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Mark Tinka has been in the Internet industry since 1999, having helped build various Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) in Uganda, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Malawi. He was also instrumental in shaping the technological advancements and construction of the service networks of Africa Online, a Pan-African Internet Service Provider with eight operations on the continent, Global Transit and TIME dotCom, two Malaysian sister organizations engaged in wholesale and retail infrastructure services in Malaysia, when he worked there. Mark is heavily involved in various community organizations such as AfNOG, APRICOT, MyNOG, AfPIF, e.t.c. He is now based in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he is the Head of Engineering at SEACOM, a submarine cable operator along the coast of East and Southern Africa.
Pascal Hoba is the CEO of Ubuntunet Alliance since January 20015. Previously was director of Knowledge management and ICT Services at the Association of African Universities based in Accra, Ghana where Dr Hoba also served as Coordinator of the Europe-Africa quality Connect project and the coordinator of Database of African Theses and Dissertations (DATAD) programme from which he is credited for initiating the Open Access process with the DATAD programme as a regional repository center. Before he joined AAU he worked as programme officer at IIEP/UNESCO Head office in Paris France. With over 20 years’ experience in Higher Education and research, Dr Hoba has served on a number of Africa-wide initiatives and boards such as the steering committee of the Pan African/Indian e-Network Project at the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa; and the Member of Executive Committee of the Pan-African Leadership Institute based in Alexandria in Egypt.
Andrew Owens is the Senior Product Manager for Interconnection & Peering at Teraco Data Environments, and is responsible for the design, commissioning and management of the NAPAfrica peering platform. Focused on serving sub-Saharan Africa, NAPAfrica has been instrumental in ensuring that content is locally available in Africa. Andrew is an industry expert in the design of peering exchanges and networks. He works closely with industry bodies such as Euro-IX, AFRNIC, MEF and ISOC with the goal of implementing global polices within Africa. .
Andrew Owens is the Senior Product Manager for Interconnection & Peering at Teraco Data Environments, and is responsible for the design, commissioning and management of the NAPAfrica peering platform. Focused on serving sub-saharan Africa, NAPAfrica has been instrumental in ensuring that content is locally available in Africa. Andrew is an industry expert in the design of peering exchanges and networks. He works closely with industry bodies such as Euro-IX, AFRNIC, MEF and ISOC with the goal of implementing global polices within Africa. Prior to Teraco, he started his career in IT in South Africa’s largest fruit tracking house, where he wrote the data exchange system responsible for supporting 98% of South Africa’s fruit exports at the time. He then moved into the telecommunications sector and was instrumental in launching the first VoIP services in South Africa at Storm Voice and Data, where he was primarily responsible for the development of the authentication and billing platforms as well as management of the organisation’s regional networks.
Madhvi Gokool is the Registration Services Manager at AFRINIC Ltd , the Regional Internet Registry for the AFRICA service region. She is in charge of the department that oversees the core function of AFRINIC - management of Internet Number Resources. She also helps the AFRINIC Capacity Building Team in Internet Number Resource Management trainings. Since 2015, she has started participating in key national and regional events in Africa to conduct outreaches targetted at AFRINIC and potential Resource members. Prior to joining AFRINIC in 2010, she worked in various positions in the team responsible for interconnecting business units of a service provider in Mauritius.
Toni Kalombo is a software architect and an open technology advocate.He builds and fine tunes Software Defined Networks and High Frequency Transactional Business Systems.Toni's career spans over 10 years and in this time he has developed software and business solutions for applications that span across multiple industries. Namely military, mining, automotive, financial, telecommunications and IT.Toni is a researcher in Software Defined Networking and Network Function Virtualization.Other than taking his fitness seriously, Toni appreciate good art, good music and good wine in a clandestine destination.
Malcolm has been actively involved with the South African internet communities since he was a boy. He has worked in South Africa and the UK. He has a love of networking, peering and cloud computing.Malcolm enjoys being a dad, computer games , bridge and basketball. He is currently a Director of Routed Hosting which is the first Vendor Neutral cloud platform in South Africa.
Ben Maddison is Director and Co-Founder of Workonline Communications (Pty) Ltd with the responsibility of technology innovation and implementation. Workonline Communications, based in South Africa, is an innovative pan-African service provider of connectivity services. Workonline Communications owes its strength, growth, and fast expansion to Ben s dedication, passion, and unparalleled work ethics. Founded in Cape Town in 2006, Workonline is a privately owned company whose customers include some of the world’s largest telecommunication companies. Workonline provides services to the wholesale market, as well as specialised services to the medium and large enterprise market. Ben prides himself on the stability, resilience and redundancy provisions of the Workonline Communications network, which operates according to the highest standards. His initial vision of being a trusted advisor to clients, and driving innovation and agility remain at the core of Workonline’s business. Designing innovative commercial and technical solutions has given them the edge and led to their healthy growth over the past nine years.
Paul is an experienced telecommunications executive having been in the industry for over 30 years. He is founder of Paul Colmer & Associates and was responsible for starting the first Voip training school in SA. He is currently CTO and founder of Greencom FTTx and has published articles and presented on Fibre , Wi Fi , VOIP and other aspects of telecommunications.
Nishal is ISPAs country manager for the Internet Exchange Points (INXes) for South Africa. Both from a technical and policy background, Nishal has been involved in interconnections and exchange points in many countries, and now adds those many years of experience to Africa’s largest peering points. He’s also Senior Project Manager: Architecture, for AfriNIC, the Regional Internet Registry for Africa, and is largely responsible for the deployment of AfriNIC’s infrastructure across the African continent. Prior, Nishal has worked in several roles at Internet Solutions, growing their infrastructure to a multinational service provider, operating across 4 continents during his 12 year stint at IS. Nishal is passionate about transferring education to developing and under‐developed countries, and is a volunteer instructor for the African Network Operators Group (AfNOG), and a IEEE member.
Kevin works for the Internet Society as the Internet Development Manager for Africa. He manages projects around raising technical skills levels in Africa on routing and Internet Services, strengthening ccTLDs and NOGs as well as raising awareness on Internet Standards in Africa. His background is in Network and Internet Services Design and Deployment He is based in Nairobi, Kenya
Portia Rabonda is qualified in Accounting and Communication Science and is an advocate for education and continuous learning. She is currently employed as a Customer Relations Management Specialist with 8 years of experience, which speaks to her passion for customer service. Portia is enthusiastic about contributing to communities through active work, and as one half of SAFNOG's social media team this connects her with SAFNOG'S mission to build and sustain regional communities, through digital media. She enjoys spending her free time at a local children’s home, assisting the kids with their homework.
Arnold Nipper is in the Internet industry since 1989. He was instrumental in setting up RIPE, DeNIC and the academic and research IP network in Germany while working at one of the first commercial ISP in Germany. Co-founding DE-CIX in 1995, Arnold Nipper served as CTO/COO until recently and now holds the position as Chief Technology Evangelist. Since 2007 Arnold Nipper is also involved in PeeringDB as an Admin, serving as Director since November 2015.
Lesley Colmer is an experienced Executive in the financial field having been a partner with IBM, Ernst & Young and Deloittes Consulting. In addition, she has many years senior line executive experience with Stanbic Africa, Citibank and SA Post Office.She has worked across the African continent and in Europe and Middle East.Her experience lies in the fields of Risk Management, Internal Audit,Financial Advisory, and Project Assurance. She is currently a founder and CFO of Greencom FTTx.
Richard has been working in the IT industry for over ten years. He started his career managing the marketing and PR for organizations such as OpenText and Brocade before joining Interxion as UK Marketing Manager. He later moved to Interxion’s Cloud Team as International Marketing and Alliance manager where he was responsible for driving the adoption of cloud connectivity via Interxion s Cloud Connect Solution. In his current role at Microsoft he is responsible for managing and recruiting cloud networking partners in EMEA and working with them to deliver integrated connectivity solutions that help Microsoft’s customers deploy advanced workloads in the cloud.
Federico has been working on Azure since its commercial launch in 2009, and now focuses on the platform’s security, identity and networking features.Federico joined Microsoft in 2008, as an Identity&Access technical specialist. Prior to joining Microsoft, Federico worked for an Italian startup that pioneered the emerging field of “offensive security” – a proactive and adversarial approach to protecting computer systems focused on seeking out the attackers and attempting to disable or disrupt their operations.Federico graduated in Computer Engineering from the University of Pavia (Italy) in 1999. In 2003 he received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the same university. In 2003 he worked as a visiting researcher at the University of Toronto.
Amreesh is the Research and Innovation Manager at AFRINIC. He heads the newly created AFRINIC Labs whose main focus areas are Internet performance measurements and Internet security in Africa. He previously served as Software Engineer and Applications Unit Manager since 2011. Prior to joining AFRINIC, he was a Guest Research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He is currently reading for a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Cape Town.
Attilla has spent the last 15 years at the cutting edge of networking, having spent time with Amsterdam Internet Exchange, Infostrada, TenICT , with exposure to technology from Cisco, Brocade, HP, Juniper and Huawei. He now works for Cumulus Networks, the creators of open networking, where he is able to continue his interest in open architecture design.
Martin Levy has the Network Strategy position at Cloudflare He was previously the Director of IPv6 Strategy at Hurricane Electric Internet Services, and an internationally recognized expert on IPv6 and other important industry topics.
Mr. Levy ran for election as the ASO’s representative to the ICANN Board in 2012. The Organization voted in May, 2012 and lost to the incumbent Ray Plzak. In 2015, Mr. Levy is running for a second time for the same board seat.
Mr. Levy has been working with TCP/IP since the early 1980’s, and was involved in the publication of the first TCP/IP RFCs. He was born in England but later moved to New Jersey, in the United States, to work as a software developer at Bell Labs. He worked in New Jersey for seven years and then moved to California. Mr. Levy has built networks in California, the US, Europe, Latin America and now in Asia. He joined Hurricane Electronics in 2008.
Mr. Levy joined Cloudflare in March 2014.
He has worked at several companies including CMGI, Internex Information Services, XO Communications, Inc., Newton Technology Partners, Telecom Italia Sparkle, Latin American Nautilius, Gigamon Systems and Swan Labs. Among the most recent jobs in his career, he has been the CTO of Digital Campaigns and a Consultant at Mahtin, Inc.
Jan Zorz started his professional career in RS-232/VAX VMS world in 1992 and continued through Novell and Windows environments all the way to Solaris and other UNIX derivatives that today represent the native environment for the majority of his projects. Jan is the Internet Society's Operational Engagement Programme Manager. He works on operational initiatives to ease the deployment of IPv6 and other technologies. He is also working to help the industry document best-current operational practices and to improve operator feedback to the IETF.
Jan is one of the pioneers of SiOL, the Slovenian national ISP, and has been involved in the organization from the beginning. Among other activities, he began experimenting in 1997 with Internet streaming multimedia content. Based on these experiments, he successfully accomplished projects such as "Dhaulagiri '99 Live" (an Internet multimedia transmission of Tomaz Humar's solo climb of the south wall of Dhaulagiri (called Death Zone in the Himalayas), "Ski Everest Live 2000" (an Internet live-video transmission and monitoring of extreme skiing from the summit of Mt. Everest by Davo Karnicar) and other similar projects. Together with two other members of the team "Dhaulagiri '99 Live", Jan received a media award/statue "Victor" for special achievement.
For the last seven years, Jan has been working as a consultant in the IT field, specializing in IPv6. He co-founded the Go6 institute (not-for-profit), a Slovenian IPv6 initiative whose main objective is to raise IPv6 awareness in Slovenia and alert the community to the fact that we are approaching extensive changes on the Internet.
Due to the success of Go6 Institute, Slovenia is currently leading the EU as the country most prepared for IPv6 (according to the RIPE NCC's IPv6 RIPEness study). Jan has been invited to present around the world on his work, the model of the Go6 platform, IPv6 awareness raising and deployment at the national level. These speaking engagements have included conferences such as RIPE Meetings, Google IPv6 Implementors Conference 2010, Internet Governance Forum meetings, OECD meeting, World IPv6 Congresses (Paris and London), as well as national forums in Germany, Greece, Norway, Macedonia, Oman, Brazil and many others.
Jan is also primary co-author of a very successful procurement (specification) paper, published as official RIPE Best Current Practice document RIPE-501, titled "Requirements For IPv6 in ICT Equipment". This document is translated into more than 10 languages and is used around the world by enterprises and governments when requesting IPv6 features in ICT equipment purchases. RIPE-501 was recently replaced by RIPE-554, also co-authored by Merike Kaeo, Sander Steffann and Jan Zorz.
Jan is based in Škofja Loka, Slovenia (EU).
Thomas Weible is the creative brain of FLEXOPTIX. A real rebel who dreams up innovations such as the FLEXBOX. He dives deep into the inner life of optics and loves experimenting on real-life problems with our customers.
Making quality scalable and researching how optics can predict their lifespan are just two of many topics that he works on. Thomas likes tractor driving and nature, and is a huge fan of smart pragmatism. Thomas studied information technology in Darmstadt, Germany and Townsville, Australia.
Michuki Mwangi is the Regional Development Manager for Africa at the Internet Society where he works in the African Regional Bureau to promote Internet growth and sustainability since 2008.
At the Internet Society Michuki has been instrumental in the design and execution of the multi-pronged and ambitious, Africa Interconnection and Traffic Exchange Program, that aims to achieve 80% local and 20% international Internet traffic exchanged in Africa by the year 2020.
Before joining the Internet Society, Michuki served as the Administrative Manager at the .KE ccTLD registry (KENIC). He also served as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the KIXP.
Mukom Akong Tamon is Head of Capacity Development AFRINIC based in Mauritius. He created and runs AFRINIC's IPv6 training program which has trained more than 4000 network engineers in 50+ countries on the skills needed to plan and deploy next-generation IPv6 networks.
He is also the creator of AFRINIC's "IPv6 Strategy & Planning" aka "IPv6 for Managers'” course which helps decision makers better understand the strategic issues relating to IPv4 exhaustion and how to effectively plan and support IPv6 deployment. Mukom is the main author of the IPv6 Forum's "IPv6 for Systems Engineers" program which standardised the skills needed by systems engineers to deploy IPv6 services.
Before joining AFRINIC, Mukom worked at Kaduna Business School, Ahmadu Bello University, the United Nations Development Program and volunteered as trainer & curriculum designer for the Nigerian Network Operators’ Group. In these roles, Mukom has trained more than 1000 managers and executives on how think and use IT strategically.
A citizen of Cameroon, trained as an Electrical Engineer, Mukom’s experience spans Information Technology, management consulting, executive education and international development industries. He is Lean Six Sigma Certified by the Chartered Quality Institute of the UK, 4DX (the 4 Disciplines of Execution) certified by Franklin Covey as well as IPv6 Forum Certified (Gold) Engineer and Trainer
Mark 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. Today, the CO.ZA Domain has over a million Domain Names and is by far the largest Domain in Africa.He is a share holder in DNS. Achievements include: CCIE (Cisco Engineer) No.1992, 6 June 1996 Running IPv6 at Posix Systems since January 2007 DNSSEC at Posix Systems since 2010 IPv6 based presentations at the 2009 IGF Chair Person of the South African IPv6 Task force committee Member of the IoD (Institution of Directors) 2011 Past Board member of AFRINIC Currently an AFRINIC ASO-AC representative ICANN DNSSEC Program Committee Member By being involved with the ZACR (South African Central Registry), Mark provides DNS (and DNSSEC) training to ISP’s in South and Southern Africa, courses which are usually every six month for the past ten years. Mark is also involved in the DNSSEC management of the local ccTLD’s domains, such as ZA, CO.ZA and of the gTLD’s that are run locally, that is, Durban, Capetown and Durban. Mark is currently involved as the technical leader in the ICANN project – a DNS Study of Africa (dnsafrica.study) – to collect statistics of all African ccTLD Domains. Mark is (or was) also involved with SAFNOG (Southern African NOG), ISOC, AfNOG, AfrISPA and AfPIF. He is a Board Member of COZA-Cares, a non-profit organisation that is involved with ICT in Schools. Marks hobbies include SCUBA Diving. He is a NAUI Dive instructor.
Michele McCann is the Head of Interconnection and Peering at Teraco, the first neutral colocation facility in Africa focused on servicing Southern Africa. Michele is an industry expert in peering, content and carrier aggregation in Africa and has a key understanding of the opportunities and challenges within the African market as well as experience with diversification for a global market. Prior to Teraco McCann served as Commercial Director at Arc Telecoms. Her role included development of new infrastructures focusing on delivering ISP products and services to the market. Currently a key strategic focus for her is on relationship development with new and existing Teraco carriers and content providers in order to grow future opportunities locally and internationally. .
Mr Barrett has been an integral part of the development of AFRINIC and Africas Internet since 1989, is a long-standing member of the AFRINIC community, and is a familiar and well-respected face on the global Internet scene. Mr Barrett has been involved with the Internet since 1989, when he was a lecturer in the Electronic Engineering department at the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa. Throughout 1990 and 1991, he played a key part in the transformation of the South African universities network to the TCP/IP protocols and in its connection to the global Internet. He operated the primary name server for .ZA at that time and, in 1993, was a co-founder of South Africa’s first commercial Internet service provider. In 1997, he was one of the four authors of the proposal to form AFRINIC, and served on the AFRINIC Board from its inception until 2009. He has been a member of the ASO Address Council since 2005. He is currently a member of the Consolidated RIR IANA Stewardship Proposal (CRISP) Team, which drafted the number resource community’s response to the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group’s (ICG) request for proposals. He is also a member of the ICG, which is preparing a proposal for the transition of the IANA functions away from oversight by the US government’s NTIA. He was also one of the founding members of the South African chapter of the Internet Society, and one of the founding members of Namespace ZA, an organisation that was intended to oversee the .ZA ccTLD before that role was taken over by legislation.