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[rpd] Board Election 2017: Final Candidate Slate

Chevalier du Borg virtual.borg at
Mon May 22 15:01:58 UTC 2017

2017-05-22 15:39 GMT+04:00 Mark Elkins <mje at>:

> When I first became a Board Member of AFRINIC eighth or so years ago,
> there was a young lady from Kenya who also joined. She was fresh out of
> University and, as only two people volunteered for East Africa, and there
> were two places to fill, she got on. Never came to a meeting and met her
> only once at ICANN in Kenya.
> The Board eventually discarded her.
> Should NomCom have declined her and left a vacancy - probably not.

definitely yes. if you award a seat to the person who happens to be
available, don't be surprised at the result. sometime, it turns out quite
good (e.g. some PDP co-chairs of recence)

> Would that happen today - hope not.

and yet you have a revolve door of board member. perhap there need to be
term limit for board member. and perhap nomcom need more resource and time
to actually go out recrut good candidat.

> Generally speaking though, it takes a while to acquire Board, Management
> and Executive experience, which implies some sort of time (a number of
> years) has passed.

generally correct.

> I don't think I want to see old (aged) people on the board either - but
> age is a relative thing (65 is no longer quite so "old" to me :)

i borrow your phrase from last week: Bovine Excrement!  ---- i think i
prefer the real word in english.

> Some technical people on the Board does help - as this is a Technical
> Company. It also makes sense that the Directors generally understand the
> Business. Adiel also used me as a guinea pig for a number of technical
> things - e.g. E-Voting.

that just a bonus. but to be faire, if AFRINIC get into a situation where
it business model must change bigly to say along line of so entreprise
software, when that time come, technical skill in that area may be good
thing to have on board.

Borg le Chevalier
"Common sense is what tells us the world is flat"
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