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[rpd] Board Composition

Owen DeLong owen at
Wed May 4 18:01:39 UTC 2016

> On May 4, 2016, at 08:54 , sm+afrinic at wrote:
> Hi Owen,
> At 08:36 03-05-2016, Owen DeLong wrote:
>> There are only 8 elected members of the AfriNIC board. If [removed] is elected, then 25% of the elected board seats would be held by employees of [removed]. Personally, I do not feel that the board can properly represent the diversity of the AfriNIC community if we allow multiple board seats to be held by representatives from the same organization. While I do not believe that [removed] has any sort of goal of organizational capture or any nefarious intent whatsoever, the reality is that if this is allowed, then it does create the possibility for some other organization to achieve a form of organizational capture.
> The Members of the Board of AfriNIC Ltd are elected by the members of AfriNIC Ltd.  Using the words "AfriNIC community" fuels the confusion between AfriNIC Ltd membership and AfriNIC community.
> The composition of the Board of AfriNIC Ltd is divided along geographical boundaries.  The bylaws do not limit of the number of Board members who may be employees or be affiliated with an organization.
> Regards,
> S. Moonesamy 

SM, while what you have said about AfriNIC Ltd (CORP) vs. AfriNIC community (COMMUNITY)is true, I used the terms I used carefully, advisedly, and intentionally.

While the board is ELECTED by the members of CORP, they are elected to serve the members of COMMUNITY.

Note that I did not discuss who elects the board, but rather the purpose and service intent of the board. In that case, the COMMUNITY is the relevant body, not merely the electors (CORP).

I’m sorry if anyone was confused by this. Personally I tend to doubt it as I suspect most people understand the distinction and are capable of sorting out the difference between the electors and those served.


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