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2018 ICANN Nominating Committee

Background | Timeline | Members | Committee Documents | Conflicts

The 2018 Nominating Committee (NomCom) was convened at the conclusion of the ICANN Annual General Meeting (AGM) at ICANN60 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.


The NomCom 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.

Members | NomCom Structure

2018 Nominating Committee (NomCom) Members


Leadership Team Members: Zahid Jamil, Chair; Damon Ashcraft, Chair Elect; Hans Petter Holen, Associate Chair

Committee Members: Alejandro Acosta (RSSAC), Nadira Al Araj (ALAC-AP), Alain Bidron (GNSO/ISPCP), Jonathan Cohen (IPC), Anriette Esterhuysen (NCUC), Theo Geurts (GNSO/Registrars SG), Aziz Hilali (ALAC-AF), Sandra Hoferichter (ALAC-EU), Ole Jacobsen (IETF), Brajesh Jain (ASO-AC), Cheryl Miller (GNSO/CBUC-Large), Jon Nevett (GNSO/Registries SG), Pablo Rodriguez (ccNSO), Jose Ovidio Salgueiro (ALAC-LAC), Mark Seiden (SSAC), Jason Sudowski (GNSO/CBUC-Small) and Leah Symekher (ALAC-NA)

NomCom Staff Support: Joette Youkhanna (Senior Project Manager) and Jia Kimoto (Project Manager)

The Nominating Committee Structure

Timeline/Work Phases

2018 Nominating Committee (NomCom) Timeline
2018 Nominating Committee (NomCom) Work Phases

Leadership Positions to be filled by NomCom

7 Open ICANN Leadership Positions

Application Period

  • ICANN Leadership Positions – the application period will be announced and launched in early January 2018

Committee Documents

Reporting Conflicts or Misconduct

The 2016 NomCom implemented a Whistleblower email for members to use if they needed to report misconduct. The 2018 NomCom is continuing the Whistleblower email. The system allows conflicts to be declared even if it is the Chair that is being suspected of being in conflict. NomCom Staff administers the mailbox and shares information with ICANN Legal for further review.

The community and NomCom members may report misconduct or suspected conflict by sending an email to

Domain Name System
Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as"""" is not an IDN."