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Leadership: Africa tops 2024 applicants @NomCom - ITREALMS

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The applicants from the African region have topped the responses to call by the 2024 Nominating Committee for the leadership positions, reports 
Leadership: Africa tops 2024 applicants @NomCom - ITREALMS
The 2024 Nominating Committee Chair, Dr. Amir Qayyum disclosed this in a blog post on Friday, with Africa having some 26 per cent of applicants out of the 78 received in total before the end of the call on March 15, this year.

“I am pleased to report that the 2024 Nominating Committee (NomCom) has received 78 completed applications for this year's open ICANN leadership positions,” Amir said.

Africa was followed closely by the European region with 24 per cent of the total applications submitted, while Asia, Australia, or the Pacific Islands came third with 22 per cent.

The Latin America or the Caribbean region had 8 per cent of the applications, whereas 71 per cent represented male, 29 per cent were female in the applications under review.

ITREALMS recalled that open leadership positions, according to 2024 NomCom announcement includes that they are seeking to fill seven open vacancies.

“We have accepted applications for the following key leadership roles; Three members of the ICANN Board of Directors; Two regional representatives to the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) – one each from the Europe region and the North America region; One member of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Council; and One member of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council” he confirmed.

On NomCom next steps, the chair noted that currently, they were in the assessment period, which avails NomCom delegates to undertake a series of steps to evaluate the applications., stressing that from 5 to 8 April 2024, NomCom held the first assessment meeting.

“The committee reviewed all submitted applications for each open leadership position and evaluated candidates' skills, qualifications, and experience based on the specific criteria for each role. From this meeting, the committee selected a first short list of candidates,” he said.

The NomCom has formed deep dive groups that will conduct virtual interviews with the short-listed candidates, using assessment tools and summary reports to evaluate each candidate equally and fairly.

The NomCom will hold its second assessment meeting in May 2024. Afterwards, the committee will select the final short list of candidates. The final short-listed candidates for the ICANN Board seats will be called for face-to-face interviews during ICANN80, whereas the final short-listed candidates for the ALAC, ccNSO Council, and GNSO Council positions will be asked to submit video or written responses to a few questions via the online portal.

The NomCom will facilitate a due-diligence process for the final short-listed candidates for all open leadership positions.

The NomCom delegates will then meet for the final deliberation process before and during ICANN80. Delegates will conduct live interviews with the final short-listed ICANN Board candidates and will vote on and confirm the final selection of candidates and alternates for the ICANN Board, GNSO Council, ALAC, and ccNSO Council positions. Our goal is to announce the NomCom selectees by August 2024.

Remmy Nweke/DoP

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