Pierre S. Dandjinou
Pierre Dandjinou is Vice President, global stakeholder engagement of the Internet corporation for assigned names and numbers (ICANN) since 2012. He coordinates ICANN’s engagement strategy in Africa, with a view of facilitating African stakeholder participation in Icann’s work on the one hand, and promoting DNS industry in Africa on the other hand. Before joining ICANN, Pierre was a regional advisor on technology and development policies with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Pierre is a well-known technical pioneer on pan-African connectivity, having contributed to many national and regional projects on Internet gateway development as well as capacity building. He organized the first ever African conference on Internet governance in Cotonou, Benin in 1998; that conference triggered construction of key African Internet institutions such as AFRINIC (the Africa Internet registry) and AFNOG (the Africa Network Operators Group). Pierre’s current centers of interest are digital economy, e-governance, cybersecurity and DNS industry and technology.