Ayden Férdeline

Policy, Advocacy, and Public Affairs

London, United Kingdom

I am currently supporting the Internet Society’s engagement in Internet governance discussions as a Global Public Policy Intern. I was recently elected to the Council of ICANN's Generic Names Supporting Organisation where I am serving a two year term representing non-commercial users and uses of the Domain Name System. Prior to this, I had been appointed to the Policy Committee of ICANN’s Non-Commercial Stakeholders Group. I was previously a researcher for the data and analytics group, YouGov, and edited a series of policy briefs on European audiovisual media regulation for the LSE Media Policy Project and the Centre for European Policy Studies. I have previously called Argentina, Australia, Canada and Indonesia home, among a few other places, but I am currently based in London, United Kingdom. I am looking for a new opportunity where I can track policy issues, facilitate engagement with key stakeholders, and take a project from concept through to completion.

Work Experience

  • Internet Society

    Global Public Policy Intern|Sep, 2017Current

    • Contributing to the development, coordination, and presentation of policy positions that support the Internet Society’s global Internet principles.
    • Craft high-quality written materials that broaden the Internet Society’s thought leadership in Internet policy, updating 19 policy briefs which were developed for an external audience.

    Councilor, Generic Names Supporting Organization|Oct, 2017Current

    • I was seated on the Council of ICANN's Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in November 2017. I am serving a two year term representing non-commercial users and uses of the Domain Name System.
    • The 21 members of the Council govern policy development in the GNSO for generic Top-Level Domains such as .com, .org, and .biz.
    • I actively participate in the regular affairs of the GNSO Council including, inter alia, attending its scheduled meetings, staying abreast of the technical and administrative agenda, engaging in relevant email and live discussions, reading minutes, evaluating reports, asking questions that foster learning, voting responsibly on all matters before the Council, and periodically reviewing the performance of the Chair and Vice-Chairs.

    Policy Committee Appointee, Non-Commercial Stakeholders Group|Dec, 2015Current

    • The Non-Commercial Stakeholders Group (NCSG) represents the interests and concerns of non-commercial Internet users and registrants in the development of global consensus policies which govern generic top-level domain names.
    • As an NCSG member I have attended ICANN meetings in Dublin, Marrakech, Helsinki, Hyderabad, Copenhagen, Johannesburg, and Abu Dhabi.
    • In addition, I have spoken at ICANN outreach and stakeholder engagement events in Brussels, Geneva, Guadalajara, London, and Reykjavik.
  • YouGov

    Researcher|Jan, 2015Sep, 2015

    London, United Kingdom

    • Write content and develop strategies to grow the iOS/Android app, YouGov Daily.
    • Mine and validate data to provide the company with insights into emerging trends, customer perceptions, brand positioning and possibilities for product innovation as YouGov considers a number of rapid international expansion projects.
    • Gather data both through desk research and telephone interviews with relevant stakeholders.
  • LSE Media Policy Project

    Research Assistant|Oct, 2014Sep, 2015

    London, United Kingdom

    • Write blog posts and conduct relevant research in the field of media and communications policy.
    • Develop a network of media policy stakeholders for the organisation.
    • Live tweet the proceedings of public hearings, conferences, and meetings.
    • Help organise meetings and workshops in London, Oxford, and in Brussels.
  • Colonias de Inmersion al Idioma

    Teaching Assistant|Feb, 2014Sep, 2014

    Rosario, Argentina

    • Gather materials and devise the curriculum for my daily lessons.
    • Organise school-wide events for students to display the cultural and linguistic knowledge that they gained from my placement.
  • TC Transcontinental

    Editorial Intern, Vancouver Magazine|Jan, 2011May, 2011

    Vancouver, Canada

    • Write short articles for the print magazine and our online content management system.
    • Fact check articles and conduct background research for staff writers.
    • Respond to reader queries and provide administrative support as needed.
    • Attend all editorial meetings and regularly pitch story ideas.


  • London School of Economics and Political Science

    Master of Science - Graduated with Distinction|Dec, 2015


    • Public Policy
    • Qualitative and Quantitative Research
    • Stakeholder Engagement
    • Strategic Communications
    • Political Acumen
    • Message Development
    • Grassroots Advocacy
    • Digital Campaigning
    • Report Writing and Editing
    • Project Management
    • Issue Tracking and Horizon Scanning