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[rpd] Re: [members-discuss] Board Chair and Vice Chair

serge ilunga sergekbk at
Sat Jul 25 21:58:14 UTC 2015

Hello Andrew,

We are a community and each one of us can bring his stone to build it.

I humbly think that trust is critical to the survival of AfriNIC and the
events we have gone through last days has affected this critical pillar.

We don't have so much time to spend going back and forth on this but to
prevent community members being shouted down or misled, here is a comment :

A new board member can be as good or better chairs depending on their
involvement in Afrinic so suggesting an issue exists with appointing new
members as chairman is an attempt to exclude and create class structure
among board members .

Irrespective of what bylaws  say the board and it's chairs have oversight
of all committees and all deliberations in practice even if it's in a hands
off manner.

A sitting chairman with divided attention (board work and his election
campaign) cannot be better than a chairman focused on only board work.

It is constructive proposal to establish the governance committee and these
discussions further illustrate the need.

We can't sweep it away.

Kind Regards.

On Sat, Jul 25, 2015 at 1:52 PM, jnoulaye at <jnoulaye at>

> + 1 @ Andrew
> There can not be an overlap period or a vacant period. In addition to the
> explanations Andrew has given, the Board procedures avoid that.
> Warm regards,
> /Janvier Ngnoulaye
>   ------------------------------
>  *De :* Andrew Alston <Andrew.Alston at>
> *À :* serge ilunga <sergekbk at>; "jnoulaye at" <
> jnoulaye at>
> *Cc :* "members-discuss at" <members-discuss at>
> *Envoyé le :* Samedi 25 juillet 2015 8h03
> *Objet :* RE: [rpd] Re: [members-discuss] Board Chair and Vice Chair
>  Hi Serge,
> Just for the record, I am responding in my personal capacity here.
> Firstly, let me respond to the comments about continuity.  The chair of
> the board in a normal situation is there to chair the meetings, and is
> there to act as the voice of the board before the community.  Everything
> the chair knows is shared with the rest of the board, board meetings are
> minuted and the rotation of the board and the way we do it already provides
> continuity.  I would say that if we were to appoint a brand new member of
> the board as chair, there could be an issue, but providing that whoever is
> appointed chair has been on the board for a year or more, I fail to see the
> issue here, since each member of the board should be completed versed in
> the workings of the board.
> With regards to your second point about oversight on their own elections.
> This is actually fundamentally inaccurate.
> Firstly, the nominations are overseen by the nominations committee, which
> has a single board representative on the committee.  Under section 9.1 of
> the bylaws, no person who is domiciled in a region who’s seat is open for
> renewal or is a candidate for election is eligible for a seat on this
> committee.  As an example, using the sitting board members and the regions,
> by section 9.1 of the bylaws, no person in any country falling under the
> West Africa or North Africa regions (which include the chair and the vice
> chair), or anyone standing for an independent seat is eligible to be on the
> NomCom.
> Secondly, the elections are NOT overseen by the chair of the board.  The
> elections themselves are overseen by the Elections Committee, which
> comprises of staff members of AfriNIC as designated by the Chief Executive
> Officer (section 10 of the bylaws).  As such, the board has no role in the
> election committee, its composition or its function.
> Thanks
> Andrew
> *From:* rpd-bounces at [mailto:rpd-bounces at] *On
> Behalf Of *serge ilunga
> *Sent:* 24 July 2015 20:59
> *To:* jnoulaye at
> *Cc:* members-discuss at; Rpd List <rpd at>
> *Subject:* Re: [rpd] Re: [members-discuss] Board Chair and Vice Chair
>  Congratulations Chair and Vice chair.
> I would like to share with members some facts.
>  I've observed that both chairman and vice chairman's terms expire at
> same time that is next AGM in June 2016
> Though it may be unlikely that if none get reelected, common sense, good
> practice and Business Continuity would suggest different way where at least
> one of the two is on seat during  beyond June 2016.
> This also means that the chairs will have oversight of their own election
> raising more accountability challenges.
> In the recent discussion about how previous chair and vice got swapped
> during AFRINIC 21 ( November 2014), one of the reasons cited was for smooth
> transition.
> It now appears that this has not been followed and openining a door to
> not  following established principles .
> This might be a good reason to get the Governance Committee established to
> advise on such cases.
>  Kind Regards.
>  On Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 12:20 PM, jnoulaye at <jnoulaye at>
> wrote:
>   Congrats to the new Chair and  Vice-Chair.
>  You have our support.
>  Regards,
>  /Janvier Ngnoulaye
>    ------------------------------
>  *De :* Alan Barrett <alan.barrett at>
> *À :* members-discuss at
> *Envoyé le :* Vendredi 24 juillet 2015 11h08
> *Objet :* [members-discuss] Board Chair and Vice Chair
> Dear AFRINIC members and community,
> At a Board meeting on 22 July 2015, Sunday Folayan was elected as Chair,
> and Haitham El-Nakhal was elected Vice-Chair.  They will serve for one
> year terms.
> --
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