Olaf Kolkman

Olaf Kolkman

Chief Internet Technology Officer

As Chief Internet Technology Officer, Olaf has responsibility for leading Internet Society’s Strategic Technical activities, particularly as they pertain to issues and opportunities for enhancing the Internet’s evolution.

Olaf has been actively involved with Internet technologies since his astronomy studies during the early nineties. Internet became his professional focus in 1996 when he joined the RIPE NCC to develop the first version of what has become a worldwide test-network. In 2007 he became the managing director of NLnet Labs. Under his responsibility NLnet Labs produced open-source products, performed research on technical issues with global impact, and contributed actively to the regional and global collaborative standard and governance bodies (e.g. ICANN, RIPE, IETF), and 'pushed the needle' on the development and deployment of DNSSEC.

Notable Accomplishments

Olaf Kolkman was chair of the DNS Extensions Working Group between 2003 and 2006. He was IAB member from 2006 to 2012 and was its chair between March 2007 and March 2011. Oversight Committee and the IETF Trust. He was Acting RFC Series Editor in 2011. He chairs the IAB's IANA Evolution Program, chairs the IETF Weirds working group, and is the IETF/ISOC representative on the European Multi-Stakeholder Platform on ICT Standardization. He is also a Trusted Community Representative in the context of the DNS Root-Signing ceremony, and a RIPE Arbiter. He was a member of the Panel on Global Internet Cooperation and Governance Mechanisms. Olaf Kolkman is based in the Netherlands, where he lives with his family.

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