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ICANN Announces NextGen@ICANN68 Participants

LOS ANGELES – 24 February 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has announced the individuals selected to participate in the NextGen Program at ICANN68 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 22-25 June 2020.

The 12 selectees attend universities in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, where they study telecommunications, software engineering, and information technology.

Three previous NextGen Program participants will serve as ambassadors for the newcomers at the June Policy Forum.

An independent committee selected the ICANN68 NextGen participants based on their current studies and interest in global policy and Internet governance.

ICANN68 NextGen Program participants:

Pavel Farhan School of Engineering Asian Institute of Technology
Siddhant Chatterjee Jai Hind College, University of Mumbai
Vinayak Kejriwal National Institute of Management Solutions
Sambidi Ashwin Reddy MVSR Engineering College, Osmania University
Naeem Uddin University of Engineering and Technology
Ibni Inggrianti Universitas Jenderal Achmad Yani
Lana Molivurae University of the South Pacific
Ani Dallakyan Russian-Armenian University
Elizabeth Anne-Marie Reed University of Tasmania
Seung Jae Lim Korea University
Ananda Gautam Islington College
Ali Hussain University of Malaya


ICANN68 NextGen Program ambassadors:

Ananya Singh ICANN64
Cynthia Jade Makory ICANN65
Vallarie Wendy Yiega ICANN65


Click here for moreinformation about the NextGen Program.


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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