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Mikhail Anisimov Joins ICANN

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BRUSSELS - 16 March 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced Mikhail Anisimov joins ICANN organization as the Head of Global Stakeholder Engagement for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

"Mikhail Anisimov is a well-known domain industry professional in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and a long-time ICANN community member," said Sally Costerton, ICANN's Senior Vice President for Global Stakeholder Engagement. "He will continue to build on the great work of his predecessors, bringing his knowledge of Internet governance and the domain industry to our organization. I look forward to working with him to deepen ICANN's presence in the region."

Mikhail will be based in Moscow and report directly to Sally Costerton. He will also coordinate closely with Chris Mondini, Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement for Europe and Managing Director of Brussels Office, to serve the region and its stakeholders.

"I am really glad to become a part of the ICANN team after so many years of working within the ICANN ecosystem. From my first fellowship in Puerto Rico to hosting the Eastern European DNS Forum in Moscow, it has been a great experience that I hope to continue in my new role," said Mikhail Anisimov.

Prior to joining ICANN, Mikhail was the Head of External Communications at the Coordination Center for TLD .RU/.РФ, the registry for Russian country code top-level domains. Throughout his ten years in the domain industry, Mikhail has been instrumental in the expansion and development of .ru and .moscow domain names. He has also been involved in several initiatives and events across the region, building relevant networks and an extensive background in the field. Mikhail received his higher education in Moscow, studying mechanical engineering, advertising and public relations, and translation and intercultural communications.


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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