The Regional Executive – West Africa at Africa Data Centres, Dr. Krishnan Ranganath was last Friday at the Oriental Hotel in Lagos crowned the ‘Technology Person of the Year’, at the Tech Innovation Awards, organized by Digital Economy Magazine.

This is coming a few months after he was crowned the ‘Man of the Year’ at Africa’s Beacon of Information and Communications Technology Merit and Leadership Award 2023.

According to Digital Economy Magazine, Dr. Krishnan was chosen for the recognition based on his expertise in helping to champion the growth recorded in Nigeria’s Information and Communications Technology, especially in the evolving data center and cloud computing space.

“We have looked at your work in Information and Communications Technology in Nigeria and West Africa in the last two decades. As an organization, we came to the conclusion that you have done well to help grow the industry. Thus, we have no option but to crown you the ‘Technology Person of the Year’, said Akin Naphtal, CEO of Instinctwave Group, owner of Digital Economy Magazine.

L-r: Akin Naphtal, CEO of Instinctwave Group and Dr. Krishnan Ranganath, Regional Executive – West Africa at Africa Data Centres

Meanwhile, a seemingly surprised Dr. Krishnan appreciates the organizer for the recognition, saying it will go a long way to encourage him to work harder to help grow the industry, which presently accounts for 17.47 percent of Nigeria’s total GDP, amounting to ₦3.1 trillion ($6.7 billion) in the first quarter of 2023 according to the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

“First, I want to thank Digital Economy Magazine for recognizing me as the ‘Technology Person of the Year’. I do not take this for granted. Secondly, this recognition is an assurance that various stakeholders are noticing my little contribution. Thus, it is expedient on me to do more for the industry,” he told Journalists on the sideline.

Dr. Krish is presently the Regional Executive for West Africa for Africa Data Centres, one of Africa’s largest networks of an interconnected, carrier- and cloud-neutral data centre facilities. He has more than three decades of experience in the global industry working with various multinationals across emerging Information and Communications Technology markets.

Now in its 7th Year, the Tech Innovation Awards (TIA) formerly, Nigeria Tech Innovation and Telecom Awards have grown to become the most esteemed accolade in the ICT space, to celebrate organizations, individuals, governments and the private sector that have distinguished themselves over the years and are at the forefront of digitization with innovative products and services that keep the ICT sector exciting.


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