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Kevin Chege, Internet Development Manager for Africa, Internet Society

Kevin Chege joined the Internet Society in February 2012 as the Internet Development Manager for Africa under the Africa Regional Bureau.

Kevin joins ISOC from KENET where he recently served as the Network Manager. While at KENET, he was responsible for IP network design, Network Operations and Network Services. He worked at KENET for seven years, initially an E-1 (copper) only network and was at KENET even before it had its own Autonomous Number and IP address blocks. While at KENET, he oversaw the dramatic expansion of the KENET network from a VSAT network serving 12 links to a large NREN with over 100 active links, most on optical fiber, multiple Points of Presence (PoPs), and with undersea fiber capacity. He also setup and deployed several free and open source based network services and solutions from network monitoring, DNS, e-mail to web hosting for the benefit of the Kenyan Universities and the NREN.

He trained and mentored many techies and interns during his time at KENET and trained for both the NSRC and AfNOG. Kevin has made presentations at several forums and is also a contributor to a book published by INASP and the ICTP on Internet Bandwidth Management and Optimization entitled How To Accelerate Your Internet: A practical guide to Bandwidth Management and Optimization using Open Source Software”.

Kevin holds a degree in Information Systems and Technology from the United States International University – Africa and has also participated in several technology trainings and workshops over the years. Kevin is a former ISOC fellow to the IETF and has had two articles published in the IETF journal. He was the recipient of the 2010 John Postel Network Operator’s Scholarship.

Kevin is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Megan Kruse, Manager, Technology Outreach and Strategic Planning, Internet Society

MeganMegan Kruse joined the Internet Society in June 2011, first working within the Deployment & Operationalization Team and then moving into the Office of the CITO. As Manager, Technology Outreach and Strategic Planning, she helps foster Internet growth by encouraging the deployment of key Internet technologies including IPv6, DNSSEC, and Routing Security. She plans and executes educational outreach projects for industry leaders and technology decision makers worldwide including publications, meetings and conferences, and social media activities.

Before joining the Internet Society, Megan managed public relations and outreach projects at the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN). In addition to promoting the company’s key messages and positioning its top executives as industry experts, she developed ARIN’s social media and communications efforts surrounding the depletion of IPv4 address space and the need to adopt IPv6.

Alan Levin, Chairman, ISOC South Africa, Internet Public Servant

He is a co-founding Board member of AfriNIC, the .za DNA and the Public Interest Registry. He was also a co-founder of the first Telkom ISP in 1997.

Alan has a BSc (Computer Science and Psychology) from Wits and MBA from UCT. He has over 20 years experience in Internet infrastructure and change management.

Today, he is the CEO of Vanilla, a licensed telco based in Cape Town South Africa and is passionate about providing broadband services for discerning users. He is also an executive at the Future Perfect Corporation, a consulting and incubating company.

Alan’s interests remain in policy development, good governance, education, netiquette and Internet research.

Ben Maddison, Director, Workonline Communications

Ben Maddison is Director and Co-Founder of Workonline Communications (Pty) Ltd with the responsibility of technology innovation and implementation. Workonline Communications, based in South Africa, is an innovative pan-African service provider of connectivity services.

Workonline Communications owes its strength, growth, and fast expansion to Ben’s dedication, passion, and unparalleled work ethics. Founded in Cape Town in 2006, Workonline is a privately owned company whose customers include some of the world’s largest telecommunication companies. Workonline provides services to the wholesale market, as well as specialised services to the medium and large enterprise market. Ben prides himself on the stability, resilience and redundancy provisions of the Workonline Communications network, which operates according to the highest standards.

His initial vision of being a trusted advisor to clients, and driving innovation and agility remain at the core of Workonline’s business. Designing innovative commercial and technical solutions has given them the edge and led to their healthy growth over the past nine years.

Brian Magwaza, Chief Technology Officer, Soweto Wireless

I studied Bsc Computer Science from the University Of Cape Town in 1998 (Degree incomplete). In 2012 I started my Information Communication Technology company called Njinjicom Pty Ltd which is currently having an ICASA license and has agreements with Telkom Pty Ltd and Broadband Infranco and we also have presence in Teraco Pty Ltd.

In 2014 I had joined Soweto Wireless (SOWUG) and I was involved in planning, deploying and expanding the SOWUG WIFI Network as a Chief Technology Officer and assisted the organisation to acquire public IP and setting them SOWUG’s network from Teraco to Soweto.

Kevin Meynell, Content and Resource Manager, Internet Society

Kevin Meynell is the Content and Resource Manager at the Internet Society. His main responsibility is for the Deploy360 program which encourages deployment of key Internet technologies including IPv6, DNSSEC Routing Security and TLS. This involves identifying resources and producing content that support the goals of the program, along with social media and outreach activities to promote and raise awareness of developments in these areas.

Kevin graduated from Middlesex University with a degree in Geography, and discovered the Internet whilst working at the JET Nuclear Fusion Project in the early-90s. This led to a move to UKERNA (now JISC) in 1995 where he worked on the SuperJANET and National Dial-Up Service initiatives, before joining TERENA (now the GÉANT Association) in 1997. Aside from an 18-month sabbatical to help establish CENTR, he spent the next 16 years working on activities including the 6NET and 6DISS IPv6 deployment projects, eduroam, the Global Lambda Interconnect Facility, the TERENA X.509 PKI Service and TF-CSIRT, as well as being responsible for NREN Development Support in Eastern and Southern Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and occasionally the Caribbean region.

After leaving TERENA, he worked as the Manager of the Shibboleth Consortium that develops the widely Shibboleth web single sign-on software, before moving to APNIC as its Head of Training in 2014. He joined the Internet Society in October 2015.

Kevin has also been the Executive Secretary of GLIF since 2012, organising the Annual Global LambdaGrid Workshops. He was previously the Coordinator and ex-officio Steering Committee member of TF-CSIRT from 2008 to 2012, where he developed a new governance structure, CSIRT certification process and training courses, as well as establishing the joint FIRST/TF-CSIRT Technical Symposia. Whilst at CENTR he chaired the RIPE Domain Name Registration Forum, and more recently organised NREN development conferences for the European Union’s Eastern Partnership as well as the TERENA/RIPE promotional events for World IPv6 Day and World IPv6 Launch Day.

Jan Žorž, Operational Engagement Programme Manager, Internet Society

Jan-ZorzJan is the Internet Society’s Operational Engagement Programme Manager. He works on operational initiatives to ease the deployment of IPv6 and other technologies. He is also working to help the industry document best current operational practices and to improve operator feedback to the IETF.

Jan is one of the pioneers of SiOL, the Slovenian national ISP, and has been involved in the organization from the beginning. For the last seven years, Jan has been working as a consultant in the IT field, specializing in IPv6. He co-founded the Go6 institute (not-for-profit), a Slovenian IPv6 initiative whose main objective is to raise IPv6 awareness in Slovenia and alert the community to the fact that we are approaching extensive changes on the Internet.

Due to the success of Go6 Institute, Slovenia is currently leading the EU as the country most prepared for IPv6 (according to the RIPE NCC’s IPv6 RIPEness study). Jan has been invited to present around the world on his work, the model of the Go6 platform, IPv6 awareness raising and deployment at the national level. Jan is also primary co-author of a very successful procurement (specification) paper, published as official RIPE Best Current Practice document RIPE-501, titled “Requirements For IPv6 in ICT Equipment”. This document is translated into more than 10 languages and is used around the world by enterprises and governments when requesting IPv6 features in ICT equipment purchases. RIPE-501 was recently replaced by RIPE-554, also co-authored by Merike Kaeo, Sander Steffann and Jan Žorž.

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