[afnog] Alain Aina wins the 2012 Network Information and Infrastructure Service Award

Babusha Radhakissoon babusha at afrinic.net
Tue May 22 10:13:24 UTC 2012

The fourth Network Information and Infrastructure Service Award has been
awarded to *Alain Aina* in recognition for his contribution to improving
Internet connectivity, development and sustainability in Africa.
Mrs Isatou Jah of QCELL presented the Award to Alain Aina during
AFRINIC's 16^th Public Policy Meeting in Serekunda, The Gambia. Alain
Aina presently holds several positions in numerous organisations. He is
the Special Projects Manager at the African Network Information Centre
(AFRINIC), a Board of trustee at ISOC, DNSSec Crypto officer at ICANN
and Managing Director of TRSTech.

Dr. Nii Quaynor, conveyor of AfNOG and initiator of the Award praised
Mr. Aina for his commitment to the development of the Internet in
Africa. /"This award gives an indication of our expectations from the
community and rewarding Alain's exemplary work is a clear reflection of
this. Such commitment will ensure that the community remains on the
right path to success," s/aid Dr Quaynor during the awards ceremony held
at the Sheraton Hotel in Banjul, The Gambia. 

Aina was equally ecstatic. "/For me, it was a big surprise. I feel
humbled. This award comes with a lot of responsibility. I shall continue
to work and contribute at the regional level, and continue to be
involved in developing the technical and policy aspects of the Internet,
as well as training,/" said Mr Aina upon receiving the award.

Besides the main NI&I Award, a Young professional Award was also given
to *Chimwemwe Frederick* for her contribution to the Internet
infrastructure development.

/"The Award celebrates excellence in Africa. It is meant to reward
innovation and commitment to the development of Internet in Africa/,"
says Adiel Akplogan, CEO of AFRINIC and recipient of the first NI&I
Service Award in 2008.

*The Network Information & Infrastructure**(NI&I)* Service Award was set
up 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 dedication, commitment
and leadership. The NI&I Service Award has been set up to reward
individuals and organisations for providing Internet services and
Infrastructure in Africa.  The NI&I Service Award pays recognizes and
rewards the next generation of heroes and models from the African
Internet technical community for their achievements. See
www.niiserviceaward.org <http://www.niiserviceaward.org>for more details.

*The African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC) *is the Regional
Registry for Internet Number Resources for Africa. Based in Mauritius,
AFRINIC's mission is to support Internet development in Africa and
promote bottom up Internet policy development in the region.

*The Africa Network Operators Group  (AfNOG)*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. The goal of AfNOG is to share
experience of technical challenges in setting up, building and running
IP networks on the African continent - www.afnog.org <http://www.afnog.org>.

For more information, please visit: http://www.afrinic.net

Contact: press at afrinic.net <mailto:press at afrinic.net>

Babusha Radhakissoon

AfriNIC | 11th Floor ABC | Raffles Tower | Cybercity | Mauritius
Tel: +230 403 5100 |Fax: +230 466 6758 
Join us at AfriNIC-16 Gambia, 12 - 18 May 2012


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