Our team at InternetNZ is full of talented individuals who are passionate about their work and making the Internet a safer and better place for all Kiwis.
Chief Executive - Jordan Carter
Jordan Carter is Chief Executive of InternetNZ. He is responsible for overall leadership, spokesperson for Internet issues, and executing the strategy. Jordan cares deeply about the difference the Internet can make for good in people’s lives, and he gets out of bed every morning because of the difference InternetNZ makes. In his spare time he likes reading, film, exploring Wellington and the odd bit of tramping.
Chief Technology Strategist - Dave Baker
Dave has had over 20 years experience in the IT industry and has had permanent and consultancy roles encompassing a variety of industries including banking, insurance, oil, manufacturing and utilities in the UK , Australia and New Zealand.. Dave joined the InternetNZ Group shortly after the implementation of the Shared Registry System in 2003.
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Systems and Security Architect - Mike Gray
Mike started with the InternetNZ Group in mid-2012 having spent the previous five years as a technical lead in a large U.S.-based corporate environment. Mike has a broad range of technical skills and enjoys applying these in the design and development of technical solutions.
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IT Operations Director - Dane Foster
Dane has been working in the systems engineering field for 21 years across 17 countries. From his beginnings in Canada he has been instrumental in setting up an affordable ISP in Fiji, and ensured CityLink’s network stays functional in New Zealand. Dane joined InternetNZ Group in early 2014, and is tasked with maintaining the infrastructure on which all .nz websites run. He’s a keen motorcyclist, and adventurer.
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Production Operations Lead - Sailendhran Paramanandhan
Sailendhran is the Production Operations Lead for InternetNZ. He supports the development and operations of InternetNZ's new products, including supporting their infrastructure. He is a Cloud infrastructure specialist and AWS certified Solution Architect with 13+ yrs experience in managing distributed systems and applications for various different organisations
IT Systems Coordinator - Malcolm Nabbs
With a background in End User Computing, Malcolm is now tasked with coordinating internal IT systems for InternetNZ.
.nz Operations Manager - Josh Simpson
Josh joined the InternetNZ systems administrator team in early-2014 to assist in maintaining the .nz infrastructure. In a previous life, he shared the technical responsibilities of maintaining and expanding the reach of Wellington-based Internet provider Actrix. He loves all things tech and gadgets, enjoys sci-fi movies, and has also been known to lurk at Kiwicon and NZNOG conferences.
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Senior Systems Administrator - Paul Radford
Paul appeared at InternetNZ one day in 2017, following a stint at a European open-journalism firm. He has done Linux/UNIX/application systems work for several NZ public-sector organisations, interspersed with periods of academic study and six years teaching English in Japan and Vietnam. Paul values quality, elegant solutions and time well-spent; therefore he lives on the *nix command line.
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Senior Systems Administrator - Sid Jones
Sid has been working in the systems and networking areas for twenty+ years and is still learning. Outside of work, he tries to deny his age by riding bikes down hills too fast for his own good.
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Systems Administrator - Pooja Narang
Pooja workings in the Operations team at InternetNZ. With a background in different areas like service and identity management, she chose to be an awesome mechanic for Linux like operating systems. Outside of work, she enjoys her family time and cooks a lot for everyone.
Senior Developer - Gareth Palmer
Gareth is a Senior Developer working on the Shared Registry System. When not working he is either planning to, or in the process of taking a nap.
Organisational Services Director - Catherine Fenwick
Catherine Fenwick joined InternetNZ in May 2018 as Organisational Services Director. Her role is to support, lead, develop and execute InternetNZ's core corporate operations and financial performance. Outside of work she enjoys travelling whenever possible, attending rowing, netball and other sporting events with her daughter and exploring the many great walks around the regions.
Executive Assistant - Diane Robinson
Diane is the Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Jordan Carter, Domain Name Commissioner Brent Carey and provides support to the Council and Senior Leadership Team. She has an avid interest in coaching Netball and developing players. Diane loves spending time with family, helping with community projects, gardening and exploring cookbooks to create amazing cuisine.
Finance Manager - Mary Tovey
Mary is the Finance Manager of InternetNZ. She is responsible for financial reporting and analysis to the Chief Executive. Mary loves spending time with her grandchildren playing Monopoly and knuckle bones. She also enjoys fishing!
Business and Finance Analyst - Aron Narayan
Aron lived and worked in Australia for the last 20 years. He provides support to the Financial Manager, with a strong focus on developing reporting infrastructure and transparencies throughout the organisation. He has an avid interest in travel, reading and single malt scotch.
Assistant Accountant - Vikash Naidu
Vikash provides support to the Finance Team and works hard to make sure the financial reporting is delivered on time while keeping an eye on the money. He loves to play football and backing his favorite team, Manchester United.
Portfolio Advisor - Maria Reyes
Maria is the Portfolio Advisor and is responsible for leading the development, implementation and improvement of project and programme frameworks and is also responsible for provisions of the office and administrative services to INZ with the support of the Office Administrator. Outside of work, she enjoys watching movies and doing fun activities with her kids.
Office Administrator - Liz Parker
Liz provides office support for the Organisational Services team. She is always the smile in the room and is without a doubt the life of any party!
HR Advisor - Vicki Wright
Working within the Organisational Services team, Vicki supports the wider InternetNZ Group with all HR related matters. This includes recruitment, payroll, staff development and Health and Safety.
Office Manager - Briar Watson
Briar organises and coordinates the administrative activities that facilitate the smooth running of the office. Briar loves to travel, and enjoys spending her free time soaking up the sun- Welly weather permitting!
Chief Security Officer - Sam Sargeant
Sam invests his time working to keep the Internet secure and raising two children. He joined InternetNZ in 2019 after twenty years working in security and technology across government and the private sector.
Commercial Director - David Morrison
As Commercial Director, David is charged with leading the commercial development of InternetNZ's existing and new products to ensure long term, sustainable revenues that support the society's objectives. The role is diverse, incorporating marketing, channel management, product development and business intelligence. Outside of work David is a keen motorcyclist, enjoys quality family time and also finds time for an occasional game of Star Wars X-Wing.
Chief Scientist - Sebastian Castro
Sebastian leads a team of Researchers and Data Scientists looking for answers to questions about the Internet and the .nz namespace using data and algorithms. He has a particular interest on active and passive Internet data collections, analysis, and visualizations. Outside of code and algorithms, he enjoys capturing life and landscapes with his camera, or dancing with his partner.
Data Scientist - Jing Qiao
Jing has been analysing data of Internet traffic and sharing her observations with the community. Her work provides valuable insights to DNS operators and the Domain industry. Before InternetNZ, Jing has worked in the .cn registry and has worked as a software engineer for IT companies in Beijing and Wellington. In her spare time, she likes reading, travelling and exploring new recipes.
Data Scientist - Sherry Liu
Sherry has been working on Data Analysis in different industries and countries, including digital advertising, and SaaS start-ups in Taiwan, the UK, South Africa, and Australia. She studied Data Science at Taipei Medical University. Before having too much fun with tech, she studied classical piano. Outside of work, Sherry enjoys video gaming, karaoke, and playing piano.
Business Development Manager - Terence Hibbert
Terence’s role involves commercial activity to help InternetNZ keep doing good for all New Zealanders. Terence has a background in finance, IT, sales, and strategy for the last 20 years in NZ. Terence is passionate about his dog, dog, family, music, Te Ao Māori, dog, and life in general. Terence has travelled many years abroad playing sport and performs as a solo artist in Auckland in his spare time.
Product Development Manager - Cam Findlay
Cam is our Product Development Manager making our customer centric product development approach better at every iteration. Prior to InternetNZ, he looked after data.govt.nz, and worked across government to grow the use of open data in government digital services. When not slicing up user stories for our product backlog, Cam studies the art of Japanese sword drawing (iaidō) and teaches weekly classes.
Senior Developer - Ehsan Faraji-Jalal
Ehsan is one of the Senior Developers in the Technology Services team. Before joining InternetNZ, he spent most of his career in banking and the financial industry, developing core-banking and financial platforms. He enjoys cooking and running and is interested in tech, gadgets and video games.
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Senior Developer - Rafael Araújo
Rafael is a Senior Developer in the Commercial Team. In this role, he uses his prior experiences in different markets to build products that bring real solutions and the expected outcomes to contribute to an Internet for good and for all. In his spare time, he loves to travel through the pages of a book or practice table tennis.
Data Engineer - Asher Haliwell
After an internship with InternetNZ over summer, Ash joined the InternetNZ Research team permanently as a Data Engineer. They hold a software engineering degree at Victoria University and outside work, they are an enthusiast of both tabletop and video games.
Support Manager - Sonya Trompetter
Chief Advisor, International - Dr Ellen Strickland
Ellen leads the coordination of our international work across the InternetNZ group. She provides strategic advice on international matters and engages in Internet governance processes for InternetNZ. Ellen has one cat, one dog and one daughter, and she plays a mean game of scrabble!
Policy Director - Kim Connolly-Stone
Kim is our Policy Director. She is passionate about digital inclusion and she is always available to help government agencies think about the Internet in their policy work. Kim can be distracted by cats and the Internet.
Principal Policy Advisor - Jodi Anderson
Jodi is a member of our policy team, which delivers policy analysis and projects to realise the vision of an Internet for Good and an Internet for All. She has a background in intellectual property law and international trade negotiations. Jodi lives with two cats, two children and one husband (not necessarily listed in order of importance), and you can sometimes find her singing in a musical duo with her husband in Wellington bars.
Senior Policy Advisor - James Ting-Edwards
James works with our Policy team, delivering projects and analysis to support the Internet’s benefits to all New Zealanders. He has a background in law, and has worked on changes to privacy law, updating copyright for the Internet era, and regulation for NZ’s UFB fibre network. Outside work he can be found onstage or on a ukulele.
Senior Policy Advisor - Nicola Brown
Nicola is a member of our policy team, who contributes research and analysis to help InternetNZ and the wider Internet community realise the benefits of the Internet. She currently leads our work on digital inclusion, telecommunications legislation, and platforms. When she’s not thinking about the Internet for work, she’s thinking about the Internet for fun.
Principal Policy Advisor - Dominic Kebbell
Dominic has worked in the private, public and NGO sectors as a lawyer and public policy advisor. He has worked on various government legislative reviews, intellectual property policy and various international negotiations. Dominic enjoys watersports as has recently got into wing foiling.
Engagement Director - Andrew Cushen
Andrew is the Engagement Director and leads the Community, Events and Communications teams at InternetNZ. He has over 15 years experience in managing relationships, messages and issues across the Internet, telco and tech sectors. He has a cat named Carlos whom he loves.
Communications Manager - Megan Baker
Megan is responsible for developing and implementing InternetNZ's communications strategy. She manages all communication plans and outreach to our key stakeholders, members, and the wider public. Megan’s dream job is a travel blogger - traveling the world, eating good food, doing awesome activities, and getting paid! What’s not to love.
Senior Communications Advisor - Sarah George
Sarah supports the development and implementation InternetNZ's communications strategy. She is a versatile communicator with the ability to work across written, digital, social and creative content. Sarah is proud to be Taranaki born and bred and spends her weekends wakeboarding, snowboarding, mountain biking or tramping - whatever the weather allows!
Communications Advisor - Maria Skatova
Maria provides communications support to InternetNZ and the Domain Name Commission, using her mixed background in web-development, journalism and public health communications to make the Internet a better place. Every free minute she has, Maria reads. She also hybridises African Violets and considers her hobby as patience training.
Communications Coordinator - Jessie Sefulu-Tosswill
Jessie supports the communications activities across the organisation, including InternetNZ’s social media channels. Jessie has been living overseas for many years, now back she is looking forward to exploring around Aotearoa more and spending time with her nephew and nieces (angels on this earth).
Events Manager - Yvonne Shelton
Yvonne manages the planning and implementation of InternetNZ's events and conferences. Yvonne enjoys the great outdoors - her motto is work, save, travel, enjoy.
Community Manager - Vanisa Dhiru
Vanisa leads the community facing functions - our philanthropic strategy for partnerships, grants and in-kind support. She is responsible for sponsorship requests and supporting stakeholder relationships. Outside of work she gives a huge amount of time to her favourite causes - gender equality, developing young people and cultural relations in Aotearoa.
Community Advisor - Ciara Arnot
Ciara works in the Engagement team on the community facing functions, helping make a positive impact through grants, sponsorship and our members programme. She is from sunny Motueka, she loves to travel, work out and spend time with her friends and family.
Community Advisor - Sam Marsh
Sam is a Community Advisor for InternetNZ. He has previous engagement experience in private and public sectors, even working for the Queen out of Buckingham Palace. Although he is no royal, he is the self proclaimed king of anything geeky.