THE ID4AFRICA AMBASSADORS

CLASS OF 2021

ID4Africa is proud to present Ambassadors from 48 African countries.

Algeria

Prof. Abderrazak Henni

Director General of Modernization of Justice
Ministry of Justice

Prof. Abderrazak HENNI is an IT professional and is numbered among the pioneers of digital revolution in Algeria and believes that digital transformation is an important pillar of socio-economic development. Prior to his current role, he served as Director General of Modernization, Documentation and Archives at the Ministry of the Interior, Local Communities and Spatial Planning from 2014 to January 2020. He began his career in 1980 as a lecturer at INI where he was eventually 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. Prof. HENNI has a degree in Computer Systems and a PhD in Computer System from Pierre et Marie- Curie University (PARIS VI), France.

 
 

Angola

Israel Carlos de Sousa Nambi

National Director, National Directorate of Registries and Notaries
Ministry of Justice

Israel NAMBI is the National Director at the Directorate General of Registries and Notaries in Angola, and is a Senior Official at the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights. He is a Registrar by career, Lawyer and has been the CEO of Guichê Único da Empresa, a public service supporting companies’ establishment, change or closure. He has a Post Graduate degree in Business and Financial Markets Law.

 
 

Benin

Abdon Marius Mikpon'aï

Director General of Civil Registration
Directorate General of Civil Registration (DGEC), Ministry of the Interior and Public Security Ministry of Interior

Abdon M. MIKPON’AÏ is Director General at the Directorate General of Civil Registration (DGEC), Ministry of the Interior and Public Security in Benin. The Directorate is responsible for implementing government policy on civil status and the identification of persons. Prior to this, he was Technical Director of Civil Registration, having joined the Directorate in 2015. He participates in the design of the Biometric Census (RAVIP) and in updating the Beninese Electoral File as an expert on the Orientation and Supervision Council (COS-LEPI). M. MIKPON’AÏ  entered civil service after pursuing higher studies, where he worked at the Ministry of Justice, Legislation and Human Rights (MJLDH) from 2006 to 2012. From 2014 to 2015, he served at the National Social Security Fund (CNSS) to certify the identification of beneficiaries of family allowances and pensions. He has a Masters in Economics of Transport and Insurance.

 
 

Botswana

Julia Dinoe Poloko

Assistant Director, Department of Civil and National Registration
Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs

Julia D. POLOKO is a civil servant of 28 years. Advancing through a series of promotions, she currently serves as a Divisional Head for Civil Registration Services, which entails coordination of national registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages, Change of Name and Divorce. Her main responsibilities also includes civil registration policy improvement, projects and registration campaigns initiatives to increase the uptake of registration services for universal coverage of national identification and civil registration in the country. Her portfolio extends to being Departmental Representative as a liaison officer for managing stakeholders and business partners, such as United Nations Population Fund, United Nations Children’s Fund and World Health Organization and other government agencies fostering children’s rights issues. 

 
 

Burkino Faso

Michaël G. L. Folane

Director General
National Agency of Security for Information Systems

Michaël Guibougna Lawakilea FOLANE is the Director General for the National Agency of Security for Information Systems (ANSSI) where he coordinates operations for national cyber security, the national cybersecurity strategy 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 integrates 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) and 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.

 
 

Burundi

Remy Nahimana

Director, Department of Population
Ministry of Interior

Remy NAHIMANA serves as Director of the Department of Population at the Ministry of Interior in Burundi. The department is responsible for the collection of facts of civil status in the country’s population. In 2004, he graduated from the University of Burundi with a Degree in Biological Sciences. Prior to that he served in the national armed forces for military service.

 
 
 
 

Cameroon

Jean Paul Ntsengue

Technical Advisor
Elections Cameroon (ELECAM)

Jean Paul NTSENGUE is a lawyer by training. Since 1992, he has been legal counsel to industrial companies in the private sector, legal consultant and researcher before joining the public sector. In addition to these activities, Jean Paul was trained in the fields of political science, economics, finance and communication. He is the author of a reference study entitled “The President of the Republic: Myths and realities of the executive power”, available online at www.artelittera.com under the heading “Political Science”. He worked at the National Elections Observatory (ONEL) of Cameroon between 2002 and 2003 as a political advisor, and was later recruited as a legal expert with the Governmental Technical Commission for two 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 contacted by Elections Cameroon (ELECAM), an electoral institution in which he currently exercises the functions of Technical Advisor. The project for the biometrization of the electoral file was entrusted to him in 2012, where he presented its technical, financial, legal and political evaluation. He also selected the operators bidders of the restricted international tender. Mr. NTSENGUE teaches at the National School of Administration and Magistracy (ENAM) on the course, “Electoral process”, and is an expert in democracy, governance and election of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF).

 
 
 
 

Cape Verde

Aruna Pereira Handem

Director General, Directorate General for Telecommunication & Digital Economy
Ministry of Finance

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.

 
 

Central African Republic

Dr. Andrien Nestor Zouaka

Police Colonel, Expert, General Secretariat of CILDT
Ministry of Interior

Mr. Andrien Nestor ZOUAKA is a Senior Officer of the Central African Police and holds a PhD in criminology. He began his career at the National Central Office (INTERPOL-BANGUI) where he completed several trainings ranging from the field of Information Technology and Communication (ICT), the securing of computer data, the search for computer criminals (cybercrime, cyberattack), as well as the supply and management of INTERPOL’s databases, at the organization’s headquarters in Lyon, France, between 2008 to 2009. 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 project. In December 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, then Expert and Director General in charge of the Administration and Management at the General Secretariat of the Interministerial Committee for the Fight against Drugs and Drug Addiction (SGCILDT).

 
 

Chad

Josias Taradoum

Head of the Civil Status Section, Good Governance Support Program
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.

 
 

Comoros

Said Abdou

Secretary General
Ministry of the Interior for Information and Decentralization

Said ABDOU is the current Secretary General for the Ministry of the Interior for Information and Decentralization, who is responsible for Relations with the Institutions. Mr. ABDOU has an established background in the fields of Higher Education, Research and the Arts, having worked as Secretary General for the Ministry of National Education, Higher Education, Research and the Arts in 2016. Further, he has worked as the Minister of Health, Social Affairs, and the promotion of women and child protection between 2006-2007. He currently holds a Masters in Education Sciences from the University of Aix-Marseille.

 
 

Congo

Jacques Essissongo

Director General, Territorial Administration
Ministry of Interior and Decentralization

Jacques ESSISSONGO is Director General of Territorial Administration at the Ministry of the Interior and Decentralization. Among other responsibilities, he manages civil registration, statelessness and borders. He is also Deputy General Rapporteur of the National Independent Electoral Commission (CNEI).

 
 

Côte d’Ivoire

Diakalidia Konate

Director General
Côte d’Ivoire National Borders Commission (CNFCI)

Diakalidia KONATÉ has been appointed since January 29th, 2020 as the Executive Secretary of Côte d’Ivoire National Borders Commission. From February 06th, 2018 to December 21st, 2019, he carried out work to implement the National Register of Physical Persons, a programme which was included in the 2016- 2020 National Development Plan. He has been the coordinator of the West Africa unique identification for regional integration and inclusion programme (WURI) since August 27th, 2018. In 2015, the Government entrusted him as Head of the National Identification Office (ONI), which was renamed National Office for civil status and identification (ONECI) in May 2019. 

 
 

Djibouti

Moustapha M. Ismail

Director General, National Agency of State Information Systems (ANSIE)
Office of the President

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.

 
 

D.R.Congo

Moussa M. Mbutho

Director of Cabinet and Coordinator of the Technical Unit
Office of the Special Adviser in charge of 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).

 
 

Eswatini

Andile Dlamini

Regional Civil Registrar, Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Department
Ministry of Interior

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.

 
 

Ethiopia

Yodahe Zemichael

Technical Advisor, Technical Advisory Unit
Office of the Prime Minister

Yodahe ZEMICHAEL has more than ten years’ experience as an automation engineer and as Technical Advisor in different roles with government. He has worked in the Ministry of Science and Technology, and presently at the Office of the Prime Minister. In his current capacity, he leads a team of technical advisors working on various technology projects, including the effort in revamping the Ethiopian National ID Program in collaboration with various government ministries. Yodahe holds a Masters in Mechatronics. 

 
 

Gabon

Aimé-Martial Massamba

Deputy Director, The Official Biometric Identification Project of Gabon (IBOGA)
Ministry of Interior

Aimé M. MASSAMBA started his career in 1995 as a development engineer at the General Directorate of Information Technology of the Ministry of Finance. There he served as Deputy Project Manager responsible for the development of state-of-the-art microcomputer applications (Computerization of Baccalaureate exams, Management of Equipment for Military Health Services, Management of Decorations, File of Social Aid, Management of the Regulations Law etc.), to the CANADI Project (National Identity Card) within the National Police Force. Passionate about software development, he was in charge of event programming at the Institut Supérieur de Technologie in Libreville from 2001 to 2005. He was then assigned to the General Directorate of Scholarships and Internships to rewrite the Scholarship Management system of the State until his return to the National Agency for Infrastructure and Digital Frequencies (ANINF) in 2012. Subsequently, he was promoted to manage the tech team supporting the contracting authority in the implementation of the IBOGA Project and of the National Certification Authority of Gabon. In 2013, he was promoted to Deputy Director of the IBOGA Project at the Ministry of the Interior and Head of PKI Department at ANINF.

 
 

Gambia

Fatoumata Sanyang

Senior Delivery Analyst, Department of Strategic Policy and Delivery
Office of The President

Fatoumata SANYANG is currently Senior Delivery Analyst within the Department of Strategic Policy and Delivery at the Office of the President. As a member of the Delivery Unit, she oversees the Unit’s operations with relevant ministries, agencies and other public bodies to assist and monitor projects and/or reforms, and provide high-level oversight for the management of the policy development continuum and the functioning of effective policy development and implementation system. Prior to this, she was Senior Financial Analyst at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, Public-Private Partnership where she assisted in a wide range of functions. She provided technical, coordination and transaction support to the Ministry of Finance and Cabinet in the design and formulation of policies and projects relating to the delivery of infrastructure and infrastructure-related services via Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) across multiple industries and multiple sectors.  She also analyzed financial models, both in the feasibility studies and in the proposals submitted for PPP Projects and SOEs. Before joining the Ministry, Fatoumata held several positions including a managerial position at Sun textiles (PTY) Ltd. in Maseru, Lesotho. 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.  

 
 

Ghana

Emmanuel K. Brown

Senior Officer, National Identification Authority (NIA)
Ministry of Monitoring and Evaluation

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.  

 
 

Guinea

Mory Camara

Managing Director, ANGEIE
Office of the Prime Minister

Mory CAMARA is currently Managing Director of 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.

 
 

Guinea-Bissau

Fernandinho D. Sanca

Legal Adviser, Center for Technological Appreciation and Electronic Governance (CEVATEGE)
Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, Public Private Partnership

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.

 
 

Kenya

Reuben Kimotho

Director of National Registration, National Registration Bureau (NRB)
Ministry of Interior and Co-ordination of National Government

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).

 
 

Lesotho

Tumelo Raboletsi

Principal Secretary
Ministry of Home Affairs

Tumelo RABOLETSI is the Principal Secretary of Lesotho’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) where he previously served as Director for the National Identity and Civil Registry (NICR) department. As Director, he was instrumental in the establishment, design and current operations of the NICR. He was also responsible for conducting consultations with relevant authorities to ensure appropriate staffing. Prior to this, he served as Acting Principal Secretary of the MHA where he was responsible for the departments of Immigration and Passport Services and was Project Manager for the integrated ePassport and Border Management system, as well as the NICR system. Tumelo is an active member of the Committee of African Civil registrars and is currently the ID4Africa Ambassador for Lesotho. 

 
 

Liberia

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. 

 
 

Madagascar

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.

 
 

Malawi

Asante Mussa

Chief Registration Officer
National Registration Bureau (NRB)

 

Asante Mussa joined Malawi’s National Registration Bureau (NRB) as an ID and Biometric Expert in 2013, after 7 years as a Trainer in the Malawi Judiciary. He currently serves as a Chief Registration Officer and as a member of the senior Management Team, plays a significant role in providing policy direction to the work of the NRB.

He played a leading role in the development of the National Registration Act Regulations that led the NRB to commence its work in 2015 and has been at the centre of developing all Standing Operating Procedures that define its work. Mr. Mussa also worked closely with the Consultants that developed the Malawi National Registration and Identification System in 2016.

Mr. Mussa holds a Bachelor of Education Degree (2004), Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies (2010) and recently completed a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Management from the University of Malawi. He has attended several courses in Leadership & Management, ICT and Finance, nationally and internationally. 

 

Mali

Dr. Abdoulaye Alkadi

National Director, Civil Status
National Directorate of Civil Status

Abdoulaye ALKADI holds a doctorate in Law from the University of Paris II Assas and has served as Sub-Prefect, Prefect, and Governor of the region for several ministerial departments, including Territorial Administration and Decentralization, Economy and Finance, Civil Service and State Reform, Culture, Crafts and Tourism. He served as Chargé de Mission, Technical Advisor and Chef de Cabinet, and was also Deputy Director of the Prime Minister’s Cabinet. He is currently the National Director of Civil Status. Dr. ALKADI holds strong interest in issues concerning new information and development technologies, as well as the modernization of civil status. 

 
 

Mauritania

Mohamed N'tilitt

Director General, Directorate of Support Services for the Electoral Process
Ministry of Interior and Decentralization

Mohamed N’TILITT 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.

 
 

Mauritius

William M. Ayelou

Registrar of Civil Status, Civil Status Division
Office of the Prime Minister

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.

 
 

Morocco

Dr. Omar El Alami

Head of Strategy Division, Information System
Ministry of Interior

Dr. 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. Dr. EL ALAMI holds a Doctorate in Engineering  for Information Systems.

 
 

Mozambique

Hon. Manuel Malunga

Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Justice, Constitutional and Religious Affairs

Hon. Manuel MALUNGA is Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Justice, Constitutional and Religious Affairs in Mozambique. He joined the public service in 1996, serving in various positions such as National Director of Registries and Notary and Inspector General of the Ministry of Justice. He has chaired subcommittees for reviewing the civil register and notarial codes, coordinated the subcommittees responsible for revising the Code of Commercial Register, and has coordinated the Commission for drafting the law on agriculture-livestock associations. Aside from his role in public service, Mr. MALUNGA has been a professor at the Faculty of Law of Eduardo Mondlane University Maputo in Mozambique since 2002, and at the Catholic University of Mozambique (Faculty of Law – Law of minors), since 2016. He has spoken at several conferences and has both authored and co-othered several publications including policies and legal texts.

 
 

Namibia

Tulimeke Munyika

Director, National Population Register, Identification and Production, Department of Civil Registration
Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security

Tulimeke Munyika is the Director for the National Population Register (NPR), Identification and Production under the Department of Civil Registration, since 2019. In her current role, she is responsible for managing the NPR as well as National Population Identification and Production. Her current major projects include the law reform of civil registration and identity management and the operationalization of the Civil Registration and Identification Bill.

Niger

Hamadou Tinni

Director of Census, Statistics and Materials, Directorate of Civil Status and Refugees
Ministry of Interior

Hamadou Tinni 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.

 
 

Nigeria

Aliyu A. Aziz

Director General
National Identification Management Commission (NIMC)

Aliyu AZIZ is the Director General /CEO of NIMC in Nigeria. Before this appointment, he was one of the pioneers of the Commission and held the position of Director for the Information Technology (IT) /National Identity Database Department. Previously, he was Director at the Secretariat of the Presidential Implementation Committee; responsible for implementing government decisions for consumer credit systems, national outsourcing initiatives and the harmonization of identification schemes in Nigeria.  

 
 

Rwanda

Josephine Mukesha

Director General
National Identification Agency (NIDA), Ministry of Local Governance

Josephine MUKESHA is Director General at the National Identification Agency (NIDA) in Rwanda since February 2017. Ms. MUKESHA has a strong database management background based on intensive academic training and more than 10 years’ work experience in database management, mobile software applications, networking, project management and people management. Prior to her current role, she served as Director of IT for the Database and Applications division at NIDA for over 8 years. 

 
 

São Tomé and Príncipe

Alberto Pereira

President
National Electoral Commission

Alberto PEREIRA joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of São Tomé and Príncipe in 1998 and is currently Minister-Counsellor of the Diplomatic career of São Tomé and Príncipe. Since 2015, he has been elected by the National Parliament of São Tomé and Príncipe to the post of Chairman of the National Electoral Commission of São Tomé and Príncipe Republic. He serves within these functions until the present moment. Alberto has a degree in law from the Jean Monnet University of Saint Etienne- France, and  postgraduate in Diplomacy from the Brazilian Diplomacy Instituto-Rio Branco de Brasília- Brazil.

 
 

Senegal

Mouhamed M. SY

Director, Information System, Agency for Universal Health Coverage
Ministry of Health and Social Action

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.

 
 

Sierra Leone

Mohamed Mubashir Massaquoi

Director General
National Civil Registration Authority (NCRA)

As a Presidential appointee, Mr. Mohamed Mubashir MASSAQUOI provides overall leadership and guidance in the conduct and management of the day-to-day operations and administration of the Authority. The NCRA is responsible for the compulsory, continuous and universal recording and characteristics of vital events (Births, Deaths, Marriages, Divorces, Adoptions, Judicial Separation, Nullities, Recognition, Legitimization, Foreign Residency and Identity Management) of citizens and non-citizens resident in Sierra Leone through an Integrated Civil Registration, Vital Statistics and Identity Management System.

 
 

Somalia

Dr. Nur Hersi

Chief of Staff
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.

 
 

South Africa

Thomas Sigama

Deputy Director General, Department of Home Affairs
Ministry of Local Governance

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. 

 
 

South Sudan

David Jobojobo

Deputy Director of ICT, Directorate of Civil Registry, Nationality, Passports and Immigration (DCRNPI)
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.

 
 

Sudan

Elhussein I. H. Badri

Economist, International Organizations and Institutions
Central Bank of Sudan

Elhussein BADRI is an Economist at the Central Bank of Sudan which he joined in 2005. There he worked as a Statistician and Economist in the Research & Development Department, and later (currently) in the International organizations and Institutions Department. He has served as a member of many internal economic committees in Sudan with relevant government entities and civil society bodies which led to his involvement in several regional and international meetings, workshops, and courses. In addition, he has had opportunities to engage with a number of voluntary groups in society and has keen interest in humanitarian efforts being made in the country.  Mr. BADRI has a Bachelors in Economics from Elneelain University. He speaks fluent Arabic, English and basic French.   

 
 

Tanzania

Edson Guyai

Ag. Director, ID Management
National Identification Authority (NIDA)

As acting Director of ID Management at NIDA, Tanzania, Edson oversees the identification and registration process, along with the issuance of National ID cards in Tanzania — a role he has held since April 2020.  Prior to this Edson served as Systems Development and Implementation Manager, where he designed and developed open standard data exchange interfaces for authorized National ID stakeholders. He and his team managed to successfully integrate more than 50 government and private institutions. Edson also served as project manager where he led a team to develop and implement national ID systems.

Before Joining NIDA, Edson worked for Vodacom Tanzania as Senior Billing Analyst. He specializes in identity systems based on smart card technologies and biometric technologies, project management, business and systems analysis, business process management, software development methodologies, policies and procedures development, and business and technical documentation.

Togo

Sama Adom

Project Leader, e-ID Togo
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.

 
 

Tunisia

Sofiene Hemissi

Director General, Informations System Department
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.

 
 

Uganda

Grace Nanyanzi

Manager of Information Systems of National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA)
Ministry of Internal Affairs

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.

 
 

Zambia

Alick Mvula

Deputy Registrar General, Department of National Registration, Passport and Citizenship
Ministry of Home Affairs

Alick MVULA is Deputy Registrar General in the Department of National Registration Passports and Citizenship in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Zambia. He has over 28 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.