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31 January 2018

LOS ANGELES – 31 January 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Nominating Committee (NomCom) invites interested individuals to submit an expression of interest and/or recommend candidates for ICANN's key leadership positions. Selected individuals will have a unique opportunity to work with accomplished colleagues from around the globe to help shape the Internet's technical coordination and policy development. The deadline to submit your application is 19 March 2018 at 23:59 UTC.

We are inviting applications and recommendations for the following positions:

  • Three members of the ICANN Board of Directors
  • Two representatives to the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) – one from Europe and one from the North America region
  • One member of the Council of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)
  • Two members of the Council of the Country-Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO)

Currently, the eight NomCom selected Board members are: Maarten Botterman, Cherine Chalaby, Sarah Deutsch, Avri Doria, Rafael Lito Ibarra, Khaled Koubaa, George Sadowsky, and Lousewies Van der Laan.

Guided by the broad public interest, those selected will work to fulfill ICANN's mission to coordinate the global Internet's system of unique identifiers, and in particular, to ensure its stable and secure operation. They will gain valuable insights and experience working on topics including knowledge, responsibility, culture, and geography. They will make a valuable public service contribution toward the functioning and evolution of this essential global resource.


Fluency in English is a requirement for all positions.

Other qualifications, skills and time commitments vary depending on the position. For information, visit the NomCom webpage.

Application Deadline and Process

For full consideration, ICANN must receive applications by 19 March 2018, 23:59 Universal Coordinated Time (UTC).

All applications are confidential. Selections will be announced in August or September 2018. Successful candidates will assume their positions after ICANN's Annual General Meeting scheduled to be held from 20 - 26 October 2018.

Meetings, Travel, Reimbursement, and Compensation

These positions require regular participation in teleconferences and may involve significant international travel, including travel to ICANN's three annual Public Meetings. Meetings during 2018 will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico (10–15 March); Panama City, Panama (25–28 June); and Barcelona, Spain (20–26 October).

Reasonable direct and properly documented expenses incurred in the course of service will be reimbursed.

Each Board Member has the option to receive compensation in accordance with the resolution passed by the Board on 30 July 2014, but it is not required. (See Board Member Compensation.)


The NomCom is an independent committee tasked with selecting eight members of the Board of Directors and other key leadership positions within ICANN's structure.

It is designed to function independently from the ICANN Board, Supporting Organizations, and Advisory Committees. NomCom members act only on behalf of the interests of the global Internet community and within the scope of the ICANN mission and responsibilities assigned to it by the ICANN Bylaws.

NomCom members contribute their understandings of the broad interests of the Internet community, and their knowledge and experience of specific Internet constituencies that have appointed them. The challenge for the NomCom is to integrate these perspectives and derive consensus in its selections. Although appointed by Supporting Organizations and other ICANN bodies, individual NomCom members are not accountable to their appointing bodies.

NomCom members are accountable for adherence to the ICANN Bylaws and for compliance with the rules and procedures established by the NomCom.

For More Information

Learn more by visiting the 2018 NomCom website. If you have any questions or comments, email nomcom2018@icann.org.


ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.