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2020 ICANN Nominating Committee

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2020 Nominating Committee (NomCom) Timeline

Leadership Positions Information

The following documents provide information (criteria and time commitment) about the ICANN and PTI Leadership Positions to be filled by the 2020 NomCom:

Board and Community Recommendations to NomCom

Open Positions

The Nominating Committee invited interested individuals to submit applications for the following positions:

  • Two members of the ICANN Board of Directors (ICANN Board Member: Job Description [PDF, 72 KB])
  • One member of the PTI Board of Directors
  • Two regional representatives to the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) – one from the European region and one from the North American region
  • One member of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council
  • One member of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Council

For further details on eligibility factors, criteria, qualifications, and time commitment, see ICANN Nominating Committee | Open Leadership Positions 2020

10 Open Leadership Positions to be filled by the 2020 Nominating Committee (NomCom)


The 2020 Nominating Committee (NomCom) was convened at the conclusion of the ICANN Annual General Meeting (AGM) at ICANN66 in Montréal, Canada.

The NomCom is an independent committee tasked with selecting key ICANN members including the Board of Directors, as well as the ALAC, the ccNSO Council and the GNSO Council. The NomCom is designed to function independently from the Board, the 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.

The Nominating Committee (NomCom) Structure




Leadership Team Members: Jay Sudowski (Chair), Ole Jacobsen (Chair Elect), and Damon Ashcraft (Associate Chair).

Committee Members: Pankaj Chaturvedi (ASO), Amrita Choudhury (ALAC – AP), Kristine Dorrain (GNSO – RySG), Hadia Elminiawi (ALAC – AF), Michael Graham (GNSO – IPC), Caroline Greer (GNSO – RrSG), Tracy Hackshaw (ALAC – LAC), Wolfgang Kleinwächter (GNSO – NCUC), Peter Koch (IETF), Annebeth Lange (ccNSO), Marie-Noemie Marques (GNSO – ISPCP), Glenn McKnight (ALAC – NA), Paul Mitchel (GNSO – CBUC), Lawrence Olawale-Roberts (GNSO-CBUC), Amir Qayyum (RSSAC), Chris Roosenraad (SSAC), and Erich Schweighofer (ALAC – EUR).

Nominating Committee Member BiographiesClick here

Committee Documents

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."