Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

Staff Bios

Grace Abuhamad

Grace Abuhamad

Public Policy Manager

Grace graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in Middle Eastern Studies. Seeing technology at the center of transitions in the Middle East, Grace took an Internet Policy course at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which led to research experiences at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and TechNet in Washington, DC, as well as The GovLab at New York University. Grace joined ICANN in October 2013.

 

Nora Abusitta

VP, Public Responsibility Programs

Nora Abusitta-Ouri's career has been defined by a focus on international relations and public diplomacy. She has extensive experience in working with international organizations and governments in various capacities. Nora currently serves as Vice President for Public Responsibility Programs. The Public Responsibility Programs focus on ICANN's role as an enabler of growth in the DNS industry and related industries around the world.

 

Eleeza Agopian

Lead Researcher

Eleeza comes to ICANN with experience in international development leading programs supporting independent media in the former Soviet states and the Middle East from Washington, DC. Previous to her international development career, Eleeza worked as a local government and military reporter in Southern California.

Yan Agranonik

Yan Agranonik

Contractual Compliance Risk and Audit Manager

Yan is an internal auditor with 10 years of experience in risk assessment, financial and operational audits in engineering, construction and manufacturing industry. Yan has significant international experience developing and implementing ethics and compliance programs in more than 20 countries. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He is fluent in Russian.

 

Sawsan Aldawodi

Language Expert

 

Steve Allison

Steve Allison

Product Manager

Steve joined ICANN in 2013. As a member of the Online Community Services team, his responsibilities include working with internal and external stakeholders to successfully guide services from conception to launch and manage ongoing maintenance. Prior to working at ICANN, Steve served as an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton.

 

Kimberly Alston

Registrar Support Specialist

Kimberly joined ICANN in 2009. She is responsible for coordinating applications for accreditation (and renewals) for ICANN accredited Registrars.

 

Carlos Alvarez

Technical Engagement Sr. Manager

Carlos is a member of ICANN's Internet identifiers Security, Stability and Resiliency Team. His work is mainly focused in trust-based collaboration with worldwide cyber law enforcement and the operational security community, as well as in capacity building – training law enforcement, ccTLD administrators and other constituents involved in the operation or the security of the Internet identifiers.

 

Steve Antonoff

Steve Antonoff

Sr. Director, HR Operation Services

Steve Antonoff joined ICANN as Director of Human Resources in March 2007. In this capacity Steve is responsible for the global human capital activities of the organization with a particular emphasis on performance management, sourcing qualified individuals to join the ICANN team, and developing efficiencies in process and procedure.

 

Francisco Arias

Director, Technical Services

Francisco joined ICANN in July 2009 as Registry Technical Liaison and will utilize his technical and operational expertise to support service to ICANN's gTLD registry business partners.

 

Matt Ashtiani

Strategic Initiatives Manager

Matt graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a triple Bachelor of Arts in International Developmental Studies, Political Science, History and a minor in Middle Eastern/North African Studies. After his undergraduate career Matt moved to Dublin, Ireland where he completed his Masters of Philosophy in International Peace Studies with a specialty in International Relations from Trinity College Dublin.

In addition to English, Matt speaks fluent Farsi and some Spanish.

 

Akram Atallah

Akram Atallah

President, Global Domains Division

As the first President of ICANN's Global Domains Division, Akram Atallah oversees management of generic domain operations, domain name industry engagement and web services. His appointment in June 2013 acknowledged the rising importance of the organization's New gTLD Program that is increasing the Internet's top-level domain name space from 22 top-level domains like .COM and .ORG to potentially thousands more.

 

Yaovi Atohoun

Yaovi Atohoun

Stakeholder Engagement and Operations Manager, Africa

Yaovi Atohoun is an electrical engineer with more than twenty years work experience in Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

 

Amanda Baber

IANA Request Specialist II

Amanda Baber joined ICANN in November 2006. She processes requests from the IETF community and other stakeholders interested in protocol parameter registration. Amanda earned a bachelor's degree in English from Pomona College.

 

Christopher Bare

Christopher Bare

GDD Operations Manager

Chris joined ICANN in May 2012 and is part of the New gTLD Program team. He is a manager in the gTLD Customer Service Center and is responsible for supporting the Evaluation Panels in their review of New gTLD applications.

 

Connor Barthold

Network Security Engineer

Connor joined ICAAN in March 2013. As a Network Security Engineer, he is responsible for identifying security issues and implementing enterprise security solutions. When not engaged with security projects, Connor also assists the End User Support and IT Operations teams.

 

Fahd Batayneh

Fahd Batayneh

Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator – Middle East

Fahd joined ICANN in October 2013. Prior to ICANN, he held several positions within Jordan's National IT Center (NITC) last of which was managing both the ccTLD and IDN ccTLD of Jordan.

 

Josh Baulch

Josh Baulch

Meetings Technical Services Specialist

Josh Baulch has worked with ICANN as a consultant since March 2010 and in August 2013 joined the organization as a full-time employee. Josh's responsibilities include coordination of events with the meeting planners and perform technical support for meetings. Josh holds his BA in Theatre Arts, Technology and Design from Central Washington University.

 

Andrea Beccalli

Stakeholder Engagement Manager – Europe

Andrea joined ICANN in 2013. As a member of the Stakeholder Engagement Team, Andrea's responsibilities include working on ICANN's engagement with the European governments, Internet communities, the EU bodies, as well as the European-based IGOs.

 

Edward Beck

VP, Information Technology

Edward Beck joined ICANN in August 2012 as the Vice President of Information Technology. He is responsible for establishing long term Information Technology goals, policies and procedures while forging an enterprise wide technology roadmap for sustained growth and continuous improvement.

 

Laura Bengford

Senior Product Manager

 

Susanna Bennett

Susanna Wong Bennett

COO

Susanna Bennett was appointed Chief Operating Officer and joined ICANN on July 1, 2013. She brings to ICANN over 20 years of executive leadership experience from extensive operations roles with international public and private companies in the high-tech sector.

 

Geoff Bickers

Security Operations Director

(PGP Key) | Geoff joined ICANN in 2008 and manages the internal security functions for the corporation. He is responsible for overseeing information security, personnel and physical security and contributing to ICANN enterprise risk management.

 

Megan Bishop

Megan Bishop

Board Support Coordinator

Megan holds her BA in History from California State University, Northridge. Prior to working with ICANN, Megan was the Executive Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer/Chief Administrative Officer at the Simon Wiesenthal Center. She worked primarily in facilitating the progress of the new Museum of Tolerance now under construction in Jerusalem.

 

Amy Bivins

Registrar Policy Services Manager

 

Terry Blaser

Enterprise Applications Sr. Manager, Financial Systems

 

John Bond

DNS Operations Manager

 

Bart Boswinkel

Sr Director, ccNSO Policy Development Support

Bart started working for ICANN in October 2005 and currently serves as Sr Director, ccNSO Policy Development Support where he is responsible for working with the ccNSO on policy and related matters.

 

Michelle Bright

Board Support Content Manager

Michelle joined ICANN in July 2012 and is responsible for managing projects and activities for ICANN's Board of Directors. Prior to joining ICANN, Michelle served as a Managing Director at Prime Policy Group from 2009-2012 and Vice President at Timmons and Company from 2004-2009, two bipartisan lobbying firms in Washington, D.C.

 

Connie Brown

Contractual Compliance Specialist

Connie joined ICANN in October 2004 and serves as Contractual Compliance Specialist supporting the contract compliance and audit functions.

 

Duncan Burns

Duncan Burns

VP Global Communications

Duncan Burns is a seasoned communications expert who came to ICANN in May of 2013. He is responsible for all ICANN internal and external communications around the world.

 

Xavier Calvez

Xavier Calvez

Chief Financial Officer

Xavier Calvez joined ICANN in August 2011 as Chief Financial Officer. He brings to his position two decades of international experience in strategic planning, financial reporting, analysis and modeling and financial systems implementation. Prior to joining ICANN, he held progressive leadership positions in finance at Technicolor/Thomson Multimedia over a ten-year period, ultimately serving as CFO for Technicolor Creative Services.

 

Dongmei Cao

Senior Software Engineer

Dongmei joined ICANN in March 2010 as a member of the software development team. She is based in Palo Alto, California.

 

Gwen Carlson

Director, Global Domains Division Communication

Gwen joined ICANN in February 2014 and is responsible for the organization's Global Domains Division (GDD) communications activities. She is also a member of ICANN's Global Stakeholder Engagement (GSE) team. Gwen is a proven communications and strategic marketing professional with both agency and client-side experience at large multinational and start-up technology companies, as well as high-tech industry organizations.

 

Tony Carpenter

Administrative Assistant

Tony joined ICANN in 2012. His responsibilities include supporting the ICANN Staff and general administrative duties including shipping/receiving, purchasing, facilities, security support and reception/complaint processing (customer service). Prior to working for ICANN, Tony was employed by AppleOne and First Federal Bank of California.

 

Tiesha Carr

Staff Accountant, Accounts Payable

Tiesha joined ICANN as a Staff member in 2013. Prior to that time, Tiesha has been associated with ICANN as a contractor working with the Finance Team. Tiesha's responsibilities include providing direct support of vendor invoice processing and payment obligations.

 

Mandy Carver

Sr Director, Global Stakeholder Engagement

Mandy Carver (Kathryn A. Carver) joined ICANN as the Deputy General Manager for Global Partnerships in November 2006. Her specialties are multi-stakeholder decision making and conflict resolution.

 

Michael Cashin

Senior End User Support

Provides technical setup and assistance to staff in person and remotely.

 

Leticia Castillo-Sojo

Contractual Compliance Specialist

Spanish lawyer with 4 years of experience in international law and trade. Served as an intern at the Spanish Embassy in Algeria, capturing her experiences in various reports that were published nationwide by the Spanish Institute of Foreign Trade. Fluent in Spanish, English and French.

 

Joe Catapano

Joe Catapano

GSE North America Coordinator

Joe is part of ICANN's Global Stakeholder Engagement team, coordinating ICANN's engagement with regional stakeholders in the private sector, technical community, academia and public interest organizations. Joe works closely with the Communications and Policy teams to draft position papers and outreach materials to be used in furtherance of the GSE team's mission and objectives in North America.

 

Liane Champagne

Senior Product Manager

 

Steve Chan

Steve Chan

Sr. Policy Manager

Steve joined ICANN in February 2008 and serves as gTLD Process & Integration Manager where he is responsible for coordinating the processes for new and renewing gTLD applications.

 

Steve Chan

Dennis Chang

GDD Services Program Director

Dennis is responsible for identification, design, and direction of programs to serve key GDD stakeholders.

 

Tom Chard

Financial Analyst

Tom joined ICANN in April 2013. He is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University SLO with a focus in Financial Management.

 

Julia Charvolen

GAC Services Coordinator

 

Carlos Chavoya

Operations Specialist III

 

Matthew Childs

End User Support

Matt joined ICANN's End User Support team in May 2012. He attended the Computer Education Institute for computer network administration. Having lived in São Paulo, Brazil for two years, he speaks Portuguese fluently.

 

Linda Chin

Operations Manager, APAC

Linda joined ICANN in September 2013 and serves as an Operations Manager for Asia Pacific, leading the region in HR, Finance and Administration issues. She is based in the Asia Pacific Hub office in Singapore.

 

Chhun Chy

Web Development Coordinator

Chhun joined ICANN as a contractor in August 2009 and became a Staff member in late July 2012. Her duties include providing support for the three annual international ICANN Meetings, overseeing code updates, training contractors, and managing both static and dynamic content for ICANN's numerous websites.

 

David Closson

David Closson

Director of IT Operations

David joined ICANN in February of 2009 bringing 11 years of network, systems and NOC management experience from the Internet service provider and managed co-location industry.

 

James Cole

James Cole

Global Media Coordinator

As a Global Media Coordinator, James will assist the ICANN Communications team in interacting with journalists from around the world as they reach-out for assistance and/or comments on the wide-range of subjects in which ICANN is involved.

 

Tim Cole

Tim Cole

Senior Director, Registrar Relations

Tim Cole is Senior Director, Registrar Relations for ICANN. In that capacity he works in conjunction with the Director of Contract Compliance to review the operations of the gTLD domain name registrars. This involves promoting their compliance with ICANN

 

Steve Conte

Training Coordination Sr Manager

 

Carole Cornell

Carole Cornell

Sr. Director Business Intelligence and Program Management

Carole Cornell joined ICANN in November 2006 as the Director, Project Office. Her role is to create and maintain a uniform approach to project management; provide oversight for all projects, and serve as a change agent for continuous improvement through improved/enhanced methodologies. Carole brings over 25 years of diversified, multi-national and global experience in project management. Most recently Carole served as Vice President, Operations and in Business Development

 

Sally Costerton

Sally Costerton

Senior Advisor to the President — Global Stakeholder Engagement

Sally leads Stakeholder Engagement globally. She is one of Europe's most experienced communications consultants and has worked with large international companies for the past twenty years helping them to improve their relationships with their stakeholders. For the past six years she has been responsible for leading Europe's largest public relations firm Hill & Knowlton and has been the Chairman of the PRCA (Public Relations Consultants Association) since 2010.

 

Michelle S. Cotton

Manager, IANA Services

(PGP Key) | Michelle joined ICANN in 2000 and has served various roles, primarily focusing on IANA functions. Michelle currently serves as the Manager, IANA Services. In that capacity she develops and maintains working relationships with the IETF Community.

 

John L. Crain

Chief Security, Stability and Resiliency Officer

John is responsible for establishing strategy, planning and execution for ICANN's external Security, Stability and Resiliency programs. He works on a cross functional basis with the ICANN executive team, staff and the community to enable and enhance capabilities that improve the overall security, stability and resiliency of the Internet's Identifier Systems and

 

Mia Crampton

Mia Crampton

Internal Communications Manager

 

Melanie Cruz

Melanie Cruz

Meeting Planner

Melanie joined ICANN in 2012 as a Meeting Planner where she is involved in the planning and execution of ICANN's three annual meetings. She brings over seven years of experience in managing events and conferences in North America and abroad. Melanie holds a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley.

 

Pierre Dandjinou

VP, Stakeholder Engagement - Africa

Pierre joined ICANN in December 2012, as the VP for Africa. He coordinates implementation of ICANN's strategic plan for Africa and is responsible for outreach, support and engagement with all stakeholders, including governments, civil society and private sector in the Africa region.

 

Josh Daniel

Josh Daniel

Human Resources Senior Manager, Global Compensation

Josh joined ICANN in January 2014 and supports the development, implementation and ongoing management of compensation programs in support of ICANN's business strategies across the globe. Josh has 9+ years of experience working in compensation both as an external consultant and as an internal practitioner for global organizations.

 

Albert Daniels

Albert Daniels

Global Stakeholder Engagement Manager, The Caribbean

Albert joined ICANN in 2013. He is located in Saint Lucia and is a member of the GSE team. Albert's responsibilities include developing and executing the organization's strategic and tactical objectives in the region. Prior to working at ICANN, Albert served as an IT/IS Auditor & ICT Consultant at Creative Technology Solutions Limited (CTSL).

 

Alexandra Dans

Alexandra Dans

Latin America Communications Manager

Alexandra joined ICANN in 2013 and is based in ICANN's Engagement Center in Montevideo, Uruguay. She previously worked many years for LACNIC. Alexandra is the primary media contact for journalists across the region.

 

Nicole Davenport

Nicole Davenport

New gTLD Communication Manager

Nicole has been associated with ICANN as a contractor since 2012 and became ICANN Staff in 2013. As a member of the Communications Team, Nicole's responsibilities include synthesizing and distributing information about the New gTLD program to applicants, the community and for general interest.

 

Kim Davies

Director, Technical Services

Kim Davies joined ICANN as IANA Technical Liaison. His primary responsibilities are for DNS root zone management, and other domain name related aspects of IANA's work.

 

Joseph De Jesus

Travel Support Manager

Joseph is the primary contact for travel support for supported constituent and other travelers to ICANN meetings.

 

Rodrigo de la Parra

Rodrigo de la Parra

VP, Stakeholder Engagement - Latin America and the Caribbean

A leading voice and advocate for the multistakeholder Internet governance model in Latin America and the Caribbean, Rodrigo de la Parra is a Regional Vice President for ICANN. Based in Mexico City but frequently travelling through the region, Rodrigo is responsible for outreach, support and engagement with user groups, governments, private sector and civil society throughout the diverse region.

 

Glen de Saint Géry

Secretariat Services and Operations Manager, GNSO

Glen joined ICANN in 2003 and provides coordination and support for the activities of the GNSO as part of the policy development process.

 

Renate De Wulf

Executive Assistant

Renate joined ICANN in November 2012 as Executive Assistant to Sally Costerton and Tarek Kamel and is based in the Brussels office.

She holds a BA in History and Sociology/Anthropology from the University of Surrey and has received specialized assistant training and certification.

Renate has extensive executive assistant work experience and is fluent in English, French and Dutch.

 

Antony Declercq

Antony Declercq

Research Fellow

Antony joined ICANN in September 2013 as Research Fellow. He is located in New York City, where he works from the Governance Lab at NYU in support of the ICANN Strategy Panel on Multistakeholder Innovation.

Originally a Belgian citizen, he lived in China for 15 years before moving to New York City, and speaks fluent English, Chinese, and Dutch.

He holds a BA in Anthropology and Political Science from New York University.

 

Jonathan Denison

Contractual Compliance Specialist

Jonathan is a business professional with more than three years of experience in ICANN's Contractual Compliance. Before joining ICANN he held the position of content manager for several retail blogs and websites.

 

Aba Diakite

Aba Diakite

Business Intelligence Sr. Analyst

As Business Intelligence Sr. Analyst, Aba is responsible for the Business Intelligence function which will allow the organization to measure its performance and model how specific strategic and operational decisions are going to be executed.

He holds a Master degree in International Business and Finance from the University of Aix-Marseille (France).

Aba first joined ICANN Finance department in December 2006 where he was responsible for the forecasting, budgeting, financial reporting and analysis.

 

Greg DiBiase

Contractual Compliance Analyst

Attorney with experience in litigation and transactional law. Before attending law school, Greg worked as an account manager in the advertising industry.

 

John Diep

John Diep

Director of Quality Assurance

John is responsible for working closely with the technical and business staff to ensure tall projects and initiatives meet quality standards and provide the intended benefits to ICANN. He also provides leadership to the QA Team in the development and execution of clear , measurable quality criteria and test plans for all projects.

 

Jessie Doherty

Jessie Doherty

Chinese Language Expert and Head Interpreter

Jessie's association with ICANN began in October 2012, when she was contracted as a conference interpreter. Prior to working with ICANN, Jessie worked for 7 years in Beijing and Shanghai as an active translator and interpreter for numerous Fortune 500 companies, NGOs, IGOs, various levels of governments. She is certified by the American Translators Association as English into Chinese translator.

 

Jeff Dunn

Jeff Dunn

Online Education Specialist

Jeff Dunn is the Online Education Specialist at ICANN. He founded the world's largest education technology website, was the Communications Manager at Harvard Law School, and is an invited speaker at education events around the world.

 

Kyle Dunst

System Test Lead

Kyle joined the ICANN Quality Assurance Team as a Lead Test Engineer in January 2014. He is responsible for ensuring system quality standards are met through the execution of functional and automated testing. His experience ranges from operations management and consulting, and he holds a BA from UC Davis and an MBA from Loyola Marymount University.

Brandon Edwards

Brandon Edwards

Business Engagement Jr. Analyst – Utilization Enhancement

Brandon joined ICANN as an IT contractor in April 2012 and became an IT Business Engagement Staff member in April 2013. His duties include, business systems analysis, applications utilization enhancement, and process improvement. Brandon also assists with Quality Assurance, IT Business Engagement and Project Management.

 

Shea Edwards

Administrative Assistant Lead

 

Harel Efraim

Principal Software Engineer

Harel joined ICANN as a staff member in 2012 but has been providing services to ICANN since 2007. Located in Tel-Aviv, Israel, Harel serves as a member of the Online Community Services Team. He has his B.Sc. in Computer Science from Mercy College and also has training from the SELA Institute for Advanced Computer Studies in Tel-Aviv. He is proficient in Java, enterprise architecture and agile software development.

 

Samantha Eisner

Senior Counsel

Samantha Eisner is Senior Counsel to ICANN, joining the organization in February 2009. Prior to joining ICANN, Samantha was a litigation associate in the Antitrust and Competition Group at the international law firm Jones Day, advising clients on all aspects of antitrust law, and representing clients in both state and federal courts on antitrust matters and in other related complex corporate litigation suits.

 

Teresa Elias

Teresa Elias

Manager, Board Support Operations/Administration

Teresa Elias joined ICANN in August 2010 as the Executive Assistant to Rod Beckstrom, CEO. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and brings to ICANN over 20 years in state government, corporate, and non-profit C-level executive support experience. Most recently, she was the executive assistant to Symantec's corporate controller.

 

Jeannie Ellers

GSE Support Manager

Jeannie joined ICANN in May 2008 where she initially supported the Global Partnerships Team. Jeannie has moved to Washington DC where she supports the Government Affairs - Americas Team, provides support for the GAC, and provides administrative support in running the Washington DC facility.

 

Deborah Escalera

Deborah Escalera

Business Operations Analyst I

Deborah joined ICANN as a member of the gTLD Team on October 31st, 2011 as the Administrative Assistant for the team. She is now a Business Operations Analyst and is responsible for assisting with quality control efforts, tracking and reporting of data and communication with stakeholders, budget tracking, and the management of the internal requisition system for the gTLD department.

 

Baher Esmat

VP, Stakeholder Engagement - Middle East

Baher Esmat is a leading voice on Internet policy and regulatory issues in the Middle East. In his role as Vice President, he is part of the advance guard of Internet proponents for a free, open and affordable Internet within the Arab world.

 

Sandra Espinoza

Junior Staff Accountant – Accounts Receivable

 

 

Eric Evrard

End User Support, Brussels

Recently joined ICANN in the Brussels office. Belgian native he speaks French, Dutch and English. He held many positions in the IT Support within Large Scale companies in the Pharmaceutical and Finance Industry in Belgium. He is now in charge of End User Support.

 

Negar Farzinnia

Negar Farzinnia

Sr. Manager, GDD Operations

Negar Farzinnia joined ICANN in January 2014 in the capacity of Sr. Manager, GDD Operations.

Negar brings to her role over 10 years of management experience and a proven track record of strategic leadership and execution of complex infrastructure and technology initiatives across teams and organizations. Negar has received a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and is fluent in English and Farsi.

 

Sean Freeark

End User Support

 

Jean-Christopher Finidori

Customer Service Analyst II

Jean-Christopher joined ICANN in February 2012 and is part of the Customer Service team for the New gTLD program. He serves as Application Coordinator, based in the Brussels office.

JC has a consultancy background and wrote books published in French-speaking countries; including an Internet glossary and an award-winning book about e-Marketing. He holds a postgraduate degree in "Interactive Media" and a MSc. in "Organizational Behavior".

 

Cristina Flores

New gTLD Knowledge & Content Manager

Cristina Flores joined ICANN in October 2012, and is responsible for creating and managing content for the New gTLD Program. Cristina brings years of knowledge management and customer service experience to ICANN. She received a Bachelor of Arts in economics and history from the University of California, Los Angeles, and has lived in Chile, Guatemala, and Argentina.

 

Elise Gerich

VP, IANA and Technical Operations

Elise Gerich, a 21 year veteran of Internet networking, is the Vice President of IANA at ICANN.

 

Christopher Gift

Christopher Gift

VP, Online Community Services

Chris Gift joined ICANN in January 2013 and is responsible for all online services and web assets at ICANN. Chris joins ICANN with over 23 year's progressively responsible experience in start-up, mid-sized, and global 2000 corporations across a variety of industries.

 

Maira Gomez

Accounts Payable Specialist

 

Morgan Govaars

Customer Service Analyst I

Morgan joined ICANN in 2013. He is part of the gTLD Customer Service Team and his responsibilities include responding to customer inquiries and requests. Prior to working at ICANN, Morgan served as an Account Executive, Group and Suite Sales and an Account Coordinator for the Seattle Mariners. Morgan holds his BA in Communication from the University of Washington.

 

Yuko Green

Manager, GDD Operations

Yuko Green joined ICANN as a Project Manager in 2013. As part of the gTLD team, Yuko is responsible for gTLD Project Management from initiation to successful delivery. Her efforts include executing per the master schedule, developing team timelines and reporting on periodic progress. She is fluent in English and Japanese.

 

Peter Gregoris

Business Operations Analyst III

 

Eugene Grinberg

Senior Financial Analyst

 

Allen Grogan

Chief Contracting Counsel

Allen Grogan joined ICANN in May 2013 as Chief Contracting Counsel. He is responsible for ICANN contracting matters, including agreements associated with implementation of the New gTLD Program. Prior to joining ICANN, Allen served in executive legal and business roles at both public and private technology companies.

 

Gisella Gruber

Secretariat Operations Coordinator, At-Large,GNSO

 

Larisa Gurnick

Strategic Initiatives Director on ICANN.org

 

Steve Gwon

Office of the General Counsel, Manager

 

Daniel Halloran

Daniel Halloran

Deputy General Counsel

Dan Halloran is ICANN's Deputy General Counsel. One of ICANN's longest-serving employees, having joined the organization in May 2000, Dan has previously served ICANN as a Registrar Liaison, Chief Registrar Liaison, and was the corporation's Acting Secretary before General Counsel John

 

Selina Harrington

IANA Request Analyst I

Selina currently serves as IANA Request Analyst, primarily focused on processing root zone change requests. She studied International Relations at UC Davis and, prior to joining ICANN, was a fundraiser at UC Berkeley and UCLA.

 

Alexia Hatley

Executive Assistant

Alexia Hatley officially joined the ICANN family January 2014 in the capacity of Executive Assistant reporting to Christine Willett. She is based in Los Angeles and is a new member of the gTLD Operations team. Alexia will support the VP of GDD Operations as well as the GDD Ops team.

 

Jamie Hedlund

Jamie Hedlund

VP Reviews

Jamie Hedlund is a senior executive with over 20 years of experience in public policy and business development in the communications industry.

 

Julie Hedlund

Julie Hedlund

Director SSAC Support/Policy Director

Julie Hedlund is responsible for supporting the work of the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC), including coordinating meetings and the development and tracking of reports. In addition, she provides support for ICANN Policy Department activities, including supporting community working groups and assisting in the development of draft documents.

 

Aaron Hickmann

Aaron Hickmann

Director, GDD Operations

Aaron Hickmann joined ICANN as Director, GDD Operations in 2014. As a member of the Operations team, he is responsible for management of the EBERO program, the Trademark Clearinghouse as well as a range of operational areas. Prior to working at ICANN, Aaron was a Director of Industry Strategy at Vertafore, Inc., a nationwide provider of software and services to the insurance industry.

 

Nigel Hickson

VP, Stakeholder Engagement - Europe

Nigel works out of the Brussels office for the Global Stakeholder Engagement (GSE) team. As such, he leads on coordination with institutions (such as the European Union; OECD and ITU); governments and other significant Community members.

 

D'Vonna Hines

Manager, GDD Operations

 

Erik Hoang

Customer Service Analyst II

Erik joined ICANN in 2013. As a member of the Customer Service Team, Erik's responsibilities include responding to customer inquiries and requests. Prior to working at ICANN, Erik served as a Customer Service Specialist at Lucky Brand HQ. He also held the position of Supervisor at a Lucky Brand Store. Erik holds his BA from California State University, Sacramento.

 

Stacy Hoffberg

Sr Meeting Planner

Stacy joined ICANN in December 2007 and serves as a Sr Meeting Planner where she is involved in the planning of the three annual ICANN meetings as well as other regional and local meetings including travel arrangements, venue selection, etc.

 

Lars Hoffmann

Lars Hoffmann

Policy Specialist

Lars Hoffmann joined ICANN in December 2012 as a policy analyst. Previously to joining ICANN, Lars was an Assistant Professor at Maastricht University and a Researcher at the Federal Trust in London. Lars holds postgraduate degrees from Oxford and the LSE. He is fluent in English and French, in addition to his native German. In his free time, Lars likes to play tennis and take his two Vizslas for walks.

 

Rob Hoggarth

Rob Hoggarth

Sr Director, Policy & Community Engagement

Rob joined ICANN in January 2008 and serves as Sr Director, Policy Development Support where he manages global policy activities and acts as a point of contact to cross functional teams.

 

Elizabeth Hoover

Manager, Human Resources

Liz joined ICANN in April 2012 as Human Resources Manager. As a member of the HR team, Liz's emphasis is on compensation, benefits, HRMS, records, compliance and safety. Many of the human resources transactional processes are managed by Liz. This includes onboarding, offboarding and other changes in employment status.

 

Gustavo Lozano Ibarra

Technical Services Sr. Manager

Gustavo has joined ICANN in June 2012 as registry technical liaison working at the registry liaison department. Before joining ICANN, Gustavo worked for ten years at NIC Mexico in different technical and management roles. He has worked as developer, system and network administrator, tester, architect, researcher, project leader and CTO for the last 3 years until 2012.

 

Alice Jansen

Strategic Initiatives Manager

Alice joined ICANN in 2010 as Assistant, Organizational Reviews, and most recently served as Organizational Reviews Manager. In her current role as Strategic Initiatives Manager, Alice manages projects in the strategic initiatives department and is responsible for Affirmation of Commitments Review Teams and structural review activities. Based in Brussels, Alice has dual British-French citizenship.

 

John Jeffrey

General Counsel & Secretary

John O. Jeffrey, Esq., ICANN's General Counsel and Secretary joined ICANN in September of 2003.

 

Josh Jenkins

Sr Systems Engineer

Josh Jenkins joined ICANN as a Senior Systems Engineer in 2012. He is a member of the Information Technology Team. Josh has completed coursework in Mathematics from California Polytechnic State University and received a Meritorious Award for work in Mathematical Modeling. Prior to working with ICANN, Josh worked at Fonality, Inc. as a Senior Software Engineer/Web Developer and at Andiamo Telecom, as an Information Technology Specialist.

 

Susie Johnson

Susie Johnson

Executive Assistant

Susie Johnson joined ICANN as an Executive Assistant in 2013. As a member of the Policy Team, Susie is responsible for performing administrative support for the Policy Team. Prior to joining ICANN, Susie served as a Marketing Coordinator at Cook Brown LLP and as a Marketing and Communications Consultant for Rockwood Communications Counsel.

 

Patrick L. Jones

Global Stakeholder Engagement Senior Director

Patrick leads ICANN's engagement around security and stability issues and works with the Global Stakeholder Engagement team to support the implementation of a unified strategy for ICANN's global engagement activities.

 

Tarek Kamel

Sr Advisor to President - Governmental Engagement

Tarek Kamel is an Egyptian expert in global Internet governance issues. He is considered the father of the Internet in Egypt.

 

Zuhra Kasap

Manager, Contractual Compliance

Zuhra's key responsibilities are to manage compliance programs that support ICANN's contractual compliance function, initiatives and improvements. This includes managing and processing complaints, conducting reviews, investigations and enforcement. Zuhra bring with her over ten years of experience working in diverse projects including domestic violence, conflict resolution, advocacy campaign, law clinics and education.

 

Jacks Khawaja

Enterprise Risk Director

Jacks has been in the Audit and Risk Management profession for over 14 years, while managing international and domestic audits for various High Tech Firms to the Supplements Industry. He has extensive experience in both IT and Financial Auditing, as well as thorough knowledge of audit planning, scoping, and managing of complex audit activities. Jacks holds 2 degrees (International Business and Economics) from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville Texas, as well as an MBA from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA.

 

Dalini Khemlani

Information Security Audit Associate

Dalini has been part of ICANN staff since January 2013 serving as an Information Security Audit Associate. She manages all aspects of ICANN's third party security audits, including the coordination of remediation efforts between various departments such as Security and Information Technology.

 

Jia Kimoto

Project Coordinator II

Jia joined ICANN in 2013 and is assigned to a variety of projects involving cross-functional teams, along with initiatives within the Project Management Office.

 

Tanzanica S. King

Information and Design Manager, Meetings

Tanzanica joined ICANN in September 2002 and serves as Information and Design Manager, Meetings. She is focused on improvement in internal processes for planning ICANN Meetings. In addition, she is responsible for meeting site content development and design, and handles various art production needs for ICANN Meetings.

 

Erhan Kiraner

Sr. Meeting Planner

Erhan has joined ICANN in Sep 2013. Prior to joining ICANN, Erhan was an International Sales Manager, Middle East and Area Sales Manager for Regus. He also has sales and marketing experience from The Ritz Carlton Istanbul and Hotel Les Ottomans Istanbul. Erhan holds a degree in Tourism and Hotel Management from Istanbul University.

 

Marika Konings

Marika Konings

Sr Director, Policy Development Support

Marika joined ICANN in July 2008. She serves ICANN as the Sr Director, Policy Development Support. Prior to joining ICANN she was Director of European Affairs for the Cyber Security Industry Alliance. Previously, Marika spent seven years as senior consultant for a Brussels-based public affairs consultancy, where she represented health care and technology clients.

 

Kevin Kreuser

Kevin Kreuser

Senior Counsel

Kevin joined ICANN in April 2013 as Senior Counsel, responsible primarily for contracting matters, including agreements associated with implementation of the New gTLD Program. For much of the past 10-years, Kevin has served in the role of in-house counsel, most notably with Intel Corporation and Best Western International, providing counsel and advice regarding contract, general corporate, international, intellectual property, data security and privacy matters.

 

Hayley M. Laframboise

Project Coordinator II

Hayley joined ICANN as a Consultant in early 2009, and became a member of Staff in late 2011. As a Project Coordinator II, Hayley is assigned to a variety of projects involving cross-functional teams, along with initiatives within the Project Management Office.

 

Walter Lagua

Business Operations Analyst I

 

Chris LaHatte

Ombudsman

Chris is the ICANN Ombudsman and reports directly to the ICANN Board. He is available to the ICANN Community for complaints about delay and unfairness between ICANN and the supporting organisations. His back ground is as a lawyer in New Zealand and overseas, and as a mediator and dispute resolution specialist. He has a passion for solving problems by empowering the parties to reach their own negotiated agreements. His door and email and phone are always open to any in the ICANN community.

 

Serena Lai

Paralegal

Serena Lai joined ICANN in October 2013 and is responsible for ICANN contracting matters, including agreements associated with implementation of the New gTLD Program. She is admitted to practice law in the state of California and brings to ICANN legal experiences in the entertainment industry.

 

Richard Lamb

Sr Program Manager DNSSEC

Rick is part of ICANN's Security team and has over 25 years of Internet experience as engineer, entrepreneur, and policy expert.

 

Janice Douma Lange

Janice Douma Lange

Outreach/Engagement Manager

Janice Douma Lange joined ICANN as a Coordinator for the Project Office in February 2007. In September 2007, she assumed the additional role of managing the Fellowship Program, which provides an opportunity for selected candidates from developing and underdeveloped countries to participate in the ICANN International Public meetings around the world.

 

Elizabeth Le

Senior Counsel

 

Han Chuan Lee

Registry Services Sr. Manager

Han Chuan is supporting a range of projects and activities in the GDD DNS Services area. He will be involved in a number of cross organizational projects in areas such as contract negotiations and compliance, operations, legal policy definitions and implementation and internationalized domain names (IDNs) with a strong focus on multi-stakeholder collaboration.

 

Sumi Lee

Contractual Compliance Manager

Trial lawyer with over 14 years of experience in civil and criminal defense for the government. Sumi was a Deputy Alternate Public Defender with Los Angeles County, Deputy Public Defender with Riverside County and Deputy County Counsel with Santa Clara County. Fluent in Korean.

 

Karen Lentz

Operations & Policy Research Director

Karen Lentz joined ICANN in 2003. Karen works with the Services group to coordinate and manage research needs and create external reporting on work in process within the group. Prior to this role, she served as part of the gTLD Registry Liaison area.

 

Karen Lettner

Karen Lettner

Administration Support Manager

Karen joined ICANN in December 2007 and serves as Administration Support Manager responsible for supervising the administrative team as well as facilities, office equipment, travel services, purchasing, etc.

 

Ariel Liang

Ariel Liang

At-Large Policy Coordinator

Xinyue (Ariel) Liang joined ICANN in February 2014 and is based in the Washington, D.C. engagement office. Previously, she interned at the United Nations Secretariat in New York to assist the marketing communications efforts of the Department of Public Information. She also worked at the Washington D.C. office of Mitsui & Co., where she researched, analyzed, and reported on U.S. policy issues significant to Mitsui's business in the Asia-Pacific region.

 

Pearl Liang

IANA Request Specialist II

Pearl Liang joined the ICANN staff as an IANA Project Assistant in November 2004. Her previous experience includes an extensive background in registry and registrar operations, including both ccTLD and gTLD registries.

 

Roger Lim

Sr. Manager, Contractual Compliance

Business professional with more than 15 years of experience in the Asia Pacific and South East Asia region, working in Fortune 500 companies within the manufacturing and IT industries. Roger has a background in audit, finance and compliance and most recently managed a Brand Protection team. His responsibilities included policy oversight, carrying out investigations, enforcing contractual compliance and using metrics to drive operational excellence. Roger is based in the Asia Pacific Hub office in Singapore.

 

Lynn Lipinski

Lynn Lipinski

Publications Manager

A writer and PR professional, Lynn manages production of ICANN publications like the annual report and Policy Update, ensuring that communications objectives are met while adhering to established standards and styles.

 

Séverine Louis

International Organizational Development Sr. Manager

 

Jia Rong Low

Jia Rong Low

Strategies and Initiatives Director – APCA

An international executive with Foreign Service credentials, Jia-Rong Low is ICANN's Head of Strategy and Initiatives for the Asia Pacific. Stationed in ICANN's recently opened Asia Hub in Singapore, Jia-Rong works to promote regional participation in ICANN's multistakeholder model among government, business and civil society.

 

Nancy Lupiano

Director, Meetings

Nancy Lupiano joined ICANN as a consultant in October 2008 and in May 2010 joined the organization as a full-time employee. Nancy continues to aid in the development of a streamlined, professional meeting and technical production department that is responsible for the planning and implementation of the three yearly ICANN international conferences.

 

Terry Manderson

Director, DNS Operations

 

Antonietta Mangiacotti

Research Assistant

Antonietta Mangiacotti joined ICANN in April of 2013 as Research Assistant to Karen Lentz. As a member of the DNS Industry Engagement Team, she is responsible for preparing reports, staff briefings and presentations for internal and external stakeholders. Antonietta is a recent graduate from the University of Southern California where she achieved her MA in Public Diplomacy and also achieved her BA in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

 

Selim Manzak

Contractual Compliance Analyst

Business professional with over three years of experience in e-business development and e-commerce. He obtained his Master of Science in e-Business Management from University of Warwick, UK. Fluent in Turkish, English and is learning Arabic.

 

Karthika Marati

QA Test Automation Engineer

 

Veni Markovski

Veni Markovski

VP – Global Stakeholder Engagement

One of Bulgaria's earliest Internet adopters and an international cybersecurity expert, Veni Markovski has devoted his career to promoting open Internet use and global governance around the globe.

 

Brian Martin

Systems Engineer

Brian joined ICANN in 2012 as a member of the IT Operations team, where he provides technical support for staff around the world. Prior to joining ICANN, he worked in the MIS department at Activision. Brian earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Otis College of Art & Design. He currently holds the GIAC certifications: GCIH and GCWN.

 

Donna Mason

Donna Mason

Executive Assistant to the President, Global Domains Division

Donna joined ICANN in 2010, and came to us with many years of Executive Assistant experience working with Senior Level Management. In her most recent role, for the last seven years she was the Executive Assistant to the CEO/COO&CFO in the Software Technology industry. Prior to her years as an Executive Assistant, Donna worked as a recruiter for many years and has a certificate as a Legal Assistant.

 

Denise Michel

VP, Strategic Initiatives & Advisor to President

Denise Michel, VP, Strategic Initiatives & Advisor to President, has been involved in the evolution of the Internet for over 20 years. Starting in the early 1980's, she served in positions of increasing responsibility with the U.S. Senate, the U.S. National Science Foundation, the American Electronics Association, the Clinton Administration, Internet start-ups, and ICANN.

 

Diana Middleton

Diana Middleton

Executive Assistant

Diana comes to ICANN from Hill+Knowlton Strategies where she worked as an executive assistant for the global energy and digital practice directors.

 

Margie Milam

Sr Director, Strategic Initiatives

Margie Milam joined ICANN in 2009 and serves as its Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives. Margie brings over twenty years' experience in high tech and security issues to ICANN where she advises the GNSO Council and other community groups on domain name policy issues.

 

Petya Minkova

Administrative Assistant

Petya joined ICANN in September 2012 and serves as Administrative Assistant for the Brussels's office. She is responsible for administrative duties for the Global Engagement department and senior level management. She holds her Bachelor Honors Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from IHTTI School of Hotel Management in Neuchatel, Switzerland. Additionally, Petya holds her Executive Master in Marketing and Advertising from Solvay Brussels School.

 

Anand Mishra

Technical Project Manager I

Anand joined ICANN in August 2008 and serves as Technical Project Manager providing project leadership and guidance on a variety of technical projects involving cross-functional teams. Anand brings over 19 years of proven Project Management experience, Enterprise Architecture and Technical Leadership in Information Systems. He specializes in managing high risk global projects and portfolios.

 

Christopher Mondini

VP, Stakeholder Engagement North America & Global Business Engagement

Christopher Mondini is ICANN's Vice President, Business Engagement. In this role he works to broaden and deepen relationships with companies beyond the domain name sector, to educate global business on the workings and role of ICANN, and to provide ways for continued dialogue and collaboration on Internet Governance issues. His aim is for the voice of business to be heard in a rapidly evolving multi-stakeholder framework.

 

Sabrina Mosquera

Sabrina Mosquera

Language Expert

Sabrina's association with ICANN began in October 2010 as a contract interpreter, when the ICANN Interpreters Team was first formed. She brings more than ten years of experience as a translator and interpreter in the corporate and NGO sector, the Argentine judiciary, and the realm of diplomacy. Sabrina is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian.

 

Nicoleta Munteanu

IDN Coordinator

Nicoleta joined ICANN in January 2012, and primarily works on processing the IDN (Internationalized Domain Names) ccTLD Fast Track applications and other IDN projects.

 

Mayra Murcia

Business Operations Analyst I

Mayra Murcia joined ICANN as a Business Analyst I in 2013. As a member of the gTLD Team, Mayra's responsibilities include assisting with quality control efforts, tracking and reporting of data and communication with stakeholders. Prior to working at ICANN, Mayra worked in the Accounts Payable Department at AEG-Staples Center.

 

Grant Nakata

Business Operations Analyst II

Grant joined ICANN in December 2013. As a member of the gTLD operations team, Grant supports the string contention resolution processes and the pre-delegation processes for the new gTLD program. Grant holds a bachelor's degree from California State University, Fullerton and 5 years of financial services experience.

 

Cyrus Namazi

Cyrus Namazi

Vice President, DNS Industry Engagement

Prior to his current position at ICANN, Cyrus Namazi was Principal and co-founder of Claro Concepts, providing consulting services and guidance on bringing products from concept, to design, through manufacturing and to market. With over 20 years of experience in business development, general management, operations and engineering, Namazi has served in a number of executive and management roles in the technology Sector.

 

Linett Nardone

Manager, GDD Operations

 

Dai-Trang T. Nguyen

Director, GDD Operations

 

Dan Nguyen

Accounts Payable Accountant

 

Olof Nordling

Olof Nordling

Senior Director, GAC Relations

Olof is a Swedish national and holds an MSc and was for many years Head of the TeliaSonera, the Swedish/Finnish Telecommunications group's Brussels office, where he was responsible for relations to the EU institutions for Telecommunications policy matters.

In the past Olof was Counsellor and Head of the Science and Technology office at the Swedish Embassy in Paris. Prior to this he was Deputy Trade Commissioner for Sweden, based in Los Angeles.

In his earlier career Olof was a Systems Analyst for Honeywell Bull in Paris.

 

Kristina Nordstrom

Secretariat Operations Coordinator, ccNSO

Kristina Nordström, located in Sweden, joined ICANN in 2009 as part of the ccNSO Secretariat. Kristina is responsible for coordinating the Secretariat operational tasks, such as teleconferencing, virtual meeting tools and wiki spaces.

 

Bob Ochieng

Bob Ochieng

Stakeholder Engagement Manager – East Africa

Bob is a seasoned ICT professional who has joined ICANN from PwC Kenya where he was a Senior Consultant & PMO ­ in Technology for East Africa Hub. He has worked in a number of multinational Companies including BAT Kenya, Orange Kenya and PwC. He also worked in Kenic (.ke registry) as a systems Engineer.

 

Tomofumi Okubo

Tomofumi Okubo

Identifier Systems Analytics Manager

 

David A. Olive

David A. Olive

Vice President, Policy Development

David Olive joined ICANN in February 2010 to lead its Policy Development team following 20 years as a corporate executive and leader in ICT public policy formation. ICANN coordinates the Internet domain name system (DNS) to ensure that the Internet is secure, stable and interoperable for all users around the world.

 

Cassia Oliveira

Manager, Office of the CEO

After a long career in both the legal world and a software start-up, Cassia joined ICANN in 2012 as the Executive Assistant to the CEO. A native Brazilian, Cassia is fluent in Portuguese, English, and Spanish and has dual citizenship in the US and Brazil. She holds a BA in Language Art from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais and Legal and Medical interpreter certificates from Boston University.

 

Victor Oppenheimer

Sr. Manager, Contractual Compliance

Puerto Rican attorney with 12 years of experience in contract negotiations and enforcement as well as Internet commerce, privacy and advertising law. Victor also has 8 years of experience developing and implementing ethics and compliance programs. Just prior to ICANN, Victor was Director of Ethics & Compliance at a Fortune-100 pharmaceutical company. He is a Certified International Privacy Professional (CIPP). Fluent in Spanish.

 

Maria Otanes

Administrative Assistant

Maria joined ICANN in July 2012 as an Administrative Assistant. She provides administrative support for the DC Office. Before joining ICANN, Maria worked as an Administrative Assistant for two years with the Child Welfare Reviews Project. Prior to that, she has experience working in financial institutions and veterinary care. She is currently pursuing a BS in Environmental Management at University of Maryland University College.

 

Krista Papac

Krista Papac

Director, Registry Services

Krista joined ICANN in May 2013 as the Director of gTLD Registry Services.

 

Nathalie Peregrine

Secretariat Operations Coordinator, GNSO, At-Large

Born in Preston, UK, Nathalie Peregrine graduated in English and Teaching at Montpellier University, France. She has a background of business coaching and telecommunications having worked in web, video and audio conferencing, finishing as Meeting Manager for Verizon Business where she was the EMEA point of contact for ICANN. Nathalie speaks English and French and is currently based in Nice, south of France.

 

Karine Perset

Karine Perset

Senior Director of Board Support

Karine manages the support function for the ICANN Board of Directors and its Committees. At the OECD in Paris, she was the Counselor to the Directors for Science, Technology and Industry and previously an economist and policy analyst in the Committee for Information and Communications Policy.

 

Dave Piscitello

Dave Piscitello

Vice President, Security and ICT Coordination

Dave Piscitello has been involved in Internet technology for over 39 years. Dave serves as Vice President, Security and ICT Coordination at ICANN, where he collaborates with the information security, DNS, and law enforcement communities on a diverse range of security issues related to the Domain Name System and domain name registration processes, including phishing, pharming, DDoS attacks, domain hijacking and other registration abuses.

 

Sean Powell

Systems Engineer

Sean joined ICANN in October 2007 as a Systems Engineer providing technical support for various operating systems.

 

David Prangnell

Manager, End User Support

David joined ICANN in October 2007 as a System Engineer providing technical support for various operating systems.

 

Taryn Presley

Sr. Manager, FP&A

Taryn Presley, MBA joined ICANN as a Manager, FP&A in 2013. As a member of the finance team, she is responsible for all aspects of the forecasting, budgeting, financial reporting and analysis of monthly/quarterly financial results. She brings over 15 years of finance and accounting experience from the banking, manufacturing, entertainment and retail industries.

 

Wendy Profit

Registry Product Manager

Wendy Profit joined ICANN in October 2009 supporting the Services, Stakeholder Relations and Operations departments and currently serves as Registry Product Manager. In this capacity, Wendy manages vendor relations, contract management and registry relations. Wendy brings to ICANN over 10 years of diversified experience in the non-profit and government contracting sectors, with a specialty in contract management.

 

Reed Quinn

Systems Engineer

Reed joined ICANN in June 2009 and serves as a Systems Engineer providing technical support for various operating systems.

 

Michaela Quinzy

Director, Customer Service

 

Laura Ramirez

Laura Ramirez

Meeting Planner

 

Erika Randall

Erika Randall

Counsel

Erika Randall joined ICANN as Counsel in 2013. As a member of the legal team, she is responsible for the drafting and negotiation of contracts, general transactional legal advice and developing strategic processes for a wide range of transactions. Prior to working at ICANN, Erika was an Associate Attorney — Government and Public Law at Meyers Nave Riback Silver & Wilson, PLC.

 

Ashwin Rangan

Chief Innovation & Information Officer

Hired as ICANN's first Chief Innovation Officer and CIO, Ashwin brings a wealth of experience, having served as a senior executive with young start-ups to such marquee Brands as Rockwell, Walmart, Edwards Lifesciences and the Bank of America.

 

Simon Raveh

Director of Development

Simon joined ICANN in February 2007 and serves as Director of Development. Simon is leading the desing and development of several key applications including an enterprise messaging system. Prior to ICANN, Simon held various software development positions with an expertitse in enterprise applications and systems integration.

 

Paul Redmond

Director, Contractual Compliance

IT professional with more than 35 years of experience in corporate technology management, IT account executive, global program management, compliance and performance management reporting.

 

Peg Rettino

Executive Assistant

Peg joined ICANN in September 2012 as Executive Assistant reporting to John Jeffrey and providing support to the Legal department. Peg holds her BA in English Literature from University of Wisconsin and her Paralegal Certificate from UCLA-Extension. With over 10 years' experience in private, entertainment and non-profit industries, Peg has a solid background as a Legal Executive Administrative Assistant.

 

Carlos Reyes

Carlos Reyes

Sr Policy Analyst

Carlos Reyes is senior policy analyst providing support to ICANN's global multi-stakeholder policy development community. Reyes joined ICANN in December 2012 and is based in ICANN's Washington, D.C. engagement office.

 

Maya Reynolds

Meetings Operations Analyst and Planner

 

Pallavi Ridout

Director, Organizational Development

Pallavi Ridout joined ICANN in March, 2014 as Director, HR Organizational Development. She brings to ICANN 15 years of domestic as well as international experience in organization development as well as change management.

 

Angela Robertson

Sr. Accountant

Angela Robertson is a Senior Accountant in the Finance department, reporting to Alla Tsaryuk. Angela is responsible for general Ledger transactions, reconciliations, reports and analysis for ICANN. Prior to working at ICANN, Angela was an Accounting Consultant at DIRECTV. She was also employed by Toyota Financial Services, Walt Disney Company, Nestlé USA, and Procter & Gamble.

 

Christina M Rodriguez

Director, Language Services

Christina's initial affiliation with ICANN began in December 2008, providing contracted services as a Translation Manager. Today Christina is Manager, ICANN Language Services, providing support and covering every aspect of all language related services.

 

Barbara Roseman

Policy Director and Technical Analyst

Barbara has served ICANN in various roles since January 2003, providing staff support for the GNSO Council and Task Forces, serving as IANA Operations and General Manager from 2005-2009 and is now Policy Director and Technical Analyst.

 

Benedetta Rossi

Community Engagement Support Coordinator

Benedetta Rossi joined ICANN in March 2014 as part of the Policy Team as Community Engagement Support Coordinator. Benedetta is responsible for supporting ICANN community operations and organisational needs, helping maximize the policy contributions of community members.

 

Shauna Royston

Contractual Compliance Specialist

Business professional with over 10 years of experience in education, marketing, international relations, technology and law. Shauna has previously worked as a contracts specialist where she was involved with redlining of documents, escrow, and managing document workflow. She also has data management experience using Salesforce as a CRM tool. Fluent in Mandarin.

 

Seher Sagiroglu

Contractual Compliance Analyst

Business professional with over four years of experience in Customer Relations and Services with registrars and registrants in Turkey; Seher also has broad experience in administration and registration of ".tr" country code Top Level Domain. She completed her master degree in Political Science and Public Administration in Middle East Technical University. Fluent in Turkish, English and German.

 

Jean-Jacques Sahel

Vice President, GSE, Europe

 

Masood Sahraian

Senior QA Engineer

Masood Sahraian joined ICANN in January 2012 and is responsible for developing software test automation and QA solutions for ICANN web applications. Prior to joining ICANN he held system engineering and software QA management positions with SAIC and Conexant Systems.

 

Marc Salvatierra

Manager, Web Development

Marc oversees site development and content publication for ICANN's public web presence.

His responsibilities include managing redesign projects and content migrations, supervising web developers and content contractors, and launching ICANN's international meetings sites.

 

Naela Sarras

Manager, IDN TLDs

Naela joined ICANN as an IANA Project Specialist in June 2005. In her role, Naela primarily works in the DNS root-zone management area. Prior to joining ICANN, Naela worked at Hertzler Systems Inc. for 8 years where she held several positions in software development and customer support. Naela received a BA

 

Darris Saylors

Darris Saylors

Executive Assistant, Global Stakeholder Engagement

Darris joined ICANN in February 2014 to support the GSE department's west coast executives (Senior Director, Government Engagement; the VP for Business Engagement, and the VP for Public Responsibility Programs), as well as Global Stakeholder Engagement programs. In her most recent role at Harvard Law School, she served as the Student Programs Manager and worked with over 100 student organizations and 17 student journals to facilitate programming, events, and budget oversight.

 

Gabriella Schittek

Gabriella Schittek

Policy Specialist & CCNSO Support Manager

Gabriella joined ICANN in January 2007, having previously worked for the Council of European National Top Level Domain Registries (CENTR) and the .uk registry Nominet. In the ccNSO, she is supporting the work of various Working Groups as well as the ccNSO Council.

 

Natalie Schoer

New Media Coordinator

Natalie joined ICANN Staff as a New Media Coordinator in 2013. Prior to becoming staff, she had been associated with ICANN as a contractor. As a member of the Communications Team, Natalie's responsibilities include overseeing the development of ICANN's social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, FourSquare, LinkedIn, etc.) and strategizing for maximum, positive impact.

 

Diane R. Schroeder

Diane R. Schroeder

Sr. Director, Administration & HR Development

Diane Schroeder joined ICANN in 2000 and has served in a number of administrative roles. She is currently Sr. Director, Administration & HR Development. Before joining ICANN, Diane worked for over twenty years in various administrative and paralegal positions in the legal field.

 

Cory Schruth

System Engineer

(PGP Key) | Cory joined ICANN in October 2008 as Network Engineer providing technical support primarily to the IANA team relating to computer and data systems.

 

Jennifer Scott

Manager, Contractual Compliance

Attorney with more than 10 years of experience in complex litigation and transactional law for multinational companies, including matters of antitrust, bankruptcy, compliance and regulatory, commercial contracts, labor and employment, intellectual property, product liability and toxic torts.

 

Mark Segal

Senior Network Engineer

 

Mark Segall

Business Engagement Analyst

Mark Segall joined ICANN in October 2012 and brings 19 years of professional experience in Information Technology including 10 years in the U.S. Navy. As a business engagement analyst he is responsible for leveraging technology to improve internal processes.

 

Vivek SenGupta

Vivek SenGupta

Director of Procurement

Vivek joined ICANN in December 2013 as Director of Procurement. He brings with him fifteen years of IT and Procurement experience across various industries such as Technology, Financial Services, Insurance, Manufacturing and Entertainment.

 

Maguy M. Serad

VP, Contractual Compliance Services

Business professional with more than 25 years of experience in compliance, technology, program management and global business operations. Six Sigma Master Black Belt Certified. Fluent in Arabic and French.

 

Krissi Sereday

HR Assistant

 

Hope Shafer

Customer Service Analyst II

Hope joined ICANN in 2013. As a member of the new gTLD Customer Service team, Hope's responsibilities include responding to customer inquiries and requests.

 

Charla Shambley

Charla Shambley

Strategic Initiatives Executive Assistant

Charla joined ICANN in May 2013 as Strategic Initiatives Executive Assistant. Prior to joining ICANN, Charla served as the Client Intake Manager and Executive Assistant to the COO/CFO at a law firm in Cleveland and Legal Secretary at Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe LLP in San Diego. Charla's education has included coursework at San Diego State University and Southwestern College.

 

Tina Shelebian

Tina Shelebian

Executive Assistant

Tina Shelebian joined ICANN as an Administrative Assistant in 2013. As a member of the Global Stakeholder Engagement Team, her responsibilities include performing administrative duties (such as scheduling, purchasing, meeting and conference call support, travel) for the department and/or senior level management. Prior to working at ICANN, Tina served as the Executive Assistant to the SVP, Communications & Public Affairs at DineEquity, Inc.

 

Steve Sheng

Steve Sheng

Policy & Technical Advisory Support, Sr Manager

Steve Sheng joined ICANN in 2009 as a senior technical analyst. In this position, he supports projects of ICANN's Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) and provides research support for projects in the policy department.

 

Owen Smigelski

Owen Smigelski

Sr. Manager, Contractual Compliance

Owen is an attorney with more than ten years experience in contracts, intellectual property and information technology (specializing in the Internet and consumer goods industries). He received his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he was a member of the San Diego International Law Journal, and his B.A. from the State University of New York-College at Geneseo. Owen has twenty years experience in information technology as a server administrator and speaks fluent French.

 

Cheryl Smith

Contracts and Records Manager, Legal

Cheryl Smith joined ICANN's legal department as Contracts and Records Manager in February 2009. Cheryl has assumed responsibilities to establish and administer ICANN's central records and contract tracking databases.

 

Maya Smundak

Maya Smundak

Language Expert

Maya has been with ICANN since March of 2012, first as freelance Russian interpreter when ICANN started providing simultaneous interpretation into Russian at its meetings. She brings 12 years of experience in translation and interpretation in areas such as aerospace, business, IT, nuclear security and others for private companies and government organizations. She also has project management experience at a translation agency.

 

Parissa Sohie

Business Operations Analyst

Parissa joined ICANN as Business Operations Analyst in 2013. As a member of the new gTLD team, her responsibilities include a focus on Pre-Delegation Testing. Her role blends project management with hands-on process and procedure design and implementation activities. Prior to working at ICANN, Parissa served as a consultant at Finess4ward located in San Diego, CA.

 

David Soltero-Lugo

DNS Operations Manager

(PGP Key) | David joined ICANN in April 2007 and serves as DNS Operations Manager providing network systems support including voice, data, video and wireless networks.

 

Zheng Song

Zheng Song

Head of China

Zheng joined ICANN in October 2013. As a member of the global stakeholder engagement team, he coordinates implementation of ICANN's strategic plan for China and is responsible for engagement with all stakeholders, including governments, internet communities and private sectors in the country. He has more than 17 years' experience in working for and with the Chinese government and international organizations.

 

Darrel Spearman

Sr. Manager of Administrative Services

Darrel Spearman brings over 20 years of experience in Administration and Facilities Management, in both the private and public sectors. Most recently, he was Manager of Facilities and Operations at the University of Southern California, Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT). He holds a BS in Business Management and Darrel served as a US Marine.

 

Amy Stathos

Deputy General Counsel

Amy A. Stathos is Deputy General Counsel for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). She joined ICANN in May 2006 as Senior Counsel. Amy manages litigation company-wide and is one of the key staff members responsible for implementation of the New gTLD Program, with emphasis on the relevant dispute resolution processes of the Program.

 

Yan Sun

Web Applications Developer

Yan joined ICANN in October 2004 and serves as Web Developer responsible for general technical development of ICANN related websites and coordinating with specific web content developers.

 

Theresa Swinehart

Sr. Advisor to the President on Strategy

A leading advocate for an open and secure Internet and an expert in global Internet governance and cooperation, Theresa Swinehart is the Senior Advisor to the President on Global Strategy at ICANN. She works with stakeholders and policymakers around the globe to advocate the Internet's multistakeholder model, and oversees a team with overarching responsibility for a range of initiatives including development of the organization's five-year strategic plan.

 

Michelle Takamoto

HR Generalist I

 

Komaki Takekoshi

HR Systems and Processes Manager

Komaki Takekoshi is an Accountant responsible for revenues and accounts receivable at ICANN. Her background is in Non-profit and Governmental Accounting, and she most recently worked for ExED, a Los Angeles based non-profit that provides accounting and finance services to charter schools.

Komaki holds a BS in Accounting from the University of Oregon. She is originally from Japan and is currently based in Los Angeles.

 

Bert Takwa

Bert Takwa

Administrative Assistant

Bert joined ICANN in February 2013 and is responsible for the CEO's travel arrangements, expense report management, tracking of incoming and outgoing correspondence for the CEO, including monitoring letters assigned to staff for reply.

 

David Taylor

David Taylor

Employment Sr. Manager

Working out of the Los Angeles Office, Dave has served ICANN since 2008. Dave's responsibilities include management of internal and external recruitment, evaluation and assessment of the global recruitment strategies, employment policies, talent retention systems, immigration law and USCIS interface. In addition, he is instrumental in developing HR strategy, particularly relating to staffing and globalization.

 

Liana Teo

Liana Teo

Head of Communications, APAC

Liana joined ICANN in March 2014 as the Head of Communications for Asia Pacific. She is based in the Asia Pacific Hub office in Singapore.

 

Cherrie Teves

Assistant Controller, GDD

Cherrie joined ICANN as a Senior Finance Manager in Oct 2012. In this role, Cherrie is responsible for all Finance and Accounting functions for the New gTLD Program. She brings to ICANN over 11 years' accounting and finance experience with expertise in driving efficiency and productivity through evaluation of financial management systems and implementation of process improvements.

 

Joyce Thomas

Technical Project Manager I

Joyce joined ICANN in April 2008 and serves as Technical Project Manager I providing project leadership and guidance on a variety of technical projects involving cross-functional teams.

 

Nick Tomasso

VP, Meeting Operations & International Real Estate

Nick joined ICANN in August 2008 as General Manager, Meetings and Conferences where he is responsible for the planning and execution of the three international ICANN Meetings, as well as regional and local meetings.

 

James A. Trengrove

Sr Director, Communications

Following two years providing ICANN with media production and consulting services, Jim joined the staff in September 2011. A career broadcast journalist, Jim spent more than 30 years producing news, documentary and public affairs programming on the local and national levels including two decades as Senior Producer for Politics for the PBS NewsHour in Washington DC.

 

Rod Treweek

Rod Treweek

Systems Engineer

Rod joined ICANN as IANA Systems Engineer in early 2013. Rod's responsibilities include administration, maintenance and deployment of IANA systems and applications supporting domain, number resource, and protocol parameter management. Rod brings 11 years of systems engineering experience from the Internet service provider, managed co-location, and unified communications industries.

 

Alla Tsaryuk

Manager Accounting

Alla joined ICANN in 2013. As a member of the Finance Team, her responsibilities include reviewing all balance sheet entries, preparing financial statements, tax reporting and coordinate year-end financial close with ICANN's external auditors. Prior to working at ICANN, Alla served as a Senior Accountant at GenASCis, LLC. She was also an Accountant at CCTV.net.

 

Caitlin Tubergen

Caitlin Tubergen

Registrar Relations and Contracts Manager

Caitlin joined ICANN in December of 2012 and is responsible for managing ICANN's relationships with ICANN-accredited registrars in the North America region. Her work will include the management of communications and educational tools for registrars.

 

Heidi Ullrich

Sr Director At Large

Dr. Heidi Ullrich is Director for At-Large, where she is responsible for leading the team that provides the Secretariat and policy advice development support for the community of Individual Internet Users engaged in ICANN ("At-Large"). She joined ICANN as Manager, At-Large Regional Affairs in December 2008. In that role she was responsible for supporting the activities of the At-Large community at the regional level.

 

Zeynep Urgun

Operations Manager – EMEA

 

Isaac Uribe

Isaac Uribe

Registry Monitoring Engineer

Prior to working at ICANN, Isaac served as a Data Center Solutions' Consultant for SUSE/Novell. He also held several positions, including IT Service Continuity Manager and Configuration Manager at Network Information Center Mexico. Isaac holds his BS in Information Technologies Engineering. In addition, he has completed continuing IT coursework and holds multiple certifications.

 

Anjali Vaswani

Senior Financial Analyst

 

Leo Vegoda

Operational Excellence Manager

Leo Vegoda is the Operational Excellence Manager and has also served as the IANA Function Liaison for Internet Number Resource Allocation since 2006. In these capacities he supports the IANA Department in implementing systematic and sustainable improvements to its operations in pursuit of excellence.

 

Mauricio Vergara

Mauricio Vergara

DNS Operations Manager

Mauricio joined ICANN in October 2013 to work with the DNS Operations team.

 

Maria Eugenia Vilardo

Maria Eugenia Vilardo

Language Expert

María joined ICANN in March 2012, first as a freelance French interpreter and translator and since September 2013 as French Language Expert and Head Interpreter. She brings more than 20 years of experience in translation and interpretation to clients in a wide range of fields such as biotechnology, business, automobile, fashion, philosophy, government affairs and others. She is currently based in Bordeaux, France.

 

Silvia Vivanco

Silvia Vivanco

At-Large Regional Manager

Ms. Silvia Vivanco is the At-Large Regional Manager. In this capacity Silvia works directly with the RALOs and the individual ALSes to support them in their process and policy-related activities. Silvia has extensive knowledge of international business transactions, telecommunications regulations and transactional matters. She was a member of the legal team of a multinational telecommunications company headquartered in the United States and worked as Senior Regulatory advisor at a US-based telecommunications consulting.

 

Savenaca Vocea

VP, Australasia/Pacific Islands

Save Vocea joined ICANN in October 2006 to promote ICANN and foster relations in the Oceania region by engaging with various Internet stakeholder groups through information sharing, regional representation and participation as they relate to ICANN's respective

 

Paula Wang

Paula Wang

IANA Request Specialist I

Paula joined ICANN in January 2013 and has been working with the IANA department on DNS root management including both ccTLDs and gTLDs. She holds a BA degree in English from Beijing International Studies University, and a MS degree in Public Policy from University of Southern California.

 

Yungsheng Wang

Contractual Compliance Specialist

Attorney with three years of experience in securities litigation and corporate and securities transactional law. Yungsheng has experience in corporate formation, governance, private and public securities offerings, drafting agreements, as well as mergers and acquisitions and SEC filings, including a variety of Chinese clients. Yungsheng has also worked on large-scale complex securities litigation. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese (both Simplified and Traditional Characters).

 

JaQuiel Warner

Staff Accountant, Accounts Receivable & Billing

 

Russ Weinstein

Sr. Manager, GDD Operations

Russ Weinstein joined ICANN in October 2012 responsible for managing the application evaluation panels on the new gTLD program. Russ holds a bachelors degree in business administration from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a MBA from the University of Southern California.

 

Brad White

Director, Global Media Relations

Brad is ICANN's primary point of contact for news organizations and journalists from around the globe. He is an Emmy Award winning television correspondent and producer. His work has been seen on CNN, CBS, A&E and the Discovery Channel. Brad has also served as a senior investigator for two committees of the U.S. Senate.

 

Champika Wijayatunga

Champika Wijayatunga

Champika is the ICANN's Regional Security, Stability and Resiliency (SSR) Engagement Manager for the Asia Pacific. He supports the ICANN's external SSR program and represents ICANN in operational, technical and capacity building forums in the APAC region.

 

Christine Willett

Christine Willett

VP, gTLD Operations

Christine Willett is vice president of gTLD Operations for ICANN. With more than 20-years of experience in system integration, operations and client management, Willett joined ICANN in 2012 to oversee the operational rollout of the New gTLD Program.

 

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Kelvin Wong

Head, Outreach & Public Responsibility, APAC

Prior to ICANN, Kelvin served in the Singapore Government under the Management Associate and Public Service Leader program, where he engaged in the formulation of strategies and policies in a wide range of sectors from culture, finance, to media and infocomm. As a policy-maker, he led various teams in handling diverse and often challenging issues related to national identity and culture, UNESCO, the national budget as well as media development and digital technologies.

 

Mary Wong

Mary Wong

Senior Policy Director

Mary Wong joined ICANN as a Senior Policy Director in 2013. Mary is a member of the Policy Team performing global policy development work and her responsibilities encompass managerial, analytical and research related duties. She also supports the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) with legal and policy advice and research.

 

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Michael Yakushev

VP, Global Stakeholder Engagement – Russia/CIS/Eastern Europe

An international lawyer by training, Michael (Mikhail) Yakushev has an extensive and diverse background in Telecom/IT and Internet Business. He worked as Chief Counsel of Moscow-based branches of multi-national corporations like Orange/Equant, Microsoft, and SAP; he was also the Head of Legal Service of the Russian Federal Ministry on Telecommunications (2004-2006), and VP of Russian Internet holding group Mail.Ru.Group.

 

Ann Yamashita

Ann Yamashita

Product Manager, Registry Services

 

Victoria Yang

Sr. Administrative Assistant

Business professional Sr. Administrative Assistant with an extensive background in communication and document management. Victoria's responsibilities include supporting the VP of IANA and Technical Operations and the VP of Contractual Compliance and the coordination and support for the activities in both departments. She has a Master's of Business Administration from the University of Windsor, ON, Canada and a Bachelor's of Commerce – International Business from Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH.

 

Philadel Yeo

Philadel Yeo

Administrative Assistant

Philadel joined ICANN in 2013. She is a new member of the Global Stakeholder Engagement Team and facilitates collaboration across the region.

She is based in the Asia Pacific Hub office in Singapore.

 

Joette Youkhanna

Joette Youkhanna

Project Manager II

Joette Youkhanna joined ICANN in October 2007. Joette is responsible for supporting the work of ICANN's Nominating Committee (NomCom), including supporting the NomCom with candidate application and selection process, coordinating meetings and outreach events, development of NomCom announcements and website updates.

 

Kim Young

Senior Procurement Specialist

 

 

Winnie Yu

Administrative Assistant

Winnie Yu joined ICANN Staff as an Administrative Assistant in 2013 and was previously associated with ICANN as a contractor. As a member of the DNS Industry Engagement team, her responsibilities include performing administrative support for the DNS Industry Engagement Team.

 

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Yu-Chuang Kuek

VP Stakeholder Engagement – Asia

Kuek Yu-Chuang is ICANN's vice president and managing director for its Asia Pacific hub. He is concurrently part of ICANN's global stakeholder engagement team for the Asia Region. In these roles, Kuek oversees ICANN's expansion and operations in the region.

Before joining ICANN in August 2013, Kuek served as a Senior Director for Yahoo! Inc., where he led the company's public policy efforts in the Asia Pacific and Latin American regions.

 

Bill Ziemniak

Facilities Assistant

Bill joined ICANN in January 2006 and serves as an Administrative Assistant provide general support for the entire organization including purchasing, office supplies, phones, shipping, receiving, and more.

 

Mike Zupke

Director, Registrar Services

Mike joined ICANN in October 2005 and serves as Registrar Programs Manager where he manages the contractual relationships with registrars including new applications, renewals and ongoing contractual matters.

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