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Section A: Identification, Contact Information, Resume, and Professional References

1) Name:
First or GivenSurname or Family

Picture/Image (Optional):



2) Gender:Male
5) Country of Citizenship:
If you have multiple citizenships, please list them comma-separated.

6) Domicile: 



7) If you have a personal Web page, Blog, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube Channel, you may provide links here.


8) Resume:

If you have a resume or curriculum vitae (C.V.), the Committee would appreciate having it uploaded it to this page (PDF preferred) and then linked within this question. Your uploaded resume should not exceed the equivalent of five (5) single-spaced typewritten pages.


Leon Sanchez-Resume-Redacted.pdf

Section B: Qualifications & Professional Background

Purpose of This Section


1) Please describe any current and past volunteer positions, roles, and accomplishments. The Committee is particularly interested in Board or similar directorship experience. Please include the name and web page of such organizations, if applicable.

I have served as Chairman of the Board for Creative Commons Mexico for the last 5 years. Creative Commons Mexico is a non-profit organization in charge of hosting and building awareness on the use of Creative Commons licenses in Mexico.

I have been advisor to the Board for many NGOs in Mexico and Argentina, all on a pro-bono basis with volunteer work.

I am a member of the ALAC, appointed by the NomCom, in which I have held and co-held the pen, from the very beginning of my term in 2013, for several ALAC statements. I have also contributed with comments and suggestions to several ALAC statements which have been drafted by other fellow ALAC members. I have been active in several working groups inside the At-Large community as well as other working groups with the larger ICANN community. I am currently serving as the At-Large (ALAC) appointed Co-Chair of the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG) in which we were, after facing a large number of challenges, able to finalize a series of recommendations to enhance ICANN’s accountability to the larger internet community, making it possible for the ICANN Board of Directors to forward the proposal to transition the IANA Stewardship from the U.S. government to the global internet community. As part of out work in the CCWG, we will now look into the implementation of the WS1 recommendations and carry out the second phase of our work to develop stronger frameworks on human rights, diversity, AC/SO accountability, transparency, jurisdiction and the role of the Ombudsman.

I am a member of the Board in ISOC Mexico Chapter and have contributed to continue its mission in the Mexican landscape by being in charge of the Corporate Governance reform that will allow ISOC Mexico to have a successful transition to a new leadership after 15 years.

I am member of the Board to Trustnet de México, S.A. de C.V. which is a company dedicated to provide integrated solutions for customers in the IT sector at both private and public business. The company has sales excessive of 50 million dollars per year.

2a) Have you held or do you currently hold a Board or executive management position in any organization? Yes
2b) If "Yes," please state the nature and size of the organization(s) in which you currently hold or have held a Board or executive management position.

I am Chairman of the Board for Creative Commons Mexico. The size of the organization varies because it carries its work mainly by volunteers but a fair average could be 20 people. Creative Commons Mexico is a non-profit organization dedicated to host and create awareness on the use of Creative Commons licenses in Mexico.

I am Chairman of the Board for Fulton & Fulton SC. The size of the organization is 10 people. Fulton & Fulton SC is a Mexican law firm dedicated to provide advice in the field of Intellectual Property, Corporate Governance, civil and commercial litigation.

I am member of the Board in ISOC Mexico. The size of the organization is about 450 members. ISOC Mexico is the Mexican chapter for ISOC.

I have been Board member for Alternativa Digital, S.A. de C.V. a Mexican company dedicated to provide technology services in the field of hosting and software solutions to different clients that vary from government to private companies. The size of the company is 20 people.

I am member of the Board for Trust Care S.A.P.I. de C.V. a Mexican company dedicated to provide healthcare services based on IT and which currently has sales of over 50 million dollars.

I am a member of the Board for Trustnet, S.A. de C.V. a Mexican company dedicated to provide IT solutions in virtualization, data centers and big data. This company has sales in excess of 100 million dollars.

3a) Do you have experience working with non-profit organizations?Yes
3b) If "Yes," please state the nature and size of any non-profit organization(s) including any Board positions or executive committees upon which you currently serve or have served.

I am Chairman of the Board for Creative Commons Mexico. The size of the organization varies because it carries its work mainly by volunteers but a fair average could be 20 people. Creative Commons Mexico is a non-profit organization dedicated to host and create awareness on the use of Creative Commons licenses in Mexico.

I am member of the Board in ISOC Mexico. The size of the organization is about 450 members. ISOC Mexico is the Mexican chapter for ISOC.


4) Briefly describe any experience you have had working with groups in various locations and time zones around the globe.

As a member of the ALAC, the CCWG, Creative Commons Mexico and ISOC Mexico, I have been able to work with people from all around the world. One of the skills needed to work with such a wide variety of people is to be able to handle and attend meetings in different time zones. For example, the CCWG will hold a weekly meeting that will rotate schedule in order to accommodate calls at 6:00, 12:00 and 19:00 UTC so the different regions have an evenly distributed burden in those hours that might be too early or too late to attend calls.

Furthermore, I have attended different meetings, ICANN and not ICANN related, that take place in different regions. That requires me to adapt rapidly to different time zones in order to effectively perform in the meetings.

There are other working groups to which I have contributed but for the benefit of the Evaluation Committee Members' time I will not go through all of them. However I remain open to questions on this or any other related topic.

5) Being able to read and to express yourself publicly in English is mandatory for leadership positions at ICANN.  Do you meet this criterion?Yes

6) Which other languages do you speak and at what level of fluency?



LanguageLevel of FluencyNumber of Years
SpanishNative or bilingual proficiency


ItalianLimited working proficiency


Section C: Internet & ICANN Involvement

1) Describe your current and past involvement in, contributions to, and leadership roles in activities and organizations involved in the development and operation of the Internet, its naming and addressing infrastructure, and/or its security and stability. 



I began getting involved with ICANN in the Mexico City's meeting back in 2009. That was my first meeting. After that I applied to the Fellowship program and in 2012 I got selected for the first time.

My first involvement was with the IPC as being an IP attorney seemed to be naturally in line with the spirit of the IPC. I then realized that while I shared some point with the IPC I really was more into users' role in ICANN. Therefore, I began participating in the At-Large community meetings.

I then applied to the NomCom process in 2013 in order to be considered for the open position in the ALAC for Latin America and the Caribbean. I can happily say that I was successfully appointed by the NomCom to perform in the ALAC for the LAC region for the term beginning at the end of ICANN's GA in 2013 and ending by the end of GA in 2015.

While performing my duties as an ALAC member I have held the pen on drafting various ALAC statements and have also been an active member in various Committees and Subcommittees which include the Cross Community Working Group on Internet Governance, the Social Media Working Group, the ALAC Executive Committee, the At-Large Subcommittee on Finance and Budget, the CROPP and most recently the CWG on the IANA Stewardship Transition and the CCWG on enhancing ICANN accountability.

I have had the honor of co-chairing the CCWG on enhancing ICANN accountability along with Thomas Rieckert and Mathieu Weill. I am also the appointed ALAC member for the LAC region in the CCWG and Chair of the Legal Sub-team of the CCWG.

I was also part of the ICANN community representatives that attended NETmundial on behalf of the ICANN community.

I have had the opportunity to learn and grow from and within ICANN's community. I have a commitment to continue to learn and give back to the community that has given me so many valuable experiences and knowledge and therefore I would like to continue serving the community.

2) Conflicts of Interest


To my knowledge I do not have any actual or potential conflicts of interest. I have, however, provided legal advice in the field of privacy policy to the .bar and .rest registry. That business relationship is no longer undergoing and none of the advice provided had to do with DNS policy but rather with local privacy and personal data law.
3) Please explain any positions you hold as Director, major shareholder, or employee of a Generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) Registrar or Registry, Country Code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) Registry or a Regional Internet Registry (RIR).I hereby declare that I do not hold any positions as Director, major shareholder, or employee of a Generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) Registrar or Registry, Country Code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) Registry or a Regional Internet Registry (RIR).

Section D: Application for At-Large Board Member Position

1) Please state your opinion about what would be your unique expertise or perspective and what added value you might contribute to the ICANN Board:

I believe I can bring a fresh view to the Board by providing inputs that while reflecting the regional diversity needed, will also encompass a global vision on how regional needs might fit into a global landscape.

I can add value to the work done by the Board by bringing new views, skills and expertise from a community member that has been involved long enough to be knowledgable of ICANN but short enough to haven't been involved into engagements that could compromise my performance as a Board member. In other words, I could add value by collaborating with the rest of the Board members in an un-conflicted fashion.

I can also add value to the Board's work by sharing my knowledge on legal and governance issues as well as my contacts with different regional and global high-level stakeholders for the benefit of ICANN and the accomplishment of its mission.

I can add value by contributing with independent and creative thinking that can provide out of the box solutions to the challenges of an organization like ICANN.

I can contribute to the Board's work by bringing my negotiating and listening skills on board in order to help achieve consensus and build bridges between the Board and the different stakeholders.

I can add value to the Board by bringing in fresh thoughts and experience to the decision making process of the Board for the benefit of the global internet community.

I can add value to the Board with the expertise acquired through my role as CCWG-Accountability Co-Chair and help in this coming implementation phase that will be as important as the previous phase.

2) Please describe how and why you meet the criteria for this position:



I meet the selection criteria for the Board position because:


a) I have demonstrated to be committed to my work for ICANN with my contributions to various working groups including the CCWG on enhancing ICANN accountability, group which I co-chair.


b) I have demonstrated to be an accomplished person by being able to contribute to ICANN's mission with my voluntary work at the same time as successfully being partner to the law firm I work for in a way that no activity conflicts with the other in any way, either if its time wise or subject wise, I have successfully managed to deal with both areas in a way that let's me give the best of me to both.


c) I have demonstrated to be a person with sound judgment and open minded through my many collaborations to the ALAC and the three Cross-Community Working Groups I am involved with by feeding the discussion on many issues and proving to constructively contribute to find common solutions that are supported by the wider community.


d) I have demonstrated to be objective in my judgments and analysis of situations by successfully avoiding to pollute my work with subjective issues that otherwise would not be constructive for a certain end.


e) I believe I have a good reputation amongst the community and the leadership of various stakeholder groups and constituencies.


f) I have demonstrated to be a team player and feed into group-decision making with my views and always considering the views of others in order to reach consensus that can help us move forward towards common goals.


g) I have a good understanding of ICANN's mission and I am very aware of the impact that Board decisions as well as failure to act may have on the global internet community. Having been an ALAC member for the past 2 years and co-chair of the CCWG on enhancing ICANN accountability has helped me realize the importance of my actions with regards to the potential impact to the wider internet community.


h) I am familiar with the technical, operational, commercial and social aspects that the DNS may impact and have had the opportunity to contribute to different processes in the field of policy making, provision of legal advice, advocacy on different issues related to users rights and also been an active user of the DNS by registering and using several domain names for my personal use as well as for the use of my business and those of my clients.


i) I have had the chance to contribute to shaping the future of internet governance in different fora from NETmundial to the IGF in which ICANN is also central to the broader picture as a key stakeholder and internet corporation.


j) I am convinced that if ICANN is successful in its mission, we all get benefits from its success. The better ICANN does its work, the better internet users, business and governments enjoy a stable DNS.


k) I have deep respect for diversity and understand it as a strength within the organization.


l) I understand the role of the different stake-holders in the internet eco system and am willing to find ways to achieve agreements and foster joint solutions to common problems.


m) I have demonstrated to be able to work in written and spoken English with no problem at all.


n) I have held Board positions in 6 organizations of different types that range from non-profit to business.

3) Please state what you would contribute in the At-Large selected ICANN Board Member Position to the At-Large Community

I will contribute with sound judgement, experience and deep knowledge of ICANN's new structure.

I will contribute with deep knowledge and understanding of the users problems and challenges in regard to the policy involving the domain name space.

I will contribute to help the Board better understand the challenges that end users face in the different regions, understanding that a single issue may have multiple approaches and solutions.


4) Please describe specifically how and why you will be able to advance, at the ICANN Board, the interests of the At-Large Community and the broader global community of Internet end-users.

I will be able to advance the interests of internet users in the ICANN Board by establishing a continuous channel of communication with the At-Large community  that will allow me to better understand how the different issues being discussed in the Board may affect and to what extent, the interests of end users across regions.

I will advocate for end users' interests in the discussions held by the Board and strive to assure that the Board understands and takes into account the impact its decisions may have on end users worldwide.

I will provide the Board with a balanced and objective view of end users in relation to the different issues being discussed and the possible impact any decision may have on end users

5) Time Commitment:


Are you able to commit this amount of time for this position?

6) Please describe your understanding of changes to ICANN's Bylaws, organizational structure, and accountability mechanisms that have been put in place as part of the transition of the stewardship of IANA functions. Please also describe any personal involvement you have had in these changes.

My understanding of the new ICANN structure is that the post transition ICANN is very similar and at the same time very different to the original ICANN. 

It is the same in that the way we work on policy will not change under the new structure but it is also very different in that now we have two new bodies that are key to ICANN's activities.

The first body is the empowered community which will be key in exercising the new powers that intend to be the checks and balances to the Board's activities.

The second body is the PTI which will continue to perform the IANA functions and that will need to comply with the SLAs agreed with its clients in order to continue to perform said functions.

My understanding is deep as I have the benefit of having co-chaired the CCWG on accountability and that has provided me with vast experience on the field.


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