With over 14 years of experience, Chris Niemi is an expert in TLD operations and support. Chris currently manages a Domain Services team that provides ancillary services – domain recovery, domain sales, and New gTLD .Brand support – which enhance our clients’ domain portfolio management strategies. Since 2011, Chris has been deeply involved with the application, delegation and operational launch processes of New gTLDs, overseeing the integration and management of the 60+ .Brand TLDs for which we are providing registrar services. Chris holds an undergraduate degree in English from Harvard and a MBA in General Management from Gonzaga University School of Business Administration.

Akino started her career in public relations and marketing in London and has worked in Europe, Asia and the United States. She has led and served interim roles in global marketing strategies, product marketing, events management, public relations, corporate communications and regional marketing. Akino holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University College of London, a Master of Science from the London School of Economics, and has trilingual fluency in English, Italian and Japanese.

Chrissie has over 15 years of experience in the business intelligence, brand protection and domain sector she has worked to develop the MarkMonitor brand internationally. Through her career, Chrissie has been responsible for the Marketing leadership and market development of major technology businesses such as Information Builders. Chrissie holds a degree in Marketing and Business Administration from Hertfordshire University and a Post Graduate in Strategic Management from Hertfordshire Business School.

Brian J. King is Director of Internet Policy and Industry Affairs at MarkMonitor, where he is a vocal advocate for internet policy that protects the intellectual property rights and promotes the interests of MarkMonitor and its customers. Prior to joining MarkMonitor, Brian spent nine years at CSC Digital Brand Services, most recently as Associate General Counsel and Global Head of Vendors, TLDs, and Compliance.

Luge Pravda is a globally recognized expert in online brand protection and domain name management strategies with over 17 years’ experience in the space. For the global leader in online brand protection, MarkMonitor, Luge currently works with a number of Fortune 100 companies helping to free them of online abuse and accelerating their online businesses.