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Afilias Chairman Appointed to Domain Name Association Board

Philipp Grabensee, Chairman of the Afilias Board of Directors, 
brings extensive Internet experience to the DNA

Global registry services provider Afilias today announced the appointment of the Chairman of the Afilias Board of Directors, Philipp Grabensee, to the board of the Domain Name Association (DNA).

The Domain Name Association, established in 2013, is a non-profit global business association that represents the interests of the domain name industry. The DNA's mission is to promote the industry by advocating the use, adoption and expansion of domain names as the primary tool for users to navigate the Internet.

Grabensee brings a wealth of experience to the DNA Board. As the Chairman of Afilias’ Board since 2003, Grabensee has first-hand knowledge of both the strategic and operational aspects of a wide range of industry topics, including the many new TLD launches implemented by Afilias.

“I am honored to be named to the DNA’s Board of Directors,” said Grabensee. “Afilias has long been committed to the secure and stable expansion of domain name usage, and we believe the DNA is uniquely positioned to support this goal. We are pleased to join other industry leaders in this important mission.”

Grabensee’s background also includes expertise in Internet governance.An active participant and presenter in the Internet Governance Forum and the ICANN Studienkreis, Grabensee is a faculty member of the European Summer School on Internet Governance and serves on the advisory board of the .HIV top-level domain registry.

He has authored contributions to several publications, including a chapter in the United Nation’s book, World Summit on the Information Society: Moving from the Past into the Future, and co-authored a chapter on “Deploying Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs)” in the Internet Governance Forum’s The Power of Ideas: Internet Governance in a Global Multistakeholder Environment.

A native of Düsseldorf, Grabensee studied law and philosophy at the Freie University of Berlin and the Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms-University in Bonn. Admitted to the bar in 1998, Grabensee is a partner in Düsseldorf-based law firm SHSG.

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About Afilias
Afilias is the world’s second largest domain registry, with more than 20 million names under management. Afilias powers a greater variety of top-level domains than any other provider, and will soon support hundreds of new TLDs now preparing for launch. Afilias’ specialized technology makes Internet addresses more accessible and useful through a wide range of applications, including Internet domain registry servicesManaged DNS and mobile Web services like goMobi® and DeviceAtlas®. For more information on Afilias services, visit