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Call for Expressions of Interest (EoIs) for the At-Large Board Member Position 2017

Call for Expressions of Interest

On behalf of the Board Candidate Evaluation Committee (BCEC), we are seeking Expressions of Interest (EoIs) from Candidates who wish to serve as an ICANN Board Director. The selected Candidate will be chosen by the At-Large Community, and will serve for a 3-year term starting at the end of ICANN60 (2017 Annual General Meeting - AGM).


Seat number 15 of the ICANN Board of Directors is dedicated to a member selected by the At-Large Community. This seat is currently occupied by Rinalia Abdul Rahim, who assumed the position at the end of ICANN51 (2014 AGM). Her 3-year term will be completed at the closing of ICANN60 (2017 AGM).

Pursuant to Section 19 of the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) Rules of Procedure (version adopted on 20 September 2016), the At-Large Community process for selecting the next Board Director began in September 2016, with the appointment of the Chairs and Members of the BCEC and the Board Member Selection Process Committee (BMSPC).

The BCEC is responsible for outlining Candidate requirements and expectations, calling for, identifying, and evaluating applications, and compiling the initial slate of Candidates for the Board Director position. The BMSPC oversees the entire selection process for the At-Large Board Member, including the development of the selection timeline and the election finalizing the process.

Both groups have regionally balanced membership and operate in accordance with a strict code of conduct and confidentiality. To learn more information, please visit their workspace.

This selection process is planned to be completed by Friday, 21 April 2017, with the announcement of the winner on that date. View the detailed timeline here.

How to Request an Expression of Interest (EoI) Form

Persons who are interested in submitting an Expression of Interest (EoI) should begin the process by reviewing the At-Large Board Member Candidate Requirements - 2017 and At-Large Board Member Candidate Reference Links & Resources - 2017. In particular, please ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements detailed under "Additional Bylaws Qualifications" on the At-Large Board Member Candidate Requirements - 2017 page.

Persons who are interested and eligible to apply for the position should then email the Program Admin Staff at and briefly indicate your interest. Once your email is received, Program Admin Staff will follow up promptly by sending you an email providing you access to an online Expression of Interest (EoI) Form for you to submit your complete application. Specifically, Candidates are requested to name no less than three (3) and no more than four (4) people who are willing, at short notice, to provide you a written Reference for your candidacy after being directly contacted by the BCEC and the Program Admin Staff. See a blank sample EoI Form to review and understand the details.

The deadline for completing and submitting an EoI Form to be considered by the BCEC is 23:59 UTC on Friday, 18 November 2016.

Any questions regarding the process should also be directed by email to They will be answered as quickly as possible.

Heidi Ullrich, Ariel Liang, Terri Agnew, and Yesim Nazlar
At-Large Board Member Selection Program Admin Staff

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