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The RIPE Chair Selection Process

The RIPE Chair selection process is an open, transparent procedure for selecting RIPE Chairs and RIPE Vice Chairs that is endorsed by the RIPE community.

The community reached consensus on the final process through discussion on the RIPE Chair Discussion mailing list. A full description of the RIPE Chair selection process is provided in ripe-727.

Selecting the Next RIPE Chair

The RIPE community is currently in the process of selecting a new RIPE Chair and RIPE Vice Chair.

The previous RIPE Chair, Hans Petter Holen, resigned from the position in April 2020 having accepted a new appointment as Managing Director of the RIPE NCC. Hans Petter will continue to serve as RIPE Chair ad interim until a new RIPE Chair is selected.

The position of RIPE Vice Chair will be filled in order to ensure future continuity should the RIPE Chair resign or become unable to perform their role. 


The Nominating Committee (NomCom) for the RIPE Chair Selection Process is currently considering the following nominees. Each of the nominees listed has confirmed that they are willing to perform the duties of the roles as specified in ripe-714:

Nominating Committee (NomCom)

The NomCom is responsible for selecting who will serve as RIPE Chair and RIPE Vice Chair.

The NomCom is formed of ten people picked at random from a pool of volunteers from the RIPE community. Further details on the NomCom and its procedures are available in ripe-728.

A complete list of all members of the existing NomCom is available on the RIPE NomCom blog

Your Feedback

The RIPE NomCom invites the community to send feedback about the candidates. 

You can send your feedback to the NomCom by emailing nomcom _at_ ripe-nomcom _dot_ org. (The RIPE NomCom blog provides further contact details.) 

Alternatively, if you'd prefer to talk to the NomCom directly via Zoom, a NomCom Office Hours event is scheduled to take place during RIPE 80.

Further Information

  • The RIPE NomCom blog provides up to date information on the RIPE Chair selection process and the NomCom
  • ripe-727 gives a full description of the RIPE selection process
  • ripe-714 gives an overview of the role of the RIPE Chair
  • ripe-728 gives full details on the NomCom and its procedures
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