[Ccwg-auctionproceeds] [Ext] Re: Proposed Agenda - new gTLD Auction Proceeds CCWG meeting on Thursday 12 April at 14.00 UTC

Marika Konings marika.konings at icann.org
Tue Apr 10 22:36:51 UTC 2018

From Sarah’s conflict of interest statement that is contained in her submission:

Do you, or an entity that you represent, hope to assist ICANN/serve as a grant-making organization in the future in relation to the auction proceeds? No, not to my knowledge. I’d like to disclose that I am an employee of the Pew Charitable Trusts. At Pew, I do not have current interaction with ICANN.
Are you, or an entity that you represent, interested in applying for a portion of the auction proceeds. No, not to my knowledge.
Are you, or an entity that you represent, an advisor to other potential applicants interested in applying for some of the auction proceeds?  If no, do you anticipate that you/the entity you represent, may serve in this advisory capacity in the future? No, not to my knowledge.
Are you, or an entity that you represent, interested in serving as a consultant to ICANN in designing/implementing the selected structures? Yes. Currently, ICANN has retained me on a contractual, advisory basis, to be an educational resource regarding charitable entities.
Are you, or an entity that you represent, a part of ICANN’s community, and if so, will you be representing that position as part of your conversation with the auction proceeds group? I am advising in my contracted position.

The small group of volunteers that put together the list of external experts to be approach felt that her input might still be valuable noting her expertise, regardless of her role as a consultant to ICANN.

Best regards,


From: Alan Greenberg <alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca>
Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 16:05
To: Marika Konings <marika.konings at icann.org>, Marilyn Cade <marilynscade at hotmail.com>, "ccwg-auctionproceeds at icann.org" <ccwg-auctionproceeds at icann.org>
Subject: Re: [Ccwg-auctionproceeds] [Ext] Re: Proposed Agenda - new gTLD Auction Proceeds CCWG meeting on Thursday 12 April at 14.00 UTC

It is not yet clear to me.

Sarah is a paid consultant to ICANN.

Is this submission from her wearing that hat, or was she also named as a person who might be useful to us, not realizing her other paid role?


At 10/04/2018 05:40 PM, Marika Konings wrote:

Hi Marilyn,

Note that Sarah was introduced to the CCWG at an early stage of the deliberations (see email attached) but I recognize that some may not have joined the CCWG at that stage and/or may not have reviewed previous communications.

Best regards,


From: Marilyn Cade <marilynscade at hotmail.com>
Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 15:36
To: Marika Konings <marika.konings at icann.org>, "ccwg-auctionproceeds at icann.org" <ccwg-auctionproceeds at icann.org>
Subject: [Ext] Re: Proposed Agenda - new gTLD Auction Proceeds CCWG meeting on Thursday 12 April at 14.00 UTC

Just to be very clear, so that I am very clear.

The person that we are speaking with is a contracted party to ICANN org.

I value having paid consultants but I just want to be sure I know when I am speaking 'with a paid

consultant, or a volunteer. The value to paid consultant is that they have accountability to be

independent. But just checking as when the staff introduced the name of the speaker, one had to

read the input document to learn that the speaker is a paid consultant.  In the future, let's be sure

to always be clear about affiliations and contracted roles.

Marilyn Cade

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Subject: [Ccwg-auctionproceeds] Proposed Agenda - new gTLD Auction Proceeds CCWG meeting on Thursday 12 April at 14.00 UTC

Dear All,

Please find below the proposed agenda for the next new gTLD Auction Proceeds CCWG meeting which has been scheduled for Thursday 12 April at 14.00 UTC. As noted below, you are strongly encouraged to review the written input[nam02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com]<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__nam02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com_-3Furl-3Dhttps-253A-252F-252Fcommunity.icann.org-252Fdownload-252Fattachments-252F79439109-252FSarah-252520Berg-252520-2D-252520ICANN-252520CCWG.AP-252520BERG-252520Responses-2525203.2018.pdf-253Fversion-253D1-2526modificationDate-253D1520436722000-2526api-253Dv2-26data-3D02-257C01-257C-257Cd7060d1dabe94d181b5308d59f0ff121-257C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa-257C1-257C0-257C636589813169353934-26sdata-3DFsxtV9mdsU3Q8BFNgBmB2y-252FdALnUx1MisJwBkh5OlOE-253D-26reserved-3D0&d=DwMF-g&c=FmY1u3PJp6wrcrwll3mSVzgfkbPSS6sJms7xcl4I5cM&r=7_PQAir-9nJQ2uB2cWiTDDDo5Hfy5HL9rSTe65iXLVM&m=9eSoAIdO52hmQuf6oMhSk1vm8pgQrFcaHlBHhfsyQ-A&s=dvnpG-cOnE720qNcySD-e-EyrqeXL0fHSLafaPB7tbI&e=> that Sarah Berg provided and share any follow-up or clarifying questions in advance of the meeting.

Best regards,


Proposed Agenda – new gTLD Auuction Proceeds CCWG – Thursday 12 April at 14.00 UTC

  1.  Roll call
  2.  Welcome – SOI/DOI Updatess
  3.  Exchange with external experts – Sarah Beerg, Ponsonby Partners (please review Sarah’s input[nam02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com]<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__nam02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com_-3Furl-3Dhttps-253A-252F-252Fcommunity.icann.org-252Fdownload-252Fattachments-252F79439109-252FSarah-252520Berg-252520-2D-252520ICANN-252520CCWG.AP-252520BERG-252520Responses-2525203.2018.pdf-253Fversion-253D1-2526modificationDate-253D1520436722000-2526api-253Dv2-26data-3D02-257C01-257C-257Cd7060d1dabe94d181b5308d59f0ff121-257C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa-257C1-257C0-257C636589813169353934-26sdata-3DFsxtV9mdsU3Q8BFNgBmB2y-252FdALnUx1MisJwBkh5OlOE-253D-26reserved-3D0&d=DwMF-g&c=FmY1u3PJp6wrcrwll3mSVzgfkbPSS6sJms7xcl4I5cM&r=7_PQAir-9nJQ2uB2cWiTDDDo5Hfy5HL9rSTe65iXLVM&m=9eSoAIdO52hmQuf6oMhSk1vm8pgQrFcaHlBHhfsyQ-A&s=dvnpG-cOnE720qNcySD-e-EyrqeXL0fHSLafaPB7tbI&e=> prior to the meeting and post any follow-up or clarifying questions you may have to the mailing list)
  4.  Confirm next steps & next meeting – Thursday 19 April at 14.00 UTC

Marika Konings
Vice President, Policy Development Support – GNSO, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
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Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:05:21 -0600
Subject: Sarah Berg - ICANN contractor
From: Marika Konings <marika.konings at icann.org>
To: "ccwg-auctionproceeds at icann.org" <ccwg-auctionproceeds at icann.org>
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Dear All,

As noted in the Charter development phase, the work of the CCWG and the ultimate recommendations will carry important legal and financial implications for ICANN as an organization and also upon the fiduciary duties and responsibilities of the ICANN Board Members and ICANN Officers.

There are also practical aspects to the CCWG’s anticipated recommendations, such as understanding basic tenets and practices of the grant-making and philanthropic giving space. In preparing to support this CCWG, ICANN recognized that this is not a core skill or knowledge base within the ICANN organization Therefore, to prepare ICANN to understand this space, ICANN has contracted with a resource with a lot of experience on the grant-making/philanthropic giving side.  This resource will be available, as necessary, to provide the ICANN organization and Board answers, guidance, and research on these topics.

Sarah Berg[linkedin.com]<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.linkedin.com_in_sarah-2Dberg-2Dcfp-25C2-25AE-2D24b9203&d=DwMFAw&c=FmY1u3PJp6wrcrwll3mSVzgfkbPSS6sJms7xcl4I5cM&r=7_PQAir-9nJQ2uB2cWiTDDDo5Hfy5HL9rSTe65iXLVM&m=xxAFmxZxwMsei1nwtvIG7K8bftS9A9CS3n6Au2GVcl4&s=0EVfL344BkLgUXbA2KpwiniCDJM00UlR08lLbEDmR8s&e=> is the Principal of Ponsonby Partners in Washington D.C.- a consultancy firm providing philanthropic advisement and strategic planning to high net-worth clients, nonprofits, and foundations. A Certified Financial Planner (CFP) from Georgetown, Sarah spent 8 years working for Keel Point LLC wealth management advisory company for individuals and families. In her role as Wealth Advisor and subsequently Senior Wealth Advisor, Sarah was responsible for strategy and execution of financial decisions for multinational, multigenerational ultra-high net worth families ($100m+). This included managing direct investments, international businesses, private equity, traditional investing, commercial and residential real estate, tax and estate structuring, risk management, impact investing, philanthropic administration, and family governance.

Sarah has had experience creating multiple non-profits both domestically in the U.S. and internationally. She is well versed in grant processes and California rules and regulations in regards to non-profits and has experience serving on not-for-profit Boards. Her focus at Keel Point allowed her to represent clients and work with stakeholders primarily in Asia, Africa, and Europe- so she is used to working across varying cultures and timezones.

While Sarah has been contracted to provide the ICANN organization with support, we wanted to update the CCWG and offer that she be added to the CCWG’s list of Experts as a potential additional expertise resource.  The CCWG can explore if it would like to avail of her expertise on specific topics.

ICANN’s contracting with Sarah to provide inputs internally is not intended to replace any other expertise or resources that the CCWG has identified, but as an additional potential avenue for input alongside others. To facilitate the CCWG’s consideration of reference of questions to/inputs from Sarah, we will request that Sarah fills out the expertise survey so that the CCWG can have more insight on where her expertise lies.

Best regards,


Marika Konings
Senior Policy Director & Team Leader for the GNSO, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
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