ICANN Community Excellence Award

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ICANN Community Excellence Award is an annual award that ICANN gives to community members "who have served in leadership roles in multiple ICANN working groups or committees and demonstrated collaboration with different supporting organizations and/or advisory committees."[1]


The Award was first given in 2014, at ICANN 50, in London. ICANN renamed the honor from the Multistakeholder Ethos Award to the Community Excellence Award in January 2020.[2]


Recipients have served in roles in multiple ICANN working groups or committees and collaborated with more than one Supporting Organizations and/or Advisory Committees. The recipients have participated in ICANN for at least five years. A panel of community members representing each SO/AC selects recipients annually. Nominees must have

  1. Demonstrated ability to work across community lines with ICANN Stakeholders toward consensus building;
  2. Facilitated dialogue in a fair, collegial manner, shown empathy and a sincere desire to engage with people from other backgrounds, cultures, and interests; and
  3. spent time supporting ICANN's multistakeholder model and its overall effectiveness through volunteer service.[3]

Past Awards

2014, ICANN 50, London

2015, ICANN 53, Buenos Aires

2016, ICANN 56, Helsinki

2017, ICANN 59, Johannesburg

2018, ICANN 62, Panama City

2019, ICANN 65, Marrakech

2020, ICANN 68, Kuala Lumpur

2021, ICANN 71, The Hague