Leif Sawyer

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Organization: GCI Communications Corp
Affiliation: ARIN
Region: North America
Country: USA
Email: lsawyer.ak@gmail.com

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Name and Pronunciation

Name: Leif Sawyer

Pronunciation: I go by /ˈleɪf/, which is the dipthong "æ", thus rhyming with "safe."

Pronouns: I primarily use masculine (he/him) but accept neutral (they/them)


Leif has worked in the digital telecommunications industry since 1991, with experience spanning systems administration, IP resource management, network engineering and architecture, and IT/OT security architecture. An avid Linux user since 1992, Leif contributes to a variety of open-source projects, both personal and public. In the global space, he contributes to the Galmon project, in order to track GNSS satellite performance for both time and position accuracy, as well as various ADS-B aggregation sites for air-traffic monitoring.

Leif holds a general-class amateur radio operator license in the US, call-sign KL5BN.

ICANN and Internet Governance Participation

  • 2007 - Began attending ARIN policy meetings
  • 2014 - Elected to the ARIN Advisory Council[1], also began attending other RIR meetings
  • 2017 - Appointed to Vice Chair (through 2020)
  • 2021 - Elected to Chair (through 2022)
  • 2022 - Fellow for ICANN 75 (first meeting)
  • 2023 - Re-elected as Chair of ARIN Advisory Council

Career History

  • 2022-now - Network Engineer at GCI Communications, Corp
  • 2017-2022 - Enterprise Security Architect at GCI Communications, Corp
  • 2001-2017 - Network Engineer at GCI Communications, Corp
  • 1999-2001 - Systems Engineer at GCI Communications, Corp
  • 1995-1999 - Network Analyst at GCI Communications, Corp
  • 1993-1995 - Network Technician at University of Alaska, Anchorage
  • 1991-1993 - Computer Lab Tech at University of Alaska, Anchorage

Region / Timezone

Leif is located in the central Alaska timezone (AKST/AKDT) which is UTC-9

ICANN76 Playing Card Illustration

Leif looks like the Green Goblin from the Spiderman movies. He is using a high-tech flying hoverboard/hang glider. He is dressed a little more Sci-Fi and is making the Star Trek sign with his hand like Spock ("live long and prosper"). He is wearing purples and blues.