[At-Large] [EURO-Discuss] VOTE RESULTS: 2014 At-Large Board Director (Seat #15) Selection Process

Christian de Larrinaga cdel at firsthand.net
Sat Apr 5 07:45:21 UTC 2014

As somebody outside this box but keeping half an eye out I am intrigued
by some recent comments from past board, nomcom and others on the issues
as they see them today.  There is plenty of space where Internet users
of all sorts are unable to get their voice heard effectively. ICANN is
one place where this needs to be strengthened.

But I urge those involved to look deeper than technocratic methods such
as Nomcom, HR or systematic processes to explain why problems are coming
up for air again. These process techniques take as read the culture,
interests and remit of an organisation as it is now and tend to enhance
it in some form.  That is they reinforce existing structures and are not
effective or desirable levers to reform by themselves.

ICANN has a structural challenge in that its board is bottom up whilst
its management is top down. This is possibly why Karl proposes to remove
the CEO/President from the board. It is also why there is tension
between ICANN as a manager and ICANN as mainly a community of 
responsible organisations that manage Internet resources.

If you want change in a board you need to drive change from the board
and attract board members who direct rather than manage.  Is that what
ICANN as it is today wants? I wonder.

If intermediaries dominate the landscape at ICANN and many argue this is
now the case then how does ICANN function in the public interest? At
Large is one attempt in that direction. But in face of the NTIA
challenge can it be argued that ICANN is multi stakeholder in the sense
that it represents the broad public interest? In particular if one
focuses on the board in that specific context.

That seems a far deeper challenge than one you should delegate to HR as
an issue of "skillsets".



Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond wrote:
> Dear Wolfgang,
> thank you for this reminder of the history.
> I'd like to hear more from our Community on whether they think we should
> be pushing for a second director position now that we've had another
> successful round of selection of a Board Director.
> Fadi Chehadé mentioned today the Election in At-Large when speaking
> about the multi-stakeholder model at the Hudson Institute
> http://www.hudson.org/events/1144-the-future-of-internet-governance-a-discussion-with-icann-s-ceo-the-head-of-the-ntia-and-more42014
> Kind regards,
> Olivier
> On 30/03/2014 11:32, "Kleinwächter, Wolfgang" wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I also want to join the many thanks to Sebastian (great job), to Rinalia (great challenge) and Roberto and Tijani (well done). Nothing more to add what Veronica has said so nicely and well structured. 
>> I this context: Don´t forget the History. In the present NTIA transition discussion a lot of "orginal ideas" from 1998 are remembered. One orginal idea was to give the At Large Membership nine voting seats. Article V, Section 4 of the Orginal Bylaws (November 6, 1998) said in para. iv: "Nine (9) At Large Directors, selected pursuant to a process to be established by a majority vote of all the At Large Board members of the Initial Board". 
>> http://www.icann.org/en/about/governance/bylaws/bylaws-06nov98-en.htm#V
>> We know the history. Five voting directors were elected in 2000 for two years. In November 2001 the At Large Membership Committee, chaired by Carl Bildt, recommended the establishment of an At Large Supporting Organisation (ALSO) with the right to send six voting directors to the board. 
>> http://archive.icann.org/en/committees/at-large/final-report-05nov01.htm#_toc523422641
>> In 2002, as part of the general ICANN reform process the ideas of an At Large elections and the establishment of an ALSO with six regional councils were abolished and were substituted by an "At Large Advisory Committee" (ALAC) with five RALOs, a certification process for ALSs and the establishment of a NomCon which now sends eight directors to the board. The NomCom got five voting At Large Members. The chair of ALAC was invited to serve as a non-votong liaison in the Board (similar to the chair of the GAC). 
>> In the preparation for ATLAS I in Mexico in 2008 we were calling for two voting ALAC Board members. We got one. Now ATLAS II is at the horizon. We need a strong message from ATLAS II that the multistakeholder model - which is now under tough discussion and has to face its "moment of truth" - will work only, if you have a strong civil society role in policy development and decision making. 
>> Here we have to invest more how to do this and to go out of our silos both within the broader CS community (in particular with NCUC and NPOC) as well as in cross constituency communication, coordination and collaboration with  private sector, technical community and governments.   A big challenge. 
>> Wolfgang
>> wolfgang
>> ________________________________
>> Von: euro-discuss-bounces at atlarge-lists.icann.org im Auftrag von Veronica Cretu
>> Gesendet: Sa 29.03.2014 15:55
>> An: Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond
>> Cc: lac-discuss-en at atlarge-lists.icann.org; lac-discuss-es at atlarge-lists.icann.org; euro-discuss at atlarge-lists.icann.org; afri-discuss at atlarge-lists.icann.org; ALAC-Announce at atlarge-lists.icann.org; apac-discuss at atlarge-lists.icann.org; At-Large Worldwide; na-discuss at atlarge-lists.icann.org
>> Betreff: Re: [EURO-Discuss] [At-Large] VOTE RESULTS: 2014 At-Large Board Director (Seat #15) Selection Process
>> Dear colleagues, dear Olivier - thanks for this message and to echo and
>> build up on it, I would also like to:
>> - Thank *Sebastian* for the work done in his capacity as a member of the
>> Board and wish him success in the upcoming new roles and initiatives. We
>> all continue building on our previous experiences, so this process should
>> be a continuous exercise and include those who can learn from us - so, I am
>> sure Sebastian will find good ways to share the wealth of expertise gained
>> in his role as a Board member and continue serve the community in the best
>> possible ways.
>> - Congratulate *Rinalia* for being elected to the Board and wish her much
>> luck in this interesting, yet, challenging new role. These are important
>> times for ICANN which will require several key competences, and awareness
>> of geo-political realities in different parts of the world. I trust Rinalia
>> will be able to deliver on the expectations on the community-at-large.
>> - Thank *Roberto* for the wonderful leadership of the BCEC - it has been
>> for me, personally, a great experience. Like in any experience there are
>> always things to learn from and improve based on the input from members.
>> On this note, hope everyone attending ICANN 49 managed to return home safe
>> & sound, otherwise, wishing you safe travels back home!
>> With very best,
>> Veronica
>> On Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 1:20 AM, Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond <ocl at gih.com>wrote:
>>> Dear All,
>>> I wanted to extend my congratulations to Rinalia Abdul Rahim in what was
>>> a very balanced election that required many rounds to differentiate the
>>> candidates.
>>> Rinalia has been selected by our community to sit on the Board at a
>>> moment that is not only crucial for At-Large but also crucial for ICANN
>>> as a whole. She will take her seat at the 2014 ICANN Annual General
>>> Meeting - the last meeting of the year - which will take place in Los
>>> Angeles.
>>> Thanks to all of the candidates who have run for the position. It is
>>> through a wide candidate list that we can assure a wider choice of
>>> options for the future of our community.
>>> Thanks to Roberto Gaetano and the Board Candidate Evaluation Committee.
>>> Their work has been crucial in providing a first class short-list of
>>> candidates.
>>> Thanks to Tijani Ben Jemaa and the Board Member Selection Process
>>> Committee for their stewardship of a process that has been challenging
>>> due to the multiple instances of Ties.
>>> The work of these Committees is not over. They will analyse lessons
>>> learnt and work together to provide the ALAC with an updated set of
>>> recommendations to improve the selection process next time around.
>>> Finally, I would like to remind you that until the 2014 ICANN AGM, the
>>> Board Member selected by At-Large is Sébastien Bachollet and would like
>>> to reaffirm the full support of our community in the challenging months
>>> ahead of us. We are well aware that he is not on the Board to "represent
>>> us" but as a candidate from our community selected to the Board by our
>>> community, he has proven himself to share his experience of Internet End
>>> Users with his Board Colleagues and we are grateful of his continued
>>> involvement in all matters of ICANN.
>>> Kindest regards,
>>> Olivier MJ Crépin-Leblond
>>> ALAC Chair
>>> On 26/03/2014 15:06, ICANN At-Large Staff wrote:
>>>> Dear All,
>>>> Tijani Ben Jemaa, Chair of the Board Member Selection Process Committee
>>> (BMSPC) 2014, has asked that an announcement on the final vote results of
>>> the Board Director (Seat #15) selected by the ALAC/At-Large for 2015-2017
>>> (to take their seat at the 2014 AGM) be published.
>>>> This is to inform you that the 2014 At-Large Board Director (Seat #15)
>>> Selection Process was completed on 25-March-2014.
>>>> Below is the list of candidates (listed in alphabetical order of the
>>> family name) who ran for the position:
>>>>  *   Rinalia Abdul Rahim
>>>>  *   Sébastien Bachollet
>>>>  *   Alan Greenberg
>>>>  *   Evan Leibovitch
>>>>  *   Jean-Jacques Subrenat
>>>> After the FIRST ROUND VOTE and the SECOND ROUND's first vote, tie
>>> breaking vote, and second (final) vote, the candidate who is selected as
>>> the Board Director (Seat #15) by ALAC/At-Large for 2015-2017 is: Rinalia
>>> Abdul Rahim.
>>>> You may review the results, as well as the detailed information about
>>> the selection procedure, under: https://community.icann.org/x/WinRAg.
>>>> Regards,
>>>> Heidi Ullrich, Silvia Vivanco, Ariel Liang, Gisella Gruber, Nathalie
>>> Peregrine and Terri Agnew
>>>> ICANN Policy Staff in support of ALAC
>>>> E-mail: <mailto:staff at atlarge.icann.org%3cmailto:staff at atlarge.icann.org>
>>> staff at atlarge.icann.org
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