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Interview with Stéphane Van Gelder, Chair, 2015 Nominating Committee

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers' (ICANN) Nominating Committee (NomCom) invites interested individuals to submit applications and/or to recommend candidates for ICANN's key leadership positions. Applications in 2015 are invited for the following positions:

  • Three members of the ICANN Board of Directors
  • Three At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) representatives (one each from the Africa, Asia/Australia/Pacific Islands and Latin America/Caribbean Islands 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)

Individuals selected by the NomCom will have a unique opportunity to work with accomplished colleagues from around the globe and help shape the Internet's technical coordination and policy development.

Those selected will also gain valuable insights and experience from working across boundaries of knowledge, responsibility, culture and geography. They will be making a valuable public service contribution towards the functioning and evolution of this essential global resource. Guided by the broad public interest, those selected will work to fulfill ICANN's mission to coordinate the global Internet's systems of unique identifiers, and in particular to ensure its stable and secure operation.

Current NomCom-selected Board members include: Cherine Chalaby, Steve Crocker, Wolfgang Kleinwächter, Asha Hemrajani, Bruno Lanvin, Erika Mann, Gonzalo Navarro and George Sadowsky.

Please submit applications for the positions described above through the on-line application request form at (http://nomcom.icann.org/apply) or by emailing nomcom2015@icann.org.

For more information, please visit the 2015 NomCom website. If you have any questions or comments, please email: nomcom2015@icann.org.

Candidate recommendations are encouraged and can be submitted through an on-line form at http://nomcom.icann.org/suggest.

All applications are confidential and should be received by 15 March 2015 (23:59 UTC) for full consideration. Selections will be announced in August or September 2015. Successful candidates will take up their positions following ICANN's Annual Meeting in October 2015.

Fluency in English is a requirement for all positions.

These positions require regular participation in teleconferences and may involve significant international travel, including travel to ICANN's three annual Public Meetings. Recent ICANN Public Meetings were held in Singapore, London, and Los Angeles. Meetings during 2015 will be held in Singapore (8 – 12 February 2015), the Latin America/Caribbean Islands region and Dublin.

Reasonable direct expenses incurred in the course of service will be reimbursed.

Each Board Member has the option to receive compensation in accordance with the resolution passed by the Board on 30 July 2014, but is not required to do so. (See https://www.icann.org/resources/board-material/resolutions-2014-07-30-en#2.b.)

Background:

The NomCom is an independent committee tasked with selecting eight members of the Board of Directors and other key positions within ICANN's structure.

It is designed to function independently from the ICANN Board, Supporting Organizations, and Advisory Committees. NomCom members act only on behalf of the interests of the global Internet community and within the scope of the ICANN mission and responsibilities assigned to it by the ICANN Bylaws.

NomCom members contribute understanding of the broad interests of the Internet community as a whole, and knowledge and experience of specific Internet constituencies who have appointed them.

The challenge for the NomCom is to integrate these perspectives and derive consensus in its selections. Although appointed by Supporting Organizations and other ICANN bodies, individual NomCom members are not accountable to their appointing bodies.

NomCom members are accountable for adherence to the ICANN Bylaws and for compliance with the rules and procedures established by the NomCom.


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