Nick Tomasso

Nick Tomasso joined ICANN in 2008, bringing with him a wealth of experience after leading IBM’s global meetings as Director of Global Events. Today he has various roles at ICANN.

In his capacity as Vice President of Global Meeting Operations, Nick manages all ICANN meetings, in particular, the three annual public meetings held in different regions of the globe that allow attendees from around the world to participate in person. These meetings are an essential platform for ICANN and provide the opportunity for an internationally diverse group of individuals and organizations to come together and discuss and develop policies for the Internet’s naming systems.

He is also the Managing Director for ICANN’s Middle East and Africa Regional Office in Istanbul, Turkey. In this role, he supports the organization’s strategic objective to evolve and further internationalize ICANN and better serve the global community.

Baher Esmat

Baher Esmat is ICANN Regional Vice President for stakeholder engagement in the Middle East. In his role, Esmat is a keen facilitator of collaboration and dialogue between ICANN and the broader Internet community, and promotes the further development of the region’s domain name industry.

Esmat is a founding Board member of Egypt ISOC Chapter. He has also served on several Internet Governance related groups including the UN Working Group on Internet Governance, the CSTD Working Group on IGF Improvements, and the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Committee (MAG).

He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Cairo University, and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the American University in Cairo.

Sarmad Hussein

Sarmad Hussain is ICANN’s IDN Programs Director, involved in Internationalized Domain Names program and Universal Acceptance initiative. He has over twenty years of research and development experience in local language computing, including Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs).

He comes to ICANN with 17 years of research and development experience in local language computing, including Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs). He has been a professor of Computer Science and the IDRC Research Chair in Multilingual Computing. He holds a doctoral degree in Speech Science from Northwestern University, USA.

Fahd Batayneh

Fahd Batayneh has been with ICANN since October 2013, and serves as a Stakeholder Engagement Manager for the Middle East. Prior to ICANN, he held several positions within Jordan’s National IT Center (NITC), last of which was managing both the ccTLD and IDN ccTLD of Jordan.

Batayneh has attended ICANN meetings on a regular basis since 2008, and was active in several working groups. Batayneh has also provided consultancy on Internet Governance, new gTLDs, and Internet Policies.

He holds a B.Sc. in Computer Engineering with honors, and an MBA.

Brantly Millegan

Brantly Millegan is director of operations for the Ethereum Name Service, the leading blockchain-based Internet naming infrastructure project.

He lives in Springfield, Oregon with his wife and five children.

Munir Badr

Munir Badr is a young Internet entrepreneur and the Founder/CEO of, an award-winning, UAE based domain name registrar and web host. is an accredited .ae registrar by TRA of UAE since 2008. Hosting 15,000+ businesses from all over the world.

Munir has lived more than 22 years in Dubai and has seen the country grow from desert to a futuristic city, this was his fuel for passion to start and grow a business within the domain name/web hosting industry. Munir is also a prominent speaker at various forums such as MEDNSF, APTLD, MENOG, and others.

Mohammad Zeidan

Mohammad Zeidan is the General Manager of the Middle East and North Africa office of Neustar Inc, the provider of the top-level domain registry and DNS infrastructure. Neustar Inc provides solutions for hundreds of clients from top-level, general and geographical domains around the world. Mohammad has extensive experience throughout the MENA region, invested in his work to lead regional and global Internet companies.

Mohammad supported many digital initiatives and participated in many regional forums and worked with digital communities in many countries including Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Lebanon.

David Conrad

As the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of ICANN, David Conrad is at the heart the organization’s mission to help maintain the security, resiliency and stability of the Internet’s system of unique identifiers that ICANN helps coordinate. Prior to being named CTO, Conrad held several different positions at ICANN, including Vice President of Infrastructure & Technology and General Manager of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority.

Before joining ICANN, Conrad helped found a number of Internet startups, including Nominum, and was involved in the creation of the second Regional Internet Registry (RIR), Asia Pacific Network Information Center, the Internet address allocator for the Asia and Pacific Rim region.In 2011, Conrad provided senior-level advice and technical input for CloudFlare, as a member of the organization’s technical staff. Prior to that, Conrad was the Executive Director of the Internet Software Consortium during the development of the “BIND version 9” domain name server.

Raed I. Al-Fayez

Raed I. Al-Fayez is the General Manager of Internet services at the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) of Saudi Arabia. He has more than 20 years of experience in DNS, domain names, Internet services and security, and was one of the first Saudi engineers who participated in introducing Internet in Saudi Arabia in 1998. He also served as the director of SaudiNIC (ccTLD admin for .sa &.السعودية).

He is an author/co-author of many research papers on Arabic domain names and DNS security. He holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master degree in Information Systems from King Saud University in 1998 and 2006 respectively.

Michele Neylon

Michele is co-founder and CEO of Blacknight. He is actively involved in Internet policy development, and is currently a member of ICANN’s GNSO Council as a representative of domain registrars. He is also involved with policy development for several domain registries, including .IE, .EU and .US. He previously served as chair of i2Coalition and is a member of the Names and Numbers Steering committee of eco.

Michele received the Irish Internet Association Net Visionary Award in 2013 and was named one of Ireland’s 30 Technology Disruptors at The Spiders Awards in 2019.

Giovanni Seppia

Giovanni Seppia is the External Relations Manager at EURid since 2007. In this function, he coordinates a team of 20 people from all over Europe who are in charge of EURid relations with registrars and registrants, communications, marketing, international relations and relations with the European institutions. He previously worked as ICANN’s European Regional Liaison. Prior to that, he was the General Manager at CENTR.

He has also served as the Head of External Relations for the Italian Registry (ITT-CNR) for five years and has three years of experience in various roles at the European Commission. He has been working as a consultant on EU programs for several national and international organizations and served as an EU programs lecturer for the Master on EU policies and programs at the Venice International University.

Mukesh Chulani

Mukesh Chulani serves as ICANN’s Registrar Services & Engagement Senior Manager, where he functions as the liaison for ICANN-accredited registrars in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, and supports the development and implementation of various services for ICANN-accredited registrars.

He is based in ICANN’s Regional Office in Istanbul, and holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines and a postgraduate diploma in application and management of information technology from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada.

Abdalmonem Galila

Abdalmonem Galila works for the telecom regulator of Egypt as a Deputy Manager of the .masr (.مصر) IDN ccTLD , evolved with ICANN since 2010 joining many activities like Task Force on Arabic IDNs, Universal Acceptance Steering Group, RSSAC-Caucus, and more.

This is his second year in the role of Universal Acceptance ambassador, and he is a part of the local initiative on Egyptian Universal Acceptance.

Dušan Stojičević

Dušan Stojičević is a manager at ICANN-accredited registrar Gransy, the Chairman of ICANN’s Cyrillic Generation Panel and Vice Chair of the Universal Acceptance Steering Group. He has been involved in Information Technologies for almost 30 years.

He is former Board Member of RNIDS, the Serbian National Internet Domains Registry (2011-2013), and former Chairman of the Board (2013-2016). He has been also the coordinator of the Registry Working Group for Internationalized Domain Names (2015-2016).

Other working groups at RNIDS he has been involved in include the IDN Working Group/Rules and Principles (2010); he was directly involved in launching Serbia’s IDN ccTLD, .срб.

Manal Ismail

Manal Ismail is the Executive Director for International Technical Coordination at the National Telecom Regulatory Authority of Egypt, Chair of the Governmental Advisory Committee of ICANN and non-voting liaison to ICANN Board. She is founding member of ISOC-EG and AfriNIC, and participates to the Arab and global Internet Governance Fora.

Maarten Botterman

Maarten Botterman is Chairman of the ICANN Board, and independent strategic advisor on Internet Governance and related issues with 25+ year experience in guiding governments and major organizations on the economic/business and societal impacts of current and future internet innovations and technologies.

During those 25+ years he participated and led more than 50 international projects and studies for governments and industry on Future Net issues with teams including experts with advanced academic degrees from many disciplines ranging from technology and mathematics to economics and law, and from many different countries and cultures. Previous positions included RAND Corporation, European Commission and Dutch Government, before becoming independent in 2006.

He has been on the ICANN Board since November 2016. Following his election as Chairman in November 2019, he stepped down from other positions to be able to fully focus on this assignment.