[Community-Discuss] [members-discuss] Accountability assessment - bylaws changes

Mark Elkins mje at posix.co.za
Tue Oct 4 20:01:38 UTC 2016

On 04/10/2016 21:15, Arnaud AMELINA wrote:
> Would you please announce these new criteria of "useful skills" for
> prospective candidates and community to know?

I'd like to see a cross section of skills. That would include:

  * Technical (with respect to AFRINIC)
  * Law
  * Financial
  * Human Resource
  * Management/Board

There is nothing new about wanting these skills though. I was hoping
common sense would prevail.

> I suspect you must have
> some that you are using to find the suitable female candidates from each
> of the six afrinic regions.

Generally, if a woman is even moderately successful in the Internet
industry - she's probably got the skills we are looking for.

> How are you convincing people to nominate if they don't know the skills
> and expertise you need?

Personally - I hope they read the "job description" and are intelligent
enough to decide whether they would be useful or not.

> How balanced shall the gc be in terms of expertise?

That ultimately depends on whom is voted in by the membership.

> Regards
> Arnaud
> Le 4 oct. 2016 14:18, "Mark Elkins" <mje at posix.co.za
> <mailto:mje at posix.co.za>> a écrit :
>     Firstly everybody, the AFRINIC Governance Committee Nomination process
>     is due to close in one week.
>     To nominate yourself or a candidate of your choice, please complete
>     the nomination form at:
>     https://registration.afrinic.net/events/node/25/
>     <https://registration.afrinic.net/events/node/25/>
>     Nomination deadline is 11 October 2016 at 2000UTC
>     On 04/10/2016 12:50, Alan Barrett wrote:
>     > On 4 Oct 2016, at 14:32, Arnaud AMELINA <amelnaud at gmail.com
>     <mailto:amelnaud at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     >>
>     >> It appears to me that such a committee requires certain expertise
>     >> and skills just like board. For the board, the bylaws has some
>     >> criteria and allow nomcom to add others.
>     >
>     > Yes, NomCom may add criteria beyond what’s in the Governance
>     > Committee charter.  They appear to have decided not to do so.  I
>     > don’t know whether they had particular reasons, but somebody from
>     > NomCom is free to comment.
>     For now, NomCom is not imposing extra criteria to limit whom we accept
>     for Nomination. We would obviously like people with useful skills, etc.
>     Technically, asking for a Nominee to be nominated by two (different)
>     Members is an additional criteria - which however is becoming the norm.
>     >> And if there is no requirement, on what basis will nomcom  evaluate
>     >> the candidates? How will community comment on candidates during the
>     >> public comment? Or if there is no evaluation and  members decide by
>     >> mere vote,  what is the role  of nomcom?
>     NomCom collects the Nominees so the Membership can choose. We hope to
>     have more nominees than places but no more than a factor of between 2
>     and 3, ie we would like to present between 6 and 9 people for the
>     upcoming elections.
>     We collect nominees by posting on the usual lists and by explicitly
>     contacting people.
>     NomCom explicitly noted that the GC nominees should be both language and
>     gender diverse as well as geographically diverse. In order to achieve
>     this, NomCom has been reaching out to find at least one suitable female
>     candidate from each of the six AFRINIC regions.
>     We are otherwise guided by:
>         5.2.1. The AFRINIC Membership shall elect three (3) members of the
>         Governance Committee, using a procedure similar to that used for
>         election of Directors to the AFRINIC Board.
>     > NomCom’s role in Governance Committee elections is as similar as
>     > possible to their role in Board elections, as given in section 9 of
>     > the Bylaws.  They have significant freedom in how they perform their
>     > task.
>     >
>     > When commenting on the suitability of any nominee or candidate, I
>     > would hope that people consider the role of the Governanc Committee
>     > as given in its charter, and the person’s ability to perform in such
>     > a role.
>     >
>     > Alan Barrett
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Mark James ELKINS  -  Posix Systems - (South) Africa
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