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An Update From the 2024 Nominating Committee

3 May 2024
By Amir Qayyum

I am pleased to report that the 2024 Nominating Committee (NomCom) has received 78 completed applications for this year's open ICANN leadership positions. The application period closed on 15 March 2024, as outlined in this announcement.

About the 2024 NomCom Candidates

Out of 78 applicants:

  • 26 percent are from Africa.
  • 22 percent are from Asia, Australia, or the Pacific Islands.
  • 24 percent are from Europe.
  • 8 percent are from Latin America or the Caribbean.
  • 20 percent are from North America.
  • 29 percent are female, 71 percent are male.

Open Leadership Positions

As a reminder, the 2024 NomCom is seeking to fill seven open leadership positions. We have accepted applications for the following key leadership roles:

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

Next Steps

Currently, we are in the assessment period. During this period, NomCom delegates undertake a series of steps to evaluate the applications.

From 5 to 8 April 2024, the NomCom held the first assessment meeting. The committee reviewed all submitted applications for each open leadership position and evaluated candidates' skills, qualifications, and experience based on the specific criteria for each role. From this meeting, the committee selected a first short list of candidates.

The NomCom has formed deep dive groups that will conduct virtual interviews with the short-listed candidates, using assessment tools and summary reports to evaluate each candidate equally and fairly.

The NomCom will hold its second assessment meeting in May 2024. Afterwards, the committee will select the final short list of candidates. The final short-listed candidates for the ICANN Board seats will be called for face-to-face interviews during ICANN80, whereas the final short-listed candidates for the ALAC, ccNSO Council, and GNSO Council positions will be asked to submit video or written responses to a few questions via the online portal.

The NomCom will facilitate a due-diligence process for the final short-listed candidates for all open leadership positions.

The NomCom delegates will then meet for the final deliberation process before and during ICANN80. Delegates will conduct live interviews with the final short-listed ICANN Board candidates and will vote on and confirm the final selection of candidates and alternates for the ICANN Board, GNSO Council, ALAC, and ccNSO Council positions. Our goal is to announce the NomCom selectees by August 2024.

For more information about the leadership positions, our timeline, and the NomCom, please visit the 2024 NomCom webpage.


Amir Qayyum

2024 Nominating Committee Chair