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Human Rights 3 March 2014

Internet Society Fellows to IETF 89 — increasing the diversity of voices working on Internet standards development

Toral Cowieson
By Toral CowiesonFormer Head, Strategy & Impact Measurement

In 2006, the Internet Society introduced the Fellows to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) programme to increase the diversity of voices  and contributions to the standards development process.  Since then, the Internet Society Fellows to IETF programme has brought more than 175 technologists from 45+ countries to IETF meetings.

These competitive fellowships foster participation of technologists from developing and emerging economies to IETF meetings and working groups.  Typically attracting more than 10 applicants per available award, selected Fellows must also demonstrate how they will apply their learning back to their regions and local communities.

We applaud the ten Fellows selected for the IETF 89 meeting in London for their interest in contributing to Internet standards and the important work of the IETF.

Here is more about their experiences and interests:

Returning fellow Palanivelan Appanasamy currently works with Verizon R&D Labs as Distinguished MTS in India. IETF 89 will be his fourth IETF. He has extensive experience in Telecom and Networking, having previously worked with EMC, Cisco, Juniper, LucentTech and Motorola. His IETF contributions and interests are in the routing, security and transport areas.

First-time fellow Antonio Araujo is from Mérida, Venezuela.  He is a systems engineer and works as a software developer in CENDITEL, a Venezuelan National Development and Research Center for free and open technologies. Antonio is working on a Masters in Computer Science in Universidad de Los Andes in Mérida, Venezuela. He is particularly interested in helping IETF Working Groups (WG) as wpkops, tls and oauth.

Nabil Benamar is from Morocco and is involved with the work of some WGs and also non-WGs, namely the ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) group.  Nabil, a first-time fellow, is a professor of computer networks at the Moulay Ismail University in Meknes, Morocco. His main research topics are DTN, VANET, VDTN, IoT and IPv6. His blog,, acts as a hub for publication of his articles and projects, as well as debates with readers around the world and especially in the Arab region.

As an electronic engineer, Diego Dujovne has worked as a consultant for five years on telecom development and industrial instrumentation in Argentina. He then moved to INRIA Sophia Antipolis, where he developed an experimental methodology for wireless networks that led him to obtain a PhD in Informatics. He is currently researcher and professor at Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile. Diego’s main research and development topic is the Internet of Things, where he has been working since 1999. In 2013, Diego started to collaborate with the 6TiSCH WG, where he is currently editor of a draft. This is his second IETF.

Ana Hernandez graduated from the Universidad de Los Andes, Merida – Venezuela and is a Systems Engineer. A first-time fellow, she is working as a Consultant and Auditor of technological systems, infrastructure and IT operations at Deloitte. Her principal area of interest is Security Automation and Continuous Monitoring.

Sakaio Manoa, originally from Tuvalu, is a returning fellow and is currently studying at the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia for a Masters in Network System specializing in Security. His area of interest is the implementation of IPv6 for which he has been following IETF and the Deploy IPv6 for guidance and direction. 

Fabian Mejia is an Electronics and Telecommunications engineer from Escuela Politecnica Nacional (EPN) in Quito, Ecuador. He works for the association of Ecuadorian ISPs, AEPROVI, where he manages the national IXP, NAP.EC. He is a founding member of the IPv6 Task Force Ecuador ( and leads its activities. Fabian was also elected chair of LACNIC’s Regional Interconnection Forum.  His particular areas of interest are BGP routing and IPv6. 

Carlos Paparoni is currently a Systems Engineering student, with a specialization in Computer Systems in the Universidad de Los Andes in Merida, Venezuela working on his undergraduate thesis. His background involves web design and developing server/client side programming. His interests include the JSON, Web Security and IPv6 Working Groups.

Leaf Yeh is a first-time Fellow, but has attended the IETF on five occasions. He is interested in 6man, though his previous contributions to the IETF focused on the WGs of DHC, Softwires and Radext. Leaf is the author of RFC7037, and has worked for China Telecom Research Institute, Conexant Systems. Inc., ZTE Corp. and Huawei Technologies.

Dessalegn Yehuala is a returning fellow, and works for the Computer Science department of Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa University as Lecturer/Researcher. His research interests include Information Centric Networks, DTN (Delay Tolerant Networks), Multi-path tcp and AQM. He subscribes to four IETF working groups (ICNRG, ICCRG, multipathtcp and AQM).  

Congratulations to all of our IETF 89 Fellows. 


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Disclaimer: Viewpoints expressed in this post are those of the author and may or may not reflect official Internet Society positions.

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