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[rpd] Board Election 2017: Final Candidate Slate

Mouhamet Diop mouhamet at
Mon May 22 16:54:17 UTC 2017

Agree 100%


2017-05-22 15:31 GMT+00:00 Bill Woodcock <woody at>:

> > On May 22, 2017, at 5:29 AM, Andrew Alston <Andrew.Alston at liquidtelecom.
> com> wrote:
> > We have a requirement that says that candidates must have participated
> in X number of meetings in X amount of time.  I would argue that the
> meetings do not lend themselves to the types of people you want running a
> company.    The types of people you want running a company have deep
> business experience and are in C level structures – the nature of AfriNIC
> meetings is that they are fundamentally technical .  That is not a bad
> thing and I think that the AfriNIC meetings are great – I just think that
> the participation requirements limit the TYPE of candidate we so
> desperately need.
> ARIN has now had four (I think) board members who had never attended a
> meeting before serving.  All relatively recently.
> While the theory of what you’re saying is sound, Andrew, I’d say that our
> industry has a vast amount of realm-specific knowledge needed to understand
> what’s going on and contribute usefully, and that need percolates
> surprisingly deeply into the decisions an RIR board needs to make.
> So, I think having one person on the board who has no prior RIR meetings
> or experience won’t do any harm, and they may contribute other strengths
> that are missing…  but any significant number of such people, and you won’t
> have the background necessary to understand the decisions in context.
> > Recognition of prior learning encompasses experience gained over the
> years and a variety of other factors.  I believe that there are many
> successful people who have risen to the top of their respective
> organizations and to the level where they have sufficient experience that
> can be proven and demonstrated to perform the function – and any
> restriction that limits the participation of such people would be counter
> productive.
> Yeah, that I agree with entirely.  I’ve served on boards with people who
> hadn’t completed high school, and they were just as effective as people
> with doctorates.  Academic experience is no predictor of business
> competence, and an RIR isn’t a university.
>                                 -Bill
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