August 19, 2017

Day 22: Prof. Nii Quaynor

In honour of Black History Month we will be recognising notable contributions to the STEMs from people of African origin. Today we recognise Prof. Nii Quaynor.

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Born in Ghana and a product of both Adisadel College and Achimota School, Prof. Quaynor is an Engineer most known for his contributions towards the introduction and development of the internet in Africa. He completed his BA in Engineering from Darmouth College and holds an MS and PhD in Computer Science both from the State University (New York). Upon his return to Ghana, he set about transforming the landscape by introducing value-added networks in the region through the introduction of the SWIFT, Internet and EDI networks.

Prof. Quaynor is currently the Chairman of Board of Directors at National Information Technology Agency and continues to work with the Internet Society of Ghana and the African Network Operators Group (AfNOG) which he was key in setting up. He has had an accomplished career including being the first African to be elected to the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and also serving as director of ICANN for the African region from 2000 to 2003. He was also as a member of the United Nations Secretary General Advisory Group on ICT, Chair of the OAU Internet Task Force and President of the Internet Society of Ghana. Prof. Quaynor was instrumental in establishing the Computer Science Department at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana where he continues to lecture.

In 2007, Prof. Quaynor was awarded the Jonathan B. Postel Service Award for his contributions to expanding internet access in Africa and in 2013 he joined Dr. Hafkin as an inductee into the Internet Hall of Fame by the Internet Society.

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