ICANN has announced the appointment of Samiran Gupta as the new Head of India. In this role, Samiran will be the primary representative of ICANN in India and also be responsible for all stakeholder engagements. Samiran left APCO Worldwide to join the fast growing ICANN APAC team.
"We are pleased to have Samiran on board. Establishing a local presence as part of our pan-regional strategy will help us to further our engagement efforts," said Kuek Yu-Chuang, ICANN’s Vice President and Managing Director for Asia Pacific. "Samiran brings with him valuable experience to collaborate with stakeholders in India."
Samiran is a veteran in business strategy, economic, regulatory and political analysis. Prior to joining APCO, Samiran was a founder and managing director of a leading management consulting and business advisory practice known for working on distinctive projects for a range of corporations from Fortune 500 clients to top Indian businesses and mid-sized entities.
In addition, he also has experience in government and regulatory affairs strategy for clients in sectors including telecom, entertainment, payment systems, e-commerce, social media, and energy and renewables, said ICANN.
"I’m excited to join the ICANN family and the Global Stakeholder Engagement team. And I look forward to working closely with the Indian community here to achieve greater representation and participation in Internet-related discussions," said Samiran Gupta.
Samiran has a Masters in Business Administration from St Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Calcutta, India.
He assumed his position on 22 September 2014 and is based in New Delhi, India. Samiran reports to Kuek.