Speakers

Anriette Esterhuysen

Member of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace

Anriette Esterhuysen was the executive director of APC until March 2017. Prior to joining APC, Anriette was executive director of SANGONeT, an internet service provider and training institution for civil society, labour and community organisations. She was active in the struggle against Apartheid from 1980 onwards. From 1987 to 1992 she did information and communication work in development and human rights organisations in South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Anriette, with many others, helped establish email and internet connectivity in Southern Africa. SANGONeT hosted a Fidonet hub that provided universities and non-governmental organisations in, among other places, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe, with email links to global networks as part of a collaboration between APC and the United Nations Development Programme. Anriette has served on the African Technical Advisory Committee of the UN's Economic Commission for Africa's African Information Society Initiative and was a member of the United Nations ICT Task Force from 2002 to 2005, the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Working Group on Financing Mechanisms, and the Commission on Science and Technology for Development Working Group on Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Improvements. She was a member of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group of the Internet Governance Forum from 2012 to 2014. Currently, Anriette is a member of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace and serves on the board of Research ICT Africa.

Alice Munyua

Policy Advisor Africa, Mozilla Corporation

Ms Munyua is Policy Advisor for Africa at Mozilla Corporation. She is currently working on Privacy and Data Protection, Digital Identity and digital taxation.

She served as a member of the board of the Kenya Communications Regulatory Authority, led African Government engagement in the African Union Commission Dot Africa initiative, represented both the Kenya government and the AUC at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), while there she served as vice chair for 2 years and founding chair of the GAC Public Safety Working Group. She has been involved with the internet society in different capacities, including as a member of the board of trustees.

She is the founder of the Kenya ICT Action Network is a multi-stakeholder network of people and institutions interested and involved in ICT Policy and regulation.

Ernest Ndukwe

National Coordinator, A4AI Nigeria

Dr Ernest Ndukwe is a professional Telecommunications Engineer, Corporate Executive,
Entrepreneur and Business Management Trainer with over 38 years of international experience in business management and in the telecommunications industry, majority of which have been in C-Level positions in private multi-national companies and in government Telecom Policy & Regulation. Dr Ndukwe is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE), Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Management (FNIM) and Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering, FAEng. He is author of several papers on Utility Regulation/Sector Policy and business management. Engineer Ndukwe has represented Nigeria at various international events and is a regular resource person at local and international conferences and events. He was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigeria’s Telecommunications Regulatory Agency by the President in 2000 and proceeded to preside over the building of an internationally respected institution. Under his tenure at the NCC, the ICT industry witnessed tremendous growth and transformation, leading to what has been generally referred to as the era of Nigeria’s Telecommunication Revolution. Prior to his appointment to the NCC, Dr Ndukwe was the MD/CEO of General Telecom Plc and had held several senior and top level Executive positions in leading multinational telecommunications companies. He is also a Vice Chairman of the ITU Telecom Development Advisory Group (TDAG) representing Nigeria. Dr Ndukwe is currently chairman of Openmedia Group as well as a part time Faculty at the Lagos Business School where he heads the Centre for Infrastructure Policy, Regulation and Advancement, CIPRA. He had previously served as Co-chairman of the Presidential Committee to develop Strategy and Roadmap for universal Broadband Access for Nigeria. He is currently the Vice Chairman of the National Broadband Council with the Minister of Communications Technology as Chairman. He is the National Coordinator of the Alliance for Affordable Internet in Nigeria.

Mausi Segun

Executive Director, Human Right Watch's Africa Division

Mausi Segun, executive director of Human Right Watch's Africa Division, oversees the work of the division in approximately 30 countries. Segun joined Human Rights Watch in September 2013 as the senior researcher for Nigeria. Segun has conducted field investigations to several parts of northern Nigeria, authored extended press releases and dispatches on the cycles of violence in north central Nigeria, the humanitarian crises, the abduction of girls and women and the violations committed by both sides in the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast. She has written pieces and opinions for the New York Times, The Independent UK, Sunday Independent SA, and Salon and has been quoted in the Huffington Post, Washington Post and other major news media.

Ephraim Kenyanito

ARTICLE 19 Eastern Africa

Ephraim manages ARTICLE 19 Eastern Africa’s technology policy and human rights projects in 14 countries and has worked over the past six years in the African ICT/IP and media law industry researching its nexus with international development. He is a member of the European Commission Global Internet Policy Observatory’s (GIPO) advisory group among other advisory board positions. He holds an LLB (with Honours) and is currently pursuing a Master of Laws in Computer and Communications Law.
Previously, Ephraim worked on democratic governance and international development with a diverse range of organizations including the Internet Policy Observatory (IPO) (at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania), the Freedom Online Coalition’s Digital Development and Openness Working Group, Access Now, Transparency International, Index On Censorship, MercyCorps and the Centre for Law and Research International, as well as the East African Community Secretariat and the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Trade.

Hawa Ba

Head, Senegal Country Office, OSIWA

Hawa Ba is the Head, Senegal Country Office at the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), part of the Open Society Foundations’ network. An important part of Hawa’s work is geared towards girls and women empowerment. She is a fierce advocate of girls’ education and for equal rights in the political and economic spheres. More broadly, Hawa works to promote and protect the rights of the most vulnerable segments of society - including people with disabilities and minorities - and defend fundamental liberties. She defines herself as feminist, afro-optimist and free thinker.
Prior to joining OSIWA, Ms Ba worked for 3 years with the foundation TrustAfrica, as full-time Program Consultant managing a diverse range of portfolios. She launched and managed the French Edition of Pambazuka News (Produced by Fahamu –Networks for Social Justice). She also worked as part time lecturer at the Department of Sociology of Gaston Berger University (Senegal) and journalist-reporter at Sud Quotidien, an independent Senegalese daily newspaper.
Hawa holds a Diplome d’Etudes Approfondies (DEA) in Anthropology and a Master of Arts degree in Sociology. She equally has a Post-graduate Degree in Journalism. Hawa’s areas of interest include governance processes, migration, religion, gender, media and social movements.

Albert Antwi-Boasiako, PhD.

National Cybersecurity Advisor, Ghana

Albert Antwi-Boasiako is the National Cybersecurity Advisor, responsible for advising the Government of Ghana through the Ministry of Communications on the implementation of Ghana’s national cybersecurity policy and strategy. Albert is also a Cyber Security Expert with the Interpol Global Cybercrime Expert Group (IGCEG) and the Founder of e-Crime Bureau, a cyber security and forensics firm based in Accra, Ghana. He is also an Expert with the Council of Europe’s Global Action on Cybercrime Extended (GLACY+) Project. Prior to Founding e-Crime Bureau in Ghana, Albert was responsible for Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) Market of DFLabs, a global cyber security firm based in Milan, Italy. Albert completed his PhD studies from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, focusing on admissibility of digital evidence. He is a graduate of the University of Trento in Italy and the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom.

Albert has previously conducted cyber security related consulting and research for a number of international and local organizations including the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime (UNODC), United Nations Conference on Trade & Development (UNCTAD), Commonwealth Cybercrime Initiative (CCI) of the Commonwealth Secretariat, Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG)/Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and the Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA), the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) among others. Albert also conducted a research project on implementation of the Data Protection Act 2012 (Act 843) for the United Nations Conference on Trade & Development (UNCTAD). Albert has contributed to the development of cybercrime and digital forensics programme for the UNODC under the Education for Justice (E4J) Programme. Albert is currently the Freedom Online Coalition (FOC) Point of Contact for Ghana.

Albert is currently engaged in the following teaching and research roles:
 Visiting Lecturer – Cybercrimes, Cyberterrorism & Cyber Security, Kofi Anan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), Accra, Ghana.
 Adjunct Lecturer – Cybercrime, Cyberterrorism, Digital Forensics & Intellectual Property, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana.
 Research Associate, African Centre for Cyberlaw & Cybercrime Prevention (ACCP), Kampala, Uganda.
 Faculty Member, Ghana Police Command & Staff College (GPCSC), Winneba, Ghana.

Albert has a number of publications covering information technology, cybercrimes, data protection, digital forensics and cyber security to his credit. In addition, Albert has delivered presentations and papers at major local, regional and international conferences and workshops.

Funke Opeke

Chief Executive Officer, MainOne Cable

Funke Opeke is the Chief Executive Officer of MainOne Cable and Member Advisory Board Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI). She was previously Chief Technical Officer at MTN Nigeria Communications (MTN) after a twenty-year career in the United States where she served as Executive Director of Verizon Communications Wholesale Division in New York from 2001 to 2005. She is an experienced and respected telecommunications executive. She graduated with a masters in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University (USA) and with a BS in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the University of Ife (now the Obafemi Awolowo University).

Lawrence Olawale-Roberts

ICT Technocrat

Lawrence Olawale-Roberts is the Managing Director & CEO of MicroBoss a premier technology consulting firm, aiming at becoming one of the largest and leading technology services company globally, with its headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria. Lawrence has had the rare privilege of working with Government in the public sector as a Special Assistant to a Federal Commissioner representing the South Western region of Nigeria in a Commission under the Presidency for close to 5years. Within the global Internet Governance space, Lawrence is an ICANN Fellow and is the first Nigerian to become a member of ICANN’s Nominating Committee, a team that recruits half of the ICANN Board asides other leadership roles. He has been a member of different working groups and committees that help shape policy development via active participation in the Business Constituency and in his individual capacity. Annually he ensures there is a remote hub of the IGF situated in Nigeria’s capital city – Abuja, amongst other initiatives. Locally via his company MicroBoss, Lawrence contributes to local initiatives that help govern the use of the Internet and helps build capacity by facilitating training opportunities in-country whilst partnering with global experts.

Oreoluwa Lesi

Executive Director, Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre

Oreoluwa Lesi is the Founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC). W.TEC is a Nigerian nonprofit organisation, set-up in 2008, and committed to building a more inclusive technology ecosystem, with the next generation of women technology creators, entrepreneurs and leaders.

Oreoluwa is an active member of the Not-for-profits Operational Concerns Constituency (NPOC) of ICANN (the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers) and currently serves as the Secretariat of the Executive Committee. She is also a member of AFRALO.

Oreoluwa has a Bachelors degree in Economics from Essex University, U.K. a Masters degree in Analysis, Design and Management of Information Systems from the London School of Economics & Political Science and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Sciences from the Harvard University Extension School.

She has been recognized with the Her Network Technology Woman of the Year 2018 award and as one of Leading Ladies Africa’s 2018 100 Most Inspiring Women in Nigeria. She is a 2014 Vital Voices Lead Fellow (awarded to emerging and established women leaders across the world), 2013 Ashoka fellow (a network of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs) and a recipient of the Anita Borg Change Agent Award (for her commitment to supporting women in computing in Nigeria).

Titi Akinsanmi

Head, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Google

Born, bred and formally educated in Africa, Titi Akinsanmi has directly engaged with policy development processes globally, building capacity and strategy, and enabling the implementation of strategies as it relates to Internet governance and the digital economy. From making a case for the role and inclusion of youth globally who are primarily at the forefront of the digital ecosystem, to helping governments shape the policy and regulatory environment as it relates to the role of intermediaries, content creation & sharing, data privacy and cybersecurity, her work requires intense interdisciplinarity. She is a key opinion former and connector in the area of Digital Public Policy in Africa and beyond with extensive cross-sectoral networks and know how on the digital economy in Africa – and in reverse how those with interest on the continent can and should position themselves to sustainably grow the Digital Economy. An against all odds connector of disparate thoughts, her experience spans both the public and private sectors consulting for a range of international institutions including AfriNIC, the World Bank Institute, IICD, Mindset, UN-GAID, UNECA, SchoolNet Africa and MTech Communications. She initiated, managed and or led delivery on projects and initiatives for ICT & development, ICTs & Education, the Information Society, Internet Governance, Telecom Value-Added Products & Services within Nigeria, South Africa and across over 30 other nations globally.

Reverend Sunday Folayan

President, Executive Board of Directors, NiRA

Reverend Sunday Folayan is the President, Executive Board of Directors, NiRA. He was also a member of the Board at NITDA and a member of the Board at Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN). He is an Internet Protocol Network Engineering and Training Consultant with a wealth of experience in the industry. He graduated from the University of Ilorin with a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1988 and a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering in 1992. He is the Chief Executive Officer of General Data Engineering Services, the owners and operators of SKANNET.

Between 2003 and 2005, He served as a member of the Interim At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). He is the Co-Convener of the Nigeria Network Operators Group (NgNOG) and a lead instructor of the African Network Operators Group (AfNOG).

He is also the Chairman of the Africa Network Information Centre (AfriNIC), the IP Address registry for Africa. He is a member of the Nigeria Internet Group (NIG), and the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS).

Caleb Ogundele

Project Manager, African Research Network on Internet Policy

Caleb Ogundele is an ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers)60, 61 &62 Fellow. In ICANN, Caleb is an active member of the NCSG (Non-Commercial Stakeholders Group), NCUC (Non-Commercial Users Constituency) and NPOC (Not-for-profits Operational Concerns Constituency). He currently volunteers his time in NPOC, where he serves as the Communications Chair.

Recently, he was listed among the AfriSIG (African School of Internet Governance) Class of 2018 and AFRINIC-The Internet Numbers Registry for Africa fellowship programmes.
A former team lead of the Information Technology Unit for the University of Ibadan, Distance Learning Centre and currently a Project Manager at the African Research Network on Internet Policy hosted by the Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy which is focused on Academic Research and Development in the area of policy interventions in areas of growth of the internet from a multi-stakeholders perceptive.

Caleb is currently the Programme Secretary of the ISOC Nigerian Chapter and he possesses a number of industry/professional certifications as well as two Masters degree in Computer Systems and Information Science both from the Premier University of Ibadan.

Caleb's internet governance interests include data privacy, Geo-Politics of Internet Governance, Copyright, IPs and Cyber Security and sustainable access.

Charlie Martial Ngounou

Activist

Based in Cameroon, Charlie is an activist for democracy, human rights, digital rights, and Open Data in Africa with AfroLeadership, a Civil Society Organization he founded in 2007. He is the main lead of the Cameroon Digital Rights Coalition and MyData Global Cameroon Hub, hosted by AfroLeadership.

Charlie believes in Information Technology and Internet as enablers of a favorable environment for citizens to engage in public affairs. As a Fiscal Transparency and Accountability Expert for the International Association of French Speaking Mayors (AIMF), Charlie leads fiscal transparency (budget, tax/revenues, public contracts, expenditures, accounting, etc.) projects for local and central governments in francophone Africa, through the implementation of an IFMIS (Integrated financial management information system) to boost decentralization, local governance and local democracy. He is involved in various public finance and technical committees, to ensure legal and regulatory frameworks for transparency, accountability and governance in Cameroon.

With a Computer Science Diploma and a Master degree of the Université Internationale of Dakar in Senegal in Management Science with a major on Management Information System, he is currently pursuing its PhD studies on Public Governance with Charisma University (British West Indies).

Vincent Kumwenda

Chief Executive Officer, mHub

Vincent Kumwenda is the Chief Executive Officer of mHub, Malawi's first technology and innovation Hub. mHub is a social enterprise that champions the development of local technology solutions. He manages a team of determined and passionate youths who nurture young innovators and emerging entrepreneurs with technical and business skills to create sustainable business solutions.

Vincent is also a 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow, a US Government sponsored Young African Leaders Initiative. He is an avid blogger at www.medium.com/kristungati and a social media commentator using the twitter handle @kristungati.

Vincent is motivated by the need to use technology to solve social issues, organize and mobilize youths for change and for economic development. He has developed a Facebook Messenger chatbot that helps people access the Electronic Transaction Act and Communications Act in Malawi. He also leads a digital rights movement that combines activism and the use of technology.

Jean Paul Nkurunziza

Psychology and Educational Sciences

Born in 1971 in Burundi, I graduated at the faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Burundi in November 2000.

Since March 2007, I have been involved in the field of Internet Governance, where I took part in different capacity building programmes on behalf of DiploFoundation and Internet Society as an online lecturer. In 2010, I worked as a fellow at the United Nations Internet Governance Forum Secretariat during six months.

Since 2013, I have done some research jobs in the domain of Internet Freedoms in Burundi for CIPESA, SMALL MEDIA FOUNDATION and INTERNEWS and that is increased my interest into that domain. Beside the consultancy works ( àcapacity building in Internet Governance and research on Internet Freedoms), I have been involved in voluntary work in local non for profit organisations : Burundi Youth Training Centre ( BYTC) since 2000, and the Burundian Chapter of Internet Society since 2007. Twitter : @nkurunzizajp

Brittany Piovesan

Senior Program Officer for Internews

Brittany Piovesan is the Senior Program Officer for Internews’ Digital Rights Programs, where she works with advocates and civil society organizations from around the world to protect a free, open and secure internet. Brittany has worked on digital rights programs for over two years and brings over seven years of program management experience to this role. Before joining Internews, she worked as Cybersecurity Policy Advisor for the Canadian government, leading research into IT trends and building cross-departmental policy networks. She has an MA from the University of Chicago and a BA from the University of Ottawa.

Michael Jaffee Moss

Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI)

Michael joined the Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) in 2017 as Project Coordinator of the Digital Rights Advocates Project. He previously worked at the Open Society Foundation for South Africa as Programme Officer in the Information, Expression, and Accountability Programme. Before that he was a researcher at an NGO working at the intersection of police reform, community safety and sanitation. Michael holds an MSc in Media & Communications Governance from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a B.A. (Hons) in Transitional Justice from the University of Cape Town and B.A. in History and Political Science from the same institution.

Monilola Udoh

Director for ICT, Federal Ministry of Communications, Nigeria

Mrs Monilola Udoh is the Director for ICT at the Federal Ministry of Communications where she leads the Ministry initiatives on ICT development.
She has served on several National Committees and worked with several International Consultants on different projects and programs. Examples are the committee on E-Government, WSIS, IFMIS, IPPIS, GIFMIS, Harmonized Biometric Database, and Budapest Convention.
Moni has pioneered a lot of ICT initiatives at the Federal level and was part of the team that developed the National Data Bank system in 1991 where she was responsible for programming the National Time Series Database on an ORACLE platform for Nigeria. She managed the Computer centre for more than 5years. Prior to joining the Federal Ministry of Communications in 2012, She served with the Office of the head of service of the federation, the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Supreme Court of Nigeria providing leadership and guidance on ICT related issues.
Moni Udoh holds a Master of Science Degree in Computer Science, from the University of Lagos in 1995. A Post-Graduate Diploma Certificate in Computer Science from the same University of Lagos in 1988 and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Demography and Social Statistics, from the University of Ife, Ile-Ife in 1985. She also holds an Advanced Management Programme (AMP26) Certificate of the Lagos Business School in 2014 and Internet Leadership Academy (ILA-2016) Certificate from the Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University UK in 2016.

Dr Ololade Shyllon

Human rights Lawyer and Independent Consultant

Dr Ololade Shyllon is a human rights lawyer and independent consultant with expertise in shaping and formulating public policy initiatives that address the human rights implications of technology and innovation in Africa. She previously headed the Democracy, Transparency and Digital Rights Unit at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, where she led numerous continent-wide research, capacity building and advocacy efforts for the effective realisation of the three information-related rights of freedom of expression, access to information and privacy.

For over a decade, she has in various capacities provided technical legal support to the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Commission). This includes managing and participating in the development of continental standards such as the Model Law on Access to Information for Africa and the Guidelines on Access to Information and Elections in Africa. Dr Shyllon is currently playing a leading role in the development of the revised Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa, by the African Commission.

She holds a doctorate in human rights law from the University of Pretoria.

Onica N. Makwakwa

Head of Africa, Alliance for Affordable Internet

As a consumer and civil rights advocate, she has managed and pioneered various national and international campaigns and policy change processes for women’s, civil rights and consumer organizations on several issues including, but not limited to, digital consumer rights, media diversity, and equal rights. She brings a strong sensitivity and unique perspective to the dynamics affecting women, and other disadvantaged populations.

Sophie Ngassa

Civil Engineer and STEM Advocate for Girls

Sophie is a Civil Engineer and STEM advocate for girls who has been passionately teaching girls hands-on digital skills via project-based programs.
Through her passion for STEM and knowledge sharing, she founded of Center for Youth Education and Economic Development (CYEED) where she champions capacity building of youth and digital literacy for girls.

Drawing from the sad and devastating experience of an unprecedented internet shut down in Northwest and South West regions of Cameroon in 2017, she became a Digital Rights Advocate fighting against internet shot down especially during crisis periods and advocating for Internet freedom.

Her collaborative efforts led her to contribute significantly in creating a Digital Rights Coalition in Cameroon under the “Ensemble Cameroon” project powered by Internews in collaboration with AfroLeadership and Paradigm Initiative. She is focused on enhancing and engaging digital rights activists with best digital citizenship practices and online safety skills.

She was one of the delegates for IFF2018, Abuja Nigeria organized by Paradigm Initiative and an AFRINIC28 fellow, contributing to discussions center around influencing Internet policy in Africa.
She promotes the #BringBackMyInternet campaign and #KeepItOn campaign because she feels that the internet it is an essential human right. AccessNow is using her story to encourage other people to share their experiences about internet shutdowns that will help change the world.

Chris Prince Udochukwu Njọkụ

University of Nigeria

Dr Chris is a leading training and operations management in the Computer Communications Centre, Management Information System, ICT and Innovation in the University of Nigeria. He is an ICT for development advocate, passionate about digital inclusion, education, economic wellbeing, and human rights of disadvantaged populations, for which he’s a volunteer event’s organizer with Amnesty International, mobilizing voices against unjust imprisonment and death sentence anywhere in the world.

He is Volunteer trainer with The Carpentries California, teaching foundational coding and data science skills to researchers, students and information service professionals.

Dr.Chris Holds doctorate degree and received so much professional development training, covering diverse disciplines, including information technology governance; Web security, and free and open source software and belongs to Internet Society, Internet Governance Caucus, Africa Civil Society on the Information Society, and many other international associations in which he makes notable contributions.

Aicha Jeridi

Coordinator, North African Bureau, Association of Civil Society On Information Society

Aicha Jeridi, has Master Degree in English and International Relations, Academia and Researcher. coordinator of North African Bureau of The Association of Civil Society On Information Society (ACSIS) based in Geneva. Mentor and trainer in Technovation Iridescent Mobile App Competition for girls. She is Hivos, Diplo , and Afrisig Fellow. Nominated in North Africa Multi advisory Group (MAG) member since two years.

Taiwo Peter Akinremi

Regional Coordinator: ACSIS, Western Africa

Taiwo Peter Akinremi, is Regional Coordinator: ACSIS, Western Africa since November 2016. He oversees the activities of the African Civil Society for the information society in the West region of Africa. Peter has been involved in the internet governance debates since 2013 and has been keen on digital inclusion, privacy, ICT4D and capacity building towards an inclusive information society and digital economy in Africa. He is a Computer Scientist with years of experience for business support and advisory. Peter is skilled in IT project and infrastructure management and holds Postgraduate and degree certificates in computer science and education. He is currently the General Rapporteur to the African Internet Governance Forum and Welfare Director of National Adult Computer Education.

Ines Hfaiedh

Teacher, ICT Implementation in Education

Ines Hfaiedh is a Tunisian Teacher specialized in ICT Implementation in Education and a former Fulbright Teaching Assistant at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC. Ines Hfaiedh is the 2018 Africa Representative in ISOC’s Advisory Council Steering Committee and currently the Africa Representative in ICANN’s Non-Commercial Users Constituency. Hfaiedh worked on ICANN’s Intercultural Awareness Programme and the first Tunisian School on Internet Governance. For the past two years, Ines Hfaiedh has been the Director of Educational Programs at the Arab World Internet Institute. Since then, she has been in charge of the Secretariat of ICANN's Middle East and Adjoining Countries School on Internet governance (MEAC-SIG). Since the beginning of the 2019 year, Hfaiedh has been initiating high school students to Digital Literacy and Online Safety by inviting keynote speakers from Mozilla and the Internet Society.

Ines Hfaiedh was a Guest Speaker at the Global IGFs in Mexico, Geneva and France, the Arab IGF, the International Symposium on ICTs, the Tunisia TESOL National Conference, MATE International Conference. The European Educational Tool Portal has selected her tool of ‘Interactive ICT Implementation in Formal and Informal Learning’ for the International Tool Fair in Budapest, Hungary. Hfaiedh was also a guest at the World Bank Youth Summit on “Rethinking Education for the next Millennium” in Washington DC.

Mohamed Farahat

Programs Director, Egyptian Foundation for Refugees Rights (EFRR)

Mohamed Farahat is an Egyptian lawyer and programs director at the Egyptian Foundation for refugees Rights (EFRR). Mr Farahat is human rights lawyer, legal trainer and legal and political researcher He joined EFRR in 2014, first as Access to Justice team leader and then as Coordinator of EFRR’s legal aid project with UNHCR, currently as programs director. He has held his current position since March 2015. In addition Mr Farahat joint African Civil Society on Information Society (ACSIS) since November 2017 (ACSIS-Egypt). Prior to joining EFRR, he worked for Africa and Middle East Refugee Assistance (AMERA-Egypt) as access to Justice Team leader; he worked for the International Commission for Jurists (ICJ) as a legal researcher.

Mr Farahat was a guest speaker at global IGF 2017 in Geneva and Organizer and speaker at IGF 2018 in Paris.
Mr Farahat is a member of the Steering committee of Internet Rights and Principles Coalition (IRPC) from 2019-2021.

In addition, he is a member of ICANN-NCSG-Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group – September 2018-present, African Academic Network on Internet Society –AANOIP, July 2018- present, Internet Society (ISOC) -Egypt Chapter from March 2018 and Internet Society (ISOC) From December 2017.

Mr Farahat holds a law degree from Cairo University, he obtained a post-graduate diploma in Human Rights and civil society, postgraduate diploma in International Negotiation, postgraduate diploma in African Studies, and a postgraduate diploma in International law.

Jane Egerton-Idehen

Country Manager, Avanti

A telecommunication executive with over 17 years’ experience in the Nigerian, Liberian and Ghanaian telecommunications markets, I hold an Engineering degree from the university of Nigeria and an MBA from Warwick Business school, UK, and an Executive education from Harvard Business School. I worked as part of the Ericsson Ghana and Liberia executive leadership team, where I managed the Account teams for Ericsson in Ghana and Liberia. I am currently the country Manager Nigeria and Regional Sales Manager West Africa for a Satellite company: Avanti Communications Ltd. My knowledge of technology and ability to manage complex stakeholder relationships have created a career for me within the customer facing roles in this industry. My ability to manage teams and create strategy to support growth and drive businesses are key to the successes I have had so far in my industry.
I have a strong passion for promoting girls in STEM and ensuring women in STEM industries remain and grow their careers in that industry here in Africa. I am the founder of Women & Career (www.wowmnncareer.com) a platform that seeks to support women to grow their careers and encourage young girls to aspire to have one.

Lanre Osibona

Senior Special Assistant on ICT to the President - Federal Republic of Nigeria

Senior Special Assistant on ICT to the President - Federal Republic of Nigeria, with experience spanning 20 years in the technology industry. He started his career in the UK, providing consulting services to international companies like AXA, Deutsche Bank, Vodafone, Ericsson, T–Mobile, Camelot UK and locally for Stanbic Bank, Nigeria (Member of the Standard Bank Group).
On return to Nigeria in 2010, 'Lanre Founded InnovaTechNG Limited, a niche technology consulting outfit with a focus on Business Development and Programme Management. He was also a Principal Consulting Partner until 2014 when he joined the APC political campaign movement for Change.
As a big believer in the Nigeria Change Agenda, 'Lanre volunteered his service to nation building as a key member of the APC campaign organization, and was a key member of His Excellency, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON, Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, serving in the capacity of Chief Protocol Officer during the Presidential Campaigns.

Eleanor Sarpong

A4AI’s Deputy Director and Policy lead

Eleanor is A4AI’s Deputy Director and Policy lead. She directs policy and has oversight on country engagements in Africa, Asia and Latin America. She guides A4AI’s policy goals and provides policy insights and advocacy on A4AI’s areas of interest to boost affordability. Eleanor’s currently leading the provision of advisory support on key focus areas to boost affordability such as infrastructure sharing, national broadband plans, Universal service funds and public access
Prior to A4AI worked in various ICT roles in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East doing consulting, public policy and regulations, advocacy, strategy, stakeholder and reputation management.
Eleanor is passionate about connectivity, gender and development, and advocates for universal broadband access and digital content aimed particularly at advancing women in developing regions. She holds an MBA from Warwick Business School, UK and a Bachelors in Science from University of Ghana.

Grace Githaiga

Co-Convenor, KICTANet

Grace Githaiga is the Co-Convenor of the Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet), a multi-stakeholder platform for people and institutions interested and involved in ICT policy and regulation (www.kictanet.or.ke). She is a member of y the Ushahidi board and also sits on advisory committees of several ICT related organisations. Her areas of interests are in ICT policy research and analysis

Emna Sayadi

Campaigner MENA, Access Now

Emna is Campaigner for the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) at Access Now

Josephine Miliza

Network Engineer

Josephine Miliza is a network engineer passionate about enabling communities in Africa to leverage digital technologies for socio-economic empowerment. She currently serves in KICTANET as the Africa Regional Coordinator for the APC-LOCNET project and lead for TunapandaNET community network initiative. She has become a champion for community networks in Africa participating in organizing the Africa community networks summit, awareness building, and capacity building forums. Her current interests are in bottom-up sustainable connectivity models and creative approaches to an enabling environment that fosters entrepreneurship and innovation especially for youth and women in Africa.

Rebecca Ryakitimbo

Google Policy Fellow, East Africa at Paradigm Initiative

Rebecca is an avid writer, researcher and technologist who considers herself a data enthusiast, STEAM and digital rights advocate actively involved in Internet Governance/policy forums and/discussions at different levels with a special emphasis on digital rights, gender inclusiveness and access. Rebecca holds a BSc. Electronics and Communications (Hons) from the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton in Kenya. She has previously being involved in working on community networks, coordinating TzSIG, TzIGF as well as AruwSIG and is a regular contributor to GenderIT, a women and Internet policy think tank. She is the Google Policy Fellow for East Africa at Paradigm Initiative.

John Dada

Chairman of Fantsuam Foundation

John Dada is the Chairman of Fantsuam Foundation that provides digital literacy training from basics up to the Cisco Networking level and runs a 300-seater Computer-based Test Centre for rural students. He has been involved in the advocacy for affordable and accessible access for rural communities in Nigeria for about 20 years now. Under his leadership his organization also pioneered the deployment of Community Networks to enable poorly served communities to deploy, maintain and operate their own communication infrastructures. A follow up of this has been his involvement in the advocacy for the opening up of the TV White Space in Nigeria to support internet access for under- and un-served rural communities of Nigeria.
He was the chair of the Broadband for Nigeria consortium and led another consortium of tertiary institutions for access to optic fibre in the Kafanchan area. He was in the team that developed the Nigerian Digital Rights and Freedom Bill. John holds a PhD in 1989 from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He was chairperson of the African Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Addis Ababa. He received the Meritorious Award of University of Queensland, Australia, and was nominated a CNN Hero.

Atiku Samuel

Senior Project Officer, SPARK, Nigeria

Atiku joined the International Budget Partnership as the Senior Project Officer for SPARK in Nigeria. Prior to joining IBP, Atiku was with BudgIT Foundation where he was Head of Research and Lead Policy Analyst. In this role, he coordinated and directed policy work on the cost of governance, poverty, housing deficit, budget credibility, inequality, fiscal and monetary policy interaction, and public finance management reforms.

Atiku is the author of numerous publications and technical memos on budgeting in Nigeria. His work cuts across different sub-sectors of the Nigerian economy including health, housing, nutrition, family planning, education, and agriculture. Atiku has also led advocacy initiatives aimed at driving legislative transparency, sub-national transparency, citizen-led social accountability, and fiscal policy reforms. He is part of civil society forums leading discussions and engagement sessions with governments on a series of reform initiatives. His experience includes capacity building of local civil society, journalists, media professionals, and community-based organizations with the overall aim of setting advocacy agendas, driving policy changes, and calling attention to issues of transparency, accountability, and participation in governance. Atiku holds an MRes in Public Administration from the University of Portsmouth, where his studies focused on budgetary changes in developing economies. He is an Alumni of the Harvard Kennedy School and also holds a B.Sc in Actuarial Science from the University of Lagos, Nigeria.

Japheth Omojuwa

Founder and Chief Strategist, The Alpha Reach

JJ. Omojuwa is the founder and Chief Strategist at The Alpha Reach, a Digital Media Company operating from Abuja and Lagos in Nigeria. He is a Nigerian Thought Leader and former lecturer (on Africa: New Media and Civil Disobedience and Africa’s Democratic prospects and challenges) at the Free University of Berlin, Germany. Omojuwa was named on a list of Africa’s top “50 Movers and Shakers” by Switzerland’s Credit Suisse. He is listed on the UrbanGeeks 20 Diverse Influencers to Watch in 2018, alongside the likes of Black Panther’s Letitia Wright, MSNBC anchor Joy-Ann Reid and the founder of Black Founders Monique Woodward. Omojuwa is a media entrepreneur, blogger, farmer and has featured for some of Nigeria’s most respected newspapers, including The Punch and Leadership Newspapers. Omojuwa has been seen, read or heard on several, TV, radio, online and print media including CNN, the World Economic Forum, BBC, DW, France 24, SABC, Joy FM Ghana, Jeune Afrique, and other pan-African media platforms.

For the past seven years, he has played active roles in the emergence of Nigeria’s social media landscape work as curator, Omojuwa.com and founding several other web platforms cutting across fashion and style, sports, business and general news platforms.

As a speaker, JJ has participated in various economic, civil society and media development panels as well as at universities across several countries some of which include: the London School of Economics, London, New York University, New York, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala, Catholic University of East Africa, Nairobi, Technical University, Dortmund, Kibarak University, Kenya , Catholic University of East Africa, Nairobi Kenya and several in Nigeria. He was a panellist at London School of Economics’ 2016 Africa Summit as Chair of the Technology panel and as a panellist on the Social Media panel. He was a delegate at the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+ 20 in Brazil. He has led panels organized by the World Economic Forum (WEF), Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), The African Development Bank (AfDB), the Germany Federal Ministry for Economic
Cooperation and Development BMZ, The African-German Foundation, The Association of African Ambassadors in Germany, West African Civil Society Institute (WACSI), amongst other local and international organisations. He was one of the speakers at the 2016 Antigua Forum in Central America. In August 2016, he participated in the United States Government’s flagship exchange programme, the International Visitors Leadership Programme (IVLP).

He was a delegate at the Warsaw Dialogue for Democracy in 2013 and was on the inaugural panel on Africa at the prestigious Halifax International Security Forum, Halifax, Canada 2014. The Halifax Forum is considered the “Davos of International Security.” He is now a regular at the Halifax International Security Forum. He participated as a panellist at a side event during the United Nations General Assembly in New York where he spoke on the need to use data and facts as tools in activism and policy making in Africa.

Omojuwa worked with ECOWAS in the run-up to the 2016 Ghana elections helping to train Ghanaian journalists and media practitioners on the role of digital media in the electioneering process. This was repeated in 2017 for the Sierra Leonean elections as he engaged journalists and politicians in Freetown. He is consistently listed amongst Africa’s most influential personalities, including a 2017 listing by The US based @Entrepreneur as one of 10 African Online Entrepreneurs to watch in 2017. Omojuwa was named by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation supported African Bloggers Award 2016 as the continent’s No. 1 Twitter personality.

He tweets via @Omojuwa where he reaches over 10 million people every week. He is an alumnus of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers. JJ. Omojuwa founded the Omojuwa Foundation in 2017 to focus on three major areas; Entrepreneurship, Education and Community. The foundation supported over 50 entrepreneurs with business grants in 2017 while a special grant was reserved for extremely poor single mothers. The Omojuwa Foundation intervened in a major flooding incident in Benue State, central Nigeria, by giving grants to activists and organisations on ground to assist in feeding and housing victims of the flood. JJ. Omojuwa lives in Nigeria.

Alfred Okoh

Technical Advisor to the Director General, Budget Office of the Federation

Alfred is a governance and development expert. He currently works as a Technical Advisor to the Director General, Budget Office of the Federation, where he leads on Fiscal Transparency and Accountability initiatives of the BOF. He is the Focal Person for the Open Budget Commitment of the current Open Government Partnership (OGP) National Action Plan in Nigeria.

Akintunde Oyebode

Special Adviser to the Governor of Ekiti State on Investment, Trade and Innovations

Akintunde Oyebode is a trained Economist, passionate about sustainable development, sustainable finance, investment and youth unemployment. He began his career as a Research Assistant at the Lagos Business School and spent over a decade in various banking roles with First City Monument Bank (FCMB) and Stanbic IBTC Bank where he served as the Head of SME Banking.

Akin is the Special Adviser to the Governor of Ekiti State on Investment, Trade and Innovations. Prior to his role as Special Adviser, he was the pioneer Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) where the key focus is on promoting entrepreneurship by improving access to finance, strengthening the institutional capacity of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and formulating policies designed to improve the business environment in Lagos State.

Seun Ojedeji

Network Engineer

Seun Ojedeji is a Network Engineer with extensive experience and management skills. His major area of specialization is systems networking (network design and deployment), internet/intranet services and e-learning solutions. He holds a degree in Computer Science from University of Ilorin and also possesses a number of industry/professional certifications which include CISCO, JUNIPER, LINUX-certs, MICROSOFT, HP, MOODLE, and DIPLO.

Seun is a DIPLOmat, an ISOC Next Generation Leader (NGL) and a DIPLO Alumni. He contributes to Internet and FOSS development in his region and globally by actively participating in internet governance-related discussions and FOSS technical meetings such as the NIGF, IDLELO, WAIGF, AFIGF, AfNOG, NgNOG, AfriNIC, IGF, and ICANN.

Mr Ojedeji has been privileged to participate in major technical training, workshops and conferences where he either served as a trainee, trainer, presenter, or session chair. He is a current member and Vice Chair of the AFRINIC Board of Directors and also a member of the AtLarge Advisory committee to the ICANN board. In the open source community, Seun served as Council Chair of FOSSFA (Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa) and he is also the Vice President of OSFON (Open Source Foundation for Nigeria).