West Africa Peering Forum (WAPF) 2023

The West Africa Peering Forum (WAPF) is an annual event that brings together Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Content Providers (CPs), and other stakeholders in the telecommunications industry to discuss issues related to Internet interconnection and peering in West Africa.

The objectives of the West Africa Peering Forum are:
  • To promote the development of a robust and sustainable Internet ecosystem in West Africa by encouraging local interconnection and peering among ISPs and CPs.
  • To provide a platform for knowledge sharing, capacity building, and networking among stakeholders in the West African telecommunications industry.
  • To showcase best practices in Internet interconnection and peering from other regions and encourage their adoption in West Africa.
  • To advocate for policy and regulatory reforms that support the growth of local interconnection and peering in West Africa.
The expected outcomes of the West Africa Peering Forum in 2023 are:
  • Increased awareness and understanding of the benefits of local interconnection and peering among stakeholders in the West African telecommunications industry.
  • Improved technical skills and knowledge among participants, particularly in the areas of Internet interconnection and peering.
  • Establishment of new peering agreements among ISPs and CPs in West Africa.
  • Identification of policy and regulatory reforms needed to support the growth of local interconnection and peering in West Africa.
  • Relationship between the growth of West African Internet Exchange Points and the deployment of Data Centers in West Africa.

The event is organized by the West Africa Peering community in partnership with the Internet Society and other organizations. This year’s virtual event is organized in partnership with the African Network Operators Group (AfNOG).

Date and Time

12:00 – 14:30 UTC

Tuesday 27 June 2023




Portrait photo  of Adumike Anthon Obinna

Adumike Anthon Obinna

Head of Peering and Interconnection/Responsable de peering et d’interconnexion, Rack Centre

Adumike Anthony Obinna has over 10 years of experience working in various technology positions in Nigeria and across the region. I have a background in Network and communications technologies. I… Read more about Adumike Anthon Obinna

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Donald Jolley

Network Engineer, Workonline Communications

Born and bred in Durban South Africa with a passion for technology and the city of Durban. Don has helped build the Internet community by encouraging the formation of KZNNOG.… Read more about Donald Jolley

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Franck Simon

President, France-IX Services

Franck Simon is President of France-IX Services since its inception in 2010 and brings his extensive industry experience to the management and ongoing development of the non-profit association Internet exchange… Read more about Franck Simon

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Ghislain Nkeramugaba

IXP Development Expert

As the IXP Development Expert at the Internet Society, I primarily focus on the development of Internet exchange point critical infrastructure and peering and interconnection ecosystems. Prior to joining the… Read more about Ghislain Nkeramugaba

Engr. Ikechukwu Nnamani

CEO, Medallion Data Centres Limited

Engr. Ikechukwu Nnamani is the Chief Executive Officer of Medallion Data Centres Limited. For over 16 years under his leadership the Medallion’s datacenter in Lagos is rated the most interconnected facility in… Read more about Engr. Ikechukwu Nnamani

Portrait photo  of Jean Baptiste Millogo

Jean Baptiste Millogo

Director, Internet Technology and Development

I focus on the Sustainable Peering Infrastructure, Community Networks and Technical community development, especially in the African region. Prior to this position at the Internet Society, I served as a… Read more about Jean Baptiste Millogo

Portrait photo  of Koffi Kouadio Armand

Koffi Kouadio Armand


Koffi is a Telecommunications Engineer of Ivorian nationality and ITILV3 certified. He is Head of the CIVIX (Cote d'Ivoire Internet Exchange Point) Specialized Center at ARTCI and Chairman of the… Read more about Koffi Kouadio Armand

Dr. Krish Ranganath

Regional Executive West Africa, Africa Data Centres

With more than two decades of experience in global industry working with various Multinationals across Emerging Markets in the ICT sector, Dr. Krish started his career in 1992. He has… Read more about Dr. Krish Ranganath

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Kyle Spencer

Chairman and Executive Director, Uganda Internet eXchange Point (UIXP) and Co-Coordinator, African IXP Association (Af-IX)

Kyle Spencer is Chairman and Executive Director of the Uganda Internet eXchange Point (UIXP), Co-Coordinator of the African IXP Association (Af-IX), board member at the Internet eXchange Federation (IX-F), and… Read more about Kyle Spencer

Portrait photo  of Muhammed Rudman

Muhammed Rudman

Founding CEO, Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria/Fondateur, Directeur Général de Point d’échange du Nigéria

Muhammed Rudman is the founding CEO of the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN), the country's first and only neutral IXP. A seasoned IT professional with more than 20 years… Read more about Muhammed Rudman

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Sunday Opadijo

Head, Data Centre and Infrastructure Operations (Chief Engineer), Rack Centre

Sunday Opadijo is a career-focused professional with over 18 years of experience in Data Centre operations. Currently Head of Data Centre and Facility Operations at Rack Centre Limited, he has… Read more about Sunday Opadijo