Marieme Jamme | Founder of Accur8Africa & Senegal Data Champion

A regular speaker of Women of the World (WOW) at the South Bank in London, recently named as one of the 100 most influential Africans by the Africa Business Magazine, and Forbes Magazine, Mariéme Jamme is a Senegalese born-British businesswoman, who ran a technology consultancy business in London. Her company Spotone Global Solutions helps Internationaltech companies selling enterprise software solutions, to set a foothold in Africa, Middle East and Asia. Marieme is best known for her role in promoting technology, good governance, transparency and a better education standard in Africa.

Honoured as a young global leader in 2013 by the World Economic Forum, Marieme is also the Founder of JJiguene Tech Hub in Senegal: the first women Tech Innovation Networks supporting young women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math’s (STEM).

Twitter: @mjamme

Claude Migisha K. | Rwanda Data Champion

Claude Migisha K. is a technologist with over six years of experience working at the intersection of technology and socio-economic development.

He pioneered the inception of the Rwanda tech innovation sphere by being the founding manager of kLab – a tech innovation hub – and by implementing THINK – a $1m USD Millicom-owned tech incubator, both based in Kigali, Rwanda. He has worked as ICT4D expert in sectors ranging from education, health and citizen engagement to adolescent girls’ empowerment with international organisations like Jhpiego, World Relief, Kepler, GirlHub Rwanda and Oxfam GB. In 2015, Claude was named an open government fellow for Rwanda with the Open Knowledge Foundation and Code for Africa.

Twitter : @MigishaK



Bright Simons | Ghana Data Champion

Bright Simons is president of the mPedigree Network, where he pioneered a system that allows consumers to instantly check whether products they buy, especially health-related products, are counterfeits or not by sending a free text message. He is honorary director of development research at IMANI; a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils (on Data and development), Young Global Leaders, and Technology Pioneers Communities; a TED and Ashoka fellow; and a Brain Trust member of the Evian Group at IMD.

Twitter : @BBSimons

Philip Thigo | Kenya Data Champion

Philip Thigo is a Kenyan technology & governance practitioner. He is a Co-Founder & Executive Director at INFONET in Kenya, an innovation initiative aimed at building capabilities of Governments, Civil Society & Citizens for better development outcomes.

Mr. Thigo has previously held executive positions, most notably Foundation El Taller based in Tunis, Tunisia, working with organizations in Asia, Africa, Arab World and Latin America. He is currently a Communications Consultant for the African Union Commission, Bureau of the Chairperson & the African Governance Architecture (AGA) at the Department of Political Affairs. He is also a Consultant on Innovation for the Presidency, Republic of Kenya. He was honored at the 50th Anniversary of the Academy of Achievement USA as a delegate and serves as a Global Advisory Board Member for UNDP/Motorolla Network for Social Innovators. His educational background is in Systems Analysis and Governance.

Twitter : @pthigo


Muchiri Nyaggah | Kenya Data Champion

Muchiri serves as the Executive Director at the Local Development Research Institute, an African non-profit think tank that exists to support the work African Union member states are doing to achieve progress in development across Africa. Working with both state and non-state actors, LDRI provides technical and technology support to those who work on policy development and implementation as well as those who work in oversight of the implementation with a focus on data and related capacity building.
Muchiri served as the Deputy Executive Director and Policy Lead at the Open Institute and worked on open data and open government projects at national and sub-national level. He serves on a number of advisory boards including that of DEMO Africa  & The Open Institute.

Twitter : @muchiri

Jacqueline Muna Musiitwa | Zambia Data Champion

Jacqueline Muna Musiitwa, Esq. is the Founder and Managing Partner of Hoja
Law Group, a boutique legal consultancy that represents clients in corporate governance, commercial and public law matters. Hoja Law Group also advises investors investing in Africa and African businesses contracting with foreign businesses.  Jacqueline has served as Legal Counsel and Assistant to the CEO and President of the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (PTA Bank) where she raised $100 million from U.S. Exim for investment in diaspora businesses. She was also an advisor to the Director General of the World Trade Organization on matters of trade, economic integration and global governance and the Rwandan Government on matters related to trade, investment and energy. She is a member of the Board of Bank of Zambia (the Central Bank of Zambia), on the Amistad Commission (commissioned by the New York State Legislature) and on the boards of Prime Insurance, a Rwandan insurance company.  Jacqueline has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at universities in the U.S. and Rwanda and frequently speaks at conferences and opines in the media on matters related to Africa’s economic development.  She is a Young Global Leader 2011 (World Economic Forum), an Archbishop Desmond Tutu fellow 2011 (African Leadership Institute), the 2012 Mo Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellow, and a 2014 New Voices Fellow (Aspen Institute).

Twitter : @nubiancounsel


Erik Charas | Mozambique Data Champion

Erik Charas is the Founder and Managing Director of Charas, LDA, a private sector company investing in and driving the growth of entrepreneurship in Mozambique. He is Vice-President of the Public Services Policy for Private Sector Committee at the Confederation of Mozambican Business Associations and one of three members of the Steering Committee of the British Council Management Express (MEX) programme in Mozambique. Charas was named MSN Hero of Africa 2005 and Archbishop Tutu African Leadership Initiative Fellow 2007. Charas chairs several boards of companies and non-profits based in Mozambique. He is also an invited lecturer at the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique’s only public university. Charas has a degree in Engineering from the University of Cape Town and over 10 years experience in the private and public sectors in Southern Africa.
Twitter: @echaras