Part 3: Universal Acceptance initiatives around Africa and globally -lessons learned

This session took place on 26 August 2021. It focused on showcasing case studies of Universal Acceptance implementation and related discussions around the world. Please watch the recording below.

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About the panelists…


Chenai Chair

Chenai (@chenaichair) is the Special Advisor on Africa Mradi Innovation at Mozilla Foundation. She is an expert on the intersection of digital technology and gender. She has built her expertise with extensive experience in work that is focused on understanding the impact of technology in society through research and public policy assessment. Her work draws on principles of feminism in assessing digital technology. She has developed projects focused on privacy, data protection and AI as Mozilla 2019/2020 fellow – available on 


Abdalmonem Galila

Abdalmonem (@ygalila)  is the deputy manager of the .م ر ص (.masr) Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) country-code top-level domain (ccTLD) of Egypt. He is a strong supporter of Universal Acceptance as well as the use of the Arabic Script on the Internet. He has been a UA Ambassador since March 2018, helping to coordinate many regional sessions and trainings in Egypt, and he is also the UA Ambassadors Working Group Chair and Email Address Internationalization (EAI) Working Group Vice-Chair. Additionally, he is the Vice-Chair of the Middle East for the Task Force on Arabic Script Internationalized Domain Names (TF-AIDN), which focuses on the secure deployment and ease of use of Arabic IDNs. Galila also serves as the Universal Acceptance Senior Advisor for the Tanzania Community Network Alliance, helping to promote UA in academia. Galila is based in Cairo, Egypt.

Uffa Modey

Uffa (@Fafa416) is a postgraduate student at Nottingham Trent University where she is pursuing an MSc in Cybernetics and Communications Engineering. 
She is passionate about capacity building for young people from underrepresented communities to enable them to access the resources they require to become technology industry leaders globally and ultimately bridge the digital divide in ICT.

She is the co-founder and Global Lead at Digital Grassroots, an AFRINIC (the regional Internet registry for Africa) fellow, and an expert trainer/online course moderator on  Internet Governance at Internet Society. From 2019 – 2020, Uffa coordinated the Nigerian Youth Internet Governance Forum and she participates in the Insights Team at Mozilla as a Global Committee Member for publishing the annual Mozilla Internet Health Report.

Uffa has a B.Eng in Electrical & Electronics Engineering. Her areas of interest include software development, cloud computing, wireless communication networks, and internet governance.


Malick (@LickosA) is a CyberSecurity Analyst. His  daily routine consists of working on the Domain Name System, Web Development, Internet Network Measurement and Internet Security. He allocates  a large part of his  time to community service with the unique purpose of having an open Internet and safer access.  Malick is a Member of Internet Society- Benin Chapter,  ICANN Fellow and Universal Acceptance Ambassador from Benin.

Mark Datysgeld

Mark (  holds a BA and Master in International Relations, focused on Internet Governance and the impacts of technology on public and private policymaking. Mark is a member of the ICANN GNSO Council. Under the Governance Primer brand, he develops research and helps create strategies for transnational engagement with technology-related questions.