NII QUAYNOR

Internet Pioneer; Chairman, GDC

NII QUAYNOR

Internet Pioneer; Chairman, GDC

Biography

Nii Quaynor graduated from Dartmouth College in 1972 with B.A (Engineering Science) and received a Ph.D (Computer Science) in distributed systems in 1977 from S.U.N.Y at Stony Brook. Nii worked with DEC, U.S.A from 1977 till 1992 and returned to Ghana to establish the first ISP operated by Network Computer Systems (NCS) in 1993. Nii also established Ghana Dot Com (GDC) an ICANN Accredited Domain Registrar in 2006. Nii had earlier in 1979 established the Computer Science Department at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.

Nii is the Convener of AfNOG, a network technology transfer institution since 2000 and Founding Chairman of AFRINIC, the African numbers registry. He is also a Founding Member of AfricaCERT and WACREN. Nii taught microprocessors with International Center for Theoretical Physics in several developing countries.

He is the Board Chairman of National IT Agency (NITA), a member of GhiPPS and National Identification Agency, Patron – ISOC Ghana Chapter.

Nii served on several Boards including ICANN, UN ICT Task Force, IGF-MAG, GNA, ICANN Strategy Panel, Public Responsibility.

Nii remains the Chairman of GDC and a Professor of Computer Science at University of Cape-Coast, Ghana.

Nii received the Internet Society’s prestigious Jonathan Postel Service Award for pioneering work to advance Internet in Africa in December 2007. He was also inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in August 2013 for his pioneering role in the development of the Internet in Africa. Further, Nii received in Dec 2014, the Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah Genius Award for Information Communication Technology. Nii was also awarded ICANN’s Multi-Stakeholder Ethos award in June 2015.

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