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ICANN72 Fellowship Program Participants – 2021 Virtual Annual General Meeting

Photo of Fellowship Program Participants from ICANN 72


Name Country or region of residence Working sector and/or area of interest
Abdullah Cemil Akcam Turkey ccTLD Operations, Technical
Afi Edoh Togo Academia, Internet service providers and connectivity providers, Technical, Security
Andrey Shcherbovich Russian Federation Academia
Ashirwad Tripathy Nepal Civil Society
Bafima Téli Martin Daouda Traore Burkina Faso Civil Society, Internet End User, Security
Bendjedid Rachad Sanoussi Benin Academia, Technical Security
Cherkaoui Leghris Morocco Academia, Civil Society, Technical, Internet End User, Security
Clement Genty France Academia, Internet End User
Dedlyne Cloiseau Haiti Civil Society, Internet End User
Dhanalakshmi Karanahalli Thyagaraj India Internet End User
Eileen Kwiponya Kenya Academia, Civil Society, Internet End User
Emmanuel OGU Nigeria Academia, Civil Society, Internet End User
Friso Roman P. Bostoen Belgium Academia
Idil Kula Turkey Academia, Civil Society
Gerardo Martinez Hernandez Mexico Academia, Civil Society, Internet End User
Herman Ângelo Miguel Ramos Mozambique Academia, Technical
Innocent Adriko Uganda Civil Society, Internet End User
Isaac Maposa Zimbabwe Business & Commerce, Internet end user – Recipient of Tarek Kamel Fellowship Recognition
Jade Makory Kenya Academia, Business & Commerce
Jean-Paul Voilleque United States of America Business & Commerce, Intellectual Property
Juliana Harsianti Indonesia Civil Society
Kossi Amessinou Benin Academia
Laxmi Prasad Yadav Nepal Academia, Internet End User, Technical
Lilian Kamara Uganda Academia, Civil Society, Internet End User, Technical
Mansur Mirzoev Tajikistan ccTLD operations, Intellectual property, Internet service providers and connectivity providers, Technical, Security
Minata Zong-Naba Burkina Faso Civil Society, Security
Nelson Juarez Nicaragua Academia, ccTLD Operations
Nicolò Emanuele Passaro Italy Academia, Intellectual Property, Technical, Security
Nicolas Fiumarelli Uruguay ccNSO
Pavanaja Ubaradka Bellippady India Academia, Civil Society, Technical
Philip Fomba Johnson Liberia Civil Society, Internet End User
Robert Nkambwe Uganda Academia, Technical, Security
Samwel Kariuki Kenya Academia
Shadrach Ankrah Ghana Civil Society, Technical, Security
Shah Zahidur Rahman Bangladesh Business & Commerce, Internet end user, Technical, Security
Yilin Sun China Academia, Civil Society, Security
Zaher Qassrawi Palestine Civil Society, Technical, Security
Zeina Bou Harb Lebanon ccTLD operations, Internet end user, Internet service providers and connectivity providers

Note: All information above is self-reported by applicants.


  • Jenifer Lopez – ccNSO
  • Farell Folly – GNSO
  • Kristina Hakobyan – GAC
  • Afifa Abbas – RSSAC
  • Alfredo Calderon – At-Large
Domain Name System
Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as"""" is not an IDN."