Coppens Pasteur Ndayiragije

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Affiliation: BurundiX
Country: Burundi
Email: coppens.ndayiragije[at]

Eng. Coppens Pasteur NDAYIRAGIJE is the Initiator and Chairman of Burundi Internet Exchange Point, BurundiX ASBL. He is also the Deputy Secretary for the Regional IXP Steering Committee in the East African Community. He works for Fiber Optic Broadband National Backbone, Datacenter, and GovNet Deployment in Burundi. etc[1]

ICANN 53&64 respectively in Buenos Aires in June 2015 and in Kobe Japan in March 2019 was his first and second ICANN Meeting. Coppens is the one who did everything in order Burundi his home contry becomes effective member of GAC ICANN GAC.[1]

One of his proudest life achievements successfully implementing IXP in Burundi and supporting both the EAC and CEEAC communities with regards to Regional IXP integration. He hopes to see Burundi join the GAC and wants to continue actively contributing to the growth of ICT in Burundi and Africa. He also enjoys watching Burundi dramas on YouTube.[1]

In January 2016, Mr. Coppens has been appointed to represent Burundi as Head of Burundi ICT Cluster Technical Delegation in Central Corridor for Transport and Transit gathering five country members: Burundi, RD-Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.


Eng. Coppens was working since 01 August 2010 to 31 March 2016 in the Burundian National ICT Implementation Agency, entitled, Executive Secretariat of Information and Communication Technologies (SETIC). SETIC hosted the RCIP2 World Bank project, since 2008 to 2014. Coppens was both Technical Assistant to the project and The National Supervisor of the Burundian Backbone System Deployment Based on Fiber Optic Technologies. Since the closure of this project, Coppens is part of a team of IT professionals responsible for the Management and Administration of the Government Communication System (COMGOV/GovNet) and the First National Data Centre in Burundi, set up and managed by the SETIC. Additional to the above responsibilities, Coppens is currently also, the First Chairman of Burundi Internet eXchange Point (BurundiX A.S.B.L.) hosted at the University of Burundi, CHAIRE UNESCO Campus. As a result to this, he is the Assistant-secretary of the EAIX Steering Committee Bureau. Prior to these positions in Burundi, Coppens assured the following responsibilities, in Rwanda: NCC Education Coordinator & Lecturer in Bringing British Education to You program and NICI Projects Manager. He has also participated in CEEAC and EACO regional IXP consultations, PIL-Africa, NEPAD e-Schools, OLPC, Intel Corporation Teach Program, Speaker in the UNECA Symposium, Web 2.0, Bridging the ICT Standardization and Development Gap Between Developed and Developing Countries, Connect Africa Summit, Wireless Networking for Centres of Excellence Nodes and Internet Training Centres in Africa, Speaker at the ITU Regional Workshop on ICT Competencies Development in Telecommunication and Education Sectors in Africa, IETF-89, AfPIF 2013 Speaker, AFRINIC-19 Remote Speaker, OLE Rwanda, ISOC Member Burundi Chapter, Af-IX, UNESCO CONNECTing the Dots: Options for Future Action in March 2015, ICANN 53 Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina June 2015, Discussion WSIS+10 draft Paper, New York October 2015, etc.  


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 ICANNWiki - ICANN 53 Buenos Aires Intake Form. Retrieved 2015 July 8.