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ICANN Recognizes Community Leaders

BARCELONA, Spain – 25 October 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) recognized the contributions of 44 community leaders during the ICANN63 Annual General Meeting.

The ICANN community develops and refines policies to 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 our community leaders.

Each year, at the Annual General Meeting, the ICANN organization and the ICANN Board of Directors acknowledge those community leaders who have concluded a term of service. In addition, at every annual Policy Forum, outstanding contributions from community members nominated by the community itself are recognized through the Multistakeholder Ethos Award.

The following community leaders have completed their terms of service and were honored at the community recognition program at ICANN63 this year:

Tomohiro Fujisaki Address Supporting Organization Address Council
Wilfried Wöber Address Supporting Organization Address Council
Alan Greenberg At-Large Advisory Committee
Bastiaan Goslings At-Large Advisory Committee
Maureen Hilyard At-Large Advisory Committee
Andrei Kolesnikov At-Large Advisory Committee
Bartlett Morgan At-Large Advisory Committee
Seun Ojedeji At-Large Advisory Committee
Alberto Soto At-Large Advisory Committee
Andrew Mack Commercial Business Users Constituency
Ben Fuller Country Code Names Supporting Organization Council
Nigel Roberts Country Code Names Supporting Organization Council
Christelle Vaval Country Code Names Supporting Organization Council
Jay Daley Customer Standing Committee
Kal Feher Customer Standing Committee
Elise Lindeberg Customer Standing Committee
Donna Austin Generic Names Supporting Organization Council
Phil Corwin Generic Names Supporting Organization Council
Heather Forrest Generic Names Supporting Organization Council
Susan Kawaguchi Generic Names Supporting Organization Council
Stephanie Perrin Generic Names Supporting Organization Council
Milagros Castañon Governmental Advisory Committee
Lori Schulman Intellectual Property Constituency
Greg Shatan Intellectual Property Constituency
Maritza Aguero Latin American and Caribbean Islands Regional At-Large Organization
Humberto Carrasco Latin American and Caribbean Islands Regional At-Large Organization
Theo Geurts Nominating Committee
Sandra Hoferichter Nominating Committee
Hans Petter Holen Nominating Committee
Danny McPherson Nominating Committee
Jose Ovidio Salgueiro Nominating Committee
Jay Sudowski Nominating Committee
Farzaneh Badii Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group
Renata Aquino Ribeiro Non-Commercial Users Constituency
Jonathan Robinson Public Technical Identifiers Board
Paul Diaz Registries Stakeholder Group
Samantha Demetriou Registries Stakeholder Group
Stephane Van Gelder Registries Stakeholder Group
Venkateswara Dasari Root Server System Advisory Committee
Grace De Leon Root Server System Advisory Committee
Ray Gilstrap Root Server System Advisory Committee
Johan Ihrén Root Server System Advisory Committee
Kevin Jones Root Server System Advisory Committee
Tripti Sinha Root Server System Advisory Committee

About ICANN

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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