Afpif 2023 Agenda

21 August 2023
Accra City Hotel, Ghana

Day 0:
21 August 2023
AFIX Meeting
AFIX Agenda – invite-only event
10:30-11:00Coffee Break
AFIX Agenda – invite-only event
AFIX Agenda – invite-only event
15:30-16:00Coffee Break
AFIX Agenda – invite-only event
17:00-20:00AfPIF Registration
18:00-21:00Welcome Cocktail
22 – 24 August 2023
Movenpick Ambassador Hotel Accra, Ghana
Day 1:
22 August 2023
Plenary Day 1
08:00-09:30Peering Bilaterals #1
08:45-09:15Newcomers Session
09:30-10:30Keynote: African Network Geography Update, Patrick Christian (Principal Analyst, TeleGeography)

Session 1: Peering Tools

Peering Toolbox, Yolandi Cloete, Peering & Interconnect Specialist, NAPAfrica

PeeringDB Update, Ben Ryall, Edge Strategy Manager, Meta

Peering Personals #1
10:30-11:00Coffee Break
11:00-13:15Formal Opening Session

– Welcome by Local Host (MainOne)
– Ghana Internet Service Providers (GISPA), Michael Nfodzo
– AfPIF Organisers (AFIX), Kyle Spencer
– Ghana Internet Community, Prof. Quaynor
– Deputy Director General, National Communication Authority (NCA), Prof. Ezer Osei Yeboah-Boateng
– Minister of Communications and Digitization, Hon Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Guest of Honor
14:30-15:30Session 2: Market Overviews #1

The Growing Interconnection Ecosystem in Africa, Oluwasayo Oshadami, General Manager, Technical Solutions and Managed Networks, MainOne 

Development of Internet in (West) Africa and Cooperative Business Models, Wouter Ensing, Business Development Manager, Amsterdam Internet Exchange

Peering Personals #2
15:30-16:00Coffee Break
16:00-17:30Peering Bilaterals #2
18:00-21:00Beers for Peers at Bloom Bar (House No. F, 330/2 Troas St.)
Day 2:
23 August 2023
Plenary Day 2
08:00-09:30Peering Bilaterals #3
08:00-09:15Women Tech Connect Breakfast
09:30-10:30Peering Strategy

Don’t Forget the Peers! Interactive Session Asking ISPs What They Want from an IXP, Nurani Nimpuno, Head of Global Engagement, London Internet Exchange (LINX)

Market Overviews #1 (continued)

Interconnecting Realities, Ben Ryall, Edge Strategy Manager, Meta

Peering Personals #3
10:30-11:00Coffee Break
11:00-12:30Session 5: Women Tech Connect

– Empowering Women Internet Engineers: Mentorship, Advocacy, and Allyship Strategies for Success

– Estelle Akofio-Sowah, West Africa Regional Manager, for CSquared
– FLORA OKINE, Girls-in-ICT Ghana Mentor and RF Spectrum Engineer for the National Communications Authority
– Funke Opeke, CEO of MainOne
– Maud Adjeley Ashong Elliot, VP of Internet Society Ghana Chapter
– Wabu Mojavu, Executive: Business Operations and Strategy for Africa Data Centres

Session 6: Policy and Regulations

Africa’s Digital Economies and Digital Divide, Martin Atkinson, Senior Manager of Peering and Interconnection EMEA, Equinix

Peering Personals #4
14:00-15:30Session 7: BGP Tools

Generating IRR Filters and Monitoring BGP on Mikrotik Routers, Ben Ryall, Edge Strategy Manager, Meta, and Lee Hetherington, Tech Lead, Edge, Meta

ASPA: RPKI-based AS_PATH Verification, Ben Maddison, Co-founder and Director, Workonline Communications

BGP Routing Policy Best Practices, Frank Ribeiro, Senior Network Engineer, Netflix

Peering Personals #5
15:30-16:00Coffee Break
16:00-17:30Peering Bilaterals #4
18:00-21:00Gala Dinner
Day 3:
24 August 2023
Plenary Day 3
08:00-09:30Peering Bilaterals #5
09:30-10:30Session 8: Market Overviews #2

Mombasa to Kinshasa – Unlocking Trade in a Digitally Connected Continent, Ben Roberts, Group Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Liquid Intelligent Technologies

How Far behind Are We Really?, Yolandi Cloete, Peering & Interconnect Specialist, NAPAfrica

Peering Personals #6
10:30-11:00Coffee Break
11:00-12:30Subsea Cables Only Go So Far – in Connecting the Unconnected, Martin Atkinson, Senior Manager of Peering and Interconnection EMEA, Equinix

Session 9: Market Overviews #3

IXP Panel – Collaboration between Same Market IXPs

Moderator: Dr. Angus Hay, Africa Data Centers
– Muhammed Rudman, IXPN
– Daniel Inet, GIXA
– Obinna Adumike, AF-CIX
– Nurani Nimpuno, LINX
– Wouter Ensing, AMS-IX

Peering Personals #7
14:00-15:30An Analysis of the African Peering Ecosystem, Martin Thodi, University of Cape Town

Wrap Up Session

Lightning Talks
50/50 Vision – AfPIF 2023, Jean Baptiste Millogo, Director, Internet Technology & Development, Internet Society
IXPDB SnapshotsAutomated Regional Benchmarking, Kyle Spencer, Af-IX
Anonymising  *flow
ICANN Africa DNS Study 2022 – DNS Observatory
Interconnection Policy and Regulations Case of Kenya, Fiona Asonga, CEO KIXP

Open Mic
Announcement of 2024 Venue

Closing Session
15:30-16:00Coffee Break
16:00-17:30Peering Bilaterals #6