ICANN Announces Participants NextGen@ICANN66

12 July 2019

LOS ANGELES – 12 July 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has announced the names of the individuals who will participate in the NextGen program at ICANN66, to be held in Montréal, Canada, from 2 to 7 November 2019.

The 11 individuals are currently engaged in studies in North American universities in the fields of computer science, law, and international security. In addition, three individuals who attended a previous ICANN public meeting with the NextGen program will now serve as ambassadors for these newcomers.

An independent selection committee assessed the candidates. The committee selected the successful candidates based on their current studies and interest in the work currently being done in the Internet ecosystem relating to global policy and Internet governance.

The individuals selected as ICANN66 NextGen participants are:

Abdeali Hatim Saherwala York University, Toronto
Akshay Broota University of Colorado Boulder
Lukas Paul Bundonis Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Diler Cavdar Berkeley Law School
Josh Gold University of Toronto
Austin Bollinger Grand Rapids Community College
Kushagra Bhargava University of Southern California
Arjun Sanya University of Toronto
Ariane Nakpokou Houessou HEC Montréal
Lilia Dawn Herdegen Ferris State University
Shreya Richharia University of Southern California

The individuals selected as ICANN66 ambassadors are:

João Pedro Damas Martin ICANN63
Jaewon Son ICANN64
Stefan Filipovic ICANN63

Click here for more information about the NextGen 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 not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.