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2020 ICANN Community Excellence Award Honors Olivier Crépin-Leblond

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – 22 June 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is honored to announce the recipient of the 2020 Community Excellence Award is Olivier Crépin-Leblond.

The Community Excellence Award honors members of the ICANN community who have invested in consensus-based solutions and contributed in a substantive way to policymaking within the ICANN ecosystem.

The selection panel of representatives from ICANN Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees recognized Crépin-Leblond's dedication to ICANN's multistakeholder model and long record of substantial contributions to the ICANN community. The panel noted his energy, enthusiasm, and willingness to engage across the diverse ICANN community contributed to his effective facilitation of community dialogues.

Crépin-Leblond is a former Chair and Vice Chair of ICANN's At-Large Advisory Committee and Board member and former Chair of the European Regional At-Large Organization (EURALO). He has participated in a number of key ICANN policy development processes and working groups and was a member of the 2010 Nominating Committee. Long active in the Internet governance ecosystem, he is the Chair of the United Kingdom chapter of the Internet Society, a founder and Board member of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG), and the current co-Chair of the Cross-Community Working Group on Internet Governance.

Crépin-Leblond is the founder of Global Information Highway, an Internet policy, services, and equipment consultancy. You can watch an interview with him about the honor and hear from the Community Excellence Award Selection Panel.


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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