2014 Keynote Speakers, Panelists and Moderators
Prior to his appointment as the ICT Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Matiangi was a Senior Programme Advisor, hired by the World Bank, to support the Kenya School of Government’s programme development and inter-agency liaison on capacity building for devolved Structures. He was the Chief of Party and Country Director of the USAID and DFID-funded Kenya Parliamentary Strengthening Project, implemented by the Center for International Development, State University of New York (SUNY/CID). Albany, New York. Dr. Matiangi was responsible for managing and implementing the project, focusing on strengthening the Kenya Parliament’s committee system. He served as the Chairperson of the Governing Council of the KCA University. For about fifteen years now, he held senior research and programme implementation positions in various civil society organisations in Kenya, and conducted research and training for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank Institute, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), the East African Legislative Assembly and a number of parliaments in Africa. Dr. Fred Matiangi is a qualified teacher and holds Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in English from the University of Nairobi. Learn more at http://www.information.go.ke/
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Prof. Koen DePryck teaches innovation of education and related subjects at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and at ADEK University of Suriname. He is chairman of the consortium of Adult Education Providers in the Antwerp region in Belgium and is himself director of one of the larger centers. He is member of the board and vice-chairman of VELOV, the Flemish association of teacher trainers. He is a member of the expert committee of Virtual Educa, the eLearning initiative of the Organization of American States.. Prof. DePryck publishes and lectures extensively on evolutionary aspects of learning, the use of ICT in education, formal and informal learning, the challenges of megatrends for education, etc. His initiatives School of the XXIst Century as well as Communities of the XXIst Century are research and fieldwork networks on organizing socially, economically, ecologically, culturally and institutionally sustainable education focused on learning for sustainability and sustainability of learning towards strong inter generational communities. http://www.vub.ac.be and School of the XXIst Century
Yiannis Laouris MD, PhD. (Neurophysiology), MS (systems Engineering) Senior Scientist, Cyprus Neuroscience & Technology Institute, Cyprus
Topic: Harnessing Collective Intelligence within Mobile Learning Applications: A Path Towards Designing Better Futures
Laouris is a social and business entrepreneur, a neuroscientist and systems engineer, working as Senior Scientist and Chair of the Cyprus Neuroscience and Technology Institute and Future Worlds Center. He is the Rector of N.E.T.S., an innovative Graduate School, whose 20 PhD students collaborate to develop scientifically grounded methodologies and tools to “design” our future and to re-invent systems of governing ourselves. Laouris is member of the Onlife Initiative Think Tank of the European Commission.
He promotes the application of mobile learning and broadband technologies to bridge ethnic-, digital-, economic-, educational- and inter-personal divides on our planet. In the 90’s he founded CYBER Kids, a chain of franchised computer learning centers, which introduced creative thinking, problem-solving, team-work and other abilities using IT in the lives of thousands of children and adults in several countries. Laouris is an international leader in the theory and application of the science of structured dialogic design and conducts research towards developing systems to enable scaling up participatory dialogic processes to engage asynchronously thousands of people in meaningful authentic dialogues, thus reinventing democracy and accelerating institutional and societal change. His current work focuses on combining the power of mobile learning with the science of structured democratic dialogue to create collaborative environments that harness collective intelligence and collective wisdom. He has published extensively book chapters, peer-revised articles and conference papers in neuroscience, applied systems science and peace, and in the neuroscience of learning. Learn more at www.cnti.org.cy and the Future Worlds Centre and CYBER Kids
Ken Mwenda is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of eMobilis Mobile Technology Training Academy. eMobilis, the first of its kind in sub- Saharan Africa has trained over 870 students in Mobile Application Development and Entrepreneurship. They have run hackathons, incubation programs for the World Bank, conducted Java and USSD trainings for the Government of Tanzania DTBi program and SME website training courses for Google. The mission of eMobilis is to tap local talent, offer scholarships to allow skills based technology training, empower youth through entrepreneurship and facilitate the creation of innovative mobile solutions for African problems. Ken is also the co-founder of Sharper Innovations Ltd, an award-winning company that won a Kenya Government ICT Board Grant and a Nokia “Create for Millions” award for a HIV mobile app that they created. He has worked as a Business Development Manager at Barclays and at Citibank.
In 2012 Ken was selected for the US Government sponsored “President’s Young African Leaders” initiative that included an Innovation Summit in Washington and a 2 week Mentorship program in Chicago. Ken is a speaker at several Universities and has been a judge at several Forums including the Enablis Launchpad Business Plan Competition. He holds a BA in Economics from Queen’s University and an MBA from the University of Victoria. He also holds several certificates including one in Business Planning from Strathmore University and an International Business Diploma from EDHEC in Lille, France. Ken was selected in 2013 as an Acumen East Africa Fellow. Learn more at http://emobilis.org/
Thought Leader Presentations & Case Studies
Prof. Faustin Kamuzora (PhD in Informatics) teaches knowledge management and application of ICTs in various fields including education to various levels and groups. Before joining academics he had worked as a head of district agricultural education and extension for almost five years practicing adult learning techniques to farmers. He is a current chairman of the Tanzania Information and Technology Association (TITA). From 2007 to date he has been serving as a Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC) responsible for administration and financial matters at Mzumbe University. He is an ex official of the Mzumbe University Council and member of a number of the Council Committees and a Secretary of Mzumbe University Management Committee, among other responsibilities. He is also director in a number of local boards. Locally, he is a Chairman of the Science and Allied Technologies (SAT) Subject Board of the National Council of Technical Education (NACTE), member of the Tanzania Institute of Accountancy Ministerial Advisory Board where saves a Chair of Academic Sub-committee as well. He is a member of Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) Staff Appeals Committee after serving in the SUA Senate member from 2007 – 2013. At international level, he is a representative of the Eastern Africa in the Africa, Caribbean, Pacific / European Union (ACP/EU) Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) Executive Board. The CTA has its headquarters in Wageningen, The Netherlands.
Prof. Kamuzora has published widely in various multidisciplinary local and international journals. He has also authored four books and he is a consultant at local and international levels. Among the consultants conducted include delivering ICTs in University Management module to a number of the Association of African Universities (AAU)’s Management Development Programme (MADEV) and Leadership Development Programme (LEDEV). He is a visiting scholar and external examiner of a number of local and international universities. http://www.mzumbe.ac.tz
Topic: Publish or Perish: Strategies to Surviving in the Academic World
Dr. Sagini “Jared” Keengwe is an Associate Professor at the University of North Dakota (UND), USA. He is the Editor-in-Chief of two IGI Global Book Series: “Advances in Higher Education and Professional Development” (AHEPD) and “Advances in Early Childhood and K-12 Education” (AECKE). He serves on the editorial review board of several international journals and is also the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Education and Learning (EduLearn). Dr. Keengwe’s primary research interests focus on instructional technology integration and constructivist pedagogy in teacher education. He has authored more than 65 journal articles and edited more than 10 scholarly textbooks on educational technologies in K-12 and higher education.
Dr. Keengwe’s work in the classroom was honored with the 2011 McDermott Faculty Award for Excellence in Academic Advising. He was also a recipient of the 2010 North Dakota Spirit Faculty Achievement Award, and the 13th (2010) Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Award in recognition of significant contribution in scholarship and service. At the national level, Dr. Keengwe was one of the 10 recipients selected to receive the 2010 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division K – Teacher Education –Travel Award. Learn more at http://und.edu/
Henry Thairu is at present the Chairman, Commission for University Education. He is the former Vice Chancellor of Inoorero University (IU). IU is the Enterprise University of Kenya. He is the former Managing Director of JKUAT Enterprises LTD, a company wholly owned by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.(2005-2006) The company’s main mission is to commercialize the University’s Research and Development efforts and Innovations. He has been the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of academic affairs at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) from February 1994 to April 2005.
He is the former Chairman of the Board of Management that runs the Kenya Education Network (KENET) and its secretariat. He is former Chairman of the Board of Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI) and former Chairman of National Council of Science and Technology. He is the current Chairman Radiation Protection Board (RPB). He is the current Chairman of Kenya ICT Board Innovation Grants Committee. He is also the former Chairman of the KEPSA Higher Education, Science and Technology Sector Board (2010-2014). He was a member of Higher Education Task Force (TAHEST) which developed the three bills which have already enacted upon. Learn more at http://www.cue.or.ke/
Thought Leaders’ Panels
Dr. Khayota’s Leadership/Managerial Experience includes Director, Kenya School of Government (formerly Government Training Institute, Embu); Ag. Director, African Virtual University, Chairman, Business Administration Department; Manager, Kenyatta University Cyberlink; Sales Executive with Kenya Broadcasting Corporation; Office of the President offering Consultancy Services; Research Assistant in the Department of Culture and Ministry of Culture and Social Services. His teaching experience includes teaching at Kenyatta University; Bachelor of Commerce, Master of Business Administration and PhD students’ courses in Marketing, Human Resource Management, Insurance Management, Strategic Management, Organization Behavior, Business Policy, and General Business areas. Dr. Khayota has also worked as an External Examiner for American World University management programs for the East African centers, Kurukshetra University, Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology, Mzumbe University, Tanzania, Mt. Kenya University and Kyambogo University, Uganda. Learn More at http://www.ksg.ac.ke/
John Kimotho is the Senior Deputy Director / Deputy CEO at Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) and the Head of Educational Media (Radio, TV, Interactive Digital Content, Online Teacher Development Courses). He also serves as a Curriculum Developer in charge of print and electronic curriculum support materials. He has served as a Consultant in the establishment of solutions in Knowledge Society in education, training, social-economics, eGovernance, networking and collaborations. He is also a Council member for the Global Digital Literacy Council, currently establishing standards for relevant work force in 2016. He is currently completing his Ph.D. Studies in Communication Studies and holds a Masters Degree in Communication (Media Studies) at Daystar University; among other various certifications.
John has spearheaded key initiatives including the establishment of FM and MW Radio Broadcast to Schools; development and roll-out of digital content aligned to Kenya Curriculum and the establishment of a Digital TV Channel. John is an ambassador for and a strong advocate for Digital Literacy to spur development through knowledge economy. He is a strategist in establishing world class sustainable educational technology facilities in Africa; and the establishment of the Education Resource Center (ERC). He seeks to empower the individual and community to utilize ICTs to access education and training that will enable people realize and reach their potential and to promote a learning culture among and across communities leading to sharing of knowledge and resources. Learn more at http://www.kicd.ac.ke/
Eunice Gnay Namirembe Country Director, Text to Change, Uganda
Eunice Gnay Namirembe is the Country Director at Text to Change a mobile for development organization. She holds a Bachelors degree in Economics and Statistics from Makerere University and has over 9 years of experience in formulating and implementing ICT for Development programs in Uganda and Africa. Her designation at Text to Change has propelled her into designing and implementing mobile for development programs around Africa.
Eunice has also presented at global forums around the world on using mobile as new and now popular media for health including behavioral change, education, accountability and governance. She is a new media enthusiast and her passion lies in using it to change lives and create positive social change in communities. Text to Change (TTC) combines the need for innovative health education in the developing world, with the increasing growth in mobile telephony. TTC’s innovative approach uses short message service (SMS) communication to assess mobile phone users on their health knowledge. Follow her on twitter @gnayeunie. Learn more at http://www.texttochange.com
Sir Ombajo holds a Masters in Education- Curriculum studies, Technology and Instruction and is a PhD Student at London South Bank University, UK. Ombajo’s research interests include: ICT integration in teaching and learning, Teacher Education, Education Sustainable Development-ESD or EFS, Curriculum innovations,planning and development; Student Centered Education, e-learning, Open and Distance Learning, Open education resources-OER’s, and Diversity in Education
Learn more at http://www.cuea.edu/
Elizaphan M. Maina is a Lecturer in the Department of Computing and Information Technology at Kenyatta University, Kenya. He has taught computer Science for ten years in Universities and Tertiary colleges. Currently He is the chairman Computing and Information Technology Department and a member of ICT Board in Kenyatta University. He has published journals in the field of artificial intelligence and collaborative learning. He lecturers in the field of artificial intelligence, programming, database systems and use of ICT in Education. His primary research focus is on integration of artificial intelligence techniques in e-learning in order to create new e-pedagogies which can support personalized e-learning and also provide computer supported collaborative learning. His current research examines improving of online collaborative learning using machine learning techniques. Learn more http://www.ku.ac.ke/ict/
University of Cape Town Charity Mbogo is a doctoral candidate at the University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Computer Science (expected in June 2015), focusing her thesis research on “Scaffolding Programming on a Mobile Device”. She earned a M.Sc.,Computer Science at the University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom. She earned a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer Science (Majoring in Computer Science), from the Kenya Methodist University with First Class Honors.
Learn more at http://www.uct.ac.za/
eLearning Coach & Consultant, TALENTS
Dr. Lam holds a Ph.D. in Leadership & Organizational Development (OD). She is a scholar-practitioner in the field of Human Resource Development/OD and was an early adopter of eLearning – since 2001. She co-authored The Management of Adult Education Organizations in Africa (2010), a UNESCO project. Dr. Lam specializes in eLearning, Organizational Development, and Leadership Development. As an OD Consultant and Coach, she continues to work with clients internationally on projects to strategize, design, implement, and evaluate learning initiatives and improve individual and organizational performance. She has developed dozens of blended and eLearning programs.
She is passionate about identifying innovative ways to improve learning and performance and is committed to developing people’s unique talents. As an educator and social entrepreneur, she’s passionate about using technology (ICTs) to enhance educational accessibility. Connect on LinkedIn
Njambi Muchane is the Director of the Kenya School of Government (KSG), eLearning and Development Institute (eLDi). The overall objective of eLDi is to leverage Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in providing quality capacity development programmes in furtherance of the general KSG mandate. eLDi is an affiliate of the Global Development Learning Network, a partnership of over 120 learning institutions that use advanced communication technologies to facilitate learning and development around the world. Njambi has been at the helm of the Institute for the last six years and was instrumental in its establishment as a premier e-learning facility in the country. She holds a Master of Science degree in Entrepreneurship from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University, Canada. Njambi has worked extensively in both the public and private sector in the area of capacity building, management, leadership, enterprise development and technology assisted learning. Learn more at http://www.ksg.ac.ke/
Eng. Obuya is an IBM Trained Systems Engineer with over two decades experience in System Development, Corporate Planning & Project Management. He is a member of ITU (International Telecommunications Union) Technical Committees (ITU-T-SG12 and ITU-T-SG15). Also member of ATU (African Telecommunications Union) Technical Committee (AfriSwog) African; Frequency Spectrum Working Group; Member of FIINA (Forum of International Independent Networks Association); Member of SATA (Southern African Telecommunications Association); Board Member of several local/regional/international firms/orgs, including Euro Africa ICT; Internet Society, BusinessCom Networks, African Technology Options Matrix, LiJoMe Consulting ; and Creatives Society East Africa. Eng Obuya is also a Judge/Chief Judge in various Hackathons globally for the past 6 years. Learn more at http://www.ihub.co.ke/
Dr. Caren Ouma is engaged in developing proposals and undertaking various reaches. She has worked as a consultant for over 18 years within various Public, NGOs and private Organizations. She has 20 years of teaching experience. She holds PhD in Organizational Development and Transformation (ODT) from Cebu University in Philippines, MBA in Business and Administration, and B.com-Marketing both from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. In addition, Caren has Certificates in several courses such as Farmers Managed Advisory Services (FMA) from Tietgen College in Denmark, Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) from the United Kingdom (UK), Curriculum design and Development from the Kenya Institute of Education (KIE) in Kenya and ISO 9000-2008 from the Kenya Bureau of Standards in Kenya. Learn more at http://www.usiu.ac.ke/
Andrew has an extensive career in ICT, spanning 9 years, in both private and public sector. The core part of Andrew’s career was developed in the public sector where he was the project lead in several successful projects. He also has significant experience in Cloud Services, technical IT advisory, project planning and design, technical architecture as well as project and program management. Andrew currently works as a project manager with Microsoft’s 4Afrika Initiative, where he is charged with capacity and capability building to improve the youth employability in Africa. This project encompasses an e-Learning component and aims to improve the competitiveness of youth in Africa, both as employees and entrepreneurs. Learn more at http://www.microsoft.com/africa/4afrika/
Dr. Kaume is an educator and consultant working in a variety of program areas related to Education, and Human Nutrition and Health. Her current education interests include eLearning; Open and Distance education;Use of Social Media for Education; Apps for Educators etc. Dr. Kaume holds a Ph.D. and a Master’s degree from University of Arkansas, USA. A Bachelor’s degree in Education, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya. Dr. Kaume has received several International scholarships and awards and has authored and co-authored several technical and non-technical papers in her field. More at: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/lydia-kaume-ph-d/15/144/619/ and www.extension.missouri.edu