Speakers

Jeanne Holm

Jeanne Holm is the Chief Knowledge Architect at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She drives innovation through social media, knowledge sharing, and collaborative systems, including the award-winning NASA public portal (www.nasa.gov) and pioneering knowledge architectures within the US Department of Defense. She is also the CIO and Director for Education for World Peace One, a charity that promotes peace and social justice through education and music. As the former Evangelist for Data.Gov (an open government flagship project for the White House managed by GSA), Jeanne Holm led collaboration and built communities with the public, educators, developers, and international and state governments in using open government data. She is a Distinguished Instructor at UCLA, teaching courses in knowledge management, big data, and civic innovation. She is a Fellow of the United Nations International Academy of Astronautics, Chair of the W3C eGovernment Group, and has more than 130 publications on innovation, open data, information systems, and knowledge management.

jholm@ucla.edu • @JeanneHolm • www.linkedin.com/in/jeanneholm/

Stephen Abbott Pugh

Stephen Abbott Pugh is a civic technologist based in Kigali, Rwanda and recently helped found Sobanukirwa, the country’s first access to information website. Prior to moving to Rwanda, he was the head of digital projects for the UK Parliament and worked as an executive producer for the Guardian newspaper’s website on a wide range of news, culture, media and community projects.

Timothy Herzog

Timothy Herzog is a Data Scientist at the World Bank, where he is working on several fronts to expand the Bank’s highly successful Open Data Initiative, and advance similar efforts in other countries. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2011, Tim served as Director of Online Communications at the World Resources Institute, an environmental think tank based in Washington, DC. While at WRI he also worked as a Climate Policy Analyst on both international and U.S. domestic climate and energy policy, and specializing in emissions and energy data. Tim also worked in the private sector for many years as a technology consultant to several leading U.S. companies, and is an occasional guest lecturer at Georgetown University. Tim holds a Master’s degree in public policy from the Georgetown Public Policy Institute and a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Bethel University in Minnesota. You can find him online athttp://www.linkedin.com/in/timothyherzog or http://twitter.com/tgherzog.

Frankline Sunday

Frankline Sunday is an award winning Kenyan journalist based in Nairobi. He has worked at the Business Daily and the Standard newspaper where he is currently a business and data journalist. His work includes writing business features and special reports employing data elements. His work has earned him several awards including the Media Council of Kenya’s Young Journalist of the Year Award in 2012 and was a runner up in the 2015 David Astor Journalism fellowship Award. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Media Studies at Daystar University where he is also undertaking media research into new media trends.

Justin Arenstein

He is an award-winning investigative journalist and digital strategist currently helping Google and the African Media Initiative strengthen Africa’s watchdog media by working with newsrooms to implement better forensic research and evidence-based reportage. This includes helping media adopt digital tools and data journalism strategies. Justin manages the $1m African News Innovation Challenge, is rolling out HacksHackers chapters across Africa, and supports newsroom-based experiments with citizen reporting, mobile news, and augmented reality platforms. Justin is a former Press Councillor in South Africa, and continues to serve on several media industry bodies and think tanks. His investigative reportage has helped put a senator, two legislature speakers and a provincial cabinet minister behind bars, and contributed to the ouster of two provincial premiers and several other cabinet ministers and state officials on charges ranging from child rape to corruption.

Serah Rono

Serah Rono severs as Code for Africa’s web developer, building web applications at CitizenLab accelerators.
Code for Africa (CfAfrica) is the continent’s largest open data initiative, using technology and data to help citizens shape their governments and hold those in power to account. CfAfrica currently has country-based programmes in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.

 

Reinier Battenberg

Reinier is an advocate for anything Open. OpenData, OpenSource & OpenStreetMap being just three of them. He has been active in the Ugandan ICT scene since 2005. Reinier runs Fruits of Thought, a not-for-profit that leverages the Internet to bring people closer to knowledge and Mountbatten Ltd. a web company building complex websites based on Drupal. He is involved in the
Ugandan Linux User Group, OpenStreetMap community, a member of the Open Data Taskforce and is a regular speaker on local and international ICT events.
Twitter: @batje

Lydia Namubiru

Lydia Namubiru is the programme officer for data journalism at the African Centre for Media Excellence where she is combining her past experience in both journalism and research to champion the growth of data journalism as a practice in Ugandan media. She has previously worked as a journalist with the New Vision and a research (M&E) specialist with Grameen Foundation and Marie Stopes Uganda. She’s an avid enthusiast for technology solutions in journalism and development. This is why she’s currently working on getting a very unique new media establishment – News-Hapa. This hobby project of hers, is a news establishment that is 100% decentralized, 100% powered by mobile & web technology (zero paper) , 100% citizen reporter driven and focuses solely on rural news.

David Lemayian

David Lemayian serves as Code for Africa’s lead technologist, managing a team of software developers and pilot CitizenLab accelerator, plus all shared “backbone” infrastructure.

Code for Africa (CfAfrica) is the continent’s largest open data initiative, using technology and data to help citizens shape their governments and hold those in power to account. CfAfrica currently has country-based programmes in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.

With Support From:

Sandra Moscoso

By day, Sandra is the deputy program lead of the World Bank’s Global Media Development Programme, a partnership-driven initiative which focuses on information and media as drivers of social accountability and good governance. Sandra also launched and managed the World Bank’s Open Finances program, where she worked to open financial data, make it digestible, and supported the use of open data in development. She has worked on open data efforts in Kenya, Moldova, Afghanistan, Nigeria, and across Latin America. By night, Sandra works on local community efforts related to schools and education, active transportation, and open government. For this work, the Sunlight Foundation recognized Sandra as an Open Gov Champion. Prior to the World Bank, Sandra worked as a change management consultant for enterprise systems implementations. A graduate of James Madison University, Sandra lives in Washington, DC with her husband, two children, and the ‘village’ that makes every-day life possible.

Nqobile Buthelezi

Nqobile is the programme manager for AMI’s Digital Innovation Programme, including the African News Innovation Challenge (ANIC). She manages the Hacks/Hackers Africa network and helps in expanding the Code for Africa network of CitizenLabs that provide technology support to ANIC winners to coverage of four “hub” countries in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa. She previously worked as conference manager for the continent’s largest annual gathering of journalists and news technologists, at the Rhodes University School of Journalism and Media Studies’ (JMS) Highway Africa. She has also worked as a journalist for the magazine division of Media24, in KwaZulu Natal.

Our Mission

To boost analytical, evidence-based public discussion
by giving citizens, journalists and civil society
access to the data, digital tools, and computational skills
necessary for transforming our societies into digital democracies.