[ALAC] Multistakeholder Ethos Award Submission

Hadia Abdelsalam Mokhtar EL miniawi Hadia at tra.gov.eg
Thu Mar 29 11:55:17 UTC 2018

Thank you Alan for that, I had the opportunity a couple of times to meet with Stephane in relation to the DNS industry in the Middle East, he was indeed a devoted and knowledgeable person.


Hadia Elminiawi (M.Sc.)
Director, DNS-Entrepreneurship Center
National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority 
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-----Original Message-----
From: ALAC [mailto:alac-bounces at atlarge-lists.icann.org] On Behalf Of Alan Greenberg
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 5:05 AM
Subject: [ALAC] Multistakeholder Ethos Award Submission

As per the decision of the ALAC today, I have nominated Stephane Van Gelder for the Multistakeholder Ethos Award.



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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