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Monday, February 27, 2017

ALAC selects Mexican Lawyer, Leon Ambia to ICANN board

A Mexican Intellectual Property (IP) attorney, Mr. León Felipe Sánchez Ambía, has been selected by the At-Large Community (ALAC) as the successor of Rinalia Abdul Rahm to serve in the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) beginning November 2017, reports ITRealms.

Chairman of the Board Member Selection Process Committee (BMSPC), Tijani Ben Jemaa, disclosed this, saying that with this development is the final election result of ICANN Board Director (Seat #15) selected by the At-Large Community.  

He also said that this came after rigorous six months of efforts, which saw the At-Large Community successfully concluded its ICANN Board Director selection process.

He also said Leon Ambia will begin his three-year term as an ICANN Board Director at the end of ICANN60 (3 November 2017).

ITRealms equally reports that the selection process began in September 2016, with the formation of two committees tasked with managing the timeline, calling for and evaluating the candidates, and organizing the final election.

According to Jemaa, among the six individuals who submitted Expressions of Interest for the position, Alan Greenberg and León Felipe Sánchez Ambía were chosen as the finalists. Before the election took place, the At-Large Community enjoyed ample opportunities to ask questions to the finalists verbally and in writing in order to make an informed choice. At-Large Structures also participated in the final election by directing the votes of Regional At-Large Organization Chairs.

Responding, León Felipe Sánchez Ambía appreciated all the At-Large community, the RALOs, the ALAC, the BMSPC, the BCEC and the At-Large Support Staff for the work, openness and support throughout the process.

“It is a privilege and a honor to be able to serve our community. I am very grateful to have this opportunity,” he said.

ITRealms recalls that León Felipe Sánchez Ambía is an intellectual property attorney graduated from the the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He also has completed postgraduate studies on intellectual property at the UNAM and on Internet Law at Harvard Law School.

Since 2006 he has been partner at Fulton & Fulton, a law firm specialized in intellectual property and IT law based in Mexico City, and is head of the Intellectual Property division.
In 2008 he was admitted as professor on Intellectual Property at the UNAM Law School.

He is co-lead for the Mexican chapter of Creative Commons and advisor to different Government bodies that include the Digital Strategy Coordination Office of the Mexican Presidency, the Special Commission on Digital Agenda and IT of the Mexican House of Representatives and the Science and Technology Commission of the Mexican Senate.

He drafted the Internet Users Rights Protection Act for Mexico and has been very active on issues like Anti-Counterfeit Trade Agreement (ACTA), Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA), Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) and other local initiatives of the same kind, always advocating to defend users’ and creators’ rights in order to achieve a balance between regulation and freedom.


He currently serves as the ALAC Vice-Chair in ICANN and Co-Chair of the CCWG on Accountability where he has been deeply involved with the IANA transition. 

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