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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.




Senior Advisors to the President

Sally Costerton

Sr. Advisor to the President, Global Stakeholder Engagement

Tarek Kamel

Sr. Advisor to the President, Government Engagement


Vice Presidents

Mandy Carver

Vice President, Governmental Engagement, Global Coordination

Pierre Dandjinou

Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, Africa

Rodrigo de la Parra

Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, Latin America and the Caribbean

Baher Esmat

Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, Middle East

Nigel Hickson

Vice President, Government Engagement (IGO)

Jia-Rong Low

Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, Asia

Veni Markovski

Vice President, Government Engagement (UN)

Christopher Mondini

Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, North America & Global Business Engagement

Elena Plexida

Vice President, Government & IGO Engagement

Jean-Jacques Sahel

Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, Europe & Civil Society Engagement

Savenaca Vocea

Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, Australasia/Pacific Islands


Meet the Team

Yaovi Atohoun

Stakeholder Engagement and Operations Manager, Africa

Fahd Batayneh

Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Middle East

Andrea Beccalli

Stakeholder Engagement Director, Europe (Southern)

Desiree Cabrera

Government Engagement Executive Assistant

Joe Catapano

Stakeholder Engagement Manager, North America

Joyce Chen

Global Stakeholder Engagement Strategy & Development Senior Manager, Asia

Albert Daniels

Stakeholder Engagement Senior Manager, The Caribbean

Renate De Wulf

Global Stakeholder Engagement Operations Specialist and Executive Assistant

Jeannie Ellers

Senior Manager, Measurement and Planning

Daniel Fink

Stakeholder Engagement Senior Manager, Brazil

Laurent Ferrali

Government & IGO Engagement Senior Director

Samiran Gupta

Head of India

Magali Jean

Global Stakeholder Engagement Senior Admin Assistant, EMEA

Patrick Jones

Senior Director, Global Stakeholder Engagement

Alexandra Kulikova

Global Stakeholder Engagement Director, Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Vera Julia Major

Government & IGO Engagement Manager

Natalia Mochu

Global Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Bob Ochieng

Stakeholder Engagement Manager, East Africa

Adam Peake

Global Stakeholder Engagement Senior Manager, Civil Society

Riccardo Ruffolo

Measurement & Planning Specialist

Rodrigo Saucedo

Senior Manager Strategic Initiatives, Latin America and The Caribbean

Gabriella Schittek

Global Stakeholder Engagement Senior Manager – Nordic & Central Europe

Dierdre Sidjanski

Office Manager, Geneva

Champika Wijayatunga

Regional SSR Engagement Manager, APAC

Hann Kenn Yee

Global Stakeholder Engagement Analyst APAC

Jian-Chuan Zhang

Head of China

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