Bob Kahn is President and CEO of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), and is a supporter of both UNESCO and Americans for UNESCO. His wife, Patrice Lyons is a member of the Board of Directors of AU.
The award states:
Mr Robert Kahn played a key pioneering role in the development of the Internet. He laid the foundations of the TCP/IP protocol architecture, which is a standard operating feature of the Internet. CNRI is a non-profit organization that focuses on the strategic development of network-based information technologies and Kahn has continued to nurture the evolution of the Internet, steering the development of new standards.