Prof. Nii Quaynor
Chairman: GDC (Ghana Dot Com); Professor: University of Cape Coast, Ghana, Department of Computer Science
Nii Quaynor graduated from Dartmouth College in 1972 with a BA degree in Engineering Science and received his PhD in Computer Science in distributed systems in 1977 from S.U.N.Y at Stony Brook, becoming one of the first African computer science PhD graduates.
He worked with Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) U.S.A, from 1977 to 1992, and in 1993 returned to Ghana to establish the first ISP in West Africa, operated by Network Computer Systems (NCS). NCS established several local and wide area network infrastructures for companies, provided technical services to Telecom companies, and assisted other countries to gain Internet access.
In 2006 he established one of first ICANN Accredited Domain Registrars in Africa, Ghana Dot Com (GDC), and has taught microprocessors with International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in several developing countries.
Nii is convener of AfNOG, a network technology transfer institution since 2000, and has served on several boards and commissions including ICANN, UN ICT Task Force, IGF-MAG, University of Ghana Council, Ghana News Agency (GNA), National Identification Authority (NIA), ICANN Strategy Panel on Public Responsibility, and the Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG). He is a member of GhiPPS board, a member of the Electronic Communications Tribunal and patron of ISOC’s Ghana Chapter. He is the former Chairman of the Board of National IT Agency (NITA) in Ghana, the Founding Chairman of AfriNIC as well as a founding member of AfricaCERT and WACREN.
Nii received the Internet Society’s prestigious Jonathan Postel Service Award for pioneering work to advance Internet in Africa in December 2007, and was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in August 2013 for his pioneering role in the development of the Internet in Africa. He was also the recipient of the the Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah Genius Award for Information Communication Technology in Dec 2014, and was awarded ICANN’s Multi-Stakeholder Ethos award in June 2015. He is affectionately referred to as “The Father of Internet in Africa”.
He remains the Chairman of Ghana Dot Com (GDC) and Professor of Computer Science at University of Cape-Coast, Ghana where, in 1979, he established the Computer Science Department.