RELEASE: ICANN Celebrates International Women's Day with Two Women at the Helm

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For the first time in the organization's 24-year history, its highest leadership positions are held by women

LOS ANGELES, March 8, 2023/PRNewswire/ -- The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) celebrates a major milestone. For the first time in its 24-year history, the organization has two women in its highest leadership positions.

During ICANN's Annual General Meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in September 2022, Tripti Sinha was elected Chair of the ICANN Board of Directors. Ms. Sinha has been a member of the ICANN community for over 8 years and has served on the ICANN Board of Directors since 2018.

Sally Costerton, ICANN's Senior Advisor to the President and SVP of Global Stakeholder Engagement, was appointed Interim President and CEO in December 2022. Ms. Costerton has led the global offices and strategy for more than 10 years for ICANN internationalization.

Ms. Sinha is the second woman to chair the ICANN Board of Directors in the organization's history. In 1998, Esther Dyson was appointed Chair of the ICANN Board of Directors. Ms. Costerton is the first woman in ICANN history to serve as the organization's President and CEO.

"There are many opportunities for women around the world to participate in ICANN, whether they come from academia, civil society, the public sector or the private sector," said Ms. Costerton. "The ICANN community, made up of supporting organizations and advisory committees, offers numerous opportunities for women to be true protagonists in the policy development processes that govern various aspects of the Internet's Domain Name System (DNS)."

The DNS Women group is a clear example of female participation in the DNS space. Founded in Mexico in 2009, DNS Women is dedicated to promoting and empowering women in the global DNS industry. The group will hold a session next week during ICANN's public meeting in Cancun, Mexico, to coincide with Women's History Month celebrations in the United States and other countries.

Closing the gender gap in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields can improve women's economic security and increase their opportunities. In addition, according to research from the American Association of University Women, it can contribute to enriching the field of STEM disciplines by broadening perspectives and avoiding biases in the products produced and the services provided.

"Women leaders have a transformative effect on other women. Not only through mentoring, which I believe is vital to helping women succeed, but also because feeling well represented can foster a sense of belonging. This is especially important in the field of technology," said Ms. Sinha.

The ICANN community will come together for the ICANN76 Community Forum in Cancun, Mexico, from March 11-16, 2023. The event will take place both in person and remotely, and is the first of three public meetings of ICANN scheduled for 2023.


ICANN's mission is to help ensure a unified, stable, and secure global Internet. To contact another person on the Internet, we must enter an address – a name or a number – into our computer or other device. That address must be unique so that the computers can locate each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers around the world. ICANN was created in 1998 as a non-profit, public good corporation with a community of participants from around the world.

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