Welcome to the GAC wiki! The original contents of this wiki have been migrated to the new GAC web site at https://gac.icann.org/. Since July 2018, all new GAC information materials has been produced on the new web site. Effective 18 December 2018, this wiki site will be retired. If you have difficulty finding any current or past GAC information, please email gac-staff@icann.org.


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 member.

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.

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?

Robert Hoggarth (robert.hoggarth@icann.org) is ICANN's VP, Policy and GAC Relations. Rob joined ICANN in 2008. A lawyer by profession and a facilitator by avocation, he has worked in senior and executive level positions in the telecommunications and IT industries for law firms, trade associations and a Fortune 50 company. His specialties include Public Policy, Government Relations, Association Management, Telecommunications and the Internet.

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 Lead Administrator, GAC Services.   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 ICANN in the capacity of Administrative Assistant in April 2015. And she is transferred to GAC as GAC Services Coordinator in October 2016.
She is responsible of maintaining the GAC mailing lists, scheduling GAC calls, running the GAC conference bridge and keeping GAC website content up to date regarding leadership, members, observers and correspondence sections including the new GAC website.
Gulten joined ICANN from Regus where she was an experienced customer service representative. She is based in Istanbul, Turkey and she is a graduate of Istanbul University with a degree in Economics.   

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