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Filiz Yilmaz is currently an independent Internet Governance and Policy Consultant. She is the Chair of the RIPE Programme Committee, elected member of the ICANN ASO AC/NRO NC from RIPE Region, guest Colloquia lecturer at System & Network Engineering
Programme, University of Amsterdam, and one of the founding members of Internet Society Turkey Chapter in Formation.

She is involved in various Network Operator Groups and Forums (RIPE, NANOG, TRNOG).


She previously held the position of Senior Director, Participation and Engagement at ICANN, where she worked on bringing new participants into the ICANN Community and increasing the engagement level of all stakeholders within the multi-stakeholder environmentof ICANN, by developing engagement and outreach programs and strategies.

From 2001 to 2010, Filiz worked at the RIPE NCC – a Regional Internet Registry based in Amsterdam – where she initially held positions in Internet number resource registration and management, and delivering training courses on Internet number resource policy, DNSSEC and Routing Registry. Filiz later acted as Policy Development Manager, where she continued working with the RIPE community in policy development, documentation of the proposal and policies, analysing and tracking policy proposals, and supporting
policy implementation internally within the RIPE NCC itself.


Filiz started her work in the Internet industry in 1996 in Turkey at the Middle East Technical University Computer Center – the institution that played a key role in bringing the Internet to Turkey. She managed the development of a university-wide net ethics program
and led the development of training courses on newly-introduced Internet technology and applications for both university community and the civil servants in the city of Ankara, in co-operation with management of the governmental offices.
Filiz holds a MSc Degree in Cognitive Science and a BSc in Mathematics.