Rajnesh Singh

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Rajnesh Singh

Rajnesh Dhirendra Singh is a Fijian entrepreneur and engineer. He holds several positions in the regional and international Information and Communications Technology community including the Internet Society and IPv6 Forum, and is an active Internet advocate[1][2] and speaker on Internet technologies.

Early life[edit]

Singh was born in Suva, Fiji to Dhirendra and Pritam Singh and completed his secondary and tertiary education in Brisbane, Australia. He attended The Kooralbyn International School and studied Microelectronic Engineering at Griffith University, majoring in Communications Systems, graduating with Honours in April 1995. He also holds qualifications in Automation and Control Systems as well as a range of industry accreditations.


Singh is the co-founder[3] of Avonsys, an Information and Communications Technology outsourcing firm serving the US West Coast and Chief Operating Officer of PATARA, a private sector firm involved in Information and Communications Technology solutions serving the Pacific region. He also serves as a Consultant[4] to the Internet Society[5] and is also involved with other companies and organisations including private equity and venture capital firms.[6]

Singh is also a consultant to the United Nations Asia and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (UN APCICT)[7] where he authored Module 4 of the Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders.[8]

In 2003 he was seconded to serve as Project Manager ICT[9] for the 2003 South Pacific Games which were held in Suva, Fiji where PATARA was an Official Supplier and corporate sponsor.[10]

Singh is a frequent speaker at regional and international events on topics related to the Internet and technology and has spoken at events such as Telecom Asia, PTC, eIndia, World Cyber Security Summit, Internet Governance Forum and INETs[11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18] and divides his time between Suva, Fiji and Delhi, India.[19]

Other activities[edit]

Singh is past Chair[20] of ICANN's Asia Pacific Regional At-Large Organisation (APRALO).

Singh is past Chairman[21][22] of the Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society PICISOC.

He is the founding and President[23] of the IPv6 Forum Pacific Islands IPv6ForumPacificIslands which is actively promoting the adoption and deployment of IPv6 to support the next generation Internet.

He is Director of the Pacific Internet Technology Centre pacificIT, which is focused on the use, research and advancement of the Internet and related ICT technology in the Pacific for socio-economic development, ICT4D and breaching the Digital Divide.[24]

He is Co-ordinator [1] of the Dynamic Coalition on Access and Connectivity for Remote, Rural and Dispersed Communities under the Internet Governance Forum.

Singh also organised and chaired[25][26] a Workshop at the inaugural[27] Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Athens 2006 on ICTs to Achieve MDGs. More information on the workshop is available here [2]. He was appointed an Internet Society (ISOC) Ambassador to the IGF Rio 2007 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil[28] and was involved with several workshops.[29] At IGF 2008 in Hyderabad, India he was a panellist in the main Access session[30] where he offered comments on reaching the next billions of Internet users.[31] He was also a panelist in workshops during IGF 2009 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.[32]

In 2006, Singh was instrumental[33] in establishing the UNDP/APDIP International Open Source Network IOSN Open Source Centre of Excellence in the Pacific Islands (IOSN-PIC).

He was a member of the ICT group for the 2003 South Pacific Games Organising Committee.

Since 2002, he has participated in the organisation of PacINET, the annual PICISOC conference and served as the Conference Chair in 2005 and 2006, as well as the Chair of the Papers Committee.[34] More recently he has been involved in the organisation of the Internet Society's INET series of conferences in Asia[35][36][37]


  1. ^ Pew Internet & American Life Project report on Future of the Internet
  2. ^ Internet Governance Forum Information page on Dynamic Coalitions
  3. ^ "Avonsys company information". Avonsys.com. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "LinkedIn profile". Linkedin.com. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "ISOC staff and advisors". Isoc.org. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  6. ^ Public Profile on Linkedin
  7. ^ "Un Apcict Team". Unapcict.org. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders". Unapcict.org. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  9. ^ PATARA sponsors South Pacific Games 2003 and provides Information & Communications Technology for a "Smart Games"
  10. ^ Pacific Magazine article on SPG 2003
  11. ^ "APNIC 27". Meetings.apnic.net. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  12. ^ Embed Video Subscribe to comments Post Comment. "PacINET 2008". Slideshare.net. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  13. ^ "IGF 2006". Apc.org. 15 November 2007. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  14. ^ PTC 2007 Archived 22 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ AP STAR Retreat Malaysia 2010
  16. ^ "eIndia 2009". Eindia.net.in. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  17. ^ "World Cyber Security Summit Seminar 2008". Rnd.domainregistry.my. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  18. ^ "Telecom Asia 2008". Isoc.org. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  19. ^ "Dopplr travel stats for Rajnesh Singh". Dopplr.com. 13 September 2007. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  20. ^ "APRALO Officers". St.icann.org. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  21. ^ Current PICISOC Board
  22. ^ news.vu article Fijians head Internet Society
  23. ^ Introductory Message from Rajnesh D. Singh, IPv6 Forum Pacific Islands Founding President Archived 29 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  24. ^ Pacific Internet Technology Centre website
  25. ^ IGF 2006 Workshop on pacificit.org
  26. ^ ISOC at IGF 2006 Archived 7 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  27. ^ IGF 2006 Meeting Schedule
  28. ^ "ISOC Press Release on IGF Rio Ambassadors". Isoc.org. 12 November 2007. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  29. ^ "IGF Rio Schedule". Intgovforum.org. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  30. ^ "Main Access session Panel IGF 2008". Intgovforum.org. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  31. ^ "Singh: Reaching the next billions". Isoc.org. 4 December 2008. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  32. ^ "Internet Society (ISOC) – ISOC ath the IGF 2008 in Hyderabad, India". ISOC. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  33. ^ UNDP-APDIP establishes New Open Source Centres of Excellence
  34. ^ PacINET Conference Information
  35. ^ "INET Hong Kong". Isoc.org. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  36. ^ "INET Delhi". Isoc.org. 17 September 2009. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  37. ^ "INET Kuala Lumpur". Isoc.org. 20 July 2009. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 

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