THE ID4AFRICA AMBASSADORS

CLASS OF 2022

Algeria

Prof. Abderrazak Henni

General Secretary (Vice-Minister)
Ministry of Post and Telecommunications

Prof. Abderrazak Henni is an IT professional 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 industry, SMEs and Promotion of investment. Prof. HENNI has an Engineering Degree from CERI (now ESI) in Computer Systems and a PhD in Computer Systems from Pierre et Marie- Curie University (PARIS VI), France.  

Angola

Dr. Carlos Cavuquila

National Director of Identification, Registration and Notary
Ministry of Justice and Human Rights (MJDH)

Dr. Carlos Cavuquila is the National Director of Identification and Notary at the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights (MJDH) in Angola. He is also the National Director of the MJDH since 2019. He has served in several capacities including Director of Civil and Criminal Identification; Director of the Studies, Planning and Statistics Office of the MJDH; Principal Adviser for Legal and Local Affairs of the Provincial Government of Luanda and Director of the Legal Office of the Ministry of Geology and Mines.   

He is an Attorney and Professor of Natural Resources’ Law at the Agostinho Neto University.  

He is presently pursuing a Doctorate in Public Law and Social Sciences at the Agostinho Neto University, Angola and Nova University Lisbon, Portugal. He has a Master’s in international Relations and European Studies and a Postgraduate Degree in Law. 

Benin

Abdon Marius Mikpon’aï

Director of Civil Registration
Directorate of Civil Registration, Ministry of the Interior and Public Security

Abdon M. MIKPON’AÏ is Director of Civil Registration (DGEC) at the 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. The Director of Civil Registration 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). He is a member of the Board of the National Agency for the Identification of Persons (ANIP). M. MIKPON’AÏ entered civil service after pursuing higher studies, working with 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

Tsholofelo Molobe

Chief Registration Administrator, Department of Civil and National Registration
Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs

Mr Tsholofelo Molobe is a civil servant with administrative experience spanning over 17 years. He started his public service career in the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development as a planning officer. He progressed through the ranks to become Assistant District Commissioner in that Ministry with responsibilities entailing overall coordination and delivery of all government programmes including those under civil registration and national identification. In 2015, he was transferred to the Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs as Chief Registration Administrator to oversee delivery of registration services which entails coordination of national registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages, Change of Name and Divorce. His main responsibilities include advising on civil registration policy and legislative improvement, project implementation and organising registration campaign initiatives to increase uptake of registration services. He also acts as a liaison officer for stakeholders or 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.  

Burkina 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

Bienvenu Irakoze

Executive Secretary
SETIC (Executive Secretariat of Information and Communication Technologies)

Passionate about social entrepreneurship and volunteering, Bienvenu Irakoze is a young Telecom Engineer with more than 10 years of experience in the Telecommunications industry. Former Permanent Secretary (Deputy Minister) at the Burundi ICT Ministry, most recently he served as Technical Advisor in charge of network at Burundi State House. Bienvenu was recently appointed Executive Secretary of SETIC (Executive Secretariat of Information and Communication Technologies) with his main mission being to coordinate all Projects and Programs aimed at the implementation of the Burundi National ICT strategy. (ICT Implementation Agency). Bienvenu Irakoze is currently a student researcher in Information and Communication at the Polytechnic University of Yaoundé. He is a member of the Board of Directors of ARCT and the Communal Council of his native Commune NTAHANGWA. He is also the Chairman of the Burundi Internet Exchange Point. 

Cameroon

Jean Hyacinthe Ebela

Technical Advisor, Directorate General
National Bureau of Civil Registration of Cameroon (BUNEC)

Jean Hyacinthe Ebela is Technical Advisor at the Directorate General of the National Bureau of Civil registration of Cameroon (BUNEC) – a public administrative establishment whose mission to ensure the supervision, control, regulation and evaluation of the state’s civil registration system. His background reflects a long administrative career in Cameroonian ministries having been in charge of education, territorial administration and decentralization. Mr. Ebela is passionate about identity matters and believes that the civil registration of a country must reflect the true identity of individuals, and once established, should be protected and managed in the face of socio-political changes, in order to effectively improve the livelihood of citizens. Mr. Ebela is a trained Lawyer and Teacher. 

Cape Verde

Juvenal Pereira

President of the Implementation Team
National Civil Identification and Authentication System (SNIAC)

Juvenal Pereira has been President of the Implementation Team at National Civil Identification and Authentication System (SNIAC) in Cape Verde since 2017. He has coordinated important projects like CNI (National Identification Card), Cape Verdean Electronic Passport (PEC), Residence Card for Foreigners (TRE), Cape Verde e-ID Software for CNI and TRE digital use (authentication and signature). From 2008 to 2017 he was IT Coordinator at “Casa do Cidadão“. He led the transformative initiatives such as: Casa do Cidadão Mobile, Kiosk do Cidadão and Web Portal portondinosilha.cv. He also collaborated in the implementation of Cape Verde’s Public Key Infrastructure, specifically Root Certification Authority. Since 2007 he teaches Computer Science at Jean-Piaget University, Cape Verde Public University and Higher Institute of Economic and Business Sciences. He has held a variety of rolesincluding IT support/Helpdesk, maintenance, analysis and programming, systems administration and information technology management. He has professional training certificates, knowledge and experience in Security Audit, Quality Audit, Systems Administration and Leadership.  He has a Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Évora (UEvora) – Portugal. 

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 Economy and Development Planning

Josias TARADOUM began his career as a Teacher at the Official School of Miandoum, then became Director of the school in the Center of Bébédjia before being admitted to the National School of Administration and Magistracy (ENAM) where he subsequently joined the local government sector. After leaving ENAM, he was assigned to the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralization and was appointed Head of the Studies and Foresight Service. In March 2013, he held the position of Civil Status Officer within the Support Program for Good Governance (PAG), funded by the European Union. This program supports the Ministry in charge of civil status in the creation of a national center of civil status, trains Mayors and Agents of civil status, magistrates and communicators on the texts governing civil status in Chad. and contributes to the popularization of these texts. Mr. TARADOUM was also named the decree nº 4072 / PR / PM / 2016 of October 10, 2016 of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Chad, Deputy National Coordinator of the National Steering Committee of the Global Assessment of the civil status system by the APAI-CRVS method. He carried out capitalization missions in matters of civil status at the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralization in Cameroon and at the National Center for Civil Status in Senegal and several conferences on civil status in Africa. He was also a consultant trainer in civil status as part of the “citizenship support project and prevention of the risk of statelessness” established by UNHCR and the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Public Security. and Local Governance. 

Comoros

Tadjidine Ben Ahmed

Secretary General
Ministry of Interior, Information, Decentralization and Territorial Administration

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Congo

Jacques Essissongo

Prefect, Director General, Territorial Administration
Ministry of Territorial Administration, Decentralization and Local Development

Jacques Essissongo is Prefect, Director General of Territorial Administration at the Ministry of Territorial Administration, Decentralization and Local Development. 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 Konaté

Executive Secretary
Côte d’Ivoire National Borders Commission (CNFCI)

Diakalidia KONATÉ has been appointed as the Executive Secretary of the Côte d’Ivoire National Borders Commission since January 29, 2020. From February 06, 2018 to December 21, 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 27, 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

Coordinator of the Scientific Commission of the National Digital Plan - Horizon 2025
Office of the President of the Republic

Moussa Mbutho is a specialist in information systems management and has solid expertise in several disciplines including the implementation of financial inclusion, the development of digital markets, the promotion of digital payments, the development and management of public policies and national digital strategies, the development and management of an information systems strategy aligned with the company’s strategy, the development of the urbanization of information systems, the management of projects in the portfolio, organizational management, consulting, financial management of projects, management of multidisciplinary teams, marketing and several other areas related to strategic management and digital. He currently chairs the Centre de Séances d’Afrique Centrale (CSSAC), a Congolese organization whose mission is to contribute to the strengthening of scientific and technical capacities to ensure sustainable development, through the promotion of education and training. He is both Vice-Chairman of the executive committee of the NGO Objectif International Science (under Swiss law) and Head of the Advisory Committee. Moussa was also an ICT advisor to the Prime Minister’s Office. Previously, he also held this position in the Office of the Minister of Finance (2010-2012) and was a programmer analyst (specialized in biometrics) at the National Processing Center (CNT) of the Independent Electoral Commission (2007-2011). Moussa is an affiliate member of the International Association for Counseling (IAC), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Eswatini

Andile Dlamini

Regional Civil Registrar, Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Department
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.

 
 

Ethiopia

Yodahe Zemichael

Executive Director, National ID Program
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 the effort in revamping the Ethiopian National ID Program under the Office of the Prime Minister. Yodahe holds a Masters degree in Mechatronics. 

Gabon

Aimé-Martial Massamba

Advisor in charge of IT and National ID Card issues
Directorate General for Documentation and Immigration, Ministry of Interior

 
Aimé Martial 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. Prior to being appointed to his current role in April 2020, he served as Deputy Director of the IBOGA Project at the Ministry of the Interior and Head of PKI Department at ANINF for 7 years. 

Gambia

Lamin B. Fatty

Registrar, Births and Deaths
Ministry of Health

Mr. Lamin B. Fatty is the Registrar for Births and Deaths in The Gambia. He joined the Ministry of Health in 1992 and has been posted at various ranks, eventually being promoted to the position of Deputy Registrar in 2004 and Registrar in 2017. 

He oversees birth registration campaigns and works with partners and stakeholders, including UNICEF, WHO, World Bank, UNHCR Refugee Commission; government agencies such as the Immigration Department and other community-based organizations on civil registration and other health related activities. 

He has an Msc, WAHEB DIP, ADMIN DIP, PEH CETIF, DIP ICT 

Ghana

Theresa Eson-Benjamin

Executive Assistant to the Executive Secretary
National Identification Authority (NIA)

Theresa Eson-Benjamin is the Executive Assistant to the Executive Secretary of the National Identification Authority (NIA), Ghana. Theresa joined the NIA in 2017 and has played key roles in the implementation of the National Identification System (NIS) Project of the Republic of Ghana. She has spearheaded the formulation and execution of a number of policy directives for the implementation of the NIS Project, a project which is based on a public private partnership agreement with Identity Management Systems II Limited. Her responsibilities include collaborating with Data User Agencies, Government Institutions and other major stakeholders for the verification of data in NIA’s National Identity Register (NIR) and execution of contracts in support of the collaboration, handling secretarial duties for the NIA Governing Board and acting as the focal person for Monitoring and Evaluation for NIA. Prior to working with the NIA, she practiced as lawyer with the prestigious firm of Messrs. Kulendi@Law, a reputable law firm in the capital city of Ghana for a period of seven years. Theresa is a Solicitor and Barrister by profession with 10 years standing at the Bar of England and Wales. She was called to the Ghana Bar in 2011 and is an Associate Insurer, Chartered Insurance Institute, UK. She holds a Master’s in Insurance and Banking Law.

Guinea

Djenabou Touré Camara

Director, Electoral Register Department
Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI)

Djenabou Touré Camara is the Director of the Electoral Register Department at the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) in Guinea. She is former National Deputy Director of Electoral Administration at the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation and Department Executive on secondment to the CENI for more than ten years. 

Mrs. Touré Camara has been in the field of elections organization for about fifteen years and specializes in voter identification and the constitution of biometric electoral files. She is a member of the interministerial committee for the reform and modernization of the civil registry and has participated in several regional, sub-regional and national meetings and seminars on identification and civil registry. 

She is passionate about citizen identification. 

 

Guinea-Bissau

Fernandinho D. Sanca

Legal Adviser, ITMA
Technological Institute for Administrative Modernization (ITMA)

Fernandinho Domingos Sanca is the Legal Advisor at the Technological Institute for Administrative Modernization in Guinea Bissau.  He also lectures at Lusófona 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

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

Mr. Reuben Kimotho is the Secretary-Director of National Registration at the National Registration Bureau (NRB) in Kenya. He holds a Masters in Public Administration and a Masters 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 for Technical services
National Identification Registry (NIR)

Mr. Zeze Reed has been the Deputy Executive Director 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 Director of Support for the Civil Status System at the Ministry of the Interior and Decentralization. In this capacity, she ensures the proper functioning of the civil status system and coordinates reforms and related activities. She is responsible for implementing the Ministry’s civil registration guidelines and works closely with stakeholders in the civil registration system. She is also Permanent Secretary of the National Coordination Committee responsible for improving civil status registration systems and civil status statistics – CNC-CRVS. Chaired by the Minister of the Interior and Decentralization, 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 whose main activities consist in 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 sectors of the Administration concerned with 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 assessment 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, secure the management of identity and establish the basis of e-governance in Madagascar. Haingotiana is a Civil Administrator with a Degree in Public Administration, a Master’s Degree in Management and a Master’s 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, General Directorate of Information and Communication Systems
Ministry of Interior and Decentralization

Mohamed N’tilitt is a state engineer in computer science with more than 25 years’ experience in public service in Mauritania. He is currently Director General of the General Directorate of Information and Communication Systems in the Ministry of Interior and Decentralization. Prior to this, he served as Director General of the Electoral Process Support Services Directorate and 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 over 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 

 

Tulimeke holds a Baccalaureus Juris Degree, a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Namibia and a post graduate degree in public administration of mines and mineral resources from the Paris School of Mines. She was admitted as a legal practitioner in 2008 and litigated until 2013 when she joined the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration as Deputy Director for Legal Support Services. She now uses her legal knowledge and experience to enrich her work in the field of civil registration and identity management. 

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 computerization of the civil registration system.

 
 

Nigeria

Aliyu A. Aziz

Director General/CEO
National Identity 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 Generalf
National Identification Agency (NIDA), Ministry of ICT and Innovation

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

Ilma Vaz da Trindade Salvaterra 

General Director of Registries and Notaries 
Ministry of Justice, Public Administration and Human Rights

Ilma Vaz da Trindade Salvaterra is General Director of Registries and Notaries since August 2020. 

She began her career as a jurist in 2009 at the Ministry of Justice and State Reform, having held, among other functions, that of Advisor to the Minister of Justice for Legislative Policy in 2009, Director of the Single Office for Business Creation, between 2010 and 2020, she cumulatively exercised the functions of Chief Conservator of Central and National Director of Public Administration in 2019/2020. 

She has a Law Degree from the Faculty of Law of the University of Macau Special Administrative Region – People’s Republic of China. 

Senegal

Mouhamed Mahi Sy

Director, Information System, Agency for Universal Health Coverage
Ministry of Community Development, Social and Territorial Equity

Mouhamed Sy is Information Systems Director of the Agency for Universal Health Coverage, 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, later becoming Director General. In this area of expertise, he contributed to the launch of Money Express, the first 100% African money transfer network. He also succeeded in establishing the “Call Me” 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 continues to accompany the State, as a consultant, on major projects related to ICTs and digital identity.  

Mouhamed has an engineering degree in Studies and Development, a Master’s in Business Management, and a certificate in Web Technologies. 

He teaches e-gov at the Leopold Sedar Senghor University of Alexandria in Egypt and is a member of the scientific council of the African Center of Excellence in Computer Mathematics and ICT at the University of Saint Louis in Senegal. 

Sierra Leone

Mohamed Mubashir Massaquoi

Director General & Chief Registration Officer
National Civil Registration Authority (NCRA)

Mr. Mohamed Mubashir Massaquoi has been appointed by His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, to provide overall leadership and guidance in the conduct and management of the day-to-day operations and administration of the National Civil Registration Authority (NCRA) since July 2018. The NCRA is responsible for the compulsory, continuous and universal recording and characteristics of vital events of citizens and non-citizens resident in Sierra Leone through an Integrated Civil Registration, Vital Statistics and Identity Management System. 

Since January 2020, Mr. Massaquoi has served as Ambassador for the ID4Africa Movement in Sierra Leone. In October 2019, He was elected Regional Vice Chairman, Bureau of Civil Registration, Vital Statistics & Identity Management at the Fifth Conference of African Ministers Responsible for CRVS for West Africa held in Lusaka, Zambia. 

Mr.  Massaquoi holds an M.Sc. Degree in Development Studies, a B.A Degree in English Language and Political Science with Diplomas and Certificates in Contract & Financial Management, Democratic Governance, Project Management, Electoral Systems, Peace & Security and Monitoring and Evaluation respectively.  He has over fifteen years professional experience   in   administration, programme   management, peace-building   and   democratic governance at both national and international levels. 

Somalia

Dr. Hassan Omar Mahadallah

Rector
Somali National University

Dr. Hassan MAHADALLAH is the Rector of the Somali National University. Prior to this, he was an Advisor to the Chief of Staff and Focal person of the Office of the President for the Digital ID Task Force/Steering Committee in Somalia. He is a Commissioner of the Independent Constitution Review and Implementation Commission (ICRIC). In addition to his current roles, he occasionally serves as consultant on Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation (DRM/CCA). Dr. MAHADALLAH is a retired Professor of Political Science.

South Africa

Dr Aaron Ramodumo

Acting Chief Director, Back Office ID Processing
Ministry of Home Affairs

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South Sudan

Lt. Col. David Jobojobo

Deputy Director of ICT
Directorate of Nationality, Passports and Immigration (DNPI), Ministry of Interior

Lt. Col. David O. 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

Silété Devo

Director General
National Identification Agency, Presidency of the Republic

Officer of the Togolese Armed Forces, Captain Silété Devo is the Director General of the National Identification Agency (ANID). After 8 years in operational units and joint staff, he joined the General Secretariat for the Administration of the Ministry of the Armed Forces in 2018. In 2020, he joined the Presidency of the Republic and was then appointed as the head of ANID by presidential decree taken in the Council of Ministers.  

A graduate of the Special Military School of Saint-Cyr in France, the University of Nantes, the Institute of Political Studies of Strasbourg and the National School of Administration (ENA) in France, among others, he is responsible for leading the national identification project, supported by the World Bank. This project aims to assign to all Togolese but also to all residents a unique identification number allowing them to have a legal existence known to the administration and which gives them access to all public and private services. 

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

Rosemary Kisembo

Executive Director
National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA)

Rosemary Kisembo is the new Executive Director of the National Identification and Registration Authority in Uganda. She is a Software Engineer and seasoned IT Project Lead with multi-faceted skills in adopting relevant technologies for business transformation with the goal of productivity, improved service delivery and turnaround time with marked efficiency gains.  Rosemary believes any problem has two sides: the problem and the solution.  She has designed, aligned and executed ICT Policy and Strategy.  She possesses 25 years’ experience in software development in Visual Studio .Net Platform and SQL Server back end and has provided management, leadership, oversight and direction for software development teams, system and user acceptance testing teams and business process re-engineering teams across the software development lifecycle in various assignments in tax information systems and business application space. She has participated in wide ranging process design, analysis, right fit technology acquisition for Enterprise and Project Management tools in Uganda National Roads Authority.  

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 in Public Administration, Degree in Public Administration and a Diploma in Management Studies