Euro-IX Executive Board

Nurani Nimpuno - LINX

Euro-IX Board Chair: 2023 - Present

(Euro-IX Board Vice Chair: 2022 - 2023)
(Euro-IX Board Member: 2020 - 2022)

Nurani is the Head of Global Engagement at the London Internet Exchange (LINX), one of the largest Internet exchange points in the world, connecting close to 1000 networks from over 80 countries around the globe. At LINX she oversees the LINX Global Strategy and Global Partnerships. Nurani also serves on the Euro-IX board, the association coordinating all IXPs in Europe and beyond.She is the former Chief Commercial Officer at Asteroid International, which builds IXPs and managed IXP solutions around the world. Before that, she was the Head of Outreach and Communications at Netnod, where she oversaw all external communications, business development, and Internet policy.

Nurani is deeply involved with Internet policy and Internet governance issues globally, and works on a broader level with Internet operational matters, including Internet exchange points, interconnection, and infrastructure. 

Nurani has been an active contributor in the Internet community for two decades, participating in and speaking at international Internet  conferences globally. She has served on several Advisory Councils for Internet  governance and address policy matters, including the UN's Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG), and has been invited to be part of Swedish government delegations to international UN conferences. She is currently serving on the ICANN ASO Advisory Council and is the chair of the IANA Numbering Services Review Committee. 

For her work in the IANA Transition, Ms Nimpuno received the prestigious ICANN Leadership award in October 2015. Ms. Nimpuno is a frequent expert speaker at various Internet conferences, on matters of Internet infrastructure, interconnectivity, capacity building,peering and traffic exchange, Internet resource policy, and Internet governance.

Ondrej Filip - NIX.CZ

Euro-IX Board Vice Chair: 2023 - Present

(Euro-IX Board Chair: 2020 - 2023)
(Euro-IX Board Secretary: 2019 - 2020)
(Euro-IX Board Member: 2004 - 2006; 2008 - 2019)

Ondrej graduated from the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at Charles University in Prague, majoring in Computer Science, and the University of Pittsburgh - Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business (MBA). During his studies at Charles University, he began working at IPEX Inc., where he later worked as a technical director and board member. Since December 2004 Ondrej has been executive director of the association. Besides the performance of his duties in the CZ.NIC he is also active on the boards of the Association NIX.CZ (Neutral Internet Exchange), Euro-IX (European Internet Exchange Association), and DNS OARC (The Domain Name System Analysis and Operations Research Center), of which he is chairman. In the past, Andrew served as an active board member of ccNSO (Country Code Names Supporting Organisation) within ICANN (ICANN); He currently sits in a significant and prestigious Advisory Committee on Safety and Stability (SSAC). Ondrej Filip also worked in the Multistakeholder Advisory Group, an advisory body to the UN Secretary General for Internet Governance Forum. In his spare time he enjoys playing basketball or programs opensource software. Ondrej speaks fluent English, he also speaks German.

Valeria Rossi - Open HUB MED

Euro-IX Board Treasurer: 2022 - Present
(Euro-IX Board Member: 2021 - 2022)

Graduated in “Computer Sciences” at University of Milan, she was employed at Lombard Universities Consortium for the Automatic Elaboration (CILEA), one of the GARR Italian academic network PoPs, dealing with Internet protocols (X.25, DECnet and TCP/IP) implementation and Unix-based Supercomputers management.
Between 1991 and 1997 she was a member of the Italian working groups (organized by GARR) dedicated to the study of TCP/IP and its application for the development of Internet in Italy. 
In 1996, she developed and managed the first Italian Internet Exchange Point hosted by the CILEA Consortium.
From 1998 to 2000, she was responsible of the GARR Network Operation Center. 
She was a Member till 1997 of the Italian “UNINFO/Registration Authority” group, studying ccTLD “.IT” structure for IP, X.400, X.500 and EDI protocols, and she has been one of the member of the Technical Committee of the Italian Registration Authority till 2001.
In the same year, the Italian Minister of Education, Universities and Research appointed her as the Regional Networks Strengthening Project (“Potenziamento Reti Regionali”) supervisor.
She has worked in MIX (Milan Internet Exchange) since its foundation in year 2000, before as CTO and from 2005 as General Manager, leaving MIX in November 2021. 
She has been one of the promoters of the Euro-IX since its foundation (2001) and was a member of the Euro-IX Board of Directors till 2006. From year 2012 to 2018 she was a member of ISOC Italia Board of Directors.
From November 2015 at the present, she’s the Executive President and Chair of Open HUB MED Consortium.

Eileen Gallagher - INEX

Euro-IX Board Member: 2020 - Present
(Euro-IX Board Vice Chair: 2018 - 2020)

Eileen is the CEO of INEX, leading the team that develops and manages the peering point for the island of Ireland. She has been in the leadership team of INEX for the past 15 years, taking INEX from a local IXP to an internationally respected exchange with a wide and growing membership. Eileen has also been involved in the development and promotion of IXP Manager, the IXP management platform developed and owned by INEX, which is now in use at over 160 internet exchanges worldwide.

A highly effective and experienced communicator and networker, she has invested in and enjoys an excellent reputation in the peering and internet industry in Ireland and around the world. Instrumental in creating and developing the reputation and community of INEX internationally, she has a keen understanding of the dynamics of business and people which enables her to bring disparate groups and individuals together to achieve common goals.

Luca Cicchelli - TOP-IX

Euro-IX Board Secretary: 2023 - Present

(Euro-IX Board Member: 2021 - 2023)

Luca Cicchelli is Interconnection Manager at TOP-IX where he drives interconnection business and its develoment but also works on regulatory and legal issues and contributes to the technical choices of the company, as the person whit major links in the industry. He is in TOP-IX since 2005, before as Business Development Manager. He has a lot of interaction within the Internet Community attending/presenting in different groups/events (RIPE Meeting, European Peering Forum, ITNOG, etc.). 
Previously he worked with different roles in Telecom Italia Group (now TIM) and Albacom (now BT Italia).
From 2008 to 2014 Luca has been Board Member of Euro-IX Association, the last year also as Secretary. 
Luca graduated in Electronic Engineering at Politecnico di Torino and holds an MBA from the University of Turin. 

In his free time Luca loves cycling and enjoying the mountains but also contributes to the Italian Association that supports people with Williams Syndrome and their families. 

Stefan Wahl - LU-CIX
Euro-IX Board Member: 2022 - present

Stefan Wahl was one of the founders of ECIX in 2001 and then CEO for many years. Together with the ECIX team, he built it into the most successful IXP outside of Berlin and Frankfurt. With its five locations, ECIX is still one of the two largest IXPs in Germany. In late 2016, he led the successful sale of the company to Megaport Australia, the most successful NaaS provider in the world. Until mid-2022, Stefan worked as Senior Ambassador for ECIX and MegaIX at Megaport. 

After his time at Megaport, he remained loyal to the Internet Community and the IXP business. Today he is working again as a freelance consultant with focus on Internet based services and offerings and is happy to realize his own projects again and to support others with theirs. Therefore he works for LU-CIX on different topics as a freelance consultant. 

He benefits from the fact that he has been working for City Carrier and Local incumbents for many years on projects in the access and internet area, where he could draw on the know-how from his studies of electrical engineering. Due to the foundation of ECIX he had to interrupt his studies and only graduated in 2019/2020 with a BSC in Computer Engineering with focus on Internet measurement in Layer2 networks at the TU-Berlin.  The most rewarding experience, besides being back on the cutting edge of research, has been working productively with the research community and often much younger students.

Stefan also still regularly attends conferences and events as an active member of the Internet community. 

Actively working with the community and helping to plan, organize and run events like DENOG, Ripe, ISOC or Euro-IX are a big part of this. In the last years he has gained a lot of experience in working groups and program committees. In this way, he has been instrumental in making the Euro-IX Bench Mark Club more effective and meaningful to its members. 

For many years it has been a matter of the heart for him to help new people in the community to quickly find a connection and to be accepted. From his own experience he can only emphasize how important the personal support and the open ear are, so that they can have as much fun in this community for decades as we do.  

I look forward to many more years of collaboration with the community and to what the future will bring in terms of new technologies and possibilities. 

Cristian Copcea - InterLAN

Euro-IX Board Member: 2023 - present

Cristian is a graduate of the Technical Military Academy in Bucharest, class of '92.

He was fortunate to live the fall of communism in East European countries and to witness later the evolution of the telecommunications from none to light speeds.

He started his carreer in IT, later in Telecom, in '98, shortly after leaving the Romanian Air Force.

Cristian started with pure engineering, coding in various programming languages, from Cobol to Java, with various OSes, from CP/M to Windows, Linux, Mac.

Cristian is a member of the Interlan Association since 2004, and since 2005 he was involved on and off, from various positions, in what is the management of this association, along with its community and commercial branches, including Interlan Internet Exchange.

After so many years, the most important aspect in a Association, any Association, is the community. People. Trying to make the best out of this fragile balance which is members wishes and association possibilities. Trying to make the best as to generating those financial and immaterial revenues able to fulfill wishes and expectations.

In 2019, Cristian was invited to revive the Romanian Internet Society Chapter and he was so lucky to identify and convince the right individuals to fulfill this endeavour. In late november 2023, the newly revived ISOC Romania Chapter received the highest recognition, the Gigabit badge.

Euro-IX Executive Board Alumni

  • Maria Isabel Gandia - (CATNIX) - 2020 - 2023
  • Pete Taphouse (LONAP) - 2021 - 2022
  • Michalis Oikonomakos (GR-IX) - 2019 – 2021
  • Kay Rechthien (Akamai) - 2019 – 2021
  • Andy Davidson (Asteroid)  - 2013 – 2021
  • Kurt Erik Lindqvist (LINX) - 2001 – 2020
  • Kjetil Otter Olsen (NIX) - 2016 – 2020
  • Serge Radovcic (RIPE NCC) - 2017 – 2019
  • Harald Michl (VIX) - 2013 – 2019
  • Arnold Nipper (DE-CIX) - 2001 – 2004; 2006 – 2016
  • John Souter (LINX) - 2001 – 2017
  • Job Witteman (AMS-IX) - 2001 – 2013
  • Valeria Rossi (MIX) - 2001 – 2006
  • Christain Panigl (VIX) - 2001 – 2008
  • Fearghas McKay ( - 2001 – 2004
  • Jan Torrelle (BNIX) - 2001 – 2002
  • Vincent Rais (MAD-IX) - 2004 – 2005
  • Ian Robertson (LONAP) - 2006 – 2007
  • Simone Arena (TOPIX) - 2007 – 2008
  • Ludwig Pregernig (CIXP) - 2007 – 2013
  • Luca Cicchelli (TOP-IX) - 2008 – 2014
  • Cristian Copcea (InterLAN) - 2014 – 2016
  • Mauro Magrassi (MIX) - 2016 – 2018