By: Henri Wohlfarth
Report from the ISOC Fellowship Programme
As part of its long tradition of helping build technical capacity in less-developed countries, the Internet Society (ISOC) Fellowship to the IETF programme continues to bring technologists from developing regions to IETF meetings.
In March 2008, six Fellows attended IETF 71 in Philadelphia. ISOC covers the cost of attending the meeting and pairs each Fellow with an IETF veteran, who serves as their meeting mentor.
ISOC extends opportunities for organizations to become sponsors of this important programme. Sponsorship demonstrates a commitment to technical capacity building in less-developed regions and shows support for extending participation in the IETF to those in developing countries. It also creates opportunities to build contacts with technologists and potential regional leaders who are highly knowledgeable about conditions in developing countries. Those who are interested in becoming an ISOC Fellowship to the IETF sponsor should contact ISOC at email@example.com.
ISOC Fellows and Mentors at IETF 71 in Philadelphia
The Fellows attending IETF 71 came from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Kenya, and Pakistan. They included:
- Max Larson Henry (Haiti), Faculty Member, Faculte des Sciences, Universite d’Etat d’Haiti (mentor: Stephane Bortzmeyer, AFNIC)
- Mohibul Hasib Mahmud (Bangladesh), Manager, Network Routing, BRAC BDMail Network Ltd. (bracnet) (mentor: George Michaelson, APNIC)
- Dessalegn Mequanint Yehuala (Ethiopia), Lecturer/Researcher, Computer Science Department, Addis Ababa University (mentor: Dave Meyer, Cisco)
- Vincent Ngundi (Kenya), Technical Manager, Kenya Network Information Center (KeNIC) (mentor: Shane Kerr, Afilias)
- Mudivedu Shroff Rajesh (India), Network and Systems Administrator, Indian Institute of Science (mentor: Dave Knight, Afilias)
- Asim Zaheer (Pakistan), Mentor Graphics and part-time graduate student, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) (mentor: Hesham Soliman, Elevate Technologies)
Those interested in applying for Fellowship should review the programme overview.