[At-Large] Fwd: Obituary Alain Berranger

Rinalia Abdul Rahim rinalia.abdulrahim at gmail.com
Fri Feb 7 11:27:30 UTC 2014

I knew Alain since his IDRC days.  I am saddened by this news. He was an
excellent colleague in promoting "ICT for Development" and was always
supportive of collaboration and public-interest initiatives in ICANN.  He
had remarkable energy and always sought ways to contribute.

Condolences to his family, Evan - I believe you are the chosen conduit.

Best regards,


On Fri, Feb 7, 2014 at 6:18 PM, Subrenat, Jean-Jacques <jjs at dyalog.net>wrote:

> Hello Evan,
> the Obituary is a vivid reminder of Alain, his values, achievements, and
> style.
> On a personal note, it's thanks to you Evan, and Rinalia, that I met
> Alain. This was to prepare the NPOC public session on the "Making ICANN
> Relevant, Responsive and Respected" (ALAC White Paper, R3), which gave rise
> to an interesting debate. On that occasion, I had appreciated Alain's focus
> on the public interest, as well as his curious and open mind.
> Please convey my condolences to Alain's family.
> Best regards,
> Jean-Jacques.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Evan Leibovitch" <evan at telly.org>
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> Sent: Vendredi 7 Février 2014 13:12:26
> Subject: [At-Large] Fwd: Obituary Alain Berranger
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> From: marie-laure Lemineur <mllemineur at gmail.com>
> Date: 6 February 2014 23:14
> Subject: Obituary Alain Berranger
> To: NCSG-DISCUSS at listserv.syr.edu
> Alain Berranger sadly passed away shortly before Christmas 2013 after a
> long illness.
> Within the GNSO he was better known as being the first elected Chair of
> ICANN's Not-For-Profit Operational Concerns Constituency (NPOC) from 2011
> when the Constituency was first formed, after ICANN 41 in Singapore, until
> July 2013. He was originally appointed as the Acting Vice-Chair in 2011,
> and later won the Constituency's first elections.
> He rose to the challenge successfully.  Today, NPOC is what it is because
> of Alain's continuous effort to strengthen the Constituency. He truly
> believed in the key role Not-for-Profits should and could play in the GNSO
> and the ICANN ecosystem as a whole. He strove to strengthen its Executive
> Committee by recruiting new members and constantly encouraged them to
> contribute to the policy issues at hand. His commitment to the NPOC mission
> was reflected through the numerous Working Groups he joined and actively
> participated in while he was Chair.
> His professional achievements outside the GNSO are numerous.  After
> completing his Bachelors degree, he joined Noranda Inc. and then worked for
> Touche Ross Daihatsu, Tecsult, as well as for Dominion Bridge. Alain served
> as Vice Chair of the Executive Committee at the Global Knowledge
> Partnership foundation from 2009 to 2011, moving on to become a member of
> the Board. He was an Executive-in-residence at Schulich School of Business
> at York University in Toronto. Alain also filled the position of Vice Chair
> of the Canadian Foundation for the Americas for two years and from 1996 to
> 2006 he acted as Director of Partnerships and Business Development for the
> International Development Research Center of the Canadian Government.
> Much of his career was focused on international development. To that
> intent, he worked with aid agencies, management and engineering consulting
> firms, as well as with the private sector. He travelled extensively,
> undertaking assignments for Expedia in Mexico, Microsoft, the Omar Dengo
> Foundation and the CRUSA Foundation both in Costa Rica, UNDP in Egypt and
> Vietnam, the Chasquinet Foundation in Ecuador. He conducted training in
> strategic partnering and resource mobilization for civil society,
> foundations, government and development agencies.
> Whilst we deeply mourn his passing, we should remember that Alain gave us
> numerous reasons to be grateful and to celebrate his life. Alain was
> unique. He was at home on a Golf course, spending a lot of time spinning
> the balls and spinning the wheels of business, but he was equally at home
> everywhere in the world where those passed by economic developments needed
> support to get economic development going. As a pioneer, he bridged worlds,
> bravely he often performed tight rope acts to unite what seemingly did not
> belong together. To us he was always a reliable colleague whose friendship
> has made us better people and the world we inhabit a better place to be.
> Alain loved life and he loved to enjoy everything on offer but what made
> him so important was that he was equally prepared to put in the hard work
> that after completion makes achievements even sweeter. Alain has left his
> mark with everything he did. It remains for us to honor his life by
> continuing his legacy by taking what his life has taught us and to move
> forward with his spirit on our side.
> --
> Evan Leibovitch
> Toronto Canada
> Em: evan at telly dot org
> Sk: evanleibovitch
> Tw: el56
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