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ICANN NextGen@ICANN Program Mentoring

ICANN NextGen@ICANN Program

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The NextGen@ICANN Program Mentoring process helps participants to prepare for the NextGen@ICANN experience and strengthens the relationship between NextGen and the ICANN community.

ICANN provides travel funding (including hotel accommodation and a stipend) for up to three SO/AC-appointed mentors to attend an ICANN Public Meeting as a NextGen@ICANN Program mentor.

Mentors support up to four NextGen@ICANN participants per meeting. Mentors will assist newcomers to become actively involved in the ICANN community and its policy development processes, working groups, and regional work.

Mentors are expected to devote considerable time to pre-meeting preparation with their mentees, to offer advice and networking support and regular check-ins on-site, and to complete evaluations following the meeting. Based on previous estimates, mentors spend about 40 hours during the six-week period in advance of the meeting and about 10 hours on-site at the ICANN meeting. For more information about the role of a mentor, see ICANN NextGen Program Mentoring Guidelines.

Current Mentors

Community Group Mentor
RSSAC Ali Hussain
ALAC Denise Alcantara Hochbaum
BC Imran Hossen


  1. Each Supporting Organization (SO) and Advisory Committee (ACs) is invited to nominate one individual each (for a total of 3) to serve in the capacity of mentor for the NextGen@ICANN Program.
  2. Mentors will serve for three (3) consecutive ICANN meetings.
  3. The role is open to all experienced community members; mentors are not required to have been involved previously with the NextGen@ICANN Program.

A call for mentors will be released each October as an announcement on, and SOs/ACs will have approximately two months to select a mentor. Self-nominations will not be considered; those interested should notify their SO/AC through the relevant channels. If a mentor needs to step down, their SO/AC will be invited to nominate a new mentor.

Mentees will evaluate their mentors following each meeting; in the case of multiple negative evaluations, the NextGen@ICANN Program Manager will consider appropriate follow-up actions and may request a replacement mentor from that SO/AC.

Important Links

NextGen@ICANN Program
More information about the ICANN Fellowship Program

Terms & Conditions
More information on the Program's Terms & Conditions

NextGen@ICANN Program Mentoring Guidelines
Check out FAQs about the Fellowship Program

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