Arida - Christine

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Christine Arida is Director for Telecom Planning and Services at the Egyptian National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) since March 2006. She has been working for the government of Egypt for almost 19 years on public policies related to the development of Internet services. From 2001 to 2006 she worked for the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, where she has been involved in a number of national projects: the Free Internet Initiative (January 2002), the PC for Every Home Initiative (December 2002), and the Broadband Initiative (May 2004). Ms. Arida started her career at the Cabinet's Information and Decision Support Center as a network engineer in charge of domain name registrations and Internet access, and was among the team who first introduced the Internet in Egypt. Ms. Arida has been a member of the Internet Governance Forum Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group (IGF MAG) since 2007. She serves as Egypt's representative to the Arab Working Group for Domain Names and Internet Issues and was the former chair of the Arabic Internet Names Consortium (AINC). Ms. Arida is a founding member of AfriNIC and has worked on establishing the “AfriNIC Mirror Center for Technical operation” in Cairo as well as establishing the first Regional Resolution Server in Egypt in cooperation with VeriSign. Mrs. Arida holds a B.Sc. degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt.