The Structural Improvements Committee (SIC) of the ICANN Board was established by the Board at its 7 November 2008 meeting. The SIC proposed revisions to its former version of the charter, including a name change to Organizational Effectiveness Committee (OEC) in 2015. The name change was intended to provide the ICANN community with more clarity about the purpose and focus of organizational reviews and how the reviews are conducted. In accordance with its responsibility, the Board Governance Committee (BGC) reviewed and agreed with the SIC's proposed revisions to the Committee's name and its Charter. The Board approved the charter and name change at its 28 July 2015 meeting. At the Board's 16 March 2017, the Board approved a revised charter for the OEC that expanded its responsibilities to also include the oversight of Specific Reviews. At the Board's 14 March 2019 meeting, the Board approved an updated charter that expanded its responsibilities to additionally include the review and oversight of the Periodic or Special IANA Naming Function Reviews (IFRs) mandated by Article 18 of ICANN Bylaws or any replacement or revisions to that article of the Bylaws.
The Committee is responsible for review and oversight of policies relating to ICANN's ongoing organizational review process as mandated by Article IV, Section 4 of ICANN's Bylaws.
- The Organizational Effectiveness Committee ("OEC" or "Committee") of the ICANN Board is responsible for the following areas related to Organizational and Specific Reviews:
- The review and oversight of all organizational reviews mandated by Article 4, Section 4.4 of ICANN's Bylaws or any replacement or revisions to that Section of the Bylaws (Organizational Reviews), which are aimed at enhancing ICANN's overall effectiveness, and achieving specific organizational objectives, structural relevance and effectiveness.
- The review and oversight of all Specific Reviews mandated by Section 4.6 of ICANN Bylaws or any replacement or revisions to that section of the Bylaws, which are aimed at reviewing ICANN's execution of commitments relating to: Accountability and Transparency; Security, Stability and Resiliency; Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice; and Registration Directory Service.
- The review and oversight of policies, processes, and procedures relating to the Organizational and Specific Reviews.
- The development and maintenance of a Review Framework for Organizational and Specific Reviews, which is subject to Board approval that encapsulates the policies, processed and procedures applicable to the conduct of the Organizational and Specific Reviews.
- The OEC shall use the Organizational and Specific Reviews to help assess whether ICANN has made progress in achieving key organizational objectives and commitments and whether its organizational structure is effective and relevant to its mission. The OEC shall issue recommendations towards enhancing ICANN's overall organizational effectiveness.
- The OEC is also responsible for the review and oversight of the Periodic or Special IANA Naming Function Reviews (IFRs) mandated by Article 18 of ICANN Bylaws or any replacement or revisions to that article of the Bylaws, which are aimed at reviewing PTI's performance under the IANA Naming Function Contract and the IANA Naming Function Statement of Work.
Katrina Sataki currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of NIC.LV, the country code Top-Level domain of Latvia (Europe) managed by the Network Solutions Department of the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Latvia. Katrina has participated in ICANN’s work since 2009. She has been an active participant of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) community and served as the ccNSO Council chair from 2016-2021. Katrina holds a professional degree in Mathematics, a Master’s degree in Computer Science and a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Latvia. She has participated in several research projects, lectured law students on IT Law and IT students on law and internet governance related issues. Katrina was selected by the ccNSO to serve on the ICANN Board on 28 October 2021. Her term will expire at the Annual General Meeting in 2024.
Alan Barrett holds a B.Sc.Eng. and M.Sc.Eng. from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (then called the University of Natal), Durban, South Africa. Alan was involved in setting up the first Internet connection for South African universities in 1990/1991. In 1993, he was a co-founder of the first commercial ISP in South Africa, then called TICSA, later Internet Africa and UUNET South Africa, where he remained until 1999. Alan then joined a small Internet firewall company, CEQURUX Technologies, where he remained until the company went out of business in 2007. After that, he worked as a software consultant. In 2015, Alan was appointed as CEO of AFRINIC, where he remained until 2019. Alan was a co-author of the 1997 proposal to create AFRINIC, serving on a steering committee tasked with creating AFRINIC, and was elected to the first AFRINIC Board in 2004, where he served until 2009. He was appointed by the AFRINIC Board to the Number Resource Organization Number Council (NRO NC) / Address Supporting Organization Address Council (ASO AC), from 2004 to 2014. During part of the IANA stewardship transition, from 2015 to 2016, he served in the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG), as an appointee of the NRO. Alan was selected by the ASO to serve on the ICANN Board in 2021. His term will expire at the Annual General Meeting in 2024.
Maarten Botterman is an independent strategic adviser on Internet governance and related issues with more than 25 years' experience in guiding governments and major organizations on the economic, business, and societal impacts of current and future Internet innovations and technologies. During those 25-plus years, he participated in and led more than 50 international projects and studies and published more than 80 peer-reviewed reports for governments and industry on Future Net issues with teams, including experts with advanced academic degrees from many disciplines, ranging from technology and mathematics to economics and law, and from many different countries and cultures.
Maarten was employed as Head of Unit and Senior Adviser to the Dutch Government (1987–1995) and as Scientific Officer to the Communications Technology Research program that was run by the European Commission (1995–1999). These years brought many insights about the public interest and governance aspects of the developing global, networked knowledge society. These insights were further deepened when working for RAND Corporation, setting up and running an Information Society policy practice in Europe (1999–2006), with an emphasis on policy evaluation and scenario planning. Since 2006, he has been working as an independent strategic adviser to governments and businesses in close cooperation with leading independent research institutions in Europe (including RAND Europe, TNO Netherlands, DTI Danmark, Inno France, and CIVIC Germany). Today, he is internationally recognized as a governance and future Internet expert and is a regular contributor to international Internet governance events such as the Internet Governance Forum, where he is leading the Dynamic Coalition for the Internet of Things.
Next to advising the Dutch government and the European Commission on Internet governance issues, he got deeply involved in ICANN's work as a Board member and Chairman of the Public Interest Registry (2008–2016), over time actively participating in more than 40 ICANN meetings. Having worked internationally since 1995, he has extensive experience in working with people from different national and cultural backgrounds, and is comfortable in engaging in English, German, French, and Dutch (mother tongue). He has a reputation as an independent, trustworthy, out-of-the-box thinker who is able to look at issues from several perspectives with strong awareness of the bigger picture. Having served on boards and having reported to boards, he has extensive experience with effective board governance and the responsibilities and obligations that come with a director's position on a U.S. nonprofit board. Over the years, he has been a frequent guest speaker and/or moderator, mostly at smart technology-related events.
Maarten holds an advanced degree in business economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam. He is a certified coach and has a certificate in medical-based knowledge, both of which help in better understanding of what drives people in decision-making and going through life. In addition, he has completed several board excellence trainings with internationally renowned institutions, including Harvard Business School, INSEAD, IMD, MIT, Yale School of Management, and Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management. His areas of interest include government, civil society, and technology.
Maarten is based in Rotterdam, Netherlands. He was nominated to serve on the ICANN Board by the Nominating Committee in 2016 and served as Board Chair from 2019 until 2022. His third and final term will expire at the Annual General Meeting in 2025.
Chris Chapman concluded his appointment in 2016 as the inaugural Chairman and Chief Executive of the Australian Media and Communications Authority (ACMA), the independent regulator of Australia's broadcasting, telecommunications, spectrum, and online services. His role was recognized by the Federal Minister for Communications as having been discharged for a decade with distinction.
In recognition of the broad-ranging experiences he encountered over that decade, the organizational transformation he prosecuted and sustained throughout his term, and the significant contribution that the ACMA made to the policy debate about regulation in these sectors, Chris was appointed President of the International Institute of Communications in 2016. He is the first president in the organization's nearly 50-year history to be appointed from the Asia Pacific region.
Since 2016, Chris' directorships and work have covered a broad spectrum of interests including philanthropic and not-for-profit, sports advisory work (particularly in the governance space), film script development, international media and communications developments, bleeding-edge digital technologies, and digital transformation consulting. He also has several digital platforms under development.
Some earlier career highlights include serving as the Associate to the Chief Justice of Australia, working as a corporate lawyer and legal counsel, holding senior management positions with the Seven Network, and being the Chief Executive of the Sydney Olympic stadium, the Optus broadband joint venture, and Prime Infrastructure Limited.
Chris has successfully chaired organizations in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors, several of them very complex ones requiring agile stakeholder skills. Without exception, he has overseen appropriate corporate governance and has developed a reputation for effective chairing and a collegiate approach. In the mid-1990s, the Australian Government appointed him Chair of Film Australia, one of the country's most treasured cultural organizations.
Chris received double Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance – with Merit) degrees from the University of New South Wales. In addition, he completed the Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program.
He was nominated to serve on the ICANN Board of Directors by the Nominating Committee in 2022. His term will expire at the Annual General Meeting in 2025.
Avri Doria is an independent researcher and educator based in Providence, RI, with a number of contracts with both non-governmental organizations and within the Internet technical community. As a technologist, Avri has been involved in the development of Internet protocols and architectures for over 30 years. She has been active in ICANN policy since 2005 and was nominated to serve on the ICANN Board by the Nominating Committee in 2017. Her term will expire at the Annual General Meeting in 2023. Avri was awarded the ICANN Multistakeholder award in 2014.
Matthew Shears is an Internet and telecommunications policy consultant. Matthew spent a decade in Brussels working on EU standardization and telecommunications regulation before becoming involved in international Internet policy work, starting with the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in 2005. Since then he has participated in a range of Internet policy and governance fora and processes, including the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), the World Telecommunications Policy Forum (WTPF), the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and was deeply involved in the work that led up to the IANA Stewardship transition and enhancing ICANN’s accountability. Matthew was a member of the UN Secretary General’s Multistakeholder Advisory Group on Internet Governance and is a member and past co-Chair of the non-governmental Advisory Network of the Freedom Online Coalition. He has worked for, among others, the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), the Internet Society, Cisco, Teledesic and AT&T. A UK national, he received his MSc in European Studies from the London School of Economics and his BA in International Affairs from George Washington University. He was selected by the GNSO to serve on the Board and is entering his second term at the AGM in Hamburg in 2020.
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