Speakers

Daniel Nogueira-Budny

Daniel Nogueira-Budny works for the World Bank on issues of public sector reform and public financial management in Sub-Saharan Africa. He holds a PhD in Political Science and is interested in ways to that open government and open data can improve public service delivery and development outcomes.

Serah Rono

Serah Rono serves as Code for Africa’s Developer Advocate, championing its software solutions and also serving as community coordinator, based in Kenya, working with its technical pan-African projects/programmes. She also serves as a web developer in Code For Africa, building web applications at CitizenLab accelerators, is the pan-african coordinator for Hacks/Hackers Africa and a data wrangler at ANCIR and for afriLEAKSCode 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.

Temi Adeoye

Temi Adeoye is a digital project manager and software developer who uses his experience at building large enterprise systems for the extractives industries to bolster civic technology initiatives across West Africa. Adeoye leads CfAfrica’s programme to expand Code for Nigeria.

Andrew Kamau

Andrew is an experienced software developer serving in Code for Africa’s Tech Team and building web applications at CitizenLab accelerators. He has extensive experience conceptualising and building technology solutions with wide reach and lasting impact. He is driven by the potential for mobile and web technology as a tool for positive change and progress in Africa.
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.

Salton Massally

A self taught programmer and an avid autodidact, Salton is one of Sierra Leone’s youngest and most successful tech entrepreneurs. He is the founder and CTO of iDT Labs, an ICT4D startup based in Freetown that has won international awards for providing innovative solutions that deploy technology to build and scale socio-economic change in West Africa. iDT Labs is a finalist for the 2016 Responsible Business Award for digitising hazard payments for 30,000 Ebola Response Workers at the height of the Ebola crisis, an intervention that saved countless lives and approximately US $ 10 million.
Currently, Salton is leading the development of tech based solutions for improving the service delivery in the healthcare sector, reducing information asymmetries along the value chain in agriculture, and rolling out Sierra Leone’s first ever cloud-based HR, accounts and sales software geared for small and medium-sized enterprises.

Usman Khaliq

Usman is a computer engineer from Pakistan with a keen interest in startups, data science and in empowering the youth for leading long-lasting change initiatives in society. Currently working on ICT4D based projects as a human-centered designer and programmer at iDT Labs, he is also the program manager at Code 4 Salone, a citizen-led, grass-root movement that uses open-source technologies to bring innovations in the public sector in Sierra Leone. Usman has served as the managing director of a local chapter of AIESEC, the world’s largest youth driven organization that develops the leadership potential of young individuals via running an international exchange program, and has previously worked in Mauritius, India and Pakistan.”

Morris Marah

Morris has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and New Media at Kingston University London and post-graduate honours in International Conflict.
Morris founded the Sensi Tech Hub project and believes ICT and innovation can play a vital role in helping to combat poverty, enhance development effort, set foundations to develop a community of tech enthusiast and entrepreneurs that could contribute to development of the economy as a whole. He has indepth understanding of Sierra Leone’s culture, politics and issues which helps him steer Sensi through a localized approach in implementing our solutions and services on the ground.

Yeama Thompson

Yeama is one of Sierra Leone’s Information Commissioners serving Southern Sierra Leone. She was appointed to serve in the Right to Access Information Commission on 16 July 2014 for a fixed term of five years. Yeama is the Executive Director of Initiatives for Media Development and owner of the Spectrum Newspaper. Her strides made in promoting human rights journalism include working with the BBC Media Action in Improving Access to Security and Justice for Women and Girls in Sierra Leone through the use of Radio technology.

She is also the National Coordinator of the Global Media monitoring project and member of the civil society action group in UNWomen. Yeama is married with two children.

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Parminder Brar

Parminder Brar was named Country Manager for Sierra Leone, effective September 1, 2015. In this position, his top three priorities will be to maintain the excellent relationship between the World Bank (WB) and the Government of Sierra Leone and conduct day-to-day dialogue with the authorities, donors and civil society, to oversee the implementation of the Country Partnership Strategy and the performance of the country portfolio; and to effectively manage the country office and staff.

Brar, an Indian national, joined the WB in 2003 as a Lead Financial Management Specialist in the operations Policy and country Services Vice Presidency Unit. He has since held various positions, his most recent assignment being Lead Financial Management Specialist in the Governance Global Practice, based in Ethiopia.

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.