Youth4IG Mentorship CLASS - 2020

We understand the feeling that youth can feel lost after their first few IG experiences or fellowships.  Youth4IG aims to connect and uplift youth in the Asia-Pacific region, and we welcome those wanting to become further engaged in internet governance through relationships with those who have experience and engaged in the area.

To help solve this problem, a number of our members formed a working group and developed the idea of a mentorship program for youth within the APAC region.  After several months of planning and discussion, we are excited to announce the details for our first-ever mentorship program!


Samiran Gupta

Samiran Gupta is the Head of India for ICANN.

Donna Austin

Donna Austin is the Senior Policy Manager at Neustar.


Mohammad Atif Aleem (TA)

Jasmine Ko (TA)

Mandy Chen (Co-CHAIR)

Jianne Soriano​ (Co-CHAIR)


Giang Nguyen

Jan Jacob Jansalin

Shradha Pandey

Seung Jae Lim

Babar Khan Akhunzada

YOUTH4IG mentorship program


We created the mentorship program to help newcomers to the IG space continue their journey after their first fellowship experience.  We are not trying to be the “one-stop-shop” for newcomers to IG, but we want to provide a follow-up program to fellows in the Asia-Pacific region and help them stay involved in the IG space.


After the initial application period closes, we will match mentors with mentees and provide more details about the specific mentorship process.


Since we are running mentorship program for the first time, we greatly value any comments and expect selected mentors and mentees to provide feedback about their experience in the program (during and at the conclusion of the program).

Key dates / deadlines

11 March 2020Open Online Application
27 March 2020Application Deadline
05 April 2020Result Announcement to Successful Participants
April 2020Orientation Webinar
May 2020Start
August 2020End

Who are we looking for?

Applicants to the Youth4IG membership program should meet the following requirements and agree with the following expectations before applying:

  • Interested in becoming more engaged in the IG community
  • be between the ages of 16 and 35
  • be a resident or national of an Asia-Pacific economy
  • already received/participated in at least one IG-related fellowship or program
  • Able to meet with a mentor for around one hour every 2 weeks for the duration of the two-month program
    • can be face-to-face if convenient, but will most likely be via teleconference
  • Willing to provide feedback to Youth4IG at the end of the program


We also expect mentors and mentees to exercise good judgment, but if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to reach out to a mentorship WG member so we can help. write to us at: [email protected]

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