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2018 ICANN Nominating Committee

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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.


Updated – 13 September 2018
ICANN 2018 Nominating Committee Announces Selections

The ICANN 2018 Nominating Committee (NomCom) is pleased to announce its selections for the eight leadership positions within ICANN.

ICANN Board of Directors

Rafael Ibarra

Rafael Ibarra
Latin America / Caribbean Islands

Tripti Sinha

Tripti Sinha
North America

At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC)

Javier Rúa-Jovet

Javier Rúa-Jovet
North America

Council of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO)

Laura Margolis

Laura Margolis
Latin America / Caribbean Islands

Ajay Data

Ajay Data
Asia / Australia / Pacific Islands

Council of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)

Erika Mann

Erika Mann


  • ICANN61 | San Juan Update from the 2018 NomCom

  • ICANN62 | Panama City Update from the 2018 NomCom


2018 Nominating Committee (NomCom) Timeline

Application Period Closed – 19 March 2018

The 2018 NomCom invited interested individuals to submit an application and/or recommend candidates for ICANN's key leadership positions. The deadline to submit an application was 19 March 2018 at 23:59 UTC.

The 2018 NomCom asked for applications and recommendations for the following positions:

  • Three members of the ICANN Board of Directors*
  • Two representatives to the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) – one from Europe and one from the North America region
  • One member of the Council of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)
  • Two members of the Council of the Country-Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO)

*Per Article 7, Section 7.5 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..." For additional information on the geographic diversity of the ICANN Board, see Board Geographic Diversity section below.

8 Open ICANN Leadership Positions

Leadership Positions Information

The following documents provide information (criteria and time commitment) about the ICANN Leadership Positions to be filled by the 2018 NomCom:


Please submit applications for the ICANN positions described above through the on-line expression of interest form at (

All applications are confidential and should be received by 19 March 2018 (23:59 UTC) for full consideration. Selections will be announced in August 2018. Successful candidates will take up their positions following ICANN's Annual Meeting in October 2018.

Individuals selected by the NomCom 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.

Guided by the broad public interest, those selected will work to fulfill ICANN's mission to coordinate the global Internet's system of unique identifiers, and in particular, to ensure its stable and secure operation. They will gain valuable insights and experience working on topics including knowledge, responsibility, culture, and geography. They will make a valuable public service contribution toward the functioning and evolution of this essential global resource.

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. Meetings during 2018 will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico (10–15 March); Panama City, Panama (25–28 June); and Barcelona, Spain (20–26 October).

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 it is not required. (See Board Member Compensation.)

Candidate Recommendations

Candidate recommendations are encouraged and can be submitted through an on-line form at

Work Phases

2018 Nominating Committee (NomCom) Work Phases

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), Danny McPherson (SSAC; April 2018 - Present), Cheryl Miller (GNSO/CBUC-Large), Jon Nevett (GNSO/Registries SG), Pablo Rodriguez (ccNSO), Jose Ovidio Salgueiro (ALAC-LAC), Mark Seiden (SSAC; November 2017 – March 2018), Jason Sudowski (GNSO/CBUC-Small) and Leah Symekher (ALAC-NA)

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

Interim NomCom Staff Support: Christine Willett (Vice President, gTLD Operations), Michaela Quinzy (Senior Director, Global Support), Camia Frank (NomCom Office Coordinator), Adam Peake (Senior Manager for Civil Society Engagement) and Jared Erwin (Manager, GDD Global Implementation)

The Nominating Committee Structure

Committee Documents

Board and Community Recommendations to NomCom

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


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.

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."