Last 4 August, as part of the activities organized within the framework of the Regional Internet Governance Forum of Latin America and the Caribbean (LACIGF) held in Mexico (3-4 August), Raul Echeberría was awarded with the LACNIC 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award for his contribution to the development of the Internet in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The judging panel for the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award was made up by Ben Petrazzini, Carolina Aguerre, Elgeline Martis, Ida Holz, Jesús Martínez, Rafael Ibarra, Rodrigo de la Parra and Selby Wilson. After a thorough and extensive process, the jurors decided that the winner of the 2015 Award would be Raul Echeberría.
Echeberría is a Uruguayan national who has played an active role in the development of the Latin American and Caribbean Internet community, particularly from his position as LACNIC’s CEO (2002 – 2014), but also through pioneering regional coordination and training spaces such as ENRED and WALC. Echeberría’s work at global level has also been outstanding: he served on the Internet Society Board of Trustees and was the first Latin American to chair this organ.
In addition, Echeberría has been one of the most active members of the Internet Governance community. He participated in the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) set up by the UN Secretary General and played a relevant role in the negotiations that led to the Tunis Summit agreement (2005). He was also part of the Internet Governance Forum Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) for seven years.
In recent years, he has been an advocate for the multistakeholder model and a promoter of the inclusion of Human Rights in Internet discussions.
Raul Echeberría has helped raise the region’s ability to influence the international Internet community. He has always advocated for the values on which the Internet was built: collaboration, openness, transparency, participation.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is an award to honor those individuals who have long devoted their efforts to the development of the Information Society within the region and whose achievements have set an example for the rest of the community. Since its creation in 2009, fifteen of these awards have been presented.