The Internet Society Namibia Chapter was officially launched in November 2017 as a not-for-profit association with a mission to promote the development of policy of the Internet as a global technical infrastructure, a resource to enrich people’s lives, and a force for good in society.
The Internet Society Namibia Chapter membership is free for all and represent the extensive multistakeholders within the internet in the Namibia Ecosystem. It is independent and only serves along the interests of the internet policy and development.
It is governed by a board of Directors representing the different stakeholders of the Internet Ecosystem in Namibia.
What is the Internet?
While it may seem like a simple question, defining the Internet isn’t easy. Because unlike any other technology, the Internet can be whatever we make it. We can shape it. We can mold it. But most importantly, we can use it to connect people, communities, and countries around the world.
HOW IT WORKS
Unlike the telephone network, which for years in most countries was run by a single company, the global Internet consists of tens of thousands of interconnected networks run by service providers, individual companies, universities, governments, and others. Open standards enable this network of networks to communicate. This makes it possible for anyone to create content, offer services, and sell products without requiring permission from a central authority.
TO BECOME A MEMBER
- to serve as a focal point for cooperative efforts to promote the internet as a positive tool for social development for all in Namibia
- to unite different internet players in Namibia
- to create awareness on issues related to the development of Internet in the Country
Nashilongo Gervasius is an ICT Policy Analyst, who previously worked as a Journalist for over 8 years in mainstream media. She is also Communication Specialist and a part-time Lecturer in Information and Communication studies. Nashilongo serve a subject matter expert and curriculum Advisor in Media, Information and Communication. Her interests are ICT for Development, Science Technology and Innovation, Education, the Knowledge Society, Gender, Internet Governance, Media for Development, Democracy and Policy Research & Development processes. She holds Masters Leadership Development in ICT and the Knowledge Society
Emilia Naambo Shikeenga was born in Windhoek, Namibia. She holds a B.IT: Software Engineering and a BSc (Hon) Computer Science degree both from the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) formerly known as the Polytechnic of Namibia. Emilia is currently pursuing her Masters in Computer Science.
Emilia presently works as a Business Intelligence Analyst in the Business Intelligence and Data Warehouse division at Telecom Namibia.
She is the Vice Chairperson of Namibia Women in Computing Society (NWiC) and the ACM Women in Computing Windhoek Chapter (ACM-W). She is also both the Co-Lead of the Google’s Developers Group (GDG) Windhoek and the Facebook Developer Circle, and founding member of the Internet Society of Namibia (ISOC) and member of the Namibia Business Innovation Institute (NBII) Developer’s Circle.
Josaphat Tjiho is a 28 years old Namibian youth with a diploma in Performing arts from College of the Arts Namibia and currently studying aviation. Josaphat has managed to represent Namibia both locally and internationally on different programs and fellowship such as the African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC) in Mauritius, (YALI) in South Africa. Peace Revolution fellowship in Thailand in 2016.
He is also a board member of the Wilderness Therapy Namibia and SADC Youth Network. He co-founded an arts education for development organization called ChiNamibia which educates and empower youths on social issues using performing arts. Currently Josaphat is also one of the officer of the Internet Society of Namibia.
Nic Bidwell is a Professor at IUM, Gender and Social Impact Facilitator for the APC’s Local Access Project, and affiliated researcher with RMIT’s (Australia) Digital Ethnography Group. She is Australian-British but spent the first few years of her life in Sudan, has lived in Africa more than anywhere else. Nic researches in the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Most of her consultancy and over 125 peer-reviewed publications relate to technologies that empower the communication and knowledge practices of marginalised groups. Her current projects include community-based networks; ICTs to support rural and/or indigenous connectedness and endangered oratures; and use of network platforms in innovation in formal and informal economies.
Our Executive Council
Our Board of Directors
Alisa Amupolo is a business leader in communications industry with a goal to unearth innovative ways to make connections easier and more sustainable through robust ICT infrastructures. In March 2016, she became the CEO of PowerCom, a 100% subsidiary of Telecom Namibia, which provides telecommunications towers, rooftops and 3rd party colocations services to a range of clients. As the company’s CEO, Alisa’s responsibilities include overseeing a team of young, dynamic and vibrant personnel; developing and implement the strategy to ensure sustainability, motivating the team to reach their goals and targets; and implementing the board’s strategic resolutions and most importantly driving the organizational performance culture.
(Dr) Anicia Peters
Dr Anicia Peters is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Computing and Informatics at the Namibia University of Science and Technology. She completed her PhD and MSc degrees in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) at the Virtual Reality Applications Centre (VRAC) at Iowa State University in the USA. Her undergraduate degrees are from the Polytechnic of Namibia. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Oregon State University. In 2012, she was awarded as a Google Anita Borg Scholar in the United States in addition to several accolades in Namibia and the USA. She has extensive tech work experience in industry, government and academia both in Namibia and the USA. Anicia was featured in Namibia’s Who’s Who for 2017. She is honoured as one of 10 African Women in Technology Rolemodels across Africa.
Gabriel Tuhafeni Nhinda, is an academic that has interests in the technology space. His specific interests being cybersecurity, user experience design as applied to digital inclusion initiatives and general ICT policy. He brings more than 10 years experience in the ICT sector. Gabriel holds a Master of Science from the University of Mannheim, a Bachelor of Information Technology from the Polytechnic of Namibia (now Namibia University of Science and Technology). Gabriel also serves as the Namibia Chapter representative to the Internet Society Chapter Advisory Council as well as vice convener of the Technology committee within out Chapter.
Leonard Imene is a member of ISOC Namibia Chapter and a coordinator of the NBII Mobile Lab, which serves as a hub for research, knowledge and innovation within technology space and mobile applications in Namibia. Events hosted at the NBII Mobile Lab includes programming competitions (hackathons), software development trainings, mobile applications development projects and other related peer learning and networking events. The stakeholders include IT students, IT professionals from industry, civil society, government and academia. The initiative grew from an average of 5 members in 2013 to a current 600+ members, of which 38% are women. More than 120 mobile application prototypes have been developed by local youths through the NBII Mobile Lab in collaboration with local and international partners and sponsors. Leonard’s strength is in project and co-creation space management.
Paul Rowney is social entrepreneur with over 30 years’ experience of ICTs. Throughout his career Paul has shown innovation and thought leadership and is now specialising in digital and financial inclusion. Paul’s work experience includes a decade with the United Nations and over 20 years in the private sector.
In his personal capacity Paul is a founding director of the MyDigitalBridge foundation, an Namibian not for profit organisation that implemented Africa’s largest TV White Space trial in 2014, a founding director of the ICT Professionals Association of Namibia, advisory council member to the Alliance 4 Affordable Internet (www.a4ai.org), board member of the Africa ICT Alliance (www.aficata.org), board member of the ISOC Namibia chapter, and represents the Africa ICT Alliance on the UN Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group on Internet Governance.