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2016 Board of Trustees Elections

Trustee Elections

Calling Internet Leaders!

The Internet Society (ISOC) Board of Trustees provides strategic direction, inspiration, and oversight to advance the organization’s mission of preserving the open, global Internet.

The Internet Society’s by-laws specify that four Trustees are to be selected by Organization members, Chapters, and the IETF. Based on a rotating schedule, in 2016, Organization members will elect two Trustees; Chapters will elect one Trustee, and the IETF will select one Trustee. Following an orientation program, all new Trustees will begin 3-year terms commencing with the Annual General Meeting in mid-year 2016.

The Role of Individual Trustees
  • Become familiar with the many complex technology, policy and development issues we face;
  • Bring diverse professional backgrounds and regional perspectives to board deliberations;
  • Attend board meetings* (three per year) and strategic planning retreats (one per year);
  • Volunteer to lead or serve on one or more committees of the board;
  • Participate in board conference calls (three to four 2-hour calls per year); and
  • Participate in online board discussions, polls and surveys as required.

*The board attempts to reduce Trustee travel and time away from home by co-locating one of its meetings each year with an IETF meeting and one with an ICANN meeting. The other board meeting is typically co-located with an Internet Society meeting or event.  Reimbursement for travel to board meetings and retreats is provided to Trustees who request it. The Internet Society does not provide other compensation for board service.

Elections Timetable

  • Call for Nominations opens: Monday, 19 October 2015
  • Nominations period closes: Monday, 21 December 2015 at 15:00 UTC
  • Nominations Committee deliberations end: Friday, 12 February 2016
  • Candidates announced. Petitions period opens: Friday, 19 February 2016
  • Petitions period closes: Friday, 4 March 2016 at 15:00 UTC — extended to Monday, 7 March 2016 at 15:00 UTC 
  • Final candidate slate announced: Wednesday, 9 March 2016
  • Election eligibility cut-off date: Thursday, 17 March 2016
  • Elections start date: Ballots posted, Voting opens: Monday, 21 March 2016
  • Voting closes. Ballots counted: Wednesday, 20 April 2016 at 15:00 UTC
  • Certification of election & publication of provisional results. Challenge period opens: Monday, 25 April 2016
  • Challenge period closes:  Monday, 2 May 2016 at 15:00 UTC
  • Challenge response period ends. Results finalized and announced: Monday, 9 May 2016

2015-2016 Nominations & Elections Committees

Nominations Committee

Narelle Clark, Chair

Kathy Brown (ex-officio)
Keith Davidson
Gihan Dias
Hiroshi Esaki
Dave Farber
Jason Livingood
Scott Mansfield

Elections Committee

Hans Peter Dittler, Chair

Kathy Brown (ex-officio)
Alice Munyua
Tero Mustala
Kris Seeburn
Sean Turner

2016 Nominees

The slate of nominees for the 2016 ISOC Board of Trustees election, as recommended by the Nominations Committee is:

Additional nominations for election to the Board of Trustees may be made by petition.

Who can take part in the election

Internet Society Board of Trustees are currently elected or appointed by various communities, namely Internet Society Organizational Members, Internet Society Chapters, and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Find out more about who can vote in the Board of Trustee Elections.

Candidate Forums on Connect

To facilitate dialogue between Chapter Leaders, Organization Members and candidates for their respective elections, the Elections Committee is again offering Candidate Forums on the ISOC Connect platform. The Forums enable candidates to post election statements, and to answer your questions.

Chapter Leaders and Organization Members can subscribe to the Forum for their respective community by clicking on the link provided to them in a March 10 or 11 email from Hans Peter Dittler with the subject line “Invitation to join ISOC Candidate Forum for Chapters on Connect” or “Invitation to join ISOC Candidate Forum for Organization Members on Connect”. Chapter Leaders and Organization Members can find the message in their email inboxes or their “Message Inbox” in Connect.

Chapter Leaders and Organization Members who do not find the email providing the link, or who experience difficulty accessing the Forum should contact elections@isoc.org. A new email with link or other help will be provided.

2016 Election Results

Final results of the 2016 selections to the Internet Society Board of Trustees:

  • Desiree Miloshevic has been re-elected to the board by Organizational Members,
  • Harish Pillay has been elected to the board by Organizational Members,
  • Olga Cavalli has been elected to the board by Chapters, and
  • The Internet Architecture Board (IAB) has selected, and the IETF has confirmed, Richard Barnes to serve as Internet Society trustee, following the process documented in RFC 3677.

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