Brian Cute is the Chief Operating Officer and the Director of the Capacity & Resilience Program for the Global Cyber Alliance, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eradicate cyber risk around the globe. He has been actively involved in the Internet Domain Name System and global Internet governance matters for over twenty years. A communications lawyer by training, he entered the domain name industry in its early days. He has played a role in and observed the evolving dynamic between Internet technology, end user communities, and governments. He entered the industry in policy roles and evolved into business development and executive roles in the commercial and non-profit sectors.
Brian has been the Principal at The Eastham Group for several years supporting clients in developing strategies and plans to deliver growth for their organizations and teams. He previously served as the CEO for the Public Interest Registry, the non-profit operator of the .ORG Internet address. He led PIR’s development and launch of the .NGO and .ONG addresses offering a validated online identity for genuine NGOs around the world. He served PIR from 2011 to 2018.
Prior to working for Public Interest Registry, he held leadership positions at Afilias, U.S.A., and VeriSign, critical Internet infrastructure operators and Top-Level Domain service providers. He served twice as Chair of the ICANN Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT1 and ATRT2), a multi-stakeholder review that provided recommendations to the ICANN Board of Directors for improvement of its governance and the bottom-up multi-stakeholder policy development process.
Brian holds an LLM from l’Institut d’etudes europeenes, l’Universite libre de Bruxelles, a Juris Doctor from Quinnipiac University, and a B.A. from the University of Vermont.