​New Board Members for GÉANT 

23 November 2017 | Cambridge UK, Amst​erdam NL

At today’s GÉANT General Assembly (GA) meeting in Prague, attendees voted for four open GÉANT Board positions, three of which arise as a result of terms of office expiring in December 2017, and the fourth as a result of Erik Huizer resigning from the Board following his interim appointment as GÉANT Chief Executive Officer. 

We are pleased to now announce the following members have been appointed to the GÉANT Board of Directors​ following a full and transparent voting process: 

Federico_Ruggieri_new.jpgFederico Ruggieri – GARR (newly elected, 3 year term) 

o Federico has been the Director of GARR since January 2015, following roles as Research Manager at the National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) and Head of GARR Distributed Computing and Storage Department (CSD). Federico has also served as Director of the INFN National Centre for research and development in information technology and telematics disciplines – CNAF – and President of the INFN National Commission for computing and networks. He is Professor of Data Acquisition at the University of Roma Tre and has a list of more than 400 scientific and technological publications.

Paul-Feldman.jpgPaul Feldman – Jisc (newly elected, 1 year term) 

o Paul joined Jisc two years ago as Chief Executive, having held several senior and Board level IT roles in the sectors of retail banking, charity, publishing, and intellectual property. Most recently he worked at Gartner, the research and advisory firm providing IT-related insight for business leaders and previously was Global Chief Information Officer for Barclaycard, following a strong background in banking, having been heavily involved in the first internet banking facility in the UK. 

Raimundas-Tuminauskas.jpgRaimundas Tuminauskas - LITNET (re-elected, 3 year term) 

o Raimundas joined the Kaunas University of Technology as a full time network engineer in July 1997 and soon became responsible for high capacity switching and routing in the Lithuanian NREN LITNET. He currently heads the computer network centre, in charge of coordination of the LITNET programme and the university network and services. Being deeply involved in the creation of long-term plans, he is directing efforts towards optical communications, future networking, open architectures, open network technologies, federated use of network infrastructure, and integrated radio access. 

Marko-Bonac.jpgMarko Bonač – ARNES (re-elected, 3 year term) 

o Marko is a long standing member of the community and has been Director of ARNES since its inception in 1992, following roles as a researcher and project leader in the field of computer networks. He has previously served in the TERENA Exec as Treasurer, and is currently Chair of the Cost Sharing Committee and Co-Chair of the Audit and Risk Advisory Committee. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics in 1981 and a Masters in Computer Science in 1988 from the University of Ljubljana. 

They join existing Board members Christian Grimm of DFN (Chair), Sabine Jaume-Rajaonia of RENATER, Valter Nordh of SUNET, Ivan Marić of CARNet, and Andreas Dudler of SWITCH. 

New voting system launched 

The process also marked the first use of the novel ZEUS​ electronic voting system. Created by the Greek NREN GRnet, the system allows organisations to hold verifiable elections with one or more polls. Several different ballot types and election systems are supported, such as simple questions with pre-defined answers, party lists, score voting, or single transferable vote (STV). 

Chair of the GÉANT Board Christian Grimm of DFN, commented on today’s nominations, “I congratulate the newly and re-elected members of the GÉANT Board and look forward to constructive collaboration over the next years. I would like to thank GRnet for the new voting system and hope to be using it more in the future.”

Further information 

GÉANT Board of Directors​