Pierre Dandjinou to head ICANN Nairobi office in new changes by CEO Göran Marby

Göran Marby, the CEO and President of ICANN, has made management changes to the organisation’s offices globally as part of the international office strategy aimed to enable the body operate more consistently and effectively.

In a blog post on the ICANN website, the CEO stated that the organisation has “moved from having three global hubs to having five regional offices”, that is Los Angeles (being the headquarters), Brussels, Istanbul, Montevideo, and Singapore.

(TOP: Pierre Dandjinou, ICANN’s new head of Nairobi office).

ICANN has also established Engagement Centres in Washington, DC.; Geneva; Beijing; and Nairobi as well as strategic partnerships in Asunçion, Cairo, and Seoul to help it reach more stakeholders around the world.

The Nairobi Engagement Centre, set up last year, will be headed by Pierre Dandjinou; Beijing will be headed by Jian-Chuan Zhang; Geneva by Tarek Kamel acting as the Managing Director the same with the Washington D.C office which have Duncan Burns also acting as the Managing Director.

Pierre, who joined ICANN in December 2012 as the VP for Africa, coordinates the implementation of the body’s strategic plan for Africa and is responsible for outreach, support and engagement with all stakeholders, including governments, civil society and private sector in the Africa region.

“Los Angeles is the headquarters, as the community decided during the IANA stewardship transition that ICANN would be a California-based organization with a mission to serve the global community… The intention of this structure is to ensure we provide the best possible service to you, the community. Since your needs vary greatly by location, so will our services and support in the offices. For example, the EMEA region is so large and diverse and community needs vary from country to country. We recognized this fact by leveraging our office in Brussels to further support the wide-ranging needs in this region,” states Goran on the blog post.

Nick Tomasso, ICANN’s VP of Meeting Operations, takes up a new role as the Managing Director of the Istanbul office starting September 1, 2017 and is expected to relocate to Istanbul, Turkey. The former head of the Istanbul office, David Olive, who established and has been leading it since its inception in 2013, is moving back to Washington, D.C. at the end of August to resume his capacity as Senior VP, Policy Development and Support.

Olof Nordling, ICANN’s VP of Policy Development and Governmental Advisor Committee (GAC) Relations, is retiring from ICANN on July 31, 2017 after 12 years with the organisation.

Jean-Jacques Sahel, VP of Stakeholder Engagement for Europe, will become the Managing Director of the Brussels office while Jia-Rong Low continues in his capacity as Managing Director for Singapore. Rodrigo de la Parra will become the Managing Director for Montevideo, serving the Latin American and Caribbean region. Tarek Kamel is the Managing Director for Geneva, and Duncan Burns is the Managing Director of the Washington, D.C. office.

“All Managing Directors (Duncan Burns, Jia-Rong Low, Jean-Jacques Sahel, Nick Tomasso, Rodrigo de la Parra, Tarek Kamel) are responsible for their office’s strategic plan, operating costs, and staff assigned to their location. They will continue to report to their functional lead, and have a dotted reporting line to me. We are leveraging the successful model we’ve had in place in Singapore and Istanbul for some time now, and will operate more consistently across locations,” added the CEO in the post published on June 26, 2017.


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