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2023 ICANN Nominating Committee

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An Update from the 2023 ICANN Nominating Committee

The 2023 Nominating Committee received 155 completed applications during the application period from 11 January 2023 through 30 March 2023.

About the 2023 NomCom Candidates

Of the 155 completed applications:

  • 39 percent of applicants are from Africa.
  • 25 percent of applicants are from Asia, Australia, or the Pacific Islands.
  • 9 percent of applicants are from Europe.
  • 15 percent of applicants are from Latin America or the Caribbean.
  • 12 percent of applicants are from North America.
  • 27 percent of applicants are female, 59 percent of applicants are male, and 14 percent did not disclose

Open Positions

The 2023 NomCom will fill nine open leadership positions:

  • Two members of the ICANN Board of Directors
  • One member of the PTI Board of Directors
  • Three regional representatives to the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) – one each from the Africa region; the Asia, Australia, and Pacific Islands region; and the Latin America and the Caribbean region
  • Two members of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council – one representing the Contracted Parties House and one representing the Non-Contracted Parties House
  • One member of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Council
The 2023 Nominating Committee will fill nine open leadership positions.

Leadership Positions Information

The following documents provide information (criteria and time commitment) about the ICANN Leadership Positions to be filled by the 2023 NomCom:

Board and Community Recommendations to NomCom


2023 Nominating Committee Timeline


The NomCom is an independent committee tasked with selecting key ICANN leadership positions, including some members of the ICANN Board of Directors and the Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) Board, as well as the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Council, and the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council. The NomCom is designed to function independently from the Board, the Supporting Organizations, and Advisory Committees.

NomCom delegates act 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; they do not act in furtherance of the group that appointed them to the NomCom.

An infographic explaining what the Nominating Committee does and how it operates.

NomCom Delegates:

Leadership: Vanda Scartezini (Chair), Amir Qayyum (Chair-Elect) and Michael R. Graham (Associate Chair).

Committee Delegates: Alvaro Javier Aguilar (ALAC-LAC), Taiwo Peter Akinremi (GNSO-NCUC), Ali AlMeshal (ALAC-AP), Tom Barrett (GNSO-RrSG; March 2023 – Present), Tijani Ben Jemaa (ALAC-AF), Vittorio Bertola (IETF), Jordyn Buchanan (GNSO-CBUC Large), Vivek Goyal (GNSO-CBUC Small), Judith Hellerstein (ALAC-NA), Hiro Hotta (RSSAC), Brajesh Jain (ASO), Yrjö Länsipuro (ALAC-EUR), Pam Little (GNSO-RrSG; September 2022 – March 2023), Sophie Mitchell (ccNSO), Ram Mohan (SSAC), Craig Schwartz (GNSO-RySG), Vicky Sheckler (GNSO-IPC), John R. Woodworth (GNSO-ISPCP).

Nominating Committee Delegates BiographiesClick here

NomCom Evaluations

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."