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2009 ICANN Nominating Committee

Updated 2 December 2008

Nominating Committee 2009 Flyer [PDF]

The application period for the 2009 ICANN Nominating Committee opened on 2 December 2008 and closed on 15 April 2009. The Nominating Committee received 86 Statements of Interest from candidates worldwide who applied to fill the following seats from October 2009:

  • 3 Board Directors
  • 3 ALAC members (for the African, Asia/Australia/Pacific, and Latin American regions)
  • 1 ccNSO Council member
  • 2 GNSO Council members

The 2009 Nominating Committee held its first meeting on 7-8 November 2008 in Cairo, Egypt. It also conducted extensive outreach work to inform the broader Internet community about the open leadership positions, including dedicated events in London, UK

Nomination Period Closes for 2009 Nom Com

21 April 2009

On 15 April 2009, the nomination period closed to applicants for one of the nine open ICANN leadership positions this year. The Nominating Committee received 86 Statements of Interest from candidates worldwide during its open nomination period from 2 December 2008 to 15 April 2009. (The 2008 Nominating Committee received a comparable number of applications: 78). 71 of the 2009 candidates are men and 15 are women.

The 2009 Nom Com began its work in November 2008 at ICANN's Annual Meeting in Cairo. This year's committee will select candidates for the following positions:

  • 3 seats on the ICANN Board of Directors
  • 3 members of the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) (from the following regions: Africa; Asia/Australia/Pacific; and Latin America/Caribbean)
  • 1 Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Council member
  • 2 Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council members

The regional breakdown of this year's candidates is as follows:

  • 10 from Africa,
  • 24 from Asia/Australia/Pacific
  • 23 from Europe
  • 12 from Latin America/Caribbean.
  • 17 from North America

The 2009 Nom Com will collect information and evaluate the candidates through June 2009, when it will hold a face-to-face meeting following the ICANN meeting in Sydney, Australia. After the candidates are selected, further due diligence checks will be done for each one. The selections will be announced in early September 2009.

Successful candidates will take up their positions following ICANN's Annual Meeting in Seoul, Korea in October 2009.

Information about the 2009 Nominating Committee is available at

Committee's Charge

The Nom Com is responsible for the selection of all ICANN Directors except the President and those selected by ICANN's Supporting Organizations, and for such other selections as are set forth in the Bylaws. [Bylaws Article VII, Section 1]

The Nom Com is charged with populating a portion of the ICANN Board as noted above, as well as the ALAC, the ccNSO Council and GNSO Council. The Nom Com complements the other means for filling a portion of key ICANN leadership positions achieved within the Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees.

The Bylaws also state that the Nominating Committee shall adopt such operating procedures as it deems necessary, which shall be published on the ICANN website.

The Nominating Committee is designed to function independently from the Board, the Supporting Organizations, and Advisory Committees. Nominating Committee 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.

Members contribute to the Nominating Committee both their understanding of the broad interests of the Internet as a whole and their knowledge and experience of the concerns and interests of the Internet constituencies which have appointed them. The challenge for the Nominating Committee is to integrate these perspectives and derive consensus in its selections. Although appointed by Supporting Organizations and other ICANN entities, individual Nominating Committee members are not accountable to their appointing constituencies. Members are, of course, accountable for adherence to the Bylaws and for compliance with the rules and procedures established by the Nominating Committee.

Code of Ethics

Code of Ethics agreed to by the 2009 ICANN Nominating Committee

Committee Documents

Committee and Related Announcements

Timeline Nominating Committee 2008

  • Initial meeting of 2009 Nom Com in Cairo, Egypt - 7-8 November 2008
  • Opening of Nomination Period-30 November 2008
  • Deadline for Full Consideration by Nom Com-15 April 2009
  • Review and Evaluation-mid-April to end June
  • Face-to-Face Meeting and Selection-27-29 June 2008 in Sydney
  • Results Announced to ICANN Secretary-late August or early September 2009
  • Selected candidates take their positions as the conclusion of the ICANN Annual General Meeting 2008, 30 October 2009


The Nominating Committee's posted responses to Frequently Asked Questions addresses questions regarding the formation of the committee. Additional updates and supplements will be posted from time to time as the committee's work progresses.

Background (TBA)

Relevant Bylaws

Click here for a page collecting the provisions of the ICANN Bylaws relating to the Nominating Committee.


The members of the 2009 Nominating Committee are: Tricia Drakes (Chair), Alan Levin (Associate Chair), Hagen Hultzsch (Advisor to Chair), Klaus Birkenbihl, Margarita Valdes Cortes, Ute Decker, Matias Altamira Gigena, Hartmut Glaser, Caroline Greer, Jan Gruntorad, Rob Hall, Ole Jacobsen, Rodney Joffe, Norbert Klein, Khaled Koubaa, Phil Lodico, Bill Manning, Desiree Miloshevic, Ross Rader, Greg Ruth, Liz Williams, Hong Xue

Click here for background information on the Nominating Committee members.

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