ICANN Board Director

Global Future Internet Expert

Senior Independent Strategic
Advisor to Major Corporates &

Over 25+ years experience in guiding governments and major organisations on the economic/business and societal impacts of current and future internet innovations and technologies.

  • Participated and led more than 50 international projects and studies for governments and industry on Future Net issues with teams including experts with advanced academic degrees from many disciplines ranging from technology and mathematics to economics and law, and from many different countries and cultures.

  • Set up and led an international Policy Research team on Information Society Policy in the Netherlands, a national public-private platform on Information Assurance in the UK, got deeply involved in global Internet Governance practice when chairing the Board of a major Internet Registry and the Supervisory Board of an Open Internet supporting Foundation, got involved in the Internet & Jurisdiction work as independent moderator of the Internet Domains and Jurisdiction track, helped set up the Institute for Accountability in the Digital Age as Co-Founder and Board Director, and spearheaded a global initiative on Global Good IoT Practice in the IGF context.

  • Board Director of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Number (ICANN) a global non-profit with the mission to ensure security and stability of the unique identifier system for the Internet.


Maarten Botterman is uniquely qualified to serve as a corporate BOARD MEMBER due to extensive governance experience, strategic analyses insights and high-level ACCESS to government internet policy makers.

Furthermore, he and his senior partners provide high-level advice and expertise to businesses, including:

  • COUNSELING international corporates and businesses to anticipate future internet related opportunities and navigate emerging global data/privacy regulations and compliance (to remain proactive vs. reactive).

  • REVIEWING and VALIDATING internal policy impact assessments and feasibility studies from an global multistakeholder perspective (or conduct them, when necessary).

  • INFORMING governments on opportunities to invest in emerging internet technologies and accompanying measures that benefit both society and business.

  • CONFIDANT for Business Leaders that are contemplating on potentially disruptive business directions and/or Board/Leadership relationships (and governance issues).



As a former official in the Dutch government and European Commission, and former Director for the European offices of the RAND Corporation global policy think tank, Maarten Botterman and his associates are highly qualified to conduct major impact assessments for future policies, to validate intended impacts, and uncover unintended consequences. Learn more at:

Independent Strategic Advisor

ICANN Board Director 


  • Former CHAIRMAN of ICANN Board (3 years)

  • Former CHAIRMAN of the Supervisory Board, NLnet Foundation (7 years)

  • Former DIRECTOR of the Board, Institute for Accountability in the Digital Age (2 years)

  • Former CHAIRMAN of the Board, Public Interest Registry (8 years)

  • Former DIRECTOR of the RAND Corporation, European Office (6 years)

  • Former CEO of IAAC (UK based public private initiative, 3 years)

  • Former OFFICIAL of the European Commission (5 years)

  • Former OFFICIAL of the Dutch Government (8 years)


Maarten Botterman is a Distinguished International Speaker, Moderator and Chair.

Recent speaking and/or moderation engagements include…

  • Internet Governance Forum (IGF) on IoT –  Baku, Bali, Istanbul, Joao Pessoa, Guadalajara, Geneva, Paris, Berlin (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)

  • Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference – Paris, Ottawa, Berlin (2016, 2018, 2019)

  • European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) – Berlin, Sofia, Brussels, Tallinn, Tbilisi, The Hague (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)

  • Indian School for Internet Governance, Internet Governance Ecosystem, New Delhi, Kolkata (2018, 2019)

  • Domainpulse conference, IoT Governance and the Domain Name Industry, Munich, Innsbruck (2018, 2019)

  • EPC, NLIGF Workshop – The Hague (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

  • International Centre for Theoretical Physics, New Frontiers in IoT– Trieste (2016)

  • European Beyond Data and Living Data City Challenge- Eindhoven (2016)

  • Connected Future Conference: Driving the Dutch Digital Delta – Eindhoven (2015)

  • European Commission Internet of Things Week – London, Lisbon (2014, 2015)

  • Euroforum Internet of Things Congress – Amsterdam (2015)

  • And more over the decades… 


Maarten Botterman has authored or co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed studies, reports and articles.

Recent studies/ reports include…

  • ICT Policy, Research, and Innovation: Perspectives and Prospects for EU-US Collaboration (IEEE Press Series on Technology Management, Innovation, and Leadership, ISBN-10: 1119632528), by Svetlana Klessova, Sebastian Engell, Maarten Botterman, Jonathan Cave, December 2020

  • Policy issues affecting EU/US ICT development collaboration: White Paper with a focus on recommendations for specific high potential ICT policy initiatives in the EU-US Dialogue, for the European Commission DG CNECT, by Maarten Botterman and Jonathan Cave, June 2018

  • Digital Communities and EU/US ICT development collaboration: policy paper for the European Commission sponsored project PICASSO, by Glenn Ricart, Maarten Botterman and Jonathan Cave, May 2018

  • The European Open Science Cloud Governance Model: towards a new European decision making modelling to support Research and Innovation, prepared for the European Commission DG Research & Innovation, Maarten Botterman and Jonathan Cave, December 2017

  • Standardisation issues affecting EU/US ICT development collaboration: policy paper for the European Commission sponsored project PICASSO, by Maarten Botterman, Jonathan Cave and Avri Doria, October 2017

  • ICT Security issues affecting EU/US ICT development collaboration: policy paper for the European Commission sponsored project PICASSO, by Dave Farber, Maarten Botterman and Jonathan Cave, March 2017

  • EU-wide digital Once-Only Principle for citizens and businesses – Policy options and their impacts; (report to European Commission, 2017)

  • Ethical IoT: a sustainable way forward (Chapter in book: “IoT Analytics: Enabling Technologies, Applications and Policy Implications”, River Publishers, 2016)

  • Futureproof Policies (article in Paneuropean Networks, 2016)

  • Ethical Design in the Internet of Things (article in Science and Engineering Ethics, 2016)

  • IoT policies towards 2025, benefitting from the opportunities, (report to European Commission, 2015)

  • Opening towards a new reality (Report to European Commission, 2015)

  • IoT Governance, Privacy and Security Issues (publication by IERC, 2015)

  • Fostering IoT entrepreneurship (Report to European Commission, 2015)

  • And many more (full list upon request)

“Whereas we cannot predict the future, it is unfolding based on what we do today – so let us do the best we can, with open eyes, open heart and open mind, and aware of the fact that we all share one planet Earth.”

Maarten Botterman

GNKS Consult BV