Talk to ICANN – ICANN Engagement in Africa

KICTANet Talk to Series – ICANN Engagement in Africa

Date: 2nd February 2024
Time: 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Venue: Serena Hotel, Nairobi.
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The Breakfast Meeting on ICANN Engagement in Africa, hosted by KICTANet, aims to bring together key stakeholders, industry professionals, and thought leaders to discuss and foster a deeper understanding of ICANN’s role in Africa’s digital landscape and increase visibility on the Coalition for Digital Africa. The event seeks to explore collaborative opportunities, address challenges, and promote active engagement between ICANN and the African Internet community. 

Target Audience:

  • Representatives from government agencies
  • Industry professionals and leaders
  • Civil society organizations
  • Academia
  • Technology and Internet service providers
  • Youth and community leaders


  • Enhanced understanding of ICANN’s role in Africa and the Coalition for Digital Africa Initiatives 
  • Increased visibility on the ICANN 80 Kigali meeting and the High Level Governmental Meeting
  • Identification of collaborative opportunities and potential partnerships.
  • Addressing challenges and proposing solutions for improved Internet governance.
  • Networking and fostering connections among stakeholders.


Time Session Presenter / Moderator
8h00 – 8h15 Welcome and Opening Remarks

Introduction to the purpose and significance of the meeting 


Dr Grace Githaiga, CEO and Convenor, KICTANet

Ali Hussein, Chairman, KICTANet

MC: Barrack Otieno

8h15 – 8h30 Introduction to the purpose and significance of the meeting Pierre Dandjinou, Vice President, Global Stakeholder Engagement for the Africa region, ICANN
8h30 – 8h40 Brief Remarks on behalf of ICANN Board Dr. Catherine Adeya, Board Member, ICANN
8h40 – 9h00 Presentation on ICANN’s mission, functions, and its impact on the African Internet ecosystem Simon Mayoye, Technical Engagement Specialist Middle East and Africa, ICANN
9h00 – 9h20 Overview of ICANN’s Initiatives in Africa and the Grant Program June Okal, Sr Mgr, Global Stakeholder Engagement Africa, ICANN
9h20-9h35 Presentation on the Next Round of gTLDs Bob Ochieng, Sr Director, New gTLDs program, ICANN
9h35 – 10h30 Panel discussion on Challenges and Opportunities for African Internet Governance Exploration of challenges faced by the region and identification of collaborative opportunities. Pierre Dandjinou, Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement for the Africa region, ICANN. Andrew Mwanyota Lewela – Chief Executive Officer, KeNIC 

Barrack Otieno, AFTLD, 

June Okal, Sr Mgr, Global Stakeholder Engagement Africa, ICANN

10h30 – 10h45 Q&A Session

  • Open floor for questions and discussions from the audience.
  • Questions and discussions raised from the mailing list
  • Encouraging active participation and dialogue.


About ICANN:

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is a nonprofit organization responsible for coordinating the global Internet’s domain name system, IP address allocation, and other unique identifiers. ICANN’s mission is to ensure the stable and secure operation of the Internet’s unique identifier systems, fostering global cooperation and promoting a single, interoperable Internet. With a commitment to the inclusivity of diverse voices, ICANN plays a crucial role in shaping policies that impact the Internet ecosystem worldwide.

About KICTANet:

KICTANet is a multi-stakeholder think tank that brings together individuals and organizations from various sectors with an interest in information and communication technology (ICT) policy and regulation. Established in 2003, KICTANet advocates for the use of ICTs for the development of Kenya and the wider African region. The organization facilitates dialogue, collaboration, and capacity building among stakeholders to ensure that ICT policies are inclusive, transparent, and responsive to the needs of the community.


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