Upadhaya - Gaurab
Gaurab Raj Upadhaya is a native of Nepal, and resident of Singapore. He has been active in the Internet community for more than ten years.
Currently employed by Limelight Networks (LLNW) as Network Architect on their backbone engineering team, Gaurab supports Limelight's high speed backbone in Asia, Europe and North America. Gaurab previously worked for Packet Clearing House (PCH) as Senior Internet Analyst (2002-2010) and ran PCH's global anycast DNS platform, providing resilient domain name service for more than 100 top level domains from more than sixty Internet exchange points around the world.
Gaurab has a long record of volunteerism and commitment to the Asia Pacific Internet Community. He has served on the Asia-Pacific Internet Association (APIA) Board of Directors since 2004, and as Chair from 2006 through 2009. He has served on the APRICOT Program Committee continuously since 2004, and as Chair from 2007 to 2009. Additionally, in 2003 he was the founder of the South Asian Network Operators Group (SANOG), the regional network operators' forum that has trained hundreds of network engineers and brought the Internet community together in the South Asian Region with seventeen successful meetings to date. In addition, Gaurab played a role in the formation of the Middle East NOG (MENOG) and has served on its coordination committee.
Since 2011, he has served the APNIC community as the as an elected member of the Executive Council. Previously he was chair of the APNIC Internet Exchange Special Interest Group (IX-SIG) and as the chair of the APNIC Policy SIG.
Gaurab is one of the 14 global Trusted Community Representatives who cryptographically sign the root of the domain name system in ICANN Root DNSSEC Key ceremonies.
In 2001, Gaurab was the founder of the Nepal Internet Exchange (NPIX), the first IX in the South-Asian region, and still serves as its CEO, pro-bono. In 2007, he worked together with local colleagues to build the Nepal Research and Education Network (NREN) and continues to serve as its Technical Director. This role has brought him close to various NRENs in the region and increased his understanding of their role in education and on the Internet.
During his career, he has spoken and presented at INET, APRICOT, SANOG, APNIC, NZNOG, MENOG, AUSNOG, PHNOG, JANOG, AfNOG, NANOG, ICANN conferences as well as RIPE and LINX Meetings.