Internet Society Fellows to the IETF Increase Participation on a Global Scale

By: Mat Ford

Date: October 6, 2011

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Six members of an Internet Society Fellowship programme took part in the 81st meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). The Internet Society Fellows to the IETF programme, which operates under the aegis of the Internet Society’s Internet Leadership programme, began in 2006 and is today an established Internet Society activity. Through a competitive process, the Internet Society selects Fellows from a talented pool of applicants from around the world. Fellows infuse IETF meetings with their diverse experience and local expertise about how the Internet works in their communities.

“Since the inception of the Fellows to the IETF programme, the Internet Society has selected and supported 57 engineers from more than 25 developing and emerging economies,” said Toral Cowieson, senior director of Internet leadership at the Internet Society. “Having these engineers engaged in this critical standards work helps ensure representation of a broad range of viewpoints and the ongoing development of globally relevant and effective Internet standards.”

As in prior years, each first-time Fellow was assigned a mentor to assist them in networking with others with similar Internet technology interests and to advance specific standards work. These Fellows will continue to participate in the IETF’s standards development process and will bring back to their local communities the knowledge and expertise they gained from their IETF experience.

“We are also very excited about the caliber and diversity of Fellows that will be joining us at IETF 82 in Taipei, Taiwan,” continued Cowieson. “Of the 13 new and returning Fellows joining us, we’ll have representation from ten countries, all of whom will bring their unique perspective to the meeting.”
Caciano Machado  Amir Qayyum  Jeronimo Bezerra
Caciano Machado (Brazil)
Network Operator
Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul  Amir Qayyum (Pakistan)
Professor and Head of Electronic Engineering Department
M.A. Jinnah University, Islamabad  Jeronimo Bezerra (Brazil)
Returning Fellow
Network Analyst, Point of Presence of National Network of Research; Master’s Student
Federal University of Bahia
Richard Mikisa  Nestor Tiglao  Khoudia Gueye Sy
Richard Mikisa (Uganda)
Manager, IP Networks
Orange Uganda Limited  Nestor Tiglao (Philippines)
PhD student, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering INESC-ID/INOV
Technical University of Lisbon  Khoudia Gueye Sy (Senegal)
Returning Fellow
Head of Network and Internet Services
University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar

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This article was posted on 27 October 2011 .