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About the GAC

The GAC is an advisory committee to ICANN, created under the ICANN ByLaws. It provides advice to ICANN on public policy aspects of ICANN’s responsibilities with regard to the Internet Domain Name System (DNS). The GAC is not a decision-making body. It advises ICANN on issues that are within ICANN’s scope.

GAC Leadership

The GAC is an advisory committee to ICANN, created under the ICANN ByLaws. It provides advice to ICANN on public policy aspects of ICANN's responsibilities with regard to the Internet Domain Name System ("DNS").

The GAC is not a decision-making body. It advises ICANN on issues that are within ICANN's scope.

GAC advice has a particular status under the ICANN ByLaws. Its advice must be duly taken into account by the ICANN Board, and where the Board proposes actions inconsistent with GAC advice it must give reasons for doing so and attempt to reach a mutually acceptable solution.

The GAC appoints a non-voting liaison to the ICANN Board. This is normally the GAC Chair.

  • Leadership of the GAC and associated groups as agreed by the GAC.
  • Strategic liaison with ICANN; other ICANN advisory committees and supporting organisations; and with other relevant stakeholders.
  • Prioritising the work of ACIG and ICANN staff in support of GAC activities.

Current Officers

GAC Chair

Manal IsmailEGYPTGAC CHAIR, NOV 2017 – MARCH 2019

Ms. Manal Ismail is Executive Director for International Technical

Coordination at the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) of Egypt. Prior to her work at the NTRA, she worked at the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), where she has been involved in a number of initiatives that successfully served Egypt's national plan of building its Information Society, and at the Cabinet Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC) among the team who first introduced the Internet to Egypt.

Ms. Ismail has been representing Egypt on the GAC for more than 10 years and has served as one of its vice chairs twice, in 2009 and 2017. She has also served as vice chair of the first ICANN Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT1), member of the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG), co-chair of the Board-GAC Recommendation Implementation Working Group (BGRI-WG), co-chair of the GAC-GNSO Consultation Group, and member of the ICANN Middle East Strategy Working Group.

Ms. Ismail has led the establishment of the DNS Entrepreneurship Center (DNS-EC) in Egypt mandated to serve the Arab and African regions, contributed to various early community and ICANN efforts on Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs), and led GAC discussions until the successful introduction of IDNs. Ms. Ismail is an active member of the global Internet community. She participates to all global Internet Governance Forum (IGF) meetings, the Arab Internet Governance Forum (Arab IGF), the League of Arab States (LAS) Working Group on Domain Names and Internet Issues, and was member of the NETmundial Executive Multistakeholder Committee. She is founding member of the Internet Society Chapter of Egypt (ISOC-EG) and founding member of the Regional Internet Registry of Africa (AfriNIC).

Ms. Ismail holds M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from University of Louisville (UofL), Kentucky, USA, and B.Sc. degree in Electronic and Communication Engineering from Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt.

GAC Vice Chairs

Milagros CastanonPERU
GAC VICE-CHAIR, MARCH 2017 – MARCH 2019
Ghislain de SalinsFRANCE
GAC VICE-CHAIR, MARCH 2017 – MARCH 2019
Guo FengCHINA
GAC VICE-CHAIR, MARCH 2017 – MARCH 2019
Cherif DialloSENEGAL
GAC VICE-CHAIR ELECT, MARCH 2018 – MARCH 2019
Pär BrumarkNIUE
GAC VICE-CHAIR ELECT, MARCH 2018 – MARCH 2019

Election / Nomimation

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Nominees

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Former Leadership

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Chairs

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Vice-Chairs

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ICANN Support

GAC members and leadership receive support from a collaborative team made up of permanent ICANN staff as well as staff from the Australian Continuous Improvement Group (ACIG). Working together, this staff team provides a range of services to all GAC leaders, members and observers, including support for organizing meetings, providing substantive issue briefings, management of the GAC website and email administration, liaison with ICANN Org and other ICANN structures and coordination of a host of operational matters including membership management, working group facilitation support and the coordination of community travel support. Some of the specific support tasks include:

  • Maintaining the GAC mailing list and membership records
  • Managing incoming and outgoing correspondence for the GAC Chair
  • Administration of the GAC website
  • Arranging the translation of GAC documents
  • Co-ordinating the arrangements for formal GAC meetings including room bookings, liaison with hosts and technical support
  • Making arrangements for inter-sessional GAC meetings including call set-up and administration
  • Continuously reviewing and improving the way GAC operates
  • Providing support and assistance to new GAC members
  • Publishing the GAC Communiqué

ICANN GAC staff support can be reached at: gac-staff@icann.org

ICANN Support Staff

Robert Hoggarth
VP POLICY DIRECTOR AND GAC RELATIONS
Fabien Betremieux
ICANN GAC RELATIONS ADVISOR
Julia Charvolen
LEAD ADMINISTRATOR, GAC SERVICES
Gulten Tepe
COORDINATOR, GAC SERVICES

Independent Secretariat Support

The Australian Continuous Improvement Group (ACIG) is an independent consulting firm engaged by the GAC to provide additional secretariat support to ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee. The ACIG team reports directly to the GAC Chair.

The ACIG GAC Secretariat works in cooperation with ICANN support staff to the GAC, the GAC Chair and Vice Chairs. Some of the ACIG's main tasks include:

  • Preparing and distributing agendas, briefing or summary papers, and other preliminary material to support the formal GAC meetings
  • Drafting the GAC Communiqué
  • Providing support to the GAC Chair during GAC meetings
  • Providing support and advice to the GAC Leadership Team, GAC members, and to the GAC working groups during the time between GAC's face-to-face meetings.

Independent Secretariat Support Staff

Tom Dale
ACIG SECRETARIAT SUPPORT