The Members of the Jury 2016


Maggy Beukes-Amiss

Dr Maggy Beukes-Amiss is a Namibian with over 17 years experience in teaching ICT related subjects at the University of Namibia, within the Department of Information and Communication Studies. She has a PhD in Computer-integrated Education (CiE) through the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She served as Head of Department (2005-2007), and again for another three years (2012-2014). Currently she is the Director of the newly established Centre for eLearning and Interactive Multimedia at the University of Namibia.

She is particularly passionate about eLearning capacity-building activities through the use of open source software packages and research focusing on eLearning technologies and activities. She is a member of the eLearning Committee of the University of Namibia and used to serve on the Namibian Open Learning Network Trust (NOLNet) eLearning Committee as Coordinator of eLearning activities within the entire country for over seven years, until 2011. She has been involved in a number of eLearning capacity-building activities in Namibia and various countries in Africa on behalf of NOLNet, GIZ and GESCI.

She served as Chairperson of the eLearning Africa 2013 Local Organising Committee and was also a reviewer of conference papers for eLearning Africa, on behalf of ICWE GmbH, Germany, 2011-2015. She is a certified ICDL trainer (2007) and an Expert of New Learning Technologies (2005) through TeleAkademia of Furtwagen, Germany.

She has served as an ICT Steering Committee member of the ICT Steering Committee of the Ministry of Education in Namibia since 2005 and, in addition, has been the Deputy Chairperson of the ICT Steering Committee since 2012. She was a contributor of the national ICT Policy and implementation plan, Tech NA!. She was a Commissioner and then Chairperson of the Board, of the regulator Namibian Communications Commission (NCC), 2006-2011. She was also appointed as the country’s eminent e-Content expert through the World Summit Award (WSA), 2006 -2015. She served as a Technical Quality Assurance Committee (TeQAC) member for the African leaders in ICT (ALICT) blended learning programme of GESCI, as well as the tutor-coordinator (training and coaching) e-tutors of the ALICT programme, 2011-2014. Another highlight in her career path is that she has recently been appointed as the Chairperson of the Telecom Namibia Board.


Seynabou Fachinger

My name is Seynabou Fachinger and I am a Project Manager working at GIZ's divison Digital Learning and Virtual Collaboration at Academy for International Cooperation (AIZ) - German Development Cooperation in Bonn. My area of responsibility lies within the field of eLearning for Capacity Development and Learning with New Media mostly in the whole African region. Furthermore, my work comprises different areas, e.g. supporting and enabling educational institutions and/or individuals on how to build own e-Learning capacities, delivering and implementing courses and trainings (eLearning/Blended Learning/mLearning, MOOCs etc.) on different subjects (e.g. health, education, financial literacy), setting up and supporting Communities of Practice and networks for a diverse mix of cultures and communities, in various African countries.

Apart from working in that very interesting and broad field, I have a passion for languages...


Foster Ofosu

Foster Ofosu is a Capacity Development Specialist at the African Development Bank Group (AfDB).  His core responsibilities include supporting skills and competences to support Bank-financed Projects in Africa and to support policy dialogue in Regional Member countries. He is also responsible for creating and managing the Distance and eLearning Initiative at AfDB. Foster has a background in International Business Management with special focus on Innovation and International Technology Transfer. Prior to joining the African Development Bank, Foster was a Senior Lecturer of International Business and Innovation Management at both the Turku School of Economics and Turku University of Applied Sciences, Finland and at the Ghana Institute of Management (GIMPA).  He has published several articles on International Business as well as Innovation Management. Foster has also consulted for European and African organizations in internationalization and commercialization of innovations in the ICT and Biotechnology industries. As an educationist, he has coached and supported individuals and institutions in Africa in innovations and application of ICT in different sectors. 


Aida Opoku-Mensah

Aida Opoku-Mensah is currently Special Adviser on the Post-2015 Development Agenda at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

This role includes coordinating activities on Post-2015 in Africa as well as working with the African Union, African Development Bank and other UN agencies on the Common African Position for the Post-2015 Development Agenda. She was previouslythe Director of ICTs, Science and Technology Division of UNECA. Whilst working in these areas she promoted Science, Technology and Innovation for Development, including strategic areas such as geospatial technology, library and knowledge management, as well as ICT for Development.

She specifically led and implemented impressive initiatives such as UNECA's African Information Society Initiative (AISI) a continental digital agenda supporting African countries to develop and implement national ICT4D policies and strategies, Technology in Government in Africa Awards (TIGA) to encourage African Governments use of technology for development, and was one of the co-architects of the Innovation Prize for Africa Award (IPA) – an initiative to encourage African innovators and inventors to enhance their roles in the Africa's development process.

She is credited with developing and overseeing the implementation of the Access to Scientific Knowledge in Africa (ASKIA) Initiative, an innovative resource to enable African scientists to access scientific knowledge worldwide. Dr Opoku-Mensah's career spans academia, as well as the public and international sectors, and in philanthropy, working for the Ford Foundation's West Africa office in Lagos, Nigeria. She established the Panos Southern Africa regional office based in Lusaka, Zambia as its first director, and has lectured at London's City University on communication policy.

She has written extensively on ICT for development, Science, Technology and Innovation issues. Aida has a PhD from the University of Leeds (UK), an MA from London's City University and a BA from the University of Ghana. She received the Geospatial World Leadership Award for 'Making a difference in promoting geospatial technology in Africa' in 2012, and the ‘Africa Female Diplomat of the Year’ Award from BEN TV (UK) 2012 diplomatic awards.


Rebecca Stromeyer

Rebecca Stromeyer is the Executive Director and founder of ICWE GmbH and Chairman of the Board of the award-winning web portal Internet Course Finders, which is dedicated to education and offers information on all types of educational institutions worldwide. She is also a co-founder of ICEF GmbH, the recognized global leader in international student recruitment and travel for education workshops.

Rebecca grew up in an international environment and was raised multilingually. She was born in Kuwait and spent most of her formative years in different countries in the Middle East, the longest time spent in Lebanon. She studied Slavonic Studies, Comparative Literature, Business Administration and Media Studies in Berlin, Moscow and the UK. This background provided the basis for her first successful exhibition series on languages and multiculturalism, which have been organised in a number of European cities such as Berlin, Budapest, London, Warsaw, Moscow and Prague since 1988.

Over the last decade and a half, Rebecca Stromeyer has been organising events and campaigns related to education and training, as well as languages and media in all parts of the world. Her most prestigious enterprise to date is the ONLINE EDUCA conference series whose flagship, ONLINE EDUCA Berlin, she helped launch in 1995. The annual conference is regarded as the key networking event of the international e-learning industry. ONLINE EDUCA MADRID, first held in 2000, expanded the palette to the Spanish-speaking e-learning community.

She founded eLearning Africa in 2006. The first edition of this annual international conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2006. It was followed by subsequent editions in Nairobi, Accra, Dakar, Lusaka, Dar es Salaam, Cotonou and Windhoek. The 2014 edition will held in Kampala, Uganda from May 28 - 30. The conference is attended by over 1700 delegates from all sectors and ministers from many African nations.

Rebecca is a founding director of E-Cubed Communications, an agency for international communications, marketing and public affairs. She is an advisory member to ELIG and a board member of GDLN Global, a global board overseeing the 120 GDLN affiliates in 80 countries. She is Chairperson of the East Trust, a non profit organization that aims to make a lasting positive impact on education in Africa and she is also a board member of the Drucker Society, a practitioner-led, multi-stakeholder group that builds on Peter Drucker’s fundamental ideas and ideals with the aim of contributing to the evolution of management as a vital piece of a functioning modern society.

Connecting people to enhance the educational process is Rebecca Stromeyer's main focus.

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