[council] Re: ALAC Laison to the GNSO Council

Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond ocl at gih.com
Thu Mar 19 12:57:52 UTC 2015

Dear Jonathan,

On 18/03/2015 15:04, Jonathan Robinson wrote:
> All,
> Following receipt of this communcation from Alan Greenberg, Chair of
> the At-Large Advisory Committee, I am able to report that by a
> unanimous vote of the ALAC, Olivier Crepin-Leblond has been selected
> as the ALAC Liaison to the GNSO Council.
> This appointment is effective immediately and runs through to the end
> of the 2015 Annual General Meeting. Olivier replaces Cheryl
> Langdon-Orr who was unable to continue in post due to a technicality.
> Thanks to Cheryl and welcome to Olivier.
> Jonathan

Thank you very much for your warm welcome. It is really a pleasure to be
given the opportunity to work with the GNSO Council and help bridge the
relationship between the GNSO and the ALAC. I already know many
Councillors but for those with whom I have not had the chance to
interact, let me introduce myself. I have been an Internet user since
1988, a few days before the Internet was hit by its first virus/worm
(RTM worm). An engineer by trade, I have a Bachelor of Engineering from
King's College, London, a PhD (Reduction of Delay in Asynchronous
Transfer Mode Networks) from Imperial College , London and a specialised
Masters in Competitive Intelligence & Knowledge Management from SKEMA,
Sophia Antipolis, France. I started a small company, Global Information
Highway Ltd back in 1995 and have started dozens of other businesses
since, consulting & selling some of them off. I have lived in Cannes,
London, Toulouse and New York and now live between Cannes, London and
Basel (Switzerland). My first ICANN meeting was in Paris, 2008 - I had
refused to be directly involved in ICANN since its beginnings in 1998,
having lived through the early years of the DNSO flame wars & direct
Board elections débâcle and having been involved in the work of the
Internet Ad-Hoc Committee (IAHC) which rivalled the ICANN proposals in 1997.
At ICANN I have been on too many working groups than I can recall.
Member of the STI CWG, DSSA CWG, Consumer Metrics CCI, CWG IANA, ALAC
Chair from AGM 2010 to AGM 2014, now ALAC Vice Chair, ATRT2 in 2013,
Co-Chair of the CCWG on Internet Governance, etc. I could have joined
many of ICANN's Communities but went for the ALAC as I was an Internet
end user before being an Internet techie, a business owner, consultant,
academic (I lecture from time to time), etc. In 1990 I seriously
considered building a portfolio of domain names but as a poor student, I
opted for a healthy university social life.
These days, with ICANN having eaten the majority of my time when I was
ALAC Chair, I sustain myself mostly through trading stocks - and have
listed any stock I hold that's somehow ICANN-related, in my SOI on
As if all of this was not enough I'm also the Chair of the UK England
Chapter of the Internet Society, having been a member since circa 1993.
etc. etc. more on http://www.gih.com/ocl.html if you are ever interested.

You'll note one of my defaults already: I sometimes ramble on, so I'll
stop here. I should have probably added that I am honoured to work with
all of you and hope that we can all work together to prove that the
multi-stakeholder model of Governance works.

Kindest regards,


Olivier MJ Crépin-Leblond, PhD

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