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Minutes | Board Risk Committee (BRC) Meeting

BRC Attendees: Harald Alverstrand, Rafael Lito Ibarra (Chair), Merike Käo, Akinori Maemura, Kaveh Ranjbar, Nigel Roberts, and Matthew Shears

Other Board Member Attendees: Avri Doria and Danko Jevtović

ICANN Organization Attendees: Xavier Calvez (SVP, Planning and Chief Financial Officer), Franco Carrasco (Board Operations Specialist), James Caulfield (Vice President, Risk Management), David Conrad (SVP, Chief Technical Officer), Elizabeth Le (Associate General Counsel), and Amy Stathos (Deputy General Counsel)


The following is a summary of discussions, actions taken and actions identified:

  1. Organization Risk Register Update – The Committee discussed the updates to the Organization Risk Register and reviewed the controls and mitigation in place for the updated risks.
  2. BRC Charter Review – The Committee conducted a committee charter review and discussed proposed updates to the BRC Charter. The main revision discussed, among other revisions presented by ICANN org, was adding oversight of the Risk Appetite Statement and assessing alignment and compliance of the Risk Appetite Statement with the Risk Register and the ICANN Strategic Plan, to the BRC's scope of responsibilities. The BRC asked ICANN org to update the proposed revisions to reflect the discussion for the Committee's consideration online.

    • Actions:

      • ICANN org to update the proposed revisions to the BRC charter to reflect the Committee's discussion for BRC approval online.
  3. AOB – There were no AOB items discussed.

The Chair then called the meeting to a close.

Published on 22 March 2021

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