India’s IT Secretary Alkesh Kumar Sharma appointed to high-level UN internet panel

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed India’s Electronics and Information Technology Secretary Alkesh Kumar Sharma to a panel of eminent experts on internet governance.

Internet pioneer Vint Cerf and Nobel Prize-winning journalist Maria Reesa were also appointed to the 10-member Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Leadership Panel.

In addition, Guterres’ envoy on technology, Amandeep Singh Gill, will also be on the panel. The panel was set up under the mandate of the IGF and the recommendations in Guterres’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation.

The panel’s role is to deal with “strategic and urgent issues” of the Internet and provide strategic advice to the IGF. Sharma is an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer from the Kerala cadre.

A former secretary in the Cabinet secretariat, he has also worked with the UN Development Programme as the national project director for Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation.