Sources for the following criteria and additional related documents can be found at Candidate Requirements Documents.
ICANN Directors shall be:
- Accomplished persons of integrity, objectivity, and intelligence, with reputations for sound judgment and open minds, and a demonstrated capacity for thoughtful group decision-making;
- Persons with an understanding of ICANN's mission and the potential impact of ICANN decisions on the global Internet community, and committed to the success of ICANN;
- Persons who will produce the broadest cultural and geographic diversity on the Board consistent with meeting the other criteria set forth in this Section;
- Persons who, in the aggregate, have personal familiarity with the operation of gTLD registries and registrars; with ccTLD registries; with IP address registries; with Internet technical standards and protocols; with policy-development procedures, legal traditions, and the public interest; and with the broad range of business, individual, academic, and non-commercial users of the Internet;
- Persons who are willing to serve as volunteers, without compensation other than the reimbursement of certain expenses; and
- Persons who are able to work and communicate in written and spoken English.
Additional Bylaw qualifications
- No official of a national government or a multinational entity established by treaty or other agreement between national governments may serve as a Director. “Official” means a person who holds an elective governmental office or who is employed by such government or multinational entity and whose primary function with such government or entity is to develop or influence governmental or public policies.
- Presumably this rule will be expanded to include the ALAC in addition to Supporting Organization Councils: No person who serves in any capacity (including as a liaison) on any Supporting Organization Council shall simultaneously serve as a Director or liaison to the Board..
- Persons serving in any capacity on the Nominating Committee shall be ineligible for selection to positions on the Board.
Supporting Organizations (and presumably At-Large) shall seek to ensure that the ICANN Board is composed of members that in the aggregate display diversity in geography, culture, skills, experience, and perspective. There are also minimums and maximums (1 and 5) for the number of Directors (excluding the President) per ICANN region which At-Large might have to honour.
ICANN Operating Principles
Directors (as well as Supporting Organization and Advisory Committee members) must follow the ICANN Code of Conduct and the Conflict of Interest Policies
Additional qualifications used by the NomCom
- a commitment to ICANN's mission
- demonstrated capacity for thoughtful group decision-making and sound judgment
- an understanding of the importance of good governance practices and an ability to contribute to the Board in this regard
Time Commitment and Working Practice outlines in the NomCom procedures
- The basic responsibilities of an ICANN Director require a minimum commitment of time which when averaged out over the year is roughly equivalent to 20-24 hours each week. This includes participation in three ICANN meetings/year, two Board retreats/year and work on Board Committees. The time spent in these basic responsibilities is typically clustered around Board meetings and monthly teleconferences, but there is a constant flow of information requiring attention on a near daily basis.
- Directors are expected to attend three ICANN meetings per year and depending on the location and including travel time and preparation this could be a commitment of up to ten (10) days per meeting. In addition the board occasionally holds shorter face-to-face meetings such as retreats.
- Directors spend additional time in connection with their work on Board Committees, a commitment that varies in relation to the number of Committees on which they serve, the scope of the Committee's responsibilities, and their role as Chair or Member of the Committee.
In many cases, the actual time expanded significantly exceeds these guidelines.
- An understanding of the potential impact of ICANN decisions on the global Internet-using community, and the Internet end-user community in particular.
- a track record of working to build consensus with a diverse set of interests working together on complex policy issues.
To be decided