Conference Presenters/Speakers

Adamolekun, 'Yemi is the Executive Director of Enough is Enough Nigeria.

 

Adekanbi, Nike initiated the iamLagos project that created awareness during voter registration and supported Lagos residents in monitoring the 2011elections.

 

Akinfolarin, Oluwaseun is the Project Lead in WANGONeT, where he manages ICT for Development projects including using mobile and social media technology for an electoral intervention in Nigeria through the www.nigeriaelections.org portal.

 

Akintemi, Kayode is General Manager, Operations, Channels Television.

 

Asuni, Judith Burdin is Founder and Executive Director of AAPeaceWorks. AA PeaceWorks has trained thousands of Niger Delta citizens in the use of social media.

 

Azino, Efe Paul is regarded as one of Nigeria's leading spoken word poets. He leads a generation of visionary poets in using the medium as a transformative tool for the masses.

 

Az-Zubair, Amina is the CEO of the Center for Policy Research and Development Solutions and an adjunct Professor at Columbia University, NY.  From 2005-2011, she served three presidents as Senior Special Assistant on the Millennium Development Goals, coordinating the expenditure of Debt Relief Funds towards the achievement of MDGs in Nigeria.  She serves on numerous international advisory panels and boards including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

 

Best, Michael L. is associate professor at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also a Faculty Associate of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Best's research focuses on information and communication technologies (ICTs) for social, economic and political development.

 

Chukwuma, Innocent is Executive Director of CLEEN Foundation, an NGO that promotes public safety, security and access to justice through empirical research, legislative advocacy, demonstration programmes and publications in partnership with government and civil society.

 

Damasus, Stella is an actress and Executive Director of the Stella Damusus Foundation

 

Idoko, Kaptin created Gidi_Traffic, an online based service using Twitter to update users on traffic, security and general information generated via crowd-sourcing.

 

Igbuzor, Otive is the Executive Director of the African Centre for Leadership Strategy and Development, an NGO established to build strategic leadership in Africa. He is also a member of the Police Service Commission (PSC).

 

Ilukwe, Gerald C. is the pioneer Chief Executive Officer of Galaxy Backbone. As an IT professional, he has made significant contributions to the Nigerian and African Information Communications and Technology industry.

 

Isenah, Tonye Emmanuel is the Deputy Majority Leader of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, representing Constituency 1 of Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area. He is the first member of the BYSA to have an online constituency office.

 

Ibrahim, Jibrin is the Director of The Centre for Democracy and Development, a non-profit research, training, advocacy and capacity building organization established to mobilize global opinion and resources for sustainable democracy and development in the West African sub-region.

 

Jideonwo, Chude is a journalist, media entrepreneur, new media consultant and public speaker. He is a Managing Partner of Red Media Group with a development subsidiary called The Future Project.

 

Keri, Yemi serves as the Executive Director of the Directorate of Information Communications and Technology (ICT) for Edo State Government responsible for the management and supervision of the centralized ICT structure and various ICT initiatives resulting in the use of ICT as critical enabler for the full delivery of e-government in Edo State.

 

Kuna, Mohammed J. is Professor and Technical Adviser to the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

 

Lausten, Jonas Schwarz has established digital strategies for several Danish municipalities, which have evolved around citizen engagement and Government 2.0. Jonas is always up-to-date with the latest digital trends in Africa, in both the mobile space and on the web.

 

Lenz, Paul is Head of Finance and Operations for mySociety, a U.K.-based organization that builds websites to give people tangible benefits in the civic and community aspects of their lives. He project managed re-launch of the Mzalendo.com website in Kenya.

 

Longe, Femi is Co-founder & Director for Programmes at Co-Creation Hub Nigeria. He leads on Open Living Labs, CcHub's approach for co-creating innovative solutions to social and commercial challenges.

 

Musila, Jessica is the Africa Project Lead for mySociety, the UK-based organisation that created TheyWorkForYou, WhatDoTheyKnow, FixMyStreet, etc. Her role is to ensure that Mzalendo (Patriot in Swahili) has the maximum positive social impact in Kenya, overseeing social media promotion and marketing of the site and building a volunteer network to support the initiative.

 

Nwankpa, Amara is an I.T. professional who served as a social media strategist with the Enough is Enough (EiE) Nigeria, R.S.V.P. campaign. He was responsible for coordinating the Social Media Tracking Centre during the April 2011 general elections.

 

Nwankwo, Clement is currently Executive Director of Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC) based in Abuja, Nigeria. He co-founded Nigeria's first human rights group in 1987 – the Civil Liberties Organisation. He found and led the Constitutional Rights Project (CRP) from 1990-2003.

 

Odinkalu, Chidi Anselm heads the Africa programme of the Open Society Justice Initiative; is a member of the National Executive Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association and Co-Chairperson of the Citizenship Rights in Africa Initiative based in Kampala, Uganda. Odinkalu became Chairperson of the Governing Council of Nigeria's National Human Rights Commission in 2011.

 

Ojidoh, Chuks is the Deputy Project Director for Community Life Project (CLP), initiators of the ReclaimNaija project. CLP works to promote gender equality, participatory grassroots development and the inclusion of marginalized, vulnerable sub-populations in the governance process.

 

Onigbinde, Oluseun founded BudgIT in February 2011 based on his belief in a transparent society where every citizen within a community has equal access to information about the monetary and fiscal position of their society.

 

Sage, Caroline is a Senior Social Development Specialist in the World Bank Abuja Office where she manages projects that use social media and other ICT tools to promote more transparent and open governance processes. Caroline has a background in Law, Anthropology and Film and has worked on justice and governance issues in developing countries.

 

Saraki, Bukola is a Senator representing Kwara Central and the former Governor, Kwara State (2003 - 2011).

 

Sesan, Gbenga is the Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN), a  social enterprise that connects underserved people-groups with ICT-enabled opportunities. He was Nigeria's first Information Technology Youth Ambassador and served as the Vice Chair of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa's African Technical Advisory Committee.

 

Shettima, Kole is Director of the John D. amd Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Nigeria.

 

Tijani, Bukar Honourable Minister of State, Agriculture, Fadama III Project

 

Tikkanen, Mari is the founder and Managing Director of M4ID. Based in Helsinki, Finland, M4ID's mission is to leverage new communication technology in support of development and health.

 

Were, Daudi Khamadi is a Kenyan technology, data and information strategist who supports citizens to provide solutions to problems in their communities. As Project Director at Ushahidi, Daudi works on innovative ways technology can be used to bring about positive change in communities across the world.

 

Yau, Y.Z., Centre for Information, Technology and Development (CITAD) employs technology as a tool to promote sustainable development, good government and peaceful coexistence. It uses ICT to empower youth and women through access to information, skills and online mentoring opportunities and utilizes platforms such as social networking, web-to-text interface and Google alert to provide information to promote peaceful coexistence.