Foundation Board

The foundation is governed by the Foundation Board under the Articles of Association. One board member is appointed by the RIPE NCC Board and one board member is designated by the RIPE Chair.

Board Minutes

Current Board Members

Nigel Titley – Chair

Nigel Titley graduated from Oxford University in Engineering Science and Economics, more years ago than he cares to remember. Upon his graduation, Nigel started work at British Telecom’s research labs, where he worked for a number of years on different projects, eventually gravitating towards the new-fangled Internet protocol in the late 1980s. He played a part in the Internet’s introduction to the UK and Europe, by arranging for BT to be a substantial player in the early days and by designing and operating the first (unofficial) BT email relay, shifting email between BT’s internal systems and the Internet.

After helping to design and operate BT’s first commercial Internet service, he left to design and oversee the applications services (DNS, email, NTP and Usenet news) in Level 3’s new European network. The advent of ethernet over IP led to his becoming one of the founders of PacketExchange, a company which set out to exploit the technology.

From there, he went on to become Peering Manager for FLAG Telecom and then finally to Easynet, where he remained until early 2014. His current job involves the development of his long-time small business designing and selling environmental logging equipment and specialist electronic components. On his journey, Nigel found time to help found the London InterNet eXchange (LINX) and serve on its board for 12 years, to found Nominet (the UK registry), to act as co-chair for the RIPE Database Working Group, to launch 6UK (an organisation dedicated to encouraging IPv6 use by businesses in the UK) and, of course, to serve on the RIPE NCC Executive Board, from which activity he stood down in 2019. Nigel has been active in the RIPE community for many years, having co-authored a number of policy proposals related to transfer policy, fair run-out, certification, and recovery and re-use of IPv4 resources.

As Nigel is now effectively his own boss, he is able to dedicate whatever time he feels appropriate to serving the Internet community and he intends to continue to help in whatever way he can.

Niall O’Reilly – Treasurer

Niall is a long standing active member of our community. He retired from the University College Dublin IT Services in 2014 where he was responsible for network infrastructure, including planning the introduction of IPv6.

Niall was elected to the RIPE Vice Chair role, which was reintroduced to support the RIPE Chair’s workload and allow for succession planning.

Niall has been designated as a board member by the RIPE Chair.

Daniel Karrenberg – Secretary

Daniel Karrenberg is one of the pioneers of the Internet in Europe. In the 1980s, he helped build EUnet, the first pan-European Internet Service Provider (ISP). In 1989, Daniel was one of the founders of RIPE (Réseaux IP Européens), the key collaborative forum in Europe for Internet coordination. In the 1990s, Daniel led the formation of the world’s first Regional Internet Registry, the RIPE Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC), serving Europe, the Middle East as well as, initially, parts of Africa and Central Asia.

Since the year 2000 Daniel has been the Chief Scientist at the RIPE NCC. In this role he has led a significant number of activities, including the RIPE Routing Information Service (RIS), the global measurement platform RIPE Atlas, DNS Monitoring Service (DNSMON), RIPEstat and, together with NLnet Labs, the Name Server Daemon (NSD). His current interests remain the Internet in general as well as trust, identity, quantum networking and measurements on the Internet in particular.

In 2001, Daniel was awarded the prestigious Jon Postel Internet Service Award “for two decades of extraordinary dedication to the development of networking in Europe and around the world”; he was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2012.

Daniel lives in Roermond, the Netherlands.

Falk von Bornstaedt – Award Committee Liaison

Falk has over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, with a strong focus on the Internet. Currently he is working as an independent consultant for BENOCS Analytics, a startup, and DE-CIX, an established Internet exchange. Falk has over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, with a strong focus on the Internet.

Until 2018 he headed the Group Peering and IP Trading in Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier, part of the board area Europe and Technology. Before this he was head of product management IP-Transit, Peering and CDN within the business unit Internet and Content, part of International Carrier Sales and Services (ICSS). In this function, he led the Deutsche Telekom Network into a global tier-1 carrier status and established the IP-transit business. From 2006 to 2008, Falk was Vice President IP & Carrier Solutions within T-Systems. Before that, Falk was assistant to the CEO of Deutsche Telekom supporting the international business.

Right after his studies, Falk led a project team to develop a Management Information System for the German PTT at the Fraunhofer Institute FIT.

In 2004, Falk started teaching as a visiting professor for Internet Economics at the Universities of Freiburg, Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, Cologne, and since 2011 also at the Technical University in Berlin.

He holds diplomas in economics from the universities of Bonn and Paris, and a Ph.D. in economics from Cologne University. He has published several books, including Internet Economics (Internetwirtschaft) in 2014.

Falk is an active member of the RIPE and Internet community, the EU and Global Peering Forum, ISOC, and IETF. In 2014, Falk was elected to the DE-CIX customer advisory board, and in 2018 to the RIPE NCC Executive Board.

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Falk has been appointed to the board by the RIPE NCC.

Past Board Members

Hans Petter Holen

Hans Petter is one of the founding board members. He served from 10.2.2017 until 10.2.2021.

Hans Petter Holen has been actively involved in RIPE and the Internet industry for over 20 years. His extensive first-hand knowledge of global IP address policy creation comes from his time as Chair of the RIPE Address Policy Working Group (formerly known as the Local Internet Registry Working Group).

Previously a member of the NRO Number Council, Hans Petter has also been part of ICANN’s ASO Address Council since its formation in 1999 until 2013, with 10 years as Chair and Co-chair.

Hans Petter graduated from The University of Oslo in 1988 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. He continued with further studies there while working at the University administering the Norwegian EuNet node. He was among the founders of Oslonett AS, one of Norway’s first commercial ISPs, and has worked for various other LIRs. Hans Petter joined Visma in 2004 – first as IT Director and then as Chief Information Security Officer (since 2015), where he employs his extensive knowledge of the design, implementation and operation of Internet services and networks in a secure manner.