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ICANN77 Fellowship Program Participants – 2023 Hybrid Policy Forum

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Name Country or region of residence Working sector and/or area of interest
Abdullah Cemil AKÇAM Republic of Türkiye ccTLD Operations, Technical
Aleksandar Ichokjaev North Macedonia Civil Society, Intellectual Property
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
Hafiz Farooq Saudi Arabia Academia, Internet Service Providers Connectivity Providers, Technical, Technical, Security
Jacob Kwaku Odame-Baiden Ghana Civil Society
Juliana Harsianti Indonesia Academia, Civil Society
Kossi Amessinou Benin Academia
Liubomir Nikiforov Spain Academia, Civil Society
MD Jahangir Hossain Bangladesh Civil Society, Internet Service Providers Connectivity Providers, Technical, Technical, Security
Mouloud Khelif Switzerland Academia, Business & Commerce
Muhammad Altaf Pakistan Academia, Technical
Namra Naseer Pakistan Academia, Civil Society
Nojus Saad Iraq Civil Society, Security
Priyatosh Jana India Academia, Technical
Radhika Cherie Narayan Fiji Civil Society, Technical, Security
Samik Kharel Nepal Academia, Civil Society
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

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."