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Global Chapters Committee Governance

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Approved per Global Chapter Committee/Meetings/2011-01 on 2-Feb-2011


The OWASP Global Chapters Committee provides the support required by the local OWASP chapters to thrive and contribute to the overall mission and goals of OWASP.


The Global Chapters Committee shall be comprised of representatives as nominated by the OWASP membership in compliance with the process at the How to join a Committee page. Once a Member has been nominated to the committee, the current members shall vote on that Member’s application.


The Global Chapters Committee Members shall elect a Chair to serve a term of 12 months at the first meeting each calendar year.



  • Members are responsible for attending at least 75% of the regular scheduled meetings.
  • Members are responsible for voting


  • Attend or send a Global Chapters Committee Representative to all OWASP Board Meetings (the role of the board representative to be discussed during the summit)
  • Schedule and conduct Global Chapters Committee Regular Meetings
  • Manage Global Chapters Committee Budget
  • Provide meeting minutes

Regular Meetings

A regular meeting of the OWASP Global Chapters Committee shall be held at least quarterly in each calendar year. Meetings will be scheduled based on the availability of the majority of the members and may be conducted in person and/or virtually. Additional regular meetings may be called by the Global Chapters Committee Chair. Meetings shall be scheduled at least one week in advance and will be open for any OWASP Member to attend.

A majority of the number of Global Chapters Committee Members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of Global Chapters Committee business. If quorum is not established, the chair may adjourn the meeting.


Minutes of the meeting shall be recorded by the chair, or their designee and made available to all OWASP members


Any Global Chapters Committee Member can request a vote on an action. Any action taken by the Global Chapters Committee shall be decided by the majority (50% + 1) of the Global Chapters Committee Members. In case of a tie, the chair will make a final decision. Voting will generally occur during regular meetings, however any votes recorded via email shall be open for 24 hours or until a majority has been established.

Conflict of Interest

No Global Chapters Committee member shall be permitted to vote on matters involving their home chapter directly, or any self identified matter where the objectivity of the member may be in question. Any conflict of interest shall be entered into the minutes.

Removal from Committee

A committee Member may be removed when

  • The Member participates in less than 50% of regular meetings in a calendar year
  • The Member does not participate in any regular meetings in a 90 day period without providing prior notice to the chair
  • A motion for removal is approved via a unanimous vote of the other committee Members

The Chair may be removed at any time by a majority vote of the other committee members. A new temporary chair shall immediately be elected to complete the term of the outgoing chair.


From time to time, committee members may travel on behalf of the committee and at the expense of the OWASP Foundation. Any such travel shall first be approved by the Chair, availability of funds confirmed, and notification of travel be provided to the other committee Members. In the event that the Chair denies the request, or is unavailable, travel may be approved by concurrence of any two Global Chapters Committee members (non-inclusive of the traveling member) so long as funds are available.

Upon return, the traveling Member shall submit an expense report to the Chair with receipts for any

  • Transportation (Airfare, POV, Train, Bus ect)
  • POV will be reimbursed at $.50 a mile
  • Lodging (Room Charges, Taxes and Fees)
  • Meals/Incidental Expenses

Transportation and Lodging expenses will be reimbursed at the rate of actual expenses incurred. Meals/Incidental expenses shall be reimbursed on actual expenditures with a daily cap as defined by the US General Services Administration ( or US Department of State Per Diem Rate ( for the destination.