Guest Talk by Samiran Gupta of ICANN on ‘Internet Assigned Numbering Authority (IANA) Stewardship Transition’

Date: 18-03-2016

Description: India Head – , delivered a talk on “Internet Assigned Numbering Authority (IANA) Stewardship Transition” on Friday, 18th March 2016. This was organized as a part of the course on ICT Policy & Regulation for the M.Sc (Digital Society) programme.

Samiran Gupta has been spearheading India’s efforts in the transition of ICANN from NTIA/ U.S. Department of Commerce to a multistakeholder community, the final proposal of which was submitted by the ICANN Board President to the U.S. Government on March 10th (details of which are available at:

Samiran Gupta is the Head of India for ICANN and a veteran in business strategy and public affairs management. Prior to joining ICANN, he was a Senior Director with APCO Worldwide responsible for counseling clients in business and public affairs strategy. Earlier, he 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. He has worked extensively in sectors including telecom, entertainment, payment systems, e-commerce, social media, and energy and renewables. He has a Masters in Business Administration from St Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, United States of America, and a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Calcutta, India.

CITAPP at IIIT Bangalore is an interdisciplinary think-tank set-up to focus on the policy challenges and the organizational demands made by technological innovation. Of particular interest to the Centre is how technological advances, along with institutional changes that harness the legitimacy and the powers of bureaucracies and market, address the needs of underserved communities.