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ISOC Fellowships To The IETF Build Technical Leadership

The Internet Society (ISOC) has announced the names of those selected as Fellows to attend the next two Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) meetings.

As part of its long tradition of helping build technical capacity, ISOC provides a Fellowship program that enables technologists from developing regions to attend the IETF, while also pairing them with an experienced mentor to integrate their participation rapidly.

This fellowship round attracted 70 applications resulting in nine fellowships awarded. The Fellows come from nine different countries, including Ethiopia, Pakistan, Fiji, Tuvalu, Congo, Chile, Costa Rica, India, and Venezuela. Four Fellows will attend IETF 72 in Dublin, Ireland, from 27 July – 1 August 2008, and five Fellows will attend IETF 73, in Minneapolis, USA, from 16 – 21 November 2008.

“The ISOC Fellowships to the IETF are a key part of our work to help build technical leadership and participation in less developed countries,” says Karen Rose, ISOC’s Director of Education and
Programs. “The next billion users of the Internet will come predominantly from the developing world. The Fellowship program helps ensure that technical experts in these regions have the knowledge and experience needed to more fully participate in global Internet standards development.”

“ISOC is very pleased to acknowledge Afilias, Google, Intel, and Microsoft for their investment,” notes Drew Dvorshak, Senior Manager for Organisation Members. “The Fellowship is an important opportunity for business leaders to benefit from ISOC’s global resources by funding a unique and effective effort to develop the next generation of technologists. We are actively seeking additional Fellowship sponsors as the potential for this program is enormous and a key part of enabling the emergence of ‘the next billion’ users.”

The selected ISOC IETF Fellows are:

IETF 72, Dublin, Ireland

  • Tamrat Bayle, Ph.D. (Ethiopia) is an Assistant Professor at the College of Telecommunications & Information Technology, where he has been using IETF protocols in his varied research projects.
  • Hugo Salgado (Chile) is an application developer at NIC Chile (.CL) and is interested in Domain Name System Security Extensions and IPv6 issues after having previously followed the Cross Registry Information Service Protocol mailing lists.
  • Alejandro Acosta (Venezuela) is an Internetworking Coordinator for British Telecom. He has been following the IETF Discussion list for many years and is interested in the IPv6 Maintenance and TCP Maintenance & Minor Extensions working groups.
  • Kumar Saurabh (India) is currently a Senior Technical Leader at Sonus Networks. He has specific interest in the Session Initiation Protocol working group and had contributed to the Media Gateway Control working group for over four years.

IETF 73, Minneapolis, USA

  • Jean Philemon Kissangou (Congo) is currently employed by DRTVnet and has been following the IETF IPv6 working groups discussions for some time.
  • Hamid Mukhtar (Pakistan) is a graduate student at Ajou University (South Korea) and has co-authored an Internet Draft for the IPv6 over Low Power WPAN working group and also follows the Mobility Extensions for IPv6 working group mailing list.
  • Terry Rupeni (Fiji) is the Network Analyst at the University of the South Pacific where his work is closely aligned with the IETF working groups in the Internet and Routing areas.
  • Tenanoia Veronica Simona (Tuvalu) is employed by Tuvalu Telecommunication Corporation as an IT Manager. Her interests include the IP over Cable Data Network, Mobility Extensions for IPv6, and IP
    Telephony working groups.
  • Ing. Carlos A. Watson Carazo (Costa Rica) is interested in Domain Name System Operations, Multicast Security, and IPv6 Maintenance working groups as they directly impact his work at NIC Costa Rica (.CR).

ISOC is very pleased to acknowledge the corporate sponsorship from Afilias, Google, Intel, and Microsoft in support of these IETF Fellowships.

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