Our staff

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 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.

Internet Researcher

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

Gerard Barbalich


Gerard is a new Data Scientist in the Research team. He is using his eclectic background of storytelling, genetics and statistics to investigate malicious domains, with the aim of further increasing trust and security within New Zealand’s TLD.

Technology Services Director

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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Infrastructure Manager

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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Senior Developer

Heiko Wanning

Before joining InternetNZ, Heiko has, among other things, co-founded a small start up for social hitch hiking, developed code for the biggest news site in NZ and co-designed and implemented a client-server-architecture used in border security systems in the EU and for reconnaissance in Afghanistan. He is interested in data analysis and human languages and loves playing Underwater Rugby.

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Senior Developer

Kesara Rathnayake

Kesara has worked on various projects in the areas of web application development, enterprise search engines, web hosting platforms and domain name management over the past seven years before joining InternetNZ in 2015. He is passionate about FOSS, AI, music and video games.

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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.

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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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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Systems Administrator

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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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 Personal Assistant

Diane Robinson


Diane is the Executive Personal 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 has recently joined InternetNZ as the Financial Analyst after having 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.

Office Manager

Maria Reyes


Maria provides administrative and operational services to support the core functions of InternetNZ. Outside of work, she enjoys watching movies, loves listening to music and playing with her 2-year old toddler. From January until June 2019 she will be away on maternity leave.

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. Vicki works part-time for InternetNZ and spends the rest of her time looking after her three children, three chickens, one, dog, one cat, one rabbit and three fish.

Office Coordinator

Briar Watson


Briar is the Office Coordinator and works closely with the Office Manager and Finance Team, providing administrative support to ensure a smooth running office. Previously Briar spent 18 months working in a similar role in central London and galavanting around Europe every chance she got! In the weekends you’ll find her out and about searching for the next best pastry joint and wishing she had a dog.

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!

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.

Channel Manager

Tracy Johnson


Tracy is responsible for managing the relationship with Registrars. She works cross-functionally managing .nz marketing, education and events, encouraging Registrars promotion and sale of .nz domain names. Results are built on her reputation for being a great communicator and forming trusted client relationships. Tracy thrives on helping others succeed and is passionate about giving back, managing events in her community.

Policy Director

Dr Ellen Strickland


Ellen Strickland leads InternetNZ's Policy team to deliver projects and policy analysis focused on an open and secure Internet (and .nz!) for all New Zealanders. Ellen has one cat, one dog and one daughter, who she adores and who keep her on her toes. She also plays a mean game of Scrabble.

Policy Manager

Ben Creet


Ben is our Policy Manager and is passionate about integrating Internet thinking into policy processes and the meaty bit of the Venn diagram where Internet, cybersecurity and national security overlap. When not “writing policy” Ben plays D&D for which he has amassed a small fortune in polyhedral dice.

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.

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.

Outreach and Engagement Director

Andrew Cushen


Andrew is the Outreach and 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.

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, supporting stakeholder relationships and project manages some of InternetNZ’s events such as NetHui and our Speaker Series. 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 Funding Coordinator

Gertrud Kikajon


Gertrud collaborates within InternetNZ, and the Internet community, to develop and advance the community programme. Her focus is on community funding activities including community grants, sponsorships, strategic partnership funding and grants and sponsorship committee support. In her spare time, Gertrud sews her own clothes, bakes, reads and is currently learning French.

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.

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.

Communications Advisor

Sarah George


Sarah provides high quality communications support to both InternetNZ and the Domain Name Commission, ensuring their work is communicated effectively. 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 or tramping - whatever the weather allows!

Communications and Events Coordinator

Maryann Nicholson


Maryann works across the wider Outreach and Engagement team to engage the New Zealand Internet community and provide excellent relationship management to our stakeholders. Maryann also manages the InternetNZ groups social media and works with the Events Manager to coordinate events. Maryann enjoys spending her weekends checking out cafes around Wellington and is learning New Zealand Sign Language.

Communications Consultant

Celestina Sumby


Celestina is part of the Outreach and Engagement team and takes care of the Policy, Research and the Technical Services teams. Working hard to create campaigns that are audience focussed is at the heart of everything she does. She spends most of her time with her family - husband, four children and large dog - watching documentaries and making plans for their converted church.