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ICANN Recognizes Community Leaders

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – 2 November 2017 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) recognized 49 community leaders during the ICANN60 Annual General Meeting.

The ICANN community develops and refines policies that ensure the security, stability, and resiliency of the global Internet. The ICANN organization is proud to facilitate this work and to celebrate the contributions of community leaders.

The community leaders honored at the community recognition program during ICANN60 are:

Mark Elkins Address Supporting Organization Address Council
Ajay Kumar Address Supporting Organization Address Council
Ching Chiao County Code Names Supporting Organization Council
James Bladel Generic Names Supporting Organization Council
Johan Helsingius Generic Names Supporting Organization Council
Wolf-Ulrich Knoben Generic Names Supporting Organization Council
Marília Maciel Generic Names Supporting Organization Council
Stefania Milan Generic Names Supporting Organization Council
Edward Morris Generic Names Supporting Organization Council
Hsu Phen Valerie Tan Generic Names Supporting Organization Council
Chris Wilson Commercial and Business Users Constituency
Steve Metalitz Intellectual Property Constituency
Tony Holmes Internet Service Providers and Connectivity Providers Constituency
Fabricio Vayra Intellectual Property Constituency
Tapani Tarvainen Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group
Farzaneh Badii Non-Commercial Users Constituency
Rafik Dammak Non-Commercial Users Constituency
Klaus Stoll Not-for-Profit Operational Concerns Constituency
Martin Silva Valent Not-for-Profit Operational Concerns Constituency
Harold Arcos At-Large Advisory Committee
Tijani Ben Jemaa At-Large Advisory Committee
Garth Bruen At-Large Advisory Committee
Mohamed El Bashir At-Large Advisory Committee
León Sánchez At-Large Advisory Committee
Wafa Dahmani Zaafouri At-Large Advisory Committee
Judith Hellerstein North American Regional At-Large Organization
Aziz Hilali African Regional At-Large Organization
Wolf Ludwig European Regional At-Large Organization
Glenn McKnight North American Regional At-Large Organization
Mark Carvell Governmental Advisory Committee
Alice Munyua Governmental Advisory Committee
Thomas Schneider Governmental Advisory Committee
Hank Kilmer Root Server System Advisory Committee
Warren Kumari Root Server System Advisory Committee
Steve Crocker Security and Stability Advisory Committee
Mark Kosters Security and Stability Advisory Committee
Damon Ashcraft Nominating Committee
Tom Barrett Nominating Committee
Eduardo Diaz Nominating Committee
Hartmut Glaser Nominating Committee
Hans Petter Holen Nominating Committee
Zahid Jamil Nominating Committee
Dave Kissoondoyal Nominating Committee
Osvaldo Novoa Nominating Committee
Amir Qayyum Nominating Committee
Jörg Schweiger Nominating Committee
Ken Stubbs Nominating Committee
Stéphane Van Gelder Nominating Committee
Tim Wicinski Nominating Committee

These community leaders concluded a term of service since ICANN57 or completed a term of service at ICANN60. ICANN recognizes community leaders at every Annual General Meeting and at every Policy Forum through the community-led Multistakeholder Ethos Award. The ICANN Board of Directors also recognizes community leaders through resolutions.


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.

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