Alan Levin

Alan is a co-founder of the Telkom Internet Service Provider – launched as Intekom in 1997 – and was employed by this company for three years. After a short stint in a start up, he went on to start Vanilla in 2001 and has been employed by this company for eighteen years. He is the CEO of Vanilla - an Internet services company - and a director of Future Perfect Corporation.

He has also served in various leadership positions including Chairman of the Internet Society of South Africa (current), Founder and Treasurer of the .za Domain Name Authority, Co-Founder and Treasurer of the Public Interest Registry (A US based Internet registry operator) and Co-founding Director of AfriNIC (The Regional Internet Registry Operator).

Alan is widely experienced in the appropriate use and management of Open systems, Open Source Software and applications and an advocate of open licensing.

Over the past thirty years, Alan has managed projects to help dozens of government, NGOs and private sector organisations make best use of technology and has contributed toward building policies and Internet infrastructure all around the country.

He has a BSc in Computer Science and Industrial Psychology, and an MBA from the University of Cape Town.