Board Committees

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ICANN's Board Committees are established in the ICANN Bylaws. They can be general, such as the Finance Committee, or specific, such as the Accountability Mechanisms Committee. Each committee has its own Board-approved charter outlining its purpose, scope, and composition. In April 2021, the ICANN Board partnered with the ICANN Organization's Communications team to launch a webinar series called "Meet the Board Committee," which spotlighted each committee's work.[1] The first one focused on the Board Technical Committee (BTC), which oversees the technical work necessary to fulfill ICANN's mission.

Board Committees Past & Present

ICANN Board Committees Past/Present Members Start/Stop Features
Accountability Mechanisms present Becky Burr, Alan Barrett, Edmon Chung, Sarah Deutsch, Patricio Poblete, Leon Sanchez, Katrina Sataki August 17, 2017
Audit present Sarah Deutsch, Alan Barrett, Akinori Maemura, Mandla Msimang, Ihab Osman, Kaveh Ranjbar, Katrina Sataki, Harald Alvestrand, Steve Crocker, Rita Rodin Johnston, Dennis Jennings, Erika Mann, Gonzalo Navarro, Bill Graham, Judith Duavit Vazquez November 4, 1999
  • Authorizes the CFO to engage the external auditor to perform the audit of ICANN’s financial statements,
  • In 2009 - 2012, oversaw transparent, comprehensive cost accounting principles and reporting requirements for the New gTLD Program; filed Form 990, approved of Moss Adams, Grant Thornton; developed Cost Accounting Guidelines, procurement guidelines, internal audit function, a framework to benchmark ICANN’s accounting and reporting policies against well-known reporting standards; and had staff test whistleblower hotline.
Compensation present Maarten Botterman, Sarah Deutsch, Danko Jevtovic, Leon Sanchez, Tripti Sinha, Peter Dengate Thrush, Rita Rodin Johnston, Rajasekhar Ramaraj, Bruce Tonkin November 8, 2005
  • President and CEO’s SR2 At-Risk Compensation, Contract Extensions, CEO's annual goals; (increasing) ICANN Officers' Compensation,
  • Oversaw Ombudsman Search in 2011
Executive present Maarten Botterman, Göran Marby, Leon Sanchez, Tripti Sinha November 4, 1999
Finance present Danko Jevtovic, Harald Alvestrand, Becky Burr, Avri Doria, Mandla Msimang, Ihab Osman, Tripti Sinha December 13, 2000
  • consults with the ICANN President on the annual budget process
  • reviews and makes recommendations on President's submitted annual budget
  • develops and recommends long-term financial objectives
Governance present Tripti Sinha, Becky Burr, Sarah Deutsch, Avri Doria, Danko Jevtovic, Ihab Osman, Leon Sanchez March 12, 2003
  • created/updated: Guidelines for Board Members Serving as Liaisons to ICANN Community Groups, Board Engagement in Developing Slate for Board Leadership, Code of Conduct Guidelines, Board Committee and Leadership Selection Procedure, Board Conflicts of Interest Policy, Governance Guidelines
  • wrote annual reports on accountability mechanisms until 2017
  • writes annual reports on code of conduct
Organizational Effectiveness present Avri Doria, Alan Barrett, Akinori Maemura, Patricio Poblete, Katrina Sataki, Matthew Shears November 7, 2008
Risk present Harald Alvestrand, James Galvin, Danko Jevtovic, Mandla Msimang, Patricio Poblete, Kaveh Ranjbar, Matthew Shears November 7, 2008
  • reviews and considers updates to risk management target model and Risk Register; publicizes ICANN's Risk Management Framework; reviews ICANN org's Information Security (InfoSec) Programs
Strategic Planning present Matthew Shears, Becky Burr, Edmon Chung, Avri Doria, James Galvin, Danko Jevtovic, Leon Sanchez, Tripti Sinha October 22, 2020
  • assesses the impact of priority trends, shares a proposal with the ICANN Community for consultation, and after receiving input, defines objectives and goals to serve as a foundation for the strategic plan
  • oversees the drafting of the five-year strategic plan
  • shepherds the Board's finalization and adoption of the new strategic plan[2]
Technical present Kaveh Ranjbar, Harald Alvestrand, Alan Barrett, Edmon Chung, James Galvin, Akinori Maemura, Patricio Poblete, Katrina Sataki September 23, 2017
  • oversees Name Collision Analysis Project outcomes
  • directs Evolution of the Root Server System governance (RSAAC037/038) implementation plan
  • contributes to DNS Security Facilitation Initiative (DSFI-TSG)[3]
  • approved IDN-Universal Acceptance WG recommendations
  • works closely with OCTO on ICANN Managed Root Server (IMRS) Strategy, Root Zone Management (RZM) Evolution Study
  • approving Root Server Crisis Communication Plan
  • oversees KSK Rollover Plan update
Structural Improvements past Roberto Gaetano, Harald Alvestrand, Rita Rodin Johnston, Raimundo Beca, Jean-Jacques Subrenat, Mike Silber, Ray Plzak, George Sadowsky, Jonne Soininen, Bertrand de la Chapelle, Reinhard Scholl, Judith Duavit Vazquez, Sebastien Bachollet, Thomas Roessler November 2008 - March 2012
  • The predecessor to the Organizational Effectiveness Committee;
  • reviewed and oversaw policies relating to ICANN's ongoing organizational review process
New gTLD Program past Cherine Chalaby, Rinalia Abdul Rahim, Fadi Chehadé, Steve Crocker, Chris Disspain, Asha Hemrajani, Markus Kummer, Bruno Lanvin, Erika Mann, Gonzalo Navarro, Raymond A. Plzak, George Sadowsky, Mike Silber, Kuo-Wei Wu, Thomas Schneider April 4, 2012 to January 10, 2015
  • The NGPC addressed 71 issues raised by the GAC
  • In July 2013, approved the base registry agreement, opening the door for New gTLD Operations
  • In February 2014, implemented safeguards for regulated industries, strengthening consumer protections with new contractual commitments
  • In March 2014, passed the resolution for specification 13 to registry agreement, creating new framework and protections for brands
  • In July 2014, provided resolution path for Name Collision based on SSAC advice, supporting secure, stable rollout of New gTLDs
  • In October 2014, initiated limited review mechanisms for inconsistent String Confusion Objections, ensuring consistency across decisions to remove deceiving/confusing strings
  • In June 2015, created a path forward for exclusive access generic gTLD applications, shielding Global Public Interest and calling on ICANN Community for new policy[4]
President’s Globalization Advisory Groups past Sébastien Bachollet, Bruno Lanvin, Erika Mann, Gonzalo Navarro, Ray Plzak, Mike Silber, Cherine Chalaby, Chris Disspain, Heather Dryden, Bill Graham, Bruce Tonkin, Olga Madruga-Forti, Steve Crocker, Suzanne Woolf, Ram Mohan, Jonne Soininen, Kuo-Wei Wu, Wolfgang Kleinwächter, George Sadowsky February 2014 to March 2014 On:
  • Affirmation of Commitments: Enhanced and extended commitments to the global multistakeholder community, including governments.
  • Policy Structures: Enhanced global recognition and effectiveness of ICANN decision-making processes and structures, implemented ATRT2 recommendations, and assessed review mechanisms.
  • Legal Structure: Established parallel international structure to enhance ICANN’s global legitimacy in light of ICANN’s mandate.
  • Root Server System: Enhanced SSR of root server system while maintaining operators’ independence; enhanced IANA processes for root server system updates; promoted the establishment of operators' standard operating procedures.
  • IANA Multistakeholder Accountability: Embraced multistakeholder-developed Accountability Mechanisms to continue ICANN’s stewardship of the IANA function and strengthen mutual commitments
  • Internet Governance: obtained proposals for a middle-ground solution to end polarization post-[[WCIT]; promote consensus and participated in the development of a roadmap for continued dialogue post-NETmundial; established a broad, cross-community stakeholder movement to reinforce the value of the multistakeholder model and future of global Internet governance mechanisms (1net); led the Panel on Global Internet Cooperation and Governance mechanisms with the World Economic Forum and the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands.[5]
DNS Risk Management Framework Working Group past Bill Graham, Patrik Fältström, Roelof Meijer, Ram Mohan, Ray Plzak, Bill Woodcock, Suzanne Woolf. October 28, 2011 to November 21, 2013
Board Global Relationships past Peter Dengate Thrush, Jean-Jacques Subrenat, Katim Touray, Vanda Scartezini, Bill Graham, Bertrand de la Chapelle, Olga Madruga-Forti, Erika Mann, Gonzalo Navarro, George Sadowsky, Kuo-Wei Wu, Chris Disspain, Mike Silber 2010 to 2013
  • Developed strategies, policies, and guidelines on strategic relationships between ICANN and other entities.
  • Oversaw the development of a Strategic Partnership program to identify, maintain and strengthen strategic partnerships to assist ICANN in carrying out its mission.
  • Oversaw the performance of ICANN on keeping its key strategic agreements.
  • Developed a policy and implementation plan for the Internationalization of ICANN.
  • Oversaw the periodic review of objectives.[7]
IANA Functions past Kuo-Wei Wu, Bill Graham, Mike Silber, Suzanne Woolf, Jonne Soininen, Harald Alvestrand, Raimundo Beca, Steve Crocker, Demi Getschko, Katim Touray, Thomas Narten, Dennis Jennings, Bertrand de la Chapelle, Bill Graham November 2008 - March 2012
  • Updates on RZM software project
  • ITAR
  • signing of root zone, automation of management
  • Reviewed proposed changes to name server technical checks
  • RFC Inventory Project
  • Clarified the terminology used in ccTLD delegations and redelegations
  • Reviewed the risks associated with the reduced availability of IPv4 and assessed the issues associated with the introduction of new IPv4 address registries
  • helped the whole Board in overseeing the development of ICANN’s bid for the IANA contract
Meeting Strategy Working Group past Donna Austin, Satish Babu, Tijani Ben Jemaa, Michelle Chaplow, Keith Davidson, Eduardo Diaz, Paul Diaz, Tracy Hackshaw, Sylvia Herlein Leite, Sandra Hoferichter, Poncelet Ileleji, Dmitry Kohmanyuk, Suzanne Radell, Ana Cristina Amoroso das Neves, Douglas Onyango, Margarita Valdes 2013
  • guided the Community through a new strategy for the structure, purpose and locations of ICANN Meetings to support broad, informed participation and reflect the functional, geographic, and cultural diversity of the Internet at all levels of policy development and decision-making.[8]
Public and Stakeholder Engagement past Sébastien Bachollet, Chris Disspain, Kuo-Wei Wu, Jonne Soininen, Dennis Jennings, Thomas Narten, Katim Touray, Dave Wodelet, Jean-Jacques Subrenat, Thomas Roessler, Mike Silber 2008 to 2013
Board-GAC Recommendation Implementation Working Group past Chris Disspain, Bill Graham, Ram Mohan, Ray Plzak, Mike Silber, Erika Mann
Board IDN Variants Working Group past Ram Mohan, Jonne Soininen, Suzanne Woolf, Kuo-Wei Wu
Expert Working Group on gTLD Directory Services past
Technical Relations Working Group past
Board Data and Consumer Protection Working Group past
Working Group on Equivalent Strings Support past 2010
President's IANA Consultation past 2005 to 2008
President's Strategy past 2005 to 2009
President's Standing Committee on Privacy past 2003
President's Advisory Committee on IDNs past 2005
Board-GAC Working Group past 2009 to 2011
Board Conflict of Interest Committee past 1999 to 2009
Board Reconsideration Committee past 1999 to 2009
Board and GAC Working Group past 2005 to 2008
Board Meetings Committee past 2001 to 2008
Committee on ICANN Evolution and Reform past 2001 to 2003
President's Task Force on Simultaneous Language Translation past 2001
At-Large Membership Study Committee past 2001 to 2002
Independent Review Panel Nominating Committee past 2001 to 2002
IDN Internal Working Group past 2001
New TLD Evaluation Process Planning Task Force past 2000 to 2002
IDN Committee past 2000 to 2002
.com/.net/.org Whois Committee past 2001 to 2001
Election Committee past 2000
Membership Implementation Task Force past Pierre Dandjinou, Mohammad-Sani Abdulai, Silvio Cabral Almada, Zakaria Amar, Clement Dzidonu, Philip Chukwu-Emeka Chikezie Fergusson, Sondlo Leonard Mhlaba, Andrew Muigai, George Nkusi, Victor Nwankwo, Traore Alioune Badara, Samtani Anil, Izumi Aizu, Srisakdi Charmonman, Linda Gu, Kenny Huang, Ching-Yi Liu, Yumi Ohashi, Chae Kyu Park, Y. J. Park, Jacob Park, Joseph Yu, Yang Yen-Thaw, Pavan Duggal, Nadeem Hameed, Shashank Kansal, K. S. Raju, James Spenceley, Ian Oi, Ken Young, Sinan Oymaci, Saleem M. Al-Balooshi, Ali Kia, David Teten, Magda Ismail, Najat Rochdi, Mike Norris, Christian Ahlert, Naseem Bhatti, Juergen Eder, Richard Francis, Angelo Gonzalez, Bjornar Kvellheim, Iliya Nickelt, Karel Vietsch, Veni Markovski, Wolfgang Kleinwaechter, Andrew Romanov, Eric Scace, Carlos Afonso, Gabriela Barrios Garrida, Raul Bauer, Leopoldo Brandt, Francisco Gomez Alamillo, Erick Iriarte, Jay Parker, Quincy Yarde, Bill Washburn, Diane Thilly Cabell, Dave Crocker, Pamela Gallant, Michael Geist, Lisa King, Alan Raul, Sanyin Siang, Richard Thieme, Jeff Trexler, Jean-Claude Guedon, Kent Crispin, Hans Klein, Hal Lubsen, Naomasa Maruyama, David McClure, Joe Peck, Shari Steele, Tony Yustein, Eric Brunner-Williams, John Afele 2000
Advisory Committee on Independent Review past Linda S. Wilson, Mads Bryde Andersen, Ryozo Hayashi, Ethan Katsh, Hans Kraaijenbrink, Jorge Plano, Peter Dengate Thrush, Jorge Vega 1999
  • Developed 24 principles to form a framework for an independent review mechanism to provide a meaningful check on the powers and in/actions of the ICANN Board by comparing contested actions with the ICANN Bylaws.[10]
CEO Search past George Sadowsky, Steve Crocker, Bertrand de la Chapelle, Erika Mann, Chris Disspain, Cherine Chalaby, Ray Plzak, Rajasekhar Ramaraj 1999 to 2002, 2011-2012
  • found a successor to ICANN's start-up CEO, Mike Roberts, Stuart Lynn who took office in March 2001. On May 27, 2002, Stuart Lynn announced his intention to retire in March 2003. The Executive Search Committee was appointed to find his replacement.
  • In 2003, the committee presented the Board with various options, and on March 18, 2003, the ICANN Board elected Paul Twomey, who assumed office on March 27, 2003.[11]
  • From 2011 to 2012, partnered with Odgers Berndtson, to collect over 100 candidates for the position of ICANN CEO. Candidates came from community referrals, an ad in the Economist, and the firm's outreach efforts. Odgers Berndtson interviewed and submitted 27 candidates to the committee, and the committee chose and interviewed 16 of them by teleconference. On June 22, 2012, ICANN announced that the committee selection Fadi Chehadé would be the next CEO.
Forum for Ad Hoc Group on Numbering and Addressing past Editorial coordinators: Dave Oran, John Stewart, Scott Bradner, Geoff Huston, Raimundo Beca, Tony Holmes, Mark McFadden, Jim Baskin, Marilyn Cade August 1999 to March 2001
  • studied and report on requirements for future numbering policies,
  • created in response to requests from a number of interested companies and individuals,
  • took place in a public comment forum[12]
Task Force on Funding past Richard Forman, Peter Gerrand, Per-Anders Hurtigh, Kim Hubbard, Mirjam Kuehne, Kees van Draanen, Paul Wilson, Willie Black, Naomasa Maruyama, Jose Luiz Ribeiro Filho, Don Telage, Mike Roberts 1999
  • formulated recommendations on cost recovery mechanisms that fairly apportion ICANN's funding needs, including criteria to identify classes of registries and registrars for funding obligations; criteria to determine the amounts payable to ICANN by the classes identified; and procedures to adjust for revenue over- or under-recovery from registry/registrar fees.[13]
Membership Advisory Committee past Izumi Aizu, Diane Thilly Cabell, George Conrades, Greg Crew, Pavan Duggal, Kanchana Kanchuanasut, Daniel Kaplan, Siegfried Langenbach, Nii Quaynor, Oscar Robles, Dan Steinberg, Tadao Takahashi, Jonathan Zittrain 1998 to 1999
  • provided the ICANN Board with possible membership structures for the election of At-Large Directors at Singapore meeting in March 1999.[14]