ISOC Fellowship Program

By: Karen Rose

Date: May 27, 2007

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The five recipients of the Internet Society’s Fellowship to the IETF completed their participation in March, following IETF 68, which was held in Prague.

The fellows selected to participate in IETF 68 were chosen from among more than 80 well-qualified applicants from the developing world. Each fellow received full funding to travel to Prague and participate in IETF 68. In addition, each fellow was paired with a mentor from the community of experienced IETF participants.

Fellow Jimmy M. Kimanzi is network administrator with Swift Global in Kenya. He was mentored by Dave Meyer of Cisco Systems. Fellow Hichem Maalaoui is head of technical innovation and new projects at the Tunisian Internet Agency in Tunisia. His mentor was Hesham Soliman of Elevate Technologies.

Fellow Alberto F. Martinez is research assistant at Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico. He was mentored by Shane Kerr of the Internet Systems Consortium. Fellow R. Lakmal Silva is from Sri Lanka and is a graduate student at Blekinge Tekniska Högskola in Sweden. He was mentored by Patrik Fältström of Cisco. Originally from Pakistan, fellow Tariq Rahim Soomoro is assistant professor at the Fujairah Colleges in the United Arab Emirates. He was mentored by Harald Alvestrand, an engineer at Google.

Five Fellows will participate in the program at IETF 69 in Chicago.

In addition to those who served as mentors to the Fellows at IETF 68, ISOC would like to thank James Galvin, Jaap Akkerhuis, Alain Patrick Aina, Sanjaya, and Frederico Neves for their participation as part of the Fellowship application review and selection committee.

The next call for applications will be announced shortly after IETF 69. ISOC is extending an opportunity for organisations to become sponsors of the program. Details can be found in the Education section on