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 European Parliaments 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 joined Facebook as Director end of October 2011 as Director Public Policy in Brussels. Until October 2011 Erika was 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.
Erika was selected by the Nominating Committee to serve on the Board. Her term starts following the Annual General Meeting in Cartagena Colombia on 10 December 2010 and will expire on 21 November 2013.