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Nominating Committee | Members 2012

This page contains some background biographical information about each Nominating Committee member.

Members of the Committee

The members of the 2012 Nominating Committee are: Vanda Scartezini (Chair), Rob Hall (Chair Elect), Jose Manuel Alonso, Lyman Chapin, Joao Damas, Sarah Deutsch, Mohamed El Bashir, J. Scott Evans, Maria Farrell, Hartmut Glaser, Anthony Harris, Ole Jacobsen, Yrjö Länsipuro, Glenn McKnight, Jacqueline Morris, Krista Papac, Waudo Siganga, Ken Stubbs, Siranush Vardanyan and Jian Zhang.

José Manuel Alonso – Technical Liaison Group (W3C) Representative

José Manuel Alonso

José joined the Web Foundation in May 2011 to take the lead on Open Data initiatives.

José is an Open Data pioneer and advocate. He has led several Open Data projects for local and regional governments in Spain, has co-chaired the Open Data initiative for the national government of Spain, has served in European Open Data expert panels, and has managed Open Data research studies in Ghana and Chile for the Web Foundation still while at the Spanish Technology Centre, CTIC. He is also a member of the Nominating Committee at ICANN.

Prior to joining the Foundation, José held several positions at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) where he managed the W3C Office in Spain, was key in establishing and led the W3C eGovernment Activity, co-chaired the W3C eGovernment Interest Group, and served as Member of the W3C Advisory Committee.  He combined these roles with other positions at CTIC over several years such as Head of e-Administration and Open Government and Senior Advisor on Open Standards.

He has been named several times as one of the most influential Internet people in Spain, has previously worked as IT analyst, consultant and trainer, and even founded his own Web startup back in 1997.

José received Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and a Postgraduate in Enterprise Application Integration, both from the University of Oviedo (Spain), where he also worked at its Research and Innovation departments as a researcher, developer and professor. He also holds a Diploma Course in Public Administration from the Open University of Catalonia (Spain).

Lyman Chapin – SSAC Representative

Lyman Chapin

Lyman Chapin is co-founder and partner at Interisle Consulting Group, where he advises companies, non-profit organizations, and government agencies on Internet technology, policy, and governance; telecommunications network security and resilience; and critical infrastructure protection. Before starting Interisle in 2002 he was a Chief Scientist at BBN Technologies. Mr. Chapin is a Fellow of the IEEE, and was a founding trustee of the Internet Society. He has served as a Director of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names andNumbers (ICANN), where he currently chairs the Registry Services Technical Evaluation Panel and the DNS Stability Panel, and as chairman of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), the ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication (SIGCOMM), and the ANSI and ISO standards groups responsible for Network and Transport layer networking standards. Mr. Chapin was a principal architect of the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) referencemodel and protocols, and is the co-author of Open Systems Networking—TCP/IP and OSI. He currently serves as the USA/ACM representative to the International Federation for Information Processing Technical Committee on Communication Systems (IFIP TC6) and recently completed a five-year term as the USA representative to the NATO Science Committee networking panel. His professional interests include Internet technology, particularly routing, traffic engineering, and the Domain Name System (DNS); Internet governance; and information security and personal privacy.

Joao Damas – RSSAC Representative

Joao Damas

Joao Luis Silva Damas, is VP Software Engineering at Internet Systems Consortium as well as the founder and chief engineer of Services and Consultancy company Bond Internet Systems.

At ISC, Joao has been responsible for the expansive anycast deployment of the DNS F-root server as well as a long-standing involvement in ICANN's RSSAC. Other roles at ISC include management of the evolution of BIND and the startup of the BIND 10 Project.

Joao serves in several volunteer community roles, including working group chair at RIPE and being a Trusted Community Representative for the DNS root zone signing process.

Earlier, he served as Chief Technical Officer at RIPE NCC. While at RIPE he redesigned and implemented the RIPE Whois Database, analysed and updated internal systems, worked to define RIPE policies together with the ISP Community, and designed and kicked off implementation of the RIPE LIR portal (now in production).

Joao regularly speaks at RIPE, IETF, NANOG, APNIC, and LACNIC; he is on several working groups within these organisations.

He holds a MSc in Quantum Chemistry from the University of Madrid.

Sarah Deutsch – Commercial and Business Users Constituency (Large)

Sarah Deutsch

Sarah Deutsch is Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Verizon Communications. Her current practice covers a wide range of legal issues in the areas of global intellectual property, including copyrights, trademarks and patents, Internet policy, liability, and Internet jurisdiction. She has also represented Verizon on a host of domestic and international Internet issues ranging from Internet governance, domain names, digital copyright issues, cybercrime and other international copyright and trademark issues.

Sarah was one of five negotiators for the U.S. telecommunications industry who negotiated service provider provisions that resulted in the passage of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. She has participated in ICANN since its inception and was also actively involved with Congress in the passage of the Anti-Cybersquatting Act.

Mohamed El Bashir – ALAC Representative; Africa Region

Mohamed El Bashir

Mohamed El Bashir is the Manager of Internet, Numbering and Interconnection at ictQATAR, his work is related to Internet Infrastructure management, DNS, ccTLDs, and IDNs. As a native of Sudan, he founded its ISOC chapter in 2001; the chapter went on to become the manager of Sudan's .SD ccTLD in 2002. He acted as its President until 2008, recently he helped in the formation of Qatar ISOC chapter.

He was elected Vice-President of AfTLD in 2006, he served through 2008.

Mohamed managed the application and implementation of Qatar's IDN ccTLD. He has participated in the various ICANN's IDN Working Groups, the President's Advisory Committee on IDN (IDNPAC); and recently ICANN IDN Variants Project.

He is a former ALAC and ccNSO council member. He has been a part of the ALAC since 2006, and he served two terms on the ccNSO Council between 2004 - 2011. Mr. El Bashir has extensive experience with ccTLDs and IDNs management and policy development.

Mohamed El Bashir has holds a Bsc. and Msc. of computer Information Technology, besides finalizing an MBA degree.

J. Scott Evans – Intellectual Properties Constituency

J. Scott Evans

J. Scott received his undergraduate degree from Baylor University and his Juris Doctor cum laude in 1992 from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at The University of Louisville. J. Scott first served as Corporate Counsel for Fruit of the Loom where he was responsible for managing the international intellectual property portfolios for Fruit of the Loom and its associate companies The B.V.D. Licensing Corporation, Gitano, Pro Player and Salem Sportswear, Inc. In November 1996, J. Scott joined Adams Evans P.A. where he continued to concentrate his practice in the areas of trademark, copyright, unfair competition and Internet law. In November 2007, J. Scott joined the legal team at Yahoo! Inc., where he serves as a Senior Legal Director –Head of Global Brand, Domains & Copyright.

J. Scott served on the five member drafting committee that assisted the staff at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Number (ICANN) with the drafting of the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and the Rules of Procedure for the UDRP. He also served as member of the Implementation Recommendation Team charged with proposing possible solutions for brand protection in new gTLDs. J. Scott is an active member of the International Trademark Association, where he serves as Secretary, is a member of the Board of Directors and he serves on the Executive Committee. J. Scott also currently serves on as a member of the U. S. Legislation Sub-Committee at INTA. Additionally, J. Scott is the immediate Past-President of the Intellectual Property Constituency ("IPC") the body that participates on behalf of trademark and copyright owners in the ICANN policy process. J. Scott has twice been voted as one of the 50 Most Influential People in IP by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. J. Scott frequently lectures on trademark and Internet policy issues as well as domain name dispute resolution.

Maria Farrell – Non Commercial Users Constituency

Hartmut Glaser – Address Supporting Organization Advisory Committee

Hartmut Glaser

Hartmut Richard Glaser is Assistant Professor at the Escola Politécnica (Engineering Faculty) of the University of São Paulo since 1968.

He is Chief Executive Secretary (CES) of the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee ( since 1996. He also serves as Director (Treasurer) of LACNIC, as ASO AC Member for the LACNIC Region and as Board Member of LACTLD.

Hartmut has served the Nominating Committee, selected by the Address Council of the Address Supporting Organization, at 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009 as voting member, and as Associate Chair (non- voting member) at 2010.

Rob Hall – Chair Elect

Anthony Harris – ISP Constituency Representative

Ole Jacobsen – IAB for IETF

Ole Jacobsen

Ole J. Jacobsen is the Editor and Publisher of The Internet Protocol Journal (IPJ), ( a quarterly technical publication for Internet and Intranet Professionals published by Cisco Systems since 1998.

Ole has been active in the computer networking field since 1976 when he went to work for the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, an early ARPANET site. Ole was with Interop Company (now part of UBM TechWeb) since shortly after its formation in 1987 until 1998. He was the Editor and Publisher of ConneXions--The Interoperability Report, a monthly technical journal in the field of computer-communications, published by Interop Company.

Jacobsen holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and Computing Science from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

He serves on the board of the Asia Pacific Internet Association (APIA) (, which hosts the annual APRICOT conference (

Ole is a member of the IETF Administrative Oversight Committee (IAOC),( and the RFC Editor Oversight Committee (RSOC) (

Ole organizes pipe organ demonstrations and concerts ( at technical meetings such as the IETF, RIPE, CEEnet, APNIC, and even ICANN meetings.

He is a member of:

Ole can be reached at and is the IAB/IETF appointee to the 2012 NomCom.

Yrjö Länsipuro – ALAC Representative; Europe Region

Yrjö Länsipuro

Yrjö Länsipuro is an independent writer, lecturer and consultant on Information Society and Internet issues, and Vice President of the ISOC Finland, with a career in television journalism, international broadcasting cooperation, public diplomacy and internet governance.

Länsipuro graduated from the University of Tampere, Finland, majoring in political science. Starting from the 60's, he worked first as print and then as television journalist for over thirty years, including assigments as bureau chief in New York, Moscow and Hongkong.

Engaged early on in international cooperation among news broadcasters, he participated in the planning and implementation of regional television news exchanges among the Arab countries and the Asia-Pacific as a part-time consultant for the German Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung (FES).

Joining the Foreign Service in 1992, he served as the Press Counselor of the Finnish Embassy in Washington, D.C and as Director General of the Department of Press and Culture of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Helsinki. Since 2005, he

led Finland's participation in the WSIS process including national coordination of the implementation and follow up of the the WSIS outcomes at various fora such as ITU, Commisson on Science and Technology for Development and Internet Government Forum. He also represented the Finnish government on the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) of ICANN and served on the ICANN President's Strategy Committee.

After leaving the government service in 2009, Länsipuro continues his Internet Governance work as an independent professional, serving on the boards of ISOC Finland and the European Regional At-large Organization (RALO) of ICANN, as well as a member of core organizing groups of EuroDIG and Finnish Internet Forum.

Glenn McKnight – ALAC Representative; North America Region

Glenn McKnight

Glenn has been involved in IT and education projects for twenty years starting with appropriate technology development and implementation, skills training and certification with the private sector, public institutions and non-profit organizations. He has been co-responsible for developing advanced Linux certifications, Ubuntu, Security exams, co-author of various articles on Open Source, Open Hardware and Free and Free and Open Source Business training manuals and more

In 2005, Glenn was part of large delegation of community organizations at WSIS in Geneva. As a Director of the Foundation for Building Sustainable communities the WSIS Award of Excellence was achieved for the WOWEM Project.

His experience and expertise includes systems for student and staff training, staff hiring, performance appraisals, volunteer recruitment and social media creation and implementation through online video and photographic storytelling

Current business project includes INKMEDIA an android tablet and netbook focused on technology solutions for the low income population in the third world. Details at

He is a volunteer member of IEEE PES Community Solutions Initiatives for humanitarian technology challenges with a focus on developing technologies for reliable electricity for the third world and in the spare time he helps develop and maintain an extensive organic heritage community garden initiative to provide food to local food banks

Glenn McKnight, BA, MA in Social Anthropology at York University in Toronto

Jacqueline Morris – ALAC Representative; Latin America/Caribbean Region

Krista Papac - Registrars Stakeholder Group

Krista Papac

Krista Papac brings specialist knowledge of the international domain name industry to her role as Chief Strategy Officer for AusRegistry International. With extensive business development experience and strategic involvement in internet and technology-related industries, Krista provides unique insight into the upcoming opportunities presented by the advent of ICANN's new TLD program.

Krista has over 13 years' experience identifying strategic opportunities and managing growth for a broad range of North American businesses with international focus, from start-ups to Fortune 1000 companies.

Her consistent successes have earned Krista a stellar reputation and industry recognition which, combined with her passion for tactical problem-solving, ideally suits her current role. Krista works closely with all facets of the business to ensure education, policy and industry relations support AusRegistry International's mission to achieve an industry-leading position as a global provider of Domain Name Registry Services.

Krista has been involved with the International Trademark Association (INTA) since 2001, and has been an active ICANN participant, including membership on a number of ICANN policy-making groups since 2007. She is affiliated with a wide range of industry associations and contributes valuable knowledge across many forums and working groups on behalf of AusRegistry International.

Krista holds a Bachelor of Science, Business and Information Systems from the University of Phoenix and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. She is based in the newly established AusRegistry International USA head office in California.

Vanda Scartezini – Chair

Vanda Scartezini

Electronic engineer with several specializations, more than 35 years in management positions in ICT public and private sector, with several years of Board experience in national and international relevant nonprofit organizations; have worked in important positions in public sector: twice as National Secretary for Industrial Technology and National Secretary for Information Technology Policy, and once as President of Brazilian Patent Office - developing specific policies and being responsible for the approval of two relevant bills – Patent Law and IT Law; has acted as advisor to the Economic Development Secretariat for the São Paulo State Government, developing projects for manufacturing clusters using technology, still running today; Acted also as UNDP Consultant for the State Reform Program under the Ministry of Administration and State Reform.

In the private sector has being participating in the last 30 years in join public & private projects related to ICT field, in legal activities in software and intellectual property disputes, acting as advisor in lawyer offices and environmental companies as well as directly working as consultant in ICT projects to International Agencies in areas as e-commerce policy, environmental policies, best practice and market; has work with States/ Federal Government, including write, advise and/or approval of bills related to Integrated Circuits, Electronic Crimes, Information Technology Law, Software & Copyright and Agricultural Varieties Laws. She has also acted as an expert for several missions at WIPO, IADB and UNCTAD.

Chair of the Board and CEO of ALTIS, a software and service outsourcing facility in Bahia (northeast reagion of the country) to promote higher level employment in that region; Partner at Polo Consultores Associados and IT Trend, both consulting companies, in the market since 1986, recently coordinate a e-waste project policies in the country, a partnership with Ministry of Science and Technology and World Bank-InfoDev, two relevant projects on e-commerce for Mercosul & European Union, has been advising international companies in the ICT local market and investments in Brazil, and co-coordinate a group of companies to promote Brazilian Agrisoftware export.

Has also helped ICT companies to set up their manufacturing plants in Brazil, helping SME local companies to absorb transferred technologies, creating and applying specific methodology for Micro and SME as well as organizing local productive arranges and innovation groups;

In the R&D area has been involved with the setup of several and relevant R&D centers in the country, being responsible for the implementation of the ICT infrastructure and general organization. Nowadays is Chair of the Board of FITEC ( an ICT research & development center, and board member of two others. Vanda has also organized two business associations: ABIMI – microelectronics related industry and NEXTI – ICT Executive Women Association.

Has been volunteer working with ICANN Since 2000 – Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers,(, a multi-stakeholder model nonprofit organization, having acted as country representative (2000-2004), member of the Board of Directors (Dec 2004 – Dec 2007) , part of the group responsible to create, organize and start up the Fellowship Program from 2006 – term ends in 2010, ALAC - Vice Chair (Dec 2007- Nov 2009) representing Latin American and Caribbean, Board Member representing ALAC/At Large community (Nov 2009-Dec 2010) and SSAC member - Security & Stability Advisory Committee 2010-2012. As SSAC member was elected to NOMCOMM for 2011 term. Has also been member of (2000 – 2004), the responsible organization for the Brazilian country code - .br - , also organized as a multi-stakeholder nonprofit organization in December 2002. Is also member of the Nominating Committee to elect Board of Trustees´ members of ISOC – 2011, and now was elected NOMCOMM 2012 chair.

Vanda has represented Brazil in several forums as WIPO/ WTO/ MERCOSUR/ FTAA/ Iberoamerican and United Nations, presenting Brazil's policies, specific laws (Patent and IT) and regional agreements, as Declaration of Florianopolis.

Professor of Fundação Getulio Vargas- FGV Rio de Janeiro - Management Business Administration, first teaching MBA regular courses on Intellectual Property for Business and nowadays teaching in company MBA courses on Science, Technology & Innovation Management; is being involved as MBA professor on IT & Sustainability new program from University of São Paulo –USP, teaching IT Public Policies.

Is honorable member of several associations as ISP´s (, Software ( and e-commerce (, honorable Citizen of Rio de Janeiro awarded by the Legislative Assembly, Technology Benefactress of Brazilian Army, and has been awarded in the ICT field several times., including as "Brazilian most influent women in ICT" 2007 award, from the most important business newspaper in the country at the time –Gazeta Mercantil.

Outside of the country is member of WTN (World Technology Network), DNS Women (Women Internet Movement) and NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors –USA).

Vanda has organized several IT events and seminars, author and co-author of books and papers and patent granted in 1983.

Waudo Siganga - Commercial and Business Users Constituency (Small)

Waudo Siganga

Waudo Siganga is the Executive Chairman of the Computer Society of Kenya, an association bringing together ICT professionals and the industry in Kenya. Mr. Siganga has been active on Internet Governance issues since 2003 when he participated in the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and was thereafter appointed by the UN Secretary General to serve on the multi-stakeholder Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) between 2003 and 2005. The WGIG was instrumental in the formation of the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF), a framework that brings together stakeholders annually to discuss Internet Governance issues. Between 2009 and 2011 Mr. Siganga has served on the Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) that organizes the IGF and advises the UN Secretary General.

Mr. Siganga served as the Vice-Chairman of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) responsible for sub-Saharan Africa between 2005 and 2010. He has been active in ICANN for a number of years and served on the 2008 Nominating Committee.

Ken Stubbs - Registries Stakeholder Group

Siranush Vardanyan - ALAC Representative; Asia/Australia/Pacific Region

Siranush Vardanyan

Siranush Vardanyan currently holds the position of Program Development Manager at Habitat for Humanity Armenia. Prior to this job, she held different managerial positions in Project Harmony Armenian Branch, working in Armenia School Connectivity Program project, which aimed at integration of ICT into education sphere in Armenia. She graduated from the Yerevan State Institute of Foreign Languages with Diploma with Honors, holding MS in History and English. She has completed all required exams for her PhD (all but dissertation) titled "Innovative Programs in Secondary Schools of Armenia" at the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia. She has several articles, published in local and international journals, related to her research work.

Siranush has more than 20 years experience of working with international organizations in Armenia, as well as 8 years of teaching English language as a senior lecturer at Yerevan State Humanitarian College. She is a Salzburg Seminar Fellow and participated in Academic Core Session: "International Legal Perspectives on Human Rights", in Salzburg, Austria and also Central European University alumni with participation at the course: "Human Rights and Forced Displacement: An Interdisciplinary Approach", in Hungary, Budapest. Recently she completed her study at the Open University (UK, London) on Project Management.

Since 2007 Siranush has been actively involved in Internet Governance issues. She is a Diplo Foundation Alumni, being a part of on Capacity Building Program on Internet Governance in 2007, participated in the First European Summer School on Internet Governance. In 2008 Siranush was one the members of Internet Governance Caucus (IGC) Nomination Committee for Multistakeholder Advisory Committee (MAG). She is an ICANN Fellowship Program Alumni, as well as ISOC Ambassador for IGF 2010 and ISOC Returning Ambassador for IGF 2011.

During her professional career Siranush has developed an extensive managerial, communication, and project implementation skills.

Jian Zhang – ccNSO Representative

Domain Name System
Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as"""" is not an IDN."