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Global Stakeholder Engagement


Global Stakeholder Engagement (GSE) is a team of people appointed to demonstrate ICANN's commitment to international participation and the efficacy of its multi-stakeholder environment. The GSE network works with the community and organization's staff to achieve the strategic goal of better representing the regions in ICANN and facilitating ICANN's engagement with and responsiveness to the regions.

About ICANN Hubs and Engagement Centers

ICANN's global hub strategy has allowed it to better engage stakeholders globally. The staff on the ground has the local language capability and cultural understanding to share developments with, and collect feedback from, local stakeholders within the geography and time zones of the community. The criteria of adding new engagement centers or staff across the globe will depend on the strategic value of each addition to ICANN, costs involved and new communities better served because of these additions. There is the possibility of partnerships with the community to build out "virtual touch-points" across selected regions. This will provide a larger ICANN engagement-footprint to engage with and serve the global Community.

Global Stakeholder & Government Engagement Staff

Name Title


Senior Advisors to the President

Sally Costerton

Sr. Advisor to President, Global Stakeholder Engagement

Tarek Kamel

Sr. Advisor to President, Government Engagement


Vice Presidents

Adiel Akplogan

Vice President, Technical Engagement

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)

Anne-Rachel Inné

Vice President, Government Engagement

Jia-Rong Low

Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, Asia

Veni Markovski

Vice President, Government Engagement (UN)

Chris Mondini

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

Jean-Jacques Sahel

Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, Europe

Save Vocea

Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, Australasia/Pacific Islands

Michael Yakushev

Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, Russia and Eastern Europe


Meet the Team

Yaovi Atohoun

Stakeholder Engagement and Operations Manager, Africa

Fahd Batayneh

Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Middle East

Andrea Beccalli

Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Europe

Desiree Cabrera

Executive Assistant, Government Engagement, Los Angeles

Joe Catapano

Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator, North America

Joyce Chen

Global Stakeholder Engagement Strategy & Development Senior Manager, Asia

Albert Daniels

Stakeholder Engagement Senior Manager, The Caribbean

Renate DeWulf

Executive Assistant, Global Stakeholder Engagement, Brussels

Jeannie Ellers

Global Stakeholder Engagement Support Manager

Daniel Fink

Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Brazil

Samiran Gupta

Head of India

Hwang in-Pyo

Head of Seoul Engagement Office, Korea

Patrick Jones

Global Stakeholder Engagement Senior Director

Alexandra Kulikova

Global Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Bob Ochieng

Stakeholder Engagement Manager, East Africa

Christina Rodriguez

Director, Language Services

Riccardo Ruffolo

Global Business Engagement Coordinator

Rodrigo Saucedo

Project Manager, Latin America and The Caribbean

Gabriella Schittek

Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Central and Eastern Europe

Dierdre Sidjanski

Office Manager, Geneva

Kang Soo Song

Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Korea

Zheng Song

Head of China

Milena Timurcuoglu

EMEA Sr Administrative Assistant, Istanbul

Champika Wijayatunga

Regional SSR Engagement Manager, APAC

Kelvin Wong

Head, Outreach & Public Responsibility, APAC

Philadel Yeo

Administrative Assistant, Global Stakeholder Engagement, Singapore

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