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DR. JOSEPH SEVILLA

Dr. Joseph Sevilla is currently Director of @iLabAfrica, a Research and Innovation Centre at Strathmore University (Nairobi, Kenya). He is also the Director of @iBizAfrica, a business incubator at Strathmore. As a member of several committees formed by the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Research, Technical Training and Technology, the Ministry of Telecommunications, the Commission of Higher Education and the Kenyan ICT Board, he has advised on issues like the drafting of national policies in ICT, ICT and Education, Cybersecurity, development of National CS/IT Syllabus for secondary and university education, and the adoption of a National ICT Strategy. He has also acted as an advisor to the Directorate of Industrial Training in issues related to IT training. He has been an active member of the “East African Internet Association” and the “Computer Society of Kenya” where he has been a member of the Executive Board and the Education Committee respectively. He is currently Chairman of the “Description and Processing Languages Technical Committee” of the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS). Since 2011, he has also served as a member of the Innovation Board at Safaricom (K) Ltd. In February 2013, he was appointed member of the Advisory Council for the IBM Innovation & Client Centre in Nairobi.

NANJIRA SIMBILIdownload-1

Nanjira is a Nairobi-based researcher and analyst interested in and works on understanding the unfolding impacts of ICT adoption and how those impact governance, innovation, entrepreneurship and societal culture, in her native Kenya, and also across Africa.

She was previously the Research Lead and Research Manager at iHub, Nairobi, where she helped shape governance and tech research, and provided strategic guidance for growth of technology research in the East Africa region, supporting the team to surface information useful for the emerging technology ecosystem in Africa.

Some of her research outputs include an assessment of the ICT and Governance Landscape in East Africa (iHub Research),  Cybersecurity and Cyber-resilience in East Africa (CIGI) as well as Challenges and opportunities for advancing Internet access in developing countries while upholding net neutrality (Journal of Cyber Policy).

Nanjira is also a columnist for the Daily Nation newspaper in Kenya, and tweets as @NiNanjira.

 

download-2PROF. BITANGE NDEMO

I am the immediate former Permanent Secretary of Kenya’s Ministry of Information and Communication having served from 2005 to 2013. During my tenure in government, I initiated many transformative projects including infrastructural and development programs, as well as marketing Kenya as a destination for Business Processing Outsourcing. I currently lecture on entrepreneurship and research methods at the University of Nairobi’s Business School. Most of my research centers on the link between ICT and small and medium enterprises in Kenya. I have spent more than two decades in the classroom and lecture halls with over 20 years of experience lecturing at the university level.

download-3JEANNE HOLM

Jeanne Holm works at the cross-section of innovation, open data, and education. She is the Deputy CIO of the City of Los Angeles, working on issues ranging from homelessness to predictive analytics. As a senior consultant with the World Bank, she worked with governments throughout the world to build robust open data ecosystems and ensure transparency. She was the Evangelist for Data.Gov for the U.S. White House, leading collaboration and building communities with the public, educators, developers, and international and state governments in using open government data. She was the Chief Knowledge Architect at NASA/JPL, driving innovation through social media, virtual worlds, gaming, and collaborative systems, including the award-winning NASA public portal (www.nasa.gov). She is a Fellow of the United Nations International Academy of Astronautics and Distinguished Instructor at UCLA, leads several high-tech startups, and has more than 130 publications on information systems, knowledge management, and innovation.

 

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DAUDI WERE

Daudi Khamadi Were is a Kenyan Technology strategist, human rights defender and social activist based in Nairobi. Daudi works as the Director of Programmes at Ushaidi; a technology company born in Africa that specializes in developing free and open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping. Daudi also provides technology and digital media strategy support to several high impact grassroots civil society organizations and NGO’S across Africa. Daudi spends most of his time working on innovative ways technology can be used to bring about positive change in communities across the world

download-5YEAMA THOMPSON

Yeama is one of Sierra Leone’s Information Commissioners serving Southern Sierra Leone. She was appointed to serve in the Right to Access Information Commission on 16 July 2014 for a fixed term of five years. Yeama is the Executive Director of Initiatives for Media Development and owner of the Spectrum Newspaper. Her strides made in promoting human rights journalism include working with the BBC Media Action in Improving Access to Security and Justice for Women and Girls in Sierra Leone through the use of Radio technology. She is also the National Coordinator of the Global Media monitoring project and member of the civil society action group in UNWomen.

 

download-6SILAS MACHARIA

Offering Manager – Cloud-(Banking, Data Monetization and Open Data) at IBM

download-7LINET KWAMBOKA

Linet Kwamboka is the Kenya Open Data Initiative Project Coordinator at the Kenya ICT Authority, CEO of Data Science LTD and leads the Open Government Partnership for the Government of Kenya where she is responsible for creating policies and partnerships that increase the number of government institutions making their data publicly and freely accessible while ensuring that the government is transparent and involves the citizens in decision making.

download-8PROF. ZACHARY WAFULA

Director ICT Centre of Excellence and Open DataiCEOD and Associate Professor of Information Technology, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). He is also the coordinator JKUAT-IBM partnership, a collaboration in traffic management, egovernment and open data.

download-9EVA WANJIRU

Project Coordinator, S.K.I.R.T.S Foundation S.K.I.R.T.S is an acronym of Socially Keen Individuals Redefining Tech Spaces. Our mission is to build a community of enthusiasts who are passionate about using tech for social impact and bridging the gender divide in the tech industry.

download-10JOSEPH COSMAS

Joseph Cosmas is the Deputy Director of the Tanzania Data Lab (dLab), which is an open working center for data revolution to national priorities, global commitments, diverse programs and investments. He has background in Big Data and Statistical Analysis and have been extensively involved in numerous open data related activities as technical advisor in Tanzania, including capacity building programmes to Government employees on open data and other projects funded by World Bank through the Tanzania Open Data Initiative (TODI). He also holds a lecturer position at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), Department of Computer Science and Engineering. In most of his teaching commitment he has been engaged in data science related skills transfer modules to students and public at large; an experience that greatly energizes the dLab role  of capacity building in data use and re-use to common citizen, private sectors, and civil society organizations (CSOs).

download-11NKECHI OKWUONE

Nkechi is the Open Data Manager of the Edo State Government Open Data portal in Nigeria, the first sub-national Open Data portal in Africa. She leads a team of professionals within the information Communication Technology Agency, Edo State Government who implement, promote the Governments agenda of transparency, collaborative and participatory governance. she has worked on various data driven projects for the past 3 years ranging from building applications/visualization with data, training/seminars on data to organizing/participating in data driven hackathons. Nkechi is the co-ordinator of SabiHub, a non-profit organization with a vision to solve social problems using technology where she manages a vibrant open data community and mentors entrepreneurs. She is currently a School of Data 2015 Fellow, an organization that works to empower civil society organizations, journalists and citizens with the skills they need to use data effectively.

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Philip Thigo is a Kenyan technology & governance expert advising the Legislative & Intergovernmental Liaison Office at the Presidency in Kenya on Data and Innovation. He co-founded INFONET, a startup building capabilities of Governments & NGOs to deliver just development outcomes.

 

download-13CATHERINE GICHERU

ICFJ Knight Fellow Catherine Gicheru is a veteran Kenyan editor who is working with the Code for Kenya open-data initiative to promote data journalism and civic innovation as a means to strengthen storytelling and audience engagement.

Prior to the fellowship, she was a Reuters Fellow at Oxford University, where she studied the challenges facing print media throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

A trail-blazing journalist, Gicheru was the founding editor of the Star newspaper, now the fastest growing newspaper in Kenya. She also worked as a reporter and later served as the news editor and investigations editor for the Nairobi-based Nation Media Group. She was the first woman to hold those top positions in the history of the Kenyan print media. In 1992, she was awarded the International Women’s Media Foundation’s Courage in Journalism Award.

download-14JAVIER CARRANZA TRESOLDI

World class geo tech activist leader , geo data scientist, open data journalist and translator of science devs to info society language. Advisor and Citizen advocator for substantive information technology projects with national and local governments in several countries. Pioneer of NASAs Space Apps Challenge events in Latin America. Founder and leader since 2008 of [GeoCensos] geotech trends blog , GeoCensos Foundation and Mapps Hackathon. http://www.geocensos.com

download-15SOPHIE LAFAYETTE

Communications Manager at International Open Data Charter

download-16JOSHUA OGURE

Joshua Ogure famously known as Josh, is the project manager for Map Kibera Trust,  he is also the team leader for Kibera News Network a citizen journalism program in Kibera Slum. Josh has a wide range of experience working in the informal settlements of Nairobi including Mathare and Mukuru. As a project coordinator and a community journalist, he lead the team towards a successful Pilot project  dubbed Open Schools Kenya (www.openschoolskenya.org) that put all Kibera schools on the map and developed a website for them. As he strive to make the invisible visible using data and journalism. Josh recently won and attended a four months IREX’s Community Solutions Program in the United States from where he was awarded a certificate for demonstrating an outstanding leadership by George Mason University and the United States Department of States.

download-17SERAH RONO

Serah Rono serves as Code for Africa’s Developer Advocate, championing its software solutions and also serving as community coordinator, based in Kenya, working with its technical pan-African projects/programmes. She also serves as a web developer in Code For Africa, building web applications at CitizenLab accelerators, is the pan-african coordinator for Hacks/Hackers Africa and a data wrangler atANCIR and for afriLEAKSCode for Africa (CfAfrica) is the continent’s largest open data initiative, using technology and data to help citizens shape their governments and hold those in power to account. CfAfrica currently has country-based programmes in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.

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A geospatialist with a background in developing countries and programming who is passionate about bridging gaps in technology, ICT policy and open source communities. Currently working with the World Bank and a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham.

 

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Business Intelligence Analyst @iLabAfrica, Strathmore University. Currently focusing on data analysis and visualisations of data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics.