[AFRI-Discuss] [ALAC-Announce] ICANN News Alert -- ICANN 2014Nominating Committee Announces Selections

PETERS OMORAGBON petersomoragbon2 at yahoo.co.uk
Mon Aug 25 18:57:02 UTC 2014

Thank you Fatimatta for the trouble in explanation. How many of these selectee are involved with AFRALO?
That is the problem with Africans, we love to 'eat alone', always refusing to work in the collective.
So, if AFRALO would help any selectee, it must be those who have identified with AFRALO and supporting it.
Nonetheless,its a good advice to have a WG or Task force set up.

Pastor Peters Omoragbon. Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Executive President Nurses Across The Borders. Treasurer Central Association of Nigerians in the UK -CANUK. International Liaison Officer, Nigerian Nurses Charitable Association UK

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Subject: Re: [AFRI-Discuss] [ALAC-Announce] ICANN News Alert -- ICANN 2014Nominating Committee Announces Selections

Hello Seun, Peters and All,

The complaint is heard.  We do not have any NomCom selectee this year from our region and I understand the frustration we all have.

As Peters said it, Africa did not invent the internet and so did not other developing regions but we know how to become excellent in anything. Other developing regions went through years of learning and understanding the process and are succeeding in having nominees in ICANN high positions.  That is what I am suggesting and I concur with Seun here.  Let's see how we can compete better next time.  

Seun, the selection process is not simple.  First, for a specific position, we look at profiles and compare them. External experts proceed to analyze them. A very important part of the process is devoted to interviews of the shortlisted candidates.

What is required for each position is publicly known during the call for applications.  Each year, the profile the board or other positions are looking for  is different.

As I said earlier, our candidates' profiles were very good but they did not always apply for the position that was most suited to them, or they had problems answering questions during the interviews.

The answer to Seun's question about representation is Yes, the NOMCOM members consider geographic representation and also gender when doing their selection but not over quality.

Let me suggest here to AFRALO officers to have a permanent agenda item on this matter on every monthly meeting, starting next meeting.  This will allow us to further discuss this issue and set up a WG or Task force on outreach for more African NomCom selectees.

Again, thank you for your understanding and support.

Best regards,


2014-08-19 17:24 GMT+00:00 Peters Omoragbon <petersomoragbon2 at yahoo.co.uk>:

Thanks Fatimata,
I concur with Seun. Like every otter structure within ICANN , the NOMCOM should be regionally represented. By the way, when did Africa become internet reliant ? So using the same standard to evaluate qualification with those who invented and has been ahead for decades is just a way of giving a dog a bad name in order to hang it.
Africa should be represented and ICANN loses nothing therein.
So, I think the AFRALO secretariat should express our concerns please. We should not take every excuse for marginalizing a continent as valid and well intentioned.
Thank you.

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On 19 Aug 2014, at 11:03, Seun Ojedeji <seun.ojedeji at gmail.com> wrote:

Hello Madam Fatimata,

Thanks for the update. My may concern is to understand the specific reasons so that we can determine where the weaknesses are and why our applicant's application were not as best as others. I also believe that NOMCOM considers geographic representation when doing their selection right? 


On Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 5:25 PM, Fatimata Seye Sylla <fsylla at gmail.com> wrote:

Hello All,

As a NomCom 2014 member, I certify that Africa had 9 candidates over 58, 

8 applied for the Board
8 for GNSO
6 for ccNSO
0 for ALAC as there were no ALAC position open for Africa this year 
You can see that many applied for 2 to 3 positions.

I participated in the entire selection process and it was done in a very fair way. African candidates had a lot of potential but this time, they were not selected because they were not the best.
I will recommend that all of us start as soon as possible outreach activities to have more African candidates for 2015. 

I will make sure you get the information and I would even suggest that we create a small task force within AFRALO for that purpose.
Thanks for your understanding and support for more African representation in 2015.

Best regards,

2014-08-18 12:15 GMT+00:00 Seun Ojedeji <seun.ojedeji at gmail.com>:

+1 Peters, I really find it as a great concern. I think it's important to
know why this was so as I checked and found that there were indeed
nomination from Africa.


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On 18 Aug 2014 13:00, "peters omoragbon" <petersomoragbon2 at yahoo.co.uk>

> While congratulating all those nominated, it must however be noted that,
> of 5 Regions of the world, each had a representative except Africa while
> one region had two nominations.
> How representative could this result be?
> This negates the democratic credentials of ICANN, and a marginalization of
> the African Region and it is not late for a review and a candidate from
> amongst the Nine nominations receieved from Africa considered.
> If this is not possible we demand explanations.
> Thanks
>         * Pastor Peters OMORAGBON
>         * International Liaison Officer-Nigerian Nurses Charitable
> Association-UK (NNCA-UK)
>         * President Diaspora Nurses Association of Nigeria-DNAN
>         * Executive President/CEO
> Nurses Across the Borders Humanitarian Initiative-Inc.-(Nigeria & U.S.A)
> An NGO On Special Consultative Status with The Economic and Social Council
> of the United Nations-(ECOSOC)
>         * Designated Focal Person,United Nations Framework Convention on
> Climate Change (UNFCCC)
>         * Board Member, Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship
> with the United Nations-CONGO
>         * Member, Steering Committee, Regional Committee for Africa-CONGO
>         * Fellow, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers-ICANN
>         * Fellow, Open Society Institute-OSI Budapest
>         * Email:nursesacrosstheborders at yahoo.com
>         * Facebook: Peters Omoragbon.
>         * Skype: Petersomoragbon2
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> On Monday, 18 August 2014, 5:22, ICANN At-Large Staff <
> staff at atlarge.icann.org> wrote:
> ICANN News Alert
> News Alert
> https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-08-15-en
> ________________________________
> ICANN 2014 Nominating Committee Announces Selections
> 15 August 2014
> The ICANN 2014 Nominating Committee (NomCom) has completed its selections
> for six leadership positions within ICANN, listed below for each ICANN
> body, in alphabetical order by family name:
> ICANN Board of Directors
> Steve Crocker
> North America
> Asha Hemrajani
> Asia/Australia/
> Pacific Islands
> Alan Greenberg
> North America
> Jimmy Schulz
> Europe
> ccNSO Council
> Ching Chiao
> Asia/Australia/
> Pacific Islands
> GNSO Council
> Carlos Raul Gutierrez
> Latin America/
> Caribbean Islands
> Those selected will take up their positions after the end of ICANN's
> Annual General Meeting, which will take place during the ICANN Public
> meeting scheduled for October 12 - 16, 2014, in Los Angeles, California,
> USA.
> The NomCom is charged with recruiting and selecting a portion of ICANN's
> leadership. The NomCom is mandated to ensure that ICANN's overall
> leadership is diverse in geography, culture, skills, experience, and
> perspective. The basic criteria is that selectees are people of integrity,
> objectivity and sound judgment, can support decision-making within groups,
> can work effectively in English, have an understanding of ICANN's mission
> and operation, are committed to its success, experienced in world affairs,
> contribute to cultural, professional and geographic expertise, and can work
> long and hard, generally as volunteers, in the global public trust.
> Balancing Confidentiality with Transparency
> Discussing the 2014 Nominating Committee results, Cheryl Langdon-Orr, the
> Chair of the 2014 NomCom, shared the following:
> "It is with great pleasure that I can today report, to the ICANN Community
> on behalf of the highly collegiate, effective and efficient 2014 Nominating
> Committee, that during our recent meeting in London, United Kingdom, held
> at the conclusion of the ICANN #50 Meeting, we reached unanimous agreement
> on the final slate of selectees for the leadership roles we appointed this
> year.
> >These six extraordinary leaders were from the 58 exceptionally high
> quality Statements of Interest that were received and fully completed in
> the extremely short (less than 60 days) application process. This year the
> application process itself was completely overhauled and a new online (wiki
> based) system developed by the 2014 Nominating Committee was piloted. We
> also continued to build on the changes seen from last year's NomCom
> relating to greater transparency and accountability, by having more open
> meetings, regular reporting to the community throughout the process and we
> hope developing greater trust and understanding of what ICANN's NomCom
> does. In our public meeting during ICANN 51 in Los Angeles we will deliver
> a full and comprehensive report and we look forward to having more
> community feedback and interaction then."
> Regional Breakdown
> As noted above, the 2014 NomCom received 58 Statements of Interest from
> candidates all over the world (12 female and 46 male), during its open
> nomination period from 31 January 2014 to 1 April 2014.
> The regional breakdown of this year's candidates is:
> 9 from Africa
> >22 from Asia/Australia/Pacific Islands
> >12 from Europe
> >3 from Latin America/Caribbean Islands
> >12 from North America
> For more information about the NomCom, please visit
> http://nomcom.icann.org/
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