Welcome to the 2021 African Internet Governance Forum! The conference happened on the 14th - 16th of  December  2021 and recordings of each session are available for you to explore and enjoy anytime.  Contact us: info@afigf.africa.

Theme: Advancing digital transformation in Africa in the face of Crisis
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Dr. Martin Koyabe

Global Forum on Cyber Expertise
Senior Manager AU-GFCE Project
The Hague, Netherlands

Martin has over 25 years of experience working on ICT deployment, innovation, research and development, policy, regulation, and legislation. Prior to joining the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE) to lead the AU-GFCE Collaboration Project, he was the Head of Technical Support & Consultancy (TSC) Division at the Commonwealth Telecommunication Organisation (CTO) in the UK for the last 7 years. He was responsible for managing the delivery of ICT technical support and development assistance to the Commonwealth (which consists of 54 countries) and beyond. Before joining the CTO, he worked as a Senior Researcher & Technical Lead with British Telecommunications (BT) for over 10 years. While at BT he worked on various major projects including BT 21st Century Next Generation Network, developing ICT security solutions, policy, and strategies for BT’s lines of business, including cutting-edge research on Future Internet Architecture, and development of a Global Best Practice framework for mitigating Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) on the Internet.

Martin has been involved in various ICT projects mainly in Europe, the US, the Caribbean, Asia Pacific, and extensively in Africa. He is also a technical expert for the European Commission (EC), World Bank, UN, ITU, and GFCE. He has led and delivered a number of national strategies in Cybersecurity, Broadband, Telecommunication Regulation, and Digital Transformation for a number of organisations in various countries. Most recently, he led various global projects, working with various countries, to develop National Cybersecurity Strategies, National Broadband Strategies, Universal Service Funding Frameworks, CERT/CSIRT, Regulations, and Policies. Some of these countries include Botswana, Cameroon, Uganda, Fiji, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Senegal, Eswatini, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Rwanda, Bangladesh, Seychelles, Namibia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, The Commonwealth of Dominica, Bermuda, Afghanistan, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, Montserrat, Trinidad & Tobago, South Africa, and Liberia.

Martin is accredited for being among the first Kenyan Internet engineers to bring full Internet deployment to Kenya in the mid-90s, while working as Principal Engineer for African Regional Centre for Computing (ARCC), Nairobi, Kenya.

He has a PhD in Communications Engineering and holds several patents. He is an alumni of Egerton University (KE), Nairobi University (KE), Bristol University (UK), University of Aberdeen (UK), Cambridge University, Judge Business School (UK), and Harvard Kennedy School (USA).
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