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NextGen@ICANN Selection Committee

Terms and Conditions | Responsibilities | Terms of Service | Committee Members

NextGen@ICANN Selection Committee Membership Makeup

  1. Each Supporting Organization/Advisory Committee/Stakeholder Group/Constituency/Regional At-Large Organization (SO/AC/SG/C/RALO) has the opportunity to nominate one representative to serve on the NextGen@ICANN Selection Committee.

    1. Community Groups are strongly encouraged to consider diversity criteria when selecting a Selection Committee member including, but not limited to, geographic and gender diversity.
  2. Each Selection Committee member will serve a two-year term, as detailed in Terms of Service (below).

    1. If several community groups nominate representatives, the term may be shortened and group representatives may serve on a rotating basis.
  3. Selection Committee member expectations:

    1. Represent the global Internet community, with a strong history of experience with specific sector(s) of the Internet ecosystem including, but not limited to, technical Internet issues; government, academia, commercial or non-commercial issues; I* entities; underserved and/or under-represented communities and/or Internet related development, or other fellowship programs
    2. Be an active member of the appointing SO/AC/SG/C/RALO for at least two years (Definitions of active membership may vary, but generally include penholders for ICANN policy/procedural comments contributing significant time to the community group)
    3. Have a good understanding of ICANN and work conducted by other SOs/ACs
    4. Have attended ICANN meetings as an active contributor/panelist/chair to a policy session
  4. Additional notes:

    1. It is desirable for Selection Committee representatives to have contributed meaningfully to cross-community working groups and/or be an active member of I* organisations
    2. Nominated Selection Committee members may be NextGen@ICANN alumni

NextGen@ICANN Selection Committee Responsibilities

The NextGen@ICANN Selection Committee is responsible for assessing all applications for the NextGen@ICANN Program received through the online application system. Selection Committee members will then determine which applicants have best met the posted Applicant Selection Criteria. A time commitment of approximately 20 hours over three weeks is required (for each application round).

Additional responsibilities:

  1. Support outreach efforts of the NextGen@ICANN Program
  2. Work closely with NextGen@ICANN Program staff to follow the implementation and evaluation process
  3. Update criteria for NextGen@ICANN selection regularly (every two years)

Terms of Service

  1. Members of the Selection Committee shall serve for a total of two years (6 application rounds) [Note that terms may be shortened if several community groups nominate representatives to allow for rotation of committee members.]
  2. Selection Committee members are expected to devote a significant amount of time to the NextGen@ICANN Program; if a member chooses to resign, the relevant community groups will nominate a replacement for the remainder of the tenure
  3. When the Selection Committee changes (every two years), former Selection Committee members are encouraged to share their experiences and insights with the new Section Committee members
  4. Selection Committee members will be supported by ICANN staff as needed, via conference calls and email
  5. Selection Committee members may not serve as NextGen@ICANN Program mentors

Application Assessment and Decision-Making Process

  1. 12 NextGen slots will be available per round
  2. Each Selection Committee member assesses the application based on the following applicant criteria: (1) diversity, (2) experience, (3) ICANN knowledge and engagement, and (4) potential for future engagement. Selection Committee members will review and revise the criteria every two years, as appropriate.
  3. NextGen@ICANN Program slots will be filled based on the scores and qualitative assessments drawn from the Selection Committee's reviews, while considering the need for regionally diverse candidates from a range of sectors, including those from underserved and/or under-represented communities, along with sectors that lack diverse representation within ICANN.

NextGen Selection Committee Members

Current Members

As part of The NextGen@ICANN program approach, the Selection Committee is composed of members nominated by their respective Supporting Organization/Advisory Committee. The following members will start their work in October of 2022:

Community Group Selection Committee Nominee
BC Vivek Goyal
RSSAC Abdulkarim Oloyede
ALAC Oksana Prykhodko

Past Members

Daniel Fink

Anthony Harris

Philadel Yeo

Oscar Robles-Garay

Anri Van Der Spuy

Kelvin Wong

Anthony Harris

Gabriella Schittek

Nigel Hickson

Manal Ismail

Fatimata Sylla

Hadja Sanon

Aziz Hilali

Samah Znati

Sofia Guerfali

Agustina Callegari

Baher Esmat

Pierre Dandjinou

Tijani Ben Jemaa

Ayden Ferdeline

Stacie Walsh

Hunane Boujemi

Robert Guerra

Mwenda Kivwva

David Ng

Yuliya Morenets

Wisdom Donkor

Yuza Setiawan

Liz Orembo

James Gannon

Dusan Popovic

Eduardo Diaz

Jacqueline Eggenschwiler

Matthias Hudobnik

Tina Dam

Mark Datysgeld

Martin Silva Valent

Srinivas (Sunny) Chedi

Sara Dushi

Olga Kyryliuk

Dustin Phillips

Rao Naveed Bin Rais

Bonface Witaba

Glenn McKnight

Salvador Camacho

Laurin Wessinger

Iona Stupariu

Amrita Choudhury

Lianna Galstyan

Akriti Bopanna

Domain Name System
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