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Chris Disspain

From October 2000 to April 2016 Chris was the Chief Executive Officer of .au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA), the non-profit company that is the independent governing body/manager of the Australian Internet domain name space and the policy body governing the Domain Name Space in Australia. Chris was instrumental in auDA becoming endorsed by the Australian Government as the appropriate body to become the manager of .au and responsible for negotiating the re-delegation of .au to auDA and for guiding the DNS in Australia through the transition from an unregulated monopoly regime to a regulated, fully competitive, price-sensitive regime. He is currently Chair of WGP Global an international corporate advisory company with offices in UK, Malta, Hong Kong and Korea.   Chris was, for 14 years, a corporate lawyer in the U.K. and Australia, and has experience in all aspects of Corporate & Commercial Law including IPOs, prospectus issues, venture capital, take-overs, mergers and acquisitions in UK, Australia, USA and Asia, and corporate tax planning and structuring. Since 1985 Chris has held executive management positions and directorships in private and public companies in the U.K. and Australia. These companies have included those involved in mining, e-commerce and the Internet. Until Chris stood down in March 2011, he was the Chair, from its foundation in June 2004, of the ccNSO. Chris was been instrumental in developing the IDN ccTLD Fast Track which enables the delegation of country codes in non-Latin scripts. Prior to becoming Chair, Chris was a member of the ICANN Assistance Group that negotiated with the ICANN Evolution and Reform Committee leading to the establishment of the ccNSO, and a member of and spokesperson for the ccNSO Launching Group. From 2006 to 2013 Chris was a member of the United Nations Secretary-General's Internet Governance Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group. Chris was selected by the ccNSO to join the Board of ICANN in June 2011.