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Alan Barrett Appointed as AFRINIC CEO

The African Network Information Centre’s (AFRINIC) Board of Directors Announces Appointment of Alan Barrett as AFRINIC’s CEO

Mr Barrett to Assume CEO Role as of 20 April 2015

27 March 2015, Ébène:  AFRINIC’s Board of Directors today announced the appointment of Mr Alan Barrett as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Mr Barrett replaces AFRINIC’s founding CEO, Adiel A. Akplogan, and will assume the role on 20 April 2015 for an initial three-year term.    

“After a long recruitment process, we are delighted to announce that Mr Barrett will be coming on board to take this role,” said Mr Sunday Folayan, AFRINIC Board Chair. “Mr Barrett has been an integral part of the development of AFRINIC and Africa’s Internet since 1989, is a long-standing member of the AFRINIC community, and is a familiar and well-respected face on the global Internet scene. With Mr Barrett as CEO, we are ready to take AFRINIC to the next level of its evolution.”

Mr Barrett has been involved with the Internet since 1989, when he was a lecturer in the Electronic Engineering department at the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa. Throughout 1990 and 1991, he played a key part in the transformation of the South African universities network to the TCP/IP protocols and in its connection to the global Internet. He operated the primary name server for .ZA at that time and, in 1993, was a co-founder of South Africa's first commercial Internet service provider. 

In 1997, he was one of the four authors of the proposal to form AFRINIC, and served on the AFRINIC Board from its inception until 2009. He has been a member of the ASO Address Council since 2005. He is currently a member of the Consolidated RIR IANA Stewardship Proposal (CRISP) Team, which drafted the number resource community's response to the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group’s (ICG) request for proposals. He is also a member of the ICG, which is preparing a proposal for the transition of the IANA functions away from oversight by the US government's NTIA. He was also one of the founding members of the South African chapter of the Internet Society, and one of the founding members of Namespace ZA, an organisation that was intended to oversee the .ZA ccTLD before that role was taken over by legislation.  

“Oh behalf of the Board, our members, the AFRINIC staff, and the local and global Internet community, please join me in congratulating Mr Barrett. We wish him all the best in his new position,” added Mr Folayan.


Nominate a Candidate for the NI&I Service Award 2015


26 March 2015 - The call for nominations for the 7th Network Information & Infrastructure (NI&I) Service Award is now open for the following categories:

  1. NI&I Award
  2. NI&I Young Professional Award

The NI&I Service Award Ceremony will be held during the Africa Internet Summit (AIS’15) in Tunis, Tunisia.

If you know an individual or organisation you believe deserves to receive a NI&I award, please send us your nomination by filling the form below by 20 April 2015:


About the NI&I Service Award

Initiated in 2009 under the instigation of Dr. Narku Nii Quaynor, inspired by his own prestigious John Postel Award (the first African recipient for his long run engagement in Internet service in Africa), the Africa NI&I Service Award recognises people or organisations that have significantly contributed to have the development of

Internetworking Services and Infrastructure in Africa and the Indian Ocean by dedicating time, resource, and vision to its enhancement.

More information can be found at:


Important dates

- Call for nomination opens: 26 March

- Call for nomination closes: 19 April 

- Selection process: 19 April to 3 May

- Selection of the winner: 4 May



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