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ICANN78 Fellowship Program Participants – 2023 Hybrid Annual General Meeting

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Name Country or region of residence Working sector and/or area of interest
Abdirashid Ibrahim Abdirahman Somalia Academia, Civil Society, Intellectual Property (Participated Virtually)
Adebunmi Akinbo Nigeria

Civil Society

Recipient of Paul Muchene Fellowship Award

Ankhzaya Tseden Mongolia ccTLD Operations
Athanase Bahizire Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Academia, Civil Society, Technical, Security (Participated Virtually)
Barkha Manral India Technical
Bibek Silwal Nepal Civil Society, Internet End User
Chuma Akana United States of America Academia, Business and Commerce, ICANN Contracted Party
Cristina Mercedez Arrieta Gonzalez Puerto Rico Academia, Business and Commerce, Civil Society
Edwin Sandys Fiji ccTLD Operations, Technical, Security
El-Hoima Barthelus United States of America Academia, Civil Society, Intellectual Property, Technical
Elif Güldüz Gürel Türkiye, Republic of ccTLD Operations, Intellectual Property
Eunice Alejandra Perez Coello Mexico


Recipient of Tarek Kamel Fellowship Recognition

Gerardo Martinez Hernandez Mexico Academia, Civil Society, Internet End User
Hannah Frank Argentina Academia, Civil Society, Internet End User
Houda Chihi Tunisia Internet service providers and connectivity providers
Jelena Suh Serbia Academia, Internet Service Providers and Connectivity Providers, Technical
Jemesa Robarobalevu Fiji ccTLD Operations, ICANN Contracted Party, Technical, Security
Jesse Nathan Kalange Uganda Academia, Civil Society, Security
Joel Naoki Ernesto Christoph Italy Academia, Civil Society, Internet End User
Letitia Adeline Masaea Solomon Islands Civil Society, Technical, Security
Lourdes Leon Peru Civil Society, Intellectual Property
Marianna Kaninets Ukraine Internet Service Providers and Connectivity Providers
Maud Adjeley Ashong Elliot Ghana Academia, Civil Society, Technical
Naima Awan Pakistan Academia, Civil Society, Internet End User
Nancy Wachira Canada Technical, Security
Neli Odishvili Georgia Academia, Civil Society, Security
Norman Angel Agong Uganda Academia, Civil Society, Technical (Participated Virtually)
Norman Warput Vanuatu Business and Commerce, ccTLD Operations
Noveck Gowandan Trinidad and Tobago Civil Society, Technical, Security
Oscar Giudice Uruguay Academia, Technical, Security
Paulo Marcos Gampel Drewiacki Brazil ccTLD Operations, ICANN Contracted Party
Phyo Thiri Lwin Myanmar, Republic of the Union of Civil Society, Internet End User (Participated Virtually)
Romia Lasmin United Kingdom Business and Commerce, ICANN Contracted Party, Intellectual Property
Sara Ali Ahmed Mohamed Sudan Civil Society, Internet Service Providers and Connectivity Providers (Participated Virtually)
Sarai Faleupolu Tevita Samoa Academia, Technical, Security
Shita Laksmi Indonesia Academia, Civil Society
Tamas Leval Hungary Academia
Tidjani Mahamat Adoum Chad, Republic of ccTLD Operations, Internet Service Providers and Connectivity Providers, Technical
Tracy Johnson New Zealand Business and Commerce, ccTLD operations, Internet service providers and connectivity providers, Security
Vesmira Harutyunyan Armenia Civil Society, Internet End User

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


  • Jenifer López – ccNSO
  • Arinola Akinyemi – GNSO
  • Laxmi Prasad Yadav – GAC
  • Abdulkarim Oloyede – RSSAC
  • Shreedeep Rayamajhi – 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."