Nii Narku Quaynor, Network Computer Systems

As chairman and chief executive officer of Network Computer Systems in Ghana, Nii Narku Quaynor has played a very important role in West Africa by introducing Value Added Networks in the region through the introduction of the SWIFT, Internet and Commerce networks whilst building human resources across the continent. After studying in the United States and working for Digital Equipment Corp. for 14 years, he returned to Ghana in 1991 in a technology transfer experiment that transformed him into a high-technology entrepreneur.

After working as a UNDP consultant to the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation , Nii established Network Computer System, which established the first public networks for Internet, SWIFT, EDI and other virtual communities in West Africa. Nii is a member of the United Nations Secretary General Advisory Group on ICT, African Director of ICANN, the Chairman of the OAU Internet Task Force, Chairman of the AfriNIC, member of the Worldbank Infodev TAP, member of the ITU Telecom Board, President of the Internet Society of Ghana, member of the Council of the University of Ghana , and had served on the Board of the Ghana News Agency as well as the Ghana Frequency Registration and Control Board. Nii received a B.A in engineering science from Dartmouth College in 1972 and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Thayer School of Engineering in 1973. He did graduate study at the State University of New York at StonyBrook, where he obtained M.S and Ph.D degrees in Computer Science in 1974 and 1977, respectively.

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