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, Digital Law Haus, 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.
Dispute Resolution and Litigation lawyer, Muriu Mungai & Co. Advocates LLP, Kenya
Angela Minayo is a Dispute Resolution and Litigation lawyer at the Muriu Mungai & Co. Advocates LLP. She was a digital policy fellow at ARTICLE 19 Eastern Africa from September 2017 to March 2018. Since then she has continued to actively participate in research projects on technology law and policy, the latest being the Kenya's Asssesssment of Internet Development using the UNESCO ROAMX Indicators.
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.
President of the ISOC Nigerian Chapter, ISOC Nigerian Chapter, Nigeria
Caleb Ogundele is an ICANN, AFRINIC, AFRISIG, and ISOC Fellow. Caleb was previously the Programmes Secretary and now currently the President of the ISOC Nigerian Chapter. He possesses a number of industry/professional certifications as well as two Master’s degrees in Computer Systems and Information Science both from the University of Ibadan. He is currently a Ph.D candidate with focus on Internet measurements with an intersection on QoS. Caleb coordinates several initiatives within the Internet Society Nigeria Chapter among which is the inaugural Nigerian School on Internet Governance, different capacity-building webinars, and ISOC Global training initiatives which has seen lots the fellows of participating actively in the global scene.
Research Manager, World Wide Web Foundation, South Africa
Chenai is a digital policy researcher who has extensively focused on understanding the impact of technology in society in order to better public interest in policy. She is World Wide Web Foundation’s Research Manager focused on Gender and Digital Rights and a 2019/2020 Mozilla Tech Policy Fellow focused on assessing adequacy of data protection and privacy regulation in Africa taking on gender and data justice perspectives. Her work has included research on ICT access and use issues from a youth perspective, net neutrality and zero rating and unpacking the gendered digital divide through a feminist perspective. She has supported organisations working on understanding digital ID issues in Zimbabwe and occasionally writes for GenderIT on her experiences as a feminist researcher.
Assistant Librarian, University of Livingstonia, Malawi
Donald Flywell Malanga is professional librarian with more than 7 years of work experience in academic environment. He works as an Assistant Librarian at the University of Livingstonia in Malawi, where he is committed to promoting digital information literacy programmes to students, researchers and faculty members, and marginalised groups in the surrounding communities. Furthermore, Mr Malanga researches widely in areas of ICT for Development (ICT4D), Internet Governance, Digital Literacy, and Cyber Violence against Women. His recent publication appeared in both AfDec and APC 2020 series reports titled “Tackling gender-based cyber violence against women and girls in Malawi amidst the Covid- 2019 pandemic”. Mr Malanga is Fellow of the 6th African School on Internet Governance held on October, 2018, Zanzibar, Tanzania. He is also a Fellow of CPRsouth, a capacity building initiative that aims to develop a global south based policy intellectuals on policy regulations. In addition, Mr Malanga is an active contributing author to Global Information Society Watch, a collaborative community committed to building an open, inclusive and sustainable information Society. Mr Malanga holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Botswana. Currently, he is a PhD researcher in Information Systems program at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and has recently been awarded a Fellowship (2021-2022) by the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) to pursue an MPhil in Intellectual Property (MIP) at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana.
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.
Professor of Technology, Tunisia University, Tunisia
Hafedh Yahmadi is an ICT strategist with 17 years of experience in Telecommunication and IT business. He holds an MBA degree from the University of Southern California (2003) and a Senior ICT Engineer degree from the School of Computer Science of Tunisia (1991). He has a strong passion on the potential of ICT in the emerging markets and the importance of diversity and inclusion in the internet governance design. He is a Former Microsoft Director of platform and innovation and a former IT Manager with Alcatel-Lucent where he had overseen and contributed to several research and business projects on Telecommunication and networking platforms. Mr. Hafedh Yahmadi main focus is on Internet governance issues, policy analysis and advocacy; he is currently a Professor of technology at Tunisia University.
Telecommunication Engineer, i RENALA, Madagascar
Harimino Rakotondrainibe is a telecommunication engineer born and raised in Madagascar. Passionate about IT for development, she has joined i RENALA, Madagascar education organisation, where she works for a better Internet in her country by implementing technical solutions for Research and Education Institutions, after beginning her career as a Network Engineer for a local ISP. Now, after attending the AfriSIG and IGF in 2019, she also coordinates the National Internet governance forum in her country and is engaged in different Internet-related topics through her volunteer engagement as part of the board of ISOC Madagascar Chapter.
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, South Africa
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.
AI Policy Researcher, Research ICT Africa, South Africa
Oarabile Mudongo is the founder of Funda, a community-driven movement committed to building an equitable digital space by advocating for digital rights in Africa. He is also a Technology Exchange (Tx) Fellow with Ford Foundation and Media Democracy Fund and currently works as an AI Policy Researcher with Research ICT Africa.
Oarabile holds a BSc (Hon) in Computing and studying towards his MA in Interdisciplinary Digital Knowledge Economy Studies with a research focusing on AI surveillance and algorithmic bias in facial recognition surveillance systems. He is passionate about tech policy and research work that explores public-interest technology and social justice in the society. He is an alumnus of the Citizen Lab Summer Institute, African School on Internet Governance (AfIGF), ICANN fellowship and the Young Scholar Program on Communications Policy Research.
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.
Senior Policy Advisor, Internet Society, Zimbabwe
Verengai Mabika is a leader in technology and social innovation. He joined the Internet Society Global Policy team as Senior Policy Advisor for Africa in 2017. A serial entrepreneur he founded three organizations, in 2010: Development Reality Institute (DRI), a social innovation hub, in 2013, co-founded the Internet Society Chapter in Zimbabwe, in 2014, co-founded Golix, an African blockchain fintech start-up based in Zimbabwe. An Ashoka Fellow, Echoing Green Fellow, and a member of the BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Forum, Verengai supports the Internet Society’s global policy work in Africa, including managing partnerships with African Union Commission, Africa Telecommunications Union, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Regulators Associations and sub-Regional Internet Governance forums. He also leads the ISOC regional policy work related IoT Security, internet governance, internet infrastructure security, online privacy and community networks.