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Satish Babu

Chair, Asia-Pacific School on Internet Governance (APSIG), Former Chair, APRALO, ICANN
About Satish Babu

Satish Babu is a Free Software activist, early Internet advocate, IT Entrepreneur, Internet Governance practitioner and development professional based out of Kerala, India. He is the founding Director of the International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS), an autonomous academic/research institution of the Government of Kerala. He was earlier the CEO of SIFFS, an NGO of small-scale artisanal fishers of south India. He is a co-founder of InApp Information Technologies, an IT Services company with offices in the US and Japan, and development centres in Kerala, founded in 2000. He has been and is a volunteer with multiple national and international technology communities. He was the national President of the Computer Society of India (CSI). He is a former Chair of IEEE Kerala Section, which rose to the status of the largest IEEE Section in the world in 2022. In IEEE's global level, Satish served for 3 terms as a member of the the Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC), and currently is a member of Awards & Recognitions Committee. He has been active in Internet Governance since the 2009. He was a Fellow of the 2012 European Summer School in Internet Governance (EuroSSIG). He is associated with ICANN since 2012 and with Internet Society (ISOC) since 2009. He served as the Chair of the Asian, Australasian and Pacific Islands Regional At-Large Organization (APRALO) of ICANN from 2016 to 2022, when he was appointed to the 15-member global At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC). In 2021, ICANN recognized him with the Dr Tarek Kemal Capacity Building Award. He is the founder-Chair of Internet Society's Trivandrum Chapter, and served in global leadership positions in ISOC. Satish is the Chair of the Asia-Pacific School on Internet Governance (APSIG), and a co-founder of the India School on Internet Governance (inSIG). He is a part of the Coordination Committee of the India Internet Governance Forum (IIGF).

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