Board and Steering Group elections in 2021

The candidate form for Board and Steering Group elections in 2021 will be opened on 6th September. The elections will take place during the Autumn General Meeting on the 4th November. More information below and at mydata.org/general-meeting.

Background information & Candidates

Currently, in 2021, MyData Global has an international leadership team consisting of seven Board members, four Steering Committee members, and five permanent Staff members.

We expect to have open positions in the leadership team as follows:

  • Up to seven candidates as Directors to the Board
  • Two candidates as individual member representatives to the Steering Committee
  • Two candidates as organisation member representatives to the Steering Committee

Those elected for the first-time to MyData Global’s leadership team will begin their term Jan 1st, 2022.

The Board of Directors and the Steering Committee have distinct roles in leadership as defined in the association bylaws.

The continuing board members are:

  • Charlie Martial Ngounou (Cameroon)
  • Christoph Fabianek (Austria)
  • Dixon Siu (Japan)

Any questions about your candidacy or the election process are welcome. Please reach out to Sille Sepp, Programmes lead, at sille at mydata dot org.

ELECTION TIMELINE

Sep 6th
(59 days before the elections):
Candidate form opens. After submitting your candidacy, you can add more details to your candidate profile until Oct 1st

Sep 20th (23:59:00 HST (UTC -10h) / Sep 21st (12:59:00 (UTC +0)
Candidate form closes at the end of the day.

Oct 5th
(30 days before the elections):
Final candidate list and profiles will be sent for the members providing 30 days time for members to get to know candidates better.

Nov 4th – Nov 7th
(Autumn General Meeting – online):
72 hour online voting period.

Nov 7th
The autumn general meeting resumes in Zoom and the election results are announced.

WHO CAN CANDIDATE

Requirements and preferences

All candidates for the board must be individual members of the Association. In the Steering Committee there are two positions for the individual members and two positions for organisational members. If you are unsure of your membership status, please contact sille at mydata dot org

We are looking for candidates with varied backgrounds of expertise and personal networks that can help the organisation succeed. Leadership positions in international teams are professionally and personally very rewarding experiences and we hope that serving on the MyData Global Board and Steering Committee will be especially so.

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ROLE OF THE BOARD AND STEERING COMMITTEE

What it means to be a member of the Board

The activities of the MyData Global association are managed by its Board of Directors. Board membership is an unique opportunity to be involved in shaping a young and growing global nonprofit and helping it become an impactful actor in society globally. The current Board members have defined their role in this document https://mydata-global.org/board-role-2021

What it means to be a member of the Steering Committee

https://mydata-global.org/steering-commitee-charter-2021Purpose of the Steering Committee is to help provide good governance in the Association. Steering Committee assists the Board in its oversight, conducts the annual performance audit and recruits candidates for the next Board and Steering Committee. These governance duties contribute to the wellbeing of the organisation and give Steering Committee members good visibility to the global organisation. The current Steering Committee members have defined their role in this document – https://mydata-global.org/steering-commitee-charter-2021

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TIME COMMITMENT

The Board of Directors and the Steering Committee each meet online monthly and in person during the bigger MyData events if possible. Board and Steering Committee members also participate in the local hubs, thematic groups and other activities of the Association.

There is no direct monetary compensation for the Board or Steering Committee members, but depending on the Association’s financial situation we intend to cover travel costs to the face-to-face leadership team meetings at least once a year.

Estimated commitment of time:

Members of the Board:
Members of the Steering Group:
Board members elected in 2021 begin 1 Jan 2022 a two-year term during 2022-2023 after which they can stand for re-election. Steering Committee members elected in 2021 begin a one-year term on 1 Jan 2022 after which they may stand for re-election
Monthly board meetings (2h) and preparation (1h), total 3h per month Monthly Steering Committee meetings (1.25h) and preparation (1h), total 2.25h per month
One-to-one discussions with the chair of the board, 0,5-1h per month
Following and contributing to MyData Global developments on a weekly basis (1h), total 4h per month Following and contributing to MyData Global developments on a weekly basis (1h), total 4h per month
Participation in general meetings (spring and autumn), MyData conferences, and smaller local meetups, total from few days to 1,5 weeks per year. Participation in general meetings (spring and autumn), MyData conferences, and smaller local meetups, total from few days to 1,5 weeks per year.