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Executive Secretary, NIRA
Dr. Nii Quaynor
Chairman, Ghana Dot Com
Secretary General, ATU
Chief Security, Stability & Resiliency Office, ICANN
Deputy Manager of Masr -IDN TLD
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
VP, Stakeholder Engagement - Africa
Pierre joined ICANN in December 2012, as the VP for Africa. He coordinates implementation of ICANN's strategic plan for Africa and is responsible for outreach, support and engagement with all stakeholders, including governments, civil society and private sector in the Africa region.
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. Joel has been active in building strong brands using integrated marketing methodologies while being a key contributor to strategic business planning and developing long term growth plans.
He holds a degree and masters 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
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.
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.
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.
WACREN’s Chief Technology Officer
Mr. Alain Patrick Aina currently serves as WACREN’s Chief Technology Officer.
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.
CEO Africa Network Information Centre
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. He was the founding president of the Internet Society Kenya Chapter, the 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 and a trustee at the Kenya ICT Action Network. 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 Bureau of Standards Technical Committee on IT Security which he chairs as a representative of the Computer Society of Kenya.