Eddy Kayihura
CEO Africa Network Information Centre
Eddy Kayihura

CEO Africa Network Information Centre

Mokgabudi Lucky Masilela
CEO of ZACR
Mokgabudi Lucky Masilela

CEO of ZACR

Lucky Masilela holds a degree in Applied Physics and Electronics Engineering from Hampton University in the USA he is currently the CEO of ZA Central Registry NPC and Registry Africa Pty Ltd companies he joined in 2014. Lucky has long experience in the telecommunications sector after being employed by Siemens Telecommunications later Nokia Siemens Networks for at least 17 years. During this period he served at numerous positions starting off in the technical field finally in the management level where he was responsible for corporate functions throughout the Southern Africa region. He is a past panel member and deputy chair of the ICT Policy Review Panel charged with a duty of reviewing the current Electronic Communication Acts (ECTA, ECT, Broadcasting, Broadband, ICASA) in their entirety and eventually developing a White Paper. He is a past Councilor of the ICT B-BBEE Charter. He is a former Chairperson of the South African Communications Forum (SACF) an industry representative body.

Mr. Alain Patrick Aina
WACREN’s Chief Technology Officer
Mr. Alain Patrick Aina

WACREN’s Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Alain Patrick Aina currently serves as  WACREN’s Chief Technology Officer.

Network engineer, M. Aina is very active in technical networking activities is AFRICA.
Former special project manager,  Acting CTO,  Acting CEO and Director research and innovations at AFRINIC.
Former ICANN Stability and Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) member [2002-2015]
Former  Internet Society Board of trustees [2011-2014].
He serves as Crypto Officer for Root KSK, East Cost facility.
He is an activist DNS/DNSSEC
Mouhamet Diop
Directeur Général de NEXT SA
Mouhamet Diop

Directeur Général de NEXT SA

Mouhamet Diop est le Directeur Général de NEXT SA, une société de services spécialisée dans l’innovation technologique et le développement des Nouvelles technologies et de l’Economie Numérique en Afrique et une plus grande présence de l’Afrique dans le CyberEspace.

Mouhamet Diop est également le Président Directeur Général de Kheweul.Com, le premier registrar opérationnel en Afrique qui travaille sur la gestion des noms de domaine et l’hébergement.

Mouhamet Diop est également le Coordonnateur d'AfRegistrar, l'Association des Bureaux d'enregistrement Africains, basé au Sénégal.

Lauréat du Meilleur Registrar Africain à Durban, lors du Sommet Afrique sur l’Industrie des Noms de domaines, Mouhamet Diop a participé à l’élaboration de la Stratégie MEA (Middle East and Africa) d’ICANN dans le developpement de l’Industrie des Noms de domaine et des contenus sur Internet.

Président de AfRegistrar, Il travaille également dans le cadre de Collaboration dans la lutte contre la Cybercriminalité entre AfricaCert. et préside actuellement les Travaux du Gouvernement du Sénégal sur la Stratégie de Croissance Accélérée, en ce qui concerne la Grappe TIC et Téléservices.

Initiateur de Freenames en 2013, d’Africa Content Initiative « ACI » en 2012, de Mymusiconline en 2008, Mouhamet Diop s’est engagé dans un combat farouche pour l’émergence de contenus pertinents Africains sur Internet.

Il a occupé de 2002 à 2006, le Poste de Directeur, membre du Conseil d’Administration d’ICANN, l’organisation chargée de la Coordination technique au niveau internationale sur les questions liées à Gouvernance Internet, et basée en Californie.

Il

Abdalmonem Galila
Deputy Manager of Masr -IDN TLD
Abdalmonem Galila

Deputy Manager of Masr -IDN TLD

Abdalmonem Galila is the Deputy Manager of the .masr (.مصر) IDN ccTLD of Egypt. He is also a member of the Task Force on Arabic Script Internationalized
Domain Names (TF-AIDN) that focuses on the secure deployment and ease of use of Arabic IDNs.

He is a very active member of the ICANN community, and is currently engaged in the work being done by the Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG).
In March 2018, he was elected as a UA ambassador, supporting the equal treatment of all domain names. Since then he has conducted many UA awareness sessions, training
sessions and hands-on workshops inside and outside of Egypt.

Alice Munyua
Director of Africa Innovation at Mozilla
Alice Munyua

Director of Africa Innovation at Mozilla

If you involved in public policy issues as they relate to Information Communication Technology then you know Alice Munyua.
Ms Munyua is the Director of Africa Innovation at Mozilla. She leads Mozilla’s Innovation and Public Policy portfolios for the Africa region. She served as a member of the board of the Kenya Communications Regulatory Authority, led African Government engagement in the African Union Commission Dot Africa initiative,
represented both the Kenya government and the AUC at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), while there she served as vice- chair for 2 years and founding chair of the GAC Public Safety and Under-Served Regions Working Groups. She has been involved with the internet society in different capacities, including as a member of the board of trustees for 3 years. She is the founder and convener of the Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet) is a multi-stakeholder network of people and institutions interested and involved in ICT Policy and regulation.

Mrs. Edith Udeagu
Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)
Mrs. Edith Udeagu

Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

Mrs. Edith Udeagu is the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) and Head of the NiRA Secretariat. Mrs. Udeagu manages a team of dedicated staff in the running and operations of the NiRA. NiRA is the Administrator of the .ng country code Top Level Domain (.ng ccTLD). NiRA adopted the 3R (Registry/Registrar/Registrant) model of operation in the Management of the .ng ccTLD. Registrations can only be done through NIRA certified Registrars. These Registrars are certified by NiRA to facilitate the registration, transfer, renewal, and modification of registration data for registrants that apply for .ng domain names. As at 30th June 2020, NiRA has 160,276 active .ng domain names at the 2nd and 3rd levels. NiRA has Seventy-one (71) Accredited Registrars as of April 2020. Some the NiRA Accredited Registrars have also appoint re-sellers for their operations.

Dr. Dawit Bekele
Regional Vice President-Africa of the Internet Society
Dr. Dawit Bekele

Regional Vice President-Africa of the Internet Society

Dr. Dawit Bekele is the Regional Vice President-Africa of the Internet Society where he worked at various capacities since 2006. Prior to joining Internet Society, Dr. Dawit worked at Addis Ababa University on teaching and research positions in computer science, and started and ran a private company for Internet-related services for a number of years.
Dr. Dawit is an Ethiopian citizen living in Addis Ababa. He received undergraduate, Masters and Ph.D. degrees from Université Paul Sabatier in France, all degrees in Computer Science. He also holds a Master in Business leadership from University of South Africa.

Dr Ly Ousmane
International consultant in public health.
Dr Ly Ousmane

International consultant in public health.

Dr Ly Ousmane is currently an international consultant in public health - global health and Digital health. Holds a University Certificate in Medical Informatics from the University of Geneva (Switzerland) and a Diploma of Advanced Studies master’s degree in medical informatics from the University Pierre Marie Curie (Paris VI). He is currently pursuing a postgraduate course in Health Informatics at the University of Sherbrooke, Quebec Canada. Finally, he is an Assistant Professor/researcher at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Sciences, Techniques and Technologies of Bamako.

Régis MASSÉ
Chief Technical Officer
Régis MASSÉ

Chief Technical Officer

Having graduated as an engineer from EPITA with a specialization in Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence, Régis MASSÉ headed up the Design & Development department from July 2008 to June 2014, formed of engineers tasked with developing the company’s IT system.

He has held the position of Chief Technical Officer since June 2014.

Before joining Afnic, Régis MASSÉ began his career in the world of software development before spending almost ten years working at the leading group in the field of computer training, successively acting as a training consultant, Head of Consulting and Head of IT.

Sagbo Pierre Dandjinou
VP, Stakeholder Engagement - Africa
Sagbo Pierre Dandjinou

VP, Stakeholder Engagement - Africa

Pierre Dandjinou is currently Vice President, global stakeholder engagement at ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and numbers, headquartered in Los Angeles, California.. Pierre coordinates ICANN's engagement with African stakeholders and oversees the implementation of ICANN's African strategy. This strategy largely supports African participation to policy development at ICANN, capacity building on DNS technology, management and security, and promotion of the DNS industry in Africa.

Before joining ICANN, Pierre was Executive Director of the multidisciplinary firm ‘Strategy Consulting Group’ based in Cotonou (Benin) and in Dakar (Senegal); this followed his 12 years tenure as  a Senior Regional Adviser,  ICTs for Development and e-Governance, at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). In this context, he assisted UNDP offices in sub-Saharan Africa in various aspects, including the analysis, design and management of information systems and strategies; Consulting support in ICT policies and strategies for development, electronic governance (e-Governance) and the Modernization of public administration; as well as project evaluation and knowledge management.

Before joining the UNDP in 1997, Pierre was Director of the consulting firm ‘Infocom Services’ and carried out several expert missions for many institutions including FAO, CTA, ILCA, la Francophonie and UNESCO. Pierre has contributed to several initiatives relating to the development of the internet in Africa; he is a founding member of several institutions and professional associations, including ISOC, ICANN, and AFRINIC, of ​​which he served as chair of the Board. Pierre graduated as an engineer, information systems from the Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III) and from the National Conservatory

Mr. Barrack Otieno
General Manager of Africa Top Level Domains Organization
Mr. Barrack Otieno

General Manager of Africa Top Level Domains Organization

Mr. Barrack Otieno serves as the General Manager of Africa Top Level Domains Organization www.aftld.org, the regional association of Country Code Top Level Domain Registries and Secretariat of the Africa Domain Name System Forum.  He is also the current Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dot Africa Foundation as well as a trustee at the Kenya ICT Action Network a Policy Think tank. He was the founding president of the Internet Society Kenya Chapter, former secretariat of Africa Regional At Large Organization (www.afralo.org) the voice of Internet users from the African continent within the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. He is involved in local, regional and international standards development for the International Standards Organization (ISO 27000 series on Information Security Management) through the Kenya Bureu of Standards Technical Committee on IT Security which he chairs as a representative of the Computer Society of Kenya.

Joel Karubiu
Chief Executive Officer – Kenya Network Information Center ( KeNIC)
Joel Karubiu

Chief Executive Officer – Kenya Network Information Center ( KeNIC)

Joel Karubiu is the Chief Executive Officer of Kenya Network Information Center ( KeNIC)  and has over 20 years as an innovative and creative solutions provider with an edge in marketing and business development.

Joel is tasked with ensuring a robust Domain Registry System in Kenya and ensuring the growth of a unique identification of every Kenyan in the online space. In addition, he drives an Internet governance and compliance agenda within the community.

He holds a master’s degree in International Business Administration from United States International University (USIU) as well as diplomas from various institutions.

Joel is passionate about youth development in the field of marketing and entrepreneurship and leads talks with student marketers on their career journeys and is a mentor to many, he has also been involved in strategic input to various marketing activities at both private and public

TIME SESSION DESCRIPTION
8:00 – 8:10 Introduction and formal opening session

Welcome Remarks by leaders from respective organizing Partners

Moderator -Barrack Otieno – AFTLD

  • Alex Corenthin – AFTLD
  • Pierre Dandjinou – ICANN
  • Mouhamet Diop – AFREGISTRAR
8:10 – 8:20 Remarks from other Regional Actors

Brief remarks from representatives of regional Internet Organizations and the Africa Union

  • Dawit Bekele – ISOC 
  • Moctar Yedaly –  AUC
  • Eddy Kayihura – AFRINIC
  • Dr. Nii Quaynor – AFNOG
8:20 – 10:00 DNS and Emerging Issues during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Panel Discussion: This panel will look into the impact, response, opportunities, and challenges due to the Covid-19 Pandemic from respective industry perspectives.

Moderator: Ali Hadji Mmadi NIC.KM and AFTLD

  • Dr. Habil Olaka-  CEO, Kenya Bankers Association – Financial Sector Perspective
  • Alain Aina, CTO- WACREN – Academia Perspective
  • Lucky Masilela-  CEO, ZACR  –  DNS Industry Perspective
  • Ousmane Ly- General Director, National Agency for Telehealth and Medical Data Processing in Mali –  Health Sector Perspective
Afternoon Session: 12:00 PM – 14:00 PM UTC
12:00 – 14:00

Policy Focused Session

(DNS related Policy Issues)

 

Panel Discussion: This session will examine the relevant policy interventions necessary to support the DNS Industry in Africa and propose possible approaches and stakeholders best placed to implement them.  

Moderator: Eric Akumiah

  • Edith Udeagu- Executive Secretary, NIRA– Enabling Policy Environment – Case of Nigeria
  • Dr. Nii Quaynor- Chairman, Ghana Dot Com – How do we mainstream the DNS / Raise DNS visibility as a public good worthy of the support and investment by policymakers?
  • Judith Samantha  – Lawyer- What Policy adjustments would the DNS Industry in Africa seek going forward
  • Palesa Legoze – Chairperson, South Africa Domain Name Authority .zaDNA Role of Governments in safeguarding the DNS
TIME SESSION DESCRIPTION
Morning Session: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM UTC
8:00 – 10:00

Technical Focused Session

Behavior of the DNS during this Pandemic (Security- Resilience- Abuse)

Panel: The first part of the session will highlight recent studies and findings on the behavior of the DNS and Internet Usage in general with a focus on DNS Abuse and Bandwidth Usage trends. The second, will focus on regional case studies, followed by an interactive Q&A 

Moderator: Wafa Dahmai – ATI(.TN)

  • John Crain- Chief Security, Stability & Resiliency Office, ICANN- Presentation on Behavior and DNS Security During this Covid-19 Pandemic
  • Eddie Kayihura- CEO, AFRINIC – Presentation on Perspectives from AFRINIC 
  • Regisse Masse –  Chief Technology Officer –  AFNIC (.FR cc TLD) – Presentation on TLD Ops /  Disaster Recovery Playbook 
  • Albert Kamga – ANTIC – Presentation on .CM (Cameroon)- as a Case Study
Afternoon Session: 12:00 PM – 14:00 PM UTC
12:00 –13:40

Marketing / Online Branding / Intellectual Property Focused Session

 

Panel: This session attempts to answer the following questions:

  • Can you pay for your domain Online- across Countries?
  • How do you choose a good domain name that embodies your brand (and amplifies SEO)?
  • How do you maintain a brand’s digital persona and protect it from domain hacking and spoofing?

Moderator: Joel Karubiu –CEO Kenya Network Information Centre

  • Jonathan Gahamayi – Afripay- Automation / EPP / E-payments 
  • Barrack Otieno- AFTLD – State of Registrations in Africa Compared to other regions 
  • Abdelmonem Galila -. Deputy Manager of Masr -IDN TLD– / Universal Acceptance & Branding
  • Mouhamet Diop- Chairman Africa Registrars Association View from AFRegistrars
13:40 –14:00

Forum Closing Session

 

Moderator:  Yaovi Atohoun

Meeting Summary: Kevin Chege – Director Internet Development Internet Society

  • Alex Corenthin–  AFTLD  –Update on the DNS Observatory
  • Pierre Dandjinou– ICANN – Update on the DNSSEC Survey
  • Mouhamet Diop – AFREGISTRAR
  • Nick Tomasso- Vice President- Global Meeting Operations and Managing Director – Middle East and Africa- ICANN