ESOMAR Council Elections

The 2023-2024 ESOMAR Council Elections. The voting is now closed.

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Have you ever considered running for the ESOMAR Council? The current term is coming to an end, and we are now welcoming nominations for the 2023-2024 term.

Can you make a difference and help ESOMAR continue its mission to promote and protect the data, research and insights profession?

The ESOMAR Council is the governing body of the association. It defines the objectives, vision and mission, approves strategy, administers the funding and performs all other functions attributed to it by the statutes. It is the driving force of the association.

The Council is member-elected and serves until the end of December 2024.

What is the election timeline?

Candidacy requirements

  1. Candidates must be members of ESOMAR in good standing.

  2. Each nomination must be suggested by five members of the Society.

  3. All suggested nominations by members must be received before the end of day CET on 14 February 2023.

  4. The Election Committee shall nominate the candidates standing for election based on the suggested nominations from members.

  5. Only a person who has served as a member of the Council for at least a full term of two years may stand for election to the office of President.

  6. A Council Member may stand for re-election.

  7. As part of the application process, each potential candidate must accept the nomination and undersign the ESOMAR Council Code of Conduct.

  8. All potential candidates must provide a video to support their application.

  9. All potential candidates must provide a colour passport-size digital photograph.

  10. All potential candidates must supply information supporting their nomination:

    1. Name, company and position in the company

    2. Education & Professional activities

    3. Activities on behalf of ESOMAR

    4. Any other activities/declare any commercial interests with ESOMAR or other organisations

    5. A personal statement setting out the policies you will be supporting if elected to Council

  11. Candidates whose nominations are in good order and received by end of day CET on 14 February 2023 will be formally announced the week commencing 13 February 2023. Information on these nominations will be posted on the ESOMAR website.

  12. A presentation of each candidate with their election statement and photograph will be available on the ESOMAR website once candidatures are announced.

  13. To ensure that no candidate is disadvantaged by canvassing activities of others and that the elections are run in a fair manner, all potential candidates will be asked to undersign an agreement to comply with the election rules set by Council, and to confirm that they will campaign in an open, honest and moderate fashion, as this reflects not only upon themselves but also upon ESOMAR.

The election procedure

Suggestions for nominations are invited by the Elections Committee for the term running from 1 April 2023 until 31 December 2024, with 9 vacancies to be filled: President and 8 Council Members, of which one is appointed as Vice President by the council elect.

Candidates are allowed to canvas from the moment that their candidacy is announced until the closing of the voting.

The Elections Committee has appointed an independent, specialised organisation to conduct the elections, thereby guaranteeing that the elections remain impartial and benefit from the best available expertise.

To improve the proportional representation of Membership, a procedure based on the Single Transferable Vote (STV) will be used. This gives every voter the fullest freedom of choice between candidates seeking election while ensuring that none of their voting power is diminished.

Council has taken the utmost care to ensure high participation in voting and that the elections are held in a transparent, democratic and fair way. Ballot forms will be emailed to all paid-up ESOMAR members in February. The election will be carried out online only.

Applicant and candidate canvassing rules

The key objective of the canvassing rules is to ensure that members do NOT feel that they are being sent communications which they have not requested, and to ensure that communications which are produced, contain no personal criticisms, and follow all privacy conventions. Noting the evolution of electronic communication media, please ensure that both the spirit, as well as the letter, of these guidelines, are followed.

Canvassing Guidelines
Code of Conduct
Council Role and Responsibilities

ESOMAR Council Election Committee

John Smurthwaite
ESOMAR Ambassador, Ambassador for the Asia-Pacific Region at ESOMAR
Pravin Shekar
Statutory Director at ESOMAR
Urpi Torrado
ESOMAR Representative, CEO at Datum International, Peru
Pieter Paul Verheggen
CEO at Motivaction