Media & Makers: Juba 2012
Open Knowledge and Sustainable Media Forum
OPEN KNOWLEDGE STREAM
Iduol Ahang Beny is principal of BENY Architecture and creator of the Children’s Pavilion and Interactive Landscape. Having practised in RSS for 5 years, she is interested in challenging notions about what makes a ”modern city,” and hopes to see women and children play a role in the physical development of their new nation. Ms Beny is a graduate of the School of Architecture at Cornell University in the USA and, last semester taught in the Department of Architecture at the University of Juba.
Stuart Campo currently works on UNICEF South Sudan’s Technology for Development (T4D) and Innovation Team. He began his career with Straight Talk Foundation in Uganda, where he supported the design and implementation of a range of programs using a ‘multi-modal’ approach—combining traditional (radio and print) and new (social and digital) media, face-to-face dialogue and outreach, and T4D solutions that cut across health, education, youth participation, and environment & livelihoods programming. Since 2010, Stuart has worked with different UNICEF country offices to support the work of the agency’s global Innovation and Technology for Development unit, developing innovative products, programs, processes, and partnerships to support UNICEF help address the challenges and bottlenecks faced by UNICEF and partners in the implementation of humanitarian and development programs for children.
Jay Cousins, Community Catalyst *ice*cairo, Egypt. Interested in social technology, technology trends, product hacking, open everything, disrupting technologies and systems, Jay Cousins‘ love is human interaction. A digital heretic, prolific and connected, and now community catalyst at icecairo in Egypt, he enables others to make things happen. He likes to create opportunities for people to interact, small excuses that allow them to play, to share and to explore what they’re about. To help them let go of what they think they can’t do, learn new skills and find how they can collaborate with others. Mr Cousins thinks the whole world should be in Beta, when we recognise that nothing is finished and we can still always improve it, shape it and fit it to our personal needs then we will begin to advance our culture. Facilitator Human Rights Makerlab, co founder Open Design City, co creator makerlab, facilitator, instigator makerplatz, company founder, product inventor Orikaso. Twitter: @jaycousins
Dorothy Gordon (FOSSFA, Ghana) is a liberation technologist committed to ensuring that Africa has the capacity to create and implement the ICT solutions it needs to drive sustainable human development. Director of the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT, a capacity-building institution involved in training, research and consulting which runs exclusively on FOSS, Ms Gordon is an active member of the FOSSFA Council. A Ghanaian Panafricanist, Ms Gordon is committed to ensuring that FOSSFA engages effectively with African Governments, using FOSS solutions and key policies in education and media sectors, and pledges to help FOSSFA strategize on building women inclusive developer communities especially in countries where the FOSS community is nascent; to expand partnerships with the wider ‘Open’ community, Open Data, Open Government, Open Health and to build FOSS business. Ms Gordon helped the UNU team design and draft the GIZ ict@innovation project, played a significant role in the drafting of Ghana’s media policy and has served as a two-term Board member of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation. She is currently a Board member of Film Africa – a production company dedicated to promoting African culture and values. Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa
Mikael L. Clason Hook, World Bank, Juba, South Sudan
Ela Kagel, (SUPERMARKT Berlin) is an independent cultural producer and curator, with a focus on free culture & the open web. As one of the transmediale festival program developers she initiated the Free Culture Incubator, a series of research events on the price and value of cultural work. Since 2005, Ela works with Public Art Lab and has initiated a broad range of media culture events, such as the Mobile Studios, Upgrade! Berlin or the Mobicases. Since 2011, Ela is founder and managing partner of SUPERMARKT, Berlin’s center for creative resources. She holds an M.A. in European Cultural Planning from the De Montfort University in Leicester / UK. twitter: @supermarkt facebook: supermarkt
Mark Kaigwa is, at heart, a storyteller passionate about using media, mobiles and technology to write Africa’s next chapter in world history: the innovation chapter. A speaker and consultant based in Nairobi, Kenya, Mr Kaigwa is Partner at Afrinnovator.com where he “puts Africa on the map” publishing exploits across African innovation, technology and startups. He is also Partner at AfricanDigitalArt.com – the web’s leading resource for creative inspiration in animation, illustration, photography and design from Africa. Mr Kaigwa is the creator of an award-winning Warner Bros. videogame in Africa, has written animated short films and directed live-action short films. He is also an ambassador for one of Africa’s leading innovation hubs, the *iHub_ and Africa Ambassador for the Sandbox Network – the world’s foremost community of extraordinary achievers under 30 years of age. twitter @MKaigwa
Stephen Kovats is a cultural and media researcher with a background in architecture and urbanism, is initiator of #OSJUBA, a project being developed by r0g – his recently formed collective agency for open culture, hacktivism and critical transformation. He was most recently artistic director of transmediale, Berlin’s festival for art and digital culture 2008 – 2011 and co-director of the McLuhan in Europe 2011 Network examining the impact of the Canadian media philosopher’s work on art and culture in Europe. His work and interests focus on the dynamic relationships between media, political, and electronic space on the transformation of societal and cultural landscapes. twitter: @intertwilight facebook: r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation
MP Hon. Joy Kwaje Eluzai is Chairperson of Information and Culture Committee in the National Legislative Assembly of South Sudan, currently charged with drafting South Sudan media and access to information bills. Ms. Kwaje is a former Commissioner for Human Rights in Juba, as has been long-time leader of women engaged with South Sudan’s churches. As an activist she has worked to break the chains of poverty and disenfranchisement brought on by conflict and the negative effects of globalization, giving a voice to those who are powerless and as such virtually invisible within society. She has also taken active stands in upholding the 2005 peace agreement’s assurances of protection of women from all forms of harassment, intimidation and discrimination.
Peter Lasu Ladu, with a background in International Studies and Public Administration, is chairperson of the Juba Civic Engagement Centre (CEC) and the Community Advisory Board (CAB). The CEC and CAB are networked organizations made up of 46 and 11 individual civil society groups respectively, supporting and facilitating a broad range of social advocacy, access to information and technical literacy initiatives. As a relief and development worker, Mr. Lasu Ladu has worked on the coordination of relief operations in conflict zones and as a field logistician for the International Rescue Committee (Kenya). He is a Lecturer of Diplomacy and International Studies at the Southern Sudan Christian University of Science and Technology Juba (SSCUST), and has also been involved in the training of numerous groups of public service officials including voter education officials and food insecurity enumerators.
Hon. Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin is the Republic of South Sudan Minister of Information and Broadcasting, and an official spokesperson for the Federal Government. With professional training in Medicine, Diplomacy and International Affairs he was formerly Minister for Commerce and Industry (MCI) and Minister for Regional Cooperation (MRC). Dr. Marial Benjamin was also involved in the SPLM\Sudan Government Peace Talks in Nairobi 1989 as an SPLM member, of which he is still a National Liberation council member to date. As a Member of Parliament (MP) in the South Sudan National Legislative Assembly he represents the Uror South Constituency in Jonglei State.
Dr. Peter Marino Modi Pitya is Director General of Physical Planning at the Republic of South Sudan Ministry of Housing and Physical Planning. An architect and urbanist with a strong international career, Dr. Pitya is CEO of Advanced Design and Development, a Juba based architecture firm, and is chairperson and founding member of the South Sudan Institute of Architects (SSIA).
Amrit Naresh, Open Oil, Berlin is a research associate and open media specialist at OpenOil, a Berlin-based energy consultancy. In July, Mr Naresh developed the South Sudan Oil Almanac as an information source around the industry for South Sudanese journalists, civil society activists, government officials and others. In April he led a MediaWiki training course in a capacity-building project for journalists in Baghdad. He has also helped develop the handbook Exploring Oil Data, a one-stop reporter’s guide to the “Big Data” and open media that are transforming the global industry. Oil Contracts, How to Read and Understand Them is out now!
Kenyi Ndipa is a UK trained ICT specialist, currently the IT Officer at Office of the President of the Republic of South Sudan Government. Working to bring open source solutions into government, Mr. Ndipa is planning a major Ubuntu implementation in his department. Arguing that the advantages of open source software for public organizations are not only more stable and secure data and technological but that their cost efficiency should be taken into consideration when working with public funds. Outside of the office, Mr. Ndipa also owns and runs ‘My Local’ one of Juba’s most sociable cafes.
Asteway S. Negash (FOSSFA, Addis Ababa) is founder and lead consulting engineer of TechSavvi Consultants – a pioneer Linux Certification open source IT consulting company in Addis Ababa and liaison person for FOSSFA in Ethiopia. He received a best developer award in 2008 from the Adama University for Student Information Software project – EEORS, and is involved in the integration and customization of an enterprise resource management system OpenERP for the Ethiopian/African corporate financial model. He works primarily as a programmer and Linux systems engineer and graduated in Computer Science from Addis Ababa University in 2006. Mr Neegash has taken part in and brought to success several open source projects, including the open source single sign-on “Identity Management” system now active in Adama University. Besides being a technologist, Mr Negash is a FOSS business activist, advocate of the open and free software movements and an entrepreneur with a strong belief that Africa currently harbours the world’s most promising business opportunities, greatest need for development and weakest IT infrastructures.
Severin Peters is a Project Manager at AgenZ, the agency for political communication and strategic marketing of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). He plans and implements development-related campaigns and communication projects and initiates new partnerships for GIZ. Before this he worked as a communication consultant (amongst others for the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the German Association of the Automotive Industry) and as a journalist (amongst others for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Spiegel Online).
Moses Simon Soro, recently appointed by the Governor of Central Equatoria State as Commissioner of Morobo County has a background in education (Nkumba University, Uganda) and international studies (Keele University, UK). His aim is to secure open governance in South Sudan, believing that it underlines the basis for the country’s sustainable development, making Government accountable to the people. Previously Mr. Soro worked with the International Republican Institute (IRI) training Members of Parliament in all the Ten State Assemblies of South Sudan on good governance, as well as helping the National Legislative Assembly hold the successful public hearing on the general education bill which is now an Official Act. Passionate with the idea of making South Sudan a bottom-up democracy where the people decide what direction Government should take and what priorities to embark on, Mr. Soro is an active advocate of open government policies.
Davide Storti, Paris UNESCO is the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) specialist at the Knowledge Societies Division in the Communication and Information Sector of UNESCO. He joined the Organization in 1998 and for 7 years led the development and worldwide dissemination of UNESCO software for information storage and retrieval. He then worked as Chief Web Editor for UNESCO’s field offices network, before taking up his current assignment in 2010. Previous to joining UNESCO, Mr Storti worked as an independent software developer consultant, after completing his studies in applied informatics.
David Chan Thiang is Director of Economic statistics in the National Bureau of statistics Republic of South Sudan (NBS). Without many of the higher end technical resources and infrastructure for collecting and assessing economic and social data, the NBS has managed to publish a large variety of high-quality demographic statistics. As such, Mr. Chan Thiang is spearheading initiatives aimed as developing an accurate overview of the demographic and socio-economic histories of South Sudan’s regions. In collaboration with the World Bank his office being implemented The High Frequency South Sudan Survey (HFSSS), an innovative data collection method using handheld tablet computers, which will help the GoSS monitor the pulse of the nation, and ultimately contribute to sustaining stability and peace needed for economic growth.
Philip Thigo is part of a new generation of activists, who believe we should reclaim technology through its own logic as a tool for transformation and change. Mr Thigo is actively involved in Kenya as a member of the task force on Open Data and the Open Government Partnership Initiative (OGP), and is part of a dynamic team at the Social Development Network (SODNET) working on mobile and web-based technologies aimed at strengthening the role of citizens and civil society in the strategic use of technology. He is a co-founder of INFONET, an initiative rooted in SODNET, credited with empowering African civil society, governments and citizens to better engage in enforcing budget transparency, service delivery demands and election monitoring. He works extensively in Africa, the Arab World, Asia and Latin America on concepts and methodologies that challenge the root causes of poverty through alternatives to inspire non-violent means of social transformation. Philip Thigo talks on the importance of democratic transparency and accountability
Eugenio Tisselli is one of the creators and coordinators of Sauti Ya Wakulima, “The Voices of the Farmers”, a collaborative knowledge base created by farmers in Chambezi, Tanzania. Gathering audiovisual evidence of their practice using smartphones to publish images and voice recordings online the projects aim to document their work, record their observations of climate changes and expand their network of social relationships. Mr Tiselli collaborated with artist Antoni Abad to design and program the mobile communication project megafone.net, holds a degree in Computer Systems Engineering from Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Mexico and a master’s degree in Digital Arts from the UPF, is a member of the Hermeneia research group , director and lecturer on the UPF postgraduate course in Programming for the Digital Arts.
Jacob Jiel Akol, Juba, Editor-in-Chief, Gurtong and Secretary to the Board, Gurtong Trust Peace and Media Project
Atem Yaak Atem, Juba Deputy Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Government of the Republic of South Sudan
Nhial Bol, Juba, Editor-in-Chief, The Citizen
Michael Dukku Aggrey (Chairperson, AMDISS Association for Media Development in South Sudan)
Alfred Taban, Juba (Editor-in-Chief, Juba Monitor)