SAFNOG-1 Speaker Profiles

The Southern Africa Network Operators Group (SAFNOG)

Johannesburg, South Africa 22 April - 23 April, 2014

Adam Nelson, Kili

Adam Nelson

Adam Nelson is the founder of Kili (, a local Cloud infrastructure service focused on East African markets. Before moving to Nairobi, he was the CTO of numerous New York start-ups where he was a heavy user of Cloud infrastructure. Now he is deploying public Cloud infrastructure via OpenStack ( in Kenya so that start-ups, NGO's and SME's have access to low latency compute and storage for deploying their applications.

Ali Resting, Real Image Internet

Ali Resting

Ali Resting is the co-founder and Managing Director of Real Image Internet, a Swaziland-based Internet & Solutions Provider. In 1998, he founded Mailfly, Swaziland's first and only FREE e-mail service. Ali is one of the founding members of SISPA (Swaziland Internet Service Providers Association) and has remained an active member, playing a pivotal role in lobbying for an independent communications regulator in Swaziland. Ali won the Swaziland Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2005, becoming the youngest winner in the programme's history. He has officially represented the Kingdom Of Swaziland at a number of International Business and Economic forums, with a specific focus on telecommunications. In 2008, he was awarded a National Honour - "Order Of Eswatini with the rank of Commander", awarded by His Majesty King Mswati III for "Service Above Self".

Andre Els, LINX

Andre Els

Andre Els is a Senior Network Engineer in the Operations department at The London Internet Exchange. Originally from South Africa, he started his career just after school and moved to the United Kingdom at the age of 20. He started working at LINX in 2001 as a Provisioning Engineer and then later as a Network Engineer. In 2004 he moved back to South Africa working for Ensync Business Solutions, now called AfricaINX (EOH Network Solutions). He returned to the United Kingdom in 2007 as a Senior Network Engineer at LINX where his main responsibilities are operational issues within LINX, building and deploying new LINX sites locally in the UK and internationally.

Andrew Alston, Liquid Telecom

Andrew Alston

Andrew Alston has worked in the IT industry for the last 19 years, in UNIX system administration, security consulting, academic networking and the Internet sphere. Andrew spent 6 years as CTO of South Africa's national research & education network, TENET, where he led the development of high-speed Internet connectivity and advanced networking services. Since moving on from TENET, Andrew has taken up a position with Liquid Telecommunications as Group Head of IP Strategy, and now focuses on expanding and growing Liquid's IP/MPLS network, its peering and its cross-border reach.

Arunachalam Kandasamy, SEACOM

Arunachalam Kandasamy

Arunachalam Kandasamy is the Mauritius-based Head of Operations for SEACOM. He joined SEACOM in 2009 before the undersea cable went live and was instrumental in setting up the SEACOM Network Operations Centres and the Operations & Maintenance processes and procedures. He is currently busy in the development of the Operations Support System for SEACOM which interconnects the various Network Management Systems and Business Support Systems. Before joining SEACOM, he worked on cable systems such as the i2i Cable Network and FALCON Network in India and the Middle East. Arunachalam holds a Bachelors Degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering as well as a management qualification from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA).

Azura Mat Salim, Telekom Malaysia

Azura Mat Salim

Azura Mat Salim is a Manager at Telekom Malaysia, based in Kuala Lumpur. She has been in the telecommunications industry for 12 years. She spent the first half of her career in network operations and the rest in IP network strategy. She is responsible for the overall IPv6 strategy, design and deployment in Telekom Malaysia. Her other key functions include establishing strategic direction on new network technology adoption in the area of packet core. In recent years, she has been very active and focused in spreading awareness on IPv6 within the Malaysia.

Barry Apudo Macharia, TESPOK

Barry Apudo Macharia

Barry Apudo Macharia is the Technical Manager at the Telecommunication Service Providers Association of Kenya (TESPOK ), which runs the KIXP in Kenya. Barry has over 12 years experience in the IT industry, having worked with a leading international ISP and rising to various positions; and in the process, being able to actively participate in the design and implementation of various projects for that company. His current responsibilities are implementing TESPOK's technical vision and leading all aspects of the organisation's technological developments. Barry is the KIXP's top technology executive, playing an integral role in its strategic direction, development and future growth. Barry is also an IPv6 evangelist within the African region.

Brendan Dysel, Teraco Data Environments

Brendan Dysel

Prior to Teraco, Brendan Dysel worked at Credit Suisse, an international financial services group, where he was the Engineering Manager. This entailed looking after all eleven of the company's UK data centres, including a new US$52 million facility in Slough. Before that, he was the data centre manager at Elyo Services and Johnson Controls (for Morgan Stanley).

Cameron Byrne, T-Mobile U.S.

Cameron Byrne

Cameron Byrne is a Member of Technical Staff and Director of Technology at T-Mobile U.S. in Bellevue, Washington. Cameron has been with T-Mobile for 8 years, and leads end-to-end IP network architecture. He is also co-author of the IPv6 transition architecture 464XLAT / RFC 6877.

Duncan Greaves, TENET

Duncan Greaves

Duncan Greaves trained at the University of Natal, an institution that he later served variously as a lecturer in political theory, as Academic Computing Manager, and as IT Director. He joined TENET in 2003, initially as Capacity Development Program Manager and later as Service Manager. He was appointed CEO of TENET at the beginning of 2013.

Ernest Byaruhanga, AFRINIC

Ernest Byaruhanga

Ernest Byaruhanga is the Policy Coordinator for AFRINIC, where he facilitates the policy development function as the liaison between the community and AFRINIC. Ernest was instrumental in the start-up of AFRINIC as one of the founding staff of the registry, initially charged with all engineering functions and later traversing Africa as an IPv6 trainer (and evangelist). He is a seasoned technology veteran and was involved in the technical start-up of some of Uganda's largest Internet Service Providers.

Graham Beneke, Apolix Internet

Graham Beneke

Graham started his first small ISP while still a student at the University of the Witwatersrand, developing his skills in network and systems administration, and learning business processes. He has been involved with numerous anti-spam and fraud prevention projects, and is also involved with African Internet policy through AFRINIC. Graham currently works for Neology as a network engineer, where he architects and maintains core IP networks for a number of operators and ISP's throughout Southern and Eastern Africa.

Greg Hankins, Alcatel-Lucent

Greg Hankins

Greg Hankins is a Product Line Manager at Alcatel-Lucent for the 7x50 Service Router product lines. He works with service providers and Internet exchanges around the world, and has been an active member of the network operator and peering community for over 15 years. Prior to joining Alcatel-Lucent, Greg held technical marketing and systems engineering positions at Brocade Communications, Force10 Networks and Riverstone Networks, and network engineering positions at MindSpring Enterprises and Georgia Tech.

Geoff Hoy, TENET

Geoff Hoy

Geoff Hoy initially trained as a zoologist and lectured in Zoology for a few years at UCT before succumbing to the lure of electronics, computing and networking. He then managed the Zoology department network for several years, before moving to UCT's central IT department where he ran the help desk for 6 years. In 1998, he was seconded to UCT Libraries with the responsibility for ensuring that the libraries moved into the information and online-materials age. He says, "This was an exciting and challenging time", as librarians are risk-averse. In 2006, he joined TENET to advance their capacity development programs , during which time TENET trained over 60% of the IT staff of the universities in ITIL foundation. As TENET grew, Geoff became responsible for project management, before moving to service management, his current role.

Janine Rebelo, Vodacom

Janine Rebelo

Janine Rebelo is responsible for Vodacom's Enterprise Access networks and has driven its fixed-line strategy since 2008. Initial deployments included national Carrier Ethernet services over fibre and microwave, followed more recently by services on WACS and other undersea cable systems. FTTx will be a major focus area going forward as the demand for broadband over fibre gains momentum.

Janine is passionate about the development of Telecommunications in South Africa, joining the Fibre Optic Association as a Director last year. The FOA is an NGO dedicated to training young professionals in fibre optics with a view to uplifting local skills levels. She is also an active member of the FTTH Council of South Africa and is committed to lobbying for regulations governing rapid infrastructure deployment.

Janine is also an active member of the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) and serving as the MEF South Africa Marketing Co-Chair. Janine attained B.Com Economics and B.Com Honours Business Finance Degrees from the University of South Africa, and more recently, was certified by the MEF as a Carrier Ethernet Professional (MEF-CECP).

Kai U. Wulff, Google

Kai U. Wulff

Kai is a Director of Access at Google. In this role, he focuses on making the Internet more available and affordable to more people around the world. Prior to joining Google, Kai was the CEO of Kenya Data Networks from 2004 to 2010, where he formed and grew the company to become a highly successful fibre network wholesaler. Prior to Kenya Data Networks, Kai was the CEO and Managing Director of the African Safari Club Group of companies, where he led East Africa's largest Tour Operator and Hotel chain with 2 airlines, 10 hotel resorts, 2 cruise lines, 5 lodges and a vast Travel Agency network in Europe.

Before moving to Africa in 1998, Kai owned and managed his own group of ICT solution companies in Germany while serving as an Officer in the German Airforce and studying Economics and Computer Science at Bundesuniversitt Neubiberg.

Mark Campbell, Arbor Networks

Mark Campbell

Mark Campbell has been involved in the Internet Service Provider and Security industries for over 14 years. Mark's extensive experience has included projects for leading wireline and mobile providers. He has worked for telecom and networking vendors Siemens Telecoms and Cisco Systems. Mark's main focus areas are mobile data, data centre and backbone architectures. He certified as a CCIE in 2004 and ISC2 CISSP in 2013. Mark currently holds the position of Consulting Engineer for Arbor Networks with his territory of responsibility being Sub-Saharan Africa.

Mark Elkins, Posix Systems

Mark Elkins

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 administration of the CO.ZA Domain name administration system on behalf of UniForum S.A. from 1995, and was their Technical Director.

He is very active in the Internet industry around Africa, was involved with AfrISPA (teaching ISP's how to form Internet Exchange Points, does a lot of DNS teaching on behalf of UniForum S.A. (now renamed the ZACR) and is also very involved with AFRINIC.

He became CCIE (Cisco Engineer) No. 1992, on 6 June 1996 (10th in Africa). He has been 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 (Department of Communications) South African IPv6 Task force committee.

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

Hobbies: Scuba Diving (NAUI Instructor).

Mark Tinka, SEACOM

Mark Tinka

Mark has been in the Internet industry since 1999, having helped build various Internet Exchange Points (IXP's) in Uganda, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Malawi. He was also instrumental in shaping the technology advancements and construction of the service networks of Africa Online, a Pan-African Internet Service Provider with eight operations on the continent at the time; TIME dotCom and Global Transit Communications, two Malaysian sister organizations engaged in wholesale and retail infrastructure services in Malaysia and South East Asia, respectively, when he worked there. Mark is heavily involved in various community organizations such as AfNOG, APRICOT, MyNOG, AfPIF, SAFNOG, e.t.c. He is now based in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he is the Head of Engineering at SEACOM, a submarine cable and IP/MPLS network operator in the Africa, Europe, Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions.

Michele McCann, Teraco Data Environments

Michele McCann

Michele McCann is a Business Development Manager for Teraco Data Environments, and the peering co-ordinator for NAPAfrica. Her key focus in Teraco is relationship development of new and existing carriers and content providers in order to grow future opportunities locally and internationally. Before joining Teraco, Michele served as Commercial Director at Arc Telecoms. Her role included development of new infrastructures focusing on delivering ISP products and services to the market. Prior to Arc Telecoms she worked at iBurst where she developed the iBurst Business unit.

Natasha Wiliamson, Real Image Internet

Natasha Williamson

Natasha Williamson is the Operations Director of Real Image Internet, a Swaziland-based Internet & Solutions Provider. She has been in the telecommunications industry since 1998. She has been instrumental in the growth of Real Image Internet over the past 15 years, working hand-in-hand with the current Managing Director, Ali Resting. She is co-founder of the Real Image Foundation, a Corporate Philanthropy & Responsibility In Action initiative where the main goal is channelling technology for social development in Swaziland.

Nick Hilliard, INEX

Nick Hilliard

Nick is CTO of INEX, Ireland's Internet exchange point. He's been handling advanced IP design and engineering since 1995 and actively participates in many international forums such as RIPE, the IETF and Euro-IX. He is involved in developing European IP addressing policy and creating technical standards for IXPs world-wide. He lives and works in Dublin.

Nishal Goburdhan, ISPA

Nishal Goburdhan

Nishal is ISPA's country manager for the community-run Internet Exchange Points (INX's) in South Africa. Both from a technical and policy background, Nishal has been involved in developing interconnections and Internet Exchange Points in many countries, and now adds those many years of experience to Africa's largest peering points.

He has been Senior Project Manager: Architecture, and CTO, for AFRINIC, the Regional Internet Registry for Africa, and has worked in several roles at Internet Solutions, growing their infrastructure to a multinational service provider, operating across 4 continents.

Nishal is passionate about transferring knowledge to developing countries. He is a volunteer instructor for the African Network Operators Group (AfNOG), and an IEEE member.

Philip Smith, NSRC

Philip Smith

Philip Smith has been working in the Internet industry since the early 90's. He runs his own consulting company, PFS Internet Development. He previously worked for two and a half years at APNIC as Learning and Development Director. Before APNIC, he was a member of the Internet Infrastructure Group in CTO Consulting Engineering of Cisco Systems for thirteen and a half years. He also served for 3 years on the Board of Trustees of the Internet Society. Prior to joining Cisco, he spent five years at PIPEX (now part of UUNET's global ISP business), the UK's first commercial Internet Service Provider. He was one of the first engineers working in the commercial Internet in the UK, and played a key role in building the modern Internet in Europe. Philip has over 20 years of experience working in the Internet industry, mostly with Network Operations Groups, Internet Service Providers and Internet Exchange Points around the world. His areas of expertise include IPv6, BGP, OSPF/ISIS, network design, network configuration, network scaling, operations and training.

Russell Kelly, Juniper Networks

Russell Kelly

Russell Kelly is a Principal Engineer at Juniper Networks, working in the Router Business Unit. In this role, Russell supports customers with the adoption of new technology across Juniper's routing and switching platforms and works with the solutions engineering organization. Prior to working at Juniper, Russell was a Technical Marketing Engineer and Consulting Engineer at Cisco Systems and worked through out Europe, consulting with, and working for, Enterprise system integrators on deployments, and operations for various Core Routing, Data Centre and WAN services edge projects. He has spent more than 17 years in the networking industry. Russell holds an M.S. in Information Systems from RMIT and a B.Eng (EE) and B.Sc from Auckland University.

Simeon Miteff, SANREN

Simeon Miteff

Simeon Miteff is a technical specialist with the Council for Industrial and Scientific Research, where he manages the engineering team who design and roll-out South Africa's research and education network, SANREN. He graduated with a BSc Degree in Computer Science from the University of Pretoria in 2003, and completed an Honours Degree in Computer Science at the University of South Africa in 2007. Simeon has a background in UNIX systems and network administration, network operations, design and architecture, and has been involved with software development and high performance computing. He is currently studying toward an MSc in Engineering at WITS University.

Woohyun Jang, CDNetworks

Woohyun Jang

Woohyun Jang is the Head of Engineering and Operations at CDNetworks, which is a CDN provider operating multiple PoP's in multiple cities to deliver and accelerate global content. For the past 6 years, he actively deployed CDN PoP's all over the world. He started working in the Service Engineering and Operations team at CDNetworks from October 2013.

He has 20 years experience in the Internet community including the ISP sector, telecommunications equipment vendors, hosting and CDN providers. When he worked for an ISP in South Korea (LGU+, formerly known as DACOM), he built the Internet business plan and provided professional customer service. He worked as one of the key engineers for the IP core and access network and also worked on carrier relationship including peering with regional and global ISP's. When he worked for telecommunications equipment vendors, especially for switch and router manufacturers, he was involved in the pre-sales and professional customer service for different ISP customers in Far East Asia, South East Asia, and India.