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13:00 - 13:15 Registration  

13:15 - 14:30












Session 1
Luncheon with speaker about Business in Africa and Why ICANN believes Africa is important to the continued expansion of the Internet.

This session will be a lunch, with members of the Outreach Committee and other BC members seated at each table for informal discussions. Introductions will be done very quickly, with also a gathering of business cards invited during registration. Following, a brief talk on e-Friction and impact on Business in Africa will be delivered.


Chris Mondini

BCG Report on the Internet Economy

Delivering Internet to all Africans





Jimson Olufuye
BC Vice-Chair Finance & Operation and Chair AfICTA – Moderator and overall Host

Joined by the local host, Sunil Geness ITA President & Mags Reddy, AfICTA Board Member (South Africa) for welcoming remarks.

Chris Mondini,
ICANN Vice-President Global Business Engagement

14:40 - 15:20

Session 2

ICANN’s role and mission, including its overall high level responsibility in the Internet ecosystem.

Against the backdrop of the history of ICANN, a high level overview of its structure, Board, role of GAC and Supporting Organizations will be provided via a handout.

The focus of this session will be to highlight examples of ICANN activities that are especially relevant to African business and the benefits of becoming involved in the BC.

The IANA Stewardship transition from USG to the global Internet Community will be highlighted with a focus on how African business users can influence ICANN policy through engagement with the [email protected] and for the benefit of Africans.


Marilyn Cade,
CEO, ICT Strategies - Moderator

Steve DelBianco,
BC Vice Chair & Executive Director Netchoice (USA)

Hibah Kamal-Grayson,
Senior public policy analyst at Google

Alice Munyua,
AUC/chair of GAC public safety and under-served regions working groups

Arinola Akinyemi,
CEO, Digisphere Ltd AfICTA Board member (Nigeria)

15:25 - 16:15


Session 3

Big Data, IOT, and increased reliance on digitization are also influencing the Changing face of Risks and Threats to Security, Stability and Resiliency  of the Internet and the DNS.

Indeed, businesses are increasingly concerned about cyber threats to operational systems, and the reliability of the Internet. Some DNS related issues are particularly relevant for African businesses that rely on websites for promoting their businesses and engaging with customers – within and outside of Africa.

In this respect, what are the stakes?




African DNS Market Place Study Overview - Presentation by Patrick Jones, ICANN

African DNS Market Place Study Report


Andrew Mack,
Chair BC & CEO AMGlobal -

Patrick Jones,
Senior Director, Global Stakeholder Engagement, ICANN

Yusuph Kileo,
Cybersecurity expert  AfICTA Board member (Tanzania)

Opeyemi Onifade,
CEO Afenoid Ltd
AfICTA Board member (Nigeria)

Mrs. Ulandi Exner,
President IITPSA AfICTA Board member (South Africa)

16:20 - 17:00 Session 4

Considering the expansion of the Top Level domain opportunities within country codes and the new top level domain names:

.co .za, .ng, .eg, .ke, .joburg, .capetown, .durban and now .africa; what are expectations for domain names uptake in Africa and how can these be enhanced.

In other words, South Africa is maintaining a good lead in African domain name uptake with over 1m domains in the ZACR. In this regard, what is the status report on the new gTLDs in Africa? The African DNS market study report? And with the arrival of .Africa, how can the domain business be further enriched in Africa?



Pierre Dandjinou,
ICANN Vice-President for Africa -

Lucky Masilela,
Chair ZACR Registry & .africa

Andrew Mack,
Chair BC & CEO AMGlobal

Lawrence Olawale-Roberts,
CEO, Microboss Technologies Ltd. (Nigeria)

17:00 - 17:45 Coffee/Tea and informal discussions