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The GAC receives support in its work from a team made up of staff from the Australian Continuous Improvement Group (ACIG) and ICANN. Working together, these staff provide a range of services to all GAC members and observers, including organising meetings, briefing, website and email administration, liaison with ICANN and travel support. They are available and more than willing to provide help to any GAC membe

To contact any member of the GAC Secretariat and ICANN Support team: gac-staff@icann.org

ACIG GAC Secretariat

ACIG is an independent consulting firm engaged to provide secretariat support to ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee.  ACIG’s services are funded by three GAC members: Norway, the Netherlands and Brazil.  However the ACIG team reports directly to the GAC Chair.

What does the ACIG GAC Secretariat do?

The ACIG GAC Secretariat works in co-operation with ICANN support staff to the GAC, the GAC Chair and Vice Chairs.  Some of ACIG’s main tasks include:

  • Prepare and distribute agendas, briefing or summary papers, and other preliminary material to support the formal GAC meetings. 
  • Provide support to the GAC Chair during GAC meetings.
  • Provide support and advice to the GAC Leadership Team, GAC members and to the GAC working groups during the time between GAC’s face to face meetings.
  • Continuously review and improve the way GAC operates.
  • Provide support and assistance to new GAC members.

Who are the ACIG GAC Secretariat team members?

Mr Tom Dale (tom@acig.com.au- Ph.+61 418207376) leads the ACIG GAC Secretariat team.  Tom is widely experienced with GAC, ICANN and the domain name sector.  He has served on ICANN’s Government Advisory Committee; was instrumental in the establishment of .au Domain Administration; and Chaired the OECD Task Force on Spam.  

Tom is an experienced senior manager, adviser and consultant with a particular focus on the public sector, regulatory policy, legislation and international issues.

  

Ms Michelle Scott Tucker (michelle@acig.com.au) has also served on ICANN’s Government Advisory Committee; and, as a senior public servant, led the Australian Government team which originally provided secretariat support to the GAC.   

Michelle is now one of ACIG’s Company Directors and brings her public and private sector experience in evaluation, process improvement, and operational review to the processes and operations of the GAC.
  

                 

Jo Lim (jo@acig.com.aurecently joined the ACIG team after more than 15 years with .au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA), the .au ccTLD manager, where she held a number of senior executive roles including acting CEO.

Jo spent the early part of her career as an official in the Australian Department of Communications and as an adviser to the Australian Government Minister for Communications, working on a range of telecommunications and information economy legislation, strategies, policies and programs.

Jo’s educational qualifications include: Diploma of Management, Swinburne University (2013); Diploma of Business, Swinburne University (2013); Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Melbourne (1994); Bachelor of Arts (Hons), University of Melbourne (1993).

ICANN GAC Support Team

ICANN provides staff members to support and assist the various supporting organisations (SOs) and advisory committees (ACs).  All these staff members work within ICANN’s Policy Development unit. The GAC has three ICANN staff members allocated to provide support and assistance.

Who are the ICANN GAC Support team members?

Mr Olof Nordling (olof.nordling@icann.org) is ICANN’s Senior Director, GAC Relations and Branch Manager for ICANN’s Brussels office. Since 2013, Olof is responsible for ICANN’s support to the GAC and provides information to the GAC about ICANN’s activities.  He also acts as a point of liaison between the GAC, ICANN and the other supporting organisations (SOs) and advisory committees (ACs). Olof is a Swedish national and holds an MSc.  Prior to joining ICANN in 2005, Olof was Head of TeliaSonera's Brussels office. Before that, Olof was Counsellor of Science and Technology at the Swedish Embassy in Paris, and has also worked as a Deputy Trade Commissioner for Sweden in the US.
 

Mr Fabien Betremieux (fabien.betremieux@icann.org) is ICANN’s GAC Relations Advisory and provides analytical support to ICANN’s GAC. Fabien joined ICANN’s Global Domains Division in 2014 where he was responsible for implementing several cross-community ICANN policies and initiatives. Involved in the new gTLD Program since 2009, Fabien assisted dozens of brand and geographic applicants while leading the new gTLD services of AFNIC, .fr ccTLD Manager and Registry Service Provider. 

Prior to joining the DNS Industry, he held various Product Development positions in e-commerce and telecom companies. Early in his career he supported international cooperation initiatives for a French law enforcement agency. Originally trained as a Software Engineer, Fabien also holds a Master of International Affairs from Science Po Paris, part of which he completed at Tsinghua University in Beijing. 

  

Ms Julia Charvolen (julia.charvolen@icann.org) is ICANN’s GAC Services Co-ordinator.   Julia’s role includes:

  • Maintaining the GAC mailing list and membership records.
  • Managing the correspondence for the GAC Chair.
  • Administration of the GAC website.
  • Arranging the translation of nominated GAC documents.
  • Co-ordinating the arrangements for formal GAC meetings including room bookings, liaison with hosts and technical support. 
  • Making the arrangements for inter-sessional GAC meetings including call set-up and administration.

 

 

Ms Gulten Tepe (gulten.tepe@icann.org) joined GAC as GAC Services Coordinator.  She is responsible of

running the GAC conference bridge, scheduling GAC calls and with the GAC’s use of AC for leadership and

keeping GAC website content up to date regarding leadership, support, Members, Observers and correspondence,

including for new GAC website and maintaining the GAC mailing lists.