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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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).
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).
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 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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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).