Article I: Purposes
for Middle Eastern Public Policy and Administration (AMEPPA) is a global scholarly
professional network for public policy and administration issues in the Middle
East. It adopts an inclusive definition of the Middle
East that does not exclude particular countries, culture or religious
traditions. It encourages global participation and organized for the
following educational and scientific purposes related to the Middle East:
peace and prosperity in the Middle East through sound governance.
as a professional organization of both academics and practitioners of public policy
and public administration.
a medium for public policy experts and public administrators to share their
expertise and experiences with each
mechanisms to help the public of Middle Eastern countries to participate in the
improvement of public services.
relationships with other international and national professional organizations
devoted to public service.
increase the representation of different ethnic, religious, and other groups in
the public services of the countries
increase the quality of teaching and
education in public policy and
administration by encouraging its members to
share their experiences and
compiling, and disseminating of information on matters relating to public
policy and administration in the
and help its members develop and advance active research agendas on public
policy and administration
the application of rigorous ethical and intellectual standards in the research
applications and professional
practice of public policy and administration.
with the above stated goals, AMEPPA carries out its functions in the following
and participating in the organization of global and regional conferences on the
issues of public policy and
administration in the Middle East.
workshops and training sessions for practitioners of public policy and
administration in the Middle East.
and contributing to the publications of journals and books on issues related to
public policy and
administration in the Middle East.
a partnership with public organizations seeking to improve the following in the
Policy issues dealing with professional standards and the image of the public
Policy issues with implications for the management of public organizations and
the workplace environment.
Policy issues relating to major program areas of public agencies.
Article II: Membership
Section 1: Categories of Membership
person, 18 years or older, of any nationality, regions, or country who is
interested in the purposes of
AMEPPA shall be eligible for membership.
of membership and rights and benefits pertaining thereto (including the right
to vote or any
limitation or denial of same) shall
be determined based on the structure established from time to time by
AMEPPA’s board of
directors (hereafter “Executive Board”).
membership dues are required.
Section 2: Rights of Membership
individuals holding membership in AMEPPA shall have the right to vote for
officers and for Executive
Board membership, stand for
election to office, attend meetings of AMEPPA, and may have such other
rights and benefits of
membership as the Executive Board may from time to time determine.
may not be members of AMEPPA but can enter into collaborative networks and relations
as approved by the Executive
Members are encouraged to join the network as Members At-large.
Section 3: Meetings of the Membership
Meeting: AMEPPA will hold an annual meeting. The annual meeting of members
shall be held at
a time and place
designated by the Executive Board.
Other Meetings: AMEPPA encourages members to work together to hold conferences
at places and
times to be determined by the
respective conference planning committees.
AMEPPA also encourages
members to work together to pursue
projects with local and regional interests.
C. All meetings
of the membership shall be open to any member of AMEPPA
Section 4: Quorum of Membership
percent of the members entitled to vote shall constitute a quorum for the
transaction of business by the membership electronically, in-person, or a
combination. The act of a majority of the membership entitled to vote present
at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the
membership. In the absence of a quorum,
any action taken shall be recommendatory only, but may become valid action if
subsequently confirmed by a majority vote, in conformity with the quorum
requirements, by a mail or electronic ballot of the membership entitled to
Section 5: Termination or Denial of
can be terminated or denied by the decision of the Executive Board whenever the
Board determines any member or applicant appears to have acted in violation of AMEPPA’s
Article III: Executive Board
Section 1: General Powers
board of directors of AMEPPA shall be known as the Executive Board. Members of the Executive
Board will be elected by the
network’s members without term limits. The Executive Board shall have
and shall exercise all the
powers of a network, including but not limited to:
for all necessary things and services in connection with the management of AMEPPA.
powers and duties to its officers, and provide for the business and conduct of
annual and special meetings. 3. To
issue and distribute AMEPPA’s journal and other publications.
oversee, and disestablish branches and sections.
oversee, and disestablish committees and other bodies for various purposes.
and remove any officer.
to the membership, the adoption, amendment, repeal of bylaws of AMEPPA.
8. Create an Advisory Board that can participate in the Executive Board meetings and make recommendations, but
without having the authority to vote on measures considered by the Executive Board.
Board Meetings: Meetings of the Executive Board shall be held electronically,
via telephone, or in person, upon written or
printed notice made at least 30 days before the date of the meeting.
Members of the Board may participate in
electronic meetings via email and other electronic means and
without being available in real
time. Meetings shall be at the call of
the President or of any four
members of the
Executive Board. All Executive Committee meetings shall be open to any member of the
network except for meetings of the Nominating Committee.
At the personal expense of a member so
requesting it, any one or more of the members of the Executive
Board may participate in any meeting of the Executive Board by means of a
by any other communications equipment by means of which all persons participating
in the meeting can
communicate with each another.
Executive Board members participating
by means of telecommunications media shall be deemed to have
been present in person
at such meeting. Any action required or
permitted to be taken at any meeting
of the Executive Board may be taken electronically
and without a meeting if majority consent to such
Email messages that clearly indicate the identity and intent of Board Members
shall be considered
The Executive Board can create an Advisory Board that can participate in the Executive Board meetings
and make recommendations, but without having the authority to vote on measures considered by the
Section 2: Composition and Term of
Board members shall serve until their successors are elected and take office,
or until their
earlier resignation or removal.
B. The Executive Board shall consist
of nine to 15 voting members and one non-voting member. The non-
voting member is the Immediate Past
President. If the Immediate Past President was removed from
office, the Immediate
Vice-President (or the Executive Director, in case the Immediate Past President is
elected as President) will serve as a non-voting member.
Board members shall be elected for a three year term, renewable without term
limits. Only the
office of President, Vice President,
Executive Director, and Treasurer has a term limit for only two terms
in such capacity. Former
Presidents, Vice Presidents, Executive Directors and Treasures can be
elected to the Board as
Board members without term limits.
Officers and Executive Council of AMEPPA shall consist of the following:
Section 3: Executive Board Nominations and
Members will be invited to submit recommendations to the Nominating Committee
for consideration as
Executive Board members.
be eligible for nomination to the Executive Board, a person shall be a member
the event that a person is elected to the Executive Board but declines to take
his or her seat, the
President shall declare the candidate
receiving the next highest number of ballots to be
Should there be no other
candidate for the office, the matter shall be treated in
the fashion of a
resignation, and the
President shall appoint a person to the seat until the next regularly scheduled
the event of a contested election, the Executive Board shall have final
authority to declare the results
of the election.
E. The Chair
of the Nomination Committee shall provide all AMEPPA members, not less than ninety
calendar days prior to the annual conference
of the membership, a ballot including the candidates for
President, Vice President, Executive
Director, Treasurer, and Executive Board members together with
biographical information on each candidate. The
members must return ballots to the Nomination
Committee no later than the
deadline stated on the ballot.
nominee receiving the highest number of votes for each office shall be
elected. In the event of a tie
vote, a run-off elections will be
President shall announce the results of the elections to the membership
electronically and via all the
means of dissemination available
newly elected Executive Board members and incoming officers shall assume office
at the closing of
the annual conference of the
Section 4: Duties of Executive Board
A. Members shall attend all meetings of the Executive Board and all
committee meetings in which they have
been assigned either in person
or by means of other telecommunications methods.
B. Members shall communicate with their officers and Board on a quarterly
basis at a minimum.
Section 5: Removal
Board members shall be automatically removed from office at the end of the
from which the member is absent,
unless the Executive Board, by majority vote of members entitled to
vote, declares that one or more of the member’s absences are excused.
B. Failure to comply with the requirements in
Section 4 will result in removal.
Section 6: Vacancies
President shall fill by appointment until the next regularly scheduled election
any vacancy in the Executive Board.
Section 7: Quorum
majority of its voting members shall constitute a quorum for the Executive
Board. The act of a majority of the Executive
Board members entitled to vote present at a meeting at which a quorum is
present shall be the act of the Executive Board except where a greater majority
is required by the bylaws.
Section 8: Committees
There shall be two types of committees: standing and ad hoc.
Standing committees shall be established through the bylaws and are deemed to
subject only to subsequent amendments to
the bylaws. There are four standing
Program and Operation Committee
hoc committees may be established by the Executive Board or by the
President. Ad hoc
committees established by the Executive
Board are considered to be ongoing until disestablishment by
the Executive Board.Committees established by the President
expire with the term of the President.
In establishing committees that will require
substantial AMEPPA resources, the Executive Board and
President shall seek the advice of the appropriate body regarding
their consistency with and
contributions toward the network’s goals and
purposes and with the Finance Committee on the availability of staff and other financial resources to support the proposed committees.
Appointment of Members: Chairs of AMEEPA’s Communication and Finance committees are elected
directly by members. The
President shall appoint the members of each committee and the chairs of the
Nomination and ad hoc
committees to serve during the President’s term of office.
Each committee shall
have two or more Executive Board members, and a
majority of the membership of each committee shall
Board members; provided, however, that the Nominating Committee will be composed
of persons who are not Executive Board members. All committee members shall serve at the
pleasure of the Executive Board.
Disestablishment of Committees: Standing committees may be disestablished only
by a vote of the
Executive Board according to the
procedure for amendments to the bylaws.
Ad hoc committees may
only be disestablished by
the Executive Board except for committees established by the President. The President may disestablish a committee
he/she established. All ad hoc committees shall be reviewed
as to their performance and may be disestablished under procedures established by the
Board when the committees no longer meet their intended purpose or have completed their
Section 9: Program and Operation Committee
and Operation Committee shall consist of the President, Vice President, the Executive
Director, and the Treasurer. It shall be governed by the following rules:
A. The Program
and Operation Committee shall have the power to transact all regular business
AMEPPA during the interim between the
meetings of the Executive Board. Such action shall not conflict
with the policies and expressed
wishes of the Executive Board.
B. The Program
and Operation Committee actions shall be reported fully to the Executive Board
Executive Board’s next meeting. The presence of three members of the Program and Operation
Committee shall constitute a
quorum for the conduct of the committee’s business.
Section 10: Nominating Committee
Nominating Committee shall consist of two members from the network who are not members of the
announcement of the appointment of the Committee shall be made promptly to all
Nominating Committee shall be appointed not less than one hundred twenty days
prior to each
annual conference of the membership.
Nominating Committee shall seek nomination from the network’s members for
President, Executive Director,
Treasurer and Executive Board, and will supervise the balloting and
Section 11: Communication Committee
The Communication Committee shall consist of three to five members serving for three-year
term.Members may serve no more than
two terms. One member is appointed by the President and
other members appointed by
the Executive director. Appointments will be made in such a way as to
ensure a broad
range of relevant expertise and representation of the network's diverse membership.
The network’s Executive Director, elected by AMEPPA members, shall serve as the
Chair of the
Communication Committee shall pursue three primary purposes:
1. Provide recommendations to the Executive
Board on strategic initiatives for developing the network's
publications and website.
2. Implement Executive Board policies and
procedures for periodic review of all journals.
3. Oversee the network’s official
communication as outlined by the Executive Board.
D. The Communication Committee shall also pursue such other relevant
strategic purposes as the Executive
Board may from time to
time deem appropriate.
E. Promoting AMEPPA membership, serving the
public, and encouraging citizen participation in the
improvement of public service in the
F. Promoting collaborative relations among the
policy specialists, public administrators, researcher and
scholars dedicated to advancing sound
governance throughout the Middle East.
Section 12: Finance Committee
shall be a Finance Committee serving for three-years, renewable once,
with the Treasurer serving
as the Chairperson elected by the network’s
members. Members of the Finance Committee cannot
serve more than two
in the committee.
B. The Executive
Board shall adopt AMEPPA investment guidelines which will be supervised by the
C. The Executive
Board shall adopt the budget of the network in accordance with guidelines established by
the Finance Committee.
deficit financing plan shall be approved by the Executive Board in advance.
Article IV: Officers
Section 1: Officers and Term of Office
A. The officers of the network
shall be the President, the Vice President, the Executive Director,
Treasurer. All these officers are
directly elected by AMEPPA’s members.
Officers shall serve a three-year term, renewable one. An Officer may not serve
more than two terms
but can be elected for the Board
without term limits.
shall be automatically removed from office at the end of the third meeting from
member is absent, unless the Executive
Board, by majority vote of members entitled to vote, declares
that one or more of the member’s absences are excused, or whenever membership
is terminated or
denied in accordance with Article II., Section 5.
Section 2: Nominations for AMEPPA
Members will be invited to be nominated for President, Vice-President, Executive Director,
and Treasurer to the Nominating Committee.
be eligible for nomination for AMEPPA officers, a person shall be a member of
Section 3: Vacancies
case of death, resignation, or inability of the President to perform the duties
of his or her office, the
Vice-President shall immediately succeed him and shall be President for the remainder of the unexpired
term. The new President must
nominate his/her new Vice President for the fulfilling period and must be
approved by the Executive Board.
the case of an interim vacancy in the office of Vice President, Executive Director,
or Treasurer, the
Executive Board shall elect
a replacement to serve until the next elections.
Section 4: Duties of the President
President shall exercise chief policy leadership of AMEPPA; shall preside over
all meetings of the
Executive Board and the network’s
annual meeting of its membership; shall appoint
committees and other bodies;
and shall be an ex-officio member with vote of every committee of the
network with the exception of the Nominating Committee.
President is the chair of the Program and Operation Committee, the principal
public spokesperson of
AMEPPA, and shall at the
annual meeting and at such other times and forums, both internal and
external, communicate, advise, inform, and
suggest such actions and policies as deemed proper to
advance the goals, purposes, and programs useful to the network, its committees and members.
with the term of office, the President may make such appointments as are
required by the
bylaws or as may seem necessary in the
interests of the network.
presidential appointee may be removed from office by the President in
accordance with rules
established by the Executive Board.
the public symbol of AMEPPA, the President shall act at such times and places
as necessary and
take such actions as useful to execute
the provisions of the bylaws, policies of the network, and protect
the rights and welfare and
promote the interests of the members. On
issues of significance, the President
situations of dispute regarding policy implementation, act as a liaison between the Executive
members, committees, and such other agents of the network as may exist or from time to time be
President shall perform all duties prescribed by the bylaws and such others as
may from time to time
be entrusted to this office by the Executive
Section 5: Duties of the Vice President
Vice President shall perform such duties as may be assigned by the bylaws, the
President, and Executive Board.
Section 6: Duties of the Executive Director
Executive director is the Chief Executive Officer of AMEPPA and generally is
responsible for the
execution of the Network’s business.
Executive Director serves as the Chair of the Communication Committee.
While this list is not intended to be all inclusive, the Executive Director:
1. Provides staff support for the Executive
Board and officers of the network
2. Prepares and makes reports to the network
at least annually
3. Assists in the development of new activities
4. Assists in the oversight and management
5. Take responsibility for accurate and
timely keeping of member records
6. Gives regular progress reports to the Executive
Article V: Amendments
Section 1: Approval Vote
Amendments to these bylaws may be proposed by any Executive
Board member and must first be voted upon by the Executive Board. Any amendment
receiving positive Board votes from six members of the Executive Board shall be
presented to the full membership for ratification at the next annual meeting. These
votes must be recorded electronically and all other means available and kept by
the Executive director and made available to AMEPPA members when requested.
Section 2:Proposed Amendment
approval by the Executive Board, the proposed amendments must be presented to
the membership for approval. The vote on
amendments shall be taken in accordance with Article II, Section 4.
Section 3: Publication
exact language of any bylaw amendment adopted by the membership will be published at the website of AMEPPA and made
available to AMEPPA members within seven days of adoption by the membership.
Section 4: Comprehensive Reviews
least once every five years, the President shall direct a comprehensive review
of the bylaws and recommend any desired changes. This section shall in no way prevent the Executive
Board from reviewing and/or amending the bylaws at other intervals in the
discretion of the Executive Board.
Article VI: Other Published Policies
matter not covered by these bylaws, where there is now or may be in the future
an existing and published policy approved by the Executive Board, the same
shall prevail to the extent it is consistent with these bylaws, including
conflict of interest policies for the Executive Board.