Domain Pulse 2017

Vienna Wien

Feb 16 - 17, 2017

The domain pulse is organised on a yearly basis by the registries (.at), DENIC (.de) and SWITCH (.ch). On February 16th and 17th 2017 the biggest domain industry event is coming to Vienna.  We expect approximately 350 invited guests from the private economy, academia, civil society and politics to participate at the event. The audience will consist of experts in the topics domains, hosting, Internet Governance, infrastructure and cyber security.

The topic of Domain pulse 2017 is Networks and Networkers – in the broader spectrum of the term. Who and what is linked? How important are networks? Where does networking take place and how does it work? And what problems does networking bring and/or solve?

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Barbara Schloßbauer

Leiterin der Rechtsabteilung, GmbH

Bio: Barbara Schlossbauer is head of the legal department since April 2001. Her field of activities include the representation of in legal issues, the formation of contracts and the legal consultation of projects within the company. She is acting as a speaker at seminars and events on the topics of domain and Internet law. Barbara Schlossbauer studied law at the faculty of law in Salzburg. She is also project manager of Stopline – the Austrian hotline against Child Pornography and National Socialism on the Internet.

Cherine Chalaby

ICANN Board Member, ICANN

Bio: Cherine Chalaby has considerable board experience, having served on seven separate boards of directors. In December 2010, Cherine joined the Board of Directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). He is currently the vice chair and was selected by the Nominating Committee to serve on the Board for a third term that will expire at the Annual General Meeting 2019. He attended the French Jesuits School of Cairo, holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University and an MSc in Computing Sciences from the Imperial College of London. He is fluent in English, French and Arabic.

Denis Wisotzki

COO, nTLD Stats

Bio: Denis Wisotzki started working in gaming at the early age of 16. Followed by years of experience in business development and various executive positions in the Gaming and eSports Industry he is now Production & Operations department manager in business services for greenSec Munich, the company behind – a renowned website which gives detailed insights about TLDs.

Éireann Leverett

Founder & CEO, Concinnity Risks

Bio: Upon finding 10,000 vulnerable industrial systems on the Internet, Éireann Leverett worked closely with Computer Emergency Response Teams around the world on cyber risk reduction. He studies computer science, cryptography, networks, information theory, and economics and worked in quality assurance on software that runs the electric grid, penetration testing, and academia. Éireann Leverett likes long binwalks by the hexdumps with his friends. He is a regular speaker at computer security and insurance conferences and has been featured by the BBC, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Register, The Christian Science Monitor, Popular Mechanics, and Wired magazine. He also serves in an advisory role with ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency): on the industrial control systems and smart grid security experts group, as well as on their Cyber Insurance experts group. He was part of a multidisciplinary team that built the first cyber risk models for insurance with the Cambridge University Centre for Risk Studies and RMS (Risk Management Solutions).

Erich Schweighofer

Austrian At-Large Structures at ICANN, Universität Wien

Bio: Erich Schweighofer is Professor of Legal Informatics, International Law and European Law and head of the Centre for Computers and Law at the University of Vienna. He leads the Centre for Computers and Law – one of the Top-10 research groups in Legal Informatics worldwide. Erich Schweighofer is an international expert in Legal Informatics and Internet Governance. He has been involved in many research projects, especially text analysis, data protection, surveillance technologies and IT security. He is one of the main organisers of IRIS – a Legal Informatics symposium – and is also active at OCG, GI, CEPIS, IAAIL, FALM and ICANN, where he is now a member of the EURALO board and the CCWG Accountability.

Florian Godovits

Journalist, Self-employed

Bio: Florian Godovits is a journalist and host. He studied International Business Administration at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and also graduated at a drama school. From 2001 to 2010 he worked as an editor at APA finance. He was chief editor at Epoch Times in Germany and worked at Epoch Times in New York. From 2012 to 2013 Florian Godovits worked as online editor at Since 2016 he has been the host at classical events at the old Viennese city hall and at the Viennese music society. He is the organisor of the „China Quo vadis?“ conference in Vienna and loves classical Chinese culture.

Giuseppe Graziano


Bio: Giuseppe Graziano is the founder and CEO of, a Lisbon based brokerage and consulting company which focuses on the 29,872 .com domains defined as "liquid" (NN, NNN, NNNN, LL, LLL, LN & NL). During his career, Giuseppe Graziano has sold domain names worth over 10 million dollars and has award nominations for "Blogger of the Year" and "Industry Goodwill Ambassador" in 2015 and "Broker of the Year" in 2016. Giuseppe speaks five languages and holds a Master Degree in International Management from the Fudan University in Shanghai, China. As firm believer in continuous learning, his passions include writing, reading and Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art.

Harald Katzmair

CEO, FAS Research

Bio: Sociologist and philosopher Harald Katzmair is the founder of FASresearch, a social network analytics & strategy firm with two decades of cross-industry experience in applying the Science of Networks and Resilience. Harald Katzmair and his international team of scientists and consultants have developed a unique and proprietary set of tools and technologies to empower decision makers in the areas of influencer mapping, executive networking, robust decision making, storytelling and framing, stakeholder engagement and social change to navigate the increasing complexities of a world in transformation. FAS understands the patterns of influence among decision makers and stakeholder groups and turns relational data into network maps and maps into strategy. Founder and director Harald Katzmair, born in 1969, holds a PhD in Social Science and Philosophy and is lecturer, visiting scholar, and invited guest speaker at various universities. His main focus is the area of networks and resilience.

Jean-Christophe Finidori

.POST Product Development and Marketing Expert, Universal Postal Union

Bio: Jean-Christophe Finidori holds an MSc in Organizational Behaviour and a post-graduate degree in Electronic Media. He is part of the .POST team at the Universal Postal Union, a specialized UN agency located in Berne (Switzerland). Previously, he worked on the new gTLD programme at ICANN. He has a strong professional record in the web industry and is known for publications such as Marketing direct sur internet (Direct Marketing on the Internet) and Lexique Internet (an Internet Glossary). He was honoured by the Commercial Science Academy in France.

Katrin Ohlmer


Bio: Katrin Ohlmer is Co-Founder and CEO of DOTZON. DOTZON is a specialized consulting company which enables geo, brand and generic TLD clients to apply and operate their own Top Level Domains. In 2005 she became involved in the .berlin Top Level Domain initiative. She works within the ICANN framework of policies and procedures, including several ICANN working groups and initiatives. She has more than 20 years of experience in marketing, sales and communication in the IT industry. Katrin Ohlmer studied Economics and Business Administration at the Technical University in Braunschweig and at the University of Hannover.

Kevin Murphy

Editor, Domain Incite

Bio: Kevin Murphy is a journalist and analyst who has been writing about the domain name industry for 18 years. His first ICANN meeting was ICANN 2, in Berlin in 1999. He founded Domain Incite in 2010 and DI PRO the following year. Murphy has written for Datamonitor, ComputerWire, Computer Business Review, The Register, TechWorld and Domain Name Wire. Domain Incite has been cited in The Guardian, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, CBC, as well as myriad less reputable publications.

Michiel Henneke

Marketing Manager, SIDN

Bio: Michiel Henneke works as a Marketing Manager at SIDN, the .nl Registry. Marketing is his passion and there is little that he hasn’t done on- or offline. Michiel Henneke is a thinker with a passion for analysis, coaching and strategy. At SIDN he is responsible to improve customer satisfaction and customer insights. Michiel Henneke speaks six languages and studied law, marketing and history at the University Leiden (NL). He published a study on the influence of apps and social media on websites and domain names.

Neal McPherson

Product Manager Domains, 1&1 Internet SE

Bio: Neal McPherson, originally from New Zealand, completed a Bachelor of Business at Massey University. After his studies he began with 1&1 Internet in Karlsruhe, Germany in September 2012, starting in the Domains Product Management Team. Back then the company’s storefront was selling 30 TLDs, now they have 440. His position has progressed from being a classical product manager responsible for the marketing mix to now Portfolio Manager, responsible for managing the ever increasing portfolio of TLDs and related products.

Oliver Süme

Vice President, eco

Bio: Oliver Süme is an IT and Internet law specialist and has almost two decades of experience in this field. He advises clients on all areas of the law affecting information technology, with a focus on IT contracts, data protection, IT security and e-commerce. As a co-founder of the .hamburg Registry, Oliver Süme has strong connections to the domain industry and to ICANN. He is vice president of Eco, the association of the Internet industry, where he is responsible for politics and law. As president of EuroISPA, the European Internet Service Providers Association, he is responsible for the development of the new General Data Protection Regulation. Oliver Süme is a member of the committee on IT law at the Chambers of Lawyers in Hamburg.

Patrick Myles

Data Analyst, CENTR (Council of European National Top Level Domain Registries)

Bio: Patrick has been working within the domain name industry since 2010 principally for CENTR (Council of European National Top-Level Domain Registries) where he currently works as data analyst. In this role, he is responsible for technical development of the CENTRstats data platform, member topical surveys, the DomainWire Global TLD report and other data projects within the CENTR membership. In addition to his work at CENTR, Patrick also runs his own consultancy, Net Knowledge which provides data analysis, market reporting and custom data visualisation projects for ccTLDs in the Asia Pacific and Latin American region. Patrick is currently serving as the ccNSO liaison to the GNSO council within ICANN.

Peter Zinn

Owner, Cyber Agents

Bio: Peter Zinn is a cyber security trend watcher and international keynote speaker. From software engineering (and proud C programmer) he gradually moved to cyber security. He has worked as high-tech crime advisor for the Dutch National Police for 10 years and connects technicians and decision makers. Peter Zinn is known for his energetic presentations, sometimes containing knives, bicycles, or skeletons. At the moment he is learning German and loves Austrian accents (not that he always understands them). Peter Zinn keeps trying to figure out the Internet.

Philipp Grabensee

Co-Founder and Deputy Char, Afilias

Bio: Philipp Grabensee is a co-founder and Deputy Chairman at Afilias. He has extensive experience in DNS and leads Afilias’ worldwide government relations team. Philipp Grabensee is a practicing lawyer and partner of the law firm SHSG, Rechtsanwälte und Fachanwälte für Strafrecht. He was previously a member of the Names Council in the ICANN Domain Name Supporting Organization. He served as Chairman of the Afilias board from 2003 to 2014.

Richard Wein

Geschäftsführer, GmbH

Bio: Richard Wein is a state-certified Business Economist and has been CEO of since 2000. He gained occupational experience in controlling, organisation and commercial management during his employment in various industries. At, he is responsible for financial, administrational and organisational duties and is a regular attendee of international industry and stakeholder events (such as ICANN, CENTR, IGF etc.). Richard Wein served for eight years as treasurer in the Board of directors of CENTR, the Council of European National Top-Level Domain Registries. He is also the CEO of sister company TLD-Box GmbH and authorised representative of daughter company IPCom. TLD-Box offers backend registry services for new gTLDs and is the registry of the newly acquired ngTLD .versicherung. IPCom offers DNS solutions like the RcodeZero Anycast DNS service.

Thomas Schneider

Stv. Leiter Dienst Internationales & Vorsitzender ICANN Regierungsbeirat (GAC), Bundesamt für Kommunikation (BAKOM), Schweiz

Bio: Thomas Schneider is the International Information Society Coordinator (since 2003) and Deputy Head of International Affairs (since 2010) at the Swiss Federal Office of Communication (OFCOM). He is and has been representing Switzerland in a number of international fora, including the UN and relevant functional commissions, ITU, UNESCO, Council of Europe, UN Internet governance Forum (IGF), ICANN’s governmental advisory committee (GAC), OSCE, etc. He has been the chair, co-chair and vice chair of several groups and committees in these fora, in particular at the Council of Europe, and has been elected chair of the GAC and the GAC’s liaison to the ICANN board in October 2014. In addition, he is one of the initiators of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) and has been a member of its core team since 2008. He is also one of the initiators of the Swiss IGF. In addition, he was involved in the creation of the “.swiss”-Top Level Domain and has been one of the initiators of the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP). From April 1st, 2017, he will be promoted Vice Director and Head of the International Department at the Federal Office of Communications OFCOM.

Toby Hall

CEO, Minds & Machines Ltd.

Bio: Toby Hall is a highly experienced marketeer who has supported a series of fast growth public and private businesses in the Internet and natural resources sector over the last twenty years. In this capacity, he has been a strategic adviser to Minds + Machines Group Limited since its inception. Following the successful launches of the ngTLDs .miami and .law, Toby Hall formally took over the responsibilities of Chief Marketing Officer for the Group in January 2016. On 22 February 2016, Toby Hall was appointed Chief Executive Officer and has led the group as it restructured into a pure-play registry and successfully opened up the Chinese market through the launch of .vip which received Chinese Government MIIT approval in December 2016. He divides his time between the US, UK, Europe and Asia.

Urs Eppenberger

Head of Commercial Customers, SWITCH

Bio: Urs Eppenberger graduated in electrical engineering at the ETH in Zürich. Since he was studying he has worked for the SWITCH foundation, and he has helped to build the Swiss Internet. Today Urs Eppenberger is head of Commercial Customers and is responsible for Security Services and the operational part of running the .ch and .li registry. His main focus is to run all services safely and stable while implementing innovations.

Volker Kozok

Oberstleutnant, Deutsches Bundesministerium der Verteidigung

Bio: Lieutenant Colonel Volker Kozok is Assistant Branch Chief in the Legal Division of the German Ministry of Defense. Volker Kozok started his career as an Armored Infantry Officer in 1980. He has worked for the last 20 years in the area of Cyber Security and is a trained Computer Forensic Expert, Ethical Hacker and Cyber Security Expert. He planned and built the Computer Emergency Response Team of the Federal Armed Forces in Germany and is the IT-Security Staff Officer for the Joint Service. He is the head of delegation of the yearly US-Studytour, where Cyber Security Experts from the German Armed Forces and German Industry visit different Cyber Organizations in the US. He is the Conference Director of the “International Bulletproofhosting & Botnet Conference“ and of the national „Social meets Media Conference“ which deals with the political, technical and legal questions of analysing social media.

Wolfgang Kleinwächter

Prof. em., University of Aarhus

Bio: Wolfgang Kleinwächter has been involved in Internet Governance issues since 1997, having participated in 45 ICANN meetings. He is a member of the ICANN Board of Directors and has also served five years in the NomCom of ICANN. In the WSIS process he was a member of the Civil Society Bureau, co-chaired the Internet Governance Caucus (IGC) and was appointed by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan as for the UN working group on Internet Governance (WGIG). He is a co-founder of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EURODIG), the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GIGANET), the Summer School on Internet Governance (SSIG) and chair of the ICANN Studienkreis. Wolfgang Kleinwächter is a professor for International Communication Policy and Regulation within the Department for Media and Information Studies at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. He has been teaching there since 1998, and his academic teaching experiences include previous work at the University of Leipzig, the University of Tampere, the American University, Washington, D.C, the University of Oerebro, the Moscow State University and the Heilbronn Business School. Wolfgang Kleinwächter has a B.A., M.A, and PhD from the University of Leipzig, which he received in 1971, 1974, and 1981 respectively. He studied Communication, International Law and International Relations.

Wolfie Christl

Founder & CEO, Cracked Labs - Institute for Critical Digital Culture

Bio: Wolfie Christl is a web developer, activist, researcher, social entrepreneur, game designer and artist based in Vienna, Austria. Communication engineer by profession, he studied (but did not complete degrees in) art, computer science, sociology and media studies. In November 2014 he published an extensive research report about privacy, digital tracking and corporate surveillance in the age of Big Data & Internet of Things (report and web summary in German language, English document containing contents & refs). Recently, he has been working as a consultant and researcher for donottrack, an interactive web documentary series about digital tracking (The Atlantic, Forbes, Guardian). Wolfie Christl has been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, FAZ and many other publications all over the world. He has held many lectures and workshops at various conferences including TEDxVienna (2012) and “DisCo - New technologies and media literacy education” (Prague 2013, keynote).

Kassey Lee

Coreile Letter

Bio: Kassey Lee is the publisher of Coreile Letter, a newsletter focusing on the Chinese domain market. Kassey was born in China. After graduating from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, he spent various times living in Taiwan, USA, and Japan. He currently resides in New Zealand.

Otmar Lendl

Bio: Otmar Lendl beschäftigt sich seit 1991 mit dem Internet. Er studierte Mathematik an der Universität Salzburg, wo er bereits während seines Studiums am Institut für Computerwissenschaften arbeitete und lehrte. Zwischen 1997 und 2002 war er für verschiedene ISP’s als Netzwerk-Ingenieur tätig (PING, EUnet Austria, KPNQwest, Eunet AG), bevor er zum R & D Team bei stieß. Im Zuge des österreichischen ENUM-Rollout wirkte er bei der Standardisierung mit und publizierte zwei RFCs. Seit 2007 ist er Teamleiter des nationalen CERT ( und des technischen Teils des österreichischen GovCERT. Seine Aufgaben reichen von technischen Analysen, der Entwicklung von CERT Tools, nationaler und internationaler Zusammenarbeit, Policy- und Rechtsangelegenheiten bis hin zu Medienkontakten. Er vertritt Österreich in der European GovCERT Group (EGC) und im CSIRT Network.

Ray Zheng

Shanghai Racent Internet Group

Bio: Ray Zheng is CEO of Racent Inc, who own business like (a software reselling service, reselling Plesk, Virtuozzo, SSL certificate, WHMCS, and more ), (a local media about hosting review, hosting product search, domain news, security), (a web hosting business). He has 15+ years working experience in IT fields and worked for Accenture & Autodesk before he started his own business. Racent Inc also partners with World Hosting Days to run WHD.china in China.

Thomas Rickert

Rickert Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Bio: Thomas Rickert has been a lawyer with Schollmeyer & Rickert since 1998 specialized in trademark, domain, copyright, and media protection law. He is also currently acting as the Chair of the Names and Numbers division at the Association of the German Internet Industry, ECO. Thomas Rickert has been a member and participant within ECO since 1999, and has held a number of positions there. Thomas Rickert is a Member of the Content Advisory Board of NamesCon and WorldHostingDays. Additionally, he is a member at GNSO (Generic Names Supporting Organisation) at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ( Being Co-Chair of the „Cross Community working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability“ he received the ICANN Leadership Award in November 2016 for his substantial work supporting the IANA Stewardship Transition. Thomas Rickert was chairman of INHOPE Association's Executive Board from 2003-2005, which unites various organizations fighting against child pornography on the internet.

Matthias Meyer-Schoenherr

VP, Business Development, Sedo GmbH

Monika Pink-Rank

PR & Marketing,

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