The GAC is an advisory committee to ICANN, created under the ICANN ByLaws. It provides advice to ICANN on public policy aspects of ICANN’s responsibilities with regard to the Internet Domain Name System ("DNS").

The GAC is not a decision-making body. It advises ICANN on issues that are within ICANN’s scope.

GAC advice has a particular status under the ICANN ByLaws. Its advice must be duly taken into account by the ICANN Board, and where the Board proposes actions inconsistent with GAC advice it must give reasons for doing so and attempt to reach a mutually acceptable solution.

The GAC appoints a non-voting liaison to the ICANN Board. This is normally the GAC Chair.

  • Leadership of the GAC and associated groups as agreed by the GAC.
  • Strategic liaison with ICANN; other ICANN advisory committees and supporting organisations; and with other relevant stakeholders.
  • Prioritising the work of ACIG and ICANN staff in support of GAC activities.

GAC Chair


Manal Ismail
November 2017 – March 2019

Ms. Manal Ismail is Executive Director for International Technical Coordination at the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) of Egypt. Prior to her work at the NTRA, she worked at the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), where she has been involved in a number of initiatives that successfully served Egypt’s national plan of building its Information Society, and at the Cabinet Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC) among the team who first introduced the Internet to Egypt.

Ms. Ismail has been representing Egypt on the GAC for more than 10 years and has served as one of its vice chairs twice, in 2009 and 2017. She has also served as vice chair of the first ICANN Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT1), member of the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG), co-chair of the Board-GAC Recommendation Implementation Working Group (BGRI-WG), co-chair of the GAC-GNSO Consultation Group, and member of the ICANN Middle East Strategy Working Group.

Ms. Ismail has led the establishment of the DNS Entrepreneurship Center (DNS-EC) in Egypt mandated to serve the Arab and African regions, contributed to various early community and ICANN efforts on Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs), and led GAC discussions until the successful introduction of IDNs. Ms. Ismail is an active member of the global Internet community. She participates to all global Internet Governance Forum (IGF) meetings, the Arab Internet Governance Forum (Arab IGF), the League of Arab States (LAS) Working Group on Domain Names and Internet Issues, and was member of the NETmundial Executive Multistakeholder Committee. She is founding member of the Internet Society Chapter of Egypt (ISOC-EG) and founding member of the Regional Internet Registry of Africa (AfriNIC).

Ms. Ismail holds M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from University of Louisville (UofL), Kentucky, USA, and B.Sc. degree in Electronic and Communication Engineering from Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt.


Mr. Ghislain de Salins - France
March 2017 – March 2019

Mr. Ghislain de Salins is a senior policy advisor in charge of international affairs and global Internet policy at the French Ministry of Economy and ICT.

He represents the Ministry in various international fora relating to the digital economy and Internet governance, including the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) process, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the digital economy tracks of G7 and G20, the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO) and the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Most recently, he served as a deputy head of delegation for major Internet-related international conferences such as the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in 2014 and the WSIS+10 high level event held at the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. He was also selected to participate to ITU’s young ICT policy leaders program in 2014-2015.

Before joining the Ministry in his current capacity, Mr. de Salins spent a few years at the Embassy of France in the United States, in Washington, DC, as the digital economy attaché. He holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Public Policy from Sciences-Po, Paris, and also studied Law and International Relations at King’s College, London.

Mr. Guo Feng - China
March 2017 – March 2019

Mr. GUO Feng is the Representative of the Chinese government to the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers(ICANN). Since year 2006, he had been attending many Internet organizations and platforms and contributing to global Internet governance discussion. Mr. GUO Feng started to take part in ICANN activities by following ICANN Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT) processes. He has been always assisting Chinese government to take part in ICANN and GAC processes while helping to strengthen the cooperation between ICANN and CAICT. He has been proactively playing a role in setting up exchange platform and environment for China Internet Community.

Mr. Guo Feng held the degree of Master of Business Administration. He is the Deputy Director and Senior Research Fellow of Internet Governance Research, China Academy of Information and Communication Technology(CAICT). He is also an Internet researcher. His research areas involve Internet governance, cyberspace strategy, Internet cutting-edge technology and services, Internet resources management and network security. He had published articles in newspapers and academic journals on above-mentioned areas.

Cherif Diallo - Senegal
GAC Vice-Chair Elect, March 2018 – March 2019

Doctor Diallo was awarded a PhD degree from Telecom Sud Paris (former  National Institute of Telecommunications – Evry, France). He is  a holder of other degrees and professional certificates among others Masters in Engineering from « University Paul Sabatier (Toulouse , France), « Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies » (DEA which is equivalent to Mphil) in Scientific Computing from University of Paris 6 (Paris, France), Professional Masters (DESS) in Information Systems Security and IT Auditing (Paris, France) and international professional certificate in information security - CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Dr. Diallo is also a holder of other professional certificates in information technologies systems, telecommunication networks and information security. His experience and expertise made him a leader of several international innovative projects owned by  international companies in diverse business sectors.

Until his nomination to the position of Director of ICT in the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications of Senegal, he was a lecturer (full time Teaching and Research) at the University Gaston Berger (Saint-Louis, Sénégal) where he managed various teaching programs related to the internet  technologies, telecommunications and Information System Security.  Dr. Diallo is still working as part time Lecturer and Researcher in several universities among others : University of Paris-East Creteil (UPEC, France), University Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD, Dakar, Sénégal), University of Thiès (Sénégal) , University Alioune Diop (Bambey, Sénégal) and French-American Academy of Management of Libreville (AFRAM, GABON).

Representative of Senegal on GAC of ICANN, Dr. Diallo is also active in African advocacy in area of internet governance by encouraging various  stakeholders to participate in ICANN and the AfriNIC initiatives. As an active member of ISOC and  the Senegalese Association of the Information System Security,  he  works more  on the realisation of digital inclusion projects. He is also a member of the Group of the Governmental Experts of the United Nations (UN-Cyber GGE) in charge of thinking  about the use of ICTs in the context of international security.

Supporter of the renewal and the renovation of the GAC of ICANN, he suggests carrying a project which is inspired by his  technical, associative and governmental  experience to help  the GAC to keep playing an important role within the framework of ICANN reforms and to offer an opportunity to ensure a strengthened diversity.

Pär Brumar - Niue 
GAC Vice-Chair Elect,  March 2018 – March 2019

Mr Pär Brumark is, since January 2013, the GAC Representative of Niue. He has a professional private sector background in Intellectual Property protection, IT-Security, Media industry (Film/Music), Domain industry and Public Relations. He has twice been nominated to the Swedish Parliament (National elections 2010 and 2014) and is a Board Member of, "Liberalerna" (The Liberal Party), Malmö, Sweden, since 2016.

As GAC Representative of Niue, he has attended all ICANN meetings since ICANN47. Pär Brumark was one of five GAC Appointed Members of the CCWG on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (WS1) during the preparations for the IANA Stewardship Transition. He is currently the appointed GAC Liaison to the ccNSO, and is also a member of the Underserved Regions Working Group (USRWG) and the Public Safety Group (PSWG).

Pär Brumark has an educational background in Media Technology, Lund University, Sweden, 1983- 86, with additional University studies in Law, Intelligence analysis and Methodology in Political Theory.

Mr. Thiago Jardim - Brazil
GAC Vice-Chair Elect, April 2018 – March 2019

Thiago Braz Jardim Oliveira is a career diplomat in the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He holds a PhD in international law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, where he also obtained a LLM degree. Prior to becoming a civil servant, he researched and taught at the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva. He was called to the Sao Paulo section of the Brazilian bar in 2012.  


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