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Source: Vera Akumiah

Prof. Nii Quaynor wins prestigious ICANN Award


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Prof. Nii Narku Quaynor, Chair of the Internet Society (ISOC) Ghana Chapter and Africa Internet pioneer has been awarded the 2015 ICANN Multi-stakeholder Ethos Award during the opening ceremony of ICANN 53 in Buenos Aires.

Prof. Quaynor was recognized for his historical and current role in ICANN and the global Internet community. He was instrumental in establishing AFRINIC and AFNOG in Africa, and has been referred to as the father of the Internet in Africa for his unwavering commitment over the past two decades in pioneering Internet development and expansion on the continent.

"To me, this is a testimony that ICANN in its own way is international and open. Someone from the developing world can contribute and be recognized by his peers in ICANN," said Quaynor.

"In 2007 Prof. Quaynor was awarded the prestigious Jon Postel Award for contributing towards the development in Africa and in 2013 he was inducted into the Internet Hall of fame. The ISOC Ghana Chapter congratulates Prof. Quaynor for this feat," said Marcus Adomey, Presidsent of ISOC gh Chapter.

Prof. Quayanor was awarded alongside Cheryl Langdon Orr community leader who is based in Australia and has served in numerous GNSO, CCNSO and ALAC Cross community working groups over the years

Both award winners met the criteria in such distinctive ways that this year two Awards were given to recognize their outstanding work and commitment to the global Internet community

The Award honors and recognizes members from the global Internet community who have demonstrated an incredible dedication to the multi-stakeholder model of Internet Governance.

The ICANN Multi-stakeholder Ethos award program was created in 2014 to recognize ICANN participants who have deeply invested in consensus-based solutions and the importance of ICANN's multi-stakeholder model to Internet Governance.




Signed
Vera Akumiah
Programmes and Communications Chair, Vera Akumiah

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About ISOC Ghana Chapter
Internet Society Ghana Chapter is a certified chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC) which is a nonprofit organisation founded in 1992 to provide leadership in Internet related standards, education, and policy. With offices in Washington D.C., USA, and Geneva, Switzerland, it is dedicated to ensuring the open development, evolution and use of the Internet for the benefit of people.

Internet Society Ghana Chapter
16 Boundary Road
East Legon
Accra, Ghana
Email: secretariat@isoc.gh

On 29 June 2015 at 14:06, Vera Akumiah wrote:

Dear Colleagues,
I would be extremely delighted if you could publish the attached in your esteemed media. It is a Press Release on a prestigious award presented to Prof Nii Quaynor Chair of the Internet Society, (ISOC) Ghana Chapter at an international conference last week in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Please feel free to use it as per the house style of your media.
Thank you
Kind regards
Vera Akumiah
Programmes and Communications Chair
Internet Society, (ISOC) Ghana





For Immediate Release
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Prof. Nii Narku Quaynor, Chair of the Internet Society (ISOC) Ghana Chapter and Africa Internet pioneer has been awarded the 2015 ICANN Multi-stakeholder Ethos Award during the opening ceremony of ICANN 53 in Buenos Aires.

Prof. Quaynor was recognized for his historical and current role in ICANN and the global Internet community. He was instrumental in establishing AFRINIC and AFNOG in Africa, and has been referred to as the father of the Internet in Africa for his unwavering commitment over the past two decades in pioneering Internet development and expansion on the continent.

"To me, this is a testimony that ICANN in its own way is international and open. Someone from the developing world can contribute and be recognized by his peers in ICANN," said Quaynor.

"In 2007 Prof. Quaynor was awarded the prestigious Jon Postel Award for contributing towards the development in Africa and in 2013 he was inducted into the Internet Hall of fame. The ISOC Ghana Chapter congratulates Prof. Quaynor for this feat," said Marcus Adomey, Presidsent of ISOC gh Chapter.

Prof. Quayanor was awarded alongside Cheryl Langdon Orr community leader who is based in Australia and has served in numerous GNSO, CCNSO and ALAC Cross community working groups over the years

Both award winners met the criteria in such distinctive ways that this year two Awards were given to recognize their outstanding work and commitment to the global Internet community

The Award honors and recognizes members from the global Internet community who have demonstrated an incredible dedication to the multi-stakeholder model of Internet Governance.

The ICANN Multi-stakeholder Ethos award program was created in 2014 to recognize ICANN participants who have deeply invested in consensus-based solutions and the importance of ICANN's multi-stakeholder model to Internet Governance.

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