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2022 OARC Elections

During the 2022 OARC Annual General Meeting OARC Members will be electing two seats on the OARC Board of Directors. The seats becoming available are doing so on the following basis:

  • The Board seat held by Jacques Latour, who is stepping down having served the maximum of 3 terms over 6 years, is up for election.
  • The Board seat held by Jaromír Talíř, who is stepping down having served 3 terms over 5 years, is up for election.

Note that Board seats are held in an individual rather than Member organization capacity. Candidates however must have been nominated by, and employed by or affiliated with, a DNS-OARC Member in good standing.

The candidates and their election platforms are given below.


Joe Abley (Cloudflare)

I have been participating in technical community organisations of one shape or another for most of the last twenty-five years. I was a founding trustee of NZNOG, chair of the steering committee of NANOG and continue to be a volunteer instructor at NSRC and a member of SSAC. I am also (still!) a part-time graduate student at Western University in the MESc programme

I have experience in management and as a technical contributor in both for-profit and not-for-profit organisations, and have been variously responsible for the operation of DNS root servers, TLD servers and enterprise DNS services. I led the team at ICANN that contributed towards the deployment of DNSSEC in the root zone in 2010 and was one of the people who woken up by increasingly urgent phone calls on 21 October 2016 when Dyn's DNS platform started to receive a lot of traffic due to the planet's sudden preoccupation with low-price, network-attached baby monitors. I was employed as the inaugural CTO of Public Interest Registry, the home of dot-ORG, where I was responsible for building a technical organisation around both registry systems and PIR's technical outreach and community-building.

I am currently employed as an engineering manager at Cloudflare, a large Internet security company that handles a globally-significant volume of DNS traffic. My management at Cloudflare supports this nomination.

I have been a participant and enthusiast at DNS-OARC since its inception. I greatly appreciated the confidence of the community in electing me to the DNS-OARC board in 2020, a position that I was later obliged to step down from when I changed affiliation. That bylaw restriction does not apply to me in my current affiliation at Cloudflare, which I am very happy with and have no plans to change. I would love the opportunity to rejoin the board and continue the work of supporting and shaping the organisation.

Nico Cartron (F5)

I have been in the DNS community for a while, working with various vendors (EfficientIP, PowerDNS, and more recently F5), mostly in Professional Services/Presales/Product Management, so I have a good grasp of DNS usage in the wild, having discussions with end users, customers, and developers.

My first encounter with DNS was in the early 2000’s, migrating a Bind 8 configuration to MyDNS, and since then DNS has been part of my professional life.

I have been going to DNS-OARC on a regular basis as a regular attendee, and would be thrilled to be more involved in the OARC and the DNS community in general.

Shumon Huque (Salesforce)

I'm a software engineer and senior technologist at Salesforce, based in the Washington DC area. At Salesforce I'm involved in all aspects of the DNS infrastructure, including operations, engineering, architecture, software development, and the integration of DNS with applications and cloud platforms. Prior to Salesforce I was employed as a research scientist at Verisign, and as a technologist at the University of Pennsylvania.

I greatly appreciate the important service DNS-OARC provides to the community, and Salesforce derives tremendous value from our association with the organization. I am a very active participant in OARC, including serving in the past on the programme committee for 3 years (and for 2 years as its chair), and as a fairly frequent speaker. I also actively participate in DNS related areas at other technical venues like the IETF (DNS protocol development work) and ICANN (as a member of the RSSAC Caucus, an SSAC work party member, co-organizer of a DNSSEC automation panel at workshops, etc). In the past, I've also regularly taught classes on DNS and DNSSEC at venues like USENIX. If elected to the board, I hope to continue to develop, strengthen, and expand the work and influence of the DNS-OARC organization. In particular, I will endeavour to continue making it a highly relevant and collaborative place of engagement for a diverse range of participants, e.g. software developers, operators, architects, researchers, DNS companies, clients of DNS companies, cloud infrastructure platforms, and others. Some more details of my background are available at: . Feel free to reach out to me directly if you have any questions.

Frederico Neves (

I would like to contribute to the community of members on achieving the organization Mission.

Frederico Neves is CTO of, the non-profit registry service for .br ccTLD. He is the technical contact for .br since 1998. He has more than 25 years of experience leading software development teams. He started to get involved with the DNS protocol in 1994, leaded the transitions of the .br registry in 1997, of the Brazilian Internet Address registry in 1999 and of the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Address registry (LACNIC) in 2001. He has actively contributed to the IETF efforts in the areas of DNS extensions and operations, names and numbers registry provisioning and directory services. He holds a Chemical Engineering degree from FEI.

Ralf Weber (Akamai)

I’ve been fascinated by DNS since helping to build a small ISP back in 1994 and have spend most of my career since then running or helping others to run DNS services at Colt Telecom, Nominum and now Akamai.

During that time I was involved in lots of communities relating to DNS like the IETF, RIPE or DENIC and since 2013 DNS-OARC, which I consider the best community regarding DNS as it covers all aspects and geographies.

As such I would be honoured to serve this community as a board member and help to drive DNS-OARC forward as the best place for knowledge, data and software sharing regarding DNS. DNS-OARC brings together the development, operational, research and standardisation groups and gives them a forum where we all can work together to make DNS and hence the internet better, as DNS is critical piece of the internet infrastructure.

All of that can only be done in an open, transparent and cooperative manner so I am always interested in communication with other members.

You can find my professional profile at