IPv6 Lifetime Achievement Award to Latif LADID

RESTON, Va.--()--Latif LADID has been presented with the IPv6 Life Time Achievement Award at the Gala dinner of the IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things with a laudation delivered by Christine Maxwell and Vint Cerf (by video).

Christine Maxwell delivered this laudation:

“It was already clear in the mid 1990’s after the World Wide Web exploded the commercialization of the Internet, that far more addresses would be needed to connect devices than the IPv4 address space had available. But most everyone continued to play a waiting game – but not Latif Ladid!

Latif became a proponent of the modern IPv6 Internet at a time when IPv6 was largely ignored. Latif has spent countless hours over many years ensuring that our world moves forward in the deployment efforts of IPv6. Today, the steady drumbeat for adoption has finally reached a point of visible traction. As Vint Cerf observes, “His patience and persistence mark a modern milestone in Internet history.”

Latif took up the cause of IPv6 when it was certainly not viewed as a “sexy thing to be spending time on.” The growing adoption rate of IPv6 today is in large part due to his single-minded efforts to promote the vital importance of IPv6 –to all countries in the world. He introduced the v6 opportunity to developing countries from day one. Believing profoundly that the Internet is for Everyone, Latif took that ‘Internet Society motto and expanded it to include “IPv6 is for everyone.” By introducing IPv6 to developing countries from early on, he has contributed greatly to adoption levels of this vital protocol. (He has created multiple IPv6 Task Forces, IPv6 Forums and organized IPv6 Summits in so many far-flung countries. Examples countries are Peru, Luxemburg, France, China, Taiwan, India, Algeria, Egypt, the Gulf and Saudi Arabia.

When the IPv6 Forum membership was polled for words that come to mind when thinking of Latif, this image best represents Latif’s personal global impact:

Phrases that come to mind include – but are NOT limited to:

  • Beyond the Call of Duty!
  • an inspirational leader
  • a colossus of unimaginable character
  • The Iron Hand in the Velvet Glove
  • earned the status of IPv6 General-Commander!
  • A dedicated, tireless and tenacious driver of the IPv6 mission

Latif is not only a gifted intellectual, he is an inspirational leader, who went and garnered support from the IETF IPv6 Working Group and the IPv6 Deployment Initiative, to found the IPv6Forum in May of 1999. Today, the IPv6 Forum continues to flourish under his leadership and drive.

Latif has meticulously served humanity in the Technology Domain Latif has tirelessly driven the IPv6 Forum’s mission with dedication and great tenacity. He had the vision to create and then oversee the development of a world-renowned IPv6 testing program, in which he brought together laboratories to unify and strengthen the IPv6 community. This was an amazing accomplishment as the IPv6 Logo program is still active and successful today - driving conformance, professionalism and interoperable solutions.

He has managed to lift the need of IPv6 to a “MUST HAVE” by inspiring many millions of minds with his rare intellect, hard work, wit and baby-faced smile!

Tonight, on behalf of the entire membership of the IPv6 Forum. This Lifetime Achievement Award given to Latif Ladid, is in recognition of the significant achievements and hard work he has put in over the past 20 years to push and evangelize for the take-up of IPv6 deployment worldwide: A cause far greater than his own self-interests. At the same time, Latif has shown himself to be a fabulous role model for aspiring young technical Internauts who want to make a difference in this tough world we all call ‘home.’

Someone who would be particularly proud to be with us tonight, would be the former CTO of the Ipv6 Forum, Jim Bound, winner of the IPV6 Internet Pioneer Award, who’s own pioneering efforts to seed the growth of IPv6 is much missed since he so sadly passed away back in 2009. Latif, we are truly amazed to see how far IPv6 has come with your extraordinary evangelizing efforts. We salute you and wish you many more decades in pushing the Internet envelope for the good of us all. You have indeed, as Robert Frost wrote in a famous poem,

"taken the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”

The laudation videos can be seen on Google drive:

Vint Cerf: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9YJl1YpmG6WaElnV1BLMmlWRjg/view

Christine Maxwell: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_SshKyELa6qQ1VZYzJhN19LUEE/view

Award: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9YJl1YpmG6WMmFHVUdpb0ZuU0U

Award Committee:

Sures Ramadass, Chair, IPv6 Forum Malaysia
Mike Singh, Chair, IPv6 Council, Caribbean Basin & Guianas Region
Chris Uwaje, co-Chair, Nigerian IPv6 Council
Yanick Pouffary, Chair, IPv6 Ready Logo Programs
Christine Maxwell, IPv6 Forum Fellow
Rosa Delgado, President, IPv6 Council Peru
Itidal Hasoon, President, UAE IPv6 Forum
Satyen Gupta, Advisory Board, India IPv6 Forum
Lawrence Hughes, co-Chair, IPv6 Forum Singapore
Michael Biber, Chair, IPv6 Forum Australia and Asia Pacific
Sebastien Ziegler, Chair, IoT Forum
Victor Tang co-Chair, IPv6 Forum Singapore
Limor Schafman, Honorary Chair, IPv6 Forum Israel
Vint Cerf (supported by), Honorary Chair, IPv6 Forum, father of the Internet, VP, Google.


For IPv6 Forum
Mara Bernazzani, +1-603-862-0901
Communications Coordinator

Release Summary

Latif Ladid was presented with the IPv6 Life Time Achievement Award at the Gala dinner of the IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things with a laudation delivered by Christine Maxwell and Vint Cerf.

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For IPv6 Forum
Mara Bernazzani, +1-603-862-0901
Communications Coordinator