Academic background: I hold a M.A. in Public Policy from American University, Washington DC. My focus was on Policy Analysis where core coursework was on policy research methods and analysis. I completed research and analytical papers on gender and ethnic disparities in STEM education in the United States and evaluated impacts of STEM funding in targeted school districts. Additionally, I completed course work in Brussels at the European Union on comparative governance structures. I also hold a B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina Central, USA.
Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG:
I am pleased to submit my application to attend the SSIG this July. I am enthusiastic about the wealth of information and networking opportunity that the course provides. My primary interest in SSIG is to really gain a broader perspective and a more in-depth understating of the aspects of the Internet?s governance in support of my current work portfolio and role as a policy advisor at the Internet Society. While some governments continue to challenge the veracity of the existing Internet governance structures in addressing some of the emerging issues, it remains a viable mechanism for stakeholders in the Internet‘s ecosystem to engage on these issues and find common solutions. More advocacy and education will be necessary on the value of sustaining such mechanisms in the years ahead in light of the policy challenges and constituent pressures governments confront. The SSIG experience will contribute tremendously to the advocacy component of my work. Additionally, SSIG facilitates engagement and information exchange with other participants. The SSIG environment models to some extent the Internet Governance for as such offers good practical experience as well. I appreciate the consideration of my application.