Euro-IX Executive Board

Ondrej Filip - NIX.CZ

Euro-IX Board Chair: 2020 - present
(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.

Eileen Gallagher - INEX

Euro-IX Board Vice-Chair: 2020 - present
(Euro-IX Board Member: 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.

Peter Taphouse - LONAP

Euro-IX Board Treasurer: 2021 - present

Peter is Chief Technical Officer at York Data Services Limited, a business ISP based in York in the north of England.
Previously, Peter co-founded Bytemark Hosting in 2002 and was a director until a successful sale to IOMart PLC in 2018. While there, he was responsible for the company’s servers, network, and data centres, implemented its ISO27001 certified ISMS and until 2016, managed the finances.  

In 2017, he was elected to the Board of LONAP where he performed the role of Finance Director and overseen the transition to new accountants, VAT review and overhauled the company’s management accounts, and is currently the Chair of the Board.  

Peter has a Degree in Maths and Computer Science from Queens’ College, Cambridge.

Maria Isabel Gandia Carriedo - CATNIX

Euro-IX Board Secretary - 2021 - present
Euro-IX Board Member: 2020 - 2021

Maria Isabel Gandía is the Communications Manager at CSUC (Consortium for University Services in Catalonia), in charge of the management of the Internet Exchange, CATNIX, and the Research and Education Network, Anella Científica. She has been involved in CATNIX since its inception, in 1999, helping to make it grow, both from the technical and the human sides. She is passionate about networks and technology and very involved in the Internet community at several levels for many years: she is one of the founding members of the ESNOG association and a regular collaborator and organiser of the meetings; she has enjoyed being a member of the RIPE PC for 4 years, acting as a vice-chair in the last two; and she is also a member of the SIG-NOC steering committee in the Géant community (Special Interest Group – Network Operation Centres).

She has also pushed to create synergies between the Internet Exchange members and the research and education network, mentoring university students to be active in the Internet community, facilitating the hosting of distributed monitoring networks nodes and DNS root servers at CATNIX and fostering to make the IX a safe neighbourhood, following MANRS principles, activating RPKI filtering both in the route-servers at the exchange and the research and education network, and promoting best practices and following them, keeping in mind the idea of “think globally, act locally”.
In the research and education world, she participates in the Géant project, on behalf of the Spanish NREN - RedIRIS, leading the task of helping research and education networks in their journey through automation, orchestration and virtualisation, and helping to build consensus among them.

Maria Isabel has been involved in the Euro-IX Association from its creation, hosting the 1st and the 30th Euro-IX Forum, is an active member of the Benchmarking Club Steering Committee for seven years, collaborating in the IXPDB working group, and participating in several fora;as a presenter or round table member. She thinks the engagement of women in technology has to start from the childhood, to show girls they are as much welcome to work in these areas as their male colleagues. She has mentored several teams of girls to present their technology projects, not only creating applications, but also making business plans and presenting their innovation ideas to improve their communities in front of an audience (Technovation Challenge, Girls for a change). She has also helped musicians and dancers, organizing multisite performances and master classes from Barcelona, using the network to create art.

Regarding her background, Maria Isabel is a Telecommunications Engineer from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and she is continuously updating her skills following courses (such as ITIL, TMF, etc). She began as a trainee at a non-profit organization called CESCA and evolved to a Network Technician, a Network Expert, a Technical Leader and finally the Head of the Networking Department at CSUC, the Consortium for University Services in Catalonia.

Nurani Nimpuno - LINX

Euro-IX Board Member: 2020 - present

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.

Valeria Rossi - Open HUB MED

Euro-IX Board Member: 2021 - present

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.

Luca Cicchelli - TOP-IX
Euro-IX Board Member: 2021 - present

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. 

Euro-IX Executive Board Alumni

  • 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