Che-Hoo Cheng

NameChe-Hoo Cheng
PositionAssociate Director (Infrastructure) of IT Services
OrganizationThe Chinese University of Hong Kong
Biographical infoChe-Hoo has accumulated over 16 years of experience and knowledge of Internet infrastructure in Asia Pacific through services for APNIC Executive Council, his regional responsibility in Level 3 Asia and FLAG Telecom Asia, and his active participation in other AP Internet activities such as .ASIA TLD (Top Level Domain) application and APRICOT-APAN 2011 in Hong Kong. Che-Hoo is regarded as an Internet pioneer in Hong Kong. His 15-year service at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) saw him help establish the first Internet link in Hong Kong (1991); help establish .HK domain name registration service (1993); and establish Hong Kong Internet Exchange (HKIX) (1995). He also helped with the set up and operations of the campus network for the whole university. In 2000, he joined Level 3 as Senior Director, Global IP Services, Asia and was in charge of the IP Line of Business in Asia. After Reach took over Level 3 Asia in 2002, he joined Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation (HKIRC) as CEO. HKIRC is officially in charge of the .HK domain name registration. In January 2003 he started his own business venture. From January 2004, he led the application of .ASIA TLD together with a number of ccTLDs and Asia Pacific regional organizations. The ICANN Board approved the application in Oct 2006 and the launch of .ASIA TLD to the general public occurred in early 2008.

From July 2005 to October 2007, he was FLAG Telecoms Head of IP Business, Asia Pacific. In November 2007, he re-joined CUHK as Associate Director (Infrastructure) of Information Technology Services in charge of network, systems and operations serving the whole university as internal services provider. He is also in charge of the technical operations of HKIX serving over 200 Autonomous Systems from around Asia Pacific.

Che-Hoo has held key positions in Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), Hong Kong Internet Service Providers Association (HKISPA), Hong Kong Information Technology Federation (HKITF), DotAsia Organization and Internet Society Hong Kong (ISOC-HK). He was also the main person organizing the very successful APRICOT-APAN 2011 held in Hong Kong which had around 1,200 attendees. In 2013, he, together with a few volunteers, once again spearheaded the formation of Hong Kong Network Operators' Group (HKNOG) which targets to improve the technical and operational expertise of network engineers who are stationed in Hong Kong.

Che-Hoo holds BSc and MSc degrees from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).
Motivation for nomination Motivation for nomination : Che-Hoo is very experienced and knowledgeable in the area of Internet infrastructure. He is very familiar with the Internet industry and community in Asia Pacific through his 16 years of services for APNIC EC, his regional responsibility in Level 3 Asia and FLAG Telecom Asia and his active participation in other AP Internet activities such as APNG, APAN and APRICOT, plus his leadership in .ASIA TLD application and DotAsia Board. His continuous services and contribution on APNIC EC will certainly benefit the APNIC community and provide the necessary continuity for APNIC EC. The coming years will remain to be a tough period for APNIC because IPv4 address exhaustion has really arrived but IPv6 deployment has been very slow and there are non-stop external challenges against APNIC's bottom-up policy development process. Therefore, APNIC needs a veteran like Che-Hoo who knows the history and the politics well enough to help get past the obstacles ahe ad and to help stabilize APNIC organization and operations.
Nominated byAkamai Technologies, Inc

Nominee statement

The coming years will be crucial for Internet community as a whole.  IPv4 addresses have essentially depleted while global IPv6 deployment rate is still not as high as people wish. ISPs still need IPv4 addresses to operate and grow and now they have to find alternate ways to fulfil their requirements such as buying or leasing from others. This does change the paradigm quite a bit.

APNIC as a membership organization needs to adapt itself to the ever-changing environment so that APNIC can sustain in long term and at the same time serve the needs of the members and the community well.

APNIC needs to have veterans who know Internet operations inside out to help lead its development going forward and face the challenges ahead, while there should also be some new blood on APNIC EC who can bring in new and fresh ideas. After all, the world is very dynamic.

I have been serving on APNIC EC for 16 years and I know the history and the development of APNIC very well so I believe I fulfil the requirements for APNIC leadership.  I have been thinking about when is the best time to step down from APNIC EC but I think the best way is to let the APNIC members decide. If you think I should continue, please support me and vote for me so that I can continue to serve the APNIC community and to help build a even stronger and healthier APNIC. If not, please feel free to vote for another candidate whom you think also suits the requirements.