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ICANN Announces Appointment of Head of India

Singapore… ICANN has announced the appointment of Samiran Gupta as the new Head of India. In this role, Samiran will be the primary representative of ICANN in India and also be responsible for all stakeholder engagements.

Samiran left APCO Worldwide to join the fast growing ICANN APAC team.

"We are pleased to have Samiran on board. Establishing a local presence as part of our pan-regional strategy will help us to further our engagement efforts," said Kuek Yu-Chuang, ICANN's Vice President and Managing Director for Asia Pacific. "Samiran brings with him valuable experience to collaborate with stakeholders in India."

Samiran is a veteran in business strategy, economic, regulatory and political analysis. Prior to joining APCO, Samiran was a founder and managing director of a leading management consulting and business advisory practice known for working on distinctive projects for a range of corporations from Fortune 500 clients to top Indian businesses and mid-sized entities. In addition, he also has experience in government and regulatory affairs strategy for clients in sectors including telecom, entertainment, payment systems, e-commerce, social media, and energy and renewables.

"I'm excited to join the ICANN family and the Global Stakeholder Engagement team. And I look forward to working closely with the Indian community here to achieve greater representation and participation in Internet-related discussions," said Samiran Gupta.

Samiran has a Masters in Business Administration from St Joseph's University in Philadelphia, United States of America; and a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Calcutta, India.

He assumed his position on 22 September 2014 and is based in New Delhi, India. Samiran reports to Kuek and is contactable at samiran.gupta@icann.org.

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ICANN's mission is to ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet you have to type an address into your computer - a name or a number. That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN coordinates these unique identifiers across the world. Without that coordination we wouldn't have one global Internet. ICANN was formed in 1998. It is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet's unique identifiers. ICANN doesn't control content on the Internet. It cannot stop spam and it doesn't deal with access to the Internet. But through its coordination role of the Internet's naming system, it does have an important impact on the expansion and evolution of the Internet. For more information please visit: www.icann.org

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