León Felipe Sánchez Ambía has been selected by At-Large Community for the ICANN Board Director seat (#15) as the successor of Rinalia Abdul Rahm, and will begin his three-year term as an ICANN Board Director at the end of ICANN60 (3 November 2017).
The At-Large Community’s ICANN Board Director selection process was a six-month effort, and officially ended on 27 February 2017.
The selection process began in September 2016, and started with the formation of two committees tasked with managing the timeline, calling for and evaluating the candidates, and organising the final election.
Out of the six individuals who submitted Expressions of Interest for the position, Alan Greenberg and León Felipe Sánchez Ambía were chosen as the finalists. Before the election took place, the At-Large Community was given several opportunities to ask questions to the finalists, both verbally and in writing, in order to make an informed choice. At-Large Structures also participated in the final election by directing the votes of Regional At-Large Organization Chairs.
León Felipe Sánchez Ambía is an intellectual property attorney who graduated from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He also completed his postgraduate studies on intellectual property at the UNAM and Internet law at Harvard Law School.
Since 2006, León has been a partner at Fulton & Fulton, a law firm specializing in intellectual property and IT law based in Mexico City, and is the head of their Intellectual Property division.
In 2008, he was admitted as professor on intellectual property at the UNAM law school.
León also serves as the co-lead for the Mexican chapter of Creative Commons, and as an advisor to different government bodies, including the Digital Strategy Coordination Office of the Mexican Presidency, the Special Commission on Digital Agenda and IT of the Mexican House of Representatives, and the Science and Technology Commission of the Mexican Senate.
He drafted the Internet Users Rights Protection Act for Mexico, and has been very active on issues such as the Anti-Counterfeit Trade Agreement (ACTA), Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA), Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) and other local initiatives of the same kind, always advocating to defend users’ and creators’ rights in order to achieve a balance between regulation and freedom.
He currently serves as the ALAC Vice-Chair and the Co-Chair of the CCWG on Accountability, where he has been deeply involved with the IANA Transition as well as the post-Transition activities.