Speakers

Abdi Latif Dahir

Journalist

Abdi Latif Dahir is a journalist with Quartz Africa based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Afef

Corporate Accountability Editor at Ranking Digital Rights

Afef is the Corporate Accountability Editor at Ranking Digital Rights, working on editorial and advocacy tasks aimed at advancing corporate accountability for freedom of expression and privacy online. She is also the MENA Advox editor at Global Voices, where she reports on the intersection of technology and human rights in the region. Afef holds a media studies MA from the University of Amsterdam, where she wrote her thesis on the implications of commercial social media platforms’ content removal policies in compliance with local laws.

Akua Gyekye

Facebook’s Public Policy Manager for West and Central Africa

Akua Gyekye is Facebook’s Public Policy Manager for West and Central Africa, where she leads on engaging with government, civil society and other policy influencers on issues relating privacy, online safety and security, freedom of expression, the impact of the Internet on economic growth as well as new opportunities for democratic engagement, elections and communication.
Before joining Facebook, Akua was working as a project finance lawyer, qualified to practice in New York and the United Kingdom, at the law firm Clifford Chance. Akua previously worked in Nigeria and Liberia as a legal adviser and rule of law specialist at the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation and as an anti-corruption lawyer at USAID. Akua also has years of experience working for and with a variety of government departments, NGOs and international think tanks in Europe, the US and in various countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Akua holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Society with minors in International Relations and Spanish from American University, a Law Degree from Cambridge University in England and a Masters of Laws in International and Comparative Law from The George Washington University Law School.

Ayisha Osori

Lawyer and consultant to the World Bank, United Nations Children’s Fund

Ayisha is a lawyer and consultant with over 18 years experience in the public and private sectors including work with the World Bank, United Nations Children’s Fund, National Democratic Institute and Department of International Development on projects related to good governance, gender equality, women’s economic and political participation and ending violence against women. She sits on the board of various organisations in the public and private sector.
She is a published writer. Her latest book, Love Does Not Win Elections, about her experience contesting the PDP primaries in 2014 was recently released to much acclaim. She collaborated on a series of children's textbooks on social studies used in primary schools and a children's reference book on Nigeria. She kept a weekly column for five years, in Thisday’s The Lawyer newspaper and most recently, as the Nigerian Citizen for the Leadership newspaper where she covered legal and social issues ranging from state sponsored marriages to good governance. Ms. Osori is a regular commentator on radio and television and has been involved in numerous campaigns to improve social justice for women and girls and to improve governance in Nigeria.
Ms. Osori, an Eisenhower Fellow, graduated with law degrees from the University of Lagos and Harvard Law School and has a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. She is licensed to practice law in Nigeria and the State of New York.

Adeboye Adegoke

Program Manager for Digital Rights

Adeboye is a Nigerian based open web advocate working as Program Manager for Paradigm Initiative’s Digital Rights Program for Anglophone West Africa. He works at the intersection of technology and human rights as well as the implications for the digital economy. Adeboye successfully led paradigm Initiative’s advocacy effort for the passage of an Internet Rights Bill by the Nigeria’s parliament. He works around the subject of data privacy, freedom of expression, association online etc.. He monitors Internet-related policies and actively advocate for an open Internet, physically through advocacy meetings, lobbying, sometimes training for legislators, policy makers, civil society, journalists and often remotely through information sharing, public education activities via writing, interviews and articles.

Dapo Olorunyomi

Publisher, Premium Times

He currently works as publisher of Nigeria’s leading investigative news platform, Premium Times. Previous to this, He served as policy director and chief of staff at Nigeria’s
leading anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. He worked as
editor during the years of military dictatorship in Nigeria earned me the 1995 International Editor of the
Year Award of the World Press Review; the 1996 PEN Center (West) Freedom to Write Award; Press
Freedom Award (1996) of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) New York; and 1996
Hellman Hammett grant of the Human Rights Watch.
Back in 1991, He was founding editor of the now-defunct Nigeria Journalism Quarterly, NJQ, published by
the Nigerian Union of Journalists. I am currently the Vice President of the transnational investigative
body for West Africa headquartered in Burkina Faso, CENOZO. In 1995, He founded the now famous and
well regarded Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism `{`www.wscij.org`}` to help construct a civic
mechanism, through the media, to hold political and economic power accountable in the country. Ten
years after, He co-founded the first Investigative journalism newsroom in Nigeria which is perhaps the most
influential and most trusted fact-based news platform in the country today, `{`premiumtimesng.com`}`.
His master's degree was in English Literature from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, but
He also holds a Certificate in Journalism, Law, and Rights in War from the International Institute for
Humanitarian Law, Sanremo, Italy; Certificate in Human Rights Law from the Washington College of Law
of the American University in Washington DC; and a Certificate in Natural Resource Management from
the University of Oxford. His most recent professional work in the past decade has been in leading
transparency and accountability demands in the broad Nigeria society. Many of the works have gone to
win national, regional, and global awards, including a joint Pulitzer Award in 2016 and 2017 Global
Shining Light Award of the Global Investigative Journalism Network – GIJN. His specializations and areas
of competence straddle anti-corruption programming, media development and innovation, law
enforcement management, civic engagement, and policy development.

Farida Nabourema

Prolific Social Activist , Writer

Farida Nabourema is a prolific social activist and writer, recently emerging as the unequivocal voice of Togo’s pro-democracy movement. Farida has been a fearless advocate for democracy and human rights in Togo since she was a teenager. Through over 300 articles written on her blog and other sites, Farida denounces corruption, dictatorship and promotes a form of progressive Pan Africanism. In 2014, Farida published a book in French titled “La Pression de oppression” (The Pressure of Oppression) in which she discussed the different forms of oppressions that people face throughout Africa and highlighted the need for youth and women to be politically engaged. Farida is also the Executive Director of the Togolese Civil League, an NGO that promotes democracy and human rights in Togo trough grassroot organizing, civic education and advocacy. Prior to taking that position, Farida founded the Faure Must Go movement in 2011 where she organized thousands of Togolese youths to stand against the dictatorial regime of Faure Gnassingbe. Faure Must Go has become the slogan for the civil resistance movement in Togo of which Farida is one of the most well-known leaders.

Frederico Links

Freelance sub-editor at The Namibian

Frederico Links is a Namibian journalist, editor, researcher, and activist. He is a freelance sub-editor at Namibia's foremost daily newspaper, The Namibian, and a former editor of Insight Namibia magazine, as well as having contributed to a range of South Africa and internationally based media outlets. At the same time he is also a long-time freelance research associate with Namibia’s leading think-tank, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). In both his journalism and research work, Frederico Links is primarily concerned with democracy and governance issues, particularly corruption and maladministration, both within the public and private spheres. He is also an ardent access to information advocate and a founder member, and chairperson, of the Access to Information in Namibia (ACTION) Coalition of civil society, media organisations and social activists. Frederico Links was/is also a founder member of the #MyConstitutionMyDecision social movement which opposed undemocratically introduced constitutional changes to the Namibian constitution in 2014. He is also a founder member, and chairperson, of the Namibia Internet Governance Forum (NamIGF), as well as an ISOC Namibia board member and convener of the chapter’s policy committee. In the Internet Governance (IG) sphere he has a strong interest in cybersecurity, privacy and data protection and freedom of expression.

‘Gbenga Sesan

Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative

‘Gbenga Sesan is the Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative. Originally trained as an Electrical Engineer at Obafemi Awolowo University, ‘Gbenga completed Executive Education Programs at Lagos Business School, New York Group for Technology Transfer, Oxford University, Harvard University, Stanford University, Santa Clara University and University of the Pacific. His consulting experience includes assignments completed for numerous institutions, including Microsoft, Harvard University and United Nations agencies, among others in over 30 countries. A Schwab Formation Social Entrepreneur of the year (2014) and former member of the United Nations Committee of eLeaders on youth and ICT, he is a Cyber Stewards Fellow, Crans Montana Forum Fellow, Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow and Cordes Fellow. Gbenga served as a member of the Presidential Committees of Harmonization of Information Technology. Telecommunications and Broadcasting Sectors (2006), and Roadmap for the Achievment of Accelerated Universal Broadband Infrastructure and Services Provision (2013) and was listed by CNN as one of the Top 10 African Tech Voices on Twitter and by ventures, Africa as one of the 40 African Legends under 40. ‘Gbenga is married to Temilade Sesan, Phd, an expert on Energy Poverty and Development.

Hassan Abdul

CEO, Media Range Limited

Hassan is a Certified Management Consultant and the CEO of Media Range Limited. He is a communications manager with experience in the field that cuts across Print and Digital journalism, Brand Management, Public Relations and New Media. He was online editor at Daily Trust from 2007 to 2013.

Henry Omusundi Maina

Regional Director, ARTICLE 19 Eastern Africa

Henry Omusundi Maina, Regional Director, ARTICLE 19 Eastern Africa since August 2009. He is a Chevening Scholar. He recently worked on African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms and has been part of critical actors engaging states and ICT companies on how to balance cybersecurity interventions and respect for freedom online. He also has expertise in media law, digital rights, access to information and governance. Henry is skilled in programme management and fundraising and has an LLM (Master of Laws degree) in international development, law and human rights from Warwick University in the UK. He also holds degrees in journalism and education

Jessica Dheere

Co-founder and executive director of the Beirut

John Edokoplo

Lead Commercial Attorney for all Emerging Markets across the Middle East and Africa for Microsoft

John acts as the Lead Commercial Attorney for all Emerging Markets across the Middle East and Africa for Microsoft, as well as being the General Legal Counsel for Microsoft in Nigeria, with his major focus being the removal of both legal and perception blockers to digital transformation of governments and enterprises in general and Microsoft Cloud technology in particular. This requires one to one and one to many engagements with CXOs, Legal and Risk/Compliance/Security practitioners, advocacy groups, corporate associations and regulators to promote trust in Cloud technology.
He is responsible for providing general legal advisory services to Microsoft and transactional and commercial legal support to all business groups for commercial enterprises, public sector, small and medium scale businesses, consumer group and ICT consulting transactions. His corporate career spanning over 14years, has entirely been in the telecoms and ICT sector in Company secretarial, compliance and ethics, corporate legal advisory, contracting, financing and commercial legal roles. His previous roles include acting as Legal Counsel for Nokia Corporation (later Microsoft Mobile Devices and Services business) for Sub-Sahara Africa, managing the Corporate Legal Services and Commercial Legal Drafting Departments at Etisalat Nigeria and Company Secretarial/Corporate Governance positions at Airtel Nigeria.
John has an LL.B degree from the Ambrose Ali University, Nigeria and a B.L from the Nigerian Law School.

Julie Owono

Executive Director of Internet Without Borders

Julie Owono is a lawyer and the Executive Director of Internet Without Borders, an organisation defending digital rights, and an open Internet for all. She often publishes op-eds in the International press and is a regular TV expert on various international media, including France 24, BBC World, and Al Jazeera.

Koliwe Majama

Media, Information, Communications and Technologies consultant

Koliwe Majama is a Zimbabwean Media, Information, Communications and Technologies consultant with over 15 years of experience working in civil society lobby and advocacy. As a trained journalist with a diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication, Koliwe has practiced as both a print and broadcast journalist in Zimbabwe. She also holds a BSc in Media and Society Studies from Zimbabwe’s Midlands State University in Zimbabwe and is alumni of the African School of Internet Governance. In her recent past position of ten years, as Programme Officer at the Media Institute of Southern Africa’s Zimbabwe Chapter Koliwe was prominently involved in internet governance processes in her country through research and multi-stakeholder engagement. In the region & globally she has invested in networking and thought leadership on varying internet governance trends. In 2017, she coordinated the African School on Internet Governance as a consultant for the Association for Progressive Communications. Koliwe is a civil society representative on Zimbabwe Internet Governance Forum (ZIGF), and current Vice Chairperson of the Multistakeholder Coordinating Team.

Tolu Ogunlesi

Journalist, poet, photographer, fiction writer, and blogger

Tolu Ogunlesi is a Nigerian journalist, poet, photographer, fiction writer, and blogger. Ogunlesi was appointed to the role of Special Assistant on Digital/New Media by President Muhammadu Buhari on 18 February 2016

Serge Ntamack

Attorney and Policy Specialist

Serge Ntamack is an Attorney and Policy Specialist who is passionate about the new challenges that are at the intersection of technology, business and policy issues. Serge is excited about improving the society and helping Governments in Africa to deliver world class services to their citizens. In his current role, I lead Regulatory affairs and Policy for Microsoft in Francophone Africa, part of the Middle East Africa Region, helping to unlock the digital divide in 19 countries.

Teki Akuetteh Falconer

Policy for information technology and telecommunications law in Ghana

Teki has worked consistently on research and policy issues affecting information technology and telecommunications law in Ghana. She also worked on several legal due diligence and transaction advisory services in the ICT sector. Her prior work experience included managing a law firm and practicing law.
Between 2008 and 2014, Teki worked as an ICT Legal Expert in the Ministry of Communications under the eGhana Project. Her dedication and commitment led to the development and passage of eleven (11) key legislations for the ICT sector in Ghana between 2008 and 2012. These legislations include the National Communications Authority Act, 2008 (Act 769), the National Information Technology Agency Act, 2008 (Act 771), the Electronic Transactions Act, 2008 (Act 772), the Electronic Communications Act, 2008 (Act 775), the Electronic Communications Regulations, 2011 (L.I. 1991), The Mobile Number Portability Regulations, 2011 (L.I. 1994), Subscriber Identity Module Registration Regulations, 2011 (L.I.2006) and the Data Protection Act, 2012 (Act 843).
She also taught informative seminars on E-banking at the National Banking College, ICT and Telecom Law at the Ghana Telecom University College and the Ghana School of Law. She was the Secretary to the Ministerial Advisory Board of the Ministry of Communications in 2009 and has been a Board Member of the Postal and Courier Services Regulatory Commission from 2010 to date.
Teki holds an LLM in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow – Scotland (2005); Qualifying Certificate in Law from the Ghana School of Law (2003) and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Law and Political Science from the University of Ghana (2001). Teki loves to cook and bake, entertain guests, travel, exercise and dance.

Titi Akinsanmi

Head, Policy and Government relations at Google

Titi Akinsanmi is Head, Policy and Government relations at Google. Previously, she had served as an academic researcher, lecturer with the LINK Center, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. She holds a Masters in Management specializing in Knowledge Management for the development sector from the University of Witwatersrand. 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 led delivery on projects and initiatives for ICT & development, ICT& Education, the Information Society, Internet Governance, Telecom Value Added Products & Services within Nigeria, South Africa and across over 30 other nations worldwide. She has engaged with dynamic policy processes nationally, regionally and internationally in particular as it spanned the sessions on the World Summit on the Information Society, Internet Governance and ICT for Education. She served two terms on nomination of the UN Secretary General, on the Internet Governance Forum Advisory Group, and as High-Level adviser of the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT for Development amongst other roles.

Tolu Adeleru

Journalist

Tolu is a broadcast journalist with over 10 years’ experience in broadcast journalism. She has broad experience in jump-starting new media organizations and helping to guide them to success.
She is a CNN Journalism Fellow, having received intensive training from one of the world's news leaders. Tolu has also received training from Google on New Media Tools, the Goethe Institute, and has received training on investigative journalism and new media trends as well.
She has consulted with several non-governmental agencies to work on media campaigns for voter education, ensuring government accountability and transparency, child and womens' rights and media literacy.

Victor Matthias

Bi-lingual Web Editor, Presenter, Reporter and Producer

Victor is a bi-lingual Web Editor, Presenter, Reporter and Producer with over five years’ experience. Victor pioneered social media reporting in Nigeria, creating television content using social media platforms. Building on that, Victor created Channels Television’s flagship social media programme, Channels Beam, which he produces and anchors. He is also the pioneer news anchor of the station’s Midnight News, which has now become the alternative for viewers who miss the flagship News at Ten. Victor, as a reporter, has covered stories, in Nigeria and abroad. This includes stories about the Boko Haram insurgency, the evolving Information and Communication Technology industry and the plight of Internally Displaced Persons in the country. In recognition of Victor's work, in 2016, He was nominated for The Future Awards Africa in Best Visual on Air Personality category. Before then, he was selected by the American Embassy in Nigeria to participate in a TV Co-op programme to produce a documentary on the Impact of the Internet on Our Lives. He is also a member of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), a flagship programme of former U.S president, Barrack Obama.

Dr. Wakabi Wairagala

Executive Director, CIPESA

Dr. Wakabi Wairagala is the Executive Director of CIPESA and has extensive experience in integrating ICT in communications and development work. Wakabi holds a Ph.D. in Informatics with a specialization in e-Government from Örebro University, Sweden, an MSc in Informatics (Örebro University, Sweden) and an M.A in Media Studies (Rhodes University, South Africa). He has worked with CIPESA since 2006 and has also been involved in various collaborative researches with African, Asian and North American think tanks and NGOs.

Wokulira Geoffrey Ssebaggala

Journalist

Mr. Wokulira Geoffrey Ssebaggala (Uganda) is a journalist by profession. He has co-founded and served in different entities served as a leader namely; in January 2009 to July 2013, he served as national coordinator for the Human Rights Network for Journalists in Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda), a network that promotes and defends press freedom; before, Mr. Ssebaggala worked as a radio journalist for eight years, but lost his radio job in 2008 under duress and pressure from government. He fled Uganda in September 2008 after escaping attempted kidnappings. Upon his return to Uganda in 2009, he joined HRNJ-Uganda. Before his retirement at Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda, Mr. Ssebaggala was awarded the European Union Human Rights Defender of the Year, in May 2013. In August 2013 to May 2017, he co-founded the Unwanted Witness and served as a Chief Executive Officer. The Unwanted Witness promotes and defends digital rights and internet freedom in Uganda. The organization has spearheaded different campaigns including the campaign to enact the Data Protection and Privacy Bill. In July 2017 to date, Mr. Ssebaggala co-founded and leads Witnessradio.org a non-governmental organization that uses research and investigations to promote and protect universal human rights of the poor and marginalized groups in Uganda.