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Our Board

Yosuke Kaneko (Board Chair)


Chairperson Yosuke Kaneko is a member of JAXA (the Japanese Space Agency).

He is passionate about the future of IPN and is thrilled to lead the IPNSIG.


Brief background for Kaneko:

2002 to 2016:  ISS/JEM (Japanese Experiment Module) Project, Communication and Avionics engineer, Flight Director for JEM*

* Japanese Experimental Module (Kibo) on the ISS. Currently, a wide variety of scientific, medical, and educational experiments are conducted on JEM. As a part of the ISS, JEM provides extensive opportunities for space environment utilization

2017 to 2019:  ISS Program, Exploration Programs (Gateway, Moon, Mars), Japanese Representative for ICSIS (International Communication System Interoperability Standards)

2020:   JAXA Headquarters, Strategic Planning Division

Kaneko has been heavily engaged in Space Agency business up to date, but recently came to realize the importance of bringing many of disparate initiatives including Government, Space Agencies, CCSDS, IETF/IRTF, Commercial Space Sector and Private Service Providers and more, in a single venue, to discuss their needs, requirements, and the driving technology to be developed that constitute a sustainable IPN architecture. He believes IPNSIG can play a key role in moving in that direction.


Scott C. Burleigh (Vice Chair)


Scott Burleigh is a Principal Engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, where he has been developing flight mission software since 1986.  A founding member of the Delay-Tolerant Networking (DTN) Research Group of the Internet Research Task Force, Mr. Burleigh was a co-author of the DTN Architecture definition (Internet RFC 4838).  He also co-authored the specification for version 6 of the DTN Bundle Protocol (BP, Internet RFC 5050) supporting automated data forwarding through a network of intermittently connected nodes, and is now lead author for the specification for BP version 7.  Mr. Burleigh leads the development and maintenance of implementations of BP and related protocols that are designed for integration into deep space mission flight software, with the long-term goal of enabling deployment of a delay-tolerant Solar System Internet.  Mr. Burleigh has received the NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal and four NASA Space Act Board Awards for his work on the design and implementation of these communication protocols.

Mike Snell (Secretary/Treasurer)


Although he freely admits to being a Liberal Arts major gone bad, Mike Snell has spent over twenty years in various IT management and leadership positions at Cisco Systems and consulting/contracting firms. His technical interests include cybersecurity and technical business process change engineering. Before transitioning to an IT career, Mike worked for Compaq, Tandem Computers and Digital Equipment Corporation in various facilities and corporate real estate management responsibilities. He also ran his own facilities management consulting firm.

Back in late 2011, Mike and his colleague, Konstantin Kalaitzidis, proposed to the board of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Internet Society that they launch a project to revitalize the inactive InterPlanetary Networking Special Interest Group (IPNSIG). They agreed, and Konstantin and Mike collaborated with global technical SME’s (including Vint Cerf, Scott Burleigh the late Adrian Hook and Keith Scott) to set about doing that. By January of 2014 IPNSIG had been granted Internet Society (ISOC) Chapter status. Mike has served as Secretary/Treasurer and as Chair. Mike also served on the board of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Internet Society.


Vinton G. Cerf (Board Member)

Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist



At Google, Vint Cerf contributes to global ity.policy and business development and continued spread of the Internet. Widely known as one of the “Fathers of the Internet,” Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. He has served in executive positions at the Internet Society, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the American Registry for Internet Numbers, MCI, the Corporation for National Research Initiatives and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and on the faculty of Stanford University. Vint Cerf sat on the US National Science Board and is a Visiting Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Cerf is a Foreign Member of the Royal Society and Swedish Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the IEEE, ACM, American Association for the advancement of Science, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, British Computer Society, Worshipful Companies of Information Technologists and Stationers and is a member of the National Academies of Engineering and Science. Cerf is a recipient of numerous awards and commendations in connection with his work on the Internet, including the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, US National Medal of Technology, the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, the Prince of Asturias Award, the Japan Prize, the Charles Stark Draper award, the ACM Turing Award, the Legion d’Honneur and 29 honorary degrees.

Assumita Chiremba (Board Member)

assumita_national_berlin_library3Assumita has just been elected to her local ISOC Chapter (Zimbabwe) Head- Membership and Capacity Building. She has felt humbled by the effects of the COVID-19 both locally and across the globe. She tends to see “beyond the horizon” and with a 9-year-old going to  school she feels much empathy and sympathy for the young generation because they have a future which we cannot now describe for them. What the COVID-19 has brought is not only despair but much anticipation for everyone. Hence, she is  inspired to volunteer in helping in the migration (with our young generation to that new era) – beyond COVID-19. Therefore, she must volunteer  in anything “tech”. She has always followed IT trends, and is really intrigued in the directions IPNSIG could lead.

Assumita also volunteers for Inspiring Girls International - an organization dedicated to raising the aspirations of young girls around the world by connecting them with female role models. She has also worked on a collection of short films of women across the world speaking about their career paths and personal journeys -so that all girls, everywhere, can be inspired by amazing role models!” -and thus SIG women board members are welcome to participate too.


Oscar Garcia (Board Member)


Oscar Garcia presented the first Medical Record System for Space Exploration during STINT 2020. He has received the Award of the World Summit on the Information Society in Digital Health for Argentina in 2005. Mr. Garcia has been in computer programming and information systems technologies since 1983. As member of Cabase, the Internet Chamber of Argentina, he was the local host of ICANN in Mar del Plata, Argentina. He has been lecturer for public and privates institutions over the years. He has been appointed to participate in State Missions of Argentina for Information Technology. Mr. Garcia is chairman in Sister Cities Mar del Plata and has also been a Karate teacher for 25 years. Mr. Garcia has Argentine and Spanish citizenships adding to the global scope of IPNSIG



AMOS KOFFI (4)Amos Koffi (Board Member)

Before joining the IPNSIG board, Amos served as the president of the ISOC CHAPTER CÔTE D’IVOIRE.

With a degree in computer science, he joined the Internet company to learn more and serve as an example for his  community.  Among his professional achievements, he has  received distinction for integration and learning skills in many departments .
His current role involves new challenges to be met and to always keep the bar high. He has led a lot of activities within the Cote D’Ivoire Chapter, which were enthusiastically recognized by his community.
He is  also responsible as a young CHEF for a dedicated site and in a local company to meet daily challenges. At RMO and AERIA, my corporate culture and my team spirit have always pushed him to give the best of himself.


Dr. Alberto Montilla (Board Member)


Director, Product Management. Collaboration Technology Group. Cisco

Alberto Montilla leads Cisco headsets and next generation endpoints business. His group focuses in redefining the collaboration experiences headsets and endpoints deliver to enterprise users and customers.

Alberto has been with Cisco for 14 years. He accumulates extensive experience in working with Small, Medium and large Businesses. As product manager, he lead the creation and growth of multiple Cisco products and services including Cisco Webex Calling, Cisco Contact Center Cloud solutions, Cisco SPA phone portfolio, and several Small and Medium Businesses Voice products. In addition, Alberto is an active diversity leader as Executive Council Member of Conexión, Cisco Latino Network Employee Group.

Before joining Cisco, Alberto held multiple engineering positions in the mobile industry, in companies including Motorola, Nokia and Bellsouth. He actively participated in the development of Third Generation (3G) Mobile Telecommunications standards, with more than 30 contributions to the 3GPP specifications.

Alberto holds a Doctor of Networking Engineering degree, including a researcher certification, from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain, and an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursátiles, Madrid, Spain. In his personal time, he is playing field hockey with his family, cooking a paella with friends, advising startups, or reading about his favorite topics: innovation, space, and technology.

Keith Scott (Board Member)

KScottBorderDr. Keith Scott worked for NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory from 1997-1998, where he used ACTS mobile terminal data to characterize the effects of Ka-band satellite channels on TCP and SCPS-TP performance. Since joining The MITRE Corporation in 1998, Keith has worked on a number of projects for NASA and the DoD concerning communications in stressed environments including satellite and tactical data networks. He began working on the Interplanetary Internet in 1998, implemented a precursor to the current Bundle Protocol, and is co-author of RFC5050.  Keith currently serves as chair of the  Space Internetworking Systems Delay Tolerant Networking Working Group in the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems that is standardizing DTN protocols for use in civilian space missions. Keith is also a member of the Internet Research Task Force and Internet Engineering Task Force’s Delay Tolerant Networking working groups.

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