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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

AfriNIC names four new directors

With the conclusion of the African Network Information Center (AfriNIC) board of directors’ election, four new directors have joined the executive chamber of the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Africa.

Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Adiel A. Akplogan, who confirmed this at the weekend, said that as a result of the board elections which took place during the AfriNIC-12 public member and policy meeting on Thursday, June 3, 2010, in Kigali.

AfriNIC’s general assembly meets once a year while its Public Policy Meetings are held twice a year, one back-to-back with the General Assembly.

“We‘re pleased to announce the election of the candidates to the AfriNIC’s board,” he said.

Akplogan, listed the names of the newly elected board members to include Messrs Mr. Nezar N. Sami (Egypt) and Mr. Khaled Koubaa (Tunisia) respectively as primary and alternate directors from the Northern Africa region. While Senegalese Mrs. Ndeye Maimouna Diop Diagne and Malian, Mr. Alioune B. Traore respectively were made board member as primary and alternate directors from the Western Africa region.

He also said that the terms of the newly elected board members would commence on July 1, this year, and would elapse after a three-year period.

In his congratulatory message to the new board members, the chief executive officer wished them success in their new positions.

“On behalf of the 2010 election committee, we would like to thank all the other candidates that stood for this election for their interest in serving the community,” he said, expressing appreciation to the elections committee and its chair for their good job in coordinating the whole process.

ITRealms Online recalled that a Nigerian expert in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector, Mr. Obinna Nweje and seven others from various African countries were nominated into the league of candidates to battle for the board of directors in the African Network Information Center (AfriNIC) is the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Africa for this year.

At the close of nominations on May 14, this year, board election to be held in Kigali on June 5th, 2010.

According to the list made available to ITRealms Online, North Africa region has two candidates namely Nezar Sami, and Khaled Koubaa; while the West Africa region has the highest candidates of six, viz, Mouhamet Diop, Katim S. Touray, Yen Choi, Alioune Badara Traore, Obinna Nweje and Ndeye Maimouna Diop Diagne.

AfriNIC is a non-governmental and not-for-profit membership based organisation, with main role being to serve African region as Regional Internet Registry, by spearheading Internet technology and policy development on the continent.

AfriNIC’s core values are to operate with transparency, professionalism and efficiency; committed to integrity in all that we do, always and everywhere; recognize and value individual contribution and teamwork; cultural and language diversity in our region; technology driven organization that encourages continuous learning and innovation; value collaboration and cooperation with related organizations.

The AfriNIC organizational structure is set to encourage a bottom-up self governance management model where policies and other organisational functions are determined by the community in general and members who elect representatives that seat on the Board of Directors.

The discussions are conducted via both public meetings and e-mail discussion lists, whereas there are no requirements or pre-requisites for any person or entity to participate.

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