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Day 0

18 February

Session Venue

Trainees Registration

Day 1 of the APTLD Members’ Training Session: Marketing

The session is envisaged to be conducted as a string of classes to be delivered by experts and practitioners from AEServer, Afilias, and Gransy, and include:

09:00-10:30    Registry and registrar relations, also including:

       1. What Registrars Want
       2. How Resellers fit in
       3. How to Think About Domainers
       4. Handling New Releases
10:30-11:00    Coffee break in the lobby by the Conference Rooms
   Communication, PR, and Earned Media in Marketing
12:30-13:30    Lunch
   Using of data and stats in marketing
14:30-15:30    At the end of the class, trainees will be invited to fill out a test to check their expertise in marketing.

Room 8

Day 0.

19 February

Session Venue

Day 2 of the APTLD Members' Training Session

Technical: IPv6 Training

For the full description of the training and supporting materials, please visit: https://www.ripe .net/support/training/courses/ipv6/outline

The training will be delivered by Massimiliano Stucchi, the IPv6 Programme Manager and a trainer at the RIPE NCC.

Expertise: IPv6, BGP, Routing Registry, RPKI, LIR operations, DNS / DNSSEC, network design and engineering.
In his position he travels around the RIPE region to perform trainings on how to better use the resources assigned by his employer. In his past life he was CTO, founder and owner of an ISP/ITSP/WISP and also a consultant with experience ranging from web technologies to carrier-grade networking topics. He is vice president of the Italian FreeBSD Users Group (GUFI).

ME DNS Session (TBC)

Room 8
Note: On both training days, coffee breaks will be served by the Training Room and lunches will be served at the Channels restaurant (please have your badge on for lunch)
20 February
Session Venue


Lobby, Mezzanine Floor, by Rooms 6-9

The Opening Session

Joint Session with the Middle East DNS Forum

Master of Ceremony: Baher Esmat, VP, Global Stakeholder Engagement, Middle East, ICANN


  • H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Director General, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, UAE
  • Cherine Chalaby, Chair of the Board of Directors, ICANN
  • Ai-chin Lu, Chair of the Board, APTLD
  • Chris Buckridge, Director, External Relations, RIPE NCC
Rooms 6-9, Mezzanine Floor
10:30-11:15 Official Group Photo/Coffee break
Official Group Photo will be taken in Room 11, Mezzanine Floor
Coffee break will be served in the lobby by the Conference Rooms

Session 1: GDPR: Tales Not to Be Told by the Fireplace

Joint Session with the Middle East DNS Forum

Panel Discussion
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has now become an important part of the operational reality in the domain name industry. Over the past several months, the ICANN community has been working hard to ensure the continued access to domain registration data (WHOIS) in a way that is compliant with GDPR. Discussions around administrative, legal and operational effects of the GDPR on generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) and country code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs) will take place.

Moderator: Alister Paterson, auDA

  • Stephen Deerhake, .AS
  • Andi Budimansyah, .ID Registry
  • Emily Taylor, NETISTRAR, Ltd.
  • Raedene McGary, CentralNic
  • Elena Plexida, ICANN
Rooms 6-9, Mezzanine Floor

Special Talk by Etisalat

Telco as your DNS Security Partner

This talk will aim to cover threats, attack vectors and role of an ISP in safeguarding the society. DNS security right from traditional Enterprise, SMB's, Government's networks to next generation smart networks such as Smart City's, Connected Cars, Smart meters, IOT and Cloud, etc.

Presenter: Imran Bulan Khan, Digital Security Architect, Etisalat, UAE

Rooms 6-9, Mezzanine Floor
13:00-14:00 Lunch
Will be served at the Channels restaurant (ground floor) – kindly have your badge on

Session 2A (Venue: Room 11, Mezzanine Floor)

Policy: Pin ‘Em Down… or Not: Whether Local Presence for Registrants Matters
As many governments are keen to retain the imperative of the registrants’ local presence, the big question is if it is the only solution in today’s globalized world. The session is to weigh pros and contras of open zones vis-à- vis hermetic ones and discuss good legal and administrative practices.

Moderator: Gihan Dias, .LK Domain Registry
  • Ahlam Abu-Jadallah, .JO
  • Yuri Takamatsu, .JPRS
  • Abdulrahman Al Marzouqi, TRA
  • Lianna Galstyan, ISOC/.AM
  • Darasouk Homsombath, LANIC

Welcoming Remarks (Venue: Rooms 6-9, Mezzanine Floor)

Nick Tomasso, Vice-President of Global Meeting Operations and Managing Director for Middle East and Africa, ICANN

Session 2B

The ME DNS Forum: Policy Session. New gTLDs: Future Rounds
Since the launch of the new Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Program in 2012, over 1200 new top-level domains have been introduced. The ICANN community has been reviewing the policy recommendations related to the new gTLDs, to improve the program and prepare for a potential next round. The session will explore the outcomes of the ongoing policy efforts, and shed light on the policy aspects of specific interest to the Middle East.

Moderator: Rafik Dammak, Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council Vice-Chair, ICANN
  • Amr Elsadr, Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group, GNSO
  • Caitlin Tubergen, Policy Senior Manager – GNSO, ICANN
  • Mert Saka, Registry Engagement and Outreach Manager, ICANN
  • Mohammad Zeidan, General Manager, Neustar MENA
15:30-16:00 Coffee break in the lobby by the Conference Rooms

Talk by GSMA: Era of 5G

An overview of the current state of the industry, 5G deployment, IoT outlook, and the implications for different economic verticals, smart cities and commerce.

Presenter: Jawad Abbassi, Head of MENA, GSMA

Rooms 6-9, Mezzanine Floor

Session 3A (Venue: Room 11, Mezzanine Floor)

Technical: The Myth of the Better: An Alternative DNS Root Concept and Its Implications
While astronomers are at odds over the question whether our universe is one and only, or one of many, how can one be sure DNS is set to stay on as the only universe for the TLD community? A heretical idea is fun and a good inspiration for a techie’s job.

Moderator: Kaveh Ranjbar, RIPE NCC
  • Lars-Johan Liman, Netnod
  • Mikhail Anisimov, .RU
  • Patrick Jones, ICANN
  • Davey Song, Yeti DNS (remotely)
  • Dmytro Kokhmanyuk, .UA

Session 3B (Venue: Rooms 6-9, Mezzanine Floor)

ME DNS Forum Technical Session: Internationalized Domain Names and Their Universal Acceptance

[Panel Discussion] The session will start with a presentation on the findings of the UNESCO internationalized Domain Name (IDN) World Report 2018 - https://idnworldreport.eu/. It will then discuss the status and challenges of enabling and using IDNs, with a focus on the domain names and email addresses in Arabic script. The panelists will cover the community work towards developing standards to make IDNs secure, enabling their variant labels to promote international access, and encouraging their universal acceptance across different platforms and applications to promote their wider use. Panelists will also discuss how the wider community can contribute to the ongoing work in this area.

Moderator: Sarmad Hussain, Director of IDN Programs, ICANN

UNESCO Report Presenters:

  • Emily Taylor, Director, Netistrar Ltd.
  • Giovanni Seppia, External Relations Manager, EURid
  • Panelists:
  • Abdelmonim Galilla, Deputy Manager, dotMasr Registry, Egypt
  • Nitin Walia, Data Xgen Technologies

17:45-18:00 Wrap-up of the day and housekeeping notices
Baher Esmat, ICANN & Leonid Todorov, APTLD
18:30 Leaving for the Gala Event

Gala Event

on board of a traditional Dhow sponsored by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the United Arab Emirates

21 February

Session Venue

Session 4A (Venue: Room 11, Mezzanine Floor)

Administrative: New Registry Services
Today’s registry is a complex machinery with many departments doing many things. The panel is to discuss which new services can be adopted to complement the traditional ones and how they benefit those who dare.

Moderator: Le Nam Trung, VNNIC

  • Nitin Walia, Data Xgen Technologies
  • Ruwan Wigamage, LK Domain Registry
  • Wahyoe Prawoto, .ID Registry
  • Stuart Fuller, CentralNic
  • Thai Huu Ly, VNNIC
  • Queh Ser Pheng, SGNIC

Session 4B (Venue: Rooms 6-9, Mezzanine Floor)

Domain Name Marketplace in the UAE
[Panel]The session will look at the domain name marketplace in the United Arab Emirates, and will cover experiences shared by the country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) and IDN ccTLD registry, registrars and resellers of both national TLDs, and other players.

Moderator: Baher Esmat, Global Stakeholder Engagement, Middle East, ICANN


  • Abdulrahman Almarzooqi, Manager, Internet Advancement, TRA UAE
  • Munir Badr, Founder and CEO, AEServer
  • Anoop Sherda, CTO, Buziness Ware
10:00-10:10 Technical Break

Session 5A (Venue: Room 11, Mezzanine Floor)

Marketing: Target Segments, Schmarget Segments
Do you know any millennial around you? Better still, are YOU a millennial? No? How come? How about the elderly (and no, we do not mean you are the one). Anyway, they all are your potentiql audience, so you’d better know your enem, sorry, customers to treat them right. The session focuses on ways and means to identify and classify, and treat them so that to have your TLD prosper.

Moderator: Min Jung Park, KISA
  • Maria Kolesnikova, .RU
  • Tinuk Andriyanti, .ID Registry
  • Tom Barret, Encirca
  • Joe Alagna, Afilias

Session 5B (Venue: Rooms 6-9, Mezzanine Floor)

[Talk] What Registrants Need to Know about their Rights and Responsibilities

Moderator: Fahd Batayneh, Manager, Global Stakeholder Engagement, Middle East

Dealing with Complaints: ICANN Compliance Perspective
[Talk] This talk will focus on the highest volume of complaints received by ICANN Contractual Compliance such as, Transfer, Domain Deletion (Domain Suspended for non-response to WHOIS Inquiry) and Domain Renewal. The objective is to describe the content of complaints falling in the ICANN’s contractual scope and explain how to address issues related to domain name management.

Presenter: Seher Sagiroglu Ayhan, Contractual Compliance Specialist, ICANN

ICANN’s Registrant Program
[Talk] The ICANN Registrant Program has two primary objectives: 1) educating registrants about their rights and responsibilities, the domain name ecosystem and how to navigate it, and the ICANN policies that impact them and, 2) identifying and raising awareness about issues and challenges that registrants are facing. To this end, the ICANN organization (ICANN org) is publishing semi-annual reports aimed at providing quantitative data to inform community discussions and collaborations. This inaugural report provides data from the ICANN Global Support Center (GSC), ICANN Contractual Compliance and some observations from the ICANN Complaints Office.

Presenter: Mukesh Chulani, Senior Manager, Registrar Services and Engagement, ICANN

11:10-11:30 Coffee break in the lobby by the Conference Rooms

Session 6A (Venue: Room 11, Mezzanine Floor)

Policy/Legal: National Cyberlaw and TLDs: the Buoy or the Deadweight?
With governments increasingly wary of cybersecurity, the session is meant to highlight the benefits ccTLDs and gTLDs gather from the tightening cyberlaw and strategies they should opt for to better adjust to stringent, if not strangling, environment.

Moderator: Erhan Karabardak, .auDA
  • Brent Carey, .NZ: A Safer .NZ
  • Raedene McGary, CentralNic
  • Mikhail Anisimov, .RU
  • Dejan Đukić, .RS
  • Hiro Hotta, JPRS

Session 6B (Venue: Rooms 6- 9, Mezzanine Floor)

DNS Operations, Security, and Privacy
[Talk] This session will look at DNSSEC and its importance; sharing perspectives from the global level, Asia Pacific (APAC) regional level, and the Middle Eastern level. It will also, look at the recent Key Signing Key (KSK) Rollover, and the new security and privacy protocols being devised for the DNS; namely DNS over Transport Layer Security (TLS) (DoT), DNS over Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) (DoH), and DNS Privacy (DPrive).

Moderator: Massimiliano Stucchi, Program Manager, IPv6, RIPE NCC


  • Jan Žorž, Operational Engagement Programme Manager, ISOC
  • Mohamed Alomran, DNS Engineer, TRA UAE
  • Patrick Jones, Senior Director, Global Stakeholder Engagement, ICANN
  • Pavel Khramtsov, DNS Projects Manager, MSK-IX

The APTLD Annual General Meeting (Part 1) (Venue: Room 11, Mezzanine Floor)

At the meeting (open to the Ordinary Members only ), the community will:

  • Approve nominations of the ascending Board members;
  • Approve the 2018 Accounts
  • Endorse the Board Chair Report for 2018

Session 7B (I) (Venue: Room 6- 9, Mezzanine Floor)

Domain Abuse Activity Reporting (DAAR)
[Talk] An overview of ICANN Org's Domain Abuse Activity Reporting (DAAR) project will be presented. DAAR is a system for studying and reporting on domain name registration and security threat (domain abuse) behaviors across the top-level domain (TLD) registries and registrars. It aims to report security threats to the ICANN community, which can then use the data to facilitate informed policy discussions.

Presenter: Samaneh Tajalizadehkhoob, Lead Security, Stability and Resiliency Specialist, ICANN

Session 7B (II)

Unleash your Registry, How to Reach the Largest Audience
[Talk]Technology is has always been a hot topic, but how often do we think about the business development, marketing, and growth aspects of it? In this session, we’ll take a closer look at the intriguing combination of art and science when it comes to the promotion of technology.

Presenter: Joe Alagna, Director, Business Development, Afilias

13:30-14:30 Lunch at the Channels restaurant (ground floor) – kindly have your badge on

The APTLD Annual General Meeting (Part 2) (Venue: Room 11, Mezzanine Floor)

At the meeting (open to the Ordinary Members only ), the community will:

  • Discuss the 2019 APTLD Budget
  • Discuss other matters of general concern

Session 8B (Venue: Rooms 6- 9, Mezzanine Floor)

Emerging Trends in DNS

[Panel]Blockchain technology represents an innovation that is poised to disrupt several industries, from commercial transactions to real estate to patient data. DNS is emerging as a way to integrate blockchain applications with the existing internet. The following applications will be reviewed:
Integration of Blockchain and digital wallets for virtual currencies
Decentralized DNS for greater security and anonymity
Internet of Things
Geofence applications for drones, airports and ecommerce
The art.art case

Moderator: Tom Barrett, CEO, EnCirca Inc.

  • Alexei Popov, Registrar Partnerships, dotART Registry


The APTLD Annual General Meeting (Part 2, Cont’d) (Venue: Room 11, Mezzanine Floor)

Session 9B (Venue: Rooms 6-9, Mezzanine Floor)

Security in IPv6-enabled TLDs

[Panel] Today more and more registries have deployed IPv6 on their infrastructure. This session will discuss how to properly build your registry to support both IPv4 and IPv6. It will cover Route Origin Authorizations (ROAs) and Internet Routing Registry (IRR), monitoring for IPv6, IPv6 DDoS protection, and getting proper IPv6 connectivity.

Moderator: Hisham Ibrahim, Middle East Technical Program Manager, RIPE NCC

  • Jan Zorz, Operational Engagement Programme Manager, ISOC
  • Massimiliano Stucchi, IPv6 Program Manager, RIPE NCC
  • Maher Yamout, Kaspersky
  • Mohamed Ali Gharghi, Asiatech
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break in the lobby by the Conference Rooms

The Joint Concluding Session: Taking Stock

Moderator: Chris Buckridge, RIPE NCC

  • Baher Esmat, ICANN: Concluding remarks
  • Leonid Todorov, APTLD: Concluding remarks
  • Housekeeping announcements & closure of the Meeting
Room 6-9, Mezzanine Floor

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