August 11, 2020

Dr. Ajay Data becomes first Asian to be elected as “Chair of UASG”

We feel extremely proud and humbled on the election of India-based technology leader Mr Ajay Data, Chief Data Xgen, as the Chairman of UASG. He was voted as the winning candidate by a pool of 400 global IT representatives who participated in the voting from over 32 different nationalities and tech backgrounds. Mr Ajay Data took the lead and secured the position over Mr Richard Merdinger, Vice President of Domains for Go Daddy, who was the second contestant in the election of UASG chair.


Universal Acceptance Steering Group(UASG) is a global internet community initiative tasked to effectively promote the Universal Acceptance of all valid domain names and email addresses. It is financially supported and administrated by ICANN, a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world.

Dr Ajay Data, Founder and CEO of Data Xgen Technologies

The newly appointed Chairman, Mr Ajay Data who will be the first Indian and Asian to occupy the seat with two years tenure will take charge from Mr Ram Mohan, an Indo-American IT firm representative who was previously the chairperson for the body.

Commenting on his election to chair of UASG, the Founder and CEO of Data Xgen Technologies Dr Ajay Data said, “First of all, I extend my sincere gratitude to members who expressed confidence in me for taking forward Universal Acceptance Mission forward. We will work collectively to break all barriers on internet.”

Last year in July, Dr Data was nominated as member of ccNSO of the Council to represent Asia Pacific region.


“Now, I have dual responsibility to address UA readiness issues and provide support. It is surely a mission for us to bring millions of people online. My priority would be people across globe should not face any linguistic barrier or hindrance in writing, sharing and communicating in their own languages on internet,” he added.


The UASG helps organizations ensure their systems are UA-ready and able to accept all domain names and email addresses in any valid script.