Manal Ismail holds the position of Chief Expert Internet Policies at the National Telecom Regulatory Authority of Egypt. She is also the Former Chair of the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) of ICANN and founding member of the African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC) and the Internet Society chapter in Egypt (ISOC-EG). Manal played a pivotal role in leading GAC discussions on Internationalized Domain Names and contributed significantly to various script community efforts until the successful introduction of IDNs.