ICANN 55 | Fellowship

It was my first ICANN meeting as fellow, the fellowship program is really helpful in understanding the multi stakeholder paradigm and its activities. The coaches and guides, alumni members are always there for your queries and let you introduce you to your area of Interest. Before the meeting, the coaches prepare us for the meetings. The wealth of experience and knowledge they share, given me ample understanding of ICANN universe. I am really thankful to Osama Tamimi for his continuous support and guidance throughout the fellowship program.

Having Osama as our coach was really a gluing factor for all of us. He was there for any help and guidance. My team members Hasim and Shabbir was really great guys and I enjoyed being part of this team.

The fellows are supposed to attend mandatory sessions and they can choose session of their area of Interest in between. The mandatory sessions are designed to provide ample opportunity to understand working groups and network with the chairs and fellow members. We are exposed to the core of ICANN and they responded to any query we asked, that really help in getting closer into the community.

My ICANN trip started with a baggage loss at the Marrakech Airport, and I came to know, there were three fellows, including me. We reported the matter to Jeannie and all credit goes to her. She arranged our transportation from ICANN venue hotel for baggage pickup, talked with hotel staff and taking time out of her hectic schedules. Thanks Jeannie for all your help.

I had some theoretical idea about ICANN structure and how the various groups work together in a multi stakeholder paradigm. How ICANN maintains, operates as well as take policy decision for critical Internet resources. These pre-meetings has been one of biggest starting point, or I may say ignition points to relate my area of expertise with ICANN area of work and network with fellow people. Their presentations given me the opportunity to know how to get started.

It helped clarifying many doubts and misconceptions and empowered to talk to the leaders and share views. Its pre meetings which got this answer – Where I feet inside ICANN ecosystem?

It was really awesome meeting you Dustin and ICANNWiKi team. We are collaborating with ICANNWIKI and will be promoting the platform to the student and professional community in India.

The first day 06/03/2016, started with fellowship welcome session and I attended Newcomer ICANN Overview Day, followed by high tea with Indian Delegates and fellows Photoshoot and Social Networking event. I met with all fellows and shared views. ICANN Overview session was an eye opener.


The second day was one full day with DNS, DNSSEC, Root Servers, DNS Anycast, D-Dos Attacks, KNOT Resolvers and many more. Learning and experiencing technology marvels that drive our Internet. My favourite ICANN day ended with a warm handshake with Fadi. Met with RSSAC members.


Third day was a bit experimental day for me. I was getting exposed to multiple dimensions which is somehow related to me, to get an exposer. Networked a lot. In APAC space had a talk for IDN emails. Had a talk with ICANN review team also. Edited my page at ICANN wiki booth. Some of the sessions I attended, Fellowship Morning Meeting, Registrar Stakeholder Group Meet, APAC Space, GAC Meeting, then edited my ICANN Wiki Page. Edited ICANN Wiki followed by fellowship Afternoon Session

My forth day, a full day with DNSSec for Experts. I will recommend this DNSSEC workshop for those who are working with DNS and DNSSEC implementations, great resource. Really enjoyed and I researched more on RSSAC and SSAC activities.

It was closing day for our fellow program. Like everyone, I shared my views and it really feel amazing being part of this family and contribute towards this global medium of communication.


Checkout my Flickr ICANN 55 Snaps.

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Anand Raje

A technology entrepreneur and experience in tech innovations and implementations. Designed and implemented citizen-centric G2C e-governance Projects for Land Records and Revenue, Commercial Taxes. Implemented Data Mining, GIS algorithms, PKI infrastructure, Digital Signature and Cryptographic algorithms for state wide large e-governance projects.

An experienced Network Security trainer with wide international exposure across technology forums. Holds a Master of Computer Science Degree & multiple IT, Network security & Privacy certifications- DSCI DCPLA, CSSP, CCNSP. A ISOC Next Generations Leader and fellowships recipient from ISOC for IETF, Global INET & AfPIF, ICANN & APSIG.

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