[ALAC] Fwd: ICANN News Alert -- Ramanou Biaou Honored with 2020 Dr. Tarek Kamel Award for Capacity Building

Maureen Hilyard maureen.hilyard at gmail.com
Mon Oct 19 17:53:26 UTC 2020

Congratulations Ramanou!!

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*Ramanou Biaou Honored with 2020 Dr. Tarek Kamel Award for Capacity
Building <https://newsalerts.icann.org/HC002020NgR87E00P2R00kd>*

19 October 2020

LOS ANGELES – 19 October 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names
and Numbers (ICANN) is honored to announce the first recipient of the 2020
Dr. Tarek Kamel Award for Capacity Building is Ramanou Biaou.

The ICANN Board recognizes Biaou's commitment to local and regional
capacity-building programs in his home country of Benin as well as across
Africa. He has worked to improve the technical skills of women in Africa
and encouraged their participation in endeavors related to the Internet and
Domain Name System (DNS). Through his efforts, the diversity and number of
new ICANN community members increased.

Since 2018, Biaou has been the President of the Internet Society, Benin
Chapter. He introduced a program to enable local community members'
participation in meetings with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF),
the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), and ICANN. Biaou is active in the
African Regional At-Large Organization (AFRALO) at ICANN and also serves as
a member of the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) Caucus.

ICANN first introduced
<https://newsalerts.icann.org/JR2PC20l2E0NS780dg00000> the Dr. Tarek Kamel
Award for Capacity Building in January 2020 to honor members of the ICANN
community who have contributed significantly to national, regional, or
global capacity-development programs related to ICANN's mission. This 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, Dr. Kamel was ICANN's Senior Advisor to the President and
Senior Vice President for Government and Intergovernmental Organization

You can watch an interview with Ramanou Biaou and learn more about the
award here <https://newsalerts.icann.org/c00022gC0PNR02dET08m700>.

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. This
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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