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IESG is an acronym for the Internet Engineering Steering Group, which is assigned with the responsibility of technical management of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), which concentrates mostly on making the Internet better by producing high quality and relevant technical documents. In this, the IESG, provides technical management for all the activities conducted by IETF and the Internet Standard Process. [1]


The IESG consists of the Area Directors or (ADs). These Area Directors are selected by the Nominations Committee or NomCom. The term of these Directors lasts for a period of two years.


The Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG) is a body composed of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Chair and Area Directors. Apart from these, it has different areas, which are defined by the IESG. The IESG has the powers to add, redefine, merge and change areas as well as change the number of Area Directors assigned to a specific area. It can also close down an area. It is upon the IESG to decide on which areas the working groups would belong to. The charter of the areas is divided as follows:

  • Internet Area (int)
  • Real-time Applications and Infrastructure Area (rai)
  • Security Area (sec)
  • Operations & Network Management Area (ops)
  • Transport Area (tsv)
  • Applications Area (app)
  • Routing Area (rtg) [2]

It also consists of some Liaison and Ex-officio Members which are as follows:

  • IETF Executive Director
  • Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) liaison and
  • Internet Architecture Board (IAB) Chair and Liaison
  • Request for Comments (RFC) Editor liaison [3]

Current members of the IESG

IETF (Also the Area Director for the General Area and IESG Chair)

  • Russ Housley, Vigil Security, LLC (biography)

Security Area (sec)

  • Tim Polk, National Institute of Standards and Technology (biography)
  • Sean Turner, IECA, Inc. (biography)

Real-time Applications and Infrastructure Area (rai)

  • Gonzalo Camarillo, Ericsson (biography)
  • Robert Sparks, Tekelec (biography)

Operations and Management Area (ops)

  • Ronald Bonica, Juniper Networks (biography)
  • Dan Romascanu, Avaya (biography)

Internet Area (int)

  • Jari Arkko, Ericsson (biography)
  • Ralph Droms, Cisco (biography)

Applications Area (app)

  • Alexey Melnikov, Isode Limited (biography)
  • Peter Saint-Andre, Cisco (biography)

Routing Area (rtg)

  • Stewart Bryant, Cisco (biography)
  • Adrian Farrel, Huawei (biography)

Transport Area (tsv)

  • Lars Eggert, Nokia Research Center (biography)
  • David Harrington, HuaweiSymantec (biography)

Liaison and Ex-officio Members

  • Alexa Morris, Association Management Solutions, LLC (AMS) - IETF Executive Director
  • Michelle Cotton, Internet Assigned Numbers Authority - IANA Liaison
  • Sandy Ginoza, Association Management Solutions, LLC (AMS) - RFC Editor Liaison
  • Olaf Kolkman, NLnet Labs - IAB Chair
  • Hannes Tschofenig, Nokia Siemens Networks - IAB Liaison


  2. ietf.orgareas
  3. [1] Members