GNSO Council

Last Updated: 22 July 2020
Group photo of the GNSO Council

The Structure of the GNSO Council

The 21 members of the Council govern policy development in the GNSO. Stakeholder Groups appoint 18 of its members. For voting purposes, the Council has two houses, like the US Congress or the British Parliament.

The Contracted Parties House (CPH) holds the Registries and Registrars Stakeholder Groups, while the Non-Contracted Parties House (NCPH) holds the Commercial and Non-Commercial Stakeholder Groups.

ICANN's Nominating Committee appoints three Council members, two of which are voting members assigned to each House. The third appointee is an advisor to the Council as a whole.

The Council also includes formally appointed but non-voting Liaisons and Observers from other groups within ICANN. This elaborate system provides checks and balances so no single interest group can dominate the Council.

GNSO Structure




GNSO Council Leadership

Pam Little Vice-Chair, CPH – AP (AGM 2021)

Keith Drazek Chair – NA (AGM 2020) ***

Rafik Dammak Vice-Chair, NCPH – AP (AGM 2020)

Contracted Party House {6+1}

Non-Contracted Party House {12+1}

Registries
Stakeholder
Group
{3}

  • Registries

Keith Drazek NA
End of term 2: AGM 2020
Years on Council: 4

Sebastien Ducos AP
End of term 1: AGM 2021
Years on Council: 1

Maxim Alzoba EU
End of term 1: AGM 2020
Years on Council: 2

Registrars
Stakeholder
Group
{3}

  • Registrars

Pam Little AAPAC
End of term 2: AGM 2021
Years on Council: 3

Greg DiBiase NA
End of term 1: AGM 2021
Years on Council: 21

Michele Neylon EU
End of term 2: AGM 2020
Years on Council:4

Commercial
Stakeholder
Group
{6}

  • Business
  • Intellectual Property
  • Internet Service Providers

Commercial and Business Users

Marie Pattullo EU
End of term 1: AGM 2021
Years on Council: 32

Scott McCormick NA
End of term 1: AGM 2020
Years on Council: 2

Intellectual Property Interests

John McElwaine NA
End of term 1: AGM 2021
Years on Council: 1

Flip Petillion EU
End of term 1: AGM 2020
Years on Council: 2

Internet Service and Connection Providers

Philippe Fouquart EU
End of term 1: AGM 2020
Years on Council: 33

Osvaldo Novoa LAC
End of term 1: AGM 2021
Years on Council; 34

Non-Commercial
Stakeholder
Group
{6}

  • Non-Commercial Users
  • Not-for-Profit Operational Concerns Constituency

Rafik Dammak AAPAC
End of term 2: AGM 2020
Years on Council: 4

Elsa Saade NA
End of Term 1: AGM 2020
Years on Council: 2

Tatiana Tropina EU
End of term 2: AGM 2021
Years on Council: 3

Juan Manuel Rojas LAC
End of term 1 AGM 2020
Years on Council: 15

Farell Folly AF
End of term 1: AGM 2021
Years on Council: 1

James Gannon EU
End of term 1: AGM 2020
Years on Council: 16

GNSO Council NomCom Appointees

Tom Dale NCA CPH- AP (AGM 2021)

Erika Mann NCA, non-voting – EU (AGM 2020)*

Carlton Samuels NCA NCPH – LAC (AGM 2021)

 

GNSO Council Liaisons/Observers

Maarten Simon ccNSO liaison – EU **

Julf Helsingius GNSO Liaison to the GAC – EU**

Cheryl Langdon-Orr ALAC Liaison – AAPAC **


1 Completed Darcy Southwell's term

2 Completed Philip Corwin's term

3 Completed Wolf-Ulrich Knoben's term

4 Completed Tony Harris' term

5 Completed Martin Valent's term

6 Completed Farzaneh Badii's term

Legend

{} Voting

[] Non-Voting

* Non-Voting Liaison – Counted as a Member

** Observer – Not Counted as a Member

*** The GNSO Council Chair is elected for a one year term

AGM = Annual General Meeting

Regions

  • AF = Africa
  • NA = North America
  • EU = Europe
  • LAC = Latin America/Caribbean
  • AAPAC = Asia/Australia/Pacific