Governance & Committee Members

Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) Program Committee Governance Structure document details the governance framework determining how the Program Committee for the Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum (referred to as “PC”) will be structured and regulated. Read more or download PDF.

Chair

Nishal Goburdhan is an Internet Analyst at Packet Clearing House (PCH), a non-profit that exists primarily to build and support IXPs, and which has done so more than two hundred times over the past twenty years. Nishal is also ISPA’s country manager for the Internet Exchange Points (INXes) for South Africa. Both from a technical and policy background, Nishal has been involved in developing interconnections and Internet Exchange Points in many countries, and now adds those many years of experience to Africa’s largest peering points. He’s been CTO, and Senior Project Manager: Global Infrastructure, for AfriNIC, the Regional Internet Registry for Africa, and has worked in several roles at Internet Solutions, South Africa’s largest corporate ISP, growing their infrastructure to a multinational service provider, operating across 4 continents during his 12 year stint there.

Nishal is passionate about transferring knowledge to developing countries. He is a volunteer instructor for the African Network Operators Group (AfNOG), and a IEEE member.

Co-Chair

Kyle Spencer is Chairman and Executive Director of the Uganda Internet eXchange Point (UIXP), Co-Coordinator of the African IXP Association (AFIX), board member at the Internet eXchange Federation (IX-F), and CEO of Stormzero Consulting. His previous roles include CIO at International Medical Group and Technology for Development Specialist at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Kyle helped establish many notable community organizations and projects; is passionate about open-source software and intellectual property law reform; and spends his free time working to develop the African multiplayer Internet gaming ecosystem.

Members

Andrew Owens is the technical lead for Interconnection & Peering at Teraco Data Environments, and is responsible for the design, commissioning and management of the NAPAfrica peering platform and Africa Cloud Exchange.

Focused on serving sub-saharan Africa, NAPAfrica has been instrumental in ensuring that content is locally available in Africa. Andrew is an industry expert in the design of peering exchanges and networks. He works closely with industry bodies such as Euro-IX, AfriNIC, MEF and ISOC with the goal of implementing global polices within Africa.

Prior to Teraco, he started his career in IT in South Africa’s largest fruit tracking house, where he wrote the data exchange system responsible for supporting 98% of South Africa’s fruit exports at the time. He then moved into the telecommunications sector and was instrumental in launching the first VoIP services in South Africa at Storm Voice and Data, where he was primarily responsible for the development of the authentication and billing platforms as well as management of the organisation’s regional networks.

Caglar Dabanoglu

Caglar Dabanoglu is a Senior Network Architect at Akamai Technologies. He is primarily responsible for peering & interconnection, network partner support and the architecture of the Akamai Global Platform, with a focus on Southern Europe, Middle-East and Africa. Caglar holds a B.Sc. degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from the Technical University of Istanbul. Before joining Akamai Technologies, Caglar worked for several regional and global ISPs and system integrators like Cable and Wireless, EADS and M-Net as a Senior Network Engineer and Network Architect.

Frank Habicht

Frank Habicht is currently the Technical Manager-Core Network at SimbaNET Tanzania. Since 2000 he has been working with the ISP industry in Tanzania, and is since 2003 active in the establishment and operation of the Tanzania Internet Exchange (TIX) and other IXPs in Tanzania. He likes to assist others going through the same process and hopes to improve interconnection and thus creation of value locally.

Hisham Ibrahim is the External Relations Officer – Technical Advisor (Middle East Regional Program Manager) at the RIPE NCC. (in charge for training programs, technical support and relations with RIPE NCC members and the MENOG community). Hisham brings over a decade of exercise in the field of Internet technology and its governance. Prior to joining the RIPE NCC-ME office, Hisham held a number of senior technical positions including, IPv6 Program Manager at AFRINIC (2010-2014) and Network Operations Centre (NOC) Team Leader at the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (2005-2010). Both from a technical and policy background, Hisham is active on several committees in various Network Operator Groups (NOGs), peering forums, IPv6 task
forces and forums in Africa and the Middle East. Hisham has a MSc. in Electronics and Communications as well as an MBA in marketing.

Janvier Ngnoulaye

Malcom Siegel, a Cape Town native, has been involved in the IT industry since he was a boy. His areas of focus are around compliance, networking and security. He has a passion for cloud and created the first true “open access” cloud platform in South Africa. Malcolm enjoys spending time with his family and playing basketball. He is a passionate Manchester United supporter.

Mamothokoane Tlali is a technologist and 2011 graduate of the National University of Lesotho with a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Systems and Networks. Upon graduation, she joined Vodacom Lesotho and worked as an IP systems engineer until 2016, when she moved to Lesotho Communications Authority as a ccTLD manager. Since 2011, she has been volunteering at the Lesotho Internet Exchange Point as a network administrator. She is currently studying towards LLM in Internet Law and Policy.

Mathew Chigwende is the Head of Data Network at Liquid Telecom. He has over 15 years experience in Telecoms. He started as a graduate Engineer at TelOne in Zimbabwe and in 2002 joined Econet as Technical and Support Manager for its Ecoweb Brand – responsible for building the network into one of the biggest ISPs in Zimbabwe. In 2006, Mathew moved to UK and joined BT as a Project Engineer working on MPLS and Financial Extranet projects. In 2009, Mathew joined Liquid Telecom in London to spearhead a new exciting project involving connecting the vast fibre builds into a pan African MPLS network. He currently holds the post of Head of Data Networks, responsible for core network support and optimization, and group wide network project implementations. Mathew was educated at University of Zimbabwe where he obtained a BSc in Engineering and later an MBA. He holds a number of Cisco professional certifications. Mathew is married and lives with his wife and three children in Kent, UK.

Mathieu Paonessa is the CTO of GVA (Groupe Vivendi Africa) in charge of all the engineering of Vivendi’s operation across Africa. Mathieu graduated from Concordia University in Montréal, Canada and has since then worked for various ISP as well as financial firms specialized in ultra low latency network connectivity. He is also involved in the peering community and was a former president of the board at France-IX.

Simon Mayoye, based in Nairobi Kenya is a Network Architect for SEACOM which operates a global IP/MPLS backbone as well as submarine cable systems between Africa, Europe and the Asia Pacific. With over 10 years in Service provider space, current responsibilities are Planning/Building/Expansion of the SEACOM Global IP/MPLS as well as provide Peering strategy & policy for the network. Simon is involved in various community organizations such as tzNOG, AfNOG in capacity as an Instructor. He is a strong supporter of good Netizenship to keep the internet clean.

Secretariat Support

Grace INGABIRE

Grace INGABIRE is the Ag CEO of RICTA, with a passion to have a truly Interconnected Africa. She currently works with Rwanda Internet Exchange (RINEX) to promote and manage key Internet resources optimally to benefit the Community.

Kevin Chege

Kevin G. Chege is Internet Development Manager for Africa at the Internet Society.

Michuki Mwangi

Michuki Mwangi is Senior Development Manager for Africa at the Internet Society.