[Owasp-leaders] [Owasp-board] Where are the boardmembers?

Eoin Keary eoin.keary at owasp.org
Sat May 13 19:38:03 UTC 2017

+1 Sam.

OWASP since 2004!!

> On 13 May 2017, at 19:49, Sam Stepanyan <sam.stepanyan at owasp.org> wrote:
> I support Martin on this one.
> We are a non-profit organisation with a Board. We have 2 Major conferences every year: AppSec Europe and AppSec USA (not quite sure what happened to AppSec APAC).
> The board consists of 7 members:
> Matt Konda
> Johanna Curiel
> Tom Brennan
> Andrew van der Stock
> Josh Sokol
> Michael Coates
> Tobias Gondrom
> AppSec Europe is attended by OWASP members from 30+ countries. Including non-European countries. Including USA and Canada. 
> There were 30+ OWASP Chapter Leaders at AppSec Europe in Belfast last week waiting to talk to their Board and discuss their issues, hopes and plans with them. And nobody turned up.... well... apart from Matt Tesauro (ex-Board member) who was absolutely fantastic and provided invaluable help and advice. The experience of talking to Matt Tesauro in person and understanding what the Board is up to and what vision it has for OWASP was irreplaceable.
> Last year when I had an opportunity to meet and talk to Andrew van der Stock at AppSec Europe in Rome it was a similar experience. The re-assurance he gave me personally that the board is supporting the community and the advice and help from him cannot be compared with the brevity of e-mails and mailing lists.
> Yes, we all have commitments, families, day jobs and emergencies. However the unique experience of being a part of a Global Community and the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals and community members from all around the world gathered in one place for 2 days is priceless. No other security conference like BlackHat/DEFCON/RSA gives you this kind of experience, the same kind of buzz and the sense of being a part of something great like our OWASP AppSec Conferences. 
> Dear OWASP Board. Your work is appreciated. Your presence and engagement in person with the global community members is also appreciated twice a year. Only 4 days per year...
> just my $0.02...
> Sam
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>> Hi Josh,
>> I know there is no ruling in the OWASP guildlines for board members saying they must attend any conference.
>> Nevertheless, in my opinion, there is a responsibility for the board members to touch base / keep in sync with the community. In my opinion, how are you doing this without seeing them in person at one of the biggest get-together?
>> Next to that, other than what you are required to do, there is the point of felt support if board members attending a OWASP event (of the void of that if no).
>> Hope that clarifies my question,
>> Regards,
>> -martin
>>> On Fri, May 12, 2017 at 7:41 PM, Josh Sokol <josh.sokol at owasp.org> wrote:
>>> Martin,
>>> I read it, but I fail to see how it is applicable to Board members attending or                               not attending the AppSecEU Conference.  Can you please clarify?
>>> ~josh
>>> On Fri, May 12, 2017 at 11:17 AM, johanna curiel curiel <johanna.curiel at owasp.org> wrote:
>>>> @Josh
>>>> Please read this
>>>> https://www.energizeinc.com/hot-topics/2012/august
>>>>> On Friday, May 12, 2017, Josh Sokol <josh.sokol at owasp.org> wrote:
>>>>> Martin,
>>>>> The OWASP Board members are volunteers, just like anyone else in the organization.  We all have jobs and other responsibilities that sometimes prevent us from attending events like this.  The message to the global community should be that OWASP is that the Board is there to help make sure the organization is moving in the right direction, but OWASP as an organization, and it's events, are run by and for the community.  While I'm sure attendance would have been welcome, we don't need representatives from the Board to be present in order to have an outstanding event.  My $0.02.
>>>>> ~josh
>>>>>> On Thu, May 11, 2017 at 3:09 PM, <martin.knobloch at owasp.org> wrote:
>>>>>>  Members of the board, et all,
>>>>>> Not sure what else to say else than I am more than disappointed to see no board member to be at this years AppSec-Eu conference!
>>>>>> Johanna, only who been to Belfast, left before the conference days, none of the rest showed up at all.
>>>>>> What message is this to the global community!
>>>>>> -martin
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