Become a Member of the RIPE Programme Committee

The RIPE Programme Committee is responsible for recruiting and selecting presentations for the Plenary of RIPE Meetings. As the term of a PC member ends, we are looking for a new member in 2013 who will be elected by the RIPE community at RIPE 66 in Dublin.

Read our updated documentation on committee composition and roles.

There is one seat available for the RIPE Programme Committee. All nominations should be sent to pc [at] ripe [dot] net before 15:00 on Thursday, 16 May 2013.

Please vote for the RIPE Programme Committee available seat. Online voting is open on Friday 17, from 10:00-11:00.

Questions about the RIPE PC can be sent to pc [at] ripe [dot] net.

Candidate Biographies (in alphabetical order)

Mike Hughes


Statement of interest

I’m no stranger to serving the community: As well as currently serving on the UKNOF PC, I’ve previously served two terms on the NANOG PC, and for a number of years as a RIPE Working Group co-chair.

The content at RIPE meetings has improved noticeably since a good proportion of the programme is co-ordinated by the committee, and I look forward to a change to continue the good work, and to serving the RIPE community once more.


Mike is a freelance consultant with over 15 years of industry experience, specialising in areas of multi-stakeholder relations, peering & interconnect, and technical evangelism.

Having a degree which has nothing to do with computing, Mike’s technical skills were forged in the fires of dial-up ISP tech support and network ops in the mid- to late-1990s, having to do mighty hacks to make things work, and the power of asking someone to “Reboot and if it still doesn’t work, phone back“.

Mike also serves on the Board of Directors and Programme Committee of UKNOF, and is Chair of the Board of Trustees of University of Greenwich Student’s Union.

David Meyer



David Meyer is currently CTO and Chief Scientist at Brocade Communications, where he works on future directions for Internet technologies. Prior to joining Brocade, he was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco Systems, where he also worked as a developer, architect, and visionary on future directions for Internet technologies. He has been a member of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) of the the IETF and the chair/co-chair of many working groups. He is also active in the operator community, where he has been a long standing member of the NANOG program committee (and program committee chair from 2008-2011). He is also active in other standards organizations such as ETSI, ATIS, ANSI T1X1, the Open Networking Foundation, and the ITU-T.

Mr. Meyer is also currently Director of the Advanced Network Technology Center at the University of Oregon. One of his major projects at the University of Oregon is routeviews.

Prior to joining Cisco, he served as Senior Scientist, Chief Technologist and Director of IP Technology Development at Sprint.

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Regarding why I would like to join the PC: First, RIPE is a great community and having been around the ops community for 20 or so years, I’m interested in helping the RIPE meetings continue to be as high quality as they always have been. In addition, perhaps there are slight differences in perspectives from the other side of the pond that I could bring, and finally I have some unique perspectives that I could bring to the PC.

Joe Provo


Statement of interest

I’m extremely organized, and have spent my career working with and managing distributed teams. This applies for volunteer work as well, as demonstrated though my two terms on the NANOG Steering Commitee, including the transition to the NewNOG Board. I’d like to continue giving back to the community.


Joe’s been working as a systems administrator, programmer and network engineer since 1990. He currently is Tech Lead for networking in the TravelOps organization at Google, and had been Network Architect for ITA Software prior to their acquisition by Google. He was responsible for the network and all services at regional US startup Ultranet Communications (1994), then rode the merger and acquisition waves until leaving RCN (2007) as the head of Internet engineering. He has been involved in operations fora throughout and physically attending conferences in the US since 1997 (NANOG9) and Europe since 2000 (RIPE35).


I currently work for Google in the Travel organization.

Piotr Strzy┼╝ewski


Statement of interest

Currently in my work I deal with both academic and commercial customers. This gives me the opportunity to understand different needs and dissimilar views. Moreover, I believe that I can bring a new insight into the topics which matters in the Central and Eastern Europe which could be crucial for Program Committee.

Short Biography

I have been working for the Computer Centre of Silesian University of Technology (one of the biggest polish technical universities) since 1997 and from the very beginning I was responsible for dealing with LIR issues. These duties evolved into the active participating in the RIPE community.

During past few years I have presented my ideas, proposals and presentations during several RIPE Meetings on various Working Group sessions. I was also an active member of two task forces which are: Abuse Contact Management Task Force and Charging Scheme Task Force.

Andrew Yourtchenko



Started building networks in mid 1990s, then Cisco to help fixing networks. 4 years in TAC, 5 years in TAC Escalation (the last tier of support). RFC6093. Past 3 years of work is devoted to IPv6-related technology activity. Coauthor of “Happy Eyeballs” RFC6555. Hobbies: doing random videos about NAT and IPv6 and windsurfing. See ayourtch@{twitter|github|gmail} for more info.


I would like to both give back what I have learned so far and learn more.