2024 ICANN Nominating Committee Delegates
This page contains biographical information about each Nominating Committee delegate.
The 2024 Nominating Committee delegates are:
- Amir Qayyum
- Paul Diaz
- Vanda Scartezini
- Santanu Acharya
- Tom Barrett
- Pascal Bekono
- Mia Brickhouse
- Alfredo Calderon
- Ron da Silva
- Betty Fausta
- Vivek Goyal
- Robert Guerra
- Lia Hernandez
- Maureen Hilyard
- Sophie Mitchell
- Seun Ojedeji
- Flip Petillion
- Rao Naveed Bin Rais
- Craig Schwartz
- Suzanne Woolf
2024 NomCom Leadership Team
Amir Qayyum – Chair
Professor and the Dean of External Linkages and International Collaborations at the Capital University of Science and Technology in Islamabad, Pakistan. He received his doctorate in mobile wireless networks from the University of Paris-Sud, France.
Amir is the founding President and CEO of CoreNet Systems Ltd, as well as the founding Director of the Center of Research in Networks and Telecom. He is the project director of many national and international funded research and development projects in the domain of wired and wireless networks, as well as the local coordinator of many Erasmus Mundus and Erasmus Plus European projects. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Pak France Alumni Network (PFAN). In recognition of his services for academic and research collaborations, he was awarded the medal of "Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques" by the Government of France.
Amir is also a philanthropist and actively involved in community service and social work. He is the chair of the Board of Trustees of Rifah Trust (focused on education, health care, and community service) and serves on the Board of Ehsas Trust (for education) and Meethi Zindagi Foundation (for health care of diabetic patients).
Amir has been involved with ICANN since 2012, initially as an ICANN Fellow, then as an ALS coordinator in APRALO. He served as a member of the ICANN Nominating Committee from 2015–2017, representing the Asia Pacific Regional At-Large Organization and the At-Large Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Root Server System Advisory Committee Caucus and was appointed as a member of the ICANN Nominating Committee from 2019–2022, as well as a member of the Fellowship Selection Committee from 2018 to 2022.
Amir has been actively involved with the Internet Engineering Task Force since 1997 and was the co-author of an RFC on Mobile Ad Hoc Networks. He is one of the founding members of the Internet Society Islamabad chapter and was the Chair of its Board of Directors (2014–2019). He is on the Board of Directors for the Pakistan Internet Exchange (2015-2023). He has been actively involved with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) since 2004, and has also served as the Chair of the IEEE Islamabad Section (2017–2020), the Professional Activities Committee (2014–2016), and the IEEE Computer Society Islamabad chapter (2009–2014), as well as the Secretary and Treasurer of the section (2011–2013).
Paul Diaz – Chair-Elect
Joined Public Interest Registry (PIR, the operator of .ORG with almost 10.9 million active registrations worldwide) in October 2011. He is currently Vice President, Industry Affairs. He is responsible for the development of strategy for industry engagement. He also advises the PIR Board, staff and other stakeholders on ICANN developments, relevant policy issues, and represents PIR in public forums. Prior to joining PIR, he spent over 12 years at Network Solutions where he managed policy development, compliance initiatives and conducted advocacy work before Congress and Executive branch agencies.
Vanda Scartezini – Associate Chair
Educated as an electronic engineer specializing in research and development management. Her career spans more than 40 years in management positions in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry in both the public and private sectors. She is board certified in both management and innovation.
She has advised on, helped write, and helped implement many core pieces of legislation across Brazilian commercial life, including laws on integrated circuits, information technology, software, copyrights, patents, and agricultural varieties. She owns two consulting companies dealing with ICT and data protection law, as well as serving as the intellectual property and technology director for RASTRO, the authority manager for a cargo company's data platform. She is the Vice Chair of a local IT women's association called Nexti and a director of DNS Women, an international group for women's empowerment in the Domain Name System (DNS) industry.
Scartezini has had an illustrious public service career, serving twice as Brazilian National Secretary for Technology and National Secretary for Information Technology Policy, President of the Brazilian Patent Office, and as adviser to the Economic Development Secretariat for the São Paulo State Government. She has represented Brazil in international forums including the World Intellectual Property Organization, the World Trade Organization, the United Nations, MERCOSUR, various Free Trade Area of the Americas negotiations, and regional agreements. She also led a World Bank project on e-waste and e-commerce for small businesses in MERCOSUR.
In the private sector, Scartezini has served as the Superintendent at Sid Microelectronic and as General Manager at Vertice Design House for 10 years. She has coordinated a group of companies to promote Brazilian Agri software and advised law offices and environmental companies on ICT issues. She has helped various ICT companies to set up their manufacturing plants in Brazil and helped local small and medium enterprises absorb transferred technologies.
Nominating Committee Delegates
(Listed in alphabetical order by family name)
Santanu Acharya – GNSO-Internet Service Providers & Connectivity Providers Constituency (ISPCP)
Head of Finance, Audit, Accounts, Taxation and Compliances with National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI), the Registry operator of India's ccTLD – .IN .NIXI is also the Largest Internet Exchange of India with highest Numbers of Internet exchanges and NIXI also manages the NIR of the country.
Santanu is a daring leader & strategic qualified finance professional with 27 years of experience in developing financial strategy, conducting revenue analysis, increasing cost efficiency, steering fraud investigations, and meeting organizational objectives, as well as in designing financial strategies for maximizing profitability & revenue and attaining an organization's goals.
With his decades-long engagement in the IT industry and NIXI in particular, he has also developed a profound expertise in the Names and Numbers area. He is also a member of India Internet Governance Forum and served the Board of Dot Asia for 2021-22.He is also member of the ICANN-ISPCP ,GNSO Group
An effective leader with excellent communication, negotiation and relationship building skills, he spearheaded various projects on enhancement of operating, fiscal and technological policies.
Throughout his career, he has worked with prestigious organizations, leading teams, and spearheading innovative projects. His ability to think critically and approach complex problems with a creative mindset has earned him recognition and respect from his peers.
NIXI earned a prestigious 2019-20,2020-21,2021-22 National Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting in India from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He Is also awarded as Best CFO-IT/ITES several times by various forums and Top-notch Business Journals.
Beyond his professional achievements, Santanu is known for his commitment to social causes. He believes in using technology as a force for good and has actively participated in initiatives aimed at bridging the digital divide and promoting equal access to education and opportunities.
Santanu holds a master's in commerce, graduate in Law and is a Qualified Chartered Accountant, and Certified Fraud Prevention Controller. He is also completed PGP from UCLA ,California
He is married & blessed with one daughter and resides with his family in New Delhi, India
Tom Barrett – GNSO-Registrar Stakeholder Group (RrSG)
Founder and President of the ICANN-accredited registrars EnCirca Inc. (2001) and Name Share Inc. (2003) He is also the current Chair of the Blockchain Subcommittee of the International Trademark Association.
These registrars are the leading registration, security ,and validation providers for restricted Registries, including the .BANK, .REALTOR, .CPA, .MED and .POST TLDs. EnCirca is also a Trademark Agent for the Trademark Clearinghouse.
EnCirca's recent projects involve web2 integration to blockchain naming services. Tom is Founder of Altroots LLC, a project designed for providing consumers safe access to Web3. Altroots recently developed W3.link, a web3 Link-in-Bio service that is interoperable with both web2 and web3 domains.
Barrett was previously the CEO of NetNames, which he sold to NetBenefit, and Vice President at Thomson CompuMark (now part of Clarivate), where he led the development of the SAEGIS trademark research platform. He also previously engaged in Business Process Re-Engineering at Accenture and factory automation at General Electric Aircraft Engines and Pratt & Whitney Aircraft.
Barrett has engineering degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute and lives in Rockport, Massachusetts with spouse Colleen, where he is a member of the Town's Finance Committee, helping to oversee the town's $35m annual budget.
Pascal Bekono – GNSO-Non-Commercial Users Constituency (NCUC)
Has been involved in Internet Governance since 2009. He works for the Government of Cameroon where he is involved in the strategic project committees. He has conducted research projects on Open Data and Data Governance. He has led IT related projects within consulting companies such as GIZ, TakingITGlobal
Bekono joined ICANN in 2012 through the fellowship program. He is an active ICANN participant and member of the Noncommercial Stakeholder Group (NCSG) and the Noncommercial Users Constituency (NCUC) of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO). He has served as a mentor to new participants, and he is part of many working groups.
Bekono has obtained a Masters in Telecom from the National advanced school of engineering of Yaoundé and a masters Computer sciences from the University of Yaoundé. He graduated in Internet Governance from the European Summer School on Internet Governance and from Diplo Foundation. He is Carnegie Mellon University fellow and a laureate of La Francophonie on ICT and from the Commonwealth IGF.
Mia Brickhouse – Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)
Head of IP & DNS. Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Mia graduated from Villanova University as a Supernova, with a Communications and Political Science undergraduate degree as well as gaining her JD. After working in the sports industry for 11 years, she transitioned her career to work in tech and brand protection.
Mia joined Meta (Facebook) in 2019 to support the brand protection and domain operations work. In her current role she oversees a global team responsible for Meta's online brand protection, enforcement, and litigation efforts. Her team also manages Meta's domain name portfolio and ICANN-accredited registrars.
Prior to joining Meta, Mia worked at Corporation Service Company (CSC) where she led two teams in the areas of domain name management and brand protection services. In her role, she led a team of IP professionals who managed the domain name portfolios of companies in the Global 500. Additionally, Mia led the Legal IP advisor team which was responsible for drafting Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) complaints on behalf of clients and handling takedowns of infringing content online.
Mia is involved with key organizations in the intellectual property and trademark fields, including the Business Constituency group within ICANN, the International Trademark Association (INTA) as well as an active member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
Alfredo Calderon-Serrano – At-Large Community (ALAC)-NA
Co-founder of the Virtual School of Internet Governance (VSIG), and the North America School on Internet Governance (NASIG)s project. Former IT Executive Director at Albizu University – a multicampus higher education in Puerto Rico and Florida, U.S.A.
Held positions as Principal Director of multi-million grants from Title III and Title V from the United States Department of Education to enhance Technology and Information Communications (TIC) at various Hispanic Higher Education Institutions where more than $15 million grant funds where managed. At Universidad Central del Caribe (UCC) – School of Medicine served as the Director of the Learning and Information Resources Center (LIRC) and Liaison between the National Institute of Health and UCC research center.
Mr. Calderon-Serrano is a retired Chemistry professor who served at the University of Puerto Rico – Ponce Campus for 12 years. Academic teaching experience of more than 30 years. In the 90's he got involved in technology integration initiatives in the teaching of Organic Chemistry where research on learning with the aid of computer-based learning styles and modules was done. Held Chemistry and Mathematics Instructor positions at various universities in Puerto Rico.
A member of the Internet Society Puerto Rico Chapter (ISOCPR) since 2010 and Board Director since 2014 elected by the membership. Served as a volunteer on various committees within the global ISOC community seeking to improve the model from the bottoms-up perspective.
An At-Large volunteer since ICANN53 through the North American At-Large Organization (NARALO) and the ISOCPR (an At-Large Structure). Mr. Calderon-Serrano has been an active volunteer in various working groups in the At-Large community and ICANN, e.g., ICANN's At-Large-appointed Scholarship Selection Committee; Fellowship Coach, and Mentor, and past co-chair of the At-Large Capacity Building Working Group. Recipient of 3-Fellowships from the ICANN Fellowship Program; 2-ARIN Fellowships (ARIN38 and ARIN39), a 2-time recipient of the Educause Jane N. Ryland (2003, 2006), and a recipient of a fellowship from the US National Library of Medicine's Biomedical Informatics at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
Mr. Calderon-Serrano holds a master's degree in Instructional Design and Educational Technology from the Sacred Heart University, San Juan, PR. In addition to a master's degree in Curriculum and Evaluation from the Pontifical Catholic University Puerto Rico. Graduate work in Organic Chemistry at Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, Illinois. His bachelor's degree is in Chemistry and Math with a license as a certified Science teacher in Puerto Rico and bilingual Science teacher in New Jersey.
Ron da Silva – Address Supporting Organization (ASO)
Executive leader, international board member, advisor, and internet technology expert. He brings extensive experience in management consulting & advice, leading engineering, architecture, operations, security, broadband and cloud technologies. With over thirty (30+) years of proven business experience, culminating in senior executive leadership, Ron is an NACD certified Board Director with extensive corporate and internet governance experience.
He serves on the Boards of Chartway and CertifiedTrue, is a Communications Commissioner for Loudoun County, Virginia, maintains a consulting practice, Network Technologies Global and is an advisor with Saras Partners. Previously, Ron was Board member of ICANN, Board Member of the Data Center Coalition, Vice President of Operations for Quantum Loophole, Executive Director with Denuo, CIO and Co-Founder of CertifiedTrue, and various leadership and engineering roles with Charter, Time Warner Cable, American Online and Sprint. He holds a Bachelor of Science in applied mathematics and English from Old Dominion University.
Ron is well known in the internet service provider, telecommunications and broadband industries and is very active in various industry organizations.
Betty Fausta – At-Large Community (ALAC)-EUR
Internet strategist, founder, and CEO of IPEOS (www.ipeos.com). She has had a career of 20 years in tech companies such as Open-Source evangelist, innovation, and private research in the software industry. Motivated by a global inclusive internet, Betty Fausta started as an ICANN fellow in 2018, at ICANN68 in San Juan. Starting as a contributor to the At Large group, she now participates in numerous EURALO and LACRALO meetings at the same time.
In ICANN, she is a member of GNSO EPDP1 IRT Team and advocates and contributes to team policy development. She likes to be active in the community and decided in 2022 to be more active with NCAP, At Large Social Media WP. She works with other community members regarding capacity building and internet access like UA's day, VSIG in French.
She has also contributed to capacity-building initiatives in French, Caribbean, and in France, as a founder or board member of ICT organizations, tech incubators. She participated as a IGF 2018 speaker and served as a consultant for Internet usability and inclusion in unserved regions, strategist for CIVICTECH project, web quality and cybersecurity for website and development of Caribbean platform for GDPR compliance.
Betty has been teaching French at the French West Indies University since 2007. She also serves as a mentor for many young people locally and around the world. As active mentor for tech and innovation, she has also been involved in many innovation challenges for MIT, the European consortium hackathon against COVID Virus, Chamber of Commerce, International incubator, Women Int Tech, etc...
As an active volunteer since her 20's, she has served as JCI (Junior Chamber International) leader for twelve years and an international trainer.
Vivek Goyal – GNSO – Commercial and Business Users Constituency (Small)
Co-Founder and COO of Lot, an online brand protection company in India. LdotR is the only pure play brand protection company in India, serving Fortune 100 clients in India across multiple industries and sectors.
Goval has over 10 years of experience in digital transformation, business strategy and planning, and new brand development across industries such as insurance, telecom, retail, leisure, logistics, and consumer packaged goods in the U.S.A., India, and Southeast Asia.
He has been associated with ICANN since the launch of the first new generic top-level domain program, having managed the entire process for four dotBrand applications.
He holds a dual master's in management (marketing) and sciences (IT) from the Questrom School of Business in Boston and a bachelor's in engineering (computers) from Pune University.
An avid reader, he enjoys creative arts and is an amateur wood turner.
Robert Guerra – Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC)
Trilingual policy and research professional trained in medicine and digital rights. He has over 22 years of experience in community building, training, and supporting organizations to leverage technology to enhance advocacy and improve collaboration while protecting privacy.
Robert is currently the Chief Technology Officer and Research Lead at the Collier Collective, where he supports the team on issues related to COVID-19, harm reduction, privacy, data analysis, and social media.
Robert is also the founder of Privaterra, a Canadian based company that has worked with private industry and non-governmental organizations such as ICANN, Counterpart International, American University's Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP), Citizen Lab, and Freedom House, on issues related to accessibility, data privacy, digital security, and Internet governance.
Robert is an Honours graduate of the University of Western Ontario and an alumnus of the Universidad de Navarra's Faculty of Medicine.
Lia Patricia Hernández Pérez – At-Large Community (ALAC)-LAC
Lawyer in Panama and Spain. Member of the Madrid Bar Association (ICAM). He studied a Master's in New Technologies Law at the University of Bologna, Italy. In 2008, she obtained a scholarship from the AECID to study a Master's in Telecommunications and ICT Law at the Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain, where she was also a professor. Director of Legal IT, the first legal boutique specialized in Digital Law in Panama and Co-founder of Ipandetec, a Central American digital rights organization. Member of the ItechLaw Association, Co-chair of the International Association for Privacy Professional for Panama, and member of the Ibero-American Data Protection Observatory with which he obtained a research award from the Basque Data Protection Agency. He was also a member of the program committee of the Internet Governance Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean and of the Research Council of the Global Forum on Cyberexpertise (GFCE).
Maureen Hilyard – At-Large Community (ALAC)-AP
Development Consultant in the Cook Islands and has a Bachelor of Business and a Master of Management (Massey University, New Zealand). Development projects have included Environmental Management, Digital Transformation, and e-Government.
Her early career was in primary education but in 1989 she began 15 years with the NZ Correspondence School – NZ's only distance learning school for preschool to secondary students – as a Regional Distance Learning Advisor. She joined the Board of Governors of James Cook High School in South Auckland in 1989, (Chair,1994-2003) and was also invited to Chair the Establishment Board of Alfriston College (2000-2003) to be built in the same suburb due to population growth. It opened for students in 2004.
Maureen began with the Cook Islands Ministry of Education as the Distance Learning Facilitator in 2004, mainly liaising with the Correspondence School on behalf of students in the outer islands undertaking their secondary studies remotely. Her role also involved assisting the local ISP to connect schools, hospitals, and government offices in the outer islands, to the internet. In 2006 Maureen attended PacINET, an outreach event organized in Samoa by the Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society (PICISOC), where she met Vint Cerf who persuaded her to join the work that was being done in the Pacific. Subsequently she was appointed to the PICISOC Board and was Chair for 6 years and ran two PacINETs on Rarotonga. She continues to be involved in other regional activities related to Internet Governance with the Asia Pacific Regional IGF (APrIGF) and the IGF Dynamic Coalition of Small Island Developing States in the Internet Economy (DC-SIDS) which she co-founded. She is the president of the Cook Islands Internet Action Group which is an ICANN At-Large Structure (ALS) and is a Director on the Board of DotAsia. She was formerly on the PIR Advisory Council and the DNS Abuse Institute Advisory Council.
Maureen attended her first ICANN meeting as a Fellow in 2010 in Cartegeña and although it was two more years before she attended her second Fellowship, she had already aligned herself with the At-Large community and had joined a cross community working group on a review of regional areas. She was appointed to the ALAC by the APRALO Community in 2013 and was also appointed as the ALAC Liaison to the ccNSO – a position she held until 2017 when she became the ALAC Vice Chair. She was the ALAC Chair (2018-2022) and in 2023, ended 10 years on the ALAC. During those ten years she participated in a large number of working groups covering the wide range of interests of the At-Large Community within ICANN including the At-Large Review, Auction Proceeds and the GGP Applicant Support.
Sophie Mitchell – Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO)
Chief Communications Officer at .au Domain Administration Ltd. (auDA), the self-regulatory body that develops and administers the .au country code top-level domain in the public interest.
At auDA, Mitchell is responsible for public policy, stakeholder engagement, communications, marketing, and membership. She works to advocate for, and participate in, multistakeholder Internet governance processes and actively champion an open, free, secure, and global Internet, for the benefit of all Australians.
Mitchell has almost 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors, providing legal, policy, regulatory, and strategic advice to businesses and executives across a range of fields, including information and communications technology and media.
Seun Ojedeji – At-Large Community (ALAC) – AF
Works with Federal University Oye-EKiti as Deputy Director in the ICT Directorate of the University. He is a technology expert with over 15 years industry experience with specialty in IT infrastructure development, systems networking, e-Learning, and policy development. He has served in selection committees for various organizations including ISOC, Mozilla, AfNog, FOSSFA, AFRINIC, FUOYE to name a few. He loves teamwork and enjoys meeting people, sharing, and learning from people.
Mr. Ojedeji has been privileged to participate in major local and international technical training, workshops, and conferences where he either served as a trainee, trainer, presenter, lead instructor, or session chair. He served as Co-Chair AFRINIC Policy development working group(PDWG) and he is former member and Vice Chair of the AFRINIC Board of Directors. Within ICANN, he is the current Chair of the African Regional At-Large Organization (AFRALO). He was a member of the Cross Community working group on IANA Stewardship transition (CWG), member of the At-Large Advisory committee (ALAC) and member of the ALAC leadership team(ALT). In the open-source community, Seun served as Council Chair of FOSSFA (Free Software and Open-Source Foundation for Africa) and he is also the Vice President of OSFON (Open Source Foundation for Nigeria).
Flip Petillion – GNSO – Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC)
Managing Partner of PETILLION, a litigation and arbitration boutique law firm, and Deputy Judge in the Court of Appeals of Brussels. He acts as chairman, sole arbitrator, party-nominated arbitrator, and counsel in domestic and international arbitration proceedings under the rules of different centres and in ad hoc proceedings.
Flip built a reputation through his focus on intellectual property rights, information, communication, technology, and media. He represents multinationals and first-class individual portfolio holders. He gives strategic advice and enforces rights through court litigations and alternative dispute resolution procedures.
Flip lectures at Leuven University, EUIPO and BMM.
Flip Petillion graduated from Leuven University, magna cum laude (1987). He obtained postgraduates: in International Economic Law from Dubrovnik University (1988); in Telecommunications Law from Leuven University (1998); in Telecommunications, Strategy and Regulation from Ghent University (1999). Flip followed a program on negotiation and mediation led by Professor Robert H. Mnookin of Harvard Law School (2008). Flip was admitted at Georgetown University in 1987 but he opted to start his arbitration practice as assistant professor in international and comparative law at the Institute for Public Law and International Relations of Leuven University.
Craig Schwartz – Registries Stakeholder Group (RySG)
Managing Director of fTLD Registry Services, which operates the community based .bank and .insurance top-level domains. Schwartz has been active in the domain name industry since 2006 and has served in several leadership positions, including: Vice Chair – Administration, Registries Stakeholder Group (ICANN), member of the Generic Names Supporting Organization Standing Selection Committee (ICANN), Co-Chair of the Community Top-Level Domain Applicant Group (CTA), and Co-Founder of the Verified Top-Level Domains Consortium. Prior to leading the formation of fTLD in 2011, Schwartz spent five years at ICANN and held the position of Chief fTLD Registry Liaison. Before joining ICANN, Schwartz was with Widmeyer Communications, a Washington, D.C.-based public relations, and strategic communications firm, for nearly a decade and most recently as Vice President of Operations. Schwartz earned his B.S. degree in finance from the University of Maryland.
Suzanne Woolf – Internet Architecture Board (IAB) for Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
Experienced in both the technical and policy aspects of the evolution of the Internet, particularly DNS and other network operations. She has held a variety of roles in technical strategy and policy, product management, software engineering management, and related areas for employers and consulting clients including University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute, ICANN, Internet Systems Consortium, and several TLD registries. At present, she is a full-time employee of Public Interest Registry (PIR), the operator of .ORG and several other TLDs.
Inside the ICANN community, Suzanne is a member of SSAC, an alternate voting member of RSSAC, and co-chair of the NCAP Discussion Group. In the larger Internet tech community, she is co-chair of the DNSOP Working Group in the IETF and a member of the DNS-OARC Program Committee. Past activities and appointments include the ARIN Advisory Council; RSSAC liaison to the ICANN Board of Directors; the Internet Architecture Board; and the corporate boards of DNS-OARC and Public Interest Registry.
She holds a bachelor's degree in information systems from Carnegie-Mellon University and is based in the Boston area (US).