Director-General, Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT (Accra). Dorothy K. Gordon is a visionary leader in the field of technology and development. In her capacity as the Director-General of Ghana’s Advanced Information Technology Institute, the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT (AITI-KACE), she leads a team of world-class technology professionals committed to using the opportunities that exist globally to bring development to Africa.
Mr. Makane Faye has over 33 years of experience on information management and ICT for development issues, including 23 at the services of Commission for Africa (ECA). Currently, he is the Chief of the Knowledge Management Section and Library Services, where he promotes the use of emerging strategies in knowledge management, information systems and library services development, including overseeing development and use of knowledge, promotion of Knowledge networks, development of Communities of Practice on key thematic areas of the ECA’s work programme and promotion of e-tools for access to knowledge in member States, the African Union Commission, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and other African organizations.
Olga Cavalli is an Internet leader whose work has been fundamental for enhancing a relevant participation of Latin America and the Caribbean in Internet Governance. Olga has recently been appointed as Member of ISOC Board of Trustees. In 2007 she co-founded the South School on Internet Governance and in 2012 she co-founded Dominios Latin America. During 2007- 2014 she was distinguished by the United Nations Secretary General, being chosen to be a part of the Internet Governance Forum’s Multistakeholder Advisory Group, MAG. Olga works towards the inclusion of girls and women in ICTs and the Internet. She has been appointed by the ITU as rapporteur of the Study Group 20 on Internet of Things and Smart Cities In ICANN, she was GNSO Council Member and GNSO vice chair. Presently she is the GAC vice chair. Olga was the Argentina representative in WSIS (Tunis 2005), a Member of the National Commission on Cybercrime that defined the Argentina Cybercrime Law and a Member of the Commission that created the National Digital Agenda. Olga is a Teacher at the University of Buenos Aires, President of the ISOC Argentina Chapter and she is involved in the development of wireless connectivity projects in rural areas. Her education includes a PhD in Business Direction, an MBA, a Master degree in Telecommunications Regulation, and Electronic and Electric Engineer. She is fluent in Spanish, English, Portuguese and German, and can understand French and Italian. Olga lives in Buenos Aires and is the mother of Juana and Federico.
Africa Regional Coordinator, Web Foundation, Cote D’Ivoire
Nnenna works to develop cutting-edge collaborations in Africa. Her work has a particular focus on the Alliance for Affordable Internet project and the Web We Want campaign for human rights on and through the Web. She is an experienced development professional who has worked in the ICT field in Africa for over a decade. As well as leading a highly regarded consultancy platform, Nnenna has in recent years co-founded The Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa, and served as a board member of the Open Source Initiative. Her career has allowed her to work closely with many civil society organisations, the African Development Bank, the Digital Solidarity Fund and has seen her involved in many phases of the UN’s Africa Information Society Initiative. She has lived and worked in five African countries and is fluent in English, French and a number of African languages.
Wolfgang Kleinwaechter is a Professor for International Communication Policy and Regulation at the Department for Media and Information Studies of the University of Aarhus in Denmark. He was a member of the UN Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) from 2003 – 2005, a Special Adviser to the chair of the Internet Governance Forum from 2005 to 2010 and a member of the UNCSTD IGF Improvement Working Grou from 2010 to 2012. He is involved in ICANN since 1998 where he chaired, inter alia, the Nominating Committee (NomCom) and from 2011-2013 he was a member of the GNSO Council. He has since become a member of the ICANN Board of Directors. He is also a member of the “Panel of High Level Advisers” of the “Global Alliance for ICT and Development” (GAID), a co-founder of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EURODIG) and chair of the ICANN Studienkreis. In 2009 the Council of Europe appointed him to chair the COE Cross Border Internet Expert Group. He is chair of the IOT Governance Sub-Group of the EU Tasks Force on the Internet of Things and worked as evaluator in the EUs Safer Internet Action Program (SIAP). In the academic world, Wolfgang Kleinwächter is an elected member of the International Council of the “International Association for Media and Communication Research” (IAMCR) and a partner in the EU FP 7 project “Next Generation Internet/EURO-NF” where he is a member of the Steering Board and leads a special research project on “Governance and Privacy Implications of the Internet of Things”. He is the founder and chair of the “European Summer School on Internet Governance” (EURO-SSIG), and has published and edited more than 200 articles and 12 books.
Head of telecommunications and Posts Division within the African Union Commission. He has more than 20 years experience in the field of Telecoms/ICT in the USA and in Africa. He has held senior positions at Intelsat in Washington DC, at RASCOM in Cote d’ivoire and Telecoms operators in Mauritania. Moctar Yedaly has a Master in Satellite communication, a Master in Telecom and computers from George Whashington University and a Master in International Business from Amity University. Moctar is fluent in Arabic, French, English, Russian and Wholof.
Alison Gillwald – Executive Director of Research ICT Africa (RIA)
Alison Gillwald (PhD) is the Executive Director of Research ICT Africa (RIA) and holds an adjunct professorship at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Development, Policy and Practice where she convenes a transdisciplinary PhD programme focusing on ICT policy and regulation. A former regulator, she was appointed the founding Council of the South African Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (SATRA) having headed the policy department at the first broadcasting regulator, the Independent Broadcasting Authority established in the wake of the first democratic elections in South Africa in 1994. She also served as chairperson of the South African National Digital Advisory Body, which reported on digital migration in 2001; the board of the public broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation; and was appointed deputy chairperson of the SA National Broadband Advisory Council in 2014.
She has provided technical assistance to several African countries, and regional bodies, advising the Ministry of Communication on the South Africa’s Broadband Plan: SA Connect and for the African Development Bank and Government of Mauritius on the i-Mauritius broadband policy. She has worked extensively with multilateral agencies such as the International Telecommunications Union, UNCTAD and the World Bank. She served on the first ITU Task Force on Gender Issues set up in 2001 to develop gender-aware guidelines for policy-making and regulatory agencies and on the Partnership on Measuring the Information Society Task Group on Gender to develop standard indicators for measuring gender inequality in relation to ICT and which drew extensively on the sex disaggregated statistics and gender modelling in relation to ICT access and use undertaken by Research ICT Africa for more than a decade across Africa.
In 2012 she served on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) President’s Strategy Panel on Multistakeholder Innovation and sits on the board of the African Tertiary Education Networks (TENET).