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Meet ICANN's 2010 Nominating Committee Selectees

4 November 2010

ICANN's Nominating Committee is charged with recruiting and selecting a portion of ICANN's leadership. NomCom is mandated to ensure, that overall, ICANN's leadership is diverse in geography, culture, skills, experience, and perspective. The basic criteria is that selectees are people of integrity, objectivity and sound judgment, can support decision-making within groups, can work effectively in English, have an understanding of ICANN's mission and operation, are committed to its success, experienced in world affairs, contribute to cultural, professional and geographic expertise, and can work long and hard as volunteers in the global public trust.

On 7 September 2010, the Nominating Committee announced its selections for seven leadership positions within ICANN (http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-07sep10-en.htm). Biographies of the selected individuals are listed for each ICANN body, in alphabetical order by family name.

Board of Directors

Cherine Chalaby

Cherine Chalaby's extensive international career encompasses leadership roles in banking and technology.

Beginning in London in 1977, Cherine joined one of the world's largest IT services companies, Accenture. As senior partner, he held key managing positions, ultimately serving on Accenture's Executive Committee and its Global Leadership Council. During his 28-year tenure at Accenture, he led several projects aimed at improving the flow of information between financial markets participants, projects that have been made possible by the expansion of the internet. His experience is broad and extensive. It ranges from strategy development through systems implementation and transformational change to running operations.

In March 2006, Cherine joined Rasmala, a Middle East-based regional investment bank, where he held several positions including chairman of the supervisory board, chairman of the management board and chairman of the bank's subsidiary in Egypt. Previous Middle East experience involved projects dating from the 1980s and included setting up a trading and back office system for a local commercial bank, developing a blueprint for an international exchange, developing and installing a local exchange system, and developing one of the first Internet-based brokerage systems in the region.

Cherine has considerable board experience, having served on seven separate boards of directors.

Cherine is a citizen of Egypt and also holds a British citizenship. He attended the French Jesuits School of Cairo, holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University and an MSc in Computing Sciences from the Imperial College of London. He is fluent in English, French and Arabic.


Bertrand de La Chapelle

Bertrand de La Chapelle has actively promoted multi-stakeholder governance processes since 2001, building on wide-ranging experience as a diplomat, an entrepreneur and a civil society actor.

In 1986, Bertrand became a French career diplomat, but also accumulated nine years of private sector experience founded on his training as an engineer. Between 1990 and 1998, he founded the consulting department of a leading French technology monitoring firm and was a co-founder and president of Virtools, which provides the world's leading development environment for 3D interactive content.

Bertrand actively participated in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process between 2002 and 2005 to promote dialogue among civil society, the private sector and governmental representatives. During that time he also served as director of the collaborative platform WSIS-online.

From 2006 to 2010, Bertrand served as France's Thematic Ambassador and Special Envoy for the Information Society, where he monitored all WSIS follow-up activities and Internet governance processes, even acting as a vice-chair of ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) and in 2008 as a member of the Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF).

Bertrand is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique (1978), Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (1983) and Ecole Nationale d'Administration (1986).


Erika Mann

Erika Mann brings to the ICANN Board extensive knowledge in foreign policy matters. Between 1994 and 2009, Erika was a German member of the European Parliament, where she concentrated on trade and World Trade Organization (WTO) policy, transatlantic relations, digital economy, telecommunications and Internet policy, and research policy.

Between 2003 and 2008, while she was the European chairperson of the Transatlantic Policy Network (TPN), Erika conceived the notion of a Transatlantic Market between the EU and US.

This concept led to the founding of the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC), where she was a member of the advisory board until 2009. She was a founder of the European Internet Foundation, which she chaired until mid-2009.

Erika has acquired considerable expertise in transatlantic relations and international Internet policy formation. She is a lecturer and author of many publications on trade, transatlantic relations and Internet-world related topics, and has received awards from multiple organizations, including the European-American Business Council for Exceptional Transatlantic Commitment, and has also been awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande (the German Federal Cross of Merit).

Erika is currently the Executive Vice President of the Computer & Communications Industry Association; she is a non-resident Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council and a Trustee of Friends of Europe and serves on the Advisory Board of the European Policy Center. She holds a degree in social science from the University of Hannover, Germany.

GNSO Council

Carlos Dionisio Aguirre

Carlos Dionisio Aguirre is a professor of Economics and of Law, Economics and Technology in an Information Society at the National University of Cordoba Law School, receiving academic recognition in 2008. Also, he is a professor of Legislation at the Analist of Informatics Systems at the National University of Cordoba and taught a postgraduate course in law in the information society at the National University of La Plata, in addition to teaching at the South Summer School on Internet Governance (SSIG 2009 – 2010). He has been invited to teach in postgraduate courses in consumer law, legal aspects of e-commerce, and e-commerce at many other institutions of learning in Argentina.

Since 2004, Carlos has been director and academic responsible for law and economics at the Juridic Studies Institute of the Cordoba Bar Association. He is a founding member of the Cordoba Business Law Specialist Lawyers Association (ASEDEN), and a founding member and international director of AGEIA DENSI (Asociación Grupo de Estudio e Investigación en Derecho, Economía y Negocios en la Sociedad de la Información), an ICANN At-Large Structure which currently has national chapters in many countries.

In 2006, Carlos became a founding member of LACRALO (Latin American and Caribbean Regional At Large Organization), where has served as served as a member of the Operating Principles Development Committee since 2006. He was also a signer of the LACRALO-ICANN MOU in December 2006.

In 2006, Carlos was elected to serve on ICANN's At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), and was elected for a second consecutive term in 2008. He was ALAC liaison to the GNSO NCUC in 2007 and 2008, and chair of the ALAC Participation and Engagement in ICANN Working Group, and has served as ALAC liaison to the Joint SO/AC New gTLD Applicants Support Working Group. He has also attended and actively participated in more than a dozen ICANN international meetings.

Carlos is currently the vice-chair of ADIAR, the Argentinean Association of Cyber Law.

Carlos received his degree in law in 1988 and a postgraduate specialization in Business Law in 2009 from the National University of Cordoba in Argentina. An Argentinian citizen, he is a native Spanish speaker and also fluent in English.

ccNSO Council

Sokol Haxhiu

Sokol Haxhiu has more than 10 years of extensive management and senior expert experience working in the USA, Albania, and Kosovo with international organizations such as the United Nations Development Programme, GTZ, EU, and Soros Foundation. He led the strategic direction, guidance and management of a programme at UNDP that includes several important ICT4D projects and initiatives with the Albanian government. He has been in charge of large-scale project planning, preparation, management and administration and has expertise in capacity building, institutional strengthening, change management, talent development and resource allocation.

For the past several years, Sokol has advised the Government of Albania in information and communication technologies as part of his work with UNDP.

As a team leader he initiated, designed and managed several important ICT projects for Albania, among them the e-School Project, National ICT Strategy, the GovNet Project, the e-Accounting Project, the e-Service Project, x-Road, the TA Project, and e-Visa. He has worked in cooperation with the Albanian central government to set up the National Agency for Information Society by providing technical assistance and training.

Before joining UNDP, Sokol was head of the ICT department of Tirana, where he was responsible for reforming the municipality's entire work and processes through ICT. He is now Executive Director of the Center for Development and Technology, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting development through technology and innovation.

An Albanian native speaker, he is also fluent in English and Italian. He has a Master of Science degree in Telecommunications/Computer Science Management from Oklahoma State University in the USA and a BA with honors from Harding University in the USA. He has been certified in ICT and e-governance from the e-Governance Academy in Estonia and in Internet Governance from the Diplo Foundation in Malta.


Sébastien Bachollet

Sébastien Bachollet began his career in 1985 with Air Inter (the French domestic airline), then moved to SNCF (French National Railways) where he led innovative technological and organizational projects focused on information systems. With this experience, in the early 2000s he relaunched and promoted the development of CIO (Chief Information Officer) networks at the national level within CIGREF (Club Informatique des Grandes Entreprises Françaises) and at the European level with the creation of EuroCio. Within this framework, he was responsible for strategic development and networking. As deputy general manager of CIGREF, he represented CIGREF and business users in Internet governance at all levels in France, Europe and worldwide.

CIGREF has been a member of ICANN's GNSO Business Constituency since its inception.

Since his work with SNCF, Sébastien has been deeply involved in the Internet world. He launched the www.sncf.fr web site, the largest e-business web site in France today.

Sébastien worked actively to set up and hold the European Global Event on Domain Names and Address Systems, now known as EGENI Europe, held in Paris annually from 2002 to 2008 with more than 250 participants each year. He launched EGENI Africa in 2006 with ISOC Morocco.

Since 2001, Sébastien has been a member of the Internet Society French Chapter (www.isoc.fr), has served on its board since 2003 and was declared the Honorary President in 2009. He is an honorary member of other Internet Society chapters as well. He was elected European Internet users representative in May 2007 and has been the ALAC (At-Large Advisory Committee) vice-chair since 2008.

A citizen of France, Sébastien has served since June 2004 as the founding CEO of BBS International Consulting, a consultancy specializing in information systems with particular emphasis on Internet technologies.


Marc Rotenberg

Marc Rotenberg is Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) in Washington, DC. He teaches information privacy law at Georgetown University Law Center and has testified before Congress on many issues, including access to information, encryption policy, consumer protection, computer security, and communications privacy. He testified before the 9-11 Commission on "Security and Liberty: Protecting Privacy, Preventing Terrorism." He has served on several national and international advisory panels, including the expert panels on Cryptography Policy and Computer Security for the OECD, the Legal Experts on Cyberspace Law for UNESCO, and the Countering Spam program of the ITU. He chairs the ABA Committee on Privacy and Information Protection. He is a founding board member and former Chair of the Public Interest Registry, which manages the .ORG domain. He is editor of "The Privacy Law Sourcebook" and co-editor (with Daniel J. Solove and Paul Schwartz) of "Information Privacy Law" (Aspen Publishing 2006). He is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School. He served as Counsel to Senator Patrick J. Leahy on the Senate Judiciary Committee after graduation from law school. He is the recipient of several awards, including the World Technology Award in Law.