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ICANN74 Fellowship Program Participants – 2022 Hybrid Policy Forum

Photo of Fellowship Participants from ICANN 74


Name Country or region of residence Working sector and/or area of interest
Andrey Shcherbovich Canada Academia
Armen Muradyan Armenia ccTLD Operations, Internet Service Providers and Connectivity Providers, Technical, Security, Business & Commerce
Ashish Agarwal India ccTLD Operations, Internet Service Providers and Connectivity Providers, Technical
Chokri Ben Romdhane Tunisia Academia, Civil Society, Government and Intergovernmental Organization, Technical
Cynthia Jade Makory Kenya Academia, Business & Commerce, Intellectual Property
Don Peduru Pradeep Eranga Samararathna Sri Lanka Civil Society, Internet Service Providers and Connectivity Providers, Technical
Gerardo Martinez Hernandez Mexico Academia, Civil Society, Internet End User
Jannett Ibanez Bolivia, Plurinational State of Civil Society
Jonathan Perceval Haiti Civil Society, Intellectual Property, Internet End User (Virtual Participant)
Kong Diep Cambodia Internet Service Providers and Connectivity Providers, Technical, Security
Laxmi Prasad Yadav Nepal Academia, Internet End User, Technical
Mariana Vidotti Brazil Business & Commerce, Intellectual Property, Security
Mary Rose Ofianga Rontal Philippines Business & Commerce, Intellectual Property, Internet End User
Muhammed Emin Çelik Turkey Academia, Business & Commerce, Intellectual Property, Civil Society
Pavanaja Ubaradka Bellippady India Academia, Civil Society, Internet End User
Priyatosh Jana India Academia, Internet End User, Technical
Ruben Hilare Quispe Bolivia, Plurinational State of Academia, Civil Society (Virtual Participant)
Samwel Kariuki Kenya Academia, Technical, Security
Shah Zahidur Rahman Bangladesh Business & Commerce, Technical, Security
Sokol Haxhiu Albania Civil Society
Sonny Zulhuda Malaysia Academia, Civil Society, Internet End User
Svitlana Tkachenko Ukraine ccTLD Operations, Intellectual Property, Technical
Vladimer Svanadze Georgia Academia, Civil Society
Zaher Qassrawi Palestine Civil Society, Technical Security

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."