Wilfried Woeber Receives 2018 Rob Blokzijl Award

Yesterday at RIPE 76 in Marseille, the Rob Blokzijl Foundation presented the first Rob Blokzijl award to Wilfried Woeber "For more than thirty years of contributions to the development of the Internet: building and interconnecting networks, sharing knowledge, connecting people, building consensus and helping others to contribute and succeed."

The Rob Blokzijl Award honours the memory of Rob Blokzijl, the first Chairman of RIPE. The award recognises individuals who made substantial and sustained technical and operational contributions to the development of the Internet in the RIPE NCC service region and supported or enabled others. The awardee receives EUR 10,000 from the Foundation.

Speaking for the 2018 Award Committee, Daniel Karrenberg said: "We received a total of ten excellent nominations from the community. It speaks for our community that all of them had considerable merit and the final choice was not an easy one."

On behalf of the Foundation, he thanked the members of the Award Committee for their work in soliciting and evaluating nominations. He also thanked the RIPE NCC and specifically Mirjam Kühne for the excellent support in making this first award a success.

In a short ceremony, Lynn Blokzijl presented the award to Wilfried, who was visibly moved at receiving this honour. Wilfried, who is officially retired from Vienna University, has built networks in the RIPE region for more than 30 years. More importantly, he has shared his knowledge and experience with many others within RIPE, the NREN community and notably the emerging efforts in Eastern Europe when the iron curtain started to be penetrated by networking efforts. Later, Wilfried contributed significantly to some of the first deployments of IPv6.

Besides his technical work, Wilfried also served in various governance functions; notably he was a long-time chair of the Database Working Group, a RIPE NCC Arbiter, and a member of the NRO Address Council. Last but not least, Wilfried has supported quite a number of young students who have gone on to become successful members of the RIPE community, making their own contributions to our shared success.


Photo Matthijs Mekking

On 1 December 2015, our beloved and esteemed colleague Rob Blokzijl passed away. The RIPE NCC marked his passing with a tribute on RIPE Labs, which received many heartfelt expressions of condolence and respect from the community.

To continue Rob’s legacy, we’re proud to announce the creation of the Rob Blokzijl Foundation. The Rob Blokzijl Foundation is part of the RIPE NCC’s Good of the Internet Initiative, which was outlined by RIPE NCC Executive Board Member Salam Yamout during the RIPE NCC Services Working Group at RIPE 73.

The objective of the foundation is to recognise and reward individuals who:

  • Made substantial and sustained technical and operational contributions to the development of the Internet in the RIPE NCC service region, or
  • Supported or enabled others with the development of the Internet in the RIPE NCC service region.

The foundation will strive to realise this objective at least every two years.

The Rob Blokzijl Foundation was officially incorporated on 10 February 2017.

A Rob Blokzijl Foundation Board has been established to ensure the effective running of the foundation. The board comprises three members:

  • Hans Petter Holen, Chairman
  • Daniel Karrenberg, Secretary
  • Nigel Titley, Treasurer

An Award Committee has been established to review nominations. You can find more information in the activity plan for the foundation.

The foundation’s initial reserve of 25 kEUR will be donated by the RIPE NCC. We intend for the foundation to thereafter become self-sustaining. We hope to receive many donations from community members to support this good cause and to keep the memory of Rob Blokzijl alive. If you would like to contribute, please contact us at the e-mail address below.

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