Meet the 2020 CAACOR Digital Identity and National Security Fellows

Richard Otolo is an experienced researcher, team leader and trainer with a track record working in Africa’s education and ICT sectors. He is particularly interested in the use of technology to create social impact and is a subject-matter expert in privacy and cybersecurity. He currently leads the IT security research group at @iLabAfrica Research Center, which is based at Strathmore University. Richard has been involved in projects deploying IT security solutions for financial institutions across East Africa. Richard is also a published academic and has been a speaker, facilitator, and panelist at numerous events such as the DLA Piper Global Fellows Development Program, Moringa School Blockchain Meetup, Safaricom Digital Academy program.

Job Mwaura is a Doctoral Fellow at the Department of Media Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. Previously, he completed a Masters of Science in Communication and Journalism at Moi University.

His current research interests focus on Digital media in Africa, Data Activism, Digital Cultures and Media and Politics.

Prior to joining PhD studies in South Africa, he taught Communication, Journalism, and Public Relations at Moi University and also worked as a Researcher in a European Research Council-funded project – DIRTPOL, based at the University of Sussex. He also worked at the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) in Kenya.

Sule Ameh James obtained a PhD degree in Visual Studies from the University of Pretoria in 2019. His PhD research contributes a comparative study on the contemporary art of Nigerian and South African artists to writings on contemporary African art. His research interest is in Art History and Digital Humanities. He is a member of the Digital Humanities Association of
Southern Africa and Arts Council of the African Studies Association. He is a fellow of the Centre for African Affairs and Conflict Research (CAACOR) Digital Identity and National Security in Africa Fellowship 2020.

Silas is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya having been admitted to the Bar in November 2016. He is a member of the Law Society of Kenya and previously served as a committee member in the Law Society of Kenya Law Reform, Devolution & Constitutional Implementation Committee from 2018-2020.

Currently, Mr. Ombati is the Managing Partner in Messrs SED Legal LLP and the Head of Litigation.

Ruth’s field of interest in law and policy research is the intersection between law, technology and human rights. She has just completed her dissertation on The Potential Use of Artificial Intelligence in Uganda’s Courts and the Right to a Fair Trial, and recently published on sovereign debt and human rights.

Eddie is the founder and CEO of Vibranium ID, a Kenyan Digital Identity startup developing KYC solutions and Blockchain Identity wallets. Eddie is a finalist of the Rhodes Scholars Program and is an alumnus of the Obama-initiated Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI). He is also a 2020 candidate of the Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program by the Harvard Business School Club of the GCC.

Grace Mutung’u is a research fellow at the Centre for IP and IT Law (CIPIT) at Strathmore University. She works on technology policy in Africa in areas such as digital ID, data protection, inclusive finance and artificial intelligence.

Deng is a peace and conflict researcher and peace building consultant, currently a Managing Director (MD) of the Center for Inter-communal Peace and Reconciliation Programs (CIPREP), focusing on South Sudan’s communal conflict through Inter-communal peace and conflict research.

Collins Tumukunde is passionate about Law and Technology and has previously researched about the legislative framework governing Digital Identity in Africa in a co-authored article published in the World Legal Summit Special Edition titled ‘Legislative Environment in Africa: Data, Digital Identities, Blockchain and AI’.

Elvis is an Award-winning Research Analyst and Corporate Strategist with over 10 years’ experience working in the identity management sector. Proficient in researching, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data related to markets, operations, and economies. Extensively adept in carrying out
stakeholder consultations and community engagement. Holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and two Master’s degrees respectively in International Affairs and Political Economy. Obtained an International Certificate in SME Banking and Financial Services from the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII). Certified in Project Management and Data Analytics.

A Policy Ambassador with the Nigeria Global Affairs Council (NiGAC). Currently a Doctoral Student at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.

Melody is very passionate about the intersection between law and technological innovations. She has published her work in law journals, international law blogs and newspapers. She recently contributed a book chapter on Data Protection in the International Comparative Legal Guide. She is a Legal Consultant at Phukubje Pierce Masithela Attorneys where she specialises in cybersecurity, data privacy and ICT law in general. Currently, she is undertaking her PhD Research programme at the University of Witwatersrand and her project focuses on jurisdictional challenges of cloud computing services on cybercrime investigations.

Samson is currently studying for a master’ s degree in Urban Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa as a Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholar. His research focuses on monitoring and evaluation frameworks for inclusive urban governance systems.

Samson is a Chartered Architect from Nigeria with strong interests for Heritage, Development and Classical Music. His research as a 2020 CAACOR Fellow centres around the theme of ‘boundaries for economic inclusion for marginalized groups’. The research concept would draw on proposed
and ideal framework for implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement in Nigeria.

Nokuthula is an attorney and researcher who holds an LLB and LLM with a focus on Cyber law/ Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Law from the University of the Witwatersrand. She has also obtained certificates in practice and compliance management. She has an avid interest in the intersection of various aspects of social science, but has engaged in research in the areas of the judiciary, artificial intelligence, data protection and privacy, gender rights and equality, land rights, and public interest litigation. She is pursing a PhD in the field of human rights and artificial intelligence.

Nokuthula Olorunju is a PhD intern in the Developmental, Capable and Ethical State (DCES) unit in the Human Sciences Research Council, South
Africa.

Dr Uchenna is an Attorney admitted to the Nigerian Bar. He is the author of
Cybersecurity Law and Regulation (Wolf Legal Publishers: The Netherlands, 2012), International Telecommunications Law and Policy (Cambridge Scholars Publishing: United Kingdom, 2018), and Telecommunications Law and Regulation in Nigeria (Cambridge Scholars Publishing: United Kingdom, 2018).

He is a Fellow of the African Center for Cyber Law and Cybercrime Prevention (ACCP) at the United Nations African Institute for the Prevention of Crime in Kampala, Uganda and has worked as an expert for the Council of Europe, the Commonwealth, the Dutch Government and the Government of Nigeria’s Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Law at the American University of Nigeria.

His extreme passion for the law, social justice, advocacy and youth involvement in policy making inspires him to pursue academic research. He is involved in legal academia, advocacy and in setting human rights discourse.

He has made a number of legal publications in recognised law journals in the field of human rights. An active member of the Makerere Mooting Society. He has represented Makerere University in the European Law Students Association World Trade Organisation Moot Competition in Nairobi, Kenya.

Student of the Law with up to 4 years of dedicated research and study. A quick worker, efficient and always up to the task. Mukisa is a proficient orator, avid
reader; counter – clockwise thinker and activist who strives to change public policy so that it can benefit and protect every individuals’ rights.

Rachel is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a researcher in Intellectual Property and Information Technology law. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Law. She has keen interest in legal issues arising at the intersection between law and technology.

She also has experience writing and researching on cybersecurity and issues related to data privacy and protection, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and cybersecurity issues.

Lucky is among the first cohort MSc. e-Science students of the National e-Science Postgraduate Teaching and Training Platform (NEPTTP), Wits, South Africa.

A trained Data Scientist with interest in data ethics, data privacy and technology fairness, he is a potential PhD candidate at the Electrical and Information Engineering Department of Wits.

Mwape M. Simalambo, is currently pursuing her master’s degree in international trade, business and investment law at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa.

She is a holder of an LLB from the University of Zambia.