Buenos Aires, Argentina: ICANN is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s 2015 Multistakeholder Ethos award: Africa Internet pioneer Nii Quaynor and community leader Cheryl Langdon-Orr. The Award honors and recognizes members from the global Internet community who have demonstrated an incredible dedication to the multistakeholder model of Internet Governance. The two received their award during the opening ceremony of ICANN 53 in Buenos Aires.
Cheryl Langdon-Orr, based out of Australia, has served in numerous GNSO, CCNSO and ALAC Cross community working groups over the years.
“As I receive this – and I humbly receive this with great appreciation, I take this as a huge honor – I’d like each and every one of you volunteer people to look to your left, look to your right. Take this as your award as well because without this collaboration, without building consensus in a bottom-up way, we don’t function in a multistakeholder model,” said Langdon-Orr.
Nii Quaynor was recognized for his historical and current role in ICANN and the global Internet community. He was instrumental in establishing AFRINIC and AFNOG in Africa, and has been referred to as the father of the Internet in Africa for his unwavering commitment over the past two decades in pioneering Internet development and expansion on the continent.
“To me, this is a testimony that ICANN in its own way is international and open. Someone from the developing world can contribute and be recognized by his peers in ICANN,” said Quaynor.
Nii Quaynor and Cheryl Langdon-Orr both met the criteria in such distinctive ways that this year two Awards were given to recognize their outstanding work and commitment to the global Internet community.
Selected from amongst 16 nominees, the Community Evaluation Panel felt that they both demonstrated the spirit of collaboration with other community members on consensus building while proving their dedication to the ICANN multistakeholder model throughout the years.
The ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos award program was created in 2014 to recognize ICANN participants who have deeply invested in consensus-based solutions and the importance of ICANN’s multistakeholder model to Internet Governance.
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