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Successful Candidates Selected for NextGen@ICANN61

5 January 2018

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LOS ANGELES – 5 January 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has announced the names of the individuals who will participate in the NextGen program at ICANN61, to be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from 10 to 15 March 2018.

The 15 individuals are currently engaged in studies in North American universities in the fields of computer science, law, and human rights. In addition, 5 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 ICANN61 NextGen participants are:

Savannah Badalich Columbia University
Jesús Colón Rosado University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus
Justin Cray Cornell University
Fransleidy de Jesús Díaz National University College
Juan A. Figueroa Rosado University of Puerto Rico at Bayamón
Allan Fret University of Puerto Rico
Sarah Ingle Trinity College, University of Toronto
Gabriel Jiménez Barrón University of Puerto Rico School of Law
Ishan Mehta Georgia Institute of Technology
Kaitlyn Rose Karpenko Columbia Law School
Haley Lepp University of Washington
Anna Cecile Loup University of Southern California
Carolle Vodouhe University of Montreal
Shamar Ward University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus
James Wesley Wilson University of California, Los Angeles

The individuals selected as ICANN61 ambassadors are:

Krishna Kumar ICANN58
Joash Ntenga ICANN59
Sheilla Ayot Nyeko ICANN55
Raphael Vicente Rosa ICANN56
Fidya Shabrina ICANN57

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.