Ram Mohan

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Organization: Afilias
Country: USA
Email: rmohan [at] afilias.info
LinkedIn: LinkedInIcon.png   Ram Mohan
Twitter: TwitterIcon.png   @rmohan123
ICANNLogo.png Formerly a member
of the ICANN Board

ICANNLogo.png Currently a member

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ICANN Meetings

Ram Mohan is the Chief Operating Officer at Afilias Limited. Prior to this, he served as the Executive Vice President of Business Operations and Chief Technology Officer. Ram is a member of SSAC and served as the SSAC Liaison on ICANN Board of Directors from AGM 2008 until AGM 2018.[1] He has worked extensively and led developments on Internet security and internationalization.[2] He has been appointed to the same position on an annual basis since then.[3]

He sits on the boards of various educational and leadership non-profits in the Philadelphia area, he is particularly dedicated to working with non-profits involved in the fight against cancer.

Ram is often a featured speaker at industry meetings and conferences.[4]


Mr. Mohan leads the company's development of registry services and security, including all DNSSEC implementation, as well as new product sectors.[5]

In 2004, Afilias was appointed as a technology advisor to the Indian Government to liberalize the .in ccTLD. Working in close coordination with government, industry, and civil society, Ram led the team responsible for the transformation of the .in domain, and it went from 7,000 names registered at the start of 2005 to 140,000 registered names 10 months later.

Ram was in charge of eliminating phishing attacks within the company's .info extension; in 2008, it had the lowest phishing rate and the lowest average attack duration of any of the Internet's gTLDs.[6]


He helped write the IDN Guidelines that have been widely adopted by registries worldwide and remains actively involved in IDN issues. He is a founding member of the ICANN Security & Stability Committee,[7] and sat on the ICANN Nominating Committee from its inception in 2003 through 2006. Ram is also an active participant in the DNSSEC Deployment Working Group, and the ICANN President's Advisory Committee on IDNs. Ram has been a member of the ICANN Whois Task Force.

He is one of the authors of the RGP and IDN implementation guidelines, and a co-founder of the Arabic Script IDN Working Group. He is a founder of ISOC's Philadelphia area chapter. He served on the ICANN Board until 2018.[8]

Conflicts of Interest

Mr. Mohan has excused himself from discussing and influencing a number of votes related to ICANN's new gTLD program as per a conflict of interests policy passed in 2011 and his employment with a company that stands to benefit from the program.[9][10]

Current Roles

  • Technology Advisor for the Government of India, .in ccTLD
  • Advisory Council Member of the Internet Society
  • Technical Service Provider at dotMobi, mTLD
  • Member, Internet Security & Stability Advisory Committee at ICANN
  • Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Afilias

Past Roles

  • Board of Directors, SSAC Liaison at ICANN
  • President's Advisory Committee on Internationalized Domain Names at ICANN
  • Chairman, GNSO IDN Working Group at ICANN
  • 40 Under 40 Alumni Advisory Committee at Philadelphia Business Journal
  • Board Member at Metropolitan Career Center
  • Interim COO, Chief Technology Officer at Infonautics
  • Senior Technology Architect at First Data Resources
  • Engineer, Networking Services at Unisys
  • Consultant at KPMG Peat Marwick


  • Drexel Univ., Philadelphia
  • Harvard Business School
  • Bharathidasan Institute of Management Tiruchirapalli[11]


Ram was recognized by the Philadelphia Business Journal in its 40 under 40.[12]He received InfoWorld’s CTO 25 Award for his pioneering work on DNSSEC;[13][14]

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