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Global Stakeholder Engagement


Global Stakeholder Engagement (GSE) is responsible for leading engagement and outreach with stakeholders on ICANN and its Mission around the world. The team provides a point of contact in the regions for the ICANN Organization and the ICANN Community, raising awareness, providing outreach and understanding of ICANN's role and remit, driving participation in ICANN policy development and technical activities. The team is at the forefront to deliver on ICANN's Commitments and Core Values to ensure broad, informed participation reflecting the functional, geographic and cultural diversity of the Internet.

GSE is comprised of 34 staff in 21 countries as of the start of FY18 and the team is responsible for the management and oversight of ICANN's engagement function in eight regions of the world: Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe/Central Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East, North America, and Oceania. In addition to the eight regions, GSE also has responsibility for the functional areas of Global Business Engagement, and Global Civil Society Engagement. GSE works closely with the Government Engagement team and other ICANN departments with community-facing roles.

About ICANN's International Office Strategy

ICANN serves the Internet community and its stakeholders from five regional offices: Los Angeles (headquarters), Brussels, Istanbul, Montevideo and Singapore. ICANN has engagement centers in Beijing, Geneva, Nairobi and Washington DC. ICANN also has partnership centers in Asunçion, Cairo and Seoul that help us reach more stakeholders around the world.

The intention of this structure is to ensure that ICANN as a global organization provides the best possible service to the Community. Since needs vary greatly by location, so will the services and support in each office.

Laurent Ferrali
Name Title
  Senior Vice Presidents
Sally Costerton Sr. Advisor to the President & SVP, Global Stakeholder Engagement
Mandy Carver Sr. Vice President, Government & IGO Engagement
  Vice Presidents
Pierre Dandjinou Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, Africa
Rodrigo de la Parra Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement & Managing Director, Latin America and the Caribbean
Baher Esmat Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement & Managing Director, Middle East
Jia-Rong Low Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement & Managing Director, Asia Pacific
Veni Markovski Vice President, Government Engagement (UN)
Christopher Mondini Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement & Managing Director, Europe & Global Business Engagement
Elena Plexida Vice President, Government & IGO Engagement
Naela Sarras Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, North America
Savenaca Vocea Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, Australasia/Pacific Islands
  Meet the Team
Mikhail Anisimov Head of Global Stakeholder Engagement, Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Yaovi Atohoun Stakeholder Engagement and Operations Director, Africa
Melody Au Stakeholder Engagement Analyst, Asia Pacific
Fahd Batayneh Stakeholder Engagement Senior Manager, Middle East
Andrea Beccalli Stakeholder Engagement Senior Director, Europe (Southern)
Desiree Cabrera Government Engagement Executive Assistant
Joe Catapano Stakeholder Engagement Senior Manager, North America
Albert Daniels Stakeholder Engagement Senior Manager, The Caribbean
Renate De Wulf Global Stakeholder Engagement Operations Specialist and Executive Assistant
Daniel Fink Stakeholder Engagement Director, Brazil
Laurent Ferrali Government & IGO Engagement Senior Director
Athena Foo Stakeholder Engagement Manager, APAC
Magali Jean Regional Office Administrator, EMEA
Patrick Jones Senior Director, Global Stakeholder Engagement
Celine Lioe Regional Office Administrator, APAC
Vera Julia Major Government & IGO Engagement Manager
Nora Mari Government & IGO Engagement Manager
Becky McGilley Government & IGO Engagement Director
Giose McGinty Stakeholder Engagement Regional Specialist, North America & Latin America
Bob Ochieng Stakeholder Engagement Senior Manager, East Africa
Adam Peake Global Stakeholder Engagement Senior Manager, Civil Society
Seher Sagiroglu Global Stakeholder Engagement, Regional Specialist MEA
Rodrigo Saucedo Senior Manager Strategic Initiatives, Latin America and The Caribbean
Gabriella Schittek Global Stakeholder Engagement Senior Manager – Nordic & Central Europe
Yien-Chyn Tan Global Stakeholder Engagement, Regional Manager APAC
Alexey Trepykhalin Government & IGO Engagement Manager
Nitin Wali Senior Director of Engagement for South Asia
Jian-Chuan Zhang Head of China
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