The last ICANN meeting of the year is always busy, but this meeting was particularly hectic for a number of reasons, the most important one for me was my taking over the Chair of the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC).
One of the first tasks for me was an interview with Alan Greenberg who has been the ALAC Chair for the past 4 years, about our views about how the ALAC fits into the Evolution of ICANN.
There were also introductory presentations not only to the ALAC but also to two Regional member organisations from Europe and Africa who met at this meeting in Spain. I was able to introduce them to my vision for how the ALAC and for At-Large will carry out its role within ICANN, representing the interests of global end-users. It allowed me to introduce how I envisage the ALAC and At-Large would be organised and coordinated in order to carry out its core roles — contributing policy advice, and outreach and engagement.
There was a formal ICANN63 Community Recognition by the Board to those volunteers across the different constituencies of ICANN who had served in and completed certain roles during 2018. There were several of us who were giving up one role in order to take up another. During 2018, I was the Vice Chair of the ALAC and following this meeting, I will be the Chair.
As well as other meetings held for me to get to know other lead groups and individuals within ICANN, it was an opportunity to be able to connect with our Asia Pacific colleagues at our regular APAC Space meeting which is held at all ICANN meetings.
More importantly, the face to face ICANN meeting was a chance for new incoming ALAC members and regional leaders to get to know one another before we move into our real work together in 2019. The three ICANN meetings next year will be held in Kobe, Japan (March), Marrakesh, Morocco (June) and Montreal, Canada (November). APRICOT will be held in Daejeon, Korea in February, and APRIGF will be held in Vladivostok, Russia in August.