Cristos Velasco San Martin is the founder and the general director of NACPEC. He is also the director and coordinator of Ciberdelincuencia.Org, a non-profit website founded through donations of the Internet Society, NACPEC and private donors, whose main purpose is to facilitate and promote the exchange of best practices in the area of cybecrime among legal and policy experts in Latin-America.
He is a licensed Mexican attorney with specializations in business law, international trade, and with practical experience in the area of telecommunications law and the regulation of the Internet and e-commerce. He received his Doctorate of Laws (PhD) with an outstanding Cum Laude note from Universidad Carlos III of Madrid in February 2011; a Masters of Laws in International Trade Law (LLM) from the James E. Rogers College of Law of the University of Arizona in December 2001; and an LLB (Licenciatura en Derecho) from Universidad Del Valle de Mexico in December 1997.
He co-founded a graduate program entitled: “Legal Aspects of Information Technology and Communications” (2003) at the University Extension Division of Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). Cristos frequently lectures in the areas of international regulation of electronic commerce, privacy and consumer protection law, Internet governance and cybercrime at ITAM and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
He was part of the group of experts from the Commission of Economy of the Mexican House of Representatives (1998-2003) that advised and helped in the drafting of the first legislation on electronic commerce and on electronic signatures at the federal level in Mexico. He has participated in different workshops and public consultations organized by the Mexican Congress, and as an expert speaker in international, regional and academic fora.
He is a member of the Steering Committe of the Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council (CSISAC) to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He is an active member of some non-profit organizations like the Internet Society, Chapter Mexico (ISOC-Mexico) and the Public Voice. Cristos keeps strong professional academic ties with many European and North American universities, legal research centers and civil society organizations working on aspects related to the regulation of the Internet and information technology and communications policy.
His work has been published in various books, journals, magazines and newspapers in North America, Europe and Latin America. One of his main publications includes Mexico’s Monograph for the International Encyclopaedia for Cyberlaw published by Wolters Kluwer (Second Edition March 2010). He maintains a blog entitled “Data Protection and Privacy in Mexico and at the International Level,” where he writes and informs on policies, legal initiatives and new developments in the areas of privacy, data protection, e-commerce, access to information and cybercrime in Mexico, as well as international policies and recommendations emerging from multilateral and regional organizations in the said areas.
Cristos has lived, studied and worked in Mexico, United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Germany and Spain. He is a native speaker of Spanish, speaks fluent English and German and enjoys traveling and visiting new countries.
Dr. Alejandro Pisanty Baruch is the current president of the Internet Society, Chapter Mexico (ISOC-MX)and a former member of the board of directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). He is a member of the Advisory Group of the United Nations’ Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and a former member of the United Nations Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG). He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Corporación Universitaria para el Desarrollo de Internet (CUDI) and the Mexican Internet 2 Consortium. He has served UNAM as Coordinator of the Distance Education Project (1995-1997), Technical Secretary of the Computing Advisory Council (1991-1997) and Head of the Graduate School in Chemistry (1993-1995). He is a Professor in the School of Chemistry. From UNAM he also leads the National Network for Videoconference in Education. Dr. Pisanty received a Bachelor´s degree in Chemistry, and M. Sc and Ph. D. Degrees in Physical Chemistry from UNAM. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung in Stuttgart, Germany (1984-1986).
Ing. Oscar Robles Garay currently serves as General Director for the Network Information Center (NIC-Mexico), organization in charge of the ccTLD .MX administration and IP space allocation for Mexican ISP’s. He is one of the founders of the Latin American and Caribbean ccTLDs Organization (LACTLD) and President of the Board. Since 2003 seats on the Board of Directors of the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry (LACNIC) and in 2005 was appointed as Advisory Council Member for the Public Interest Registry (PIR). He participated in the ICANN Membership Advisory Committee (MAC), the At-large Study Committee (ALSC), Domain Names SO Council (NC), ccNSO Assistant Group, ccNSO Launching Group (ccNSO-LG) and currently seats on the ccNSO Council. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Internet Society, Chapter Mexico (ISOC-MX). He has been teaching the “e-commerce Legal Framework” course since 1999, in the Virtual University of Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM). He holds a degree in Computer Systems Engineering and a Master degree on Information Technologies Management, both from Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Campus Monterrey.
Dr. Julio Tellez Valdés currently is a full-time legal researcher at UNAM’s Legal Research Institute (Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas de la UNAM). He acted as legal expert (perito) in Law and Information Communication Technologies (ICT) for Mexico’s Federal Judicial Branch. He is Vice-President of the Iberoamerican Federation of Informatics Law (FIADI) in Spain; honorary member of the Mexican Academy of Informatics and national researcher in the Mexican national research system. He has been professor of information and communication technology law in a large number of private and public universities in Mexico and overseas; and he obtained an award as an “outstanding young academic” in the area of social science research in 1998 from UNAM. He has a large number of articles and books published that have been used as text-books for the subjects “Informatica Jurídica” and “Derecho de la Informatica” in Mexican universities and across Iberoamerica, among these books are: (i) “Derecho Informático”; and (ii) El Derecho y la Sociedad de la Información: La Importancia de Internet en el Mundo Actual. Dr. Tellez has a bachelor of laws degree with honorary merits from Universidad La Salle in Mexico and a doctorate in legal informatics from the University of Montpellier in France.