|Nnenna Nwakanma advocates for open data, open government and the open Web across Africa, bringing together local and international stakeholders to advance the open agenda. She works to drive forward the Africa Data Consensus, the Africa Open Data Network, the Africa Open Data Conference and the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms. She represents the Web Foundation at a number of international fora, including the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. Recently, she pioneered the Foundation’s first gender data project – TechMousso, which brought together the data and tech communities with women’s rights organisations to tackle gender challenges in Côte d’Ivoire.
Her career has allowed her to work closely with many civil society organisations, the African Development Bank, the Digital Solidarity Fund and has seen her involved in many phases of the UN’s Africa Information Society Initiative. As well as leading a highly regarded consultancy platform, Nnenna has in recent years co-founded The Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa, and served as a board member of the Open Source Initiative. She has lived and worked in five African countries and is fluent in English, French and a number of African languages.
|Juan-Carlos De Martin is the Co-Director, Nexa Center for Internet and Society, Politecnico di Torino, Italy; Member, Commission on Internet Rights of the President of Italy’s Chamber of Deputies. Formerly: Chair of the Steering Committee of the Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers (2014-2016); Senior Visiting Researcher, Internet and Society Laboratory, Keio University (2011-2014); Coordinator, Communia (European thematic network on the digital public domain) (2007-11).|
|Maria Farrell is a Senior Consultant on Internet Infrastructure and Governance for InterConnect Communications. Previously she was deputy head of corporate affairs and policy officer at ICANN, and has held positions as a telecoms and internet policy expert at the International Chamber of Commerce, the UK’s Confederation of British Industry and The Law Society of England and Wales. Maria also led communications and an advisory project on electronic waste at infoDev, the World Bank/IFC program for technology and innovation for development.
Maria has fifteen years of experience as an expert and advocate on policy issues relating to privacy, telecoms policy, cyber-security, Internet naming and addressing and internet governance. She has worked in various national and international fora in Ireland, UK, France, Belgium and the US. From 2012 to 2014 Maria was a council-member of ICANN’s Generic Names Supporting Organisation, representing European civil society stakeholders in the global generic name-space.
Maria is a Board Director and member of the Policy Advisory Committee of the UK’s leading technology and civil liberties organisation, the Open Rights Group. Maria has an MBA (Hons), an MSc. in Government and a BA (International), History and Politics. She teaches at Oxford University’s Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security and occasionally writes on technology for the Guardian.
|Gordon Lennox was a computer guy who very early on became a computer network guy, a networked applications guy. He was involved in medical research in the University of Glasgow, in the Departments of Neurosurgery and of Electrocardiology. He worked in the private sector, particularly with Logica in the Netherlands. But much of his career was with the European Commission where he was involved in policy, research and regulation as it related to the information society. There was an early emphasis on security and privacy, and a later emphasis on the Internet and the international dimension.|