Two Kenyans among 51 Fellows selected to attend ICANN57




Two Kenyans are among 51 fellows from 35 countries selected to participate in ICANN’s Fellowship program at the 57th Public Meeting (ICANN57) in Hyderabad, India 3-9 November 2016.

The two are Elizabeth Orembo (from the Civil Society) and Paul Muchene.

Of the 52 Fellows, 17 are returning fellows from at least one previous meeting and various experience levels, 10 of whom will be coaches to the 34 attending as first time fellows. The selected fellows represent all sectors of society including civil, government, ccTLD Operations, academia, facets of the business community, technical, security and end user groups.

An independent selection committee assessed the 319 fellowship applications received for the ICANN57 meeting; 76 of who met the minimum requirements for possible selection. Priority is given to applicants who not only meet minimum program requirements, but who are current residents of developing and least developed nations and who are interested in participating in ICANN and its supporting organizations, advisory committees, stakeholder and constituency groups.

Below is the list of the Fellows:

  • Abdalmonem Galila – Arab Republic of Egypt – ccTLD Operations
  • Adeel Sadiq – Pakistan – Technical
  • Adela Goberna – Argentina – Business
  • Alena Makhukova – Russian Federation – Academic
  • Alkhansa Mohamed – Sudan – Technical
  • Amal Al-Saqqaf – Yemen – Academic
  • Anivar Ammanath Aravind – India – Civil Society
  • Ashish Agarwal – India – Government
  • Bart Morgan – Barbados – Internet End User
  • Bidal James – South Sudan – Civil Society
  • Buddhadeb Halder – India – Civil Society
  • Dessalegn Yehuala – Ethiopia – Academic
  • Edowaye Makanjuola – Nigeria – Government
  • Elizabeth Orembo – Kenya – Civil Society
  • Farzaneh Badiei – Islamic Republic of Iran – Academic
  • Fotjon Kosta – Albania – Government
  • Gazi Zehadul Kabir – Bangladesh – Technical
  • Hemlal Suberi – Bhutan – Government
  • Houda Belkassem – Morocco – Academic
  • Huthaifa Albustanji – Jordan – Intellectual Property
  • Ines Hfaiedh – Tunisia – Academic
  • Jad El Cham – Lebanon – Technical
  • Jason Hynds – Barbados – Technical
  • John Sushil Chand – Fiji – Technical
  • Kasek Galgal – Papua New Guinea – Academic
  • Khalid Samara – Jordan – Security
  • Kiyana Marie-Jose Edwards – Dominica – Government
  • Lucas de Moura – Brazil – Security
  • Manmeet Pal Singh – India – Internet End User
  • Marjan Rizinski – The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – Business
  • Mark William Datysgeld – Brazil – Academic
  • Matilda Pamao – Papua New Guinea – Academic
  • Miguel Ignacio Estrada – Argentina – Government
  • Mohit Batra – India – Technical
  • Mubashir Hassan – Pakistan – Civil Society
  • Nadira AlAraj – Jordan – Civil Society
  • Nasrat Khalid – Afghanistan – Civil Society
  • Naveen Lakshman – India – Technical
  • Nazgul Kurmanalieva – Kyrgyz Republic – Civil Society
  • Paul Muchene – Kenya – Technical
  • Pitinan Kooarmornpatana – Thailand – Business
  • Radha Parvatee Ramphul – Mauritius – Technical
  • Renata Aquino Ribeiro – Brazil – Civil Society
  • Rim Hayat Chaif – Algeria – Civil Society
  • Royden Thato Mfikwe – South Africa – Civil Society
  • Sarata Omane – Ghana – Academic
  • Shavkat Sabirov – Kazakhstan – Civil Society
  • Shuyi Guo – China – Technical
  • Waqqas Ahmad Mir – Pakistan – Business
  • Wayne Reiher – Kiribati – Government
  • Wen Zhai – China – Civil Society

The ICANN Meeting Fellowship program is one example of how ICANN is supporting the next generation of community members, as part of the work of its Development and Public Responsibility Department. The program seeks to create a broader and more regionally diverse base of knowledgeable constituents by reaching out to less developed regions of the world in order to build capacity within the ICANN Multistakeholder Model. Participation in the program at an ICANN Meeting is a “fast track” experience of engagement into that community model, with presentations designed to facilitate understanding of the many pieces and parts of ICANN while providing opportunities to network and promoting interaction with staff and community leaders.

The program is targeted at individuals who are either new to the ICANN environment, are familiar with ICANNbut have yet to attend a face-to-face meeting, or have started participating in ICANN through the program or by other means but are in need of travel funding in order to broaden their knowledge and deepen their engagement. Candidate backgrounds are diverse: government, the ccTLD community, civil society, academic, technical, and security, commercial and non-commercial sectors. These individuals must not NOT be involved in or associated with other ICANN supported travel programs at time of selection.

Application rounbd for ICANN58 meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark to be held 11-16 March 2017, opens on September 9, 2016 and closes on October 21, 2016. Selected Fellows will be announced on December 12, 2016.




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