[AfrICANN-discuss] [Fwd: PRESS RELEASE - NII AWARDS 2010]

Atef LOUKIL atef at ati.tn
Wed Aug 4 21:43:03 SAST 2010

Congratulations Anne Rachel !!

Tunisian Internet Agency,
ATI-LIR&NIC Departement
13, Rue Jugurtha Mutuelleville - 1002 Tunis - Tunisia
Phone: 216 71 846 100
Fax: 216 71 846 600

On 22/07/2010 07:14, Eric Akumiah wrote:
> Apologies for cross-posting
> Accra, Ghana, 10 June 2010 -- The African Network Operators Group (AfNOG)
> has awarded Anne-Rachel Inne the Network Information Infrastructure (NII)
> Service Award for 2010 in recognition of her contribution to improving and
> sustaining Africa's Internet environment.
> AfNOG presented the Award during its 11th Meeting and the celebration of
> AfriNIC's five years of operation held in Kigali, Rwanda on 2nd June,
> 2010.
> The NII Service Award was instituted in 2009 during AfNOG's 10 years
> anniversary by Dr Nii Narku Quaynor, who himself received the Internet
> Society's prestigious Jonathan Postel Award in 2007 for his service in the
> region and example of dedication, commitment and leadership for the young
> generation to emulate.
> "Anne Rachel Inne came from the business sector but engaged in the
> technical community work at global level to strengthen the African local
> community "says Dr Nii Quaynor, AfNOG Convener and honorary Chair of the
> NII Award. "This year's award recognizes a woman who very early engaged
> herself with the community and worked   in supporting ccTLD through
> re-delegation processes and other related issues." According to Adiel
> Akplogan, CEO of AfriNIC and recipient of the 2009 NII Service Award
> "Recognizing her efforts and her work seem to me the obvious choice for
> the Award Committee. I am very proud to share this recognition with
> Anne-Rachel who, as a woman found her way through an environment dominated
> by men and excelled. I look forward to working with her to do more for our
> dear continent". Anne-Rachel currently works with the Internet Cooperation
> for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) and is very active in leading the
> organization's efforts to improve Internet Policy in the Africa Region. 
> Before handing over Award to Anne-Rachel, Dr Nii Quaynor stated that " She
> has also demonstrated an immense commitment with her continued engagement
> with AfriNIC & AfNOG community in the interest of Africa as a whole.
> Anne-Rachel has made the African Technical community better known to many
> African economic and political organizations".
> It was announced during the awards ceremony that a website dedicated to
> the Nii Awards would be launched soon to keep the memory of this Award
> alive as well as to better inform the community.
> Besides the main Nii Award, a Junior Award was also given to Michuki
> Mwangi for his continuous contribution to the internet technical
> community.
> Michuki Mwangi is currently the Snr Education Manager at the Internet
> Society (ISOC) and lead several training activities within AfNOG and
> AfriNIC program.
> According to Dr Nii Quaynor "Michuki Mwangi has contributed tremendously
> to the local community in Kenya through his work with ccTLD, Internet
> exchange point and Root servers in the country.  Michuku has also
> contributed in pan African ways as a regular AfNOG Instructor, as a
> leading member of AftLD and for championing the establishment of  country
> NOGs. Michuki's contributions are globally recognized and he is a good
> example for next generation engineers".
> Mark Tinka was Nii Award Young Professional 2009 honoree.
> Anne-Rachel Inne, Regional Liaison for Africa is part of the Global
> Partnership Department at
> ICANN that has a network of seven regional liaisons so far. It was
> established in response to Internet community demand and in implementation
> of ICANN's publicly agreed strategic plan. Her responsibilities include
> outreach, support to and engagement with respective regions and
> stakeholders, civil society, business and governments; partnering with
> respective organizations; delivering against an action plan consistent
> with ICANN's operations and strategic plans.
> Anne-Rachel Inne was first a translator, then a sales manager for UTA/Air
> France for the Niger office and then an ICT for development practices
> consultant. She has a Master of Arts in English/Translation from the
> University of Paris XII, and graduated in 1997 from the  University of
> Illinois at Urbana Champaign with an MBA in International Management.
> Prior to working for ICANN, she worked as a consultant on local, regional
> and international projects for the UNDP/UNOPS, UNCTAD, the French Ministry
> of Foreign Affairs, the IICD, the Francophonie, etc. She is a member/board
> member of several African and international organizations that work
> with/for the private sector with a focus on ICTs. She is the god mother of
> youth community radios, cyber centers and is a long time member of the
> Rotary. She practices sports in general.
> Michuki Mwangi is an Internet Technologist specializing in IXPs, DNS and
> Policy development.
> Michuki  joined ISOC in April 2008 as Senior Education Manager. working
> with the Education team to promote Internet growth and sustainability in
> the developing world.
> Michuki was an Internet technology consultant and he previously served as
> the Administrative Manager at the .KE registry (KENIC). He is the
> President of the African Top Level Domain (AfTLD) Association and
> continues to serve as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Kenya Internet
> Exchange Point (KIXP)in a volunteer capacity.
> He is active in the African Network Operators Group (AfNOG), the Country
> Code Name Supporting Organization (ccNSO) of ICANN, AfriNIC (the Regional
> Internet Registry for Africa), and several other local and international
> technology groups.
> Michuki holds a diploma in computer analysis and design from Data Center
> College in Nairobi, Kenya.
> About Network Information Infrastructure (Nii) Service Award
> The Nii Service award was established by AfNOG at its 10th anniversary to
> honor those who have made outstanding contributions in service to the
> Internet community in Africa. The focus is on continued substantial
> technical contributions, individual contributions and service to the
> community. The program looks at how you have assisted, supported or
> enabled others. The award will be given annually at AfNOG meetings. There
> is an accompanying Young Professional Award.
> About AfNOG
> The African Network Operators Group is a forum for the exchange of
> technical information, and aims to promote discussion of implementation
> issues that require community cooperation through coordination and
> cooperation among network service providers to ensure the stability of
> service to end users.
> In May 2009 awards were also given to AfNOG Conveners and Instructors who
> had made significant contributions to the community. The honorees included
> Alain Aina, Alan Barrett, Ayitey Bulley, Sunday Folayan,  Mark Tinka,
> Chris Pinkham and Randy Bush. A special award was also given to Hon Tarek
> Kamel, Minister of Communications of Republic of Egypt who had been a long
> time contributor in the technical community in Africa and hosted the 10th
> anniversary meeting of AfNOG.
> Contact AfNOG at :
> Nancy Dotse,
> Coordinator,
> AfNOG Secretariat
> 16 Boundary Road, East Legon
> P.O Box 3035,
> Accra, GHANA
> Phone: + 233 277 552 308
> Fax:      + 233 302 521 696
> Email: secretariat at afnog.org
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