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ICANN Fellowship Participants | ICANN77

The following individuals had been selected to participate in ICANN77 to be held 12–15 June 2023 in Washington, D.C., United States of America.

Name Country or region of residence Working sector and/or area of interest
Abdullah Cemil AKÇAM Republic of Türkiye ccTLD Operations, Technical
Abigaël Guirlande Francisque Haiti Academia, Civil Society
Aleksandar Ichokjaev North Macedonia Civil Society, Intellectual Property
Allan Magezi Uganda

Internet Service Providers and Connectivity Providers, Technical

Recipient of Paul Muchene Fellow Award
Ashirwad Tripathy Nepal Civil Society
Ayaovi Olevie Agbenyo KOUAMI Senegal Civil Society, Technical, Security
Ayesha Iftikhar Pakistan Academia, Civil Society, Technical, Security
Chancelle Mbara NKOUSSOU Congo, Republic of ccTLD Operations, Technical
Clement Genty France Academia, Civil Society
Edowaye Makanjuola Nigeria Internet Service Providers and Connectivity Providers, Technical
Emmanuel Elolo Agbenonwossi France Civil Society
Fuatai Purcell Samoa Civil Society, Internet Service Providers Connectivity Providers, Technical
Hafiz Farooq Saudi Arabia Academia, Internet Service Providers Connectivity Providers, Technical, Technical, Security
Jackline Akello Kenya Academia, Civil Society, Intellectual Property
Jacob Kwaku Odame-Baiden Ghana Civil Society
Juliana Harsianti Indonesia Academia, Civil Society
Kossi Amessinou Benin Academia
Liubomir Nikiforov Spain Academia, Civil Society
MD Imran Hossen Bangladesh Business & Commerce, Technical, Security
MD Jahangir Hossain Bangladesh Civil Society, Internet Service Providers Connectivity Providers, Technical, Technical, Security
Mansur Mirzoev Tajikistan Intellectual Property, Internet Service Providers Connectivity Providers, Technical
Megan Kathure Kenya Academia
Mouloud Khelif Switzerland Academia, Business & Commerce
Muhammad Altaf Pakistan Academia, Technical
Muhammed Emin Çelik Republic of Türkiye Academia, Business & Commerce, Intellectual Property
Naeem Uddin Pakistan Academia, Civil Society
Namra Naseer Pakistan Academia, Civil Society
Nojus Saad Iraq Civil Society, Security
Plamena Popova Bulgaria Academia
Priyatosh Jana India Academia, Technical
Radhika Cherie Narayan Fiji Civil Society, Technical, Security
Robert Nkambwe Uganda Academia, Technical, Security
Romulo Chacin Gonzalez United States of America Academia, Security
Samik Kharel Nepal Academia, Civil Society
Samwel Kariuki Kenya Academia, Technical, Security
Shadrach Ankrah Ghana Technical
Shah Zahidur Rahman Bangladesh Business & Commerce, Technical, Internet End User
Shreedeep Rayamajhi Nepal

Academia, Civil Society

Recipient of Tarek Kamel Fellowship Recognition
Udeep Baral Nepal Civil Society
Vladimer Svanadze Georgia Academia, Civil Society, Security

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


  • Jenifer Lopez – ccNSO
  • Christopher Disspain – GNSO
  • Kristina Hakobyan – GAC
  • Afifa Abbas – RSSAC
  • Lilian Ivette De Luque Bruges – 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."