With over 24 years of experience in the Internet and Telecom industry, Chafic Chaya joined RIPE NCC in 2014 as Regional Communications Manager for the Middle East region, supporting different stakeholders with capacity development and expertise related to Internet infrastructure and governance.

Dr Chaya serves as the primary liaison to members and external stakeholders to ensure productive engagement, capacity development and support for digital infrastructure.

He manages public policies and government affairs in the Middle East region. He supports governments, regulators, and policymakers in capacity building and developing appropriate policy positions on Internet connectivity and access issues.

He leads the development and implementation of RIPE NCC academic initiatives in the Middle East region, bridging market needs and graduates.

Dr Chaya is a member of the order of Engineers in Beirut, a member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Advisory Board at the American University in Dubai (AUD), a member of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet), a member at the Arab Task Force for Arab IGF2021, ex-member at Arab Multistakeholder Group for Arab IGF (2011-2013), ex-chairman for the Communication Group for the Arab Regional Working Party (ARWP) for the private sector at TDAG / ITU-D (2006-2010).

Awarded a Doctoral Degree in "Internet Governance" from Staffordshire University in the UK; having previously obtained a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Lebanon and Telecommunications Engineering from France.

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