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Adiel Akplogan, Chief Executive Officer, AfriNIC

Adiel AkploganAdiel A. Akplogan is the Chief Executive Officer of AfriNIC Ltd., the Internet Numbers’ Resource Registry for Africa since 2004. With more than 15 years experience in the Internet Industry, he has previously worked as New Technology Director at CAFENet (an IT service company based in Togo – 1994-2000), then as Information System Manager of Symbol Technologies in France (2001-2003). He has served as member of the UN Secretary General Internet Governance Forum Advisors Group (IGF-MAG from 2006-2009), in the African Technical Advisory Committee of the United Nation Economic Commission for Africa (ATAC/UNECA from 2005-2006) and in the OIF (Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie) group of Expert on Internet Governance since 1999.

As CEO of AfriNIC, Mr. Akplogan has served as the Chair of the NRO Executive Council in 2009 (Number Resource Organization – www.nro.net) and was involved with the setting up of several technical coordination bodies in Africa such as the African Network Operators Group (AfNOG) where he serves as a member of the Administrative committee and the African ccTLD Managers Association (AfTLD).

Adiel is an Electrical Engineer and holds a M.Sc. in E-Business and New Technology Management.

With a strong passion for Internet technology, he is one of the Internet pioneers in West Africa where, in early 90’s, he setup and Manage one of the very first private and independent Internet Service Providers in the region (CAFENet).

Alain Aina, Special Project Manager, AfriNIC

Alain AinaNetwork engineer, M. Aina is very active in technical networking activities is AFRICA. He worked to launch the first full IP services in Togolese Republic in 1996 and helped many entities to do so in West Africa and on the continent in general.

He founded in 1999 a private company which provides network and training services to boost Networking and Internet services deployment on the continent. AFNOG founder and instructor since 2000, he leads many Internet related projects and activities for the good of the local community.

Since November 2006, he works as “special project manager” at AfriNIC, a half time activity, which includes various projects (DNSSEC, RPKI, root server Anycast….), training, and IETF activities for the RIR. He served from June 2008 to December 2008 as acting CTO and Acting CEO from March 2011 to August 2011.

He also works for NSRC on various projects, supporting networking activities, trainings as part time work. He serves since 2002  as ICANN Stability and Security Advisory committee (SSAC) and as Internet Society Board of trustees 2011-2014. He serves as Crypto Officer for Root KSK, East Cost facility.

Kevin Chege, Internet Development Manager for Africa, Internet Society

Kevin ChegeKevin Chege joined the Internet Society in February 2012 as the Internet Development Manager for Africa under the Africa Regional Bureau.

Kevin joined ISOC from KENET where he recently served as the Network Manager. While at KENET, he was responsible for IP network design, Network Operations and Network Services. He worked at KENET for seven years, initially an E-1 (copper) only network and was at KENET even before it had its own Autonomous Number and IP address blocks. While at KENET, he oversaw the dramatic expansion of the KENET network from a VSAT network serving 12 links to a large NREN with over 100 active links, most on optical fiber, multiple Points of Presence (PoPs), and with undersea fiber capacity. He also setup and deployed several free and open source based network services and solutions from network monitoring, DNS, e-mail to web hosting for the benefit of the Kenyan Universities and the NREN.

He trained and mentored many techies and interns during his time at KENET and trained for both the NSRC and AfNOG. Kevin has made presentations at several forums and is also a contributor to a book published by INASP and the ICTP on Internet Bandwidth Management and Optimization entitled “How To Accelerate Your Internet: A practical guide to Bandwidth Management and Optimization using Open Source Software”.

Kevin holds a degree in Information Systems and Technology from the United States International University – Africa and has also participated in several technology trainings and workshops over the years. Kevin is a former ISOC fellow to the IETF and has had two articles published in the IETF journal. He was the recipient of the 2010 John Postel Network Operator’s Scholarship.

Kevin is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Mark Elkins, Posix Systems

Mark ElkinsMark was born and educated in the UK. He attended Queen Mary College (London University) from 1979 to 1983. From that very first day at university – Mark has been working on Unix based computer systems. He moved to South Africa in 1984.

After twelve years at Olivetti Systems and Networks, he started his own company (Posix Systems – an Internet Service Provider) and has been involved in Computer Communications since 1986.

He acquired the administered of the “CO.ZA” Domain name administration system on behalf of UniForum S.A. from 1995 and remains their Technical Director.

He is very active in the Internet Industry around Africa, involved with AfrISPA (teaching ISP’s how to form IXP’s (Internet Exchange Points), does a lot of DNS Teaching on behalf of UniForum SA and is also very involved with AfriNIC.

He became CCIE (Cisco Engineer) No.1992, 6 June 1996. (10th in Africa) Running IPv6 at Posix Systems since January 2007. He has completed various FoT (Fibre Technician) courses, including Design and FTTH in July 2011.

He has been involved in various Internet governmental forums and gave IPv6 based presentations at the 2009 IGF (Internet Governance Forum) in Egypt. He now sits on the (Dept. of Communications) South African IPv6 Task force committee.

He is a Member of the IoD (Institution of Directors) 2011 and has completing their “Being a Director” courses.

Current Directorships include:

AfriNIC – Vice Chair, Uniforum SA (founder), Posix Systems (Owner), Domain Name Services and various other organisations (Die Wilgers Home Owners Association, Wapadrand Office Park – Chair)

Current dream: Currently planning to roll out Dark Fibre and FTTH from Johannesburg to Messina!

Hobbies include SCUBA Diving (NAUI Instructor).

In particular, at UniForum, Mark is deeply involved in the dotAfrica project, that is, to run the ‘.africa’ gTLD domain.

Toilem Poriot Godwin, Technical Manager, KeNIC

Toilem GodwinToilem Poriot Godwin is the Technical Manager for KeNIC. KeNIC manages the .ke domain name space. Toilem has vast technical experience in DNS,DNSsec, Networking and Linux/Unix System administration.

Toilem is also member of ke-cirt Committee representing the DNS sector and member of ISOC-KE.

Chris Grundemann, Director, Deployment & Operationalization, Internet Society

Chris GrundemannChris Grundemann (JNCIE #449) is the Director of Deployment and Operationalization at the Internet Society where he focuses on developing and delivering programs to foster the uptake and use of key Internet technologies. Chris is the author of Day One: Exploring IPv6 and Day One: Advanced IPv6 Configuration, as well as several IETF Internet Drafts and various industry papers. He is the founding Chair of CO ISOC, the Colorado chapter of the Internet Society, a board member for the Rocky Mountain IPv6 Task Force (RMv6TF), an elected member of the ARIN Advisory Council (AC), an appointed member of the NANOG Program Committee (PC), Chair of the DLNA TC IPv6 Task Force, Co-Chair of the UPnP IPv6 Task Force, and a member of the CEA Pv6 Transition Working Group.

Chris also maintains a personal weblog aimed primarily towards Internet related posts typically focusing on network operation and design, tech-policy and the future of the Internet.

Frank Habicht, Manager – Core Network, SimbaNET Tanzania

Frank HabichtFrank is active in the Internet industry in Tanzania since 2000. He worked in technical roles at different operators. In the current role managing the core network of SimbaNET Tanzania he promotes national and regional connectivity and interconnection.

Since 2003 he is leading the management of the Tanzania Internet Exchange (TIX). He has assisted with establishment of additional IXPs within Tanzania and is supporting Internet Exchanges elsewhere in Africa.

Frank is active in AfNOG as instructor.

Janvier Ngnoulaye, ICT Manager, IGNU

janvier_ngnoulayeMr Janvier Ngnoulaye holds a PhD in educational technology. He is currently a teacher in ICT at the University of Yaounde 1 in Cameroon. He has 15 years of experience in Networking and Internet. He is the ICT manager of the IGNU which is the NREN of Cameroon.

He is the current primary Afrinic Board Member for the Central Africa Region. He helped to host the Afinic-15 meeting in Yaounde in 2011 (Apply for the Country) He’s successfully run the project ImpactIPv6 awarded in 2012 and 2013 by ISOC (Community Grant programme), with the support of Afrinic, that consisted to educate and train the key players involved in the chain of development and deployment of IPv6 in Cameroon. Inside the ICANN Community, he is a member of the Working Group on Data & Metrics for Policy Making.

Patrick Okui, Network Engineer and Trainer, Network Startup Resource Center

Patrick OkuiPatrick Okui is a Network Engineer and Trainer for the Network Startup Resource Center. When he’s not doing work at the NSRC he spends his time doing development, network design and roll out at Cristal Inc, a small startup in Uganda. Up until 2011 (from 2001) he worked at different mostly Internet related companies including some ISPs and the Ugandan Christian University. In addition Patrick has been consulting for numerous other service providers in Africa to help them design and build properly constructed IP networks

Since 2003 Patrick has been participating in the AfNOG workshop as an instructor but also as part of the NOC team that gets the network setup and keeps it running during the event. He also has participated in workshops organised by the Internet Society (ISOC) for setting up IXPs or localising different parts of the AfNOG workshop programme.

At NSRC, Patrick helps with workshop planning, training, material development as well as direct engineering and assistance as and when requests come in to the NSRC. This includes the active NOC role played before and during the AfNOG/AfriNIC workshops and conferences. In addition, Patrick works with the NSRC in the Asia/Pacific region at events such as SANOG, APRICOT and other network trainings and activities to help improve Internet access across the area.

Dan York, Senior Content Strategist, Internet Society

Dan YorkDan York is a passionate advocate for the open Internet focused on helping people understand the changes going on all around us within communication technology and practices. Dan serves the Internet Society as the Senior Content Strategist for the “Deployment & Operationalization” project helping create, curate, and promote online content that helps service providers, companies, and individuals more quickly deploy Internet technologies such as IPv6 and DNSSEC.

Separately, Dan is also the Chairman of the global Voice Over IP Security Alliance (VOIPSA). An author of multiple books on networking, security, IPv6 and Linux, Dan is a dynamic and engaging speaker who frequently presents at industry conferences and events and has been blogging and writing online for over 11 years. Previously Dan worked for Voxeo Corporation heading up the company’s communication through both traditional and new/social media. Prior to that, Dan served in the Office of the CTO for both Voxeo and before that Mitel focused on analyzing/evaluating emerging technology, participating in industry standards bodies and addressing VoIP security issues.

Since the mid-1980’s Dan has been working with online communication technologies and helping businesses and organizations understand how to use and participate in those new media. His most recent books are “Migrating Applications to IPv6” and “The Seven Deadliest Unified Communications Attacks.” More information about Dan can be found at danyork.com.

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