[Community-Discuss] Accountability assessment - quorum

Andrew Alston Andrew.Alston at liquidtelecom.com
Fri Sep 30 14:20:44 UTC 2016


Sorry – but speaking as a member, and wearing my Liquid Telecom hat – I must respectfully disagree with you in the strongest terms.

It may at times be the CEO’s job to gauge consensus – that does not mean he has to build it.  However, in a case such as this – these are bylaw changes – he is free to have an opinion as is any member of this community.  He is also free to voice that opinion.  As a paying member – I will say that I VALUE the opinion of the CEO – if I do not know what the CEO is thinking, how can I as a member gauge what I like and what I don’t?  How can I as a member engage an organization who has a CEO that is gagged and unable to communicate to the paying members on his views and opinions.

So as a member – I want to hear what he has to say – I value his opinion – and I think that restricting him from using his voice and sharing his opinions is to throw away valuable views and guidance which can assist us.

Again – I strongly disagree with your sentiments as stated below.

Andrew Alston
Liquid Telecommunications – Group Head of IP Strategy

From: Arnaud AMELINA <amelnaud at gmail.com>
Date: Friday, 30 September 2016 at 17:09
To: Alan Barrett <alan.barrett at afrinic.net>
Cc: General Discussions of AFRINIC <community-discuss at afrinic.net>
Subject: Re: [Community-Discuss] Accountability assessment - quorum

Dear CEO, we appreciate  your contributions and clarification. However we would like to remind you that your position does not allow you to make decisions unilaterally, or to intervene in favor of options or proposals. Good governance require you to remain neutral as you are the one in charge of building consensus.



Le 30 sept. 2016 12:25, "Alan Barrett" <alan.barrett at afrinic.net<mailto:alan.barrett at afrinic.net>> a écrit :
Hi Ashok,

> On 30 Sep 2016, at 15:27, Ashok Radhakissoon <ashok at afrinic.net<mailto:ashok at afrinic.net>> wrote:
> Dear Alan,
> I am only replying to you on this as I advise the Board only.It is only during an AGMM, when called upon, that i intervene.

Actually, you replied to the mailing list, but no harm done.  I am also replying to the mailing list, and I have asked for the mailing list configuration to be changed so that it does not automatically add a “Reply-To” header in future.

> You are right in stating that the Company's Act takes precedence over the bylaws.
> I recall that after the Cairo election, the Community felt that bringing a substantial number of proxies especially from a particular region where AFRINIC membership was dense could not from a "community " perspective give the best representation for the Africa regions.This is why the limitation of the number of proxies was introduced and voted by the community.
> This provision of the bylaws would in no way withstand legal challenge as suggested by
> Andrew.

Thank you for the advice.  I suggest that the limit on pnumber of proxies should be removed.

Alan Barrett

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