[IRPCoalition] Co-chair nomination and SC self-nomination

James Gannon james at cyberinvasion.net
Tue Dec 10 19:02:24 EET 2019

I will second Mikes self-nomination, having seen his work for a number of years now I think he would be an excellent candidate for the Steering Committee.

-James Gannon

From: IRP <irp-bounces at lists.internetrightsandprinciples.org> on behalf of "Michael J. Oghia" <mike.oghia at gmail.com>
Date: Tuesday, 10 December 2019 at 16:54
To: Internet Rights and Principles DC <irp at lists.internetrightsandprinciples.org>
Subject: [IRPCoalition] Co-chair nomination and SC self-nomination

Dear IRPC members,

With this email, I would like to offer two nominations. One is for the nomination of Minda Moreira to reprise her role as co-chair over the 2020-2022 period. She has done a phenomenal job with Marianne and the IRPC Steering Committee to ensure climate issues as well as other issues such as the rights of refugees, migrants, and other marginalised groups are on the agenda. I am excited for IRPC's path forward, and I am confident she can continue to lead well.

For the second nomination, I am officially self-nominating myself for the open IRPC Steering Committee position. The opening of this position comes at an ideal time, which I hope my statement of intent below affirms. Should anyone else support my nomination, I would be grateful for a second.

Statement of intent

My name is Michael J. Oghia, I live in Belgrade, Serbia, and I am currently the advocacy and engagement manager for the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD). I have been involved with the IGF community and wider Internet governance ecosystem since 2015, and have been actively searching for an appropriate position where I could serve as an advisor. Not only do I meet all the criteria of a successful IRPC Steering Committee member, but the shifting focus of the IRPC to the relationship between human rights, the environment, and ICT sustainability provides an ideal space for me to contribute my expertise and the networks I have built since I began writing about and advocating for these issues in 2016. I am confident that, if elected, I could help shape the IRPC's engagement strategy going forward, be a vital resource for the community, and also take full advantage of my existing experience and connections to other IGF Dynamic Coalitions to the benefit of the IRPC. I have been closely involved in planning the last two IRPC sessions at the IGF, and I look forward to generating even more positive momentum going forward. In addition to my experience with Internet governance and ICT sustainability, I have also worked in conflict resolution, journalism & media, policy, and development for almost 10 years across five countries: the US, Lebanon, India, Turkey, and Serbia. I'm happy to answer any questions you may have, and  encourage to check out my LinkedIn<https://linkedin.com/in/mikeoghia> for more information. Thank you for your time and consideration!


Michael J. Oghia | Advocacy & Engagement Manager
Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD<https://gfmd.info>)
Belgrade, Serbia | Twitter<https://www.twitter.com/MikeOghia> | LinkedIn<https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikeoghia>
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