Heads up: Call for Nominations for one Director to the ICANN Board (Seat 11) starting soon

16 June 2022

This is a heads-up, about the upcoming call for nominations to fill ICANN Board Seat 11.

The term of Patricio Poblete, the ccNSO nominated Director fulfilling ICANN Board Seat 11, will expire at the ICANN78 Annual General Meeting held in October 2023. By October 2023, Patricio will have served 1 term on the Board: he is eligible for reappointment. Directors to the ICANN Board may serve maximum three consecutive terms.

The ccNSO Council is required to select a candidate in accordance with the relevant ICANN Bylaws and internal rules of the ccNSO applicable at the time of the call for nominations. To meet the ICANN Bylaws requirement of appointing a Director by 26 April 2023, the ccNSO Council will open a call for nominations to fill ICANN Board Seat number 11, starting Tuesday, 19 July 2022 (00:01 UTC) and closing 3 weeks later, on Tuesday, 5 August 2022 (23:59 UTC). Elections will be held in November 2022, after completion of due diligence verifications by a professional firm on the nominee(s). A virtual Q&A session with the candidate(s) will be held in the end October/start November timeframe, post ICANN75.

The ICANN Bylaws specify the requirements for suitably qualified candidates, including details regarding citizenship or domicile [Section 7.2(c)]. Requirements regarding employment by a ccTLD are included in the applicable ccNSO Guideline. Katrina Sataki, occupying Board Seat 12, has her domicile in Latvia, EU-region. Therefore, the Board Seat 11 Director cannot have her/his domicile in the EU-region. Candidates are not required to be employed by a ccTLD in order to be able to be nominated, but if there is an employment or other relationship, that should be disclosed by the candidate as part of their Candidate Statement.

The ccNSO Secretariat will share more details latest on Monday, 18 July 2022, including:

  • information on the procedure for nominating and seconding candidates
  • a reminder and details regarding the requirements for suitably qualified candidates
  • the relevant timeline
  • next steps

To stay informed about the Board Seat Nomination process, consult the upcoming announcement on the ccNSO Members mailing list, and the ccNSO website.