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Update on the IANA Stewardship Transition and ICANN Accountability

Date: Thursday 5th March 2015
Time: 12:00 UTC


Time Event Speaker
12.00 – 12.05 Welcome note Baher Esmat, VP, Stakeholder Engagement, Middle East – ICANN
12.05 – 12.25 Overview of the IANA Stewardship Transition and ICANN Accountability processes Theresa Swinehart, Senior Advisor to the President on Global Strategy
12.25 – 12.45 The IANA Coordination Group (ICG)

Manal Ismail, Director, International Technical Coordination, National Telecom Regulatory Authority – NTRA

Mohammed El Bashir, Technical Department Manager – ictQatar

12.45 – 13.25 Q&A Open Floor
13.25 – 13.30 Closing Remarks Baher Esmat, VP, Stakeholder Engagement, Middle East – ICANN

Questions and interventions can be made in either Arabic or English over the phone or posted as text in the Adobe Connect room.


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