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Stephane Van Gelder

StartingDot
Executive Vice President
Ireland
Stéphane Van Gelder is Executive Vice President of StartingDot, the registry operator for the TLDs .archi, .bio and .ski. Before joining StartingDot, Stéphane was General Manager of Indom, a corporate domain registrar which he cofounded in 1999. He sold the company in 2010 and left 2 years later to set up Milathan LTD, a consultancy providing expert advice on all aspects of a corporate's online identity.Stéphane has been active in Internet governance for years. He was a board member for the French registry AFNIC from 2004 to 2010. He was elected treasurer of ICANN’s Registrar Stakeholder Group in 2008, and that group's European representative on the GNSO Council that same year. Stéphane was elected Vice Chair of the GNSO Council in 2009 and Chair the following year. He was re-elected as GNSO Council Chair at the 2011 Dakar ICANN meeting. Stéphane currently chairs ICANN's Nominating Committee, having been selected to do so by the ICANN Board.Stéphane earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Sussex University (UK). He was a print and TV journalist for ten years before starting Indom.