Tuesday, May 08, 2007

The Kenyan ICT Bigwigs (Policy) - Part 2

Dr. Shem Ochuodo needs no introduction. He is currently an ICT Advisor to Rwanda’s Minister of State in charge of Energy and Communications and presently chairs the Inter-Governmental Sub-Committee on East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy) Project under the auspices of the NEPAD (Africa Union's New Partnership for Africa's Development).

Shem is the immediate past CEO of the Rwanda Information Technology Authority (RITA), and a former CEO of the Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC). As a former MP for Rangwe (1997-2002) he distinguished himself by championing democratic ideals. The Kenyan Parliament - Members’ Participation Report of 1998-2001 reports that he scored the highest performance marks (651). He also earned the notoriety of being ruled out of order 24 times over the four-year period. He was closely followed by Njehu Gatabaki (Githunguri SDP) who scored 431, Mukhisa Kituyi (Kimilili FORD- Kenya) with a score of 430, and Juja MP Stephen Ndichu (421). He has also previously been a Senior Lecturer and/or External Examiner in a number of African Universities.

His major area of current interest is policy design for ICT for development, especially in poverty reduction and the attainment of the millennium development goals. He holds a PhD in Software Engineering and Database Technology from the University of York (UK) and a Honorary LLD from Marlboro College (Vermont, USA) for Entrepreneurship Development, Politics and Innovation.

Through the African Regional Centre for Computing (ARCC - Kenya) which he founded, he pioneered internet into Eastern Africa. ARCC is an NGO whose initial focus was to promote the development and usage of computing and communication technologies in Africa, with specific emphasis on internet technologies. The initial focus was on Kenya from where it provided the first full internet access. Shem is still the Executive Director.

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