Nomination Opens for Dr. Tarek Kamel Award for Capacity Building

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LOS ANGELES – 20 July 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) opened a one-month nomination period for the Dr. Tarek Kamel Award for Capacity Building.

ICANN first introduced the Dr. Tarek Kamel Award for Capacity Building in January to recognize ICANN community members for significant efforts in developing capacity in areas related to ICANN’s Mission. The award was established in honor of the late Dr. Tarek Kamel, an Internet pioneer known for his contributions to global Internet governance. At the time of his passing, Kamel was ICANN’s Senior Advisor to the President and Senior Vice President for Government and Intergovernmental Organization Engagement.

This annual award will be awarded to one individual during ICANN’s Annual General Meeting, held in the fourth quarter each year. The ideal recipient will have at least five years of:

  • Significant contributions to national, regional, or global capacity-building programs related to ICANN’s Mission.
  • Developing capacity-building programs that positively influenced the multistakeholder model and diversified participation at ICANN.

In addition:

  • All nominations must include detailed information and documentation to demonstrate the nominee’s fulfilment of the award criteria.
  • Any ICANN community member or ICANN community group (e.g., Supporting Organization (SO), Advisory Committee (AC), or a SO/AC constituent group) may submit a nomination.
  • All nominations must be submitted via the nomination form.
  • Self-nominations are not allowed.

The ICANN Board will evaluate a shortlist of candidates. Please submit your nominations via this nomination form by 21 August 2020 23:59 UTC. Any additional information in support of nominations or questions about the award process may be submitted via email to

This year’s award recipient will be announced in October 2020 at ICANN69. For more information, please refer to ICANN Community Wiki.


ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

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