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Fellowship Program Brings Global Voices Together at ICANN | Fellows Announced for Buenos Aires Meeting

35 fellows from 26 countries have been selected to participate in ICANN's Fellowship program at the 48th Public Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 17-21 November 2013. Twelve of the fellows are alumni from at least one of the past 19 programs, 15 are first-time attendees to an ICANN meeting, and 8 have attended meetings in past but are fellows for the first time. The fellows represent all sectors of society including civil, government, academia, business, not-for-profit and user groups. The country code supporting groups are also represented.

Here is the list of selected fellows:

  • Adrian Quesada Rodriguez – Costa Rica – Academic
  • Ahmed Bakhat Masood – Pakistan – Gov't
  • Ali Almeshal – Bahrain – Civil
  • Andreas Sifiso Diamini – Swaziland – Gov't
  • Ann Ibrahim – Egypt – Gov't
  • Beatriz Rodriguez – Uruguay –  Academic
  • Bikram Shrestha – Nepal – Not For Profit
  • Bryton Focus – United Republic of Tanzania – Not For Profit
  • Claudia Giuliana Silva Jauregui – Peru – Gov't
  • Craig Nesty – Dominica –  Business
  • Edwin Opare – Ghana – Gov't
  • Emani Fakaotimanava-Lui – Niue – Not For Profit
  • Hassan Zaheer – Pakistan – Business
  • Hossam Hassan – Egypt – Business
  • Hugo Alexander Cuenca Espinosa – Ecuador – Academic
  • Kinfemicheal Yilma Desta – Ethiopia – Academic
  • Leon Felipe Sanchez Ambia – Mexico – Academic
  • Lianna Galstyan – Armenia – Not For Profit
  • Maria Sofia Zerbino Rachetti – Uruguay – Not For Profit
  • Marilia Maciel – Brazil – Academic
  • Mauricio Oviedo Calderon – Costa Rica – Not For Profit
  • Mohamed Adas – West Bank and Gaza – End User
  • Mohamed Elshaikh – Sudan – Academic
  • Natalie Rose – Jamaica – Academic
  • Noha Fathy – Egypt – Not For Profit
  • Ping Yang – People's Republic of China – End User
  • Roxana Radu – Romania – Academic
  • Samson Yoseph Esayas – Ethiopia – Academic
  • Sequera Maricarmen – Paraguay – End User
  • Shahzad Ahmad – Pakistan – Not For Profit
  • Victoria Rosca – Moldova – Gov't
  • Vivek Goyal – India – Business
  • Walid Al-Saqaf – Yemen – Academic
  • Yusif Amadu – Ghana – Academic
  • Zheng Wang – People's Republic of China – Academic

ICANN received 132 fellowship applications for the Buenos Aires meeting. Applications for each meeting are assessed by an independent selection committee. Priority is given to applicants who meet minimum program requirements, are current residents of developing and least developed nations in the five ICANN regions, and who are interested in participating in ICANN and its supporting organizations, advisory committees or stakeholder groups.

Click here to find out more about the fellowship program and how to apply:

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