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Dr. Tarek Kamel Award for Capacity Building


The Dr. Tarek Kamel Award for Capacity Building was established in honor of the late Dr. Tarek Kamel, an internet pioneer known for his contributions to global internet governance. At the time of his passing, Tarek Kamel was ICANN's Senior Advisor to the President and Senior Vice President for Government and Intergovernmental Organization Engagement. In this role, Tarek spearheaded ICANN org's efforts to build stronger relationships with governments, ministries, and IGOs on Internet governance issues. Tarek was passionate about the multistakeholder approach to building one strong, stable, and interoperable Internet for all people across the globe.

The annual Dr. Tarek Kamel Award for Capacity Building recognizes ICANN community members for significant efforts in developing capacity in areas related to ICANN's Mission. The award is presented at the welcome ceremony of the ICANN Annual General Meeting.

A list of past recipients of this award can be found here.


ICANN Community members with at least five years of active participation will be considered for this award.

Selection Criteria

The ideal recipient will have at least five years of:

  1. Significant contributions to national, regional, or global capacity-building programs related to ICANN's Mission.
  2. Developing capacity-building programs that positively influenced the multistakeholder model and diversified participation at ICANN.

A cross-functional ICANN org review panel will consider the nominations in light of the criteria and recommend a short list of nominees to the ICANN Board. The ICANN Board will evaluate the short list of candidates and make the selection.


  • Any ICANN community member or an ICANN community group (e.g., a Supporting Organization (SO), Advisory Committee (AC), or a constituent group of either an SO or an AC) may submit a nomination.
  • All nominations must be submitted via a nomination form.
  • All nominations must include detailed information, and documentation where applicable, about why the nominee meets the award criteria.
  • Self-nominations are not allowed.


Please note that there is a recognition effort called "Tarek Kamel Fellowship Recognition," which is integrated into the existing Fellowship Program and separate from the Dr. Tarek Kamel Award for Capacity Building.

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