Christine Arida is the Executive Director of Telecom Services Planning at NTRA in Egypt. She has over 25 years experience working with the Egyptian government in the areas of Internet development and related public policies. She is the co-founder of the Arab IGF, founding and board member of the ISOC Egypt Chapter and founding member of AfriNIC.
At her time with NTRA, she has participated in establishing the “DNS Entrepreneurship Center for Africa and the Middle East” in 2014, and led the drafting of Egypt’s National Broadband Plan “eMisr” in 2011. She has also been involved with the launch of Egypt’s IDN ccTLD “dotMasr” in 2010. Prior to NTRA, Arida has worked for the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology where she joined the drafting of “Egypt’s Telecommunication Master Plan” in 2004 and “Egypt’s Broadband Agenda 2004 – 2007”.
Arida started her career at the Cabinet’s Information and Decision Support Center, as part of the team who connected Egypt to the Internet in 1992. She holds a B.Sc. degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University.