Jonathan B. Postel Service Award Presented to Alain Aina

Award honors leader who brought the Internet to many throughout Africa and
SINGAPORE– (BUSINESS WIRE/AETOSWire)– The Internet Society, a global non-profit
dedicated to ensuring the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet, today presented
the prestigious Jonathan B. Postel Service Award to Alain Aina, who serves as the chief
technology officer of the West and Central Africa Research and Education Network
Mr. Aina was selected by an international award committee comprised of former Jonathan B.
Postel award winners. The committee placed particular emphasis on candidates who have
supported and enabled others in addition to their own contributions. The award was presented to
Mr. Aina in recognition of his leadership in pioneering the Internet in Africa and building
technical communities that helped connect countless others across the continent and beyond.
Aina – who is from Benin and has lived in Togo for the past 25 years – helped build large parts of
the Internet ecosystem throughout Africa, setting up networks, contributing to the creation of the
regional Internet registry and the network operator group, and building ccTLD registries.
“This award encourages me to continue the work, to grow and help others spread the Internet
continent-wide, and to help break down barriers for the engineers and scientists in Africa,” Aina
said. “I feel happy and honored to be recognized for this work.”
The Postel Award was established by the Internet Society to honor individuals or organizations
that, like Jon Postel, have made outstanding contributions to the data communications
community. The award is focused on sustained and substantial technical contributions, service to
the community, and leadership. Andrew Sullivan, President and CEO of the Internet Society
presented the award including a US$20,000 honorarium and a crystal engraved globe, during the
106th meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) held in Singapore, 16-22
November 2019.
About the Internet Society
Founded by Internet pioneers, the Internet Society (ISOC) is a non-profit organization dedicated
to ensuring the open development, evolution and use of the Internet. Working through a global
community of chapters and members, the Internet Society collaborates with a broad range of
groups to promote the technologies that keep the Internet safe and secure, and advocates for
policies that enable universal access. The Internet Society is also the organizational home of the
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).
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