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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.

Current Officers

GAC Chair

Thomas SchneiderSWITZERLANDGAC CHAIR, OCT 2014 - PRESENT

Mr. Schneider is the deputy director of international affairs and the international information society coordinator at the Swiss Federal Office of Communication (OFCOM) in the Swiss Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC).

He is an expert in internet governance and in information society issues, in particular media/new media regulation, human rights and consumer protection. He has been coordinating the Swiss activities and positions related to the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and internet governance issues since 2003.

Vice Chairs

Mark CarvellUK
GAC VICE-CHAIR, MAR 2017 - PRESENT
Milagros CastanonPERU
GAC VICE-CHAIR, MAR 2017 - PRESENT
Ghislain de SalinsFRANCE
GAC VICE-CHAIR, MAR 2017 - PRESENT
Guo FengCHINA
GAC VICE-CHAIR, MAR 2017 - PRESENT
Manal IsmailEGYPT
GAC VICE-CHAIR, MAR 2017 - PRESENT

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

The GAC receives support in its work from a team made up of ICANN staff as well as the Australian Continuous Improvement Group (ACIG). Working together, these staff provide a range of services to all GAC members and observers, including organising meetings, briefing, website and email administration, liaison with ICANN and provide travel support. They are available and more than willing to provide help to any GAC members with the following support:

  • 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 nominated 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

For quickest response, please contact GAC ICANN Support at: gac-staff@icann.org

ICANN Support Staff

Olof Nordling
ICANN SENIOR DIRECTOR, GAC RELATIONS
Fabien Betremieux
ICANN GAC RELATIONS ADVISORY
Julia Charvolen
LEAD ADMINISTRATOR, GAC SERVICES
Gulten Tepe
COORDINATOR, GAC SERVICES

Independent Secretariat Support

ACIG is an independent consulting firm engaged by the GAC to provide additional secretariat support to ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee. ACIG’s services are currently funded by three GAC members: Norway, the Netherlands and Brazil. However, the ACIG team reports directly to the GAC Chair.

The ACIG GAC Secretariat works in co-operation 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
  • 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.
  • Continuously reviewing and improving the way GAC operates
  • Providing support and assistance to new GAC members

Independent Secretariat Support Staff

Michelle Scott Tucker
ACIG LEAD
Tom Dale
ACIG SECRETARIAT SUPPORT