activity and 'internetworking' in developing countries, and 'What Is This Multistakeholder Model Anyway?'

Henning Schulzrinne

Dr. Henning Schulzrinne co-developed the key protocols that enable Voice over Internet Protocol and other multimedia applications, like Real Time Streaming and Real-time Transport Protocols and the Session Initiation Protocol, which sets up and configures VoIP telephony communications in enterprises and carrier networks. Since December 2011, Dr. Schulzrinne has been the CTO for the FCC.   Read full bio

He can speak on topics including the Internet of Things, Internet security and cybersecurity, VoIP, telecom public policy issues, telecom/Internet economics, Internet architecture/challenges and Quality of Experience.

Ben Segal

Ben Segal coordinated the introduction of TCP/IP into the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in spite of significant institution and industry opposition. While at CERN, he also helped World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee with WWW design decisions, and pointed him to the RFC series and existing protocols.   Read full bio 

His speaking topics include: 'Creativity and Coincidence: the WWW Story at CERN', 'Innovation and Standards: a Case Study of the Invention of the WWW', 'Killing Off the Mainframes: CERN's Role in the Computer Revolution', and 'A History of CERN Internet Protocols: 1983-1989'.   

Photo of Toru Takahashi Toru Takahashi

Toru Takahashi was instrumental in bringing the Internet to Japan and promoting it throughout Asia, and was a key player in the early commercial development of the Internet in the region. In addition to evangelizing the Internet and its commercial benefits, he founded and was involved in several key industry groups that continue to influence the Internet today. He also wrote one of the first books in Japanese about the Internet.  Read full bio

He is available to speak on numerous topics regarding the Internet's commercial development and growth in Asia.

Photo of Tan Tin Wee Tan Tin Wee

Dr. Tan Tin Wee founded the multilingual Internet domain name system and has been instrumental in its internationalization, resulting in Singapore hosting the first Chinese Website and Tamil Website. He was responsible for several Internet milestones in Japan, including the first Gopher server, Singapore InfoWeb and the forerunner to the present National Web Homepage.   Read full bio

He can speak about 'Research at the Speed of Thought', 'Industrial Symbiosis and Smart Cities', 'Faster Interconnects and Smarter Standards Towards Exascale Computing', 'My Internet of Things is Not IoT', as well as Internet-enabled health and wellness, Iron Man and aging.

Douglas Van Houweling

Dr. Douglas Van Houweling was chairman of the MERIT Network, a statewide computing network in Michigan in 1987, when the National Science Foundation awarded MERIT the job of operating the NSFnet national backbone. That backbone was the foundation upon which the global Internet was built. Dr. Van Houweling was also chair of Advanced Network and Services Corporation, which transitioned large-scale Internet capabilities from the higher education and research realm into commercial reality and was CEO of U.S. national research and education network Internet2.   Read full bio

He is available to speak on a range of topics.

Paul Vixie

Dr. Paul Vixie is a pioneer in several Domain Name System (DNS) protocol extensions and applications used throughout the Internet today, as well as the primary author and technical architect of BIND 8, the most widely-used DNS software on the Internet. He also founded MAPS (Mail Abuse Prevention System), a nonprofit that works to stop email abuse; started the first neutral commercial Internet exchange; and founded the Internet Software Consortium.   Read full bio

He can speak on the topics of DNS and DNSSEC, peering, and Internet security, exchanges and infrastructure.

Photo of Philip Zimmermann Philip Zimmermann

Philip Zimmermann is the creator of Pretty Good Privacy (PGP), an email encryption program that was made available to the public via FTP download. Originally designed as a human rights tool, PGP became the most widely used email encryption software in the world. 

He can speak on technical and public policy aspects of cryptography, cybersecurity, and privacy. This includes the recent resurgence of the crypto wars, and the rapid rise of advanced persistent threats from hostile foreign intelligence agencies.