Fellows are listed in alphabetical order (by first name).
E-Governance and Internet Governance Foundation for Africa, Ghana
Selby Abraham is an Internet Governance Fellow from the Ghana School on Internet Governance and also the Virtual School on Internet Governance. Selby is serving as Vice Communications and Programs Chairman for the Internet Society Ghana Chapter and has also contributed to the Global Oxford University Database for COVID-19 Tracker since 2020. He is a professional member of the Institute of ICT Professionals of Ghana and the Internet Society Ghana, England and Netherlands Chapters. Selby is a graduate of Information Technology from Kumasi Technical University and is currently pursuing a BSc in Information and Communication Technology at the Christ Apostolic University College and studying Business Administration at the University of the People in the United States.
Internet Exchange Point Association of Namibia
Albertine Shipena is a believer (Christian), wife, a mother to one beautiful baby girl and a registered Incorporated Engineer (Electronics) with the Engineering Council of Namibia and a certified Professional in Routing and Switching for Service Providers. She has over nine years of hands-on experience in the telecommunications and networking industry, networking design and engineering, deployment and optimisation. She is a Senior Core Network Engineer and the current Acting Key Account Manager for International Business at Telecom Namibia, where she is tasked with growing international business and dealing with customers (international telecommunication companies) from all over the world. Albertine enjoys travelling, trying out new cuisines and fitness. She has five dogs and enjoys harvesting fresh produce in her backyard garden. She is an introvert, and enjoys watching sitcoms, listening to worship music and spending time with her family.
Ahmad Adeyinka Yusuf
Lagos State House of Assembly
He is an ambitious, creative, storyteller, visual artiste and well-rounded graphic/website designer, professional photographer. He has used his work to express company’s or personal brands ideas and relate them to real life situations. He is an expert in bringing creative to life which is easily relatable and comprehensible. His ability to set his organs to learn more have continually improved his works and position him for new challenges, technologies and opportunities.
He has an array of skills which include but not limited to first class visual communication skills, experience with print and web design experience, proficient knowledge of web, internet research, social media and video applications, exceptional conceptual, graphic design and layout skills, and good understanding of latest digital marketing trends. He loves good design and typography and he's most importantly a great communicator.
Code for Africa (CfA), Kenya
Allan Cheboi is CfA’s Senior Investigations Manager at the iLAB and ANCIR, managing a team of forensic data scientists/ analysts and technologists in eight African countries working in three international languages (Arabic, English and French). Prior to joining CfA, Allan was a cybercrime investigator and forensic audit manager at KPMG. Allan leads CfA’s African Network and Centre for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR), an initiative that brings together the continent’s best investigative newsrooms, ranging from large traditional mainstream media to smaller specialist units. He also leads the iLAB team which conducts network analysis investigations into disinformation and influence operations, including Coordinated Inauthentic Behaviour (CIB) and organised crime networks on the African continent using open source intelligence (OSINT) and media monitoring tools and techniques. Recent projects have helped uncover fake identity scams targeting COVID-19 victims, foreign influence operations targeting the Niger elections, tracking religious extremist content online, human trafficking syndicates’ use of social media, and digital propaganda across Africa by countries such as Russia and China. Something fun about Allan is that he is also a part-time entertainment DJ.
Tunapanda Institute, Kenya
Alphonce is a network engineer who believes in the power of knowledge as a tool for revolution. He has a deep interest and passion in technology, research and article writing and spends most of his time exploring community networks, software development, and design thinking methodologies. He is currently working as the project coordinator for the TunapandaNET community network championed by Tunapanda Kibera CBO and is involved in community outreach and engagement, facilitating community digital training workshops, network deployment, and maintenance. Alphonce is also a poet and enjoys martial arts.
Anne W. Njathi
North Carolina State University, US
Anne is a communication and digital media scholar whose research interests are driven by the changing tech ecosystem in Africa and what this means to various actors. Her research focuses on Africa’s fast technological uptake along the paths of digital innovation, infrastructure, governance/policy, user practices, and the transnational movement of the tech giants. As a PhD candidate at North Carolina State University’s Interdisciplinary Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media programme, she has a proven publication and teaching record in the field of digital technologies, digital media, FinTech, mobile communication, platformisation, ICT for development and global media policy studies. In addition, she is currently undertaking a graduate certificate course in International Development Policy (IDP) at Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University. She is a Chartered Marketer (ACIM), spanning 8+ years of experience in East Africa in building sustainable brands in a multicultural international setting. She is currently working at Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network (RTNN) as Assistant Director of Assessment.
Badriyya Yusuf is a lecturer of International Studies at Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano, Nigeria. She is presently a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Canada doctoral fellow in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University, Canada. Her fields of study are International Relations, and Gender and Politics. Badriyya’s dissertation focuses on the governance of digital taxation. Her other research interests range from regional security to the global governance of artificial intelligence and digital transformation in Africa. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her kids.
Bendjedid Rachad Sanoussi
Internet Society Benin
Bendjedid Rachad Sanoussi is a telecom engineer. For the last four years, he has worked as a laboratory technician at the University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin. Currently, he is reading a Master of Philosophy in Telecommunication Engineering at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. His passion, determination and ambition led him to get involved in the community and become an internet advocate by sharing and transmitting hope to the youth through his work and community engagements. His areas of interest include digital inclusion, cybersecurity, digital rights, conservation of biodiversity, and optical and wireless technologies. He proactively engages youth in addressing issues in their communities. Rachad serves as the Head of Communication and Public Relations at the Internet Society Benin. Also, he is the Technical Support of Digital Grassroots, a youth network developed to increase digital citizenship at the grassroots level. Rachad likes to travel and play soccer.
Mozilla Foundation, Kenya
Brian Obilo is a Tech and Society Fellow at Mozilla Foundation who specialises in cybersecurity and disinformation. His latest co-authored report, titled “Inside the Shadowy World of Disinformation-for-hire in Kenya”, was featured on BBC, Vice News, Wired, Rest of World, Voice of America and other media outlets. Prior to transitioning to civil society, Brian was active in the information security space as a multi-skilled cybersecurity engineer and digital security trainer in Kenya. He is a Certified Security Analyst and two-time alumnus of the Mozilla Open Leaders Program. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games online and taking care of his puppy, Luna.
ARTICLE 19 Eastern Africa, Kenya
Catherine Muya is a lawyer currently serving as a programME officer at ARTICLE 19 Eastern Africa, implementing the digital rights and policy programme across 14 countries in Eastern Africa. She previously served as the digital rights lead at Lawyers Hub Kenya and an Open Internet Leader at the Open Internet for Democracy Initiative. She enjoys vanilla in everything but cake and is a huge fan of the Cat Family.
Christian Nzhie Ngono
Christian Nzhie is an IS/IT and IG consultant and data scientist. He is a seasoned IT professional with more than a decade of experience. Since 2008, his primary focus areas have been software development and engineering, entrepreneurship, cybersecurity, networking, application development, software sizing and project management, data science, data and privacy, internet and digital policy and standards, service management, information systems, and internet governance. He has a Master’s degree in Management Information Systems with a specialisation in Data Science and Emerging Technologies. His professional experience includes Capda, Bienvenueimmigrant, Wundigital, GIZ-Ghana, Bervann Outsourcing, Bervann, GPAC, Altitude, and others. He is a member of IFPUG, cmNOG, CAPDA, IGF Cameroon, Internet Society and Linux Accra. He is also responsible for public relations at the Executive Secretariat of IGF Cameroon He is a strong supporter of free and open source solutions, security by design, freedom in innovation, project management, policy and standards, internet freedom and the fact that “The internet is for everyone.”
Her Empire Ltd, Uganda
Diana Namanda is a mother, wife, digital security trainer, and head of programmes at Her Empire Ltd. She has extensive experience in digital security through trainings facilitated by Deutsche Welle (DW) and other organisations like Defend Defenders Uganda. She is also part of the Digital Security Alliance (DSA). Her recent activities include digital security training for different sectors of people and project management of the Women@Web project. Diana has also been part of application development (Wekuume App) and also part of curriculum development with DW. She is also involved in Safe Sisters, a project that promotes digital safety for women. Diana is an artist and offers freelance of graphic design services. She loves learning new skills and working with different groups of people. Diana is reserved, loves animals (owns and dog, and different generations of cats), swims, reads, watches movies, and plays video games.
Fatou Sarr is a Senegalese activist in the fields of education and internet governance. In addition, she is a member of the board of directors of ISOC Senegal. she likes using new technology to solve problems, which is why she has become involved in many international organisations working on internet governance as a volunteer since 2018 to empower internet users through projects, policy making and capacity building, teaching them how to use the internet safely. She is currently studying for a Master’s degree in green hydrogen technology. She is also co-founder of the online platform “Opportunities Path to Success”, which has more than 2,500 members who share educational information such as scholarships, fellowships, training, online courses (MOOCS) and entrepreneurship programmes, to help young people have easy access to education opportunities in order to participate in the achievement of sustainable development goals such as youth employment, quality education and gender equality.
Favour Borokini is a Nigerian lawyer and technology policy researcher. Favour is passionate about responsible and beneficial uses of technology and how it affects the lives of women and social injustice and inequality. She's also interested in how the relationship between Africa and the rest of the world is being (re)defined by technology. For fun, she enjoys reading fanfiction in addition to romance and fantasy and the occasional detective novel. Fancying herself something of a writer, Favour daydreams about writing relatable contemporary Nigerian fiction and sci-fi and technology utopias.
IXP Association of Namibia
Hasting Tjipueja is Namibian ICT practitioner, providing support to the national IXP and ICT industry at large in building infrastructures and environments that enhance economically viable access to information. Hasting has been involved in the industry for more than 20 years, and has a strong background in developing solutions when challenged with potential needs and problems. He holds a Master's degree in Business Management with specialisation in Strategic Management. His main interest is in data protection, online cyberbullying, cybersecurity and online misinformation.
Herman Ângelo Miguel Ramos graduated in Applied Physics at Eduardo Mondlane University, and trained in Statistical Data Analysis. He works with technological innovation, IoT, cybersecurity, cloud computing, cloud DNS, smart grids and renewable energy. Herman is passionate about creating change in places where people aspire to have good conditions of life, by using the skills of policy, engineering and science to develop projects in order to solve the community’s problems. He has a strong interest in and is a practitioner of meditation as it allows him to disconnect himself from the rush of the intellectual mind. Besides topics of internet governance, he likes to read books about psychological revolution, the nature of mind and neuroscience. Herman has a strong love for and connection with sports of all kinds. He likes to laugh but because the voice inside his mind always has a joke to tell in stressful situations.
Internet Society Namibia
Josaphat Tjiho serves as the vice president of the Internet Society Namibia chapter, where he oversees and runs the day-to-day activities of the chapter. He also serves as the chairperson of the Namibian Internet Governance Forum (NamIGF) 2021. After having attended the 2019 global IGF in Berlin, Germany, Josaphat has been actively involved in IGF issues and in 2020 he took part in the Youth for Digital Sustainability Project, where 50 young people under 30 years old around the world worked on 12 key recommendations for the environmental, economic and social sustainability of the internet. He was also a panellist at the 2020 IGF. In addition, Josaphat is passionate about raising awareness on the issues of access to information and human rights through the use of performing arts and innovation in technology. He loves acting and travelling.
She's a young professional at I&J PN and also a PhD candidate in law researching copyright law and artificial intelligence.
Internet Society Zambia
Levy Syanseke is founding president of the Internet Society (ISOC) Zambia Chapter and channel consultant at Manic Creatives, a digital marketing agency in Zambia. He also founded Ramah Designs. He has a Bachelor’s degree in mass communication from the University of Zambia. In addition to serving as the ISOC Zambia Chapter president, he is an ICANN NextGen ambassador and Internet Society 2021 IGF Youth Ambassador.
Halley Movement Coalition and Mauritius IGF
As secretary-general of the Halley Movement and its founding president, Mahendranath has been involved since 1990 in research, training, advocacy and publications. He started Helpline Mauritius, which is the first online counselling service. He has occupied key positions in the education sector in Mauritius for the past 40 years, and has developed policy at national level on issues related to bullying and violence. He has a university degree and has piloted various community-based programmes at national level. For the past 20 years, his organisation has been running informal schools for marginalised and rural children in Mauritius. He has also pioneered the issue of internet governance in his country by hosting the Mauritius IGF since 2017.
Research ICT Africa, Sierra Leone
Mariama Deen-Swarray is a researcher with over 10 years of experience working in social science research and has acquired skills in quantitative and qualitative survey design and implementation, statistical and econometric analysis, database management and computing. She has worked extensively on data analysis and has experience in evidence-based demand-side and supply-side ICT research and policy analysis. Her interests are in gender-related issues in addressing digital inequality and ICT for socioeconomic development. She has supported ICT studies and designed and conducted quantitative and qualitative research and trainings in several Sub-Saharan African countries. She has worked as a researcher at Research ICT Africa in South Africa, as Head of Research and Studies at ITASCAP in Sierra Leone, and as a researcher at the Namibian Economic Policy Research Unit (NEPRU) in Namibia. She has also participated in several regional and international ICT conferences and contributed to several publications in the field of ICT. Mariama is a friendly person and a good listener.
Bridge Africa Ventures, Cameroon
She is best known for working towards empowering businesses in Cameroon with digital identities, using her platform bridgeafrica.com, and she is passionate about sports.
Mohamed Salah is a telecommunications engineer, researcher and volunteer. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Academy of Engineering Sciences in Khartoum. He has professional experience in the African region in the field of wireless and mobile communication networks as well as RF optimisation. Mohamed is a member of several non-profit organisations: Internet Society (ISOC), SdNOG, MENOG, AfNOG and the Sudanese Red Crescent Society. He participated in DevFest 18 in Nouakchott as a speaker, was an AfriNIC 31 fellow in Luanda, and attended the 2021 School of Internet Governance - Middle East and Adjoining Countries (MEAC-SIG 21). He has also attended many webinars and training sessions related to IPv6, network monitoring systems and DNSSEC offered by ISOC. He is passionate about building community networks, which are a solution that addresses the connectivity gaps existing in the region, and helping to connect communities by increasing public awareness of the internet and new technology trends.
Civic Tech Innovation Network (CTIN) at Wits University, South Africa
Melissa Zisengwe is Programme Officer at CTIN. She has been at CTIN since 2018, starting out as an innovation journalist for both JamLab and CTIN. She holds a BJourn degree in Journalism and Media Studies and English Language and Linguistics from Rhodes University. She is currently a Master’s student (Master of Arts in ICT Policy and Regulation) at the LINK Centre. Her research will focus on governance and civic tech in Africa. She has also been a research fellow at CIPESA, focusing on examining the use of civic tech during the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa. Fun fact: Melissa is the girl with the brightest braids in the room.
Internet Society, Cameroon
Nyoh Miller is a coordination specialist who is dynamic, versatile and professional with successful experiences in communications, sustainable development and planning. Miller specializes in communication and sustainable development after undergoing training sessions and working with PROCASUR and the United Nations Sustainable Development Solution Network youth respectively. Miller believes Education and development will play a vital role in achieving the SDGs. Currently working as an education coordinator at Children and Youth Constituencies for Sustainable Communities(CYCSC) and at the same time an ambassador for Global Conscience, he is determined to promote favourable digital advancement and sustainable development in Africa through the internet. He loves to play football and listens to music. He believes a happy and friendly environment is essential for development.
Media Rights Agenda, Nigeria
Obioma Okonkwo is a human rights lawyer with experience in digital and media rights. Presently, she is a legal officer with Media Rights Agenda (MRA), a non-governmental organisation based in Nigeria, which works to promote and defend freedom of expression, media freedom, access to information and digital rights. She has conducted research and litigated digital rights, freedom of expression and digital identity cases as a volunteer with the Digital Rights Lawyers Initiative, a not-for-profit organisation in Nigeria. She is a founding member of the West Africa Media Lawyers Association, a non-governmental organisation based in Nigeria that promotes and defends media rights. She has been trained by the Media Legal Defence Initiative (now Media Defence), a not-for-profit organisation based in the UK, on freedom of expression and media freedom litigation. She is using her expertise to advocate for a suitable environment for freedom of expression, digital rights, freedom of information and media freedom in Nigeria and beyond.
Plantina Tsholofelo Mokone
.ZA Domain Name Authority, South Africa
Plantina Tsholofelo Mokone is an internet governance coordinator expert who facilitates dialogue on public policy issues inherent to internet governance. She is passionate about policy issues of domain name services, cybersecurity, privacy and data protection, and child online safety. She is currently studying towards a Master’s of Management in Public Policy (MMPP) at Wits School of Governance. She holds an Honours degree in Public Management and Governance (Public Policy) from the University of Johannesburg, and a post-graduate certificate in African Political Economy from the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (UNISA). She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communication. She is an extrovert, so she loves the outdoors: canopy ziplining and any other adventurous activity in the most amazing natural settings.
Bingwa Civic Tech Lab, DR Congo
Providence Baraka is a young civic and social tech enthusiast who graduated in Computer Sciences and Management. He is passionate about engaging with youth in addressing internet-related issues at the grassroots level through digital literacy, mentorship, community engagement and activism. Early in 2021, he initiated Bingwa Civic Tech lab (www.bingwa-civictech.org), a youth-led civic tech initiative based in the Democratic Republic of Congo, working with the community for the adoption of technology in promoting democratic participation. He is actively contributing to discussions related to digital human rights, for example, by writing articles about digital inclusion for the Global Voices Platform. He co-authored the Digital Rights and Inclusion in Africa 2020 Report (LONDA), a publication from the Paradigm Initiative, analysing the state of digital rights and inclusion in Africa. He always enjoys listening to music and playing football in his free time.
Ultra Events Training, Kenya
Rebeccah Wambui is a trained social scientist with a BA in Political Science and Communication from the University of Nairobi. Her skills and work experience fall at the intersection of capacity building, youth affairs and internet governance. She works with young learners, young adults in universities and corporate employees on various topical issues ranging from social and relational skills and cognition to hardcore entrepreneurial and leadership matters. Her internet governance experience includes moderation of the Kenya Youth IGF, membership in the Kenya IGF MAG 2020-21, training on content creation at the Women@Web project by the Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet) and DW, and as Kenya School of Internet Governance fellow and East Africa School of Internet Governance fellow. Her internet governance interests are digital literacy and inclusion, child online protection, and content creation and regulation, driven by her desire to increase digital literacy, women and girls’ confidence to engage online, and also for our larger African communities to take stake in internet matters as they affect them. She is also a closeted creative who enjoys listening and dancing to music, solitude, Pan Africanism, listening to podcasts and daydreaming about a career in podcasting full time some day at The Audacity Podcast Ke, which she hosts and produces.
Gender Tech Initiative, Uganda
Ruth Atim is a journalist by profession and works as a sub editor for an online media outlet. In 2019 she was shortlisted as a finalist in the Isu Elihle Awards, a South African media award that rewards innovative journalism about children. Ruth also co-founded the The Gender Initiative-Uganda (https://www.genderinitiativeug.org), a community-based organisation that empowers women with digital safety/security skills and digital literacy skills. Her work has been able to save many female journalists from online harassment. Ruth is passionate about gender and tech.
Women of Uganda Network
Sandra Aceng is a programme manager at the Women of Uganda Network. She is a gender and ICT researcher, policy analyst, writer, and Wikimedian. She is an outspoken and energetic woman human rights defender (WHRD) who advocates for the integration of gender perspectives in ICT policy and analyses threats to free expression in Africa introduced by regulatory initiatives. Sandra is a Global Voices contributor, a 2020 Global Network Initiative (GNI)/Internews Fellow, associate editor at Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), a volunteer at the Wikimedia Community User Group, and a 2021 OPTIMA Data-Driven Activism Fellow by Internews. She is fond of wine, travelling, music, social media, sleeping and trying out new things. Sandra never gives up!
HER Internet, Uganda
Sandra Kwikiriza is a queer feminist, mother, sexual and gender diversity activist and farmer. She is currently the team leader at HER Internet, an organisation serving communities of lesbians, bisexual and queer women and sex workers to promote, support and advocate for their digital rights and internet freedoms. She is also an agro-businesswoman with over 1,500 egg-laying birds in poultry farming that she has been doing since 2018. She is a mother to a nine-year-old son, six dogs... and counting; they are all her babies. She also loves cooking and sharing a meal with friends and family, as well as travelling to fun destinations.
Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), Zimbabwe
Tabani Moyo is married to one wife and blessed with two boys. He enjoys reading and networking, building communities that last. He has more than 15 years of experience in media, communications and marketing. He is a steering committee member for the SAIGF and the Zimbabwe IGF. He started drinking at a young age.
Heinrich Boell Foundation, Nigeria
Tsema Ede is a lawyer with experience in human rights, governance and gender. She is a policy expert who has worked with the government, business corporations and non-governmental organisations on the implementation of people-centred policies in the protection of citizens and their rights. Tsema has experience in working actively at strengthening activists at the grassroots to document and expose human rights abuses, conducting community outreach and mobilisation. She works with government stakeholders at the parliamentary and executive levels on policy reforms and strengthening regulatory mechanisms for the protection of disadvantaged communities. Finally, she is a mom to two handsome boys and one lovely girl. She loves to travel and dance, even though she does not think she is good at dancing.
Phukubje Pierce Masithela Attorneys, South Africa
Tshepiso Hadebe holds an LLB degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and is currently pursuing an LLM in Business Law with a focus on contract law, consumer law, intellectual property law and cyber law. She is passionate about the intersection of technology and law and enjoys crafting innovative and practical approaches to some of the toughest legal challenges of the information age. Her interests include data privacy, ethical AI, emergent technologies, tech policy research, digital inclusion and gender and tech. She is currently a candidate attorney at Phukubje Pierce Masithela Attorneys.
Haki Maendeleo, Tanzania
Wilfred Warioba is the executive secretary for Haki Maendeleo, a non-governmental organisation, and has been involved for the past years in conducting human rights awareness campaigns to ensure that citizens understand their rights and are in a better position. In the past he worked in academic institutions and government institutions. From 2007 to 2016 he worked for the Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance as a head of Management Information Systems. In 2010 he received a MSc in Computer Forensics at the Open University, Tanzania; in 2000, he received a BSc (Hon) in Computing and Network System Management at the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside; and in 1999 he received a Higher National Diploma in Computing from the Reading School of Art and Technology. In addition, in 2004 he obtained a Certificate in Business-Related IT Consultancy and a Diploma in the German Language.
Zephe Raduma Odhiambo
Judiciary of Kenya
Zephe Raduma Odhiambo is a tech-savvy records manager who over his seven-year career has developed a keen interest in data analytics and information governance. He has made remarkable contributions in development and deployment of information management initiatives in the public service, including the judiciary digital transformation which is one of the pillars in Sustaining Judicial Transformation (SJT). Zephe is able to navigate through complex environments and provide practical solutions for information dissemination. When he is not solving people's information needs, he is solving "other information needs" as he likes research, hanging out with friends and mentoring young people in the community.
South African Interent Goverenance Forum (ZAIGF)
What do you get when you mix a knack for entrepreneurship, love for law, intrigue in ICT, natural leadership, an immense passion for African growth and evergreen energy? Zanyiwe. Zanyiwe is an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa, multi-entrepreneur, Consumer Advisory Panel (CAP) member for the Independent Communications Authority of South African (ICASA) and the Chairperson of the South African Internet Governance Forum (ZAIGF). She currently does work in South Africa, Namibia and Zambia and is working towards having a presence in the whole SADC region. When she isn’t writing, speaking about or actioning strategy around Africa’s growth and development, she is travelling, spending time with loved ones, tasting something yummy, or listening to music or podcasts.