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I would like to add my name to the hat, and for those who don't know me I will add my formal bio:

"Dr. Rafid Fatani has a unique interdisciplinary background that has provided him with strong insights into the different layers of the Internet architecture and infrastructure, its constraints and the development of its various standards and applications. He is the founder and director of SASIconsult - a boutique Internet policy consultancy that offers an innovative portfolio of Internet related research and services.

After completing an Internet Engineering bachelor degree, he had the opportunity to explore the Internet from different perspectives including freedom of expression, privacy and intellectual property. His International Affairs masters dissertation was titled "The Global Governance of the Internet: Context, ICANNand the Case Study of the Alt Domain Name System Root and China". His genuine interest in Internet Governance was demonstrated in his Doctoral thesis titled "Governance of the Internet: Policy challenges, stakeholder interests and the importance of the state".

Currently a member of the At Large Advisory Committee at ICANN, Fatani has been extremely active in the global Internet policy scene and has built a strong reputation amongst peers. He has presented numerous papers to global audiences, and is a regular key contributor to the global debate. He has participated in seven annual United Nations (UN) Internet Governance Forums (IGF), as well as ICANN and UK Internet policy forums and conferences. As well as being the first Secretary to the UK IGF, Rafid worked for the IGF Secretariat in Geneva and has previously worked as a part time consultant for the Secretariat.

Beyond his roles with intergovernmental organisations, Fatani extended his expertise to different stakeholder groups including the Internet Society (ISOC) who appointed him an ISOC Ambassador for two years and an Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD) Fellow at the 2011 Technology Foresight Forum.

His current focus is on public policy surrounding the Internet, access policy, ICT for development, Internet empowerment mechanisms, and in being one of the younger participant in the global debate, Fatani has often had to give the youth a voice."

Nationality: Saudi Arabian

Stakeholder Group: Civil Society/Academia 
Region:  Asia-Pacific Group

Gender: Male

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Comment by Rafid A Y Fatani on November 21, 2013 at 7:38pm

After working for the IGF Secretariat serving the back-end process of the MAG, and having conducted a multi-disciplinary Ph.D. on Internet Governance (at the University of Exeter - UK), looking specifically at the IGF as a body, I believe I have the understanding to help significantly contribute to the MAG. I have worked extensively with different international charities and NGO's dealing with safeguarding young people on the Internet, and it remains something I am deeply committed to. If I have your vote, I remain committed to listening to the community and engaging in making sure those voices are heard.

But please if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask me!




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