Fellows are listed in alphabetical order (by first name).
United Nations Internet Governance, Advisory Group Member, Togo
Afi Edoh is a task-oriented Togolese professional with an infectious enthusiasm for technology. As a member of the United Nations Internet Governance multi-stakeholder advisory group since November 2018, Afi uses this position to encourage young people to take part in topics related to this field. Afi's work and research projects cover, among other things, online data protection, online trust, and the role of IT tools in online education. Afi holds a Master’s Degree in Information Technology from the prestigious Sikkim Manipal University (SMU).
The African Civil Society On Information Society, Regional Coordinator of the North African Bureau, Tunisia
Aicha Jeredi is a versatile International relations Master's graduate and professional with extensive experience in Academia and Research. She has developed capacities in International cooperation, international project management, and collaboration while working with The African Civil Society On Information Society (ACSIS) as the Regional Coordinator of the North African Bureau of the association based in Geneva. Aicha has been involved in several debates, forums, and panels on internet governance and digital inclusion, privacy, online protection, ICT4D, and capacity building towards an inclusive information society and digital economy in Africa since 2011. She also developed capacities in the management of projects aimed at supporting start-ups and young entrepreneurs, such as the E-Commerce Mobile Application African Awards in cooperation with AU and UNCTAD and the Technovation program - Iradescent Mobile App Competition for girls, where she acted as a mentor and trainer. Aicha is a member of the African IGF Multi Advisory Group (MAG) and the North African IGF MAG, AfriSIG 2016 Alumni,& former AfrIGF General Rapporteur.
Zambia Police Service, Digital Forensic Investigator, Zambia
Allan is a highly motivated and results-driven Law Enforcement Officer with enormous knowledge and skills in Information Technology, Digital Forensics, Fraud and Cyber Security spanning a period of more than 14 years. He has an extensive knowledge in Database Management and Administration, Information Technology Management, Computer Hardware / Software / Network Technologies, Business Strategy, ICT project Management, Information System Audit, Human Resource, Operations and Supply Chain Management. He holds a B.Sc Degree in Information Security and Computer Forensics, Diploma in Management of Information System (IMIS) coupled with other certifications in Cyber Security Management, Microsoft Certified Profession, Cisco CCNA and Computer Forensics. He is currently involved in various Internet Governance events and initiatives in Zambia.
Digital Law and Policy Advisor, South Africa
Amanda Manyame is a digital law and policy advisor. She is a proponent of public interest technology and advocates for policy and regulatory development that creates an enabling environment for technological advancements that do not risk human rights. Accordingly, she actively works with and engages relevant stakeholders to provide an understanding of the different considerations that influence tech policy, digital rights and the general digital environment.
Amanda’s background is rooted in Law and she holds a LL.B and LL.M, with her LL.M research focusing on the impact of big data analytics on data protection. As a PhD candidate, Amanda is expanding on her LL.M research by considering the impact of AI, Machine learning, Big Data Analytics, User-Interface and User-experience Design on Data Protection.
DAAD Research Fellow, Namibia University of Science and Technology, Nigeria
Benjamin Akinmoyeje is an experienced ICTD professional in public health, and currently DAAD Research Fellow at the Namibia University of Science and Technology where he conducts research on persuasive technology and health apps to support mental health.
He is an active member of the ISOC Namibia and Nigeria chapters; he was an active member of Nigeria IGF MAG. He is currently taking part in the Africa Executive Committee member of the Non-Commercial Users Constituency group (NCUC). Over the years , Benjamin has played a rallying point in inspiring Africans in the NCUC to participate actively.
Other areas of interest include IoT, Cybersecurity, Design Science Research and Emerging tech for resource-constrained settings.
He is also the coordinator of SPIDER ICT for Social Innovation West Africa, ICANN, AFRINIC, and AFRISG Fellowship alumni.
Jean Paul Nkurunziza
ISOC Burundi Chapter, Founding Member, Burundi
Originally from the town of Bujumbura in Burundi, Jean Paul Nkurunziza is a proud holder of a Bachelor Degree in Education Sciences at the University of Burundi since 2000. He has several professional attributes: works as a Consultant and is engaged in some non-for profit organizations: Founder member of ISOC Burundi Chapter. He is also a trainer in computing and internet policy, Vice President of the Burundi Youth Training Centre. Jean Paul has equally taken part in the organisation of IGF events in Burundi and at the East African level. He plays Volley Ball in his spare time and has a passion for Astronomy.
MicroBoss, CEO, Nigeria
Lawrence Olawale-Roberts is the CEO of MicroBoss, a premier mid-sized technology consulting firm, aiming at becoming one of the largest and leading technology services company globally, with its headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria.
Lawrence trained as an Electrical Electronics Engineer and has had the rare privilege of working with Government in the public sector as a Special Assistant to a Commissioner under the Presidency of Nigeria for close to 5 years. He has over 18 years of progressive, broad management experience in the Non-Governmental, Public and Private sectors.
Within the global Internet Governance space, Lawrence is actively engaged and the first Nigerian to become a member of ICANN’s Nominating Committee, a team that recruits half of the ICANN Board asides other leadership roles. He is active within its Business Constituency and recently got elected as the Vice-Chair Finance and Operations. He has been a member of different working groups and committees that help shape the global Internet’s policy development process. Bearing his vast experience in Business and management, he selflessly represents a voice for all Businesses of African descent at global IG forums. An African with a lifelong interest and involvement with the Internet, he is a recipient of various awards.
Lydienne Nathalie Ntogue
National Advanced School of Posts and Telecommunications (Cameroon), Inspector of Posts and Telecommunications, Cameroon
Lydienne Nathalie Ntogue is an Inspector of Posts and Telecommunications from the National Advanced School of Posts and Telecommunications. She studied management of postal and telecommunications services. For the past 10 years, she has been working for the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications in Cameroon as an administrative assistant of the senior technical advisor of the minister. Since 2018, Lydienne is fully devoted as the collaborator to the Coordinator of the “Cameroon Digital transformation Acceleration Project “aiming to provide infrastructures, regulations and facilities to connect the unconnected”.
Lydienne is a member of the IGF group and a member of the Cameroon MAG and also a member of the UNWOMEN gender team. She took part as a panelist at AfIGF 2017 and 2018. She is also an AfriSIG trainee 2019. Lydienne is ready and willing to gain more knowledge and experience on internet governance and particularly in digital inclusion, digital rights, and protection fields.
Mauricia Abdol Tshilunda
ElevateHER Network, Founder, Cameroon
Mauricia, founder of the ElevateHER Network, an empowerment initiative for the increased inclusion of women and girls in ICT, is a social entrepreneur, researcher, facilitator and speaker. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Language and Communication and Gender Studies, as well as an honours degree specializing in Psychology.
Amongst the interventions, Mauricia has developed is a rural community based educational support program, to encourage innovative thinking in youth, as well as a research based intervention aimed at bridging access to content development for the empowerment of marginalised communities in South Africa.
As a graduate of the African School of Internet Governance, Mauricia served as a panelist for the AfIGF, ZAIGF, ICANN Next Generation of internet leaders and ICANN Ambassador for ICANN-62 Panama, South America. Mauricia is passionate about human development in Africa, innovation, and the protection of human rights online.
Lesotho Internet Society Local Chapter, Vice President, Lesotho
Moipone Mhlekwa is a civil litigation advocate in Lesotho. She holds a master of laws (LLM) degree from the University of Stellenbosch and a Bachelor of laws(LLB) degree from the National University of Lesotho. She has also been engaged as a part-time lecturer at the University of Lesotho. She is an AFRINIC fellow, ICANN fellow, and has great interest in internet policy and development. She is currently the Vice President of the Lesotho Internet Society local chapter.
Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT, Business Development Manager, Ghana
Sarata Omane is the Business Development Manager of Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT. She is part of a team committed to using opportunities that exist within the organization and innovations globally to bring about accelerated growth towards the achievement of organizational goals. Sarata holds an MBA from Sikkim Manipal University. She is the co-founder of E-Governance and Internet Governance Foundation for Africa (EGIGFA) and Fellowship Manager of Ghana School on Internet Governance (GhanaSIG). Sarata is a member of ICANN AFRALO, ISOC and Ghana IGF and works with youth on ICT.
Dr Senka Hadzic
Research ICT Africa / CyberBRICS, Senior Fellow, South Africa
Dr Senka Hadzic is a telecommunications engineer and ICT4D researcher with expertise in low-cost connectivity solutions for developing countries. She has been with Research ICT Africa since 2018, first as Ford Foundation / Media Democracy Fund Tech Exchange Fellow, and currently as a CyberBRICS Fellow. CyberBRICS project is hosted by Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) Law School in Rio de Janeiro, with the aim to map existing regulations, identify best practices and develop policy suggestions in the area of Internet access policy in the BRICS countries.
Senka holds a PhD in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Aveiro, Portugal. In 2014 to 2015 she was a Marie Curie Fellow at the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems in Germany, where she was working on wireless backhaul deployments for rural areas and Global South countries. From 2016 - 2020 she was with the ICT4D research centre at the University of Cape Town.
Unguec Stephen Kang
National Communications Authority (NCA), Assistant Director for Cyber Security, South Sudan
Unguec Stephen Kang is an ICT professional passionate about ICT infrastructure development and internet accessibility. He has been working in the ICT sector since 2015, and he is currently working with the National Communications Authority (NCA) as an Assistant Director for Cyber Security , and technical manager of the country’s domain name (.ss). Unguec is also the co-founder of the South Sudan Internet Governance (SS-IGF) representing the government stakeholder. He is a graduate of Computer Applications from Punjab Technical University (India), with postgraduate certifications in computer networking and systems administration. Unguec is currently pursuing a Master’s degree of Science and Cyber Security at the University of York as a Chevening scholar.