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AFRINIC Board of Directors Announces Departure of AFRINIC CEO Adiel A. Akplogan

Port Louis, Mauritius, 17 September 2014. Badru Ntege, the Chairman of AFRINIC's Board, announces today that AFRINIC’s founding CEO, Mr. Adiel A. Akplogan, will be leaving his position on 31st January 2015.

"It is with great humility and a bright vision for AFRINIC's future that I'm leaving my position as CEO of AFRINIC,” said Mr. Akplogan. “It was not an easy decision for me to take, but after 10 years of engagement with and for the community, the time has come for me to move on and spare time to catch up with my family. It has been an honor to serve the AFRINIC community, and watch it grow into the incredibly dynamic and engaging body it has now become.”

After leading AFRINIC’s accreditation process to become the world’s fifth Regional Internet Registry (RIR), Mr. Akplogan was appointed by the Board and became AFRINIC’s first CEO in June 2004. Under his leadership, AFRINIC has made significant progress and has grown into a respected regional organisation, positioning Africa as a key player in the regional and global Internet technical community. Over these years, AFRINIC has also acquired a solid reputation amongst its peers, its members, other stakeholders as well as the global Internet industry.

"Mr Akplogan has been exemplary in nurturing AFRINIC from inception, providing outstanding leadership over his ten years as CEO. He built a workforce at the Secretariat with the potential and capability to continue the great work started.  It has been an honor and a privilege for me to work with a CEO like Mr. Akplogan,” said Badru Ntege, Chairman of the AFRINIC Board of Directors. "AFRINIC's success today is unequivocally a testament to his tireless efforts in building a sound organization centered on collaboration, consensus building, Internet centered value. We hope that, as a community, we will continue to benefit from his experience and passion. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Mr. Akplogan for his engagement with the community and his service over the past 10 years at AFRINIC, and wish him all the best for his future endeavours."

Passionate about the Internet and its values, Mr. Akplogan has always campaigned for an Internet in Africa that is open and affordable to effectively support permission-less innovation as driver for sustainable socio-economical development in the region.

“Our region is so full of potentials, especially when it comes to the digital economy, and AFRINIC must continue to position itself to ensure it plays a critical role in supporting the upcoming changes,” concluded Mr. Akplogan. “At this junction, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to all those who have contributed to the success of AFRINIC and to the great team that we have built up over the years that has supported the growth of the organisation and the community. Together we have achieved great things for both Africa and AFRINIC and without your dedication and the support of the various Boards over the years, none of this would have been possible. I have the utmost confidence that AFRINIC will continue to grow stronger and stronger in the coming years."

A farewell event will be organised for the outgoing CEO during AFRINIC-21 meeting being held in Mauritius from 22-28 November. We would like to invite the community to join us for this special event.

Appointment of a New CEO

AFRINIC Board of Directors will immediately launch a CEO search process that will culminate in the appointment of a new CEO as soon as possible. In the mean time all measure will be taken to ensure a smooth transition including business continuity. 


Call to populate AFRINIC’s Internet Routing Registry (IRR) with objects

Until the launch of AFRINIC's IRR in 2013, members were encouraged to use the RIPE IRR to register their routing objects.  We are now calling on all members to populate the AFRINIC IRR with their objects.

Please visit the page Creating Route object to register your route objects in the AFRINIC IRR. 

To facilitate the transition process and ensure smooth manipulation of existing data in RIPE IRR, AFRINIC will offer IRR Boot camps to all interested members.  The Boot camps aim to equip members with the information needed to create new and accurate entries in AFRINIC IRR.

Boot camps will commenced during the week of September 15th, 2014.  

Please contact us if you would like to participate in one of our boot camp by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

A list of AFRINIC's members' route objects registered in the RIPE IRR has been generated to enable you decide what to replicate into AFRINIC IRR.  Members are advised to use this list to crosscheck the objects we were able to identify in preparation for populating them into AFRINIC IRR.  The list is published here.

Please note that no objects already created in RIPE IRR will be replicated by AFRINIC before a member participates in a boot camp.

For more information please visit the AFRINIC IRR web page.  If you have any questions or comments please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



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