Africa RIDD 2017

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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

Indrajit Banerjee

Director, Knowledge Societies Division, UNESCO

Born in 1964, Mr Banerjee obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts and Sciences (1985) from the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education, Pondicherry (India), and a Master of Arts degree in French (1988) from the Jawaharial Nehru University, New Delhi (India). In 1990, he obtained a Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies and, in 1994, Ph.Ds in Communication and in Didactics… Read more

Boubakar Barry


Originally from Senegal, Boubakar is the CEO of WACREN, the West and Central African Research and Education Network. Prior to joining WACREN, he was the Coordinator of the Research and Education Networking Unit at the Association of African Universities (AAU), where he worked on supporting the emergence and the strengthening of several research and education networks in Africa. Mr. Boubakar… Read more

Constance Bommelaer de Leusse

Area Vice President, Institutional Relations and Empowerment

Constance is currently Area Vice President, Institutional Relations and Empowerment at the Internet Society. Strategic thinker, coupled with an experienced and practical hands-on approach, she is responsible for the department's budget and strategic planning while liaising with ISOC's Regional Bureaus. She also leads the organization's engagement with the UN (SDGs, WSIS, etc.) with a strong focus on issues at the… 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

Pierre Dandjinou

VP, Stakeholder Engagement - Africa, ICANN

Pierre joined ICANN in December 2012, as the VP for Africa. He coordinates implementation of ICANN's strategic plan for Africa and is responsible for outreach, support and engagement with all stakeholders, including governments, civil society and private sector in the Africa region. Read more

Joyce Dogniez

Vice President, Community Engagement

Joyce Dogniez is the Vice President Community Engagement at the Internet Society. Joyce has over 15 years of experience with global non-profits to build, engage and mobilise communities; from people on the ground, Chapters to member and partner organizations. She ensures cross community collaboration to work on the real-world challenges that comes with connecting people to the opportunities the Internet… Read more

Tighe Flanagan

Education Team Manager, Wikimedia Foundation

Tighe manages the education team at the Wikimedia Foundation. They support program leaders around the world who use Wikipedia in education (both inside and outside the classroom). The impact that students have on the Wikimedia projects is real. The education team makes sure that volunteers and partners around the world have tools and resources to be successful. Originally from Colorado,… Read more

Roksi Freeman

Digital Publication Specialist, MIT OpenCourseWare

Roksi comes from a background in social neuroscience research. She is passionate about the open sharing of science education, and has since come to MIT OpenCourseWare to help make high quality education available to everyone. Read more

Carl Gahnberg

Senior Policy Advisor

Carl Gahnberg is a Senior Policy Advisor at the Internet Society (ISOC), where he is focused on issues related to Internet governance. In this role, Carl contributes the organization’s global policy development and its partnerships with international and regional organizations, engaging with global policy makers and non-governmental stakeholders on key Internet issues. This includes ISOC’s engagement in the UN system… Read more

Aminata A. Garba

Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

Aminata is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and Director of the Kigali Collaborative Research Center. She previously served as the Director General of the Multisector Regulatory Authority of Niger and worked on engineering, management, research and teaching in telecommunications at Orange (Niger), the National Institute for Scientific Research (Montreal), the… Read more

Pascal Hoba

CEO, Ubuntunet Alliance

Pascal Hoba, PhD, is the CEO of Ubuntunet Alliance (Regional Research Education Network) since January 20015. Previously was director of Knowledge management and ICT services at the Association of African Universities based in Accra, Ghana where Dr Hoba also served as Coordinator of the Europe-Africa quality Connect project and the Database of African Theses and Dissertations (DATAD) programme from which… 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

Michael Kende

Senior Fellow and Visiting Lecturer, Graduate Institute, Geneva

Michael is a Senior Fellow and Visiting Lecturer at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, and a Senior Advisor at Analysys Mason. He is the former Chief Economist of the Internet Society, and prior to joining the Internet Society, Michael was a partner at Analysys Mason. Michael has done a significant amount of work on promoting Internet development in emerging regions around… Read more

Alex Masika

Head of Commercial Sales, BRCK Limited

Alex Masika is a seasoned professional with over 15 years’ experience in the Energy and IT sector. He has previously worked for Chevron Energy, Digital Divide Data, Google and is now the Head of Commercial Sales at BRCK, a technology company based in Kenya. His new passion in life is promoting IT enabled services that transform lives of the underprivileged. 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

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

Jean Philbert Nsengimana

Minister of Youth and ICT, Republic of Rwanda

Before joining the Government of Rwanda, Jean Philbert Nsengimana worked for: 1. Voxiva Inc. as a Country Director (2008-2010): Built and led teams that delivered award winning mobile health solutions: TRACnet and mUbuzima, winning the Technology in Government Award (TIGA) in 2007 for best e-Health solution in Africa. Managed the implementation of eSoko, a mobile-based Market information system serving more… Read more

Martin Obuya

President & Chairman, ISOC Kenya Chapter

• Founder & Chairman, LiJoMe Group Inc. • President & Chairman, Internet Society Kenya Chapter. • Member, Technical Committees - ITU, ATU, FIINA and SATA. • Member, Chamber of Commerce - British, French and Dubai. • Advisor for French Tech Hub, EuroAfrica ICT, TechSoup Global and BusinessCom Networks • Board Member - Tech Executive Council, Aero Dimensions Africa, Trio Consulting… Read more

Nanjira Sambuli

Digital Equality Advocacy Manager, World Wide Web Foundation

Nanjira is a researcher, policy analyst and advocacy strategist interested in and working on understanding the unfolding impacts of ICT adoption and how those impact governance, innovation, entrepreneurship and societal culture, with a keen focus on gender implications. She is currently the Digital Equality Advocacy Manager at the Web Foundation, where she manages advocacy efforts to promote digital equality in… Read more

Abdoulkarim Soumailia

Secretary General, African Telecommunication Union

Hamadoun Toure

Executive Director, SMART Africa Alliance

In October 2015 Hamadoun Toure was appointed as Founding Executive Director of SMART Africa Alliance and he took office in January 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda. Hamadoun was Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the specialized agency of the United Nations dedicated to information and communication technologies from 2007 to 2014. As such he was Member of the UN… Read more

Clement Uwajeneza

CEO, RwandaOnline

Clement Uwajeneza is a technology entrepreneur and CEO at RwandaOnline, an eGovernment provider. Clement also Chairs the Rwanda ICT Chamber and seats on the board of Rwanda Private Sector Federation. Clement was recognized most Outstanding Young Rwanda Entrepreneur during the 2014 Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship. Read more

Maria-Luz Vega

Coordinator of Future of Work Initiative, International Labour Organization

Licence in Labour by the Madrid Universtiy Complutense, 1980-1985 Labour and social security inspector at the Ministry of labour and Social Security ( Spain ), 1986- 1989 Diplome d’Etudes Superieures en Droit du travail . Université de Geneve, 1994 ILO specialist since 1989. • 1989-1991 associated expert in labour law and labour legislation. (LEGREL Geneva) • 1991- 1992 young professional… 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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Monday 08 May 2017 –

Tuesday 09 May 2017


Kigali Marriott Hotel

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