Yu-Chuang joins ICANN to lead Asian engagement

Kuek Yu-Chuang has been named ICANN’s vice president for global stakeholder engagement for the Asia Region.

Yu-Chuang  has served most recently as a senior director for Yahoo! Inc., where he led the company’s public policy efforts in the Asia Pacific and Latin American regions.

Prior to joining Yahoo!, he served as a management associate for the Singapore Government, working on intellectual property policy development for Singapore’s Ministry of Law.

Sally Costerton, senior advisor to the president for global stakeholder engagement, said: “Our recent meeting in Beijing, the largest in our history, clearly demonstrated the importance of Asia in our plans to further internationalize this organization. So we are pleased to have someone with Kuek’s regional understanding and public policy experience to head up the development and implementation of our strategic plan for Asia.”

ICANN recently announced it is opening major hub offices in Singapore and Istanbul and Kuek Yu-Chuang will also serve as the managing director for ICANN’s planned Asia Pacific hub based in Singapore.

During the organisation’s April meeting in Beijing, ICANN president Fadi Chehadé revealed that ICANN is opening an engagement centre in the Chinese capitol.

Yu-Chuang,said: “This is an organization that understands how important Asia is to the growth and vibrancy of the Internet.  I’m looking forward to increasing the presence and awareness of ICANN across the Asian region since the Internet will undoubtedly help define the future here and around the globe.”

Previously, Yu-Chuang worked for Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and served in Singapore’s Washington DC Embassy where he helped plan and implement outreach to the US Congress and the White House.

He studied International Politics at  Peking University where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts and later obtained a Master of Arts from Harvard University. He is a member of the PublicAffairsAsia Gold Standard Awards judging panel.

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