Michuki Mwangi Speaker of AIS 2018 in Dakar

Michuki Mwangi, Regional Development Manager for Africa at the Internet Society

Michuki Mwangi is the Regional Development Manager for Africa at the Internet Society where he works in the African Regional Bureau to promote Internet growth and sustainability since 2008.


At the Internet Society Michuki has been instrumental in the design and execution of the multi-pronged and ambitious, Africa Interconnection and Traffic Exchange Program, that aims to achieve 80% local and 20% international Internet traffic exchanged in Africa by the year 2020. At present he leads the Internet Society’s Community Networks initiative that aims to bring innovative connectivity solutions, to marginalised and rural communities in Africa.


Before joining the Internet Society, Michuki was an Internet technology consultant.  He previously served as the Administrative Manager at the .KE ccTLD registry (KENIC), President of the Africa Top Level Domain Association (AfTLD), and as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Kenya Internet Exchange Point (KIXP).


He has long been active in the African and global Internet communities, having been centrally involved in key infrastructure developments, technical coordination activities, and policy-making forums. At present, he is actively involved in supporting the Summit on Community Networks in Africa, the Africa Internet Summit (AIS), Africa-IXP Association (Af-IX), Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF), and several other local, regional and international technology groups.

Michuki is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Lillian Nyawira Présentatrice au Sommet du AIS Dakar 2018


Lillian Nyawira est une ingénieure en télécommunications bien établie dont la carrière s’étend sur 15 ans. Spécialisée dans l’analyse et l’assurance de réseaux, le benchmarking des services de réseaux mobiles, l’exploitation des réseaux et la gestion de l’expérience client de bout en bout.


Lilian est actuellement chargé de positionner Safaricom Kenya Limited dans le cadre d’une initiative visant à fournir le meilleur réseau pour vous. Il s’agit de gérer une équipe d’ingénieurs de haut calibre qui exécutent les processus de gestion des pannes et l’assurance réseau pour les services mobiles de bout en bout qui incluent les données, la voix et l’argent mobile MPESA sur l’ensemble du réseau Safaricom. Elle gère également le benchmarking des réseaux mobiles intérieurs et extérieurs qui a toujours vu Safaricom émerger comme le meilleur réseau au Kenya.


Auparavant, elle a occupé un poste de cadre supérieur au centre d’exploitation du réseau. C’est dans ce rôle qu’elle a puisé à la fois ses compétences en leadership et en gestion de projet pour voir l’entreprise livrer le modèle opérationnel du projet du Service national de police – un système de sécurité pour le gouvernement kenyan et le projet MPESA G2 qui a vu les serveurs d’argent mobile retournés au Kenya pour la grande efficacité dont les clients attestent aujourd’hui. Son rôle dans la mise en œuvre du processus de gestion du changement pour s’assurer que tous les changements dans le réseau adhèrent aux meilleures pratiques a vu une amélioration du processus assurant un taux de réussite plus élevé dans la gestion des changements à travers le réseau.


Elle a également joué un rôle clé dans le programme de résilience du réseau de bout en bout qui a mené à la mise à niveau de niveau 3 des centres de données clés de Safaricoms, aux mises à niveau du réseau de transport, aux mises à niveau de puissance sur les sites à travers le pays, à la mise en commun du réseau central qui a mené à la continuité des affaires et à la reprise après sinistre sur les services du réseau mobile qui a amélioré de façon significative la disponibilité du service.


Sachant à quel point il est intimidant d’être et de demeurer un chef de file dans un domaine dominé par les hommes, Lilian est maintenant une Ingénieure chevronnée qui comprend trop bien ce domaine et d’autres environnements. Elle en est à un point de sa carrière où elle a choisit d’être meneur d’une équipe qui croit en la croissance des autres par le mentorat et la responsabilité.

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LILIAN NYAWIRA Telecommunications Engineer Speaker of AIS 2018 in Dakar

LILIAN NYAWIRA Telecommunications Engineer Speaker of AIS 2018 in Dakar

Lillian Nyawira is a well-grounded telecommunications engineer with career spanning 15 years. Specializing in Network analytics and assurance, Mobile network service benchmarking, Network operations and end to end Customer experience management.


Lilian is currently entrusted with positioning Safaricom Kenya limited in an initiative to provide the Best Network for You. It entails managing a team of high caliber engineers that perform fault management process and Network assurance for end to end mobile services that include data, voice and mobile money MPESA across the entire Safaricom network. She also manages both indoor and outdoor mobile network benchmarking which has seen Safaricom always emerge as the Best Network in Kenya.


Prior to this she held a role as Senior manager Network operations center. It is at this role that she drew both her leadership skills and project management to see the company deliver the operational model for National Police Service project-a security system for the Kenyan government and MPESA G2 project that saw the mobile money servers moved back to Kenya for the high efficiency that customers now attest to. Her role in implementing change management process to ensure all changes in the network adhere to best practice saw improvement in the process ensuring higher success rate in managing changes across the network. She also played a key role on end to end Network resilience program that led to tier 3 upgrade of Safaricoms key data centers, Transport network upgrades, power upgrades on sites across the country, Core network pooling which led to seamless business continuity and Disaster recovery on mobile network services that significantly improved service availability.


Knowing well how daunting it is to be and remain a leader in a male dominated field, Lilian is now a seasoned engineer who understands this and other environments all too well. She is at a point in her career where she chooses to be that team player who believes in growing others through mentorship and responsible empowerment.


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Ndeye Maimouna Diop ICT Engineer Speaker of AIS 2018 in Dakar

Speaker of AIS 2018 in Dakar 1≠ : Ndeye Maimouna Diop ICT Engineer 

Mrs Ndeye Maimouna Diop has worked as ICT director at Senegal’s Ministry of Communication, Telecommunications and ICT, from April 2004 to September 2012. She designed a strategic ICT4D master plan for Senegalese government. She was the Senegalese government representative at several global initiatives like G8 DOT Force, UN ICT Task Force, the Government Advisory Committee (GAC) of ICANN and the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) of Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Prior to that, she has worked as a technical advisor on ICT for the Senegalese Government from 2000 to 2004.


From 2001 to 2002, she was ICT advisor on Ministry in charge of ICT and coordinate the national ICT strategy plan to move Senegal on Information Society. From 2002 to 2004 she was in charge of telemedicine strategy. As chief of IP service at SONATEL, she installed and administrated the first national IP Backbone with ATM and Cisco technologies in 1998.


She was elected as AfrNIC Board member (2011-2013) and served as chair of the board for 2011-2012. She takes part on activities of the forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), she is a member of the Observatoire sur les Systèmes d’Information, les Réseaux et les Inforoutes au Sénégal (OSIRIS). She is Chair of the Senegalese Chapter of Internet Society (ISOC-SN) and Chair of Senegalese IPv6 Forum.


Ndeye Maimouna Diop holds a degree in Data Processing, Computer Science Engineering and Technology. She also got a degree on Internet Governance. She is currently a Ph.D candidate on Internet Of Things


Women and New Technologies in Francophone Africa

Women and New Technologies in Francophone Africa

Few women are involved in ICT. This is partly due to the fact that women have long been relegated to second place in Africa since they are inferior in the hierarchy of communities and societies on the continent. This position, which far from signifying that they have  no importance in society, is due to the subordination that women must owe to men and especially the circumference of their work and action in society.


However, socio-economic change have taken place since these years: several development and behavior change initiatives have been decisive in this fight. The fight today is mostly won in Francophone Africa even if we still note efforts made on some levels. Indeed, the schooling of girls has been one of the great battles since the end of the 20th century. What is the place of women in the field of new technologies nowadays in West Africa?


From school to science and technology: a tough battle.

The majority of girls in Francophone Africa Countries have had a short school career for decades. This is due to socio-cultural weight, poverty, early marriages, lack of coaching and motivation, etc. It has therefore been common for three decades to see these girls cut short in their primary and secondary education throughout the Francophone African region. Only minority frequencies of girls or women are found in universities. Among them are teachers from all fields, intellectuals, etc.


This world of women works with organizations to give other women the chance these days. The repeated movements and the promotion and fight against the obstacles mentioned above make it possible today to count a significant number of women in professional and university environments. However, the situation seems more worrying with regard to women in Mathematics and Technology Sciences. It is not too rare to see women in the literary or social sciences. A significant number of women also find themselves in life sciences and biology. The number of women in technological and mathematical engineering sciences.


This glaring situation is exacerbated by prejudices, the duty incumbent on women and the large male share given to these sciences because even at the continental and international level, the struggle is far from being won, parity and equality of opportunity, discoveries and innovations In Mathematical Sciences and Technological Engineering. UNESCO and the World  Bank and private, public and civil society organizations have been working  for almost 10 years to promote women in STEM so that they can feed the life course of technological sciences, computer engineering, software and software, and applied mathematical and physical sciences.


The multiplicity of struggles for the feminization of the fields of technological and computer sciences.

Very few Francophone women in Africa are present as engineers in technology and computer sciences. This figure is increasing from year to year thanks to various initiatives to encourage young girls in universities, high schools and academies. AfChix, an international organization for the advancement of women in ICT, is working to achieve these goals. USAID and the U.S. Embassy in French-speaking countries are also working to promote girls and women in ICTs; “Women in Tech” initiatives that give priority to professional women and women entrepreneurs in new technologies also contribute to the enhancement and promotion of women in these fields but more particularly to the paradigm shift in these fields.


The most inspiring initiatives in recent year have been led by women or women’s groups. Indeed, thanks to these fighting actresses like AfChix, many women have found the strength, motivation and courage to continue working in technological and computer sciences. The coming years will bring us many surprises with women and ICTs in French speaking  countries in Africa.