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ICANN Officers and Board Members Statements of Interest Summary relating to ICANN matters (in alphabetical order)

8 February 2015


  1. Akram Atallah –President, Global Domains Division – Nothing identified.

  2. Susanna Bennett – Chief Operating Officer – Nothing identified.

  3. Xavier Calvez – Chief Financial Officer – Nothing identified.

  4. Fadi Chehadé – President and Chief Executive Officer – Nothing identified.

  5. John Jeffrey – General Counsel and Secretary – Nothing identified.

  6. David Olive – Vice President, Policy Development Support – Nothing identified.

Board Members:

  1. Rinalia Abdul Rahim – Member of the Executive Council of the Internet Society of Malaysia. Managing Director and Chairman of Compass Rose Sdn Bhd.

  2. Cherine Chalaby – Nothing identified.

  3. Fadi Chehadé – Outside of his role as President and CEO, nothing identified.

  4. Steve Crocker – Dr. Crocker is the CEO and a Director of Shinkuro, Inc

  5. Chris Disspain – Director and CEO of .au Domain Administration Limited, the .au ccTLD manager; .au has sponsorship agreement with ICANN under which .au pays ICANN a yearly amount based on the amount of names under management. Melbourne IT, of which Board member Bruce Tonkin is the Chief Strategy Officer, is an accredited registrar for .au Domain Administration Limited. Former Officer of ICANN, Paul Levins, is a Director of .au Domain Administration Limited. .au Domain Administration Limited licenses AusRegistry Pty Ltd to run the registry for the second level names in .au. Under the Registry License agreement, AusRegistry pays fees to auDA; companies affiliated with AusRegistry are affiliated with new gTLD applications.

  6. Asha Hemrajani - Was an employee of Nokia Siemens Networks where Jonne Soininen works.

  7. Wolfgang Kleinwächter – Is Executive Director of a summer school program on Internet Governance that has sponsors, some of which have included, or currently include, ICANN current or potential contracted parties, all of which were sponsors before Mr. Kleinwächter was named to the ICANN Board. He was nominated as Special Ambassador for the Net Mundial initiative without any financial compensation, and he was invited by DENIC, the German cTLD Registry, to advise them on Internet Governance issues under negotiations in the United Nations (including ITU and UNESCO).

  8. Markus Kummer – Recently left full time position as Senior Vice President with the Internet Society.

  9. Bruno Lanvin – Nothing identified.

  10. Erika Mann – Managing Director and Head of Facebook, Inc.’s policy office in Brussels.

  11. Ram Mohan – Executive Vice President and Officer of Afilias, which has contracts with ICANN to operate several gTLD registries and which is under contract for services to other registry operators that are under contract to ICANN (a complete list of the relevant registries can be found on Afilias’ website.) Mr. Mohan is also the president of the Philadelphia chapter of the Internet Society. Afilias is a minority shareholder in ICM Registry, Inc., that operates the .XXX TLD. Afilias has regular business transactions with Melborne IT (Bruce Tonkin’s employer and an ICANN accredited registrar). Afilias is also involved in some way in numerous new gTLD applications that are at various stages of processing. Mr. Mohan’s wife is employed by Comcast, a new gTLD applicant, but she is not involved in the applications or in other matter relating to the applications or to ICANN. Mr. Mohan’s sister-in-law is owner and CEO of the ICANN accredited registrar, 2030138 Ontario Inc.

  12. Gonzalo Navarro – Former Chief of Staff, Chilean National Institute of Industrial Property.

  13. Ray Plzak – Nothing identified.

  14. George Sadowsky – Member of Governance Board for EC Fiber Telecomm.

  15. Mike Silber – Member of the Management Committee and Treasurer of the Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA) South Africa. He is also, a non-executive Director of the .za Domain Name Authority, the ccTLD administrator for .za. The .za Domain Name Authority has concluded an arms-length operating agreement with Uniforum t/a the .za Central Registry for Uniforum to operate the .za registry. Under the agreement, Uniforum will collect and pay transaction fees to .za Domain Name Authority. Uniforum is acting as the registry service provider for various new gTLD applicants. Director of African Digital Networks Spri Telco.

  16. Jonee Soininen – Head of Software Industry Initiatives at Nokia Networks and owns a nominal amount of Nokia shares; Nokia is a new gTLD contracted party.

  17. Thomas Schneider – Thomas is employed by the government of Switzerland, which is a new gTLD contracted party.

  18. Bruce Tonkin - Chief Strategy Officer of Melbourne IT, which has contract with ICANN as accredited registrar on the same terms as all other registrars. Melbourne IT is an accredited registrar for: (i) .au Domain Administration Limited of which Board member Chris Disspain is the CEO and former ICANN officer Paul Levins is a Board member; (ii) .fr operated by the Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération (AFNIC) on which former ICANN Board member Sébastien Bachollet serves as a Board member; and (iii) .info, where Afilias, the employer of Ram Mohan, is the gTLD operator. Melbourne IT is also a registrar for new gTLDs operated by Donuts, which employs ICANN’s former Chief Financial Officer, Kevin Wilson.

  19. Kuo-Wei Wu – CEO – National Information Infrastructure Enterprise Promotion Association (NIIEPA)– Internet Policy Research. Auditor – TWIA (Taiwan ISP Association). His daughter works for Progressive Insurance, which applied for two new gTLDs. Out of an abundance of caution, Progressive established an ethical wall keeping Kuo-Wei Wu’s daughter from any involvement or discussions related to the new gTLD applications.

  20. Suzanne Woolf – Self-employed independent consultant, currently with clients that have interests in various ICANN-related matters, including new gTLDs and root server operations.

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."