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

Eric Akumiah eric at aftld.org
Thu Jul 22 08:14:32 SAST 2010

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,

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

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,
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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