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Next Generation Leaders Programme (NGL)

Fellowship to World Bank infoDev Global Forum

The Internet Society has expanded the Next Generation Leaders (NGL) programme to include a pilot fellowship to the forthcoming World Bank infoDev Global Forum on “Innovation & Technology Entrepreneurship”, to be held in Helsinki, Finland from 30 May to 3 June 2011.

The Internet Society’s Next Generation Leaders programme blends coursework, practical experience, and mentorship to help prepare young professionals from around the world to become the next generation of Internet technology, policy, and business leaders.

The addition of the World Bank infoDev Global Forum to the NGL curriculum deepens the overall programme and increases the opportunities for participants with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills.

The Global Forum is a biennial event. The focus in 2011 is on Mobile Applications,

As this is a pilot fellowship in 2011, the Internet Society invited former participants of its other NGL components to apply. The two successful applications were submitted by:

  • Dorcas Muthoni Gachari (Kenya) is an entrepreneur and computer scientist; CEO and founder of OPENWORLD Ltd, a leading e-Government and Business Technology Solutions firm in the Eastern Africa region. Ms Muthoni is also the founder of AfCHIX, a technical capacity building initiative for women in the region.
  • Fahd Batayneh (Jordan) is currently affiliated with Jordan’s National Information Technology Center, as a names and numbers specialist. Mr Batayneh is a member of the national steering committees responsible for deploying IPv6 and ENUM in Jordan, and part of the team that designed the policies and launch periods for Jordan’s IDN ccTLD (country code top-level domain) .alordon in Arabic.

More information about the World Bank infoDev Global Forum on “Innovation & Technology Entrepreneurship” is available on the Forum web site.