Founding an innovative and successful business yields unique perspectives. The members of the Founders Council each view the connected world from a distinct point of view. Their individual and collective insights are helping Neustar ensure we bring every idea and resource in helping diverse clients—many entrepreneurs themselves—get business results.
Rodney Joffe is a computer scientist, technologist, and serial entrepreneur with over 40 years of successful business experience. He is currently a Senior Vice-President and a Fellow at Neustar (NYSE:NSR) an Information Services and Data Analytics company based in Washington, DC. His responsibilities include advising the executive team on technical, security, and business matters, helping to lead the company’s cybersecurity initiatives, and representing the company as its National Security Executive.
Mr. Joffe joined Neustar in 2006 after the acquisition of UltraDNS Corporation, a domain name system services company he founded in 1999. From 2001 until the acquisition by Neustar he served as Chairman and CTO of the company. Prior to founding UltraDNS, Joffe was the founder and CTO of Genuity, one of the largest Internet Service and Hosting Providers in the world. After selling a portion of the company to Bechtel Enterprises, Genuity was then acquired in a 9-figure transaction by GTE, where Joffe served as Vice-President, and CTO of GTE Internetworking’s Business Services division prior to its merger with Bell Atlantic to form Verizon.
Mr. Joffe serves as a Cyber SME on President Obama’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC). He is also a member of the Advisory Board for Virginia Tech’s Hume Center for National Security and Technology, and is a past member of the Faculty Advisory Board of the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering. He is also a founder and currently chairs the Conficker Working Group, acknowledged as a “BCP” (Best Current Practice) model for public/private partnerships for APT (Advanced Persistent Threat) mitigation. He has also provided guidance to and sits on a number of similar Threat Focus Cells geared towards other APTs, as well as a number of operational working groups focused on defending attacks against specific sectors including the financial sector.
Normally reserved for FBI agents and employees, in October of 2013, Mr. Joffe received the FBI Director’s Award for his contributions as the organizer and a member of the Mariposa Botnet Task Force. He is one of very few civilians to ever receive this honor, considered to be the most prestigious in the FBI. He is also the recipient of the 2016 Mary Litynski Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by M3AAWG for his contributions to the anti-abuse and messaging security community.
Mr. Joffe is frequently called upon to assist Federal authorities with regard to investigating and defending against cyber-crime and cyber-terrorist activities. He regularly briefs the Executive and Legislative branches on these subjects, and has also designed and led a number of sensitive independent cybersecurity exercises at the request of the Executive Branch of the US government, and the US Intelligence Community. He has also testified before Congress as an expert on cybersecurity.
He has been a member of the ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) for a number of years, and participated on the planning committee for the DHS’s CyberStorm II International Cyber-Terrorism exercise in 2008. In 2010, Joffe was one of the three leads on the core scenario design team for CyberStorm III. He was one of the two core threat designers for the CyberStorm V exercise, which took place in February of 2016 after two years of planning, and which involved thousands of participants. From 2011 to 2013 he was the chairman of the FCC’s Network Security Best Practices subcommittee of the Communications Security Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC III), served as a voting member of CSRIC IV (2013 – 2015), and is serving a third time as a voting member of CSRIC V (2015 - 2017).
He is frequently interviewed and has been quoted extensively as an expert by news organizations, including PBS News Hour, CNN, NBC, Bloomberg, the Washington Post, and NYT, amongst others.
Besides these operational activities, Joffe is also engaged in several Internet engineering organizations. He holds a number of issued and pending patents in the network security field.
Adrian Kinderis co-founded Bombora Technologies group of companies (formerly AusRegistry Group), in 2001. Under his leadership as Chief Executive Officer, the company created a strong reputation as the specialist in the development of high-volume, complex, transaction-based Internet systems.
A true entrepreneur, Adrian has demonstrated his passion for business development through the expansion of Bombora Technologies and its eventual acquisition by Neustar Inc. in July 2015, and is committed to not only commercial success, but continued innovation and expansion of the technology space.
Adrian has devoted more than 15 years to the ongoing improvement and evolution of the Internet. His passion for the industry has led him to actively participate within the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) community where, for five years, he was elected to the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) contributing to industry-related policies and guides. In this role, Adrian leveraged his extensive industry experience to make a valuable and influential contribution to the creation of ICANN’s ground-breaking new Top-Level Domain program.
Adrian spearheaded the formation of the global Domain Name Association (DNA) and is currently serving as Chairman of the Board. In this leadership position and as spokesperson for the organisation, he will continue to make an influential contribution to growing the industry and advocating its commercial interests.
As a thought leader in the technology sector, Adrian’s authority and expertise have seen him become an in-demand industry commentator, with regular appearances with the world’s leading media outlets, such as the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Sky News, The Washington Post and many other leading publications.
Nicolai was the Co-Founder and COO of .CO Internet a successful Internet company based in both Miami and Colombia, which was acquired in 2014 by Neustar. Under his tenure, .CO had incredible growth and became one of the most successful domain extensions in history, with more than 2.2 million domain names registered by people in 200 countries. Nicolai now works for Neustar as a Strategic Advisor and is part of its Founder’s council.
Apart from .CO and Neustar, Nicolai has more than 20 years of experience in technology, operations and project management. Originally from Colombia, Nicolai was previously a Director at Citigroup’s Investment Bank in New York overseeing a large team in New York, London, São Paulo, and Mumbai. Prior to that Nicolai worked in various consulting firms providing advisory services to global firms in the US and Latin-America. Nicolai holds a degree in Industrial Engineering (honors) from the University of Miami, as well as an MBA from Columbia University and London Business School.
Over the last few years Nicolai has become involved in the startup community globally and is an active mentor at Ashoka, Endeavor and a few other entities. Plus he is an active investor in startups through different groups including Accelerated Growth Partners.