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 of Arts and Crafts in Paris. He has also attended numerous specialized training courses on the digital economy, artificial intelligence and cryptocurrency.