Keith MitchellVP of Systems Engineering, ISCAs VP of Systems Engineering at ISC, Keith Mitchell is responsible for the organization's network infrastructure and services operations including operation of ISC's F-root, DNS and hosting network infrastructure, and engineering research and development.Prior to his work at ISC, Keith was the President of OARC Inc., a non-profit association for DNS operators.Before moving to the US, Keith conceived the UK Network Operators' Forum (UKNOF) in 2005, and is the chairperson of UKNOF for the past 20 successful meetings.He has previously been involved in Internet engineering and governance for some 20 years, founding the London Internet Exchange (LINX) in 1994, where he was Executive Chairman until starting up XchangePoint in 2000.He has served as a non-executive Director of Nominet UK, Chairman of the RIPE NCC Executive Board, and founded the UK's first commercial Internet provider, PIPEX, in 1992.Keith offers up intense knowledge of DNS operations and Internet governance, playing an important role in the successful delivery of Uniregistry's purpose and vision.
Keith Mitchell graduated with a B.Sc. in Computer Science fromEdinburgh University in 1984.After a year with Acorn Computers in Cambridge, he went on to attend University College London's advanced M.Sc. course in Data Communications Networks and Distributed Systems, where he first used what is now known as the Internet nearly 30 years ago.From 1986 until 1991, Keith worked for Edinburgh-based Networking companySpider Systems, initially on TCP/IP and X.25 software development.
For the latter half of his time at Spider, Keith was responsible for developing and maintaining Spider's international TCP/IP-based internal network, and represented Spider on the board of the UK Internet Consortium, a pressure group seeking to make Internet services available in the UK.
In early 1992, Keith joined Unipalm to become one of the founders of PIPEX, the UK's first commercial Internet provider.After 3 years as PIPEX Technical Manager, Keith became Head of Engineering of PIPEX International, supporting wholesale Internet connections to providers outside the UK.
From May 1996 until September 2000, Keith's involvement since its 1994 inception with the London InterNet eXchange ( LINX) became the full-time role of Executive Chairman of this UK not-for-profit inter-provider organisation.
During this time, the LINX grew to become the largest Internet Exchange Point outside the US, and one of the top 5 globally.
At Keith's departure, it had 110 member ISPs, 16 staff, and £2 million revenue.
In September 2000, Keith and three other former LINX Directors founded XchangePoint, in conjunction with their proposal to conduct a management buy-out of the LINX.
This was a pan-European commercial provider of Internet interconnect and peering services, in which Keith was a founder investor.
During Keith's term as Chief Technical Officer, by end 2004 XPE Europe grew to some 200 customers in London, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Amsterdam.
Between 2004 and 2006 Keith served as Technical Director of the UK Internet Forum, where he set up the UK Network Operators' Forum.Keith is currently Managing Director of UKNOF which holds regular successful meetings of British ISPs.In 2006 Keith moved to the USA to become Programme Manager of the DNS Operations, Analysis and Research Center ( DNS- OARC), where he grew its member and revenue base by over 30%, and was responsible for OARC's independent nonprofit incorporation while serving as its President.In 2008 Keith was appointed as Director of Engineering at the Internet Systems Consortium ( ISC), and in 2011 became its VP of Systems Engineering.
During his time at ISC, company revenue and engineering headcount more than doubled.
In July 2012, Keith left ISC to setup his own company, SMOTI Enterprises Inc., which contracts and contributes his time out to a number of Internet engineering nonprofits, most significantly a return to DNS- OARC as its President.Keith has served as a non-executive Director of Nominet UK (1996-2002), and Chairman of the RIPE NCC Executive Board (1997-99).
Keith MitchellAdvisory Board MemberKeith has been lauded as one of the forefathers of the UK Internet industry, with a deep understanding of Internet infrastructure and sound engineering principles.
He is a Founder and former Chairman of the London Internet Exchange (LINX), one of the world's largest IXPs.He is also a Board Member of Open-IX, a self-regulated association that fosters development of critical data center and IXP technical and operating standards.He is also President of OARC Inc., a non-profit DNS Operator, Managing Director at UK Network Operators' Forum (UKNOF) and Principal of SMOTI Enterprises Inc. and Arbiter of RIPE Network Coordination Centre, one of five Regional Internet Registries in the Netherlands that provides Internet resource allocations, registration services and coordination activities that support the Internet globally.Keith holds a MSc (Masters of Science) in Data Communications Networks from the University of London and a BSc (Bachelor of Science) in Computer Science from the University of Edinburgh, in the United Kingdom.
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