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Mr. Adesola AkinsanyaMr. Adesola Akinsanya is the President, Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), and currently the Chief Operating Officer/Executive Director at Upperlink Limited. He also doubles as the Director of Upperlink Cloud subsidiary where he spearheads business and strategy for the company’s cloud services. He brings to bear several years of professional expertise, competence, and experience in the Information Technology industry with a focus on infrastructure and cloud services. He was part of the team which aided the accreditation of Upperlink Limited as the first Nigerian company to be accredited as Global Registrar by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in 2014 and has led the Domain team to date. He was also a member of the evaluation team which appraised the Company on Level 3 for CMMI Assessment, ISO 27001, ISO23301, Data Protection Compliance Organization (DPCO), and PCI DSS certifications. He recently participated and completed the Standford Seed and African Management Institute sponsored Aspire Business growth (A 6 month intensive training program). He has taken several courses on Domain Registry and Advanced Domain Registry Operation. He had attended several conferences including ICANN and AFRINIC within and outside Africa. He has been involved and participated in panel discussions organized by ICANN Africa, African Union and AFTLD both as a panelist and moderator in several fora such as the Africa Domain Name System Forum, Multistakeholder Internet Governance in Africa thereby contributing to the development and adoption of African CCTLDs. In line with his passion for service, he was a member of the team selected by Google that launched the GABO and GNBO initiatives. This helped to increase awareness and adoption of the .ng domain brand, he also mentored young IT professionals during that period. Adesola Akinsanya had his first degree in Engineering and holds a Postgraduate Degree in Computer Science from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, and the University of Lagos respectively. He is a Chartered member of Computer Professionals (Registration Council of Nigeria) and a member of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA). GLG council member. He is currently an EBOD on NIRA and belong to several committee where he participates actively. His passion and commitment to NIRA over the years cannot be overemphasized.
Mr. Murtala M AbdullahiMurtala M Abdullahi serves on the Executive Board of NiRA as the Vice President. He is an entrepreneur, founder Smart Web Nigeria Ltd, Director at Terox LLC in USA and Terox Limited in Nigeria. He is presently serving as the CEO at Smart Web Nigeria Ltd where he has been involved in developing high quality business strategies and plans ensuring their alignment with short-term and long-term objective and oversee all the operations and business activities to ensure they produce the desired result and are consistent with the overall strategy and mission. His journey began with NIRA as a member since 2011 and in 2018, he was elected as Executive Board Member Of NIRA, over the past 5 years he served at various committee such as Member at Technical Committee, Chair at Accreditation Committee, Member at Finance and Establishment Committee and presently the Chair of the Domain Name Policy Committee He holds a Diploma in Computer Science at University of Jos, BSc in Computer Science at National Open University of Nigeria Currently Pursuing his Masters on Information Technology, he obtained Professional Certification in Linux Administrator, DNS Administration, Network Engineer, VMWare Cloud, Virtualization, Accounting Foundation, Advance Data Privacy, IT and Cyber Security Risk Management and he is a member of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) and CPN.
Dr. Eugene OhuDr. Eugene Ohu is a senior lecturer in the department of Organisational Behaviour/Human Resource Management of the Lagos Business School, where he teaches in the degree (MBA) and executive programmes. He has been a member of NiRA since Jan 2007 and has been on the Executive Board of NiRA since 2017, serving at various times as the chairman of the Technical Committee, and a member of other committees including the Audit Committee, the Communications Committee, as well as the Finance and Establishment Committee. Dr. Ohu is very passionate about technology. At the Lagos Business School, he researches on the psychology of human-computer interactions in the workplace, in order to promote individual wellbeing and organizational productivity. He is the director of the Virtual Human-Computer Interaction (VHCI) Lab at the school. He recently received a grant of ninety million naira (N90 million) to explore the use of VR to teach empathy and compassion in teenagers. Dr. Eugene Ohu is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology (SIOP); the Academy of Management (AOM) and the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN). He is also an entrepreneurship mentor on the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) entrepreneurship programme. Eugene speaks and writes Italian and Spanish fluently, and has a fair mastery of French. He loves the outdoors.
Mr. Chukwuemeka Agbata, Jnr.CFA is a renowned and multi-award winning tech media personality, visible in the print, broadcast and new media. He co-produces and presents Tech Trends, a weekly Tech show on Channels Television, as well as Tech on Wheels, a nationally syndicated radio show airing across multiple States in Nigeria. CFA also doubles as a Sunday Punch Columnist, where he writes the ICT Clinic column, and the Founder of CFAtech.ng, a technology blog designed to transform Africa through tech education and advocacy. He is recognised as a vibrant stakeholder and respected influencer in the ICT industry reaching out to millions of people through multiple platforms, coupled with his strong membership of several local and international organizations. He organises the monthly CFA’s Startups Hangout, designed to help startups learn and grow from the experiences of successful entrepreneurs. CFA is a Member of the Executive Board of Directors of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), the body responsible for managing the .NG, Nigeria’s country code Top Level Domain, (ccTLD).
Mr. Mayowa Ajiboye
Mr. Ajiboye Mayowa is the Director for Research, Innovations and Development with Central Soft Support Services CS3. An IT professional and Educational Technology expert with 8 years of experience working in technology-based roles, technology education and start-up ecosystem development in Nigeria. He became a member of NiRA in 2018, he obtained his first degree in Computer Science, PGD in Education, currently on the verge of completing an MTech in Educational Technology, and in 2020, he enrolled for MSc Cybersecurity.
Before joining Central Soft Support Services, Mr. Ajiboye Mayowa has worked with several organizations in technical and managerial capacity including TechX Innovation Hub as the hub manager, where he coordinated all the activities of the hub during which he supervised the deployment of network facility and also deploying an academy for the organization. He also had a stint with UNITeS Cisco Networking Academy where he served as a technical trainer for learners who enrolled for IT Essentials.
Mr. Ajiboye is a tech evangelist where he advocates for the awareness and adoption of technology among young people to bridge the gap technology has created among the youths in Nigeria, this he carried out on the platform of Young Innovators of Nigeria, a registered non-governmental organization in 2014 where he is a pioneer member and rose to the position of the president, a position he currently occupied.
During these periods, he successfully organized capacity training, mentorship sessions, ICT Ecosystem entrepreneurship development program for over 1000 youths across the country, where some of our start-ups have enjoyed the various types of sponsorship by the National Information Technology Agency (NITDA). Notably among them are the yearly sponsorship to GITEX in Dubai. He is among the team of Young Innovators of Nigeria that carried out a research titled “Skill gap analysis for youth employment in Nigeria” the report which has brought about the identification of IT skills required at the workplace needed by the stakeholders in the IT industry.
In 2020 during the heat of Covid-19, he specifically recommended our best start-up (Secure Agric) which hailed from Gombe State to the Executive Governor of the state to be sponsored to attend the Golf Information Technology Exhibitions GITEX.
His love for technology education spur him to co-author a chapter in a book published during the heat of Covid-19 by Novel Education Research Group titled “Novel Practices in Education” where he specifically wrote on the “Role of Cloud-Based Technology in Teaching and Learning”.
He is an active member of the following professional associations in Nigeria; Nigeria Internet Registration Association NiRA, Nigeria Computer Society NCS, Computer Professional Registration Council of Nigeria CPN, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria TRCN and Novel Educational Research Group among others and has contributed significantly to the development of these associations.
He currently serves as a member of the committee for National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) e-Nigeria Annual International Conference, Nigeria Computer Society–Isa Ali Pantami Committee for the youths on the digital economy.
Mr. Mayowa recently co-founds CBTng.COM, an AI platform that provides tests, examination and aptitude tests for academic institutions, corporate organizations and recruiting agencies. The start-up was among the winners of the United Nations World Creativity and Innovation Challenge Day organised by NITDA Centre for Robotics and Artificial Intelligence on the 21st April 2021 in Abuja.
Engr. Ifeanyi Frank Ogochukwu
Engr. Ifeanyi, IT Ambassador, Microsoft Hero, World-Class CIO; is a focused, innovative, passionate, result-oriented, highly driven consummate, strategic professional and technocrat infused with both public and private sector experience with multifaceted knowledge, skill and competence in Strategy, Aviation, ICT, Telecommunications, Critical Infrastructure Management, Implementation and Operations, Cyber Security and Project Management, with a proven track record in managing resources, capacity building and influencing others to create value, driven by the vision of maximising opportunities and making a difference.
He is an Aeronautical Telecommunications Engineering and Business Administration graduate from the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology and the University of Abuja respectively; also received with distinction a Master’s degree in Communications Management, Masters in Information Technology, Post Graduate Diploma in Transport Management, IT Business Manager Certification and a Post Graduate Certificate – IT and Telecoms Law. Former CIO, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency and currently the Chief Technology Strategist for Debbie Mishael Consulting; Regional Director Africa, Sasaran Technologies; Instructed/ Lecturered – Digital Bridge Institute, International Centre for Communications Studies, Lagos Campus and Convener, CIO Masterclass Africa; Global Advisory Board Member – EC Council, Facilitator and Coach.
He belongs to several professional bodies including the Nigerian Computer Society, Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria, COREN, Institute of Chartered IT Professionals – South Africa, Chartered Institute of Information and Strategic Management, Institute of Aviation Management and International Federation of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Associations.
Engr. Ifeanyi has led several engagements with expertise encompassing Organizational Strategy; Technology Advocacy, Implementation and Operations; Infrastructure Development and Implementation; Technology and Security Strategy; Revenue Assurance; Human Capital Development; Policy/Regulatory Development and Advisory; people and organizational development, and volunteering inclusive of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency as CIO, International Telecommunications Union Focus and Study Groups, World Bank Projects – WCAATSSP, Debbie Mishael Consulting, and faith-based organizations, etc.
Mr. Destiny Amana
Mr. Destiny Amana is the Managing Director & CEO of Icecool Contracts Limited, an ICT firm registered in 2003 with the mission to increasing the digital footprint of Nigeria one business at a time. The business became a Pioneer Registrar with NIRA and has exclusively for the past 3 years been the undisputed Best Registrar in the Gold Category. Destiny is also the current President of the Nigeria Internet Group which was founded in 1995, as a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization,
promoting the Internet in Nigeria. To achieve its mandate, the Group engages in a number of activities which include; policy advocacy, awareness creation and education. Awareness creation and education tasks of the Group are carried out through conferences, seminars, exhibitions, workshops and newsletter publication while policy advocacy is done by actively engaging the Government during and after policy formulation processes.
Mr. Destiny Amana is a graduate of Imperial College London where he studied Engineering and then decided to diversify into Computer Science at the University of Bath at Masters Level. Since then Destiny has taken numerous programing courses in ASP.Net, DNS Management and IT Support before starting his own business. Destiny has been a member of NIRA since 2007 and has served on various committees to date.
Mr. Destiny has many hobbies which include photography, music, travelling, dancing and socializing. He has been a professional D.J. for the last 20 years and is happily married with 4 Children.
Mr. Oluwaseun Kehinde
Mr. Oluwaseun Kehinde, a graduate of the University of Lagos with a degree in Electrical Engineering, is the founder of QServers Network Limited, a leading .NG registrar and web hosting company. With over 20 years of experience in the IT industry, Mr. Kehinde has worked as a networking tech, a software developer, and an IT training executive. He started his first company, Netbuilder Ltd, during his NYSC days and has since developed numerous software applications. He is a self-taught Linux administrator, which has contributed to the success of his managed companies. Apart from being an IT professional, Mr. Kehinde is also an entrepreneur with interests in other industries. He is married with children.
Mr. Ebenezer DareEbenezer Dare is a leadership coach who is passionate about business technology management. He is the co-founder and CEO at Hostlag Limited, a domain name and web hosting company. Ebenezer started Hostlag Limited with 200 dollars in 2018 and as at 2021, Hostlag had acquired two other hosting companies in Lagos. Ebenezer has certifications in computer science from Lagos State University (B.Sc) and certifications from the University of Alberta Canada in Software Product Management and India School of Business in Business Technology Management. He is also a certified Project manager from University of Irvine USA, he also has certificates as a software tester and software test manager from International software test institute, Germany. He is also a Certified Network Security Specialist (CNSS) by the International CyberSecurity Institute. Ebenezer is the current National ICT Director for the Youth Alive Fellowship of the Living Faith Church WorldWide (a.k.a Winners Chapel), a position he has held since March 2022. Ebenezer was awarded the Africa ICT Champion Award 2021 by the Africa ICT Alliance (AfICTA) in recognition of his sterling contribution to ICT enabled growth and development in Africa. As part of his giving back to the community, Ebenezer currently serves as a volunteer consultant and coach with some of the leading online platforms where he trains business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs and youths on a monthly basis on Business, Internet and Digital Marketing. He is happily married to his beautiful wife Oluwatosin and blessed with wonderful children.
Mr. Peter Ikenna Oluka
Oluka, Peter Ikenna (@peterolukai) is a multi-award winner practicing ICT Journalist. Peter started his mainstream journalism in 2010 working with the Nigerian NewsDirect Newspaper. His penchant for newsworthy events and stunts registered NewsDirect’s presence in the league of Property & Environment and Labour pious media outfits.
He is currently the Editor In-Chief of TechEconomy.ng; Co-Founder/Ag., Editor, GrassRoots.ng, a news platform rooted in Speaking for the Global Citizen. Peter also Co-founded Njalo.ng; an online marketplace for ‘Easy sell & Easy Buy’ or new and used products. Prior to that, he worked at the Nigeria CommunicationsWeek, as a Senior Reporter; a medium with fad in ICT reportage. Peter’s articles have attracted interests from both international and indigenous ICT/Technology giants.
Peter’s quest for journalism, PR and media practices is exceptional. For many years, he contributed to ‘Communications’ pullout in the Guardian Newspapers.
Peter was a Nigeria Youth Merit Award (NYMA) nominee 2013, which was viewed by many in the industry as a leap in the right direction and a notch to punch and gun for more glories in the industry he represents.
He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Information Management (IIM-Africa) and was awarded the Records and Information Management Best ICT Reporter of the Year by the Institute of Information Management-Africa (IIM-Africa) in year 2014.
As a rising gem in the Nigerian Online journalism space, peter is a .ng Domain Name Brand Ambassador (2015 till date). He received Special Recognition Award at the 2017 Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) National Information Technology Merit Awards (NITMA) for Excellence in IT reporting. He also won Nigerian Women in Information Technology (NIWIIT) Best IT Editor of the Year 2018.
Peter is a certified Customer Relations Management Personnel by the Nesburg School of Business and Management (NESBG-Nigeria), Africa’s foremost Persuasion School of Business based in South Africa (2015). He obtained PGD (Mass Communications) from NOUN in 2015; HND (Mass Communication) from the Institute of Management and Technology, IMT, Enugu in 2008.
Peter has attended several trainings such as the MTN Nigeria Media Innovation Programme curated by the School of Media and Communications (SMC) Pan Atlantic University (PAU), ‘Multimedia, Mobile and Social Media Journalism Programme Facilitated by renowned new media experts Dan Mason Media (2017)’ hosted by Journalism Clinic, Lagos, Nigeria, among other trainings and achievements.
Peter’s media practice cuts across Speech Writing, Public Relations, Advertising, other Communications interests.