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ICANN Appoints Senior Director of Stakeholder Engagement for South Asia

7 November 2022

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has appointed Nitin Wali, a 25-year veteran of the technology industry, as the Senior Director of Stakeholder Engagement for the South Asia region, covering Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

Wali joins ICANN today to serve as a key representative for ICANN in one of its most dynamic regions and manage the organization's relationship with key stakeholders in the aforementioned economies, all while using those relationships to both broaden and deepen overall stakeholder participation.

"We are excited to have Nitin to oversee a region with one of the highest growth rates in terms of Internet users. We are confident that his breadth and depth of experience will be a great asset as we seek to advance one of ICANN's goals of helping to bring the next billion users online," said Jia-Rong Low, Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement and Managing Director of the Asia-Pacific region.

In his more than two decades in the technology industry, Wali has been closely associated with the ICANN community, having worked at organizations including GoDaddy, Neustar, and Verisign. At GoDaddy, Wali was most recently responsible for engagement with in-region government, academia, and industry stakeholders.

"I am happy to join the ICANN team and work closely with the stakeholders in this region. I hope to further the excellent work that's already underway to help non-English speakers adopt the use of Internationalized Domain Names and help to pave the way for a multilingual Internet," said Nitin Wali.

Wali holds degrees in engineering and business administration and is fluent in English, Hindi, Kashmiri, and Punjabi. He is based in New Delhi, India and reports to Low.

About ICANN

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.