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[rpd] Board Composition

Christian Ahiauzu christian.ahiauzu at
Tue May 10 03:46:00 UTC 2016

Hello Owen, all.

What has kept me bothered as I scroll through the contributions on this
issue are;

1. How many organisations make up AfriNIC? The number is large. Why should
just a single organisation out of the lot end up having two slots in the

2. Are we saying that, based on the contributions so far, even if an
organisation seeks up to four (4) seats in the board, it is OK.?

3. Why did AfriNIC consider regional representation in the board, but
remain silent on organisational representation. As at this moment, regions
are singly represented. Why does this not apply also to organisations in
the bylaws.

My big issue is that if "two" from one organisation is not checked, how
will "four" from one organisation be checked. Hope we don't get there
before realising what situation we find ourselves.

On May 3, 2016 4:41 PM, "Owen DeLong" <owen at> wrote:

> It has come to my attention that Mike Silber is running for the
> independent seat that is opening on the AfriNIC board in the next election.
> While I consider Mike to be an excellent candidate and believe he would be
> a true asset to the AfriNIC board, I have a concern that I must express.
> This concern has nothing to do with Mike himself, but rather is a concern
> about organizational structure.
> There are only 8 elected members of the AfriNIC board. If Mike Silber is
> elected, then 25% of the elected board seats would be held by employees of
> Liquid Telecom. 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 Liquid 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 board has tremendous authority and responsibility within the AfriNIC
> organization. As such, I think it is important to consider these generic
> structural issues seriously, no matter how much we may like and admire the
> candidates in question.
> Again, this is not personal. If it were, I’d be endorsing Mike rather than
> calling his candidacy into question. However, from a structural
> perspective, I think it is important that the community at least consider
> the issue.
> Owen
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