ICANN Announces NextGen@ICANN72 Participants

29 July 2021

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has announced the individuals selected to participate in the NextGen@ICANN Program at ICANN72. An independent committee selected the NextGen@ICANN72 participants based on their current studies and interest in global policy and Internet governance. It was announced on 15 July 2021 that the ICANN72 Annual General Meeting, originally scheduled to be held in Seattle, United States of America, from 23 to 28 October 2021, will take place as a virtual ICANN Public Meeting due to the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, all NextGen@ICANN program activities for ICANN72 will be held virtually.

The six selectees attend universities in the U.S. region where they study technology, cybersecurity, and law.

NextGen@ICANN72 participants:

Sarah Alsamman DePaul University
Meri Baghdasaryan University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
Sai Prasad Chandrasekaran Indiana University Bloomington
Kady Hammer American University, Washington College of Law
Jung Seob Kim Lamar University
James Paek University of Georgia

Click here for more information about the NextGen@ICANN Program.


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.