Lumko Caesario Mtimde is the Chief Executive Officer of the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA), a development agency set up to develop media diversity, as partnership between the South African Government and major print and broadcasting companies, and to assist in developing community and small commercial media in South Africa. His experience include working as a Communication Development Consultant after leaving the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) and did some work for, among others, Open Society Institute of Southern Africa (OSISA), AMARC Africa, SACOD, Article 19 and the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism of South Africa. From 2001 - 2002, he served as a General Manager / Chief Director (Broadcasting Policy) of the Department of Communications, Ministry of Communications.
Before that, he served the IBA, as a Councillor from 1998 to 2000, following his appointment by the then South African President Nelson Mandela, in terms of the IBA Act. This followed after four and a half years serving as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Community Radio Forum (NCRF). Lumko Caesario Mtimde is a graduate of the University of the Western Cape and the University of South Africa.
Ms. Dorothy Gordon
Dorothy K. Gordon is the first Director-General of Ghana’s first Advanced Information Technology Institute (AITI), the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT. She is a specialist in international development with over 20 years experience working throughout Africa, the US, Europe and Asia in Executive and Consulting positions – principally with the United Nations but also working with private sector and civil society organisations. Ms Gordon’s work includes support to the drafting of key policy documents and providing systems design and implementation support to the launch of Ghana’s first Community Information Centres. She also supports training and research initiatives in India and Africa. Ms Gordon, who has degrees from Ghana and the United Kingdom, serves on a number of international and national boards and also works with a range of NGOs and community-based organisations to support economic empowerment and good governance.
Mr. Shem Ochuodho
Dr Ochuodho is the ICT Advisor to the Ministry of Infrastructure, and has recently been voted the Kenya Community Abroad (KCA) 2006/07 Excellence Award Winner for his extra-ordinary roles in pioneering Internet and ICTs in Kenya, Rwanda and the Sub-Sahara Africa generally. He has previously chaired an Inter-Governmental Sub-Committee on East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy) Project under the auspices of the NEPAD (Africa Union’s New Partnership for Africa’s Development).
He has more than 20 years of experience in the ICT field, in private sector, civil society, academia and public service. He has supervised one or more ICT projects in over 30 countries in Africa, as well as several other foreign countries world-wide.
Ms. Titilayo Akinsanmi
Titilayo Akinsanmi currently works with SchoolNet Africa as Joint Programme Manager of the Global Teenager Project. She has experience in the broadcasting (radio and TV) and mobile telecommunication industries. Ms Akinsanmi holds a BA in English from Obafemi Awolowo University and has a passion for connecting people, ideas and resources. She currently volunteers for the AFARA project and facilitates the WSIS Youth Caucus and the IKAMVA youth project.
Mr. Abu Talib Bachik
Mr. Alexander Felsenberg
Since 1980 different Jobs in film- und video production, production management for TV, later director for Corporate Videos and TV-Commercials. Feelance writer for TV-Programm. Author for special interest magazines on media development (Book on the Inroduction of HDTV). 1990 - director and later producer at P?tz und Partner GmbH Duesseldorf; 1993 - Corporate Devolper and Manager of the first Multimedia Department at MEDOX Medien GmbH. 1995 - Research Scientist at germans largest media research programm conducted by the German Research Society (DFG) at the University of Siegen. Assistent Professor at the University of Siegen in the media faculty; Founder and Managing Director of the German Multimedia Association (dmmv) e.V. (now renamed to: German Association for the Digital Economy (BVDW) e.V.) 1999 - Managing Director dmmv-service GmbH a Group Marketing and service development company for the Internet Serivce Companies. In 2005 appointed as Conference Director of the ICT Africa and the 3rd African PrepCom for the UN-WSIS. Since 2006 Media and Marketing Consultant.
Mr. Alfredo Ronchi
Alfredo M. Ronchi is the General Secretary of the European Commission-MEDICI Framework, Secretary of the European Working Group on “EU Directives and Cultural Heritage” and head of the representative of OCCAM NGO at UNO International Centre in Vienna.
He is appointed by ICNM as a member of the World Summit Award Grand Jury and President of eContentAwardItaly the Italian pre-selection of the World Summit Award.
Alfredo M. Ronchi is the programme Chair of the Cultural Track of the IX International World Wide Web Conference, May 2000 Amsterdam (NL), Chair of panels “On culture in a world wide information society” WWW Conferences 2001-2004 Founding Chair of the International Conference Cultural Heritage Networks Hypermedia, September 96- 06 Milan, Co-Chair of Infopoverty Conferences 2001-07 Founding Chair of the panel “Business opportunities from cultural heritage” CeBIT 98-07 Hannover (D). Alfredo M. Ronchi is appointed as an expert c/o , the Norvegian Government, the European Commission, the Council of Europe, CNR and member of the Scientific Committee c/o Infopoverty, Fondazione Italiana Nuove Comunicazioni, Global Forum, Sacred World Foundation.
Mr. Cid Torquato
Cid Torquato is Executive Director of the Brazilian Chamber of e-Commerce, which he co-founded in 2001. Prior to joining the Chamber of e-Commerce, Mr Torquato worked for the Federal e-Government Committee of Brazil at the Ministry of Planning, where managed the main public Internet portals. Previously, he held positions as Regional New Business Executive for Lowe & Partners, Latin America, and as Corporate Communications and Marketing Director for StarMedia Networks. Mr Torquato holds a degree in Law from the University of Sao Paulo, where he specialised in International Affairs.
Mr. Cornelius Hopmann
Cornelius Hopmann is the Executive Director of eNicaragua-Programm of AIN, the Internet Association of Nicaragua, an association formed by 14 private ISP and 3 public universities. In 2004/5 he organized the liaison-office for the participation of Nicaragua and ICT-stakeholders in the WSIS-process. He participated as member of the official Nicaraguan delegation in the Tunis-summit. The liaison-office continues aas local IFAP-UNESCO counterpart for the national WSIS-follow-up mechanism, supporting a multi-stakeholder alliance with now 78 institutional members from private, public academic sectors and Civil Society.
Mr. Dennis Anderson
Dr. Dennis Anderson is Professor of Information Systems at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. He has served as Associate Dean from 1999 to 2007. He also served as Director of the University's Center for Advanced Media, which conducts research, education and training in the area of multimedia technologies. He also directs the Laboratory for Undergraduate Research and Collaborative Computing.
He received his Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Mathematics Education from Columbia University. He also received an Ed.M. in Instructional Technology and Media from Columbia University. In addition, He holds an M.S. in Computer Science from New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and his B.A. in Computer Science from Fordham University. In 2005, he attended Harvard University's Institute for Management and Leadership in Education Program. He is an information technologist who believes in the advancement of society through the application of Information and Communication Technologies. His research interests include ICT and development, ICT policy, e-Commerce, and e-Government.