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Work Efforts

The GAC regularly considers a broad range of public policy issues impacting the DNS and other matters regarding the functions of ICANN. This work can result in consensus advice for the ICANN Board or public comment guidance to the ICANN community. This part of the website shares information related to those ongoing topics and activities.

GAC Appointments

Last Updated: 25 Apr 2022
Status: Active
Lead: Robert Hoggarth



Involvement in most ICANN community policy-related activities is open to all GAC participants based on their individual, country/territorial or organizational interest as, in those activities, their participation is generally made as individuals and not as a representative of the GAC or any of its positions.


From time to time, the GAC is invited (as an ICANN Advisory Committee) to make appointments to various ICANN org operational groups, activities and other community work efforts. In some of those situations, there may be an assigned or limited number of seats for GAC community participation where a volunteer from a government or intergovernmental body is of particular interest or value either for experience, perspective, topic familiarity or diversity considerations. In those types of situations, it is possible for there to be more volunteers than seats and the GAC Leadership is then faced with a choice from among a group of volunteer candidates. 


To foster transparency and consistency of process, beginning in 2020, the GAC Leadership established an array of potential selection criteria to help them decide which volunteers to select for the roles that may become available for volunteer interest.


Considerations for Selection:


When a request is received seeking a GAC appointee, the full GAC membership is informed of the volunteer opportunity. In situations where more volunteers than available slots are received and there are otherwise no defined criteria for eligibility, the GAC Leadership considers the following array of criteria when trying to determine an appointee, liaison or representative from among a group of volunteer candidates:  These criteria can include:

  • Basic Eligibility limited to GAC delegates (e.g., an official GAC representative or formally identified member of a delegation)
  • Appointee Experience (past or current service as a GAC appointee considered)
  • Subject Matter Expertise (regarding topic of the work effort for which one has volunteered)
  • Incumbency for the position being filled (experience or fresh perspective are both valid considerations)
  • Diversity (e.g., geographical or other considerations to ensure general leadership balance at the time of appointment)
  • Participation (how active are the various volunteers in GAC work efforts)

These criteria will be shared with the GAC Membership and may be modified from time to time.


GAC Cross-Community Appointments:


The current GAC appointee positions subject to these criteria going forward are as follows:


Role Appointee/Affiliation Term (if applicable)
ICANN Planning Prioritization Framework Project Pilot Manal Ismail, GAC Chair
Susan Chalmers, United States of America
ICANN Fellowship Program Selection Committee Member Mistura Aruna, Nigeria April 2021 - 2023
GAC Liaison to Customer Standing Committee Laxmi Prasad Yadav, Nepal

October 2020 –

September 2022

GAC appointee to the Independent Review Process -

Implementation Oversight Team (IRP-IOT)

Kavouss Arasteh, Iran  
Independent Review Panel - Community Representative Group

Kavouss Arasteh, Iran
Edowaye Makanjuola, Nigeria

GAC Fellowship Mentor Kristina Hakobyan, Armenia ICANN 72, 73 and 74
GAC Appointee to the IANA Function Review (IFR) Team Andreas Dlamini, Eswatini  
Empowered Community Administration (ECA) Manal Ismail, GAC Chair  
Work Stream 2 Community Coordination Group (CCG)

Suada Hadzovic, GAC Representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Co-chair of GAC WG on Human Rights and International Law (HRILWG) (Representative)

Giacomo Mazzone, GAC Representative of World Broadcasting Union and member of GAC HRILWG (Observer)                            

Marielza Oliveira, GAC Representative of UNESCO and member of GAC HRILWG (Observer)

Jorge Cancio, GAC Representative of Switzerland, GAC Vice Chair, active participant of CCWG WS2 Accountability and member of GAC HRIL-WG (Observer)



GAC Points of Contact:


Points of Contact serve as the primary liaison and facilitator between the GAC and the leadership of the associated ICANN community group. Operating principles, roles and responsibilities of the points of contact can be found in this document.



Role Appointee/Affiliation Term 
GAC Point of Contact to the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) Chang, Shi Young, Republic of Korea  January 2022-December 2022

GAC Point of Contact to the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO)

 Pär Brumark, Niue January 2022-December 2022

GAC Point of Contact to the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)

Jorge Cancio, Switzerland January 2022-December 2022



GAC Participants on GNSO IDN EPDP:


In response to the GNSO 25 May 2021 Call for Volunteers: GNSO Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs), below is the list of declared volunteers from the GAC for this endeavor. 


Role Appointee / Affiliation Status
GNSO Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on Internationalized Domain Names

Nigel Hickson, 
Representative to the GAC, United Kingdom

GNSO Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on Internationalized Domain Names

T. Santhosh,
Alternate Representative to the GAC, India

GNSO Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on Internationalized Domain Names

Dr. Hamza O. Salami,
Nigerian Communications Commission

GNSO Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on Internationalized Domain Names Manal Ismail, GAC Chair                                  Observer