First In-person Meeting of New Internet Engineering Steering Group and Internet Architecture Board Members

95th Internet Engineering Task Force meeting held in Buenos Aires, Argentina

[BUENOS AIRES, Argentina] -- 7 April 2016 -- Newly selected members of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) and the Internet Engineering Steering Committee (IESG) met in person for the first time in their current roles during the 95th Internet Engineering Task Force Meeting held this week in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The mission of the IETF is to make the Internet work better by setting high-quality technical standards for the global Internet.

The IAB provides, among other responsibilities, oversight of, and occasional commentary on, aspects of the architecture for the protocols and procedures used by the Internet. IAB members for 2016-2017 are:

  • Jari Arkko, IETF chair, Ericsson
  • Ralph Droms, Cisco
  • Ted Hardie, Google
  • Joe Hildebrand, Cisco
  • Russ Housley, Vigilsec
  • Lee Howard, Time Warner Cable
  • Erik Nordmark, Arista
  • Robert Sparks, Oracle
  • Andrew Sullivan, Dyn
  • Dave Thaler, Microsoft
  • Martin Thomson, Mozilla
  • Brian Trammell, ETH Zürich
  • Suzanne Woolf, independent

Andrew Sullivan was selected as IAB Chair. For more information on the IAB, see:

The IESG is responsible for technical management of IETF activities and the Internet standards process, including final approval of specifications as Internet Standards. The work of the IETF is organized by Areas. The IESG consists of the Area Directors (ADs), who are appointed for two years. The current IESG members, by Area, are:

Applications and Real-Time (ART)

  • Ben Campbell, Oracle
  • Alissa Cooper, Cisco
  • Alexey Melnikov, Isode

Internet (INT)

  • Suresh Krishnan, Ericsson
  • Terry Manderson, ICANN

Operations and Management (OPS)

  • Benoit Claise, Cisco
  • Joel Jaeggli, Fastly

Routing (RTG)

  • Alia Atlas, Juniper Networks
  • Deborah Brungard, AT&T
  • Alvaro Retana, Cisco

Security (SEC)

  • Stephen Farrell, Trinity College Dublin
  • Kathleen Moriarty, EMC Corporation

Transport (TSV)

  • Spencer Dawkins, Wonder Hamster Internetworking
  • Mirja Kuhlewind, ETH Zürich

Jari Arkko is IETF Chair and the Area Director for the General Area (GEN). For more information on the IESG, see:

The 2015-16 IETF Nominating Committee, chaired by Harald Alvestrand, was responsible for the deliberations on and selection of the candidates for the open slots in the IAB and IESG.

About the Internet Architecture Board

The Internet Architecture Board (IAB) is chartered both as a committee of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and as an advisory body of the Internet Society (ISOC). Its responsibilities include architectural oversight of IETF activities, Internet Standards Process oversight and appeal, and the appointment of the RFC Editor. The IAB is also responsible for the management of the IETF protocol parameter registries. For more information, see:

About the Internet Engineering Task Force

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is the Internet's premier technical standards body. It gathers a large open international community of network designers, engineers, operators, vendors, and researchers concerned with the evolution of the Internet architecture and the smooth operation of the Internet. The IETF seeks broad participation. The work of the IETF takes place online, largely through email lists, reducing barriers to participation and maximizing contributions from around the world. IETF Working Groups (WGs) are organized by topic into several areas (e.g., routing, transport, security, etc.). For more information, see: