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ICANN Nominating Committee Candidate Recruitment Period Ends Today, 4 April 2011

The 2011 Nominating Committee application period closes today, Monday, April 4 at 23:59 UTC.

The 2011 Nominating Committee (NomCom) is seeking qualified candidates for the following key positions within ICANN:

  • Two members of the Board of Directors of ICANN
  • Three At Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) representatives (one each from the Africa, Asia/Australia/Pacific and Latin America/Caribbean regions)
  • Two members of the Council of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)
  • One member of the Council of the Country-Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO)

A few hours before the deadline, the NomCom has received 77 Statements of Interest. 12 candidates are from Europe, 22 are from Asia/Pacific, 11 are from Latin America, 14 are from North America, and 18 are from Africa. 18 candidates are female, 59 are male.

Candidates have expressed primary interest in serving as follows: 37 on the ICANN Board, 11 on the GNSO Council, nine on the ccNSO Council, and 20 on the ALAC. Some candidates have asked to be considered for more than one position.

Individuals selected by the NomCom will have a unique opportunity to work with accomplished colleagues from around the globe, address intriguing technical coordination problems and related policy development challenges with diverse functional, cultural, and geographic dimensions, and gain valuable insights and experience from working across these boundaries of knowledge, responsibility and perspective.

The 2011 NomCom began its work in December 2010 at the ICANN Annual General Meeting in Cartagena, Columbia, and has since then organized outreach events in multiple locations such as Hong Kong, Belgium, United States, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Spain, in addition to individual outreach activities performed by its members globally. The NomCom holds conference calls to plan and follow-up its work.

More information regarding the Nominating Committee can be found at The summary of all Statements of Interest received will be updated and posted once all applications have been processed. Selections will be announced in early September 2011. Successful candidates will take up their positions following ICANN's Annual General Meeting in October 2011.

Candidate questions or comments may also be emailed to

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