SEEDIG Executive Committee: Partial elections 2021
In line with the community-approved Terms of Reference for the Executive Committee (ToR), a partial election process is initiated for two seats on the Executive Committee.
SEEDIG community members who meet the eligibility criteria (as per the ToR), including the two Executive Committee members whose terms are expiring, are eligible for election for the two seats.
This page is dedicated to the election process and will be updated as the process unfolds with all relevant information.
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The Election Committee has decided to use the Article 6.30. from the ToR: ‘Depending on the number of available seats, the candidates receiving most votes during the voting process shall become members of the executive committee, provided that the diversity criteria mentioned in Art. 3.2 are met. If this is the case, the election committee will so announce while making available the results provided in Art. 6.29, which shall be deemed as final election results.’ As such, the two nominees – Liljana Pecova, Civil society | North Macedonia and Bogdan Banjac, Government | Serbia – become members of the SEEDIG Executive Committee for a two-year mandate.
The Election Committee communicated the voting results and its proposal for two new Executive Committee members on 5 March 2021 and its final decisions to the SEEDIG community via the SEEDIG mailing list on 16 March 2021.
* The following countries/territories are at least occasionally represented in SEEDIG activities and can be considered part of South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Kosovo*, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey and Ukraine.
List of nominations
In line with Art.6 Section F of the ToR, this space will contain information about nominations that meet the eligibility criteria. The nominees will be listed in chronological order, by the date their nominations are received .
For each eligible nominee, the following information will be provided:
- The nomination form
- A candidate statement, outlining the candidate’s vision for SEEDIG over the following two years, as well as their expected contribution to achieving SEEDIG’s objectives
- A transparency statement, containing information about the Internet governance processes and/or organisations the candidate is involved with, on a voluntary and/or paid basis, as well as the nature of this involvement
1. Bogdan Banjac | Government | Serbia
Organisation: Commissioner for Protection of Equality of Serbia
Stakeholder group: Government
Country of origin: Serbia | Country of residence: Serbia
Age range: 18 and 35
Motivation: I met Bogdan during SIDI 2019 in Bucharest, Romania. He always made on point contributions, was very active during discussions and had quite interesting perspectives to share. Later, during Summer 2020, he was a member of the regional group of experts working on the SEEDIG intersessional project on COVID-19 tracking apps. Bogdan was highly invested in the project, provided inputs from Bulgaria and Serbia, contributed to the drafting of the final recommendations report. In addition, Bogdan actively participated in SEEDIG6. That said, to my mind, Bodgan is an excellent candidate for ExeCom as he is diligent, hard working, and responsible. What is more, he has a profound understanding of the region as while he is from Serbia, he studied in Armenia and Georgia, has connections in many countries in the region. Furthermore, he represents a unique perspective on IG issues. In short, I nominate Bogdan as I believe that his contributions will be invaluable for the bigger SEEDIG community.
Nominator: Meri Baghdasaryan | LL.M candidate, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School | Armenia/USA | Civil society
I graduated from University of Belgrade Faculty of Law and Master Programme for Human rights and Democratization of Yerevan state University and Tbilisi state University. After graduation I started working as a Legal associate professional after which I assumed an Advisor position at the service of the Commissioner for Protection of Equality of Serbia. Also, I am the moderator of EQUINET’s (European Network of Equality Bodies) Working Group for Research and Data Collection.
My involvement with SEEDIG started with participation in SIDI Winter School in 2019, where I was acquainted with objectives and mission of the community, as well as its principles. Following participation in the Winter School, I became a member of the Working group created for the purpose of development of Recommendations for governments / public health authorities and developers regarding a human rights-based approach to design and deployment of COVID-19 tracking apps. Finally, I participated in SEEDIG 6.
Having in mind my background in Human Rights, my vision for SEEDIG entails fostering and advancing the multi-stakeholder approach to growing challenges in the area of Internet Governance in terms of issues ranging from cyber-security to hate-speech and artificial intelligence. I believe that my experience and expertise as well as organizational capabilities would be beneficial to the work of the Community. It would be fair to say that SEEDIG is already the most prominent platform in this part of Europe that gathers a broad range of stakeholders. Therefore, I maintain that the job of every member of the Executive Committee is primarily to preserve its status and subsequently build further on those fundations toward expanding the Community and increase the involvement of its current members.
Advisor at the Commissioner for Protection of Equality of Serbia – The Commissioner for Protection of Equality is an independent, autonomous and specialized state authority established on the basis of the Law on Prohibition of Discrimination. The Commissioner for Protection of Equality is competent to carry out the procedure based on complaints in cases of discrimination against persons or groups of persons connected by the same personal characteristic. The Commissioner is competent to receive and consider complaints of discrimination, to issue opinions and recommendations in concrete discrimination cases, and to stipulate measures defined by the Law.
Volunteer at Artificial Intelligence 4 Development Agency. My duties include Research of the Social impact of AI.
Organisation: STEM Society, Executive Director
Stakeholder group: Civil society
Country of origin: Armenia | Country of residence: Armenia
Age range: 36 and 55
Motivation: I believe that possess necessary management, educational and outreach related skills needed to fulfill the responsibilities of the Executive Committee member of SEEDIG, and further that I have an existing and proven record for successful engagement with regional stakeholders, that is the key to success for anyone in this role.
Since 2009 I have been engaged in Internet Governance initiatives at national and regional level through the Council of Europe, European Dialog on Internet Governance (EuroDIG), ICANN and other organizations and networks. I was invited as an expert to the EuroDIG and was a panelist, session moderator and rapporteur in 7 forums across Europe (Madrid, Stockholm, Berlin, Sofia, Brussels, Tallinn, Trieste-virtual), scrutinising digital citizenship, digital media literacy, youth well-being and safety in digital environments.
Over the last decade I have consulted stakeholders from academia, civil society and government on Internet policy issues and participated in drafting Internet-related policy papers. Therefore, I believe that my experience in successful outreach and engagement programs within this target region, along with my knowledge and skill sets in ICT, Internet Governance and related matters can serve the interests of SEEDIG and the community, in furthering and helping to achieve its mission and objectives.
Nominator: Self nomination
I. Have you actively participated in SEEDIG activities? If so, what activities, and what was your involvement?
•I have participated in SEEDIG activities since its creation. I wrote to the SEEDIG mailing list regularly and sent proposals about how SEEDIG’s efficiency and effective work can be improved.
II. What works well with SEEDIG and what needs improvement?
•Strengthened participation from the community can greatly contribute to the SEEDIG’s growth.
III. How can SEEDIG be strengthened in the short run? How about medium and long run? If elected as Executive Committee member, how do you expect to contribute to achieving SEEDIG’s objectives?
For a two-year term I propose:
•Grow SEEDIG (in terms of participating individuals, engaged organizations).
•Build new and effective partnerships with interested organizations;
•Strengthen SEEDIG’s intersessional activities;
•Beyond being a dialog forum, become a place, where the best IG practices can be shared, learned and diffused;
•Develop and implement SEEDIG Educational Projects aimed to build the capacity of young people and adults in South Eastern Europe and the neighboring area, raise awareness of Internet governance issues among them;
•Improve SEEDIG’s outreach to national governments.
IV. What expertise and experience do you bring to the Committee, and how do you intend to use it?
• Experience designing and conducting research, surveys, interviews;
• Professionalism and experience in translating academic research findings into practical advice and writing
briefs targeted at non-academic audiences;
• Excellent skills in drafting analytical reports ; collecting, reviewing and presenting good practices;
synthesising existing evidence into briefs and practical guidance;
• An ability to provide thematic expertise related to the above mentioned areas and sub-areas;
• Strong and successful experience in drafting concept notes and programmes, preparation of project
activities (working/expert group meetings, workshops), giving presentations, moderating sessions, providing
training, reporting on the results, which may be organised as physical or online meetings.
• Proven abilities in working efficiently in a multicultural environment.
• Prior (existing) international work experience.
• The required and preferred levels of education for the role.
ISOC Next Generation Leader. Observing individual member of EURALO, served as Mentor and Coach of At-Large Community Members. Member of IGF Dynamic Coalitions.
3. Ucha Seturi | Private sector | Georgia
Organisation: Small&Medium Telecom Operators Association of Georgia
Stakeholder group: Private sector
Country of origin: Georgia| Country of residence: Georgia
Age range: 36 and 55
Motivation: As a chair of SME’s ISP’s I think that my partisipation will be meaningful for a other stakeholders and for the agenda
Nominator: Self nomination
As a eastern European country – Georgia’s citizen all challenges of the SEE region is extremely important for us and from other side as a post Soviet country (with other ones ) we have also some specific points and issues so think that my partisipation will bring a voice of this reality is the SEE DIG family so for me this platform is a border and specific space for exchanging experience and region and country specific information and etc. Georgia has DCFTA with EU (association and harmonization agreement with EU) so as a media law lecturer of Tbilisi state university, private sector lawyer and chair of SME’s Association fully participate in all changes and commandments of this process last 10 years in PDP, Info Sec and cyber security , IP, E-Commerce, AI and machine learning, FoI and Freedom of expression fields. In other hand last five years partisipation in See DIG as a participant and as a speaker, and think we need more stakeholders from Caucasus, Ukraine and Belarus and Moldova.
First of all participate in IGF MAG as a second time member , Coordinating National IGF and NOG for last five years, and also Georgian Highlands Community Network Projects and also Georgia IXP project (Coordinator in both projects) and in all this activities fully volunteering. On paid basic I participate in Telecom Operators Association (Chair), Noncommercial unity of Telecom operators of Georgia for infrastructure sharing (Chair), Media and new technologies law lecturer in Tbilisi State University (almost volunteering 🙂 ) and attorney at law in Administrative and Civil Law (last twenty years).
4. Liljana Pecova | Civil society | North Macedonia
Organisation: IMPETUS/CSO – Program director for privacy and internet
Stakeholder group: Civil society
Country of origin: North Macedonia| Country of residence: North Macedonia
Age range: 36 and 55
Motivation: M.Sc. Liljana Pecova – Ilieska is the founder of IMPETUS – Centre for Internet, Development
and Good Governance. She has long-term working experience in the security sector and data protection. She is part of the start-up community in the country and pays specific attention to bring forward innovative models for business and operations. She works in the sphere of adult education, building capacities, training need assessment, research, analysis, and evaluation. Latest working experiences has brought numerous workshops with the media
upgrading their capacity in the area of using internet and online publishing. She has been engaged to draft the first Codex for journalists when reporting about child victims/perpetrators. She is now part of the Working group for drafting the Guide for media for
online publishing. Pecova – Ilieska is a certified trainer for adults and is a member of the Complaints Commission at the Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia. Very active in the country about the pressing issues in cyber security, disinformation and privacy. Recognized in the country for the data protection advocacy and until recent a contributor to the SEEDIG Newsletter. Supporting the multi-stakeholder approach and inclusion/diversity.
Nominator: Self nomination
I have been active in SEEDIG as a supporter and contributor in the last 5 years, following the topics that I am also working in-country. SEEDIG has faced with lots of challenges, but I do feel that the community has great understanding of the global changes we are also facing. I see SEEDIG as a regional agent of change that shall foster the growth of the community and community standards, respecting each other and involving as much as possible different aspects/persons/organizations as a point of the multi-stakeholder approach. I do believe we all share the same values and principles and strive towards change for good and prosperity, facilitating the digitalization processes and respecting human rights. Strong connection should be paid towards different regions and countries and legislative mechanisms, but SEEDIG community is here to share valuable force to raise the issues of having the tech for good.
I am involved in the capacity building of education sector and Parliament office for Data Protection and Privacy, as well in the Self-Regulatory body for media. I am also a researcher on the cyber infrastructure in the country, following the children’s rights in online/cyber violence, helping the SOS Village for kids, and La Strada – Open Gate for trafficking in children, exploitations of children online. As IMPETUS – we are part of the network for safe kids and contributing to the UN report of the rights of the child.
5. Albana Karapanço | Government | Albania
Organisation: Advisor to the Minister of Finance and Economy, Lead Fellow at Albanian American Development Foundation, Doctoral Candidate at Central European University, Lecturer at Faculty of Law Tirana
Stakeholder group: Government
Country of origin: Albania | Country of residence: Albania
Age range: 18 and 35
Motivation: I currently serve full-time as an Advisor to the Minister of Finance and Economy in Albania, particularly on EU integration legal matters. This position is part of a leadership program in Albania, Lead Albania – a fellowship program similar to the White House Fellows Program. Concomitantly, I am completing my doctoral degree in International Business Law at Central European University (CEU), Budapest, Hungary, focused on the secured transactions law reform. Additionally, I teach Albanian Company Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Tirana. Since May 2013, I am an Advocate near the National Chamber of Advocates in Tirana. My professional experience includes several years of work in the legal departments of financial institutions in Albania.
As part of my work, I am involved with the e-commerce framework. Given that Covid-19 has pushed forward for the digitalization of the Albanian economy, e-commerce has emerged as a key growth opportunity for the country. Considerable efforts are put into the sector.
I heard for the first time about SEEDIG from ICANN staff during my participation as a speaker in the Internet Governance Forum held in Warsaw, Poland in 2017. As a result, I joint the community immediately and I have contributed whenever has been possible. I strongly believe in the very idea of this initiative and the difference it can make in the region and this is the main reason I am submitting this application.
Considering my professional and academic profile, I think that I can substantially contribute to the work of Executive Committee.
Nominator: Self nomination
SEEDIG is a great initiative focusing on a region and countries, where mostly change has never been a smooth path. As such, internet and digital policy issues are not an exception. It is precisely in this context that the SEEDIG challenge and importance lies. So far, my involvement with SEEDIG includes topics proposal, comments on circulating draft documents, responsiveness to several processes. I think that SEEDIG work over these years must be congratulated. SEEDIG has the potential to become a decisive forum and broadly influence policy-making in the region. Based on what I have followed particularly over the last year, there is a need to strengthen the collaboration spirit and enhance the participation. For this reason, each of us has the responsibility to spread the word about SEEDIG and its work. With my expertise as a business lawyer, lecturer and as an advisor in a Ministry, I will firstly contribute with a national insight. In a medium and long run, SEEDIG must consider cross-sectorial collaboration and contribution to national stakeholders.
- Speaker at the Central European Internet Governance Forum 2017- Participated as speaker in the panel “Digital transformation of services over a
decentralized Internet: the case of financial services and new technologies,”, a panel
representing the Hírközlési és Informatikai Tudományos Egyesület (Scientific Association
for Infocommunications Hungary)
Research interest on digital financial services as part of my doctoral thesis
As per the ToR, nationals and/or residents of countries in South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area who are members of the dedicated SEEDIG mailing list at the date when the election cycle starts are entitled to vote, and shall be considered voting members of the SEEDIG community.
The ToR provides that a list of voting members is distributed via the SEEDIG mailing list and published on the SEEDIG website, at least one week before the start of the voting period.To assist the Election Committee in compiling the list of individuals with voting rights, members of the SEEDIG community are invited to:
- Determine whether they meet the above criteria for voting members; and, if they do,
- Register for voting via an online form.
The information provided during the registration process will be used by the Election Committee to distribute voting ballots.
Register to vote
Are you a voting member of the SEEDIG community? Make sure you have a say in deciding who will serve on the Executive Committee. Register by 18 February 2021.Registration form (Closed)
This list includes voting members who register within the indicated timeline and who agree with having their names included in the public list.
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The total number of registered voting members is 50 (on 18th February 2021).
Election guidelines & FAQs
The Executive Committee is the body responsible for coordinating the SEEDIG process, which includes SEEDIG annual meetings and the related preparatory steps, as well as intersessional activities.
The duties of the Executive Committee are outlined in the body’s Terms of Reference (ToR):
✔️ Coordinating the preparatory process for SEEDIG annual meetings, including, but not limited to, logistics (including location and relations with the host entity), finances, programme planning, and reporting.
✔️ Attending SEEDIG annual meetings and coordinating logistics on site, together with the host.
✔️ Coordinating the planning and execution of SEEDIG intersessional activities.
✔️ Managing SEEDIG finances, and actively exploring new sponsorship opportunities for SEEDIG.
✔️ Managing SEEDIG’s communication tools (website, social media channels, etc.) and ensuring they are kept up to date with information regarding the SEEDIG process.
✔️ Initiating and coordinating outreach activities aimed at promoting SEEDIG and bringing new stakeholders into the SEEDIG process.
✔️ Consulting the SEEDIG community on all significant matters related to the SEEDIG process, and ensuring that the views of the SEEDIG community are integrated, to the largest extent possible, in the preparatory process for SEEDIG annual meetings, as well as in SEEDIG intersessional activities.
✔️ Ensuring that the core principles of the SEEDIG process – open, inclusive, bottom-up, and transparent – are fully complied with throughout all SEEDIG activities.
✔️ Ensuring continuous communication with SEEDIG sponsors, partners, and supporting organisations.
Being a member of the SEEDIG Executive Committee is not as much of a privilege as it is a responsibility. And it involves quite a lot of work, as detailed in the duties of the committee. Few important points to keep in mind:
✔️ Members are accountable to one another and to the SEEDIG community. The community has the power to remove individual members or recall the entire committee.
✔️ Each member is responsible for carrying on specific activities, in line with the committee’s duties.
✔️ Each member is expected and commits to dedicate an average of 5-6 working hours/week to SEEDIG activities. The actual amount of work fluctuates during a SEEDIG cycle, and considerably increases around the annual meeting (to up to 10 hours/week or even more).
✔️ At the moment, the position of SEEDIG Executive Committee member is voluntary and does not involve remuneration.
✔️ Members act in line with the provisions of the ToR.
This partial election process is for two (2) seats on the Executive Committee.
In line with Art.2.1. of the ToR, members of the Executive Committee shall serve for a term of two years.
SEEDIG Executive Committee elections are open to any member of the SEEDIG community* who meets the following criteria:
✔️ Is a national or a resident of a country in South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area**.
✔️ Demonstrates prior engagement with SEEDIG.
✔️ Has been actively involved in Internet governance processes and/or organisations.
Nominations are invited from all stakeholder groups: civil society, academia, private sector, technical community, governments, and intergovernmental organisations.
When submitting nominations, the SEEDIG community is invited to consider the overall need for the Executive Committee, in its new composition, to reflect stakeholder, country and gender diversity. More specifically:
✔️ In line with the ToR, the composition of the Executive Committee should reflect stakeholder, country, and gender diversity:
✔️ Minimum three (3), but preferably four (4) stakeholder groups are represented on the committee.
✔️ Preferably, each member represents a different country. In exceptional cases, there could be a maximum of two members from the same country.
✔️ There is gender balance among the members.
* Membership of the SEEDIG community is determined by voluntary participation in the dedicated SEEDIG mailing list and/or in SEEDIG activities. More about the SEEDIG community on the dedicated page.
** The following countries/territories are at least occasionally represented in SEEDIG activities and can be considered part of South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Kosovo*, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey and Ukraine.
Members of the SEEDIG community can nominate themselves or other eligible members.
Once a nomination is submitted, several steps follow:
✔️ All (self)nominations are reviewed by the Election Committee, with a view to determine if they are complete and the candidates meet the eligibility criteria. In the case of incomplete (self)nominations, the Election Committee contacts the nominator and asks for the missing information to be submitted within a determined timeline. If the missing information is not submitted by the indicated deadline, the nomination is deemed incomplete, and will not be considered during the election process.
✔️ In the case of eligible nominations, the nominees will be asked to indicate whether they accept the nominations.
✔️ (Self)nominations which are complete and meet the eligibility criteria are published on the SEEDIG website, on an ongoing basis, during the nomination period.
✔️ Once a candidate is deemed eligible (and, in the case of nominations, after having accepted the nomination), he/she is contacted by the Election Committee and asked to submit two additional documents, within the nomination period:
✔️ A candidate statement
✔️ A transparency statement
Once deemed eligible by the Election Committee, candidates are asked to submit:
✔️ A candidate statement, outlining the candidate’s vision for SEEDIG over the following two years, and his/her expected contribution to achieving SEEDIG’s objectives.
✔️ A transparency statement, indicating all other Internet governance processes and/or organisations the candidate is involved with, on a voluntary or paid basis.
These statements are published on the SEEDIG website, together with the nomination forms.
Candidates who fail to submit these statements during the nomination period will not be considered during the election process.
As per the ToR, nationals and/or residents of countries in South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area who are members of the dedicated SEEDIG mailing list at the date when the election cycle starts are eligible to vote, and shall be considered voting members of the SEEDIG community. A list of voting members will be distributed via the SEEDIG mailing list and published on the SEEDIG website, at least one week before the start of the voting period.
For the purpose of creating the list of voting members, the Election Committee will invite members of the dedicated SEEDIG mailing list to register as voting members, via an online form. They will also be asked to indicate whether they agree with their names being included in the public list of voting members.
The Election Committee may contact registering members if additional information is required to determine voting rights.
Individuals who register as voting members and meet the voting rights criteria will receive voting ballots and will be able to vote during the voting period.
Voting will be conducted via online means, and relevant information will be shared with voting members before the start of the voting period.
The voting period will last 10 days.
The Election Committee shall announce the initial results of the voting process (including information on the number of votes casted, the number of valid votes for each candidate, the number of abstentions and invalid votes), within 48 hours from the closing of the voting period.
The initial results may trigger different actions:
✔️ The first two candidates receiving the most votes during the voting process become members of the Executive Committee, provided that the diversity criteria mentioned above are met.
✔️ If the diversity criteria are not met by the simple results of the voting process, the Election Committee will propose two Executive Committee members whose addition to the Executive Committee reflects the diversity criteria while taking into account the results of the vote to the largest extent possible. This proposal is subject to review and approval by the SEEDIG community, in line with Art.6 Section F of the ToR.
The calendar of the election process is available on this webpage.
*to be revised in light of the extension of the nomination period
Following a call for volunteers (open between 11 and 15 January 2021), an Election Committee was formed to manage the election process.
In line with art.6.4–6.11 of the ToR, the Election Committee administers the election process until the date when the final election results are announced. Duties include, but are not limited to:
- Opening the call for nominations of candidates.
- Announcing the list of voting members.
- Reviewing the nominations, and ensuring the publication, on the SEEDIG website, of those nominations for candidates that meet the eligibility criteria.
- Administering the voting process.
- Announcing the election results.
For more details about the work of the Election Committee, please consult art.6.4–6.9 in the ToR.
Composition of the Election Committee
- Katarina Gevorgyan
- Charalampos Kyritsis
- Ioana Stupariu
- Andrea Beccalli, ICANN
- Sandra Hoferichter, EuroDIG
- Gergana Petrova, RIPE NCC