THE ID4AFRICA AMBASSADORS

CLASS OF 2019

ID4Africa is proud to present Ambassadors from 43 African countries. 
 
The ID4Africa Ambassadors are senior-level officials that act as liaisons between the Movement and the identity stakeholders in their respective countries. They play an important role in shaping the direction of the Movement and keeping it informed about their country’s priorities in identity management.  They are appointed one per country.

Algeria

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Prof. Abderrazak Henni

Director General

Ministry of the Interior, Local Government and Spatial Planning 

Dr Abderrazak HENNI is an IT professional and is numbered among the pioneers of digital revolution in Algeria and believes that digitization is an important pillar of socio-economic development. Since 2014, he has been serving as Director General of Modernization, Documentation and Archives at the Ministry of the Interior, Local Communities and Spatial Planning.  He began his career in 1980 as a lecturer at INI where he was been finally appointed CEO in 1992. In 2003, he became Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training and Director of the Research Laboratory. In 2004 he was appointed Director General of Justice Modernization, and in 2011 he became General Secretary of the Ministry of SMEs and Promotion of Procurement and Reimbursement. Dr HENNI has a degree in Computer Systems and a PhD in Computer System from Pierre et Marie-Curie University (PARIS VI), France.

D.R.Congo

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Moussa M. Mbutho

Technical Coordinator

Office of the Special Advisor for Digital 

Moussa MBUTHO is a specialist in information systems management (IS) and has strong expertise in a number of disciplines including risk management, IS urbanization development, management of portfolio projects, organizational management, consultancy, financial management of projects, managing multidisciplinary teams, marketing, and several other dynamic areas of specialized interest. He currently Chairs the Center de Séjours Scores d'Afrique Centrale (CSSAC), a Congolese organization whose mission is to contribute to building scientific and technical capacities to ensure sustainable development, through the promotion of education and training. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the NGO, Objectif International Science, (under Swiss law). Moussa has also been an adviser for ICT in the Office of the Prime Minister. Previously he also served in this capacity within the Cabinet of the Minister of Finance (2010-2012), and was Programmer Analyst (with specialization in biometrics) at the National Treatment Center (CNT) of the Independent Electoral Commission (2007-2011). In the past he was Network Administrator of the Aid and Investment Management Platform (PGAI) at the Ministry of Planning , Consultant of the Development Gateway Foundation for the deployment of the PGAI, and Assistant Secretary General of the University of Kinshasa (2007-2009). Moussa is an affiliate member of the International Association for International Association for Counseling (IAC), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the DGroups community for an open government partnership (OGP - Open Government Partnership).

Madagascar

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Haingotiana Rasitefanoelina

Civil Administrator and Director of Support to the Civil Status System

Ministry of the Interior and Decentralization

Haingotiana RASITEFANOELINA is currently the Permanent Secretary of the National Coordinating Committee in charge of the improvement of civil registration and vital statistics registration systems or CNC-CRVS in Madagascar. The committee was created as part of the county’s implementation of the APAI-CRVS Program. In her role, she oversees the operations of this committee, which is chaired by the Minister of the Interior and Decentralization, and whose main activities consist of implementing government strategies and directives in the field of civil status. As the CRVS Senior Coordinator in Madagascar, she is the interlocutor between the different State institutions concerned by the civil status but also between the Committee and the Development Partners who support the reforms of the civil registration system. Recently, in collaboration with a team of consultants, she led the national evaluation of CRVS systems and the development of the ten-year strategic plan for the improvement of these systems whose vision is to have a system of civil status modern development, guaranteeing the rights and obligations of the individual, in the service of the community. A system to identify each individual from birth. Haingotiana is a Civil Administrator with a degree in Business Administration and Management, and holds a Masters degree in Business Law. She has followed several trainings in various countries to enhance performance procedures in public administration, the effectiveness of public policies and the improvement of governance in the public sector and local development.

Senegal

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Mouhamed Mahi SY

Director

Agency for Universal Healthcare Coverage (CMU)

Mouhamed SY is Coordinator of the Computer Services and Information Systems Unit at the Universal Healthcare Coverage Agency (CMU) of the Republic of Senegal. He oversees the implementation of the Integrated Management Information System for Universal Healthcare Coverage in Senegal. Mouhamed began his career in Paris, in the services and computer engineering sectors. In 2001, he returned to Senegal to join Chaka Computer, within which he later became Director General. Within this area of expertise, he contributed to the launch of Money Express, the first 100% African money transfer network. He also achieved establishing the Callme call center network in Senegal, Mali, Mauritania, Côte d'Ivoire and Guinea. Under his leadership, Chaka Computer will open a credit card personalization and biometric identification solution (Chaka Card Systems) in Côte d'Ivoire. Mouhamed also founded JSURF Consulting, a firm specializing in information systems and telecom consulting, and will be responsible for the launch of the Etrans Payment Systems, Agroway and BankAnywhere brands. He has accompanied the State, through its institutions, on major projects related to ICTs and the digital economy. Mouhamed has an engineering degree in Studies and Development, a Masters in Business Management, and a certificate in Web Technologies.

Benin

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Joseph Konti

Expert in Civil Status System and Identification

National Identification Authority (NIA)

Mr. Iropa Joseph N'Goabi KONTI is a trained manager and economist-statistician. Since 2007 to date, he has successively held the positions of Independent Consultant on various studies and projects. In this capacity, he has been Chief Operating Officer since 2013. In this post, he has built solid experience on the analysis and management of the problems experienced with the identification of people: civil status, population registers, identity documents. For example, he led the technical organization of the national forum on civil status reform, the comprehensive evaluation of Benin's Civil Status System, the development of the National Civil Registration policy and several actions and studies on the issue of civil status. For the past 5 years, he has been implementing the reform and modernization of Benin's civil status. In this position, he is also a member of the National Supervisory Commission for the development and update of the Permanent Computerized Electoral List (LEPI), and the Technical Steering Committee of the Initial Administrative Census for Population Identification Vocation (RAVIP). At the request of his authorities, he is currently leading the review on the modernization of civil status in the post-RAVIP context: legal reforms, establishment of the National Agency for the Identification of Persons, and measures for a legal identity for all Beninese by the end of 2018, etc.

Eswatini

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Andile Dlamini

Regional Civil Registrar

Ministry of Home Affairs

Andile DLAMINI is the Regional Civil Registrar for The Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Department under the Ministry of Home Affairs in Eswatini. As a civil registrar, she is tasked with several duties that ensure a streamline process for the registration of vital events. In 2014, she served as Chairperson for the region’s comprehensive country assessment,  of which Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) was represented as a participant. Through the assessment, Eswatini began implementing the recommendations raised. Andile was instrumental in driving the team responsible for reviewing the legal frameworks. She is also part of the management team that monitors and evaluates the system and tools used for the registration processes.

Malawi

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Sophie Kang’oma

Director

Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development

Sophie KANG’OMA is a Demographer who started her professional journey with the National Statistical Office in 2000 where she was involved in survey and census implementation including the production of statistics for the country’s planning purposes. In 2008 she was promoted as Deputy Director, posted to the National Registration Bureau to assist in the establishment of the National Registration and Identification System, which comprises both the Civil Registration and National Identity systems. One of the milestones achieved as a Deputy Director was the launch of birth registration in health facilities and district offices. Sophie later became the Director of the Bureau where she worked with all stakeholders to ensure both systems mentioned above met the social-economic development needs of the country. Sophie is now the Director for Monitoring and Evaluation at the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development in Malawi, a position she assumed in 2018.

Sierra Leone

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Elijah Koroma

Program Manager

Centre for Global Health Research (CGHR)

Elijah KOROMA is a trained Information and Communication Technology (ICT) professional with about nine years’ experience in the private and public sectors and has acquired extensive practical knowledge in project management, Information Technology systems management, network support, technical support, advisory service and policy formulation. He has other academic qualifications in Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Management and Information Systems. He is currently Program Manager at the Centre for Global Health Research (CGHR). Prior to this he served at the National Registration Secretariat (NRS) as the technical lead to providing strategic leadership and technical direction for the establishment of an Integrated National Civil Register and an Identity Management System. This included the development of an in-country biometric de-duplication facility. Elijah believes in civil registration and digital identity as a game changer and enabler of socio-economic development in Africa.

Botswana

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Koontse Mokgwathi

Director, Monitoring and Evaluation

VISION2036 Secretariat

Bio not yet available.

Ethiopia

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Daniel Lishanew

Team Leader of National ID

Immigration, Nationality and Vital Events Agency

Daniel LISHANEW has maintained a decisive role in the implementation of the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics System since 2014. As a business administration and information systems professional, as well as biometric expert, he has dedicated his growing expertise to government service and the Federal Police for over 21 years. Prior to his current role in the Agency, Daniel worked as Director of the Data Collection, Archive and Supply Directorate. He also worked with the Ethiopian Customs and Revenue Authority as Coordinator and Fingerprint Expert to help develop the taxpayer’s identification number system and biometric ID card production. At the Federal Police Forensic and Crime Investigation unit, he has held several roles in the main department such as Deputy Inspector of Police, Latent Fingerprint Expert, Team leader, Officer and Clerk responsible for investigating forensic evidence from crime scenes which involve fingerprint detection and identification. Among his major achievements is the implementation of an AFIS system in the Ethiopian Customs and Revenue Authority & Federal Police Forensic Department.

Mali

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Abdoul SY

Director

Ministry of Defense and Veterans Affairs (MDAC)

Abdoul SY is currently the Director of Human Resources of the Armed Forces of the Ministry of Defense and Veterans Affairs (MDAC) in Mali. He was formerly the Deputy Director of the Civil Status Data Processing Center (CTDEC) at the Ministry of Administration and Decentralization, Mali. Abdoul is a qualified Civil Engineer, with a specialty in Systems. He has been Deputy Director of the Data Center of Civil State of Mali since April 2009. In this position, he ensured the coordination, project management and control of all operations of the Data Center. He administrated the biometric identification system (MorphoCivis), and enabled the system to be available to all users. Prior to this position, Abdoul worked with the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Local Communities information technology unit from 2008 to 2009 where he assisted in enhancing the strategic planning of the IT department and built various databases, such as Elect-Ciel 1.1, for the General elections and Ciel-ONG, for the Department of Foreign Investments.

Somalia

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Dr. Nur Hersi

Chief Strategist & Head

Office of the President

Dr. Nur Dirie HERSI is a Senior Advisor to the President of Somalia as well as Head of the National Identity Program in Somalia. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Missouri, USA. He began his career as Assistant Professor at the Somali National University. He later became Head of the Information Technology Department within their university’s College of Engineering. Dr. HERSI was a pioneer for Information Technology  development in Somalia where he introduced the first IT courses in the late eighties to both college students and the private sector industry.  Dr. HERSI worked for over 22 years in Canada where he lectured in colleges and worked as a consultant. He also taught for three years at the UAE University in Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates. Dr. HERSI also acted as a consultant for several Banks, Universities, and Government institutions in Somalia and has several certifications including the following: Oracle Certified Professional, IBM Certified DB2 Database Associate, Certified Microsoft Office XP Master Instructor, and Certified IC³ Authorized Instructor.

Burkino Faso

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Michaël G. L. Folane

Director General

National Agency of Security for Information Systems

Michaël Guibougna Lawakilea FOLANE is Director General for the National Agency of Security for Information Systems (ANSSI) where he is oversees operations for national cyber security and the General Security Repository. Michaël began his professional career in the private sector, where he worked at Briya Technologies as Head of Service Networks and Computer Maintenance. He later entered the public sector where he successively held several positions including Branch Chief of the Communications Infrastructure department at ANPTIC (National Agency for the Promotion of ICT). Prior to his current role he was Director General at ANPTIC where he and his team worked towards strategizing operations for the development of eGovernance, the promotion of ICT in other sectors and implementing cross-sector projects for digital transformation. 

Gabon

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Aimé-Martial Massamba

Deputy Director

The Official Biometric Identification Project of Gabon (IBOGA) 

Bio not yet available.

Mauritania

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Mohamed Ntilitt

Director General

Ministry of Interior and Decentralization

Mohamed NTILITT is a state engineer in computer science with more than 20 years’ experience in public service in Mauritania. He is currently Director General of the Electoral Process Support Services Directorate in the Ministry of Interior and Decentralization. Prior to this, he served as Director of Informatics and Electoral Record at the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) for over 6 years. At CENI he was responsible for organizing the Biometric Electoral Census, establishing the voters' list and cards, and processing electoral data. Prior to this, Mohamed was Director of Informatics and Statistical Studies at the Ministry of the Interior, responsible for organizing elections for 10 years before this mission was entrusted to the CENI. Previously, he was appointed Director of IT and Vital Statistics at the Secretariat of State for Civil Status. As Director, he played an essential role in the establishment of a National Identification Number for each citizen and the implementation of the National Biometric Identity Card project in the year 2000. This resulted in the establishment of a national center with the Automated System for the Identification of Digital Fingerprints (AFIS) and the production of 2 million biometric National Identity Cards.

South Africa

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Thomas Sigama

AG Deputy Director General

Department of Home Affairs

Thomas SIGAMA is the Chief Director of Identity Processing at the Department of Home Affairs in South Africa. He joined the Department in 2006 as a Director responsible for the National Population Register. In his current position, he is largely responsible for the secure processing of all Identity Documents in South Africa which includes both the Green barcoded Identity Documents as well as the newly launched Smart ID Cards. He plays a leading role in the roll-out of the Smart ID Card throughout South Africa. His duties also include the management and maintenance of the Home Affairs National Identification System (HANIS), verification of demographics and biometrics, maintenance of National Population records (storage, retrieval and archive) as well as fingerprints of citizens and non-citizenry including Permanent Residence holders. Thomas holds a double Bachelors (second with honors), a Certificate in Public Management Development and an Advanced Diploma in e-Technology Computing. 

Burundi

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Remy Nahimana

Director

Ministry of Interior

Bio not yet available.

Gambia

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Fatoumata 

Sanyang

Senior Financial Analyst

Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, Public Private Partnership

Fatoumata SANYANG is currently Senior Financial Analyst at the Directorate of Public Private Partnership (PPP) at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, Gambia. She assists in a wide range of functions including coordination, providing technical and transaction support to the Ministry of Finance and the Cabinet in designing and formulating policies and projects relating to the delivery of infrastructure and infrastructure-related services via PPP across multiple industries and sectors.  She also advises on the appropriate financial structure for projects based on insight on the market’s ability to provide finance and bear risk. She ensures that the government’s explicit and implicit fiscal obligations and risks are determined at the feasibility study stage of projects and that these are communicated to the Minister of Finance and the Cabinet. Before joining the Ministry, Fatoumata held several positions including a managerial position at Sun textiles (PTY) ltd. in Maseru, Lesoth. She has over 7 years’ professional experience in both the public and private sector, with international experience spanning Asia, Europe and Africa. She has an MBA and a Masters  in Development Economics and International Studies.  

Mauritius

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William M. Ayelou

Registrar of Civil Status Division

Prime Minister’s Office

William AYELOU is the Registrar of the Civil Status Division (CSD). He is responsible for the registration of all civil events and other matters relating to the civil status of persons in the Republic of Mauritius. He also heads the Mauritius National Identity Card Unit which delivers identity cards to citizens, once they attained the age of 18. As a regular speaker in international conferences pertaining to CRVS, he was a panelist in the 4th Conference of the African Ministers responsible for Civil Registration in 2017. William holds a Bachelor of Law degree (UK) and a postgraduate degree in Environmental Law and Land Use (France). Before joining the CSD, he was the administrative head of the Environment and Land Use Appeal Tribunal.

South Sudan

David Jobojobo

Deputy Director of ICT

Ministry of Interior

Major David O. J. JOBOJOBO is the Deputy Director for Information & Communications Technology at the Directorate of Nationality, Passports & Immigration of the Ministry of Interior in South Sudan. He is the lead Productions Manager at the e-Identity (eNationality certificate and ePassports) projects in the country. He is the Lead eGov Consultant and systems Analyst on the State’s Major ICT Projects that integrates with the National Databases. Since then he has led the investigation and the implementation of several structural projects in the Country (SMART-JUBEK Projects and the ICT Ecosystem), and has worked on various projects implementing ICT development through various platforms leading to eCommerce and eGovernment. He started several initiatives (studies and investment projects) on the modernization of the value chain within the civil state using underlying data facts (deaths, births, marriages, and divorces) to establish a national systems of electronic identification management for which the applications will be limitless.

Cameroon

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Jean P. Ntsengue

Technical Advisor

Elections Cameroon (ELECAM)

Jean Paul NTSENGUE is a lawyer by training. Since 1992 he has been working as a legal adviser for industrial enterprises in the private sector, a legal consultant and a researcher before joining the public sector. In parallel to these activities, Jean Paul was trained in the field of political science, economics, finance and communication. He is the author of a reference book entitled “The President of the Republic: Myths and Realities of the Executive” available online at www.artelittera.com under the heading “Political Science”. He worked at the National Election Observatory (ONEL) of Cameroon between 2002 and 2003 as Political Adviser. He was later recruited as a Legal Expert consultant to the Government Technical Commission for 2 years, to negotiate the FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement between Cameroon and the European Union (APV-FLEGT-CMR-UE) . At the end of this mission, he was solicited by Elections Cameroon (ELECAM), an electoral institution in which he currently serves as Technical Advisor, Director of the Office of the President of ELECAM. Jean Paul is a graduate of the University of Yaounde.

Ghana

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Emmanuel K. 

Brown

Senior Officer

National Identification Authority (NIA)

Emmanuel Kpakpo BROWN is a highly proactive and competent biometrics and identity expert with many years of experience in the ID ecosystem and promoting responsible adoption of digital identification systems both in Ghana and international circles for the achievement of SDG 16.9.  He is currently a Senior Officer, Card Production, with the National Identification Authority (NIA), Ghana. He is certified in Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) and Identity Cards Production Systems (ICPS). His technical and creative acumen have culminated in the successful production of over 3,000,000 national biometric identity cards for Ghanaian citizens and also plays a pivotal role in the Ghana eID implementation project that officially commenced in 2017.  Emmanuel has previously worked at the Ghana Statistical Service from 2005-2010 as an Assistant Statistician/Head of Printing & Publications and also the National Communication Consultant for the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN-FAO) CountrySTAT Ghana project in 2010.  

Morocco

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Omar El Alami

Head of Strategy Division

Ministry of Interior

Mr. Omar EL ALAMI has over 25 years’ experience in Public Administration, with particular focus on projects involving digitization, simplification and modernization of procedures. He began his professional career in 1993 at the Ministry of Foreign Trade as Chief of the Operations Department. In 1998 he became Chief of the Computer and Communications Division at the Ministry of Employment and Social Affairs. In 2007 he served as DSI to the Wilaya of the greater Casablanca region. Since 2010 he has been serving as Head of the division for Information Systems Strategy within the Ministry of Interior, Morocco. He is also Project Director for the National Population Registry. Mr. ALAMI owns a Doctorate in Engineering  for Information Systems.

Tanzania

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Alphonce Malibiche

Director

National Identification Authority (NIDA)

Alphonce MALIBICHE is the Director of ID Management for the National Identification Authority (NIDA), the Authority which is under the Ministry of Home Affairs in Tanzania. He has been involved in the development of the Tanzanian National ID infrastructures in different capacities, the implementation of different systems, and the re-engineering of business processes. 

Cape Verde

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Aruna Handem

Executive Director

Operational Information Society Nucleus (NOSi)

With more than 18 years’ experience in e-government and Change Management, Aruna Handem is now a member of the Administrative Council at the National Office for the Information Society in Cape Verde.  He has been responsible for several projects focusing on state reforms and modernization including the finance reform, ePassport and eID card schemes, electoral process, the State Datacenter, public key infrastructures, Tech Park, OPEN GOV, WEBLab, NosiAkademia, among others. Aruna also serves as an international consultant and ICT project manager in many West African countries, particularly working with banks and governments. He is an advisor to the government for the implementation of the national strategy towards the nation’s digital economy. He is also a mentor to several innovative think tanks based on Blockchain technology and agile software development. Aruna graduated with honors with a degree in Computer Science from Stony Brook University, New York, USA. He also has credentials in Audio Engineering from the New York Institute of Audio Research.

Guinea

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Mory Camara

DG ANGEIE - Member of the Permanent Technical Team 

ANGEIE & National Agency for Economic and Social Inclusion

Mory CAMARA is currently Managing Director and a member of the Permanent Technical Team at the ANGEIE in Guinea. ANGEIE manages the application of information and communication technologies (ICT) for the provision of government services, information exchange, communication transactions, integration of various systems and autonomous services between governments (G2C, G2B, G2G, G2E), as well as back-office processes and interactions across the entire government framework. ANGEIE serves to organize government services in a practical, efficient and transparent manner. Mory has extensive experience as a senior private sector executive with proven expertise in designing, architecting, deploying and managing complex and cost-effective network solutions worldwide. He has successfully developed process improvement initiatives, and implemented complex solutions in a simple and compelling way.

Namibia

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Oscar Muhapi

Deputy Director

Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration (MHAI)

Since 2015, Oscar MUHAPI is the Control Administrative Officer heading the ID Production division under the Directorate of National Population Identification and Production within the Department of Civil Registration in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration, Republic of Namibia. Prior to his appointment he headed the sub-division of Information Capturing and Production in the same Directorate. He has been with the Ministry for the past 14 years and has extensive knowledge in Civil Registration matters. His main responsibilities cover the overall management and coordination of activities for the production of Identity Documents, supporting the development and implementation of the Department`s long-term strategic goals and annual plans, maintaining and managing the ID segment of the National Population Register, and ensuring effective management of identification cases.

Togo

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Sama Adom

Project Leader

Ministry of Posts and Digital Economy

Mr. Sama ADOM is currently the Project Coordinator for Togo’s National eID Project. Majority of his professional experience was achieved through managing projects in investment banking, asset management and providing financial data. Following over 12 years’ experience in Europe and Asia, he joined presidential teams in Togo as a Mission load. The implementation of a biometric national ID system in Togo which is intended to assign each citizen or resident with a unique identification number based, on the Aadhaar model first established in Indian.

Central African Republic

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Andrien Nestor Zouaka

Police Colonel, Expert

General Secretariat of the Inter Ministerial Committee for the Fight against Drugs and Drug Addiction (SGCILDT) 

Andrien Nestor ZOUAKA, PhD student in Criminology, began his career at the National Central Office (INTERPOL-BANGUI) where he completed several IT-trainings. For 3 years, he worked alongside the Congolese National Police, as part of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission for the Democratic Republic (MONUSCO), as Technical Advisor and trainer in the IT-training-project. In 2015, he was appointed National Expert for the security of biometric data in the CEMAC community area, a position he held cumulatively with the post of Director of Emigration - Immigration, actually he is Expert and Director General in charge of Administration and Management at the SGCILDT. 

Guinea Bissau

Fernandinho D.  Sanca

Legal Adviser

Center for Technological Appreciation and Electronic Governance (CEVATEGE) 

Fernandinho Domingos SANCA is the Legal Advisor at the Center for Technological Appreciation and Electronic Governance (CEVATEGE) in Guinea Bissau.  He also lectures at Lusofona University, Guinea-Bissau. In his capacity as a lawyer he promotes the introduction of amendments to the draft Civil Registry Code related to an electronic civil registry. The amendment includes a move towards incorporating the use of new technologies and electronic signatures in the Guinean Civil Registry. He participated in the formation of the State Electronic Certification System carried out in an intensive regime in the facilities of the National Press - Casa da Moeda, S. (UN-EGOV) UN University Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance. He was National Legal Consultant for the computerization of the Civil Registry of Guinea-Bissau, in the PAS-PALOP project financed by the European Union (2017-2018). He holds a PhD in Law from Carlos III University, Madrid, Spain; a Masters in Private Law from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain;  a Masters in Legal Counseling from the Marta Abreu Central University of las Villas, Cuba; and a Law Degree from the Marta Abreu Central University of Las Villas (Cuba-2002). Fernandinho has also published several academic papers in international journals.

Niger

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Tinni Hamadou

Director of Census, Statistics and Materials

Ministry of Interior

Tinni HAMADOU is the Director of Censuses, Statistics and Materials at the Directorate General of Civil Status, Migration and Refugees (DGECM / R) in the Ministry of the Interior of Niger. He works on the design and implementation of civil registry policies and programs through the identification of people, production of statistics, production of monitoring and evaluation tools, coordination of administrative censuses in all municipalities of Niger and the management of record carriers. In his role he attends critical meetings related to national identity scheme development and management. He has also monitored and supervised missions to civil registration centers in the municipalities of Niger, and is currently supervising the mapping of civil registration centers and the feasibility study Computerization of the civil registration system.

Tunisia

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Sofiene Hemissi

Director General

Ministry of Local Affairs and Environment 

Sofiene HEMISSI is currently the Director General of Information Systems Development at the Ministry of Local Affairs and Environment, Tunisia. In this capacity he oversees the Nation Unique Citizen Identifier project and the overhaul of the National System of Civil Status. In the past he has held several positions including CEO of the National Computer Center (www.cni.tn); Director General of Information Technologies at the Ministry of Digital Economy; National Coordinator of the eGov program of the National Strategic Plan for the Digital Economy - "Digital Tunisia 2020" during 2015-2016. Mr Hemessi is an Expert in public procurement in the digital domain.

Chad

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Josias Taradoum

In charge of the Civil Status Section 

Ministry of Civil Status for the Establishment of a National Vital Registration Center

Mr Josias TARADOUM started his career as a lecturer at Miandoum then later became Director of  “Ecole du Centre” de Bébédjia before his admission to the Ecole Nationale d'Administration et de Magistrature (ENAM), where he then entered the local government sector. After leaving ENAM he was assigned to the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralization and was appointed Head of Studies and Prospective. In March 2013, he served as Civil Status Officer in the Support Program for Good Governance (PAG), funded by the European Union. This program supports the Ministry of Civil Status for the Establishment of a National Vital Registration center, trains registrars, magistrates and communicators on civil registers in Chad, and contributes to the popularization of these texts.

Kenya

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Reuben Kimotho

Director of National Registration

National Registration Bureau (NRB)

Mr. Reuben KIMOTHO is the Director of National Registration at the National Registration Bureau (NRB) in Kenya. He holds a Masters in Public Administration and a Bachelors degree in Law. He is also an advocate of the High Court of Kenya. Mr. KIMOTHO has wide experience in public administration, and citizens’ registration (including Registration of births and deaths).

Nigeria

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Godswill C. 

Ukauwa

Comptroller of Immigration

Nigeria Immigration Service

Godswill Chinemerem UKAUWA is the Assistant Comptroller of Immigration at the Nigeria Immigration Service. Having been trained in law enforcement and criminal justice, and in serving Nigeria’s Public Service for over 20 years, he is no doubt exposed to identity related issues, and understands the importance of electronic identity as a necessity for the management of national economic and security challenges. Godswill is an advocate of electronic Identity for all within the shortest possible time for socio-economic development and security enhancement. Academically he is also qualified in the field of Economics, Business Administration and Management which have become advantageous in diagnosing the effects of crime and criminality to the economy and the society.

Uganda

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Grace Nanyanzi

Manager

National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA)

Grace NANYANZIA is Information Systems Manager at the Uganda’s National Identification and Registration Authority.  She is a multi-skilled ICT professional with well rounded supervisory and technical expertise. She has extensive practical knowledge in building complex systems, hardware and software specifications, testing and implementation, network support, technical support and computer repairs. Grace has a wealth of experience in ICT policy development, strategic planning, infrastructure design, project evaluation, national identification and registration systems, biometrics systems, and system integration. She was part of the National ID project implementation team that achieved 14 million adults registered within 4 months. In the past, she was also a member of the system specification and testing team and was IT lead overseeing 24/7 operations for a period of one year. She is currently focusing on system integration to ensure various institutions are able to verify identities and share information online.

Côte d’Ivoire

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Elisabeth Gore

Administrator

Independent Electoral Commission

Elisabeth GORE is Assistant Director of Studies and Documentation at the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). She began her career in 1998 at the National Institute of Statistics (INS - Cote d'Ivoire) as Communications Officer for the operations of the General Population Census of 1998, and Revision of the Electoral List 2000. She is responsible for coordinating public awareness activities. In 2008, she joined the Directorate of Studies and Civic Education (DEEC) of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). From 2010 to 2016, she participated in the electoral processes as a trainer of local commissioners in various regions (Moyen-Comoé, Gontougo, Bounkani and Sud Comoé) for presidential elections, regional councilors elections and municipal councilors. Elisabeth is a graduate of the Institute of Communication Sciences and Techniques (ISTC - Abidjan).

Lesotho

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Tumelo Raboletsi

Director

Ministry of Home Affairs

Mr. Tumelo RABOLETSI is the Director for the National Identity and Civil Registry (NICR) department at the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Kingdom of Lesotho. As Director, he has been instrumental in the establishment, design and current operations of the Department of National Identity and Civil Registry. He is also responsible for conducting consultations with relevant authorities to ensure appropriate staffing. Prior to his role as Director with the Ministry, he served as Acting Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs where he was responsible for the departments of Immigration and Passport Services and was Project Manager for the integrated ePassport and Border Management system and the National Identity and Civil Registry system.

Rwanda

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Jacques Kayisire

Director

National Identification Agency (NIDA)

Jacques KAYISIRE serves as Director of ICT infrastructure at the National ID Agency of Rwanda (NIDA). He possesses nearly 14 years of professional experience in the field of ICT and has been with NIDA for over 9 years. He started as a member of the ID Project Task Force, approved by Cabinet in 2008, as the Charge of ICT. Jacques graduated in 2002 from PSG College of Technology and holds a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. In 2009 he completed his Masters in IT Communication Management from Kigali Institute of Technology and later received a Post Graduate degree in Project Management from Maastricht School of Management in The Netherlands. He has been involved in the planning and execution of Rwanda’s ID Project, and has served a valuable role in other government projects.

Zambia

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Alick Mvula

Chief Passport and Citizenship Officer

Ministry of Home Affairs

Alick MVULA is Principal Registrar in the Department of National Registration Passports and Citizenship in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Zambia. He has 26 years’ experience in Civil Service, 8 year of which he served in senior management as a Principal Registrar responsible for National Identity cards. Alick has also contributed to the development of the nation’s migration from a paper based national ID card system to the modern digital system which will soon be launched.  Additionally, he has pursued courses in fraud detection for eID systems and integrity programs. Alick generally has a profound interest and dedication in ensuring a successful implementation of an eID system in Zambia. He holds a Masters degree in Public Administration and a Diploma in Management Studies. 

Djibouti

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Moustapha M. 

Ismail

Director General

National Agency of State Information Systems (ANSIE)

Mr. Moustapha Mohamed ISMAIL is Director General of the National Agency of Information Systems (SI) of the State at the Presidency of the Republic of Djibouti. He has worked on the development and implementation of the Djiboutian Government Datacenter which not only contributes significantly to pooling in the state's IT resources, but also offers the State a common multi-service platform for hosting administrative computer applications. He currently pilots the project for the design and implementation of a national system of identification and biometric authentication which aims to provide the country with a reliable and secure National Population Register. In addition, he created a blueprint for the development of electronic services for citizens across the State. He also contributed to the development and implementation of the Social Register project, particularly the technical specifications phase for defining requirements, and overseeing the deliverables and deployment of the solutions that are currently in progress.

Liberia

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Zeze Reed

Deputy Executive Director

National Identification Registry (NIR)

Mr. Zeze REED has been the Deputy Executive for Technical services at the National Identification Registry since October of 2015. He brings to this position over 30 years of management and organizational skills, quality assurance, program development and training experience. Prior to joining the National Identification Registry, he severed as Project Director at DATAWARE cooperation where he directed the integration of an on-line banking package for the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI). He also supervised a team of business, systems and program analysts in the design and implementation of the entire on-line banking package, prepared materials and conducted training for LBDI staff. He also served as Senior Manager for Data Processing at the National Housing & Savings Bank, where he managed the development of an interactive database for the bank’s operations, supervised teams of programmers and systems analysts, developed a computerized reporting system for the bank’s operations including assets and liabilities, developed system maintenance procedures including backups and recoveries, planned and executed systems development projects using consultancies, prepared materials, and conducted training for bank operations. Mr. REED holds a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Liberia and MSc in Information Technology Management from American University, Washington D.C. USA. 

São Tomé and Príncipe

Alberto Pereira

President

Electoral Commission

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