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

42 fellows from 31 countries have been selected to participate in ICANN's Fellowship program at the 49th Public Meeting in Singapore, 23-27 March 2014. Fifteen of the fellows are alumni from at least one of the past 20 programs, 23 are first-time attendees to an ICANN meeting, and 4 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:

  • Oluwaseun Samson Ojedeji – Nigeria – Academic / Registry
  • Xandra Fong – Fiji – Not for Profit
  • Yungyung Teng – People's Republic of China – Government / IPC
  • Mamadou Lo – Senegal – Business
  • Maricarmen Sequera – Paraguay – End User
  • João Carlos Rebello Caribé – Brazil – Not for Profit / NCUC
  • Md. Jahangir Hossain – Bangladesh – Not for Profit / NPOC
  • Inam Ali – Jordan – Civil Society
  • Hanen Idoudi – Tunisia – Academic
  • Farzaneh Badiei – Iran – End User
  • Karel Douglas – Trinidad and Tobago – Government
  • Bukola Fawole – Nigeria – Academic
  • Pascal Guillaume Bekono – Cameroon – Government / At Large
  • Ephraim Percy Kenyanito – Kenya – End User
  • Shakeel Ahmed – Pakistan – End User
  • Emani Fakaotimanava-Lui – Niue – Not for Profit / At Large
  • Yousef Torman – Jordan – Academic
  • Rommel Natividad – Marshall Islands – Government / GAC
  • Taravatu Arua Taravatu – Papua New Guinea – Government
  • Gul-e Rana – Pakistan – Academic
  • Wisdom Kwasi Donkor – Ghana – Government
  • Rahul Sharma – India – Not for Profit
  • Zakir Syed – Pakistan – Not for Profit
  • Mario Aleman Zapata – Nicaragua – Not for Profit
  • Bonface Witaba – Kenya – Not for Profit / NPOC
  • Ibrahim Alfayoumi – State of Palestine – ccTLD
  • Etuate Cocker – Tonga – Academic
  • Lianna Galstyan – Armenia – Not for Profit
  • Aasis Karan – Fiji – Business / At Large
  • Benjamin Akintunde Akinmoyeje – Nigeria – Not for Profit / NCUC
  • Philip Adar – Kenya – Business
  • Bram Fudzulani – Malawi – Business / ISP and ASO
  • Matilda Pamao – Papua New Guinea – Academic / ccNSO
  • Vernon O'Brien – Dominica – Government
  • Valentina Pavel Burloiu – Romania – Not for Profit / At large
  • Hasnaa Soraya Melyani – Morocco – End User
  • Zhang Zuan – People's Republic of China – Not for Profit / member NCUC
  • Jason Hynds – Barbados – Not for Profit / At Large
  • Mohamed Adas – State of Palestine – End User
  • Mohamed Elshaikh – Sudan – End User
  • Walid Al-Saqaf – Yemen – Academic / NCUC
  • Andreas Sifiso Dlamini – Swaziland – Government

ICANN received 121 fellowship applications for the Singapore 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: http://www.icann.org/en/about/participate/fellowships


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