Satish Babu

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Country: India
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Satish Babu is a technical resource person and Internet Governance practitioner based out of India, who is active in multiple technical communities including ICANN, Internet Society, IEEE and the UN IGF. He is involved in Capacity Building for Internet Governance as the first elected Chair of the Asia-Pacific School on Internet Governance (APSIG) and a founder of the India School on Internet Governance (inSIG).

Satish is a past President of the Computer Society of India (CSI)[1], where he held charge during 2012-13. During his tenure, he was instrumental in making CSI an At-Large Structure of ICANN. He was the Founding Director of the International Centre for Free and Open Source Software[2], working there from 2011 through 2015 while on his Sabbatical. He is also the Founder-Chair of ISOC India Trivandrum Chapter (ISOC-TRV)[3]. Satish was elected as the Chair of the Asia-Pacific School on Internet Governance (APSIG) in July 2019.[4]

Satish was the recipient of the 2021 Dr. Tarek Kamel Award for Capacity Building due to his promoting Internet governance and capacity building at the local, regional, and global levels.[5] He was elected to the ICANN NomCom in June 2014 and successfully completed two terms in the NomCom (2014, 2015). He is a Co-Chair of the ALAC Working Group on IDNs. He was a Vice Chair of APRALO during 2014-16, was elected as APRALO Chair in Sep 2016, and re-elected in May 2018 and May 2020. He was a member of working groups such as the Meeting Strategy Working Group and several ATLAS-II related WGs. He is also the Co-Chair on the ALAC Committee on the Global Public Interest. From 2022, he serves on the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC).

Satish is associated with IEEE in various capacities, ISOC, IGF (which he has been attending since 2009) and several NGOs, particularly those dealing with Disaster Response & Resilience and livelihoods development. He is an early user and advocate of the Internet, having used it since 1993. He set up and ran FishNet (, one of the earliest free email services in India, in 1994[6].

Satish is a founder and key organizer of the India School of Internet Governance (, which has been organized in 2016 (Hyderabad) and 2017 (Trivandrum). The 3rd edition of inSIG2018 is scheduled for 13-15 October 2018 at India International Centre (IIC), New Delhi. Future editions are scheduled for Kolkata (2019) and Mumbai (2020).

Other Positions Held

  • Past President of the South East Asian Regional Computer Confederation (SEARCC)
  • Member, IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Member and Secretary, ISOC Chapter Advisory Committee Steering Committee (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
  • Participant in IGF since 2009, and presenter of workshops in multiple years
  • First Chair of the IEEE Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technologies (SIGHT, 2012-13)
  • Member of MGA Board, IEEE Computer Society (2013)
  • Member NomCom, IEEE Computer Society (2012)
  • Asia-Pacific Coordinator, Geographic Activities, IEEE Computer Society (2009-2013)
  • Chair, Distinguished Visitor Program, IEEE Computer Society (2012,2013)
  • Member of Internet Society since 2009, and Founding-Chair of ISOC India Trivandrum Chapter

Interests and Prior Jobs

  • Promoter and President, InApp Information Technologies [7], 1999-
  • Founder-Director, International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS), 2011-2015
  • Executive & Chief Executive, South Indian Federation of Fishermen Societies (SIFFS), 1984-1999. SIFFS is an NGO of small-scale artisanal fishers of South India.
  • Worked with several social initiatives and NGOs in the early part of his career (1984-1999). Later, during 2005-2007, worked in the civil society response to the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami in its rescue, relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction phases in Kerala and Nagapattinam District of Tamil Nadu in South India

A full profile is available in Wikipedia[8].