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Nominating Committee Convenes in Dakar

The 2012 ICANN Nominating Committee (NomCom) has convened and met for the first time on 28 – 29 October 2011, immediately following the 42nd International ICANN Public Meeting in Dakar, Senegal.

Prior to the first 2012 NomCom meeting, on 25 August 2011, the ICANN Board appointed Vanda Scartezini as the 2012 NomCom Chair and Rob Hall as the 2012 NomCom Chair Elect, as required by ICANN’s Bylaws (See Article VII, sections 2.1 and 2.2 at

In addition to Vanda Scartezini and Rob Hall, the following individuals have been appointed to the 2012 Nominating Committee:

Non-Voting Members
Joao Damas – Root Server System Advisory Committee
Lyman Chapin – Security and Stability Advisory Committee

Voting Members
Mohamed El Bashir – ALAC, Africa   
Siranush Vardanyan – ALAC, Asia/Australia/Pacific
Yrjö Länsipuro – ALAC, Europe
Jacqueline Morris – ALAC, Latin America/Caribbean           
Glenn McKnight – ALAC, North America
Hartmut Glaser – ASO Address Council
Jian Zhang – ccNSO Representative
Waudo Siganga – GNSO, Business Constituency (Small)
Sarah Deutsch – GNSO, Business Constituency (Large)
Anthony Harris – GNSO, Internet Service and Connection Providers Constituency  
Paul McGrady – GNSO, Intellectual Property Constituency  
Maria Farrell – GNSO, Non-Commercial Users Constituency
Ken Stubbs – GNSO, Registry Stakeholder Group      
Krista Papac – GNSO, Registrar Stakeholder Group             
Ole Jacobsen – Internet Engineering Task Force       
Jose Manuel Alonso – Technical Liaison Group (W3C)

While in Dakar, the NomCom agreed to a code of conduct, including a firm commitment to confidentiality and prompt disclosure of any conflicts of interest. At the same time, the NomCom agreed to be as open and transparent as possible in its work, and continues to welcome comments and advice in this regard on improvements it can make for the current year and for future Committees.

The NomCom discussed outreach strategies and the selection process, established sub-Committees, set a timeline for activities during 2011-2012 and outlined steps for the evaluation and selection phase.

The NomCom seeks individuals to volunteer in leadership positions to contribute to ICANN's work. Self-nominations are strongly encouraged, and the Committee also welcomes suggestions for individuals to become candidates. The NomCom asks for the community's help in establishing the strongest possible pool of candidates.

2012 NomCom will select:

  • Three members of the ICANN Board of Directors
  • Two members of the At Large Advisory Committee (Europe and North America regions)
  • One member of the Council of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)
  • One member of the Council of the Country-Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO)

Those selected by the 2012 NomCom will take their seats at the conclusion of the 2012 ICANN Annual General Meeting, 19 October 2012 in Toronto, Canada.

The 2012 NomCom's website ( will be updated in the very near future. Further information on the ICANN leadership positions the 2012 NomCom is charged to fill and invitation for Statements of Interests (SOI) are anticipated to be posted by mid-December 2011.

Highlights of the 2012 NomCom Timeline are:

  • Nomination Period – early December 2011 to early April 2012
  • Review and Evaluation – early April to end of June 2012
  • Selection and Due Diligence – end of June to early August 2012
  • Selections Announced – early to mid-August 2012

The NomCom intends to hold public meetings during the ICANN meeting in San Jose, Costa Rica (11-16 March 2012, see to provide an update on the Committee’s progress, information on the NomCom process and answer questions. The date of the workshop will be confirmed once the Costa Rica meeting schedule is finalized.

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