[NA-Discuss] Fwd: [ALAC] Fwd: ICANN News Alert -- Baher Esmat Appointed Managing Director for the Middle East and Africa (MEA) Regional Office

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*Baher Esmat Appointed Managing Director for the Middle East and Africa
(MEA) Regional Office

18 August 2020

ISTANBUL – 17 AUGUST 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and
Numbers (ICANN) today announced that Baher Esmat has been appointed
Managing Director for the Middle East and Africa (MEA) office in Istanbul,
Turkey. He is replacing Nick Tomasso who has served as Managing Director
for MEA since 2017 in addition to his role as Vice President, Global
Meeting Operations, in which he will continue to serve. Esmat is taking on
this responsibility in addition to his role as Vice President, Stakeholder
Engagement, Middle East, which he has held since 2012. Esmat will continue
to report to Sally Costerton, Senior Advisor to President & Senior Vice
President, Global Stakeholder Engagement.

Esmat joined ICANN in 2006 as Regional Manager, Global Partnerships, Middle
East. During his 14-year tenure at ICANN org, he has led the organization's
engagement efforts in the Middle East and overseen the development of
regional engagement plans.

In his new role, Esmat will be responsible for the day-to-day management of
the regional office in Istanbul. He will work with its functional teams to
facilitate engagement and outreach activities in the region and ensure that
the office serves the MEA region needs in alignment with ICANN's 2021-2025
strategic plan.

Prior to joining ICANN, Esmat worked in public and private organizations,
and led efforts to advance telecommunication infrastructure and Internet
services in Egypt and the Middle East. He began his career as a network
engineer and contributed to the introduction of the Internet in Egypt in
the 1990s. He also worked for Newbridge Networks and was part of its
regional pre-sales team developing technical solutions for telecom
operators and ISPs across the Middle East. He later joined the Ministry of
Communications and Information Technology of Egypt and led the planning of
key national infrastructure projects and Internet Governance related work.
He holds a Bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering
from Cairo University, and a Master's degree in Computer Science from the
American University in Cairo.

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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