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Apply Now for ICANN Leadership Positions: Deadline Is 21 March 2017

The ICANN Nominating Committee (NomCom) invites interested individuals to submit applications and/or recommend candidates for ICANN's key leadership positions. Selected individuals will have a unique opportunity to work with accomplished colleagues from around the globe to help shape the Internet's technical coordination and policy development.

We are inviting applications and recommendations for the following positions:

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

Currently, the eight NomCom-selected Board members are: Maarten Botterman, Cherine Chalaby, Steve Crocker, Asha Hemrajani, Rafael Lito Ibarra, Khaled Koubaa, George Sadowsky and Lousewies Van der Laan.

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. They will gain valuable insights and experience from working across boundaries of knowledge, responsibility, culture and geography. They will make a valuable public service contribution toward the functioning and evolution of this essential global resource.

Qualifications

Fluency in English is a requirement for all positions.

Other qualifications, skills and time commitments vary depending on the position. For information, visit the NomCom webpage.

Application Deadline and Process

For full consideration, ICANN must receive applications by 21 March 2017, 23:59 Universal Coordinated Time (UTC).

All applications are confidential. Selections will be announced in August or September 2017. Successful candidates will assume their positions after ICANN's Annual General Meeting, to be held from 28 October to 3 November 2017.

Meetings, Travel, Reimbursement and Compensation

These positions require regular participation in teleconferences and may involve significant international travel, including travel to ICANN's three annual Public Meetings. Meetings during 2017 will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark (11–16 March); Johannesburg, South Africa (26–29 June); and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (28 October – 3 November).

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 Board Member Compensation.)

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.

For More Information

Learn more by visiting the 2017 NomCom website. If you have any questions or comments, email nomcom2017@icann.org.


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