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[rpd] Board Composition

Owen DeLong owen at
Wed May 4 17:54:30 UTC 2016

Yes, Mark, that!! Thank you!!


> On May 3, 2016, at 22:50 , Mark Tinka <mark.tinka at> wrote:
> On 4/May/16 00:50, Dr Paulos Nyirenda wrote:
>> Owen's concerns on organizational structure are valid and there is need to look out for
>> and to avoid possibility capture of AFRINIC by a company, or as I  additionally stated
>> about a year ago, by a geographic region or country.
>> I got crucified for making those remarks during the last and similar AFRINIC elections a
>> year ago. It is not enough to say that voters will be able to see it and vote wisely, it
>> does not happen especially if those twisting the facts, as here, have enough resources
>> to distort the picture.
>> The concern here is genuine in addition to other conflicts of interest involving ICANN
>> etc that others have mentioned.
>> NOMCOM needs to do the right thing this time around, even if NOMCOM is under sympathetic
>> leadership, we need to grow up.
> I think what Owen has done is provide a practical illustration of what
> could be a potential structural issue. It's easier to consider a
> position when live examples are present, but that's all it was, an example.
> What we should be discussing is not the specific candidate(s) in
> question that represent the same organization, but rather, whether we
> need to deliberately manage situations that opportune such a position in
> our board and community.
> Even if it's not explicitly or implicitly allowed/disallowed in the
> bylaws, I think as a matter of culture, I would be concerned with a
> single company having multiple representatives on the board, regardless
> of their qualifications or abilities to lead. Previous and ongoing posts
> on this subject are evidence of how complicated things can quickly
> become, despite any good intentions or otherwise. I posit that we could
> do without the distraction.
> I think we need to seriously look at this, objectively. The people and
> organizations in question is irrelevant - it could be anyone.
> Mark.

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