Rwanda’s Eddy Mabano Kayihura set to take over as AFRNIC CEO

Rwanda’s Eddy Mabano Kayihura has been selected as the next CEO of the African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC), African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC), the body responsible for the distribution and management of internet number resources in Africa and the Indian Ocean region. Kayihura will formally take over his position on November 4, 2019.

Kayihura brings on board a wealth of experience acquired over a period of more than 20 years as a chief executive officer, chief information technology officer (CIO), a network engineer, software developer among other positions in the IT and Telecommunications industry. Before his appointment as AFRINIC’s CEO, Kayihura has been working as a telecoms, financial technology (fintech), and IT infrastructure consultant in Rwanda.

(TOP: Eddy Kayihura, the new AFRINIC CEO. Photo: Rwanda Times).

Between December 2016 and December 2018, he was the CIO at the Bank of Kigali, the largest Bank in Rwanda, where he managed a team of over 70 engineers and business specialists in charge of running both the IT department as well as the Digital business of the Bank. He has also been the Executive Chairman of Rwanda Internet Community and Technology Alliance (RICTA). He also worked as the CEO of Broadband Systems Corporation in Rwanda for more than three years between September 2013 and December 2016. Kayihura has contributed to the growth of the IXP ecosystem in Africa as a workshop facilitator on the AXIS project under ISOC and African Union.

Kayihura holds an MBA International Business from Oklahoma Christian University, a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from the National University of Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda, and numerous other professional qualifications.

Kayihura joins us at a time when AFRINIC is beefing up its operational capacity, and it is our view that he has the required experience and expertise to drive these changes, as well as ensuring the organisation continues to be a major catalyst for both Internet development and use in Africa. It is my great pleasure to welcome Mr. Kayihura to the AFRINIC family,” stated Christian D. Bope, the chairman of the AFRINIC board.

Kayihura replaces Patrisse Deesse who has been acting as the interim CEO.

AFRINIC is the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Africa with the responsibility for the distribution and management of Internet number resources – IP address space (IPv4 and IPv6) and Autonomous System Numbers (ASNs). The body’s mission is to provide professional and efficient distribution of Internet number resources to the African Internet community, to support Internet technology usage and development across the continent and to strengthen Internet self-governance in Africa through a bottom-up, multi-stakeholder Policy Development Process (PDP).

Apart from AFRINIC, there are four other RIRs worldwide: APNIC, serving the Asia Pacific; ARIN, serving Canada, the United States, and many Caribbean and North Atlantic islands; LACNIC, serving Latin America and the Caribbean; and RIPE NCC, serving Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia.

Each of the five RIRs re-allocate Internet number resources they receive from PTI to their members within their own geographical regions according to their respective community developed policies.

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