Africa

Ethiopia
President
Ethiopian Information Technology Professional Association

Dagmawi Lemma has been involved in the ICT area and related field such as GIS (Geographical Information System) and CAD (Computer Aided Design) for more than 13years.He received both his BSc and MSc Degree in Computer Science at Addis Ababa University. In line of his professional career he worked at managerial positions as well; as Deputy Manger of HiLCoE Computer Systems and Engineering (2003-2004), IT Manger of Afro European Engineers (2007-2009). He is now PhD Candidate at Addis Ababa University IT Doctoral Program in Software Engineering Track, Lecturer at Addis Ababa University (www.aau.edu.et) ,President of Ethiopian IT Professionals Association (www.eitpa.org.et) , Consulting Director General at JoInT Computer Systems and Services. Dagmawi is also the author of How to Build Malicious Process Conscious Operating System (Book) ISBN ISBN 3639210050

He has worked as Technical Committee member for the policy making of Standardization of Ethiopian IT Professionals. Before he becomes president of EITPA, he represented EITPA as one of the Intermediary Organizations (IOs) from Africa during NOV@TECH 2008. His role, among others, was to facilitate NOV@TECH2008 and nominate and select potential ICT projects and firms. For his active participation and contribution he has been selected as one of the 5 IOs representatives invited to CeBIT 2008, Hannover.

Gabon
Inspector of Labor
Ministry of Labor

Gambia
President
Information Technology Association of the Gambia

Poncelet Ileleji, is a computer scientist by profession with 16 years in the field, for the last 14 years he has been involved with the use of ICT as a tool for sustainable development both as a lecturer and consultant for the Gambia YMCAs, where he is the coordinator of the computer training centre and digital studio.
Poncelet has served as the country coordinator for the World Links programme in the Gambia (www.world-links.org). He is Member of the British Computer Society, and also Mirandanet (www.mirandanet.ac.uk)
He is a founding member of the Information Technology Association of the Gambia and was elected president of the Association in March 2010 (www.itag.gm). Poncelet has also presented several presentations and papers on ICT and sustainable development, notably “The Internet and Africa from a sub Saharan perspective”, a paper presented at the Association for The Advancement Of Computing In Education (AACE) in Orlando, Florida – Nov 2001 and “The Communication as a Catalyst for Development, The Gambia” at the World Congress on Communication for Development, October 2006 in Rome.
He also has a post graduate degree in Health Informatics from the University of Plymouth, and he has been involved with the West African Internet Governance Forum as national resource person for the Gambia, and has undergone the various Diplo foundation including the Foundation, Advance and Training Tutor programme, he is a member of the diplo Internet Governance community and keen follower of Internet governance issues including ICT for development programmes geared towards sustainable development.

Ghana
Director-General
Advanced Information Technology Institute – Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT

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.

Guinea
IT Manager
DREAM Centre

Kenya
Chief Executive Officer
East Africa Exchange

Paul Kukubo is the first CEO of the newly established East Africa Exchange (EAX), based in Kigali, Rwanda. The East Africa Exchange (EAX) was launched in Davos, Switzerland in January of 2013 by H.E. President Paul Kagame, Nicolas Berggruen and Ambassador Jendayi Frazer with the objectives to develop the Rwandan and East African commodity markets.

EAX carries the support of the Rwandan Government, the cooperation of the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat, and is financially supported through the private investment of Africa Exchange Holdings (AFEX, comprising Berggruen Holdings, Heirs Holdings, and 50 Ventures) as well as local stakeholder Ngali Holdings. The initiative is part of AFEX’s overall objective to develop a network of commodity exchanges around Africa— starting in Rwanda and the East Africa Community— to transform trade dynamics and ensure higher incomes for the rural poor as they become more closely connected to the global economy. EAX will utilize NASDAQ OMX technology to offer trading with integrity and precise clearing in order to promote a partnership with the East African countries to form a regional EAC exchange.
EAX is also supported by the Nicolas Bergguren Institute on Governance and the Tony Elumelu Foundation.

Prior to joining EAX, Paul Kukubo was the founding Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Board—a State Corporation under the Ministry of Information and Communications that oversees the development and the marketing of Kenya as an ICT investment destination.

In his capacity, Paul had led the team that developed the Kenya National ICT Masterplan 2017, and was a leading member of the Konza Technology City Master-planning team. He has a resounding influence in the Kenyan ICT field and has a keen interest in developing the various subsectors such as business process outsourcing; public sector shared services and e-Applications; local content; digital inclusion; and public key infrastructure.

And recent to the list is the Open Data initiative, which was charged with creating public sector transparency through the release of critical data to the public.

Paul has commanded various senior roles in marketing and advertising prior to co-founding 3mice Interactive Ltd in 1998—East Africa's premier e-commerce solutions provider. He has also served as Chairman of the Marketing Society of Kenya.

Education background includes a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Economics and Sociology from the University of Nairobi and a Global Executive Masters in Business Administration degree from United States International University in partnership with Columbia University.

The East African Standard, the longest-serving newspaper in its region, has named Paul as one of ‘The Top 100 Most Influential Kenyans to Watch’. With his wealth of experience, he is a regular contributor on technology strategy and publishes his own blog www.paulkukubo.com.
 

Kenya
National Coordinator
KENYA e-LEARNING CENTRE

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.

Lesotho
Research Officer
Department of Science and Technology

Thato Lilyan Bolila has a bachelor of Business Administration and b2b marketing as well as a postgraduate Certificate in theory and practice of Science Centres. She currently is Research Officer at the Department of Science and Technology and is also responsible for setting up new science centres in Lesotho. Her project Science week has been celebrated since 2004 and is very popular amongst stakeholders and learners.

Liberia
Former President
Press Union of Liberia
Madagascar
Professor
University of Antananarivo

 

Mr. Andriamampianina is the Founding Chair of NIC-MG, the ccTLD manager of .mg, Chair of the Malagasy National Research and Education Network, ICT Advisor at the Malagasy ministry of higher education and scientific research Vice chair of AFRINIC Board. Furthermore he is board member of LIRIMA/INRIA African Research Laboratory Network and Member of AFNIC International College. 

Lala is considered  a Pioneer of the Internet in Madagascar and is one of the African researchers in computer science who partook in the Ouagadougou Declaration in October, 1994 to promote the Internet in Africa. 

Moreover, he is founding chair, and member of the board of national and international institutions in the domain of ICT, Telecommunication and Higher Education and served as the Vice Chair of the Board of the Malagasy E-Governance National Realization Agency. 

Mr. Andriamampianina has been the Executive Director of the Foundation for Higher Education Development and was the executive manager of the FADES, a project of the Malagasy government, which was financed by the World Bank. He also has served as the Chairman of the Polytechnic School of the University of Antananarivo.