Ethiopia Internet Development Conference 2020

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Speakers and panelists

Brice Abba

Community Development Manager, AFRINIC

Brice ABBA is currently Community Development Manager and former Technical Trainer team lead at AFRINIC on the Internet related technologies. He also helped several countries in their national IPv6 deployment plan and instructor at WASIG. He was System Administrator at MORPHO Identification for the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) in many countries and has trained many system administrator all over… Read more

Lishan Adam, is a researcher and consultant with extensive experience in ICT sector analysis in emerging economies. He specialises in broadband access, infrastructure development, policy and regulation, e-government systems and applications in sectors like health, education, agriculture and trade. Initially, he worked at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa as a programmer, trainer, network manager and… Read more

Dr. Ahmedin M. Ahmed

State Minister, Ministry of Innovation and Technology (MInT), Ethiopia

H.E Dr. Ahmedin is State Minister at the Ministry of Innovation and Technology (MInT) since June 2019. He obtained leadership and professional diploma from Florida International University, Miami, USA in 2018. Dr. Ahmedin has PhD Degree from Dalian University of Technology in Computer Science, MEng in Software Engineering from Chongqing University in 2015 and 2011, respectively. His research area includes… Read more

Zelalem Assefa

Director-General, Ethiopian Education and Research Network (EthERNet)

As Director-General of Ethiopian Education and Research Network, Zelalem works with Ethiopian research and education institutions and other regional and global NRENs to embrace technology to improve research output and learning environments. In this role, Zelalem oversees the ICT related activities of the research and education sector of Ethiopia. Zelalem originally joined the higher education sector in 2008 as a… Read more

Dawit Bekele

Regional Vice President - Africa

Dawit is the Regional Vice President - Africa. Prior to joining ISOC, Dawit worked at Addis Ababa University on teaching and research positions in computer science, since 1994. He also established and managed for more than 4 years a private company that provides Internet related services. Moreover, in the last ten years, Dawit has worked as a consultant for major… Read more

Meried Bekele

CEO, IE Networks

Founder & CEO of IE Networks, who was the first person to become Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (CCIE) in Ethiopia in 2007 at age 24. Meried has got BSc in Electrical Engineering from Mekelle University and MBA in IT Management from Trident University International in CA, USA. He is certified in IT service management (ITIL) and project management professional (PMP).… Read more

Dawit Birhanu

CEO, WebSprix

Dawit Birhanu is founder and CEO of WebSprix, a leading ISP in Ethiopia. He has worked in Service Provider product development at Cisco Systems for 16 years. He is the coauthor of a Cisco Press book – Cisco IOS XR Fundamentals (ISBN-13: 978-1-58705-271-2). He has Masters in Telecommunications from University of Pittsburgh. Read more

Dr. Christian Bope

Chairman, AFRINIC

- Chairman of AfriNIC (African Network Information Centre) - Founder and CEO, NSAT SARL - Senior IT consultant - Researche in the field of Internet Governance, Network, Computer security and computational Biology - Trainer, AFNOG (African Network Operator Group) - Professor at Faculty of Science, University of Kinshasa, Republic Democratic of Congo - PhD in Sciences, Nanyang Technological University Singapore Read more

Noel Daniel

Co-founder and Managing Partner, Kudu Ventures

Noel Daniel is a 24-year-old Ethiopian-American/German entrepreneur. He is currently the co-founder and managing partner of Kudu Ventures, the first Ethiopian venture capital firm. Noel Daniel launched Network to Net worth a social enterprise that fosters meaningful relationships through curated Q&A and networking mixers. Since 2017, NTN has hosted a dozen events with over 23 panelists and over 1300 attendees.… Read more

Anriette Esterhuysen

Commissioner, Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace

Ms. Esterhuysen currently serves as a Commissioner on the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace. She was the executive director of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) - the largest ICT-focused civil society network in the world - from 2000 to 2016. She continues to work with APC as a consultant and convenes the African School on Internet Governance… Read more

Lydia Gachungi

Regional Adviser on Freedom of Expression and Safety of Journalists

Lydia Gachungi is currently the Regional Adviser on Freedom of Expression and Safety of Journalists at the UNESCO Liaison Office to the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. Previously, she worked as the Regional Expert for Safety of Journalists and Media Development under the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa. She has vast experience in promoting… Read more

Nishal Goburdhan

Internet Infrastructure Analyst, Packet Clearing House (PCH)

Nishal Goburdhan is an Internet Infrastructure Analyst at Packet Clearing House (PCH), a non-profit that exists primarily to build and support IXPs, and which has done so more than two hundred times over the past twenty years. Nishal is also ISPA’s country manager for the Internet Exchange Points (INXes) for South Africa. Both from a technical and policy background, Nishal… Read more

Ahmed Hussien

Senior Cyber Security Expert, HiLCoE Computer Systems Engineering

Dr. Ahmed Hussien obtained his Ph.D in Computer Networks Security from Pierre & Marie Curie University, Paris - France in 1995. Since then, he has been teaching undergraduate and graduate level computer science and cyber security courses at HiLCoE School of Computer Science & Technology. During his sabbatical leave between 2014 and 2016, he has worked as Senior Cyber Security… Read more

Malcolm Hutty

Head of Public Affairs, London Internet Exchange

Malcolm’s role involves liaising with government and regulatory authorities on behalf of the LINX membership, representing the interests of members to government and briefing members on regulatory developments. Malcolm also acts as Regulatory Affairs spokesman for Euro-IX, the European association of Internet Exchanges. From 2008-2013 he served as President of EuroISPA, the pan-European organisation of membership associations representing the interests… Read more

Solomon Kassa

Tech Strategist, TV Personality & Author

Currently a technology consulting and strategy manager at a Fortune 500 Global Consulting Firm in the USA, Solomon is also a producer and host of “TechTalk With Solomon,” a very popular science and technology television show on Ethiopia Broadcasting Services (EBS), a private television network which has more than 30 million viewers in Ethiopia and around the world. He is… Read more

Julie Kearney

Global Head of Communications Regulation and Policy, Loon LLC

Julie Kearney is Global Head of Communications Regulation and Policy for Loon, where she leads the company’s U.S. and international regulatory initiatives. Loon is working to bring internet access to unserved and underserved communities around the world via a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space. Loon is a subsidiary of Alphabet. Prior to joining Loon, Kearney was… Read more

Robel Kitaba

Network engineer, Backbone & Edge network, Facebook

Robel has more than 12 years of experience working in Telecom and global internet infrastructure where he was designing, deploying and operating some of the largest networks in the world. Previous to Facebook, he worked as a network engineer in Amazon’s AWS global network team and as a design & support engineer for ZTE in Ethiopia during the implementation of… Read more

Olaf Kolkman

Principal - Internet Technology, Policy, and Advocacy

Olaf Kolkman is the Principal - Internet Technology, Policy, and Advocacy at the Internet Society. He is a senior advisor to, and spokesperson of, the Internet Society. He formulates, reviews and advises on technical and policy positions. Olaf has a long experience in Internet technology and policy matters, in particular those related to security and trustworthiness of the Internet. He… Read more

Victor Kyalo

Communications Engineer

Eng. Victor Kyalo is a Communications engineer with a wide experience in systems design, integration and project management. He has been involved in the information systems networking/telecommunications for the last 25 years both in deployment of solutions in the public and private sector as well as in training at the University level. He has served at various levels including; CEO… Read more

Verengai Mabika

Senior Policy Advisor - Africa

Verengai Mabika joined the Global Public Policy team as a Senior Policy Advisor for Africa in 2017. Verengai has been a part of Internet Society’s (ISOC) extended family for several years, leading the creation of ISOC’s chapter in Zimbabwe and joining ISOC’s delegation to the ITU’s WTSA as a chapter fellow. He is a “serial entrepreneur,” having launched several award-winning… Read more

Robert Mullins

Partner, Roha and President, Raxio

Robert is a Partner at Roha, an investment firm that builds companies in Africa. Roha launches new businesses by leading their development from origination to exit, focused on opportunities that address latent demand in local markets with world-class technology, business models, and partnerships. Robert serves as President of the Raxio Group, Roha’s portfolio company focused on building and developing a… Read more

Alice Munyua

Policy Advisor for Africa, Mozilla

If you involved in public policy issues as they relate to Information Communication Technology then you know Alice Munyua. Ms. Munyua is Policy Advisor for Africa at Mozilla. She is currently on 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… Read more

Michuki Mwangi

Senior Director, Internet Technology and Development

Michuki Mwangi, Senior Director, Internet Technology and Development at the Internet Society. Michuki Mwangi joined ISOC in April 2008 as Senior Education Manager working with the Education team to promote Internet growth and sustainability in the developing world. As Senior Director for Internet Technology and Development, he leads the Infrastructure and Community Development project at the Internet Society. At the… Read more

Mercy Ndegwa

Head of Public Policy for the East and Horn of Africa, Facebook

Mercy Ndegwa is the Head of Public Policy at Facebook covering the East and Horn of Africa. She is seasoned professional with over fifteen years’ experience in the Technology industry, specifically Tech Policy and Regulation. Prior to joining Facebook, Mercy held various senior management positions at Safaricom PLC and the GSM Associations where her roles included Public Policy Advisory and… Read more

Bitange Ndemo

Professor, Business School, University of Nairobi

Bitange Ndemo is Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Nairobi’s Business School. His research centers on the link between ICTs and small and medium enterprises with emphasis on how ICTs influence economic development in Africa. Prof. Ndemo is the Chairman of Kenya’s Distributed Ledgers and Artificial Intelligence Taskforce that is developing a road map for the country’s digital transformation.… Read more

Adugna Necho

Hardware and Networking Department Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering Faculty, Bahir Dar University

Adugna Necho was born in Mertule Mariam, Ethiopia, in 1989. He received the B.Sc. degree from Adama Science and Technology University, Ethiopia, in 2013, and the M.Sc. degree from Mekelle University, Ethiopia, in 2018 in Computer Engineering. Starting from 2013, he is a member of Computer Engineering program at Bahir Dar University as a lecturer. During his tenure, he has… Read more

Ghislain Nkeramugaba

Consultant, Internet Society

Ghislain Nkeramugaba est consultant pour l'Internet Society (ISOC), où il aide à coordonner et organiser les activités de l'ISOC relatives aux points d'échange Internet et d'autres activités liées à Internet. Ghislain a travaillé pour de nombreuses organisations tant à but non lucratif qu’à but lucratif. C'est un membre actif de la communauté d'Internet en Afrique. English Ghislain Nkeramugaba is a… Read more

Bob Ochieng

Global Stakeholder Engagement (GSE) – Africa, ICANN

Bob is a telecommunications Engineer with 15 years’ experience in the multi-disciplinary Telecoms/ICT Industry. Bob joined ICANN in 2013 as a member of the Global Stakeholder Engagement (GSE) – Africa team and supports ICANN org’s engagement activities with key stakeholders including governments, civil society, Academia and the technical community in Africa. Prior to ICANN, Bob worked with a number of… Read more

Reg Orton

Co-founder and CTO, BRCK

Reg Orton is a co-founder and the CTO at BRCK. BRCK is building connectivity hardware and deploying networks for rural and emerging markets. Moja WiFi is BRCKs monetization platform for connectivity allowing users to leverage low cost networks to get access for free. Read more

Dr. -Ing. Abiot Sinamo

Director General, ICT Sector, Ministry of Innovation and Technology, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Dr. -Ing Abiot Sinamo is currently a Director General for ICT Sector under Ministry of Innovation and Technology of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. He has got his PhD degree from Oldenburg University, Germany for the specializations in the areas of Intelligent Systems and ERP systems. He has assumed the post of Dean of School of Computing in Mekelle… Read more

Andrew Sullivan

President and Chief Executive Officer

Andrew Sullivan joined the Internet Society as President and Chief Executive Officer in September 2018. He has worked on Internet infrastructure and standards since 2001. In 2012 he joined Dyn (later, Oracle Dyn) to establish Dyn Labs and then to manage the DNS development and architecture departments. His activities in this area led to him being appointed to the Internet… Read more

Moctar Yedaly

Head, Information Society Division, African Union Commission/Responsable pour la Société de l'information, Union africaine

Moctar Yedaly is a telecom, satellite and computer engineer with an MBA in international business. He graduated from George Washington University, Amity University and Institute of Informatics. He has more than 20 years of international experience in the field communication and networks management, resources evaluation and policy preparation. Moctar is a former staff member of Intelsat in the USA and… Read more

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Date and Time

Tuesday 03 March 2020 –

Thursday 05 March 2020


Hilton Addis Ababa

Menelik II Ave, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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