IETF Mentoring Program

The goal of the IETF Mentoring Program is to match experienced IETF participants with newcomers in order to aid their integration into the IETF community through advice, help, and collected wisdom. The guidance provided by the mentors should speed up the time it takes for newcomers to become active, contributing members of the IETF.

Please note that this is separate from the ISOC Fellowship program.

To Become a Mentor:

A mentor plays the role of advisor, coach, teacher, and guide, providing the guidance needed to assist program participants in developing the skills needed to participate effectively within the IETF standards process. For more information on the skills required, please see the FAQ for potential mentors.

To sign up as a Mentor, please fill out the information at this link. If you have any questions, please send an email to

To Request a Mentor:

The Mentoring Program focuses on mentoring participants who are newcomers to the IETF, but is open to all. For more information, please review the FAQ for potential participants.

To request a mentor, please fill out information at the following link. If you have any questions, please send an email to

Regional Mentoring:

You may wish to contact mentors in your own region in addition to the IETF-wide mentoring team. These people may be able to provide assistance and guidance specific to your region.

We currently have the following people serving as regional mentors:

Dhruv Dhody:
Vinayak Hegde:

Latin America-
Christian O'Flaherty:
Alvaro Retana :

IETF 99 Mentor Program Schedule:

(coming soon)

Mentoring Coordinators

A selection of long-time IETF participants have volunteered to help coordinate the mentoring program. They are:

  • Nalini Elkins- Project Lead
  • Wesley Eddy
  • Dan Romascanu
  • Mike Ackermann
  • Marius Georgescu
  • Vinayak Hegde
  • Gabriel Montenegro
  • Gowri Visweswaran