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ICANN Nominating Committee Candidate Recruitment Period Has Ended

The 2012 Nominating Committee application period closed on Monday, 16 April 2012 at 23:59 UTC.

The 2012 Nominating Committee (NomCom) has the task to select qualified candidates for the following key positions within ICANN:

  • Three members of the Board of Directors
  • Two At Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) representatives (one each from the North America and Europe 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)

At the deadline, the NomCom had received 72 Statements of Interest. Twelve candidates are from Europe, 15 are from Asia/Pacific, 24 are from Latin America, 14 are from North America, and seven are from Africa.  Fourteen candidates are female, 58 are male.

Candidates have expressed primary interest in serving as follows: 53 on the ICANN Board, 21 on the GNSO Council, 21 on the ccNSO Council, and 13 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 2012 NomCom began its work in October 2011 after the ICANN Annual General Meeting in Dakar, Senegal, and has since then organized outreach events in multiple locations 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 Selections will be announced in early September 2012. Successful candidates will take up their positions following ICANN's Annual General Meeting in October 2012.

Candidate questions or comments may also be emailed to

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