Wolfgang Kleinwaechter

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Country: Denmark
Email: wolfgang.kleinwaechter [at]
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Dr. Wolfgang Kleinwaechter was a member of the ICANN Board of Directors from 2013 to 2015. He was selected by the NomCom in November 2013 after the resignation of Judith Duavit Vazquez..[1]

Dr. Kleinwaechter is a Professor Emeritus of International Communication Policy and Regulation in the Department for Media and Information Studies at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. He began teaching there in 1998 and most recently taught a course on “Internet Policy & Regulation" in 2015.[2]

His academic teaching experiences include work at the Institute for International Studies, the University of Leipzig until 1991, the Department for Communication, the University of Tampere from 1991 to 1992, and again since 2005, the School of International Services, American University, Washington, D.C, from 1992 to 1994, the Department for Media and Communication Studies, the University of Oerebro from 2002 to 2003, the Faculty of Journalism, Moscow State University in 2008, and the Heilbronn Business School in 2008.


Wolfgang Kleinwaechter has a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Leipzig, which he received in 1971, 1974, and 1981, respectively. He studied Communication, International Law, and International Relations.[3]

Internet Policy and ICANN

Kleinwaechter has been actively involved in various IT projects for the EU. From 1994 to 1998, he was the Chairman of the Management Board of the "Inter-Regional Information Society Initiative" (IRISI) of the European Commission in Brussels, and coordinated the regional "Saxonian Information Initiative" (SII) for the local government of the Free State of Saxony in Germany. He was a member of FP 5 and FP 6 projects like ETHOS, IMAGINE, MIDAS and TELECITIES.

Since 1997 he has been working as an evaluator for various EU programmes, and chaired the Safer Internet Action Plan (SIAP) evaluation team for the EU Commission in 2006. He was a partner in the FP 7 project "Next Generation Internet/EURO-NF" and a member of the 2008 SIAP Evaluation team.

Dr. Kleinwaechter has participated in all ICANN Meetings from 1999 onwards. He was a member of ICANN's Membership Information Task Force (MITF) and the 2001-2002 At-Large Steering Committee. From 2005 to 2007, he was a voting member of ICANN's NomCom.[4] He was involved in the NomCom in 2011 as a non-voting advisor.[5] He is serving again as a NomCom delegate in 2021.