PASSVotes SQLPass Board of Elections: What about the ME and A in EMEA?

One thing that hasn’t come up in this election much so far is the ‘ME’ and ‘A’ in ‘EMEA’. Notice that they take up 3/4 of the acronym! Let’s not forget the growing communities here.

I believe that there is a community to be forged and supported in these regions too. I’d like to see more practical help where it is needed and identified. I’d like to take a step back, look at the activity that’s taken place. I would like to do some ‘business intelligence’ to understand more about the existing work in the region. For this, I would listen carefully to the existing technical community leaders (such as Jody Roberts) for their input and ideas. I also believe that it would be important to learn about culture and how it can be preserved, respected and supported.

I have not been to Africa or the Middle East, ever. It is my loss. I’ve never had the time to do that, although I would love to. Therefore I can’t pretend that I know everything about it, but I’d love to act as an ‘enabler’ to channel the support of PASS to the local superstars who are already doing fantastic work.

What active steps would I take for these regions? 
I would *love* to see a SQLRally Africa. They already have user groups and SQLSaturdays in Johannesburg. There are already well-respected community leaders there. I think it just needs given a chance.
My role as Board Director would be to enable; to learn, listen and support.

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