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ICANN 2011 Nominating Committee Announces Selections

The 2011 ICANN Nominating Committee (NomCom) has completed its selections for eight leadership positions within ICANN.

The NomCom's Chair, Adam Peake, said "We are very pleased to have been able to select such high quality people to join ICANN. They are a great group, bringing skills and experience that will serve the community well. It's been a tough job, the NomCom had to choose from a very strong applicant pool, with many highly qualified candidates for every position, including a record number of female applicants. After many hours of teleconferences and meetings, and then almost two and half days of discussion locked away in a room in Singapore, we reached unanimous agreement on all the selected nominees and the overall slate that includes individuals from China, Germany, Jamaica, Malaysia, Nigeria, Philippines and United States. Thanks to my committee for their hard work, and on behalf of all the NomCom a very sincere Thank You to all 88 candidates who gave their time and effort in volunteering to help ICANN".

The NomCom is charged with recruiting and selecting a portion of ICANN's leadership. The 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.

The NomCom evaluated over eighty-eight candidates, many of whom with exceptional qualifications in relation to the key criteria as set out in the ICANN Bylaws. With such a rich pool of candidates and very few seats to fill, the NomCom found itself unable to appoint all the applicants the Committee members would have desired to see on the Board and on the other bodies.

Selectees listed for each ICANN body, in alphabetical order by family name.

ICANN Board of Directors

Steve Crocker, United States

Judith Vasquez, Philippines


Titi Akinsanmi, Nigeria

Rinalia Abdul Rahim, Malaysia

Carlton Samuels, Jamaica

GNSO Council

Lanre Ajayi, Nigeria

Thomas Rickert, Germany

ccNSO Council

Hong Xue, China

These individuals will take up their positions after the end of ICANN's Annual General Meeting in Dakar, Senegal, on 28 October 2011.

This year's Nominating Committee received 88 Statements of Interest from candidates all over the world (23 female and 65 male), during its open nomination period from 17 December 2010 to 4 April 2011. The regional breakdown of this year's candidates is:

  • 19 from Africa,
  • 24 from Asia/Australia/Pacific
  • 14 from Europe
  • 15 from Latin America/Caribbean
  • 16 from North America

For more information about the NomCom, please visit

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