Aris Ignacio

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Affiliation: ALAC, Fellowship Program, I* Organization, NextGen@ICANN
Region: Asia
Country: Philippines
Email: arisignacio[at]
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   Aris Ignacio
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Aris Ignacio is the Dean of the College of Information Technology at Southville International School and Colleges in the Philippines.[1] He is an advocate for the youth being a major stakeholder group in Internet Governance discussions, and has facilitated the participation of university/college students in local, regional and global Internet governance events, particularly in Asia-Pacific. He also an advocate of improving digital literacy by helping underdeveloped schools through training and refurbishing old peripherals/hardware for donations.  This was evidenced as one of the entries during Chapterthon 2017, where he led a group of college students to a project on improving the infrastructure and creating an impact to students within the beneficiary school and community.

ISOC, ICANN and Internet Governance Involvement

Aris is currently a Board Member and current Vice President of Technology at the Internet Society (ISOC) Philippines Chapter, which is a member of the At-Large structure and Outreach working group in the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). He is a founding board member of the rejuvenation of the said chapter, past President, Vice President of Development and Chair of the Board. He was a past ICANN fellow in several meetings and represented ISOC-PH in the events. Currently, Aris is a member of ALAC Outreach and Engagement Subcommittee working group at ICANN. He was a participant in the 1st Asia Pacific School of Internet Governance (APSIG) and was selected as one of the Ambassadors for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2017, held in Geneva, Switzerland.[2]

He is also a member of the Multi-stakeholder Steering Group[3] (MSG) for the Asia Pacific Regional IGF. Aris has been a co-chair and currently a member of the APrIGF Fellowship team for 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. In addition, Aris was one of the mentors for the 2020 IGF Youth Ambassadors and current At-Large mentor for the NextGen program of ICANN.

He was the main proponent for IN2ITion[4] (Into IT Convention), a national student-led convention that features various topics and issues in the field of Information Technology and Internet Governance. Aris is also one of the pioneers in the Learn IG[5] initiative.


Aris holds a bachelors degree in Computer Science, a masters degree in Information Management and a doctorate degree in Information Technology.  He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional and Certified Educator.[6] He has presented research and facilitated topics and discussions relating to Internet Governance nationally and internationally.

Fun Facts

Aris is a basketball fan and comments and reports on games and teams in the Philippine Basketball Association, as well as other leagues and amateur competitions. Most likely source of basketball commentary is his Twitter[7] feed.