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Tuesday, September 2 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Open Forum

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Members of the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee, GAC, welcome all interested to this Open Forum. We plan for it to be an opportunity to get to know and better understand the GAC and its role in the internet governance ecosystem. Volunteer GAC-members will describe the operation and dynamics of the GAC that leads to the Communiqué that follows each GAC meeting. You will take part of examples of how GAC-members prepare at their capitals for GAC-meetings, how the GAC agenda and work priorities are established and how members interact during the meeting and intersessional to arrive at consensus GAC positions. Presentations will include the role of GAC and GAC advice in the ICANN by-laws. GAC-members may share narrations of negotiations in the GAC. The purpose with this information session is for the GAC to reach out and increase transparency and understanding of our role and deliberations. We plan a format with presentations and lively interaction. Your active participation is very welcome!

1100 Welcome 
Moderator: Anders Hektor, Sweden
Background and purpose for this session and what will happen. 

Remote moderator: Ana Neves, Portugal 

1105 GAC Basics 
Thomas Schneider, Switzerland
Institutional and political context: GAC in the By-Laws, & GAC Operating Procedures, Members, Representatives & Observers, Chair & Vice-Chairs, and related.
+ GAC web, Online register, support from ICANN for travel, training, newcomers, etc. 

1115 Preparing to participate, Intersessional work and Working Groups 
Jandyr Santos , Brazil / Wanawit Ahkuputra, Thailand / Ashwin Sasongko, Indonesia / Olga Cavalli, Argentina / Peter Major, Hungary
The moderator interviews members on their position or role in their government, other responsibilities in their work portfolio, resources/opportunity to participate in GAC meetings and intersessional work, preparing for meetings etc. 

Manal Ismail, Egypt
Overview of Working Groups and the degree of work going on outside of meetings.

1135 GAC-Communique
Imad Y. Hobballah, Lebanon
Structuring, negotiating and writing the Communique. 

Alice Munyua, African Union Commission
Narrative of historical GAC-Advice that illustrates that outcome is a negotiated result. 

1155 Q&A
Questions and discussion / Feed-back & comments to improve future GAC Open Forums are welcome at gacsec@gac.icann.org

1230 End

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Wanawit Ahkuputra

Advisor to Permanent Secretary, MDES/Royal Thai Gov.
Government of Thailand

Olga Cavalli

Adviser for technology, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Argentina
Olga Cavalli is an ICT and Internet specialist with large experience in project management, market research, competitive analysis, public policy and regulations. Since 2007 Ms. Cavalli is a member of the United Nations Secretary General´s Advisory group for the Internet Governance... Read More →

Imad Hoballah

Chairman and CEO, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA)
Dr. Hoballah is the TRA Chairman and CEO since April 2010 and the Head of Telecom Technologies Unit since March 2007.   Dr. Hoballah currently heads the Lebanese National Committee for the Transition to Digital TV, has served on several National and Regional Committees on Security... Read More →

Manal Ismail

Manal Ismail is Executive Director for International Technical Coordination at the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) of Egypt.  Mrs. Ismail has led GAC discussions and input to the IDN ccTLDs Fast Track process, co-chaired IDNC WG on Fast Track, and participated to th... Read More →

Jandyr Santos Jr

Head of the Information Society Division, Ministry of External Relations Government of Brazil
Jandyr Santos Jr is a Brazilian diplomat. He joined the Ministry of External Relations of Brazil in 2000. Since then he alternated between overseas postings and positions in Brasilia. He served at the Brazilian Mission to the United Nations in New York, the Embassy of Brazil in New... Read More →
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Peter Major

Chair, UN CSTD; Special advisor to the Permanent Mission of Hungary to the UN in Geneva, UN Commission on Science and Technology for Developmeny
Peter was working at the Radiocommunication Bureau (BR) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for 23 years. He was the focal point of the BR for internet governance and cyber security. He is co-coordinator of the Dynamic Coalition on Accessibility and Disability (DCAD... Read More →

Ashwin Sasongko

Government of Indonesia

Tuesday September 2, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm EEST
Workshop Room 04 (Rumeli -1 Floor / Room 2)

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