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Appointment of an Interim CEO for AFRINIC

31 December 2014 - The AFRINIC Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Patrisse Deesse as the Interim Chief Executive Officer of AFRINIC.

Patrisse joined AFRINIC in September 2007 as Finance and Administration Manager. He has been involved in all aspects of the organisation including Finance, Human Resources and Administration. He worked on and implemented several projects relating to Billing and set up of the financial processes and procedures.

Prior to working at AFRINIC, his previous work experience extends over 30 years at a large international conglomerate in Malawi (one of the largest private companies in the country) in accounting, occupying several senior managerial positions, including Head Office Accountant and Treasury Manager. He is exposed to international management practices and standards in a multicultural environment. He is a Fellow member of an International Accounting body.

Until his appointment, Patrisse was the Finance and Accounts Director of AFRINIC. In his new role, he will lead the AFRINIC team, pending the appointment and resumption of the substantive Chief Executive.

The process of recruiting the Chief Executive Officer has entered the candidates evaluation phase. The Board is pleased with the progress made so far.

More information on the recruitment process and timeline at:


IANA CRISP Team Teleconference Report - 9 December 2014

This is an update on the developments from the CRISP Team. The first teleconference was held on 09 December 2014. Here are the highlights from the meeting:

  • There was participation from all CRISP team members as well as several observers. o Izumi Okutani and Alan Barrett were elected Chair and Vice Chairs respectively.
  • Apart from voting 8/10 on the the final proposal, other decisions during the period leading to the deadline will be by rough consensus. To meet the deadline of 15 January 2015, there will be two weekly teleconferences up until an initial draft proposal has been put together.

A drafting team has already volunteered to put together the first draft based on the currently existing materials from discussions that were held in each region, which draft will be discussed at the second teleconference on 11 December 2015. We encourage the community to continue providing any feedback and ideas by subscribing to the mailing list This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

So far, here are the main points coming from our region based on the survey results and discussions at AFRINIC-20 and AFRINIC-21 pertinent to the following requirements that the transition proposal to the NTIA must meet:

Requirement 1: Support and enhance the multi-stakeholder model

Requirement 2: Maintain the security, stability, and resiliency of the Internet DNS

Requirement 3: Meet the needs and expectation of the global customers and partners of the IANA functions

Requirement 4: Maintain the openness of the Internet

Requirement 5: The proposal must not replace the NTIA role with a government-led or an inter-governmental organization solution.


The community has provided feedback below, which already meets the above stated requirements:

  • The existing mechanisms for the Policy Development Process in the AFRINIC community (as well as other communities) are already successfully embracing the multi-stakeholder model requirement and shall be maintained.
  • There should be minimum (or no) changes to the existing IANA services operator (ICANN) to ensure continuity, stability and minimal disruption to critical internet operations.
  • There should be an agreement (SLA, MoU) between the IANA operator (ICANN) and the NRO or any other body the communities eventually agree on that will provide oversight and accountability to the RIRs.

The existing Global Policy Development Process which is already transparent, open and all-inclusive should be maintained and sustained.

Further community input to this critical process is still welcome, and can be shared with us on the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it mailing list. CRISP Team info page:

Proposals from other regions:


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