Speakers

Justin Arenstein

He is an award-winning investigative journalist and digital strategist currently helping Google and the African Media Initiative strengthen Africa’s watchdog media by working with newsrooms to implement better forensic research and evidence-based reportage. This includes helping media adopt digital tools and data journalism strategies. Justin manages the $1m African News Innovation Challenge, is rolling out HacksHackers chapters across Africa, and supports newsroom-based experiments with citizen reporting, mobile news, and augmented reality platforms. Justin is a former Press Councillor in South Africa, and continues to serve on several media industry bodies and think tanks. His investigative reportage has helped put a senator, two legislature speakers and a provincial cabinet minister behind bars, and contributed to the ouster of two provincial premiers and several other cabinet ministers and state officials on charges ranging from child rape to corruption.

Stephen Abbott Pugh

Stephen Abbott Pugh is a civic technologist based in Kigali, Rwanda and recently helped found Sobanukirwa, the country’s first access to information website. Prior to moving to Rwanda, he was the head of digital projects for the UK Parliament and worked as an executive producer for the Guardian newspaper’s website on a wide range of news, culture, media and community projects.

Serah Rono

Serah Rono severs as Code for Africa’s web developer, building web applications at CitizenLab accelerators.
Code for Africa (CfAfrica) is the continent’s largest open data initiative, using technology and data to help citizens shape their governments and hold those in power to account. CfAfrica currently has country-based programmes in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.

David Lemayian

David Lemayian serves as Code for Africa’s lead technologist, managing a team of software developers and pilot CitizenLab accelerator, plus all shared “backbone” infrastructure.

Code for Africa (CfAfrica) is the continent’s largest open data initiative, using technology and data to help citizens shape their governments and hold those in power to account. CfAfrica currently has country-based programmes in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.

With Support From:

Sandra Moscoso

By day, Sandra is the deputy program lead of the World Bank’s Global Media Development Programme, a partnership-driven initiative which focuses on information and media as drivers of social accountability and good governance. Sandra also launched and managed the World Bank’s Open Finances program, where she worked to open financial data, make it digestible, and supported the use of open data in development. She has worked on open data efforts in Kenya, Moldova, Afghanistan, Nigeria, and across Latin America. By night, Sandra works on local community efforts related to schools and education, active transportation, and open government. For this work, the Sunlight Foundation recognized Sandra as an Open Gov Champion. Prior to the World Bank, Sandra worked as a change management consultant for enterprise systems implementations. A graduate of James Madison University, Sandra lives in Washington, DC with her husband, two children, and the ‘village’ that makes every-day life possible.

Nqobile Buthelezi

Nqobile is the programme manager for AMI’s Digital Innovation Programme, including the African News Innovation Challenge (ANIC). She manages the Hacks/Hackers Africa network and helps in expanding the Code for Africa network of CitizenLabs that provide technology support to ANIC winners to coverage of four “hub” countries in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa. She previously worked as conference manager for the continent’s largest annual gathering of journalists and news technologists, at the Rhodes University School of Journalism and Media Studies’ (JMS) Highway Africa. She has also worked as a journalist for the magazine division of Media24, in KwaZulu Natal.

Our Mission

To boost analytical, evidence-based public discussion
by giving citizens, journalists and civil society
access to the data, digital tools, and computational skills
necessary for transforming our societies into digital democracies.