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Dr. Tarek Kamel Award for Capacity Building Honors Wolfgang Kleinwächter

19 September 2022

Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Board announced that Wolfgang Kleinwächter is the recipient of the 2022 Dr. Tarek Kamel Award for Capacity Building.

Maarten Botterman, ICANN Board Chair, announced the Board's selection during the Welcome Ceremony for ICANN75 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The ICANN Board recognizes Kleinwächter's significant efforts in capacity building on a local, regional, and global scale. Particularly notable is Kleinwächter's pioneering work for the local and regional Internet Governance School concept. It earned the ICANN Board's deep appreciation.

Kleinwächter participated in the award ceremony remotely and thanked the ICANN Board for the recognition. A video of the award ceremony will be published later.

Wolfgang Kleinwächter is a Professor Emeritus of International Communication Policy and Regulation at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. He has been involved in Internet governance issues since the early 1990s. As the founder of the Summer School on Internet Governance and the European Dialogue on Internet Governance, Kleinwächter is a longtime member of the ICANN community who has held various roles in ICANN community groups and structures, including:

  • At-Large community
  • Generic Names Supporting Organization Council
  • ICANN Board of Directors
  • ICANN Nominating Committee

The Dr. Tarek Kamel Award for Capacity Building was established in honor of the late Dr. Tarek Kamel, an Internet pioneer known for his contributions to global Internet governance. The award recognizes members of the ICANN community who have made significant contributions to national, regional, or global capacity-development programs related to ICANN's mission.


ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a nonprofit public benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.