Grand Jury 2009

Mr. Andrew Gakiria
In my capacity as National coordinator and Founder of the KENYA e-LEARNING CENTRE (KeLC), I lead a team that is facilitating the development and implementation of e-Learning programs in over 50 training and educational institutions in Kenya. KeLC is a collaborative initiative of the Government of Kenya, inWEnt, UNEP, UNESCO and other local and international partners. From 2004 – 2006, I served as founder chairman of the East African Regional working group on e-Government; a joint initiative of the five East Africa Countries to leverage e-Government for faster regional integration in EAC region. I have also previously served as Africa representative to the Youth Advisory Council of the G8 in 1999. As senior Policy Analyst at the Office of the President, my role includes policy and strategic advice on the implementation of Kenya’s e-Government strategy. E-Learning is a key element in capacity building for e-Government and hence my role in KeLC on secondment from Central Government. I am currently coordinating implementation of e-learning blended learning programs in Africa in conjunction with inWEnt and Namibia e-Learning Centre. The program has presently trained over 100 African experts and managers in e-learning technical subjects, with a target of 100 more in 2008. It is expected that our proposed network of African e-Learning centres will be launched in May at the e-Learning Conference in Ghana, to facilitate local content development and customization for e-Learning development in Africa.
Mr. Gbenga Sesan
Gbenga Sesan is a social entrepreneur and Information Society researcher, and he was Nigeria's first Information Technology Youth Ambassador. He is quick to express passionate belief in the potentials that Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) hold for developing economies, and has expressed this at various local, national, regional and international fora – through his speaking opportunities with over 400 audiences in nineteen countries. His consulting experience includes assignments completed for numerous institutions, including United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (Ethiopia), Res Publica (USA), International Telecommunications Union (Switzerland) and Computer Aid International (UK). ‘Gbenga was the Vice Chair of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa’s African Technical Advisory Committee, voluntary adviser to numerous youth-led non-profit projects and pioneer Program Manager of the Lagos Digital Village (a Lagos State/Microsoft/Junior Achievement of Nigeria project). He was appointed (in 2006) as the youngest member of the Nigerian Presidential Task Force on the Restructuring of the Nigerian Information Technology and Telecommunications sectors. He is presently promoting and supporting pan-African youth-led social entrepreneurship as Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria, Partner at Generis Solutions and Volunteer with the African Youth ICT4D Network. Gbenga is an author, guest columnist, regular feature on two of Nigeria’s most popular television shows and Vice President of the Alliance of Change Empowerment Speakers (ACES).
Mr. Lumko Mtimde
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 Subho Ray
Subho Ray is president of Internet & Mobile Association India (IAMAI) since March 2006.  As president, Subho heads the permanent secretariat of the association and is an ex-officio member of its governing council. He is currently responsible for conceptualising and implementing the association's activities around regulatory affairs, public policy, industry standards, research, communications and promotional events. In his current role, Subho has been instrumental in some crucial steps for the development of the industry. The main among these are instituting an accreditation process for interactive agencies, a credit recovery process for online publishers, organizing and getting recognition for the mobile value added services industry and for opening up the pre-paid instruments industry. Under Subho's leadership, IAMAI has also been recognized as the leader in all Internet and mobile value added services research in India. Before joining IAMAI, Subho was director for the ICT vertical at the Confederation of Indian Industry (India's largest industry body) in New Delhi where he worked since 1998.
Mr. Alex Hung
Mr. Alex Hung is the Vice President and the chief advisor of Junior Committee of Internet Professional Association. He is active in promoting ICT to youth in the Asia Pacific region and get youth involved in volunteer services by applying ICT. He was the Project Director of Hong Kong ICT Awards 2006: eYouth ,2007,2008: Best Innovation and Research Award, an programme that provides opportunities to participants to demonstrate their talented ICT projects to the industry, academia and the general public, allowing them to develop their confidence, deepen their knowledge and understanding in the ICT industry.  He is the Managing Director of Crossover International Co., Ltd., which is an IT and Business Consulting company serving clients in Asia Pacific. He has extensive experience in international business development, project management and alliance development. Recently, he is leading a new challenging project in interactive 3D middleware development ( Mr. Hung earned his MBA and MSc in Information Systems Management from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and a Computer Science degree conferred by University of Hong Kong.  In the coming years, I hope to apply skills gained in my business experience and academic studies to narrow the digital divide of the world and increase public awareness for ingenious content ideas and applications , thus assisting in marketing high-quality multimedia products.
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. Ananya Raihan
Ananya Raihan is currently the Executive Director of D.Net ( Development Research Network). Raihan started his professional career at Kharkov State University, Ukraine as an Assistant Professor in 1993. He also served as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), a leading civil society think tank in Bangladesh. He immensely contributed at Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management (BIBM) as an Associate Professor and Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) as a consultant. Raihan has a diversified research interest which includes access to information and knowledge, international trade, financial sector reform, corporate social responsibility and SME development. He was awarded the Ashoka Fellowship in 2004 in recognition of his contribution as a social innovator in the area of ICT for the rural community. Raihan is currently the secretary General of Bangladesh Telecentre Network (BTN), which aims to build up information and knowledge system for the poor and marginalsied by 2011 under its Mission 2011. As a researcher he performed professional works for a number of international and regional organisations including UNCTAD, WTO-ITC, SAARCFINANCE, OXFAM, CENTAD, SAPANA, SCCI, UNESCO and ICTSD. Raihan completed his MS in Economics (specialisation: Economic Cybernetics) in 1990 and was awarded Ph.D. in Economics in 1994 from V.M. Glushkov Institute of Cybernetics, National Academy of Science, Ukraine.
Mr. Christian Rupp
Christian Rupp was appointed as the Federal Executive Secretary for the eGovernment initiative of the Austrian Government in spring 2003 and is since autumn 2005 the Spokesperson of the Federal Platform „Digital Austria“ in the Austrian Federal Chancellery, which coordinates the ICT and eGovernment activities between local and national governments, municipalities as well as industries. He is also member of the Advisory Board for Information Society in the Austrian Federal Chancellery, which coordinates the i2010 activities in Austria, as well as in the Advisery Board of and in the Strategic Consulting Group ICT in the Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour. Before his activities in the Austrian Federal Chancellery he was nearly ten years long the eBusiness representative of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. Beyond that he was Vice-Director Communication and Marketing, Director of the eCenter, Adviser for International Technology- and Know-How-Transfer in the Austrian Federal Chamber Organisation.
Mr. David Berman
David’s 25 years of experience and technique have helped hundreds of organizations get great things done. The combination of his inspiration and techniques motivate people to create unique and ecologically-responsible strategy, events, branding, design, ethics, and communications solutions. His career as an expert speaker, facilitator, communications strategist, judge, and graphic and environmental designer has involved him in developing dozens of events in over 18 countries: Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Hong Kong, Hungary, Jordan, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Norway, Qatar, Slovenia, UK, and USA. His clients include IBM, International Space Station, World Bank, Norwegian Design Council, the Aga Khan Foundation, Environment Canada, Health Canada, Parks Canada, Statistics Canada, and Treasury Board. In 1999, the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada named him a Fellow for his eco-friendly Code of Ethics. David was elected V.P. Ethics of the Society in 2000, and since has served as Ethics Chair. In 2005, he became a Vice-President of Icograda, the World body for graphic design, which organizes global conferences. His opinions have been featured on CBC, in Financial Post and Marketing. David is a National Professional Member of CAPS and the International Federation for Professional Speakers.