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Announcing the Final Candidate Slates for the 2021 Board of Trustees Elections

On behalf of the 2020-2021 Nominations Committee, I am pleased to announce the final slates of candidates for the 2021 Internet Society Board of Trustees elections.

Chapters Election

As announced to this community on March 1, we received the required number of signatures in support of Glenn McKnight’s petition to stand as a candidate in the Chapters election. No other petitions were filed for the Chapters election. Therefore, the final slate for the Chapters Election is as follows:

  • Leiska Evanson
  • Luis Martinez
  • Glenn Carl McKnight
  • Rao Naveed Bin Rais
  • Muhammad Shabbir
  • Niels ten Oever

Chapter voters will elect one trustee in the 2021 election.

Separately, the Board, acting pursuant to its authority under Article II, Section 1(d), of the Internet Society By-Laws, has announced its intention to offer the runner-up in the Chapters Election a one-year appointment as trustee. This will restore the board to its usual complement of 12 voting members comprised of equal numbers from all three communities: Chapters, Organizational Members and the IETF. The number of voting members fell to 11 when Olga Cavalli resigned with one year remaining in her term.

Organizational Members Election

There were no successful petitions in the Organizational Members election, so Continue reading

Announcing the Candidate Slates for the 2021 Board of Trustees Elections

As Chair of the Internet Society Nominations Committee, I am pleased to announce the slates of candidates for the 2021 Board of Trustees elections. The candidates for each slate are listed below in alphabetical order by last name.

Chapters Election (one seat available)

  • Leiska Evanson
  • Luis Martinez
  • Rao Naveed Bin Rais
  • Muhammad Shabbir
  • Niels ten Oever

Organization Members Election (two seats available)

  • Paul Ebersman
  • Robert Pepper
  • Wei Wang
  • Heather West

Additional nominations for election to the Board of Trustees may be made by petition by the nominee, and filed with the Chair of the Nominations Committee using the online form available at the Petitions page:

The deadline for receipt of petition requests is 15:00 UTC on Friday, 26 February 2021. The deadline for petition signatures is Friday, 5 March 2021 at 15:00 UTC. The names of any successful petitioners will be placed on the ballot.

The final candidate slate will be announced on Monday, 8 March, and voting will open on Friday, 9 April.

Learn more about the candidates and the elections, including the petition process at:

The Committee thanks all of the nominees who expressed interest and willingness to serve on the Internet Continue reading

Nominations Now Open for 2021 Internet Society Board of Trustees Elections

The Internet Society Nominations Committee is now inviting nominations for candidates to serve on the Board of Trustees, effective at the start of the Annual General Meeting which is currently scheduled to be held 31 July-1 August 2021.
In 2020-2021, Organization Members and the IETF will each select two Trustees, and Chapters will select one Trustee. Following an orientation program, all new Trustees chosen by the IETF and Chapters will begin three-year terms commencing with the board’s Annual General Meeting. With respect to the two Organizational Members to be chosen, the candidate with the highest weighted vote count will be seated for a three-year term, while the candidate with the second highest weighted vote count will serve the final year of a three-year term initially served by a Trustee who resigned from the board in mid-term.
The Board of Trustees provides strategic direction, inspiration, and oversight to advance the Internet Society’s mission of preserving the open, globally-connected, trustworthy and secure Internet for everyone. Trustees also currently serve as members of the Internet Society Foundation’s board.
I encourage you and all of your community members to identify appropriate candidates for these positions. Further information regarding the positions, as Continue reading