Mark Elkins

Mark was born and educated in the UK. He attended Queen Mary College (London University) from 1979 to 1983. From that very first day at university – Mark has been working on Unix based computer systems. He moved to South Africa in 1984.

After twelve years at Olivetti Systems and Networks, he started his own company (Posix Systems – an Internet Service Provider) and has been involved in Computer Communications since 1985.

Achievements include:

  • CCIE (Cisco Engineer) No.1992, 6 June 1996
  • Running IPv6 at Posix Systems since January 2007
  • DNSSEC at Posix Systems since 2010
  • Manages the EDU.ZA and the ALT.ZA SLD’s – which is DNSSEC (with a CDS Collector) and IDN enabled.
  • Board member of AFRINIC (for 6 years)
  • ICANN DNSSEC & Security Program Committee Member for Africa
  • ICANN UA Ambassador (Universal Acceptance)
  • Part of the ICANN “DNS Study for Africa (2016)” and also part of the 2022 study.
  • Has written the African Observatory ( – You wanted to measure things?)