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2015 Nominating Committee Application Period Ends Soon

Time is running out to put your name forward to join the team of global leadership, largely volunteers, who help the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) coordinate the policies and processes that shape the future of the Internet.

ICANN's Nominating Committee (NomCom) invites interested individuals to submit applications and/or to recommend candidates for ICANN's key leadership positions. 2015 applications 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)

*Per Article VI, Section 5 of the ICANN Bylaws, ". . . at all times each Geographic Region shall have at least one Director, and at all times no region shall have more than five Directors on the Board (not including the President). As used in these Bylaws, each of the following is considered to be a 'Geographic Region': Europe; Asia/Australia/Pacific; Latin America/Caribbean islands; Africa; and North America."

The graph below shows the current geographic diversity of ICANN's Board of Directors (not including ICANN's President and CEO):

2015 ICANN Board - Geographic Diversity, Oct 2014 - Oct 2015

The 2015 NomCom improved the application procedure to make it easier to apply. If you are interested in the positions described above, please apply by completing the online Application Request Form at ( Candidate recommendations are encouraged and can be submitted through an online form at

Below are some answers to questions you might have about the application procedure:

Q. I've sent off my Candidacy Application Request Form from the NomCom website, now what happens?

A. Providing the Candidacy Application Request Form has been submitted before the deadline of 23:59 UTC on 15 March 2015, staff will acknowledge its receipt and then prepare a personalized and dedicated application form for you to complete within the NomCom restricted ICANN wiki. You will receive a link to your application and login credentials to complete the form. The deadline for providing the NomCom with your completed application form is 23:59 UTC on 22 March 2014.

Q. I have received the link to my application and login credentials but have not yet completed all the form sections. Does this have to be done before 23:59 UTC on 15 March 2015?

A. As long as you have started the process before 23:59 UTC on 15 March 2015, you have until 23:59 UTC on 22 March 2015 to complete your application for full consideration.

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

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