Jonathan Robinson

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Organization: Afilias
Affiliation: GNSO
Region: Europe
Country: United Kingdom
LinkedIn: LinkedInIcon.png   Jonathan Robinson
ICANNLogo.png Currently a member

ICANNLogo.png Currently a member

Jonathan Robinson is an entrepreneur and business development specialist. He is the founder of IPRota, a private company engaged in providing design and operation services as well as rights protection mechanisms for new gTLDs. He is also Co-Founder of Group NBT, a domain management company,[1] and serves as director of Ortegra, a company dedicated to helping entrepreneurs develop their ideas into profit-generating businesses.[2] He is on the Board of Directors at Afilias, registry operator of .info gTLD.[3]

He is the current chair of the GNSO Council.[4]

Career History

From 2006 until 2009, Robinson served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Group NBT, where he was responsible for the group's product management, software development, technical operations, service delivery, commercial media relations, project acquisitions and integration, as well as M&A strategy, prospecting and execution support. From 1997 until 2001, he worked for Net Benefit Plc as Chief Executive Officer and he was responsible in listing the company at the London Stock Exchange and acquisition of several companies. In 2001, he assumed the position of Business Development Director of Net Benefit plc and supervised technical operations and product and software development until 2005. He also served as Director of Nominet UK Ltd from 2003 until 2006. From 1998 until 1999, Robinson was the Deputy Chairman of CORE, a non-profit membership association of internet domain name registrars accredited by ICANN. He was a Research Fellow at the Rolls Royce Technology Centre at the University of Cambridge from 1995 to 1996 and a Research Associate at the Imperial College in London from 1993-1994.[5]

ICANN Involvement

Jonathan is an active participant in ICANN Meetings. In 2009, he was elected as the European Representative to the Registries Stakeholder Group. His term expires until 2013.[6]

At ICANN 51 in Los Angeles, it was announced during the opening ceremony that Jonathan was the recipient of the 2014 ICANN Leadership Award.[7]


Jonathan attended the University of Cape Town and received a PhD in Materials Engineering, MSc in Applied Science and BSc Physics.