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'''Mark J. Elkins''' is a Founding Member of [[ARC]], the African Registry Consortium, and a Founding Member and current Director within [[AfriNIC]].<ref name="interview">[[ICANN 42]] Interview</ref><ref>[http://www.afrinic.net/foundingMembers.htm Founding Members, AfriNIC.net]</ref> He is also the Owner of [[Posix Systems]].<ref>[http://old.ispa.org.za/iweek/2002/program.shtml iWeek Programme: Internet Week]</ref> He is also an associate at NetDay Association and a Member at [[ISOC]].<ref>[http://za.linkedin.com/pub/mark-elkins/2/715/b8 Mark Elkins' Linkedin Profile]</ref>
Mr. Elkins activities at [[ICANN]] include participation with the [[ccNSO]] and work with [[AfriNIC]], he also leads workshops and presents regional developments at ICANN meetings.<ref name="interview"></ref><ref>[http://dakar42.icann.org/node/26999 Meeting, Dakar42.ICANN.org]</ref> He participates in a variety of international and regional IT conferences, workshops, and other fora, including work with the [[IGF]] and [[ITU]].
He has a wide knowldege of the industry, giving talks and leading workshops on a number of issues, including [[VoIP]] implementation in Africa,<ref>[http://www.balancingact-africa.com/news/en/issue-no-306/telecoms/south-africa-gets-vo/en South Africa gets VoIP, balancingact-africa.com]</ref> [[IPv6]] deployment, regional issues, ccTLD and national registry issues,<ref>[http://dakar42.icann.org/node/26999 Meeting, Dakar42.ICANN.org]</ref> and others.
=== Career History ===
Mr. Elkins was a member of the [[AfrISPA]] from 2000 until 2010. He served as the director at [[UniForum SA]] for 25 years, where he managed the co.za namespace.<ref>[http://www.afrinic.net/meeting/afrinic-5/participants.htm AfriNIC- 5 - Participants List]</ref><ref name="itu">[http://www.itu.int/ITU-T/worksem/ipv6/200911/bios.html ITU and NRO joint Workshop “Adopting ipv6 – What you need to know”, ITU.int]</ref> In 2009, he worked at AfriNIC for a few month as a board member. He was a member of ISPA from 2000 to 2009. Mr. Elkins joined UKOM systems in 1984 and worked there till 1986 as a CTO.
He has worked on Unix based computer systems since the beginning of his education. In 1984, he moved to South Africa from UK. After twelve years at Olivetti Systems and Networks, he started his own ISP, Posix Systems, an Internet Service Provider. He has been involved in Computer Communications since 1986.<ref name="itu"></ref>
== Education ==
Mr. Elkins was educated at Queen Mary College (London University).<ref name="itu"></ref> He attended the ACRP, a risk management workshop for [[ccTLD]]s, in 2009.<ref>[http://tld-portal.dns-oarc.net/tld/acrp-arusha/Wiki-html/pmwiki.php/ACRPCommon/Students.html Students Attending the Introductory ACRP - Arusha, 13 April 2009]</ref>
Mark Elkins is a scuba diving instructor.<ref name="interview"></ref>
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