African internet pioneer wins ICANN award

The Chairman of the Internet Society (ISOC) Ghana Chapter and Africa Internet pioneer, Prof. Nii Narku Quaynor, has been awarded the 2015 Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Multi-stakeholder Ethos Award during the opening ceremony of ICANN 53 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Prof. Quaynor was recognized for his historical and current role in ICANN and the global Internet community.

He was instrumental in establishing AFRINIC and AFNOG in Africa, and has been referred to as the father of the Internet in Africa for his unwavering commitment over the past two decades in pioneering Internet development and expansion on the continent.

“To me, this is a testimony that ICANN in its own way is international and open. Someone from the developing world can contribute and be recognized by his peers in ICANN,” said Prof. Quaynor.

Prof. Quaynor  “In 2007 was awarded the prestigious Jon Postel Award for contributing towards the development in Africa and in 2013 he was inducted into the Internet Hall of fame.

The President of ISOC Ghana Chapter Mr. Marcus Adomey on behalf of the group congratulated Prof. Quaynor for this feat. Prof. Quayanor was awarded alongside Cheryl Langdon Orr community leader who is based in Australia and has served in numerous GNSO, CCNSO and ALAC Cross community working groups over the years.

Both award winners met the criteria in such distinctive ways that this year two Awards were given to recognise their outstanding work and commitment to the global Internet community.

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