Internet Innovators - Nii Quaynor


Internet Innovators

Welcome to NANOG’s Internet Innovators! A web series that allows our community to learn more about some of the brightest and boldest tech minds of our time. Join us every month as we look to the past, present, and future of the Internet and talk to the innovators who were there. 

If you watch "Internet Innovators" in Africa, you have Nii Quaynor to thank. 

As the "African Father of the Internet," Quaynor has pioneered internet development and expansion throughout Africa. He is responsible for the first Internet connectivity throughout the continent. 

Quaynor is an Internet Hall of Fame Inductee. Among his many accomplishments, he helped to establish the Computer Science Department of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in Ghana. He has been a professor there since 1979. Furthermore, he was the first African board member of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) + founded the African Network Operators Group (AfNOG). In 2015, he was awarded the ICANN Multi-stakeholder Ethos Award. In 2007, Quaynor was awarded the Jonathan B. Postel Service Award from the IETF (The Internet Engineering Task Force).

NANOG content producer Elizabeth Drolet had the pleasure of speaking with the impressive yet humble and soft-spoken tech icon. Their online discussion took place from his hotel room on the coast of Africa to Drolet's location in the states. An oversea connection that was made possible by the man himself. 

WATCH NOW to learn:

  • His story
  • The current status of the Internet in Africa (post-pandemic) 
  • "Building the Blockchain" and why he thinks Africa should be a cashless society
  • How to best introduce innovation to a new culture 
  • His next five years
  • + More

Watch The Internet Innovators