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'''Walid Al-Saqaf''' is a journalistYemeni postdoc researcher with a B.Sc. in computer engineering and a PhD in media and communications. His research is mainly focused on ICTs and democracy. As a member of the technical and civil society community, he co-founded and currently chairs [http://isoc.ye ISOC-Yemen], the Yemen Chapter of [[ISOC]]. As an anti-censorship Arab activist, scholar, software developerhe started efforts to combat Internet censorship mainly through [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alkasir Alkasir], which is a solution he created to map and entrepreneurcircumvention web censorship. He has been the first [[http://ted.com TED]] Fellow from Yemen and is actively engaged in promoting Internet-related grassrouts initiatives through events such as [https://www.ted.com/tedx/events/6588 TEDxSanaa], which he created in 2012. Al-Saqaf became directly involved in Internet policy discussions when he was selected as a Lecturer member of Media and Comunication at Orebro University since May 2010 and is also the Chair [https://intgovforum.org/cms/component/jevents/icalrepeat.detail/2014/11/26/29/-/annual-meeting-of -the Yemen Chapter of [[ISOC]-arab-igf Arab IGF]MAG in 2012. Since then, he participated in several Internet-related global events such as the IGF, Stockholm Internet Forum, and the Cyber Dialogue Forum. <ref name="linkedin">[http://se.linkedin.com/pub/walid-al-saqaf/7/168/5a4 Walid Al-Saqaf, LinkedIn.com]</ref>
As of [[ICANN 52]] in Singapore, Al-Saqaf had attended three started his involvement in [[ICANN]] conferences, as well as IGF, SIF, and CDC. He is renowned in 2013 as a TED Senior Fellow and Senior fellow, and he has curator TEDxSanaa 2012 and 2013.<ref name="intake">ICANNWiki - ICANN 52 Intake Form, February 2015.</ref> Within [[ICANN]], Walid since then has been an active member of [[NCUC]] and currently coordinates the constituency's its membership affairs team.
'''ICANN Involvement:'''
* Participated as an [[ICANN Fellow]] in the [[ICANN 46]] meeting held in Beijing during 7-11 April 2013
* Participated as an [[ICANN Fellow]] in the [[ICANN 49]] meeting held in Singapore during 23-27 March 2014
* Was approved as the representative of ISOC-Yemen as an [[ALS|ICANN ALS]] in May 2014
* Appointed in December 2014 by the [[NCUC]] Executive Committee as the Coordinator of the Membership Affairs Team responsible for inreach engagement
* Participated as the Membership Affairs Team Coordinator of [[NCUC]] in the 2015 Non-Contracted Parties House ([[NCPH]]) meeting held in Washington, DC during 12-13 January 2015
* Participated as the Membership Affairs Team Coordinator of [[NCUC]] in the [[ICANN 52]] meeting held in Singapore during 8-12 February 2015
* Participated as the Membership Affairs Team Coordinator of [[NCUC]] in the 2015 Non-Contracted Parties House ([[NCPH]]) meeting held in Washington, DC during 12-13 January 2015
* Selected as an [[ICANN Fellow]] to participate in the [http://buenosaires53.icann.org/ ICANN 53] meeting to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina during June 21-25 June 2015
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