ICANN Appoints Nitin Wali Senior Director of Stakeholder Engagement for South Asia

ICANN has appointed Nitin Wali, a 25-year veteran of the technology industry, as the Senior Director of Stakeholder Engagement for the South Asia region, covering Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka. For the last 18 months Wali has been Regional Director for GoDaddy Registry.

Wali joined ICANN on 7 November to serve as a key representative for ICANN in one of its most dynamic regions and manage the organisation’s relationship with key stakeholders in the aforementioned economies, all while using those relationships to both broaden and deepen overall stakeholder participation, according to an ICANN announcement.

“We are excited to have Nitin to oversee a region with one of the highest growth rates in terms of Internet users. We are confident that his breadth and depth of experience will be a great asset as we seek to advance one of ICANN’s goals of helping to bring the next billion users online,” said Jia-Rong Low, Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement and Managing Director of the Asia-Pacific region.

In his more than two decades in the technology industry, Wali has been closely associated with the ICANN community, having worked at organisations including GoDaddy, Neustar and Verisign. At GoDaddy, Wali was most recently responsible for engagement with in-region government, academia and industry stakeholders.

“I am happy to join the ICANN team and work closely with the stakeholders in this region. I hope to further the excellent work that’s already underway to help non-English speakers adopt the use of Internationalised Domain Names and help to pave the way for a multilingual Internet,” said Nitin Wali.

Wali holds degrees in engineering and business administration and is fluent in English, Hindi, Kashmiri, and Punjabi. He is based in New Delhi, India and reports to Low.

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