[AfrICANN-discuss] ICANN 2016 Nominating Committee Announces

waudo siganga emailsignet at mailcan.com
Wed Aug 31 11:22:27 UTC 2016

There is some confusion about the board. There is no board member who
"represents" a region per se, as in being there to speak for a region.
The bylaws only require that there must be at least one board member
from every region, which is a fine distinction. That board member does
not need to have joined via the nomcom route.

This round the nomcom had no obligation to pick a candidate from Africa,
since Mike Siber was already there, although he is on the board as a
ccNSO and not nomcom appointee.

There was therefore no need to consider Cherine in terms of the regional
requirement. Im sure - although im not speaking for the nomcom - he was
appointed because of his skill sets which are necessary for the board
and board committees. Plus the other appointee is an ALAC appointee and
therefore has nothing to do with the nomcom.

Ive been attending a meeting with George Sadowsky in Vienna. A few years
ago he chaired a board committee on nomcom reforms. He told me those
recommendations will come up soon and hopefully colleagues on this list
will add their input.


On Wed, Aug 31, 2016, at 01:42 PM, Dr Eberhard W Lisse wrote:
> As far as I am concerned Mr Chalaby is British.
> Mike Silber is most definitively not North African.
> As far as I understand the rules Tunesia falls into ICANN's African
> Region.
> As far as past African Board members are concerned, we had good and
> (mainly) poor ones, all of which looked good on paper.
> I do say, I have been laughing a lot about the reflex congratulations
> flooding this list which has no substantive contents, and in
> particular this self congratulatory Pan-Africanism.
> greetings, el
> On 2016-08-31 09:26, Mike Silber wrote:
> > Anissa +1
> >
> > I found some of the earlier comments rather disturbing.  Cherine has
> > great qualities and experience and has been a valued addition to the
> > Board.  Khaled has a great background and I am looking forward to
> > his contribution.  Dismissing either person because they happen to
> > come from the same region is petty.  The fact that there is a
> > director from southern Africa also seems to be ignored, but enough
> > about that.
> >
> > I would rather celebrate the fact that there are now three ICANN
> > directors with African roots and two who actually live on the
> > continent!  AFAIK the highest number of Africans on the board at the
> > same time.
> >
> > I cannot comment about the SOIs received by the 2016 nominating
> > committee, however (having served on two ICANN nominating committees
> > and having pleaded, begged, asked and cajoled many fine people over
> > many years to submit SOIs) in the past there has been very limited
> > numbers of quality candidates from Africa.
> >
> > Now I live and work in Africa and there are many excellent people
> > who would be viable candidates for the ICANN board and would be
> > great assets if selected.  However getting them to submit SOIs is
> > the problem.
> >
> > Instead of complaining, I suggest we get out and start asking
> > quality candidates to submit SOIs for the 2017 Nomcom.
> >
> > Mike
> [...]
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