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Satish Babu Honored with 2021 Dr. Tarek Kamel Award for Capacity Building

25 October 2021

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is honored to announce that the recipient of the 2021 Dr. Tarek Kamel Award for Capacity Building is Satish Babu.

The award recognizes Babu for his outstanding efforts in promoting the multistakeholder model of Internet governance and capacity building on a local and regional scale. In particular, his pioneering leadership for local and regional schools of Internet governance are greatly appreciated by the ICANN Board.

The ICANN Board also notes that in addition to chairing the Asian, Australasian, and Pacific Islands Regional At-Large Organization (APRALO), Babu is making significant contributions to Universal Acceptance and Internationalized Domain Names by steering relevant working groups in the At-Large Advisory Committee. Universal Acceptance is a fundamental requirement for a multilingual and digitally inclusive Internet, and the ICANN Board appreciates Babu's excellent work in this area.

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.