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Kenya School of Internet Governance

KeSIG’s mission is to increase the capacity of key actors and potential actors in the local internet governance space. These include traditional human rights defenders and civil society organizations, students, academia, the tech community, and government departments.

These actors are also commissioned to participate in international internet policymaking thereby contributing African perspectives in global debates.

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Kenya School of Internet Governance

Kenya IGF Week

The IGF week has a series of activities including the Kenya School of Internet Governance (KeSIG), policy briefs dissemination workshops, and culminates in the flagship Kenya Internet Governance Forum.

Several events will be held during the Kenya IGF week. These are Kenya School of Internet Governance (KESIG), Training on Access to internet and public participation for women, Data Protection and Privacy event for the Youth, the Kenya Youth IGF, and finally the Kenya Internet Governance Forum

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Who’s Speaking

Industrial leaders, captains of industry, policy shapers in Kenya and beyond debating the issues that affect how we experience the Internet and how that can be improved

Mercy Wanjau
Mercy Wanjau, MBSSecretary to the Cabinet, Republic of Kenya

Mercy is an experienced C-Suite legal and regulatory professional with exceptional leadership skills.

She currently serves as the Secretary to the Cabinet of the Republic of Kenya, following her appointment by H. E. Dr. William Ruto in October 2022. In this role, she has charge over Cabinet business.

Prior to this, she served as the Director of Legal Services at Communications Authority of Kenya, where she worked towards implementation of Kenya's vision of Digital Transformation through development of an enabling regulatory environment.

She has over 20 years of ICT sector experience (telecommunications, broadcasting, e-commerce, cybersecurity, data protection and postal) acquired from leading public, private and international organisations.

Mercy is passionate about identification of regulatory pathways that promote sustainable business growth, competitiveness and innovation. She has a proven track record in Policy Analysis & Legislative Reform, Strategy Execution, Stakeholder Relations, Corporate Governance and Risk Management.She is a Subject Matter Expert who takes opportunity to share her perspectives towards thought leadership in the sector.

Mercy has been privileged to witness the transformative power of responsive public policy, regulatory reform and innovative technologies for businesses and communities first hand. Over time, she has had remarkable exposure across numerous projects - by scope & diversity - for her to guide on sustainable regulatory compliance and government relations with insight.

In the community, she serves as a Trustee at SOS Children's Villages Kenya and as Board Chairperson at the CPS Governance Centre Ltd.

Mercy Wanjau
Mercy Wanjau, MBSSecretary to the Cabinet, Republic of Kenya

Mercy is an experienced C-Suite legal and regulatory professional with exceptional leadership skills.

She currently serves as the Secretary to the Cabinet of the Republic of Kenya, following her appointment by H. E. Dr. William Ruto in October 2022. In this role, she has charge over Cabinet business.

Prior to this, she served as the Director of Legal Services at Communications Authority of Kenya, where she worked towards implementation of Kenya's vision of Digital Transformation through development of an enabling regulatory environment.

She has over 20 years of ICT sector experience (telecommunications, broadcasting, e-commerce, cybersecurity, data protection and postal) acquired from leading public, private and international organisations.

Mercy is passionate about identification of regulatory pathways that promote sustainable business growth, competitiveness and innovation. She has a proven track record in Policy Analysis & Legislative Reform, Strategy Execution, Stakeholder Relations, Corporate Governance and Risk Management.She is a Subject Matter Expert who takes opportunity to share her perspectives towards thought leadership in the sector.

Mercy has been privileged to witness the transformative power of responsive public policy, regulatory reform and innovative technologies for businesses and communities first hand. Over time, she has had remarkable exposure across numerous projects - by scope & diversity - for her to guide on sustainable regulatory compliance and government relations with insight.

In the community, she serves as a Trustee at SOS Children's Villages Kenya and as Board Chairperson at the CPS Governance Centre Ltd.

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Eng. John Kipchumba Tanui, MBSPrincipal Secretary - State Department of ICT and Digital Economy

Prior to joining the Ministry, Eng. Tanui was the Chief Executive Officer of the Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) for over 7 years, Deputy Country CEO and Vice President of Huawei Technologies responsible for Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia and Djibouti and the Director of Technical Service Department in the same organization that he served for over of 15 years.

With over 17 years in the ICT industry and international business management, Eng. Tanui has worked in several countries in Africa and also in China acquiring knowledge and experience in Business and project management, he has keen interest and expertise in Engineering Turnkey Projects, Innovations, setup and management of industry collaborations and partnerships. He is passionate about how technology can be utilized to solve challenges facing economies.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Technology in Electrical and Communication Engineering from Moi University and MBA in International Business from the University of Nairobi where he is currently pursuing PhD in global business management. He is a member of the Institution of Engineers of Kenya (MIEK), a registered engineer and a member of the Academy of International Business.

Eng. Tanui is an active ICT professional who was profiled as tenth in the 2012 Top 40 under 40 by the Business Daily (Nation Media Group). He is a Council Member of Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology, a council member of IEK (Institution of Engineers of Kenya) where he chairs industrialization, Environment and quality assurance committee and also serves as committee member for Advocacy, Journal and Publicity. Previously, he served as the University Council Vice Chairman at Technical University of Kenya and also as an Advisory Council Member of the Presidential Digital Talent Program.

Eng. John Kipchumba Tanui, MBSPrincipal Secretary - State Department of ICT and Digital Economy

Prior to joining the Ministry, Eng. Tanui was the Chief Executive Officer of the Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) for over 7 years, Deputy Country CEO and Vice President of Huawei Technologies responsible for Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia and Djibouti and the Director of Technical Service Department in the same organization that he served for over of 15 years.

With over 17 years in the ICT industry and international business management, Eng. Tanui has worked in several countries in Africa and also in China acquiring knowledge and experience in Business and project management, he has keen interest and expertise in Engineering Turnkey Projects, Innovations, setup and management of industry collaborations and partnerships. He is passionate about how technology can be utilized to solve challenges facing economies.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Technology in Electrical and Communication Engineering from Moi University and MBA in International Business from the University of Nairobi where he is currently pursuing PhD in global business management. He is a member of the Institution of Engineers of Kenya (MIEK), a registered engineer and a member of the Academy of International Business.

Eng. Tanui is an active ICT professional who was profiled as tenth in the 2012 Top 40 under 40 by the Business Daily (Nation Media Group). He is a Council Member of Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology, a council member of IEK (Institution of Engineers of Kenya) where he chairs industrialization, Environment and quality assurance committee and also serves as committee member for Advocacy, Journal and Publicity. Previously, he served as the University Council Vice Chairman at Technical University of Kenya and also as an Advisory Council Member of the Presidential Digital Talent Program.

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Ezra ChilobaDirector General/CEO of the Communication Authority of Kenya

Mr Chiloba is the Director General of the Communications Authority of Kenya, having been appointed on 4th October 2021. Prior to this appointment, he served as Principal Partner at Chil & Kemp Strategies Ltd, a Strategy Management Company, where he focused on strategy and risk management, policy and regulatory analysis, and leadership and management effectiveness.

Mr. Chiloba also served as the Chief Executive Officer/Commission Secretary of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) between 2015 – 2018. In this role, he was responsible for the management and administration of an unparalleled large-scale and complex national election programme. He has also worked with other reputable international and local organizations including the UN. His experience spans over 15 years in public sector management including policy, legislation, financial management, stakeholder management, risk management and leadership.

He has also served as a Board Member of the Youth Enterprise Development Fund. Mr. Chiloba is an all-round public sector leader who is inspired by the idea that a progressive society is dependent on a facilitative government. He also has a deep appreciation of the communication industry; its global and local challenges and opportunities for social-economic growth.

He holds hold an MSc in Major Programme Management (MMPM) from the University of Oxford (UK) and an MA in Public Policy (MPP) from the Central European University (Hungary). He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi and was admitted to the Roll of Advocates of the High Court in Kenya.

Ezra ChilobaDirector General/CEO of the Communication Authority of Kenya

Mr Chiloba is the Director General of the Communications Authority of Kenya, having been appointed on 4th October 2021. Prior to this appointment, he served as Principal Partner at Chil & Kemp Strategies Ltd, a Strategy Management Company, where he focused on strategy and risk management, policy and regulatory analysis, and leadership and management effectiveness.

Mr. Chiloba also served as the Chief Executive Officer/Commission Secretary of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) between 2015 – 2018. In this role, he was responsible for the management and administration of an unparalleled large-scale and complex national election programme. He has also worked with other reputable international and local organizations including the UN. His experience spans over 15 years in public sector management including policy, legislation, financial management, stakeholder management, risk management and leadership.

He has also served as a Board Member of the Youth Enterprise Development Fund. Mr. Chiloba is an all-round public sector leader who is inspired by the idea that a progressive society is dependent on a facilitative government. He also has a deep appreciation of the communication industry; its global and local challenges and opportunities for social-economic growth.

He holds hold an MSc in Major Programme Management (MMPM) from the University of Oxford (UK) and an MA in Public Policy (MPP) from the Central European University (Hungary). He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi and was admitted to the Roll of Advocates of the High Court in Kenya.

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Grace GithaigaCEO and Convenor, KICTANet

Grace is A C-Level Visionary Leader and Expert in ICT Policy Advocacy and Regulation, and an inspiring people Manager with mentoring and coaching experience.

She is a Strong professional with over 20 years experience in Partnerships Building, influencing and shaping policy direction, Research, Training, Resource Mobilization, Strategic Networking, Development and Convening of ICT Networks, and Support and Promotion to Community Broadcasting.

Apart from being CEO at KICTAnet, She is a Board Member of the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IWART) and the Kenya Community Media Network (KCOMNET).

Grace is sensitive and a respecter of cultural differences with an ability to work in a wide variety of cultural contexts.

Grace GithaigaCEO and Convenor, KICTANet

Grace is A C-Level Visionary Leader and Expert in ICT Policy Advocacy and Regulation, and an inspiring people Manager with mentoring and coaching experience.

She is a Strong professional with over 20 years experience in Partnerships Building, influencing and shaping policy direction, Research, Training, Resource Mobilization, Strategic Networking, Development and Convening of ICT Networks, and Support and Promotion to Community Broadcasting.

Apart from being CEO at KICTAnet, She is a Board Member of the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IWART) and the Kenya Community Media Network (KCOMNET).

Grace is sensitive and a respecter of cultural differences with an ability to work in a wide variety of cultural contexts.

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Mercy Ndegwa -Meta
Mercy NdegwaPublic Policy Director, East & Horn of Africa at Meta

Mercy is a seasoned professional with over fifteen years’ experience in the tech and digital sectors. In her current role, Mercy is responsible for supporting and advising Facebook on policy and regulatory dynamics in the region while creating the opportunity to have a more inclusive, open, safe, and connected Eastern Africa. Her work involves day to day management of relevant public policy interests, advocacy on topical issues in the digital space, building stakeholder networks and Government relations. Mercy also works in tandem with Facebook’s wider cross-functional teams to advance user safety online, internet access and inclusion, electoral integrity, implement policy programs on social and economic empowerment, promote digital rights and support Connectivity Initiatives in the region. In this role, Mercy also communicates Facebook’s position on key policy issues and developments to various publics.

Prior to joining Facebook, Mercy held various senior management positions at Safaricom PLC and the GSM Associations where her roles included Public Policy Advisory and Advocacy, Competition Management, Regulatory Affairs, Government Relations, International & Wholesale Business Management, Digital Inclusion, Online Safety amongst others, within the East and wider Sub-Saharan Africa regions. In 2017 and 2018, Mercy was a board member and the Chair of the Telecoms Assembly within the East Africa Communications Organization. She is currently a board member of InAble.org, a non-profit organization that advocates for digital accessibility and inclusion for persons with visual disability.

Mercy Ndegwa -Meta
Mercy NdegwaPublic Policy Director, East & Horn of Africa at Meta

Mercy is a seasoned professional with over fifteen years’ experience in the tech and digital sectors. In her current role, Mercy is responsible for supporting and advising Facebook on policy and regulatory dynamics in the region while creating the opportunity to have a more inclusive, open, safe, and connected Eastern Africa. Her work involves day to day management of relevant public policy interests, advocacy on topical issues in the digital space, building stakeholder networks and Government relations. Mercy also works in tandem with Facebook’s wider cross-functional teams to advance user safety online, internet access and inclusion, electoral integrity, implement policy programs on social and economic empowerment, promote digital rights and support Connectivity Initiatives in the region. In this role, Mercy also communicates Facebook’s position on key policy issues and developments to various publics.

Prior to joining Facebook, Mercy held various senior management positions at Safaricom PLC and the GSM Associations where her roles included Public Policy Advisory and Advocacy, Competition Management, Regulatory Affairs, Government Relations, International & Wholesale Business Management, Digital Inclusion, Online Safety amongst others, within the East and wider Sub-Saharan Africa regions. In 2017 and 2018, Mercy was a board member and the Chair of the Telecoms Assembly within the East Africa Communications Organization. She is currently a board member of InAble.org, a non-profit organization that advocates for digital accessibility and inclusion for persons with visual disability.

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Adam LaneDeputy CEO, Government Affairs, Kenya at Huawei

Adam has Specialties in Public Policy, Technology for Development, CSR strategy, Stakeholder engagement, supply chain issues, strategic philanthropy and Corporate-NGO partnerships, access to technology, access to healthcare, sustainable investment, sustainable finance, education, youth leadership, poverty reduction, sustainability/CSR reporting, deep understanding of CSR issues for major industries, business development, partnership development, training. In short, he is an expert on Public Affairs, CSR and philanthropy in Africa and China and, as a Westerner, able to bridge the gap between West and East, comfortable at working in English and in Chinese and with people from all cultures. He also has excellent management and leadership abilities.

Adam LaneDeputy CEO, Government Affairs, Kenya at Huawei

Adam has Specialties in Public Policy, Technology for Development, CSR strategy, Stakeholder engagement, supply chain issues, strategic philanthropy and Corporate-NGO partnerships, access to technology, access to healthcare, sustainable investment, sustainable finance, education, youth leadership, poverty reduction, sustainability/CSR reporting, deep understanding of CSR issues for major industries, business development, partnership development, training. In short, he is an expert on Public Affairs, CSR and philanthropy in Africa and China and, as a Westerner, able to bridge the gap between West and East, comfortable at working in English and in Chinese and with people from all cultures. He also has excellent management and leadership abilities.

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Ali Hussein KassimChairman, KICTANet

Ali is a C-Level Executive with extensive experience in Strategy, Marketing, New Media, Business Development, Start ups and turn around situations.

He has Board level experience in both For-Profit and Not-For-Profit Organisations.

He likes to spend part of his time (about 10%) engaging with IT policy at both the Global and local level. He is a regular commenter on Internet Freedom and Net Neutrality.

He also spare time to mentor young Techpreneurs around the Tech Start Up belt - #OffNgongRoad - in Nairobi, Kenya.

His specialities include Corporate Strategy, Digital Marketing, Business Development, Strategic Marketing, Sales Management, Corporate Development, CRM, Strategic Management, General Management, New Media, Internet Policy, Enterprise Marketing Management

Ali Hussein KassimChairman, KICTANet

Ali is a C-Level Executive with extensive experience in Strategy, Marketing, New Media, Business Development, Start ups and turn around situations.

He has Board level experience in both For-Profit and Not-For-Profit Organisations.

He likes to spend part of his time (about 10%) engaging with IT policy at both the Global and local level. He is a regular commenter on Internet Freedom and Net Neutrality.

He also spare time to mentor young Techpreneurs around the Tech Start Up belt - #OffNgongRoad - in Nairobi, Kenya.

His specialities include Corporate Strategy, Digital Marketing, Business Development, Strategic Marketing, Sales Management, Corporate Development, CRM, Strategic Management, General Management, New Media, Internet Policy, Enterprise Marketing Management

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'Gbenga Sesan Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative
'Gbenga Sesanxecutive Director, Paradigm Initiative

'Gbenga is the Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative, a pan-African social enterprise working on digital inclusion and digital rights through its offices in Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Zambia and Zimbabwe. He is also a Non-Resident Fellow at the Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford University. Prior to starting Paradigm Initiative, ‘Gbenga led the Lagos Digital Village, a joint project of Junior Achievement of Nigeria, Microsoft and Lagos State Government. Originally trained as an Electronic & Electrical Engineer at Obafemi Awolowo University, he completed Executive Education programs at Lagos Business School, New York Group for Technology Transfer, Oxford University, Harvard University, Stanford University, Santa Clara University and University of the Pacific. ‘Gbenga’s consulting experience includes assignments completed for numerous institutions, including Microsoft, Harvard University and United Nations agencies, among others, in over 30 countries. A Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year and former member of the United Nations Committee of eLeaders on Youth and ICT, he is a CyberStewards Fellow, Crans Montana Forum Fellow, Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow, Ashoka Fellow, Our Common Future Fellow and Cordes Fellow. ‘Gbenga served as a member of the Presidential committees on Harmonization of Information Technology, Telecommunications and Broadcasting Sectors (2006) and Roadmap for the Achievement of Accelerated Universal Broadband Infrastructure and Services Provision (2013), and was listed by CNN as one of the Top 10 African Tech Voices on Twitter and by Ventures Africa as one of 40 African Legends Under 40. ‘Gbenga is married to Temilade Sesan, PhD, an expert on Energy Poverty and Development. He advised the World Health Organisation on Data Privacy during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic and is advising the World Economic Forum on its Operationalising Trust Project, to develop rights-respecting Data Policy for businesses.

'Gbenga Sesan Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative
'Gbenga Sesanxecutive Director, Paradigm Initiative

'Gbenga is the Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative, a pan-African social enterprise working on digital inclusion and digital rights through its offices in Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Zambia and Zimbabwe. He is also a Non-Resident Fellow at the Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford University. Prior to starting Paradigm Initiative, ‘Gbenga led the Lagos Digital Village, a joint project of Junior Achievement of Nigeria, Microsoft and Lagos State Government. Originally trained as an Electronic & Electrical Engineer at Obafemi Awolowo University, he completed Executive Education programs at Lagos Business School, New York Group for Technology Transfer, Oxford University, Harvard University, Stanford University, Santa Clara University and University of the Pacific. ‘Gbenga’s consulting experience includes assignments completed for numerous institutions, including Microsoft, Harvard University and United Nations agencies, among others, in over 30 countries. A Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year and former member of the United Nations Committee of eLeaders on Youth and ICT, he is a CyberStewards Fellow, Crans Montana Forum Fellow, Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow, Ashoka Fellow, Our Common Future Fellow and Cordes Fellow. ‘Gbenga served as a member of the Presidential committees on Harmonization of Information Technology, Telecommunications and Broadcasting Sectors (2006) and Roadmap for the Achievement of Accelerated Universal Broadband Infrastructure and Services Provision (2013), and was listed by CNN as one of the Top 10 African Tech Voices on Twitter and by Ventures Africa as one of 40 African Legends Under 40. ‘Gbenga is married to Temilade Sesan, PhD, an expert on Energy Poverty and Development. He advised the World Health Organisation on Data Privacy during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic and is advising the World Economic Forum on its Operationalising Trust Project, to develop rights-respecting Data Policy for businesses.

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Andrew Mwanyota Lewela
Andrew Mwanyota LewelaCEO of the Kenya Network Information Centre (KENIC)

Andrew joined KENIC on February1st, 2023. He joined KENIC from Sambali Group Ltd where he was building a technology and government affairs advisory practice. Before starting his practice, Andrew worked at Checkpoint Software Technologies advising the government and telcos on Cybersecurity investments. He is an experienced digital economy and public policy professional with a wealth of experience in software/technology sales, country marketing/positioning, strategic planning, project management, government affairs and product development, having spent over 18 years in various roles within the public and private sectors. Some of the organisations that have shaped Andrew’s career include ICT Authority, Safaricom, Oracle, International Trade Centre, and Cellulant. He also lectured in project management at the Kenya Methodist University (Nairobi campus). Andrew has research interests in the convergence of policy, development and the digital economy.

Andrew Mwanyota Lewela
Andrew Mwanyota LewelaCEO of the Kenya Network Information Centre (KENIC)

Andrew joined KENIC on February1st, 2023. He joined KENIC from Sambali Group Ltd where he was building a technology and government affairs advisory practice. Before starting his practice, Andrew worked at Checkpoint Software Technologies advising the government and telcos on Cybersecurity investments. He is an experienced digital economy and public policy professional with a wealth of experience in software/technology sales, country marketing/positioning, strategic planning, project management, government affairs and product development, having spent over 18 years in various roles within the public and private sectors. Some of the organisations that have shaped Andrew’s career include ICT Authority, Safaricom, Oracle, International Trade Centre, and Cellulant. He also lectured in project management at the Kenya Methodist University (Nairobi campus). Andrew has research interests in the convergence of policy, development and the digital economy.

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Jack Ngare
Jack NgareTechnical Director Office of the CTOTechnical Director Office of the CTO, Google
Jack Ngare
Jack NgareTechnical Director Office of the CTOTechnical Director Office of the CTO, Google
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Salome Eggler, GIZ
Salome EgglerDirector Digital Transformation Centre · Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Salomé is the Head of the GIZ Digital Transformation Centre (DTC) Kenya. Prior to her engagement with the DTC, she has been advising the German government on digital rights and emerging tech issues like Blockchain, AI and IoT. Before joining GIZ she worked for the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs in New York and UNHCR in Geneva. She holds a Master's degree in International Affairs from Sciences Po, Paris and the Graduate Institute.

Salome Eggler, GIZ
Salome EgglerDirector Digital Transformation Centre · Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Salomé is the Head of the GIZ Digital Transformation Centre (DTC) Kenya. Prior to her engagement with the DTC, she has been advising the German government on digital rights and emerging tech issues like Blockchain, AI and IoT. Before joining GIZ she worked for the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs in New York and UNHCR in Geneva. She holds a Master's degree in International Affairs from Sciences Po, Paris and the Graduate Institute.

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John Okande
John OkandeProgramme Officer, UNESCO
John Okande
John OkandeProgramme Officer, UNESCO
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Daniel-Obam
Eng Daniel ObamCommunications Secretary, National Communications Secretariat

Obam works at the National Communications Secretariat as ICT Policy Advisor to the Government of Kenya, and is the Project Manager responsible for implementing the roadmap for migration to digital TV in Kenya. He is an ITU Expert on spectrum management and also has policy and regulatory expertise on wireless broadband.

He holds an MSc in Engineering Management from the University of Southern California and a BSc (HONS-TELECOMMS) from the University of Nairobi, in addition to a Certificate in Project Management & Appraisal from the Arthur D. Little Management Education Institution, Massachusetts.

Daniel-Obam
Eng Daniel ObamCommunications Secretary, National Communications Secretariat

Obam works at the National Communications Secretariat as ICT Policy Advisor to the Government of Kenya, and is the Project Manager responsible for implementing the roadmap for migration to digital TV in Kenya. He is an ITU Expert on spectrum management and also has policy and regulatory expertise on wireless broadband.

He holds an MSc in Engineering Management from the University of Southern California and a BSc (HONS-TELECOMMS) from the University of Nairobi, in addition to a Certificate in Project Management & Appraisal from the Arthur D. Little Management Education Institution, Massachusetts.

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John Walubengo
John WalubengoICT Lecturer, Multimedia University of Kenya

Mr. Walubengo holds an MSc in Strategic Business IT (University of Portsmouth) and a BSc in Mathematics (Kenyatta University). He holds several industry certifications including the CDPSE, (Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer) CCNA (Certified Cisco Network Associate) and the CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor) certification. His area of specialisation is in ICT Governance, Security, Policy & Strategy.

He has over 20 years experience in the ICT Training and Consulting. His work experience included working for the Strathmore University as the IT Course Director and as the founding Dean, Faculty of Computing at the Multimedia University. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Nairobi and continues to provide Consultancy services to Government and other organisations.

Most recently, he was appointed a member of two critical Taskforces looking into emerging technologies and policies. These are the National TaskForce on Blockchain & Artificial Intelligence as well as the Data Protection Taskforce respectively. They completed their work and handed in the reports to the ICT Cabinet secretary in the year 2019.

John Walubengo
John WalubengoICT Lecturer, Multimedia University of Kenya

Mr. Walubengo holds an MSc in Strategic Business IT (University of Portsmouth) and a BSc in Mathematics (Kenyatta University). He holds several industry certifications including the CDPSE, (Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer) CCNA (Certified Cisco Network Associate) and the CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor) certification. His area of specialisation is in ICT Governance, Security, Policy & Strategy.

He has over 20 years experience in the ICT Training and Consulting. His work experience included working for the Strathmore University as the IT Course Director and as the founding Dean, Faculty of Computing at the Multimedia University. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Nairobi and continues to provide Consultancy services to Government and other organisations.

Most recently, he was appointed a member of two critical Taskforces looking into emerging technologies and policies. These are the National TaskForce on Blockchain & Artificial Intelligence as well as the Data Protection Taskforce respectively. They completed their work and handed in the reports to the ICT Cabinet secretary in the year 2019.

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Rosemary Kimwatu
Rosemary KimwatuHead of Data Protection KCB Group
Rosemary Kimwatu
Rosemary KimwatuHead of Data Protection KCB Group
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Sylvia-Musalagani
Sylvia MusalaganiSafety Policy Manager, Africa Middle East and Turkey, META

Sylvia manages safety policy development and strategic policy engagements and programmes across 78 countries in the AMET region. Her role is focused on building relationships with key policy stakeholders and collaborating on regulatory and policy initiatives that advance the safety of online communities in Africa, Middle East and Turkey. She has developed leading digital literacy and online safety programmes and products aimed at reducing the barriers to online participation for citizens in the AMET region.

Sylvia is a recognised thought leader on human rights, internet freedom and trust &safety and has been awarded various fellowships in the field; Information Controls fellow of the Open Technology fund, Mozilla Festival Fellow and Internet freedom Festival Fellow, African School of Internet Governance and Oxford University Media policy institute. She has advised the Global Internet Governance forum dynamic coalition on Gender and Internet Governance, Arusha Women School of Internet Governance and Kenya ICT Action Network and presented at regional and global forums on internet governance, internet freedoms, women safety and child online protection.

Sylvia-Musalagani
Sylvia MusalaganiSafety Policy Manager, Africa Middle East and Turkey, META

Sylvia manages safety policy development and strategic policy engagements and programmes across 78 countries in the AMET region. Her role is focused on building relationships with key policy stakeholders and collaborating on regulatory and policy initiatives that advance the safety of online communities in Africa, Middle East and Turkey. She has developed leading digital literacy and online safety programmes and products aimed at reducing the barriers to online participation for citizens in the AMET region.

Sylvia is a recognised thought leader on human rights, internet freedom and trust &safety and has been awarded various fellowships in the field; Information Controls fellow of the Open Technology fund, Mozilla Festival Fellow and Internet freedom Festival Fellow, African School of Internet Governance and Oxford University Media policy institute. She has advised the Global Internet Governance forum dynamic coalition on Gender and Internet Governance, Arusha Women School of Internet Governance and Kenya ICT Action Network and presented at regional and global forums on internet governance, internet freedoms, women safety and child online protection.

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Mwendwa-Kivuva
Mwendwa KivuvaMember Board Of Trustees, KICTANet

Mwendwa Kivuva is an experienced ICT practitioner. He has worked in different national and multinational organisations as a Network Engineer, Systems Analyst, Systems Administrator, Project Manager, and Chief Technology Officer. He has over 15 years of experience in managing information systems, and formulating ICT and Internet Governance policies at the government, private sector, civil society, and multi-national level.

Mwendwa-Kivuva
Mwendwa KivuvaMember Board Of Trustees, KICTANet

Mwendwa Kivuva is an experienced ICT practitioner. He has worked in different national and multinational organisations as a Network Engineer, Systems Analyst, Systems Administrator, Project Manager, and Chief Technology Officer. He has over 15 years of experience in managing information systems, and formulating ICT and Internet Governance policies at the government, private sector, civil society, and multi-national level.

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Agnes-Okello
Agnes OkelloSenior Manager - Public Policy and Market Regulation, Safaricom Plc
Agnes-Okello
Agnes OkelloSenior Manager - Public Policy and Market Regulation, Safaricom Plc
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Kelvin KariukiTutorial Fellow at Multimedia University of Kenya in the Faculty of Computing and Information Technology.

Mr. Kariuki is a tutorial fellow at Multimedia University of Kenya in the Faculty of Computing and Information Technology. He holds a Master of Science in Distributed and Computing Technology from the University of Nairobi and a First Class Honors Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Technology from Multimedia University of Kenya. He has an industry certification in Huawei Certified Network Associate (HCNA-R&S) and is a certified Huawei Routing & Switching Instructor (HCAI), Huawei Certified Network Professional (Routing & Switching) and Google IT Support Professional Certificate. His area of specialization is in Internet of Things and Internet Governance.

Kelvin KariukiTutorial Fellow at Multimedia University of Kenya in the Faculty of Computing and Information Technology.

Mr. Kariuki is a tutorial fellow at Multimedia University of Kenya in the Faculty of Computing and Information Technology. He holds a Master of Science in Distributed and Computing Technology from the University of Nairobi and a First Class Honors Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Technology from Multimedia University of Kenya. He has an industry certification in Huawei Certified Network Associate (HCNA-R&S) and is a certified Huawei Routing & Switching Instructor (HCAI), Huawei Certified Network Professional (Routing & Switching) and Google IT Support Professional Certificate. His area of specialization is in Internet of Things and Internet Governance.

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Milou Vanmulken
Milou Vanmulken Programme Manager Digitalisation and Macroeconomics · European Commission

Milou Vanmulken is the Digitalisation Lead at the European Union Delegation to Kenya, with over five years of service in the East-Africa region. Her expertise is in shaping partnerships on economic and digital governance. As a driving force behind the Team Europe Initiative on Human Centred Digitalisation in Kenya, she is currently managing EU investments in last-mile connectivity, digital skills, the digital economy, and digital governance. Milou is committed to making digitalisation work for people and businesses, and has a passion for data governance. She holds a Master's degree in Development Management from the London School of Economics.

Milou Vanmulken
Milou Vanmulken Programme Manager Digitalisation and Macroeconomics · European Commission

Milou Vanmulken is the Digitalisation Lead at the European Union Delegation to Kenya, with over five years of service in the East-Africa region. Her expertise is in shaping partnerships on economic and digital governance. As a driving force behind the Team Europe Initiative on Human Centred Digitalisation in Kenya, she is currently managing EU investments in last-mile connectivity, digital skills, the digital economy, and digital governance. Milou is committed to making digitalisation work for people and businesses, and has a passion for data governance. She holds a Master's degree in Development Management from the London School of Economics.

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Melissa Omino
Dr Melissa OminoActing Director - CIPIT

Dr. Melissa Omino is an intellectual property expert. Her current research focuses on the development and negotiation of IP provisions in trade agreements involving countries from the Global South. To this end, she initiated research at CIPIT concerning the US-Kenya Free Trade Agreement. She also represents the Center at the Digital Trade Alliance coordinated by Public Citizen. She is the Co-Director of the Data Governance Center under CIPIT that focuses on research that impacts data protection policy-making within the region. Melissa also contributes to research involving Artificial Intelligence at the Center.

Melissa is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. She practices commercial, conveyancing, and intellectual property law in Kenya. In her free time, she coordinates the IP enthusiasts group IPCheckIn which she cofounded.

Melissa Omino
Dr Melissa OminoActing Director - CIPIT

Dr. Melissa Omino is an intellectual property expert. Her current research focuses on the development and negotiation of IP provisions in trade agreements involving countries from the Global South. To this end, she initiated research at CIPIT concerning the US-Kenya Free Trade Agreement. She also represents the Center at the Digital Trade Alliance coordinated by Public Citizen. She is the Co-Director of the Data Governance Center under CIPIT that focuses on research that impacts data protection policy-making within the region. Melissa also contributes to research involving Artificial Intelligence at the Center.

Melissa is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. She practices commercial, conveyancing, and intellectual property law in Kenya. In her free time, she coordinates the IP enthusiasts group IPCheckIn which she cofounded.

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Cecilia Nyawira
Cecilia Nyawira Head of Executive SearchHead of Executive Search, Aga Khan University
Cecilia Nyawira
Cecilia Nyawira Head of Executive SearchHead of Executive Search, Aga Khan University
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Angela Minayo
Angela MinayoProgram Officer - Women's Digital Rights KICTANet

Angela Minayo is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and the Lead Programs Officer at Kenya ICT Action Network for the Women Digital Rights Program. She works at the intersection of gender and technology laws and policies. She has implemented programs on online gender based violence, digital
security programs for young women and women in politics, data protection from a gender perspective and inclusion of structurally marginalized women and groups to internet governance policy discussions.
Notably, 2022 she spearheaded production of an e-learning module on Online Gender Based Violence which has been translated into six languages. Angela is keen on conducting more research projects to understand the gendered impact of emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence.

Angela Minayo
Angela MinayoProgram Officer - Women's Digital Rights KICTANet

Angela Minayo is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and the Lead Programs Officer at Kenya ICT Action Network for the Women Digital Rights Program. She works at the intersection of gender and technology laws and policies. She has implemented programs on online gender based violence, digital
security programs for young women and women in politics, data protection from a gender perspective and inclusion of structurally marginalized women and groups to internet governance policy discussions.
Notably, 2022 she spearheaded production of an e-learning module on Online Gender Based Violence which has been translated into six languages. Angela is keen on conducting more research projects to understand the gendered impact of emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence.

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Bridget Andere
Bridget Andere Access Now Africa Policy Analyst

She is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and has previously worked in the private sector as a litigator. She is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK and Kenya Chapters). Bridget holds an Llb. from the University of Nairobi.

Bridget Andere
Bridget Andere Access Now Africa Policy Analyst

She is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and has previously worked in the private sector as a litigator. She is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK and Kenya Chapters). Bridget holds an Llb. from the University of Nairobi.

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David Omwoyo Chief Executive Officer of the Media Council of Kenya (MCK)
David OmwoyoCEO Media Council of Kenya

David Omwoyo is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Media Council of Kenya (MCK), the national regulator of Kenya’s vibrant media sector. He has over 15 years’ experience in journalism, media training and management, spanning the public, private, religious and non-governmental sectors. Before joining the MCK, he was the Managing Director of Waumini Communications and Communications Director for the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops for 6 years growing an enviable countrywide media network. He also worked in academia, as Fundraising and Donor Relations Manager at Egerton University, with responsibility for institutional advancement and donor relations.

An advocate of devolution, David oversaw and coordinated the establishment of more than 18 community radios in different parts of the country to promote community dialogue for sustainable peace and rural development.

David Omwoyo Chief Executive Officer of the Media Council of Kenya (MCK)
David OmwoyoCEO Media Council of Kenya

David Omwoyo is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Media Council of Kenya (MCK), the national regulator of Kenya’s vibrant media sector. He has over 15 years’ experience in journalism, media training and management, spanning the public, private, religious and non-governmental sectors. Before joining the MCK, he was the Managing Director of Waumini Communications and Communications Director for the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops for 6 years growing an enviable countrywide media network. He also worked in academia, as Fundraising and Donor Relations Manager at Egerton University, with responsibility for institutional advancement and donor relations.

An advocate of devolution, David oversaw and coordinated the establishment of more than 18 community radios in different parts of the country to promote community dialogue for sustainable peace and rural development.

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Megan Kathure
Megan KathureTech policy analyst, GIZ

Megan Kathure is a lawyer with particular interest in International Trade, Technology, Media, and Telecommunications. She is passionate about conducting research on the intersection of the law with technology, digital rights, data and internet governance. She has worked with regional think tanks in Africa such as Africa Digital Rights Hub where she was involved in conducting research, collating and reviewing Data Protection Laws in Africa and translating the contents of the laws into a live map. Ms Kathure has served as an Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) ICANN73 Fellow, an E4E Fellow- E4E being a non-profit focusing on tech policy advocacy-to-action around emerging technologies for emerging markets (E4E) and currently serves as a Partnership Lead for East Africa at Afronomics Law. Ms Kathure has authored various papers on emergent concerns of digitization such as Africa’s digital sovereignty, regulating digital lenders, has engaged with the .ke Registry Manager in internal policy formulation and has actively contributed to Kenya’s ISOC’s activities by shedding light on distinct topics such as encryption.

Megan Kathure
Megan KathureTech policy analyst, GIZ

Megan Kathure is a lawyer with particular interest in International Trade, Technology, Media, and Telecommunications. She is passionate about conducting research on the intersection of the law with technology, digital rights, data and internet governance. She has worked with regional think tanks in Africa such as Africa Digital Rights Hub where she was involved in conducting research, collating and reviewing Data Protection Laws in Africa and translating the contents of the laws into a live map. Ms Kathure has served as an Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) ICANN73 Fellow, an E4E Fellow- E4E being a non-profit focusing on tech policy advocacy-to-action around emerging technologies for emerging markets (E4E) and currently serves as a Partnership Lead for East Africa at Afronomics Law. Ms Kathure has authored various papers on emergent concerns of digitization such as Africa’s digital sovereignty, regulating digital lenders, has engaged with the .ke Registry Manager in internal policy formulation and has actively contributed to Kenya’s ISOC’s activities by shedding light on distinct topics such as encryption.

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Events: What to expect

Impactful events and sessions scheduled during the Kenya IGF Week

  • June 20
  • June 22
  • June 21
  • June 15
  • June 2 - June 21
  • June 19 - June 20
09:00 - 17:00Data Protection and Privacy event for the Youth By Social media orgsGroup work

Explore the Data Protection and Privacy challenges and opportunities for the Youth

08:00 - 17:00Kenya Internet Governance Forum 2023 By Industrial leadersPublic

The Kenya Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is an open and inclusive multi-stakeholder forum where public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance, such as the Internet’s sustainability, robustness, security, stability, and development are discussed.

  • Hybrid
09:00 - 13:00Kenya Youth IGF 2023 By Youth

Kenya Youth IGF is a youth-led structure to develop the capacity for coordinating, mobilizing and advocating for meaningful inclusion and engagement of young people in the Kenya IGF in partnership with industry stakeholders to address key Internet issues. Following the success of last year’s edition, this year’s Kenya YouthIGF aims at serving as an interactive discussion platform for organized youth participation from all stakeholder groups to bring up their ideas and concerns. 

  • Busia County
Pre YouthIGF – Children Focus
08:30 - 17:30Pre YouthIGF – Children Focus By Watoto Watch Network
  • Virtual
Kenya School of Internet Governance (KeSIG)
08:00 - 17:00Kenya School of Internet Governance By KeSIG FacultyKeSIG Faculty

KeSIG takes place from 2nd June to 21 June 2023. KeSIG’s mission is to increase the capacity of key actors and potential actors in the local internet governance space. These include traditional human rights defenders and civil society organizations, students, academia, the tech community, and government departments.

09:00 - 17:00Training on Access to Internet and public participation for women By Industry leadersIndustry leaders

A two day-training on public internet access and women’s public participation 

Testimonials

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Amrit Labhuram
Amrit LabhuramDigital Government Advisor

"The knowledge from the KeSIG course created a foundation for me to become a Digital Government Advisor."

Prof. Bitange Ndemo
Prof. Bitange NdemoKenya's Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium and the European Union

“There are many jobs with the emergence of new technologies like Artificial Intelligence. There is value in technology, we have only refused to train for the skills.”

Ruth Khanali Ogolla
Ruth Khanali OgollaKeSIG fellow

“I have been able to file a case at the High Court on the illegal registrations of parties to political parties using data that was illegally or irregularly obtained by political parties. I was able to define concepts that I learnt from this course and had better conceptualization."

Rebecca Wambui
Rebecca WambuiKeSIG 2020 cohort

"I now have the skills and knowledge to engage in wider internet governance discussions as well as the responsibility to create awareness and invite other stakeholders in, as the field is perceived as an exclusive reserve for the technical community."

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