[ALAC] Multistakeholder Ethos Award Submission

Seun Ojedeji seun.ojedeji at gmail.com
Wed Mar 28 05:23:40 UTC 2018


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On Wed, Mar 28, 2018, 4:16 AM Alan Greenberg <alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca>

> As per the decision of the ALAC today, I have nominated Stephane Van
> Gelder for the Multistakeholder Ethos Award.
> Alan
> =====================
> 1. Demonstrated ability to work across community lines with both
> familiar and unfamiliar ICANN Stakeholders with the aim of consensus
> building and collaboration that substantiate ICANN's multistakeholder
> model;
> >Stephane was the classic example someone who was from one particular
> >constituency within ICANN, but clearly believed that all voices must
> >be heard and given due consideration. The discussion and e-mail
> >traffic within At-Large and the ALAC discussing the possibility for
> >this submission was truly amazing. People who one would have thought
> >would have had no contact with Stephane all had stories of how they
> >collaborated with him in some way over the years.
> 2. Facilitator of dialogue and open discussion in a fair and
> collegial manner, through the spirit of collaboration as shown
> through empathy and demonstrating a sincere desire to engage with
> people from other backgrounds, cultures, and interests;
> >As Chair of the GNSO Counsel and later Chair of the Nominating
> >Committee, Stephane had ample opportunity to deal with difficult and
> >contentious situations. Based on the reports of all who have worked
> >with him in both environments, he tirelessly met the challenge with
> >his characteristic aplomb showing even-handedness, intelligence,
> >sensitivity, positive attitude and of course, humor.
> 3. Demonstrated additional devotional factors exhibited by time spent
> supporting ICANN's multistakeholder model and its overall
> effectiveness through volunteer service via working groups or committees.
> >Stephane served in a wide variety of roles in ICANN for almost 20
> >year. No matter how much one cares about the Internet and ICANN and
> >one's business interests, to do that for such a period of time
> >signals a very high level of devotion.
> The submission is being made in my capacity of Chair of the ALAC
> based on a formal decision of the ALAC.
> However, I would like to add a personal note. I do so with some
> concern, since as a past member of the Ethos Award Panel, I have
> questioned whether panelists should submit candidates (and several
> have over the years). This is an exceptional case. The submission was
> of course triggered by Stephane's untimely death yesterday. But there
> are few people in ICANN who I believe merit this award as much as
> Stephane did and does. I worked with Stephane when I was ALAC Liaison
> to the GNSO and he was Chair. His ability to make me feel a true part
> of the Council and not an interloper is something for which I am very
> grateful.
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