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ICANN Officers and Board Members¹ Statements of Interest Summary relating to ICANN matters (in alphabetical order)

20 December 2019


  1. Susanna Bennett – Chief Operating Officer: Nothing identified.
  2. Xavier Calvez – Chief Financial Officer: Nothing identified.
  3. John Jeffrey – General Counsel and Secretary: Nothing identified.
  4. Göran Marby – President and Chief Executive Officer: Nothing identified.
  5. David Olive – Sr. VP, Policy Development Support: Nothing identified.
  6. Ashwin Rangan – Senior VP, Engineering and Chief Information Officer: Nothing identified.
  7. Theresa Swinehart – SVP, Multistakeholder Strategy & Strategic Initiatives: Nothing identified.

Board Members (Directors and Liaisons):

  1. Harald Alvestrand: Software engineer for Google Sweden owned by Google Inc., which is a registry operator for several gTLDs, a registrar and a new gTLD applicant.
  2. Maarten Botterman: Chairman of Supervisory Board of NLnet Foundation, which is a non-profit aimed at promoting the exchange of electronic information and all that is related or beneficial to that purpose; Board member for Institute for Accountability in the Digital Age, which is a non-profit aimed at enhancing accountability in the digital age; supporting the GFCE global Internet Infrastructure Initiative with the aims at strengthening the Internet through multistakeholder dialogue and promotion of relevant open standards such as IPv6, DNSSEC, etc.; supporting the Canadian Secure IoT initiative with the aims at strengthening the Internet through multistakeholder dialogue and promotion of safer development, deployment and use of IoT; contracted with Merike Kaeo to advise GÉANT on the best future legal construct for TF-CSIRT; Chair of IGF related Dynamic Coalitions for IoT; member of IGF related Dynamic Coalitions for DNS Issues.
  3. J. Beckwith Burr: Partner at the law firm Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis, LLP, specializing in privacy and data protection law. Becky is a member of the usTLD Stakeholder Council. The usTLD manager, Neustar Inc., makes ccTLD contributions to ICANN in the amount of US $75,000, consistent with the ccNSO guidelines.
  4. Ron da Silva: Works for Internet Tool & Die Company, a subsidiary of Denuo. Denuo is involved directly, or through subsidiaries or affiliates, with the marketing of legacy IPv4 address space.
  5. Sarah Deutsch: Director for Electronic Frontier Foundation; on Internet Committee of International Trademark Association; a sole practitioner attorney working part time re: on IP and Internet liability issue for clients that may operate new gTLDs but has not been involved in those client's gTLD issues.
  6. Chris Disspain: Nothing identified.
  7. Avri Doria: Member of Executive Committee for IGFSA, which is involved in funding support for IGF and NRIs; member of the Internet Research Steering Group; serves as secretariat for Dynamic Coalition (IGF) on Schools of Internet Governance; signed Memorandum of Understanding with Association for Progressive Communications (APC), which includes Internet related matters, including participation in some ITU activities.
  8. Rafael (Lito) Ibarra: President of Asociación SVNet, which operates the .SV ccTLD and is a member of the ccNSO; Board member of LACNIC; Board member of Edge, which provides Educational IT services.
  9. Manal Ismail: Executive Director, International Technical Coordination for the National Telecom Regulatory Authority of Egypt, which operates IDN ccTLD for Egypt and has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ICANN to establish DNS Entrepreneurship Center in Egypt; a work colleague is on the League of Arab States steering committee for the .ARAB new gTLD and its Arabic IDN equivalent, which are delegated to the League of Arab States.
  10. Danko Jevtovic: Employed by ICT consultancy and investments; holds de minimus amount of stock in some publicly traded companies that have contracted for or have applied for one or more top-level domains.
  11. Merike Kaeo: CEO of Double Shot Security which consults on strategic and tactical cybersecurity issues; member of advisory group that supports the work of the Global Council for Security in Cyberspace connected to the Research Advisory Group on Internet Governance; Double Shot Security has a contract with Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC) to occasionally provide resources for trainings and workshops; contracted with Maarten Botterman's company GKNS to advise GÉANT on the best future legal construct for TF-CSIRT.
  12. Akinori Maemura: General Manager of Internet Development Department of Japan Network Information Center (JPNIC); Board member of JPCERT Coordination Center; Board member of Asia Pacific Institute of Digital Economy.
  13. Göran Marby: Nothing identified.
  14. Mandla Msimang: Nothing identified.
  15. Ihab Osman: Nothing identified.
  16. Kaveh Ranjbar: Interim-Managing Director of RIPE NCC, which he represents in the NRO Council.
  17. Nigel Roberts: Director and owner of a beneficial interest in: (i) Island Networks Ltd, which is the TLDmanager for .GG; (ii) Island Networks (Jersey) Ltd which is the TLD manager for .JE; (iii) Island Networks (Registrar) Ltd, which is a non-ICANN accredited registrar; (iv) CI Domain Registry Ltd and AS Domain Registry Ltd, which are providers of registry services; and (v) Omadhina Internet Services Ltd (Alderney) and Omadinha Internet Services Ltd (Ireland), both of which are concerned with domain name marketing.
  18. Léon Felipe Sanchez Ambia: Nothing identified.
  19. Matthew Shears: Independent Internet policy consultant; member of the Advisory Network of the Freedom Online Coalition, Christchurch Call Advisory Network and Global Partners Digital Board of Advisors; co-lead, Internet Free and Secure Initiative (IFSI).
  20. Tripti Sinha: Assistant Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at University of Maryland and responsible for operations of DNS root services (d-root).

1 Note that the activities of ICANN itself are not listed in this document.

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."