[AfriNIC-announce] Adiel Akplogan Receives first "NII" Service Award 2009

Lillian O. Sharpley lillian at afrinic.net
Tue May 26 17:46:48 SAST 2009

For Immediate Release
26 May 2009

Adiel A. Akplogan honored with the first African Network Information Infrastructure 
(NII) Service Award 2009 
It was a moment of immense pride and pleasure for AfriNIC to have its CEO, Mr. Adiel 
A. Akplogan receive the first Network Information Infrastructure (NII) Service Award 
for 2009 by the African Network Operators Group (AfNOG)  for his contribution in 
establishing the very successful African Internet Numbers Registry, AfriNIC, and for 
his leadership and service to the African technical community. 

The Award was presented during the AfNOG 10th Anniversary meeting that was jointly 
held with the AfriNIC-10 Public Policy Meeting in Cairo, Egypt, 10-21 May 2009. 

Mr. Akplogan is playing an exemplary role for Internet development in the African 
Region. He continues to provide leadership in the numbers registry and has been a 
strong African voice in several global technical forums. “Adiel Akplogan has 
selflessly worked to establish AfriNIC and worked tirelessly to grow the membership, 
improve use of number resources and built an active technical community in Africa. 
This has resulted in the growth of a more robust Internet in Africa and development of 
an active technical community of LIRs who continue to develop policies appropriate for 
the region. This has enabled development of numerous applications throughout Africa 
that is impacting education, health and commerce in a notable way” said Dr. Nii 
Quaynor, Convenor of AfNOG. “While many people were talking, he was leading his small 
team to just do it” he added.

In his address, Adiel Akplogan thanked the AfNOG for this recognition and dedicated 
its Award to the community as without their support, none of the success being 
celebrated could happen. “We have a lot to do in our region, our generation has the 
obligation to make thing move! If we don’t, the coming will blame us and we will have 
no argument. The Internet is a tool for development, but without understanding the 
economics behind it and the fundamentals of the technology, this tool will be useless 
in our quest for a better life.” said Adiel Akplogan. 

Other honorees were AfNOG instructors who contributed significantly to the community 
include Alain Aina, Alan Barrett, Ayitey Bulley, Sunday Folayan, Mark Tinka, Chris 
Pinkham and Randy Bush. A special award was also given to the Honorable Tarek Kamel, 
Minister of Communications and Information Technology of Egypt who had been a long 
time contributor in the technical community in Africa and who generously hosted this 
event, and to Dr. Nii N. Quaynor for his significant contributions to the development 
of the Internet in Africa and the global technical community as early adopter and 
precursors in many Internet related activities and businesses in the region. 

Adiel A. Akplogan is the Chief Executive Officer of AfriNIC, the Regional Internet 
Resource Registry for Africa since 2004. He carries an enriching experience of more 
than 15 years in the Internet Technology environment. He previously worked at CAFENet 
(an IT service company based in Togo – 1994-2000) as New Technology Director, and 
Symbol Technologies in France (2001-2003) as Information System Manager. From 2006-
2009, he served as member of the UN Secretary General Multi-stakeholder Advisors Group 
for the 

Internet Governance Forum, and since 1999 he served as Experts on Internet Governance 
for the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). Moreover, from 2005-2006 
he served in the African Technical Advisory Committee of the United Nation Economic 
Commission for Africa (ATAC/UNECA). Currently, Mr. Akplogan is the Chair of the NRO 
Executive Council (Number Resource Organization) and was involved with setting up 
several technical coordination bodies, such as the African Network Operators Group 
(AfNOG) where he serves as a member of the Administrative committee and the African 
ccTLD Managers Association (AfTLD). Mr. Akplogan is an Electrical Engineer and holds a 
M.Sc. in E-Business and New Technology Management.

AfriNIC the Regional Registry for Internet Number Resources for Africa is a non-
government, not-for-profit, membership-based organization, headquartered in Mauritius 
(with operation centre in Egypt and South Africa) to manage Internet Number for 

Please visit our website for more information www.afrinic.net.

Contact: Lillian Sharpley						
Communications Area Manager							
Email: press at afrinic.net

(Press Release also attached in pdf format)

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