pkSIG 2020 Speakers
Senior Manager, ICANN Middle East
Fahd Batayneh has been part of the ICANN world since the summer of 2008 where he was active in a number of ICANN working groups. In October 2013, he joined ICANN Org as part of the Global Stakeholder Engagement Team (GSE) supporting the Middle East. Today, he is deeply involved in a number of regional projects that promote ICANN's work in the region. He holds a BSc in Computer Engineering with honors, and an MBA. He is happily married and has 3 kids, and calls Amman, Jordan his home.
Product Manager, Google
Hannia is a Product Manager at Google. Hannia has worked on Chrome OS in Silicon Valley, launching the Pixelbook and the lowest latency stylus solution (patented). She then moved to Switzerland to build data analysis tools and pipelines for Google Maps. After that, Hannia worked on Google Payments and Next Billion users in Singapore. Hannia is responsible for launching the Google Pay app in Singapore, partnering with banks. Hannia also works on advising regulators on building payment systems, for which she recently published a white paper and received a patent for the design.
Hannia studied Computer Science and Psychology at Yale University.
Head of Connectivity and Access Policy for Asia Pacific, Facebook.
Tom C. Varghese
Tom is the Head of Connectivity and Access Policy for Asia Pacific at Facebook. He focuses on regional issues involving spectrum, infrastructure, net neutrality, online communication services and accessibility.Prior to joining Facebook he was a Director of Public and Regulatory Affairs for the telecommunications company Telenor Group, supporting the companies businesses in South- and Southeast Asia. In his role he worked extensively across spectrum, licensing and infrastructure deployment for mobile network operators. He has previously also been a consultant to the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a Research Associate at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Tom holds a Master degree in Law and a Bachelor degree in Comparative Politics from the University of Bergen, Norway.
Senior Advisor to the New Digital Agenda (NDA) Task Force, American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ)
Jim Foster is currently the senior advisor to the New Digital Agenda (NDA) Task Force within the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ). Previously, Jim was a Professor in the Graduate School of Media and Governance at Keio University and the Executive Director of the Asia Pacific Institute for the Digital Economy (APIDE). Prior to joining Keio University, Jim was Director for Public Policy at Microsoft Japan for five years and served as a US diplomat for 25 years with assignments to Embassy Tokyo, Embassy Seoul, Embassy Manila, and the US Mission to the EU. His last posting was as Director for Korean Peninsular Affairs within the State Department, where he was closely involved in the Five Party Talks to end the North Korean nuclear program. He holds a Ph.D. in Government from the University of Washington in Seattle and has published extensively on issues related to governing the new digital economy