Chris Disspain

Identity Digital

Chris is Chairman of DNS Capital Ltd a company that provides advice on internet governance and policy, strategy, government relations, cybersecurity and crisis management. They currently provide strategic policy advice to domain name registry Donuts Inc.
He is Chair of Management at The Brooke Consultancy a law and business advisory firm.
He was a member of the Board of ICANN from 2011 to 2020. He has been a member of or chaired numerous ICANN Board committees including Compensation, Audit, Finance, Executive and Governance and was Vice-Chair of the Board from 2017 until October 2019.
From October 2000 to April 2016 Chris was the Chief Executive Officer auDA the manager of the Australian Internet country code and the policy body governing the domain name system in Australia. Until he stood down in March 2011, Chris was the Chair, from its foundation in June 2004, of the ccNSO representing the interests of the world’s Internet country codes in the international policy arena.
From 2006 until 2012 he was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as a member of the UN’s Advisory Group to the Internet Governance Forum.
Chris has a law degree and is admitted to practice law in England & Wales and Australia. As a corporate lawyer in the U.K. and Australia he has experience in all aspects of Corporate & Commercial Law including IPOs, prospectus issues, venture capital, take-overs, mergers and acquisitions in UK, Australia, USA and Asia, and corporate tax planning and structuring.
In 1995 Chris co-wrote the book Creating Your Fuller Life Map which spawned a goal setting workshop franchised around the world and then an Internet based business.