The newly formed Global Commission on Internet Governance, chaired by Sweden’s Carl Bildt, today welcomed two preeminent statesmen and public figures to its two-year initiative.

Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi and Dian Triansyah Djani become the twenty-seventh and twenty-eighth members of the commission, launched in January 2014 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

“We’re delighted that both Sultan Al Qassemi and Mr. Djani will be taking part in the commission,” said Fen Osler Hampson, co-director of the Global Commission on Internet Governance. “This initiative has excellent global representation with a diverse array of viewpoints. With this team, the commission will provide cutting-edge and policy-relevant research on the future of Internet governance.”

Based in the United Arab Emirates, Qassemi is a commentator on Arab Affairs writing for numerous local and international publications including The National, Gulf NewsNew York Times, the Financial Times, Foreign Policy, Open Democracy, the Independent and the Guardian. He tweets prolifically at @SultanAlQassemi and has over 270,000 followers, and was listed in the ‘140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2011’ by Time magazine. He is a non-resident fellow at the Mohamed Bin Rashid School of Government in Dubai, and a former lecturer at the Dubai Men’s College. He received a Master’s Degree in Global Banking and Finance from the European Business School where he graduated with distinction in 2004 and a BSc in International Business Administration from the American University of Paris.

Dian Triansyah Djani is the Director General of America and Europe in Indonesia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was Director General for ASEAN Cooperation and drafter of the ASEAN Charter. He was also Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Indonesia to the United Nations, WTO, ITU, WIPO, WHO, UNCTAD, ILO, and other international organizations in Geneva. He served, among others, as President of the UNCTAD’s Trade and Development Board and Vice President of the UN Human Rights Council. He completed his graduate studies from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Indonesia and Vanderbilt University.

The Global Commission on Internet Governance will encourage globally inclusive public discussions and debates on the future of Internet governance through a public consultation platform, and through other institutional, media, and academic channels. It will create and advance a strategic vision for the future of Internet governance that can act as a rallying point for states that are striving for a continued free and open Internet.

The complete list of commissioners includes:

  • Carl Bildt, Chair of the Global Commission on Internet Governance
  • Gordon Smith, Deputy Chair of the Global Commission on Internet Governance
  • Fen Osler Hampson, Co-Director of the Global Commission on Internet Governance
  • Patricia Lewis, Co-Director of the Global Commission on Internet Governance
  • Dominic Barton
  • Pablo Bello
  • Pascal Cagni
  • Dae-Whan Chang
  • Moez Chakchouk
  • Michael Chertoff
  • Dian Triansyah Djani
  • Anriette Esterhuysen
  • Hartmut Glaser
  • Dorothy Gordon
  • Dame Wendy Hall
  • Melissa Hathaway
  • Mathias Müller von Blumencron
  • Beth Simone Noveck
  • Joseph S. Nye
  • Sir David Omand
  • Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi
  • Nii Quaynor
  • Latha Reddy
  • Marietje Schaake
  • Tobby Simon
  • Michael Spence
  • Paul Twomey 
  • Pindar Wong                         

For more information on the Global Commission on Internet Governance, please visit: www.ourinternet.org. Follow the commission on twitter @OurInternetGCIG.

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