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DotAsia Community & Membership

DotAsia is a community-based bottom-up initiative, with a membership-based not-for-profit organisation structure. There are 2 types of members defined:

1. Sponsor Members
Sponsor Members shall be organisations in the Pan-Asia and Asia-Pacific region, as defined by ICANN’s Asia / Australia / Pacific Region (based on the ICANN Region definitions) that manage and operate any of the country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) registries in the region.

2. Co-Sponsor Members
Co-Sponsor Members shall be regional-based Internet, Information Technology, Telecommunications, non-profit, NGO or other relevant community organizations in the Pan-Asia and Asia-Pacific region.

The boundaries of the DotAsia community are defined based on the ICANN Asia / Australia / Pacific region (, within an inclusive approach in mind. To ensure that the Board of Directors is relevant and representative of the multicultural Pan-Asia and Asia-Pacific region, geographical diversity will be an important criterion for the selection of the Directors. This geographical diversity requirement will be enforced and at least one individual from each of the 4 Sub-Regions will be represented on the Board.

The DotAsia Sub-Regions are defined as the following 4 Areas: 1. North & Northeast Asia; 2. South & Southeast Asia; 3. Middle East & West Asia; and, 4. Australasia & Pacific. The included economies and countries along with the corresponding categorization are based on the following 3 sources:

DotAsia membership remains open to new members. Members value contributing to the governance of the .Asia Sponsored gTLD registry as a key benefit. All Sponsor Members or Co-Sponsor Members enjoy the same benefits and are treated equally no matter when they join, so eligible organisations may join the initiative at their own pace.

As DotAsia continues its outreach to recruit members from the region, these efforts will also help further the community mandate of the organisation as well as to help bring local constituencies into the regional and international Internet community and forums.

DotAsia Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of DotAsia is made up of 11 members: 8 seats returned by Sponsor Members, 2 seats returned by Co-Sponsor Members, and 1 seat for the CEO appointed by the Board. Each elected member serves for 2-year terms and are eligible for re-election. While the nomination and voting of the Board elections are through organizational members, all Board members serve on the DotAsia board in their personal capacity and on a volunteer basis.

DotAsia Organisational Structure

The Board of Directors oversee the governance of the organization and are advised on policy matters by an [Advisory Council] populated by one representative from each Co-Sponsor Members along with other industry and community experts in the region.

The direct and close involvement of many regional ccTLDs ensures a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the operational and policy management of a TLD registry in the Pan-Asia and Asia-Pacific region. Furthermore, representation in governance from successful Asia-Pacific Internet and Information Technology groups, provides broad representation and relevance from the Pan-Asia and Asia-Pacific community. Together they create a well-balanced governance structure that forms a solid foundation for a successful TLD registry for Asia.

Current Board Members


Edmon ChungEdmon CHUNG is serving as the CEO for DotAsia Organisation and heads the secretariat for the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF). Edmon currently Co-Chairs the ICANN Joint ccNSO/GNSO IDN Working Group (JIG) and participates extensively on Internet governance issues.

Edmon is an inventor of patents underlying technologies for internationalized domain names (IDN) and email addresses on the Internet. Edmon has served on many global IDN related committees, including technical and policy groups, that made it possible for the introduction of multilingual domain names and email addresses on the Internet. Edmon founded Neteka Inc. in partnership with the University of Toronto Innovations Foundation in 1999, and went on to win the Most Innovative Award in the Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurship Award in 2001. In 2000, Edmon was selected by The Globe and Mail as one of the Young Canadian Leaders. Between 2007 and 2010, Edmon served as an elected member on the ICANN GNSO Council. Between 2010 and 2012, Edmon served as an elected member on the ICANN At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) from the Asia Pacific Region. Between 2006 and 2011, Edmon served as an elected member of the Elections Committee of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in the Information Technology Subsector.

Edmon has a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Engineering from the University of Toronto.


CHIAOMr. Chiao has more than 15 years of professional experiences in the Internet, domain names, and mobile industry. He has been serving in various leadership / managerial positions ranging from policy, technical, sales & marketing, and financing roles. His most recent venture was Brandma.Co, a cloud technology company empowering cost-effective, China-focus brand protection solution (a.k.a BrandCloud) for the New gTLD era.

He is one of the founding members of DotAsia Organisation, the registry operator of “.asia” Top-Level domain, since early 2004 when the entity was still in its formative stage. He served as DotAsia’s Vice President since early 2007 for 5 1/2 years, overseeing the TLD launch process, regulatory liaison, sales channel management, and community development. On early 2013, he was elected to serve as Director of the Board.

Prior to joining DotAsia, he was the Director of International Affairs and Public Relations of Taiwan Network Information Center (TWNIC, .tw registry). During his 3-year tenue he also managed the IPv6 program office and the APTLD (Asia Pacific Top Level Domain) Secretariat office. From early 2000 to mid 2002, Ching was with, one of the leading Internet hosting and domain registrars in the world. Based in New York City, Ching was responsible for sales and business development in the Asia Pacific region.

He has been involved in ICANN’s multi-stakeholder process for more than 10 years. On late 2010 Ching was elected by the gTLD Registry Stakeholder Group to serve in the ICANN’s GNSO Council which developed guiding principles for ICANN’s New gTLD program. In mid 2009, Ching was appointed as the Chair of the APNG (Asia Pacific Networking Group), a chartible community organization organization dedicated to Internet development and educational program (a.k.a. APNG Camp) in Asia Pacific region. Ching has been serving consecutively as Board Supervisor of Taiwan Internet Association (TWIA) which consists of all ISPs and Internet portals in Taiwan.

Ching earned his MBA from State University of New York at Binghamton.


Joel E. DISINIJoel Disini is the CEO of DotPH, the domain registry for the Philippines.

Mr. Disini is a member of the Tau Beta Pi Honor Society/Caltech, and of Mensa. He has a BS Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology.

Joel Disini was previously involved in Silicon Valley in different networking and communications related fields. He worked for five years in the late 80s writing Macintosh Software for Tri-Data Systems in Sunnyvale, CA. After 9 years in the US, he moved to the Philippines in 1989.

In 1990, he formed the Philippines’ first Internet Service Provider. His product – The Netway 1000 SNA/Bisyn Gateway – was named MacUser Editor’s Choice for best Networking and Communications Product.

Atsushi ENDO

Atsushi ENDOAtsushi ENDO has served as the Board of Director of DotAsia Organisation since 2006. He has been with Japan Registry Services Co., Ltd (JPRS), the .jp ccTLD registry since 2001. His primary responsibilities at JPRS include corporate planning, external affairs, and public relations of JPRS.

Atsushi served as the co-chair of AP* Retreat Meeting in Tokyo held in January 2006. He has also been involved in “Internet Next Generation” activities in Asia Pacific Region including his role as the of vice-chair of 5th Asia Pacific Next Generation Camp, which was hosted by Asia Pacific Networking Group (APNG) in 2004.

Atsushi graduated from Sophia University,Tokyo with a B.A. in Law and holds a M.A. in Political Science from Keio University Graduate School of Law, Tokyo.

Stafford L.K. GUEST

Stafford L.K. GUESTStafford L.K. GUEST is a co-founder of the Internet Users Society- Niue (IUS-N), the designated manager of the .NU Domain.He is a businessman resident on Niue Island in the SW Pacific, has attended ICANN meetings since its inception and participates in ccNSO and APTLD conferences.

As secretary of the Internet Users Society-Niue Mr Guest supported the founding of the Pacific Islands chapter of the Internet Society and has actively promoted netsafe projects around the Pacific.

A former broadcaster and publisher Mr Guest has investments in Niue’s hospitality industry, is a member of the island’s Business Roundtable.

Xiaodong LEE

Xiaodong LEEXiaodong LEE
Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Dr Xiaodong Lee is the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of the China Internet Network Information Center(CNNIC) and is the official technical contact of “.CN”. Dr Lee has more than 10 years’ experience on the internationalized Internet. After receiving his PhD on computer architecture from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, he joined CNNIC to be a group leader for the R&D team on Chinese Domain Names (CDN). The CDN system has been one of the leading IDN systems in the world. Dr Lee is also active in the IETF and contributed to RFC3743 and was the co-author RFC4713. He is now the constructor of the IANA “.CN” Chinese character variant table and is the Co-chair of the IETF EAI working group.

  • Professor of Computer Network Information Center(CNIC), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
  • The member of Academic Committee and Degree Committee of CNIC, CAS
  • Technical Contact of “.CN”, “.中国/中國”
  • From Sep. 1994 to Jul. 1998, Bachelor in Computer Science, Shandong University.
  • From Sep. 1998 to Mar. 2004, PhD in Computer Architecture, Institute of Computer Technology and Computer Network Information Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
  • Main contributor to RFC3743, and author of RFC4713
  • Co-Chair of Email Address Internationalization Working Group of Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
  • Member of IETF Application Area Review Team
  • Member of ICANN Registry Services Technical Evaluation Panel (RSTEP)
  • Member of ICANN Security Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC)
  • Member of ICANN Security Stability and Resilience Review Team (SSR RT)
  • Member of BIND10 Steering Committee
  • Vice-Chair of TC1 of China Communication Standard Association (CCSA)
  • Member of Internet Security and Response Panel of Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT)
  • Member of Internet Security Committee of China Association of Communication Enterprises (CACE)
  • Director of CNNIC-Cisco Addressing Research Laboratory (CCARL)
  • Co-Director of CNNIC-ISC Joint Laboratory on Internet Technologies (CILAB)
  • Board of Director of “.ASIA”
  • Awarded as “Ten Outstanding Youth in China software industry” (2008).
  • Awarded as “China Outstanding Youth Medal” (2009).


LIM Choon Sai

LIM Choon SaiMr. LIM Choon Sai is the General Manager of the Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC) Pte Ltd which administers the registry function of .sg domain names. SGNIC operates a shared registry system and accredits registrars to provide .sg name registration service.

Mr Lim is also a Director in the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) which is the regulatory authority for telecommunications. He is responsible for the resource management and telecommunication standardisation. His responsibility includes frequency spectrum management, telephone network numbering/code management, network and equipment standards. Mr Lim holds a B Eng and MBA




Name: Toshifumi (Tommy) MATSUMOTO
Residence: 2-4-1-1007, Sengoku, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0015
Telephone: Mobile: 090-3229-1694, Home: 03-3648-2085

Dateof Birth February 18, 1949
Age 59 years old
Marital Status Married
Children None
Nationality Japan
Languages Japanese, English
1973 University of Hiroshima
  Hiroshima, Japan
BA in Electronics
5/2002- Today T&Y Matsumoto Corporation.
President and CEO
4/1997 – 3/2005 JPNIC (Japan Network Information Center)
Vice presiden
8/2003 – Today APNG (Asia Pacific Networking Group)
1/2004 – 12/2005 ICANN (Internet Corporation Assigned Names and Number)
AtLarge Advisory Committee Member
6/2004- 3/2006 Echelon Japan K.K.
President and CEO
04/2002 – 12/2003
AT&T Communications Service (Japan) Ltd
  AT&T Wholesale Japan
Managing Director
01/2000 – 03/2002 CONCERT ICS JAPAN
Managing Director
Representative and President
  INET2000 /ISOC
Vice President
08/1999 – 12/1999 AT&T JAPAN
Representative and Vice President
07/1998 – 07/1999 AT&T JAPAN
Director and Vice President
03/1993 – 06/1998 AT&T JENS
04/1996 – 06/1998 Director and General Manager, Sales Division
  JPIX Founder and Board member(1997-1998)
  JPNIC Trustee (Board member) (1996)
  General Manager
Internet Division
  CIX board member (1994-1997)
  JPNIC Steering Committee Member (1994)
06/1993 – 05/1994 General Manager
Information System
System Planning Division
04/1993 – 04/1993 Deputy General Manager
Information System
System Planning Division
04/1973 – 02/1993 CJK CORPORATON (current company is ITFOR)
04/1990 – 02/1993 Deputy General Manager
Information System
New Business Development
System Planning Division
04/1980 – 03/1990 Manager
Sales Division
04/1973 – 03/1980

Sales Account Manager
Sales Division

Alireza SALEH

Alireza SALEHAlireza SALEH is currently the CTO of .IR ccTLD Registry with increasing role in management affairs. Saleh has a B.Sc. degree in civil engineering but has been involved in networking technology for the last 13 years. Before taking on his present responsibilities, he was involved in various aspects of the operation of Iranian Academic NETwork. Most recently he has been involved in IDN development for Persian language and Arabic script and is one of the monitors of the current ICANN IDN tests. He is a frequent participant in meetings of IETF, RIPE, ICANN, ITU-T, APTLD and CENTR.

Dr. SIR Jae-Chul

Dr. SIR Jae-ChulDr. SIR Jae-Chul is currently the executive director of NIDA(National Internet Development Agency of Korea), a nonprofit statutory organization, and is in charge of Korea Network Information Center (KRNIC). At KRNIC he is repsonsible for the policy development and technical management of the .kr ccTLD and IP address. In addition, SIR works on the development of domain name related technologies such as DNSSEC and IPSEC. Recently he is involved in building IPV6 and Anycast DNS sites for .kr ccTLD over the world. He also has an active role in drafting the Internet Resource Administration Act for the .kr ccTLD.

In addition, SIR has actively participated in Joint Engineering Team (JET), which was established to develop and implement IDN technology. Moreover, SIR has been contributing to the Activities of .org as an advisory council member of the PIR(Public Interest Registry). SIR will good for DotASIA board member as well as large numbers of DotASIA domains numbers and 11 registras in Korea.

Dr. THAM Yiu Kwok

Dr. THAM Yiu KwokDr. THAM Yiu Kwok received the B. Math. and M. Math. degrees in computer science from the University of Waterloo, Canada, where he studied formal languages and parallel rewriting systems, and Ph. D. in computer science from the University of Toronto, Canada, where he performed simulation and queuing analysis of integrated voice and data communication systems. He developed scheduling algorithms for satellite communication at Telesat Canada, and worked in various areas of telecommunication with GTE Spacenet and Telstra Research Laboratories, where he investigated network design under volatile conditions; he held academic and research appointments with the National University of Singapore and pioneered the development of prototype cross-language remote procedure call systems at the Institute of Systems Science, National University of Singapore. Before returning to the Far East, he was Visiting Professor at the Department of Telecommunications and Mathematics, University of Karlskrona/Ronneby, Sweden, where he performed research on ATM network design besides acquiring basic proficiency in Swedish. He was Lingnan Foundation Visiting Teaching Scholar at the Department of Information Systems, Lingnan University, Hong Kong before heading up the Computer Service Bureau at the University of Macau, Macao. He is now an Invited Associate Professor with the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Macau, and a member of the Technology Accreditation Committer in Macao advising its Accreditation Authority on the operation of electronic document and signature.

Previous Board Members

  • Che-Hoo CHENG (Sep 2006 – Feb 2012)
  • LI Guang Hao (Sep 2006 – Feb 2011)
  • DJ. William SEMICH (Jun 2008 – Feb 2010)
  • Indra K. HARTONO (Mar 2003 – Sep 2006)
  • Hirofumi HOTTA (Mar 2003 – Sep 2006)
  • Dr. LAI Fei Pi (Sep 2006 – Jun 2008)
  • Dr. Siavash SHAHSHAHANI (Sep 2006 – Jun 2008)
  • Richard ST. CLAIR (Mar 2003 – Jun 2008)
  • Dr. TSENG Shian-Shyong (Mar 2003 – Sep 2006)
  • YU Yang (Mar 2003 – Sep 2006)


DotAsia Advisory Council

The Advisory Council advises the Board on all policy matters. The Advisory Council is constituted based on appointments from Co-Sponsor Members (one person per Co-Sponsor Member) in addition to experts appointed by the Board.

Current Advisory Council Members

  • Izumi AIZU
  • Khaled FATTAL (Acting Executive Director AINC)
  • Prof. Kanchana KANCHANASUT (Co-Chair, APNG)
  • Prof. Kilnam CHON (Professor Emeritus, KAIST and Visiting Professor, Keio University)
  • Leonid Todorov (General Manager, APTLD)
  • Hirofumi HOTTA (Board of Directors, APTLD)
  • Dr. Kenny HUANG (Advisor, CDNC)
  • Ole JACOBSEN (Secretary, APIA)
  • SC LEUNG (Senior Consultant, HKCERT for APCERT)
  • Phet SAYO (Senior Program Officer, IDRC)
  • Gaurab Raj UPADHAYA (Core Committee Member SANOG)
  • Paul WILSON (Director General, APNIC)
  • Prof. XUE Hong (Member APRALO)

Previous Advisory Council Members

  • Jian ZHANG (General Manager, APTLD) (2009-2013)
  • Maria NG Lee Hoon (Regional Senior Program Specialist, PAN, IDRC) (2003-2012) 
  • Don Hollander (2006-2008, 2013-2015)
  • Ramesh Kumar Nadarajah (2009-2010)
  • Roy KO (Manager, HKCERT for APCERT) (2008-2013)
Sponsor Members

Sponsor Members shall be organisations in the Pan-Asia and Asia-Pacific region, as defined by ICANN’s Asia / Australia / Pacific Region (based on the ICANN Region definitions) that manage and operate any of the country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) registries in the region.

  • .AF .AF
    Afghanistan Network Information Center (AFGNIC)
  • .BT .BT
    Bhutan Communications Authority
  • .CN .CN
    China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC)
  • .HK .HK
    Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited (HKIRC)
  • .ID .ID
    Country Code Top Level Domain Indonesia (ccTLD-ID)
  • .IN .IN
    .IN ccTLD Registry, India
  • .IR .IR
    .IR ccTLD Registry, Iran
  • .JP .JP
    Japan Registry Services Co., Ltd. (JPRS)
  • .KH .KH
    .KH, Cambodia
  • .KR .KR
    Korea Network Information Center (KRNIC)
  • .KZ .KZ
    Kazakhstan Network Information Center
  • .MN .MN
    .MN ccTLD Registry, DataCom Co., Ltd., Mongolia
  • .MO .MO
    Macau Network Information Center (MONIC)
  • .NU .NU
    IUSN Foundation
  • .NZ .NZ
    The Internet Society of New Zealand (InternetNZ)
  • .PH .PH
    PH Domain Foundation, Philippines
  • .SG .SG
    Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC)
  • .TJ .TJ
    Information Technology Center, .TJ ccTLD Manager, Tajikistan
  • .TH .TH
    THNIC Foundation
  • .TW .TW
    Taiwan Network Information Center (TWNIC)
  • .UZ .UZ
    Computerization and Information Technology Developing Center, .UzInfoCom., .UZ ccTLD
  • .VN .VN
    Vietnam Internet Network Information Center (VNNIC)
Co-Sponsor Members

Co-Sponsor Members shall be regional-based Internet, Information Technology, Telecommunications, non-profit, NGO or other relevant community organizations in the Pan-Asia and Asia-Pacific region.

    Asia Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team
    Asia & Pacific Internet Association
    Asia Pacific Networking Group
    Asia Pacific Network Information Centre
    Asia Pacific Regional At-Large Organisation
    Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association
    Pan Asia Networking, International Development Research Centre
    South Asian Network Operators Group
Becoming a DotAsia Member

DotAsia invites all interested and relevant organisations to join as a member of the organisation to contribute to its governance and the policy development for the .Asia Registry. For more information on membership and to join the organisation please review the DotAsia Membership Briefing and Application form. [ doc | pdf ].

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