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He co-authored Paradigm Initiative’s first Digital Rights in Africa report, “Chocking the Pipe: How Governments Hurt Internet Freedom on a Continent That Needs More Access” (released at the 2016 Internet Governance Forum, Mexico) and the Nigeria report, “State of the Nation: Status of Internet Freedom in Nigeria” (launched to commemorate World Information Society Day 2016). He is a member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), IEEE Internet Policy Community, IEEE Standards Association, the Internet Society, and the ACM. Follow his conversations on technology, policy and everything else in-between on twitter at @TOkunoye.
Before proceeding for postgraduate studies, Nabenyo served as a Principal Research Officer in the Senate Chamber of the Parliament of the Republic of Kenya where he played a key role in research and policy analysis. As a result of a positive track record of community development and youth empowerment in his home region in Northern Kenya, Nabenyo has been recognized at home and abroad. He was named a Spark International Change-Maker in 2014, a Queens Young Leader in 2016 and was recently named among 'The 2018 Top 100 Most Influential Young Kenyans' by Avance Media and partners.
Nabenyo is passionate about the protection and promotion of human rights for the benefit of all.
Based in Accra (Ghana) since 2014, Emmanuel works to advance professional journalism and digital freedom with media and the Internet rights defenders globally. He firmly believes that all Internet governance stakeholders must get engaged, to ensure that the internet remains open, pluralistic and democratic.
Through research, reporting and policy analysis of Internet governance issues, I seek to educate citizens to challenge power and encourage democratic debate across Francophone Africa. His interest topics include Freedom of Expression, Digital Rights and Privacy, Access and Affordability, Internet security and Cyber Diplomacy. Emmanuel joined Paradigm Initiative team in December 2018 as Google Policy Fellow for Francophone Africa. He was later appointed Communications officer in September 2019.
An avid volunteer from age 8, often in a teaching and mentorship capacity, Nnenna is very passionate about the holistic development and wellbeing of youth especially in Nigeria and Africa as a whole. She has mentored groups of youth in technology and entrepreneurship with Ajegunle.org, a PIN project; spearheaded training programmes dedicated to underprivileged youth; led child sexual abuse prevention training for adults and developed afterschool programs. More recently she co-pioneered Teen Talk in Calabar, Nigeria - an interactive forum for teenagers by teenagers that provides a safe space and a platform where young ones can freely and openly express ideas and contribute meaningfully regarding issues of key concern to them.
Nnenna is a huge sports enthusiast who adores her family, loves travel, reading and playing her musical instruments.
Sani worked previously as a data analyst, before moving to a banking industry as ATM custodian and customer service officer. Sani is a graduate member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) and a founding member of Zero tolerance for corruption club (ZTCC) among others.
Sani hailed from Kano and he's a book lover. He authored 3 pamphlets about social media account hacking and business branding.
Saviour has extensive experience in multimedia marketing, social media management, communication strategy and development. He has worked with a variety of fields including advertising agencies, non-profits and corporate entities. With a strong passion for communication, design and technology, he constantly seeks new knowledge and challenges to develops his skills, and of those around him.
Dr. Umar-Ajijola was the Corporate Social Responsibility Lead for Microsoft Corporation, West Africa. Before then, her career has seen her work with ActionAid International Nigeria, where she currently serves, as Member Board of Trustees; she was also with the United Nations Education Scientific & Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting PLC. She has worked across the continent impacting several thousand people.
Dr. Umar-Ajijola is a Fellow of Academy of Engineering and Technology for the Developing World (AETDEW), Malaysia; Institute of Strategic Management Nigeria (ISMN); Institute of Corporate Administration Nigeria (ICAD); Institute of Human Capital Development of Nigeria (IHCDN). She is a Member of Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) and Nigeria Institute of Management.
She has served on several committees, including the Presidential Committee on Drafting the Community Radio Policy as Member/Secretary; Coordinator, Women’s Group & Member Central Working Committee (CWC) Vision 20:2020, Joint Consultative Committee on National Framework for Building Partner Ecosystem, amongst others. She is also a contributor to Nigeria’s socioeconomic and political discourse on radio and television.
She is an international speaker and sits on the faculty of several leadership institutes and Board of Charities including the membership of the Advisory Council of the International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre, Malaysia. Dr. Umar-Ajijola is a UNESCO Expert on Science, Technology and Innovation. She is also a European Union Expert on recovery and peacebuilding.
Dr. Umar-Ajijola is the Moderator of the “Interfaith Forum” program that is simulcast on Television and Radio. It features people of different faiths discussing topical issues, with emphasis on our collective humanity and what binds us, as well as breaking down stereotypes and building bridges.
She is a recipient of several national, regional and international awards including the prestigious Executive Leadership Award for support to the Women and Children of Liberia.
Dr Jummai Zainab Umar-Ajijola specialises in Human Development, Organisation Effectiveness, Science, Technology and Innovation, Recovery and Peacebuilding, Policy Initiatives, Capacity Building and Wealth Generation.
Dr. Jummai Zainab Umar-Ajijola is married and blessed with children.
Nick led the real estate roll out of Commerce Bank – one of the fastest growing retailers ever – along the entire east coast from the early stages until its sale for over $8.2 billion in 2009. Nick’s holdings include apartment buildings throughout the United States with Signature Group and retail shopping center developments on the east coast with Site Development.