PCH

Our People

Board of Directors

Steve Feldman Chairman of the Board
Bill Woodcock Executive Director
Dorian Kim Non-executive Director

Staff

Business

Bill Woodcock Executive Director
Bill Woodcock

Bill Woodcock is the executive director of Packet Clearing House, the international non-governmental organization that builds and supports critical Internet infrastructure, including Internet exchange points and the core of the domain name system. Since entering the Internet industry in 1985, Bill has helped establish more than two hundred Internet exchange points. In 1989, Bill developed the anycast routing technique that now protects the domain name system. In 1998 he was one of the principal drivers of California 17538.4, the world’s first anti-spam legislation. Bill was principal author of the Multicast DNS and Operator Requirements of Infrastructure Management Methods IETF drafts. In 2002 he co-founded INOC-DBA, the security-coordination hotline system that interconnects the network operations centers of more than three thousand ISPs around the world. And in 2007, Bill was one of the two international liaisons deployed by NSP-Sec to the Estonian CERT during the Russian cyber-attack. In 2011, Bill authored the first survey of Internet interconnection agreements, as input to the OECD’s analysis of the Internet economy. Now, Bill’s work focuses principally on the security and economic stability of critical Internet infrastructure.

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Upcoming Travel
  • Jun 15 - Jun 20: Berkeley
  • Jun 21 - Jun 22: Washington DC
  • Jun 23 - Jun 24: Berkeley
  • Jun 25 - Jun 29: Willits
  • Jun 30 - Jul 2: Berkeley
  • Jul 3 - Jul 5: Russian Gulch
  • Jul 6 - Jul 10: Berkeley
  • Jul 11 - Jul 12: Vladivostok
  • Jul 13 - Jul 14: Berkeley
  • Jul 15: El Mirage
  • Jul 16: Berkeley
  • Jul 17: Montreal
  • Jul 18 - Jul 19: Rochester
  • Jul 20 - Jul 22: Chicago
  • Jul 23 - Aug 17: Berkeley
  • Aug 18 - Aug 22: Russian Gulch
  • Sep 18 - Sep 21: Singapore
Peter Rowland Business Director
Ross Stapleton-Gray Research Program Manager
Ross Stapleton-Gray

Dr. Stapleton-Gray serves as principal investigator for PCH on the DHS IMPACT (Information Marketplace for Analysis of Cyber-Risk and Trust) program. He is also a trustee of the Albany Unified School District Board of Education, and an aspiring playwright.

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Mimi Rauschendorf Business Manager
Mimi Rauschendorf

Mimi Rauschendorf is the Business Manager for PCH, handling finances and contracts. She has a Masters in Communications from the Technical University of Berlin. She is also a filmmaker, who works as an artist-in-residence at UC Davis, using filmmaking as a therapeutic art form to empower hospitalized children.

 

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James Mitchell Business Development Manager

Operations

Kabindra Shrestha Network Director
Chatur Ratna Shakya Systems Engineer
Rustan Shrestha Systems Engineer
Jeri Linder (McNeill) Director of Network Planning
Jeri Linder

Jeri Linder (McNeill) is PCH’s lead provisioning engineer. She began working in the Internet Service Provider industry in 1997, and may be the world’s only second-generation packet-switching provisioning engineer. She lives and works in Sebastopol California, USA, attached to PCH’s Berkeley office.

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Luis Torres Provisioning Coordinator
Luis Torres

Luis is a UCB undergraduate college student pursuing a bachelor's in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Some of his interests include Music, Art, and Internet Technology.

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Drew Webster Provisioning Engineer

Drew is a person with a keen understanding of organization, a passion for order and a desire for clear communication.

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Systems

Bob Arasmith Systems Director
Ashley Jones Senior Web and Tools Programmer
Ashley Jones

Ashley is the Senior Web and Tools Programmer at Packet Clearing House (PCH). Since joining PCH in April 2015, Ashley has worked on numerous projects, including PCH's website, internal systems security, DNSSEC key ceremonies, developing standards & documentation, and improving internal systems and tools. As much as is reasonable, he tries to open source projects he works on inside and outside PCH. He spoke at SANOG 27 in Nepal about using Let's Encrypt with Apache, and is a regular at other conferences such as Google I/O and DEFCON. Ashley is also involved in his local hackerspace, SYN Shop, and regularly posts on his blog about all sorts of wonderful geeky and technical things.

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Marco Frigino Database Programmer
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Sara Alamin IT Administrator
Sara Alamin

Sara builds PCH's internal IT network and server infrastructure. Prior to joining PCH, she was a network and systems engineer for SudREN, the Sudanese Research and Education Network, and before that, for the Nile Center for Technology Research. Sara is an active supporter of Network Operations Groups, being the co-founder of the Sudanese NOG, and a frequent speaker and trainer on IPv6, DNS, DNSSEC, and network scalability at AfNOG, APRICOT, and MENOG. She has an MSc. in Internet Engineering, and a BSc. in Electronic Engineering.

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Outreach

Nishal Goburdhan Internet Infrastructure Analyst
Nishal Goburdhan

Nishal is an Internet Analyst at Packet Clearing House (PCH), working primarily in the Middle East and African region. He has established, worked with, and continuously supports Network Operator Groups (NOGs) across the globe, promoting self-development through the Internet.

Nishal is also the general manager for the community-run Internet Exchange Points (INXes) for South Africa. Both from a technical and policy background, Nishal has been involved in developing interconnections and Internet Exchange Points across the globe, and now adds those years of experience to Africa’s largest peering points.

He’s been CTO, and Senior Project Manager: Global Infrastructure, for AfriNIC, the Regional Internet Registry for Africa, and has worked in several roles at Internet Solutions, South Africa's largest corporate ISP, growing their infrastructure to a multinational service provider, operating across 4 continents during his 12 year working stint there.

Nishal is passionate about transferring knowledge to developing countries. He has been a long-term volunteer instructor for the African Network Operators Group (AfNOG) for more than a decade, and routinely teaches at NOGs around the globe.

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Upcoming Travel
  • Jun 18 - Jun 19: Timişoara, Romania
  • Aug 20 - Aug 24: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Sep 24 - Sep 28: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Sep 30 - Oct 4: Khartoum, Sudan
  • Oct 24: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Dibya Khatiwada Peering Coordinator

Dibya holds a masters degree in Telecommunication Engineering and works as a peering coordinator and data analyst. His primary task is to help organizations peer with PCH's root DNS node. His favorite part of this role is the outreach and meeting / writing emails to people from around the world.

Prior to working at PCH, he was an administrator at the Asian Institute of Technology, where he planned and managed various kinds networks and services. He also served as a network engineer at Nepal Research and Education Network to start his career and he is a general member of the same organization currently. Apart from work, he participates at regional and national level Internet conferences and teaches at several workshops voluntarily. Dibya is also a program committee member of South Asian Network Operators Group (SANOG) and Nepalese network operators group (npNOG).

Dibya is happy to live and work in his hometown of Kathmandu, Nepal. He considers this a big accomplishment as it allows him to be close to family. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, reading, and sports.

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Gaël Hernández Senior Manager, Interconnection Policy and Regulatory Affairs
Gaël Hernández

Gaël is a Senior Manager on Interconnection Policy and Regulatory Affairs at Packet Clearing House (PCH) and works primarily in Europe, the Middle East and the Latin American region. He regularly provides policy advice to government officials and inter-governmental institutions in the areas of network interconnection and traffic exchange following industry best practices. As part of his role, Gaël administers PCH’s IXP Directory, a global directory of Internet exchange points used by the operations community, researchers and policy makers. He also oversees the peering efforts of PCH’s anycast network, the largest non-commercial DNS network in the world.

Between August 2015 and December 2016, Gaël worked as a Policy Analyst in the Communications Infrastructure and Services Policy team at the Digital Economy Policy Division of the OECD. At the OECD, he was responsible for the Internet of Things panel at the 2016 Cancun Ministerial Meeting and worked in several OECD publications in the areas of broadband, Internet infrastructure, IP interconnection and IPv6. In November 2016, he co-organised a meeting with BEREC on IP Interconnection in Brussels attended by European regulatory bodies and the Internet industry. He also contributed in several chapters of the Latin American Broadband Policy toolkit, a publication aiming at informing policy makers on best practices across a wide range of topics related to the Digital Econonmy.

Prior to PCH, Gaël worked for 10 years in the non-profit, public and private sector as Software Engineer and ICT Technical Expert bringing a digital transformation to education, health and livelihood projects in developing countries. He received his Telecommunications Engineering Master from the Universidad de Alcalá and a Master in International Cooperation from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid.

Gaël joined PCH in December 2012 and is based in Dublin, Ireland.

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Mohamed Elbashir Senior Manager, Internet and Regulatory Policy
Mohamed Elbashir

Mohamed Elbashir is Senior Manager, Internet and Regulatory Policy at Packet Clearing House. He has been active within ICANN since 2001, he served as a Council member in ICANN's Country Code Supporting Organization "ccNSO" (2004 to 2008), member of ICANN's Board At Large Advisory Committee "ALAC" (2007 to 2011) and was a member of ICANN's nominating committee.

Mohamed is actively involved in the internet activities in Africa and the middle east, currently he is the chair of "dotAfrica" new gTLD initiative. He was the one of the founders and vice president of the Africa's Top Level Domains Organization "AfTLD" (2004 to 2008), beside being a founding member of the Arab Internet governance forum. Prior to joining PCH, Mohamed has established and managed the Technical Affairs Department of Qatar’s Communications Regulatory Authority from 2008 to 2016, during this period he lead and implemented major national telecom and Internet Projects in the State of Qatar. He established and managed ccTLD registries in the Sudan and Qatar, operated an IDN and a new gTLD registry. Mohamed development policies related to Internet governance, domain names, internationalized Domain Names "IDN" and telecom regulatory.

Mohamed has been awarded the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ICANN" leadership award for 2016 for his leadership role in the IANA critical functions stewardship role transition from the US Government to the global Internet community. Mohamed holds two master degrees from the American University in London and the University of Manchester and done an an MIT executive education program.

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Research

Ashwin Jacob Mathew Internet Infrastructure Researcher

Ashwin Mathew is a researcher at Packet Clearing House.He graduated with a Ph.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Information in 2014. Prior to his doctoral studies, he spent a decade as a programmer and technical architect in companies such as Adobe Systems and Sun Microsystems.

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John Todd Senior Technologist

John has been working with the Internet since the 1980’s across a wide range of technologies including VoIP, massively multiplayer games, ISPs, satellite communications, and public directory systems such as the DNS, primarily with a focus in operations management and product/project management.

His role at PCH is supervising projects involving code development, operations, and partner relationships to build extensions of existing platforms or create new offerings as part of the PCH portfolio.

Hobbies include managing his farm, Raspbery Pi/Arduino hacks, and fabricating with metal in his shop. He has kept his own ASN for several decades, and keeps a varied network full of bleeding- and trailing-edge technologies. He resides in the rolling hillsides of Oregon though is found in the Bay Area or in the window seat of an aircraft for a significant portion of his hours.

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Upcoming Travel
  • Jul 12: Montreal
  • Jul 13 - Jul 15: New York City
  • Oct 12 - Oct 14: Amsterdam
Bruce Koball Electrical Engineer

Professional Services

Steve Ryan, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery Outside Counsel
Rob Kish Accountant

Advisors

Alexis Fasquel
Bart Stidham
Bevil Wooding
Gaurab Upadhaya
John Savageau
Kim Davies
Michael Sinatra
Mohammed Elalj
Pindar Wong
Rick Wesson
Rob Seastrom
Rohan Mahy
Sam Paltridge
Sean Donelan
Stephen Stuart