The steering committee for the African Region to the International Cybersecurity Competition is made up of diverse team of dedicated, focused and driven individuals, who among other things, share a common vision for the cybersecurity expertise growth in the African continent and the International community as a whole.
Prof Fungai BHUNU SHAVA
Associate Professor and Associate Dean: Research and Innovation at Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), Faculty of Computing and Informatics.
Fungai does research in Information , Network and Computer Security. Her current research focus areas are Making the Internet Safe, Child Online Protection . Fungai's fields of specialisation are Human Computer Interaction, User Experience and Network Security, Information Security in under-serviced communities. Her work focuses on the use of ICTs as enabling tools for socio-economic development in developing economies and societies. Managing the user experience of the people with security in the developing societies is important for the acceptance and adoption of ICTs by the target users. She is the founding member and chair of the Digital Forensics and Information Security Research Cluster as well as the Namibia National Cybersecurity Competition.
Prof Tegawendé F. BISSYANDÉ
Tegawendé F. Bissyandé is a lecturer at the Université Joseph Ki-Zerbo (Burkina Faso) and a Chief Scientist (Professor) affiliated to the SnT Interdisciplinary Centre for Security and Trust of the University of Luxembourg, where he is an ERC fellow. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Bordeaux (France) in 2013 after earning an engineering degree in Telecommunication in 2009. Dr. Bissyandé is also lecturing in several universities in West Africa, including Université Cheick Anta Diop (Senegal), Université Virtuelle (Burkina Faso) and ENSSTA (Tchad). He is also a technical expert for the Ministry of digital economy development of Burkina Faso.
His research interests span across several topics, including mainly: (1) program repair, i.e., debugging and Big code model learning with AI techniques; (2) software security, i.e., mobile static security analysis, vulnerability detection and malware detection, Blockchain/smart contract system analysis; (3) software analytics, i.e., code search, clone detection and repository mining. Dr. Bissyandé’s research is funded through several research grants as well as by prominent industry partners. He has published over 90 research papers in computer science in top-tier venues, including ACM/IEEE ICSE, IEEE/ACM ASE, IEEE ESEC/FSE, IEEE TSE, IEEE TIFS, EMSE, KDD, etc. He has also served his research community as Program Committee member of several conferences, including ASE, ISSTA, ICSME, ICSE. In terms of teaching, he is sitting at the board of the Master in Information Systems Security, and has initiated two master in cybersecurity in public universities in Burkina Faso and Senegal. Dr. Bissyandé is a strong advocate of capacity building, in particular for cybersecurity in Africa.
Eng. Robert T Rosenthal SHONIWA
Eng. Robert T Rosenthal Shoniwa is a security engineering expert at one of the fastest growing US-based crypto firms operating in Africa. He is also a cybersecurity specialist with a Bachelors in Computer Science and a Masters in Information Security and Cyber Forensics. Robert holds a number of certifications across the cybersecurity plain ranging from cyberwarfare & terrorism to data protection & technical services for individuals and corporates. In his other role as the cybersecurity lead at RIPTech CS, he has led many security centric activities on a consultancy basis and has provided training to multiple organizations and universities. Robert is also a husband, dad and an avid backpacker.
Chris is a founder and CEO of African Cyber Security Botswana’s leading cyber security consulting firm. ACS organises the leading multi stakeholder Cyber Crime Conference in Botswana, our 6th annual conference will be held later this year. Chris has spoken at numerous conferences including the African Federation of Institutes of Internal Auditors (AFIIA) in Gaborone, Botswana in 2019.
African Cyber Security is a research led cyber security consulting firm, and offers end to end cyber security solutions to businesses and institutions.
ACS in collaboration with Serianu (Kenya) launched the First Cyber Security Report for Botswana and the 2018 / 20019, our next report will be launched later this year.
KABORE Abdoul Kader
"I received my Master's degree in Software Engineering and Computer Information System, from the University of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) in 2019. Particularly interested in cybersecurity, I continued to learn independently but also with cybersecurity specialists. Thanks to my solid background in software engineering, I quickly improve my cybersecurity skills. This allowed me to acquire professional and academic experience while pursuing my doctoral studies. My Ph.D. is about the application of machine learning techniques in software engineering and more precisely in vulnerability detection and repair with Prof Tegawendé F. Bissyandé as the main supervisor."
Full Name: KABORE Abdoul Kader
Country: Burkina Faso
Institution: Université Virtuelle du Burkina Faso
Head of the master's degree in cybersecurity and Doctoral Researcher at SnT (Security and Trust, University of Luxembourg)
Dr Attlee M GAMUNDANI
As a Senior Lecturer in Cyber Security under the Computer Science department at Namibia University of Science and Technology his engagements involves teaching, research and community engagement. He is also actively involved in the planning and organisation of the annual Namibia National Cyber Security Competition which has been running since 2015 to date, and has been its Chairperson in 2019, an initiative he has been part of from its inception, earmarked at raising cybersecurity awareness in an engaging and practical way.
Attlee’s long CV consists of a list of his wide research publications featured in International Journals and International Conference proceedings in the field of Information Security covering IoT Security, Cloud Computing Security, ICT4D and Data Security. Attlee has delivered keynote addresses on security issues at national and international forums as well as co-authored junior level ICT Teacher’s Textbooks (Grade 4, 5, 6 and 7) in Namibia. He has received several awards in teaching, presentation and research throughout his career.
Tendai Marengereke is a ICT Specialist with vast experience in cybersecurity, forensics and systems development and integration. He holds a Master of Technology (M.Tech) in Information Security and Cyber Forensics from SRM University, India and numerous ICT certifications.
He co-founded a technology company Gisul Solutions which focuses on tech education, cyber security, forensics and systems development.
He is also a cybersecurity and forensics Subject Matter Expert for the popular data mining and link analysis software company Maltego Technologies GmbH, where he conducts research and development on Cybersecurity, Cyber-crime and Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) investigations. He has participated and contributed to numerous cyber policy and scholarly discourses on Cybersecurity, cyber forensics and OSINT in Africa.
He is currently a PhD student with Namibia University of Science & Technology, focusing on the identification of cyber threats on the internet using OSINT. His primary research areas are Cyber Forensics, OSINT and Defensive Cyber Security.
Dr Sameerchand PUDARUTH
Dr Sameerchand Pudaruth is a Senior Lecturer in the ICT Department at the University of Mauritius. He has a PhD in Artificial Intelligence (AI) from the University of Mauritius. He is a Senior member of IEEE and ACM. His research interests are Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Computer Vision, Blockchain and Legal Issues in Information Technology. He has written more than 60+ papers for national & international journals and conferences. He has been in the organising committee of many successful international conferences such as Africon 2013, IST Africa 2014, Africon 2015, AfriCHI 2015, ICCCS 2015, BigData 2015, DIPECC 2015, Africhi 2016, Emergitech 2016, NextComp 2017, ISCMI 2017, Mauritian Academic Conference 2018, icABCD 2018, Mauricon ICONIC 2018, icABCD2019, NextComp 2019, icABCD2020, Elecom 2020, Mauricon ICONIC 2020 and IST Africa 2021. He has also written a book entitled, 'Python in One Week'.
Dr Sheeba ARMOOGUM
Dr Sheeba Armoogum is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) at the University of Mauritius (UoM) and has more than 15 years of experience in teaching & learning at the tertiary level with several publications in top journals and conferences. She has completed her PhD in Cybersecurity from the University of Technology, Mauritius (UTM). Her fields of research & study are Cybersecurity, Cyber forensics, Networking and Security, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, Software Engineering and Project Management. She is certified in Research Ethics and Research Ethics Evaluation by Training and Resources in Research Ethics Evaluation TRREE (supported by the European and Developing countries Clinical Trials Partnership & Swiss National Science Foundation). She was the past Head of the Department of Information and Communication Technologies at the UoM. She was part of several international conferences including the IEEE AFRICON 2013, IEEE EmergiTech 2016 and NEXTCOMP 2019 events.
Dr Theo TSOKOTA
Dr Theo Tsokota is a Senior lecturer at the Midlands State University, in the Department of Information Systems and Marketing Sciences. His areas of interest include Cybersecurity, innovation, ICT4D, ecommerce and IT governance. Theo holds a Bachelor of Science(Honours) in Information Systems from the Midlands State University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from Zimbabwe Open University and a Master of Business Administration -Management Information System from Maastricht School of Management, Netherlands and PhD Information Technology from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa.
Dr Aristide Aly BOYARM
Dr. Aristide Aly Boyarm is a consultant in IT strategy and organization. He manages AfricaCRM&SI firm, based in Ouagadougou, where he assists West African companies in their search for performance.
Previously, he worked for about ten years with European leaders in IT services and solutions, in the management of Information Systems evolution projects. He is a part-time lecturer at the Graduate School of Computer Science (ESI) – University Nazi BONI.
He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and an MBA from the Sorbonne Business School, he is the founder of the DEVCHAMPION that aims is to identify African digital talent(Coding & Cybersecurity) and connect them with startups, companies and administrations. DEVCHAMPION is based on a series of free contests to reveal participants’ analytical skills, complex problem-solving abilities, and resistance to stress. This initiative was launched to meet the ever-growing need for digital talent in Africa to support the development of its economy.
He is the author of the book “L’Entreprise Numérique Africaine”, CEPRODIF 2018 edition – Available on Amazon
Calvin P MUGAURI
Mr Calvin P Mugauri (MTech IT-Networking, CEH, Autopsy, CNSS)
Calvin is the A/Chairperson of the Information Security and Assurance Department at Harare Institute of Technology. He has 10 years’ experience with Harare Institute of Technology, 7 years at technical level and 3 years at academic level. His IT professionalism spans 15 years of supporting the global village with hardware, software, networking and information security. Calvin is a holder of an MTech in Information Technology with specialization in Networking. His research interests are in IoT, cyber security, software defined networks, cloud computing and virtualization. He has a deep passion for network automation using python. He is also a holder of IT certifications which includes Autopsy for Digital Forensics, Ethical Hacking and Network Security.
Babacar Mbaye is an instructor and head of the electrical and computer engineering department of the Professional Institute for Computer Security (IPROSI) in Senegal.
He holds an engineering degree in Systems and Networks obtained at the University Alioune Diop of Bambey of Senegal and he currently is a Ph.D student in the same university. He is also and member of the research group Tic4Dev.
He works with Professor Assane GUEYE from CMU-Africa (Carnegie Mellon University Africa) and Professor Alassane DIOP, Director of Training and Educational Engineering at the Virtual University of Senegal (UVS).
Passionate about cybersecurity and teacher in CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker), Babacar is continuously broadening his expertise other domains of cybersecurity.
His research focuses on the areas of performance evaluation and security of large-scale communication systems.
Daryl Medegan est né le 13 février 1993 dans la ville de Cotonou au Bénin.
Ayant grandi dans un climat autant empreint d'amour familial que de challenge, il a très vite dû s'acclimater à l'autonomie, la solidarité et la débrouillardise.
Bricoleur et touche-à-tout sur les bords, il va très tôt (à l'âge de 14 ans) être exposé à quelque chose qui va animer en lui un feu nouveau : Heros
Cette série télévisée l'a particulièrement marquée, car l'un des personnages avait le pouvoir de parler à la machine et de lui faire faire ce qu'il veut.
Ce qui a d'avantage touché et heurter sa sensibilité, est la scène où ce personnage (Micah Sanders), pour voir les limites de son pouvoir, se rapproche d'un guichet automatique pour le dévaliser. Cela pouvait paraître cool, mais pour Daryl, c'était plutôt troublant.
Depuis, il n'a cessé de laisser éclore son intérêt grandissant pour la sécurité informatique.
Après avoir décroché un Baccalauréat scientifique (série D), il a poursuivi ses études universitaires en Systèmes réseaux et sécurité informatique.
Aujourd'hui, il est détenteur d'un master en Système Réseaux et Sécurité, et suis responsable des jeunes pousses étudiant en première année d'expertise informatique à Epitech Bénin.
Daryl Medegan was born on February 13, 1993, in the city of Cotonou in Benin.
Having grown up in a climate as marked by family love as by challenge, he very quickly had to acclimatize to autonomy, solidarity, and resourcefulness.
Handyman and jack-of-all-trades, he will very early (at the age of 14) be exposed to something that will animate a new fire in him: Heros
This TV series particularly marked her, as one of the characters had the power to talk to the machine and make her do what she wants.
What touched and hurt more his sensitivity, is the scene where this character (Micah Sanders), to test the limits of his power, approaches an ATM to rob it. It might sound cool, but for Daryl it was rather unsettling.
Since then, he has continued to allow his growing interest in computer security to blossom.
After obtaining a Scientific Baccalaureate (series D), he continued his university studies in Network systems and computer security.
Today, he holds a master's degree in Network and Security Systems and is responsible for students studying in the first year of IT expertise at Epitech Benin.
Mamoqenelo Priscilla MOROLONG
Mamoqenelo is a lecturer at Botho University - Maseru campus and a PHD student in cyber security at the Namibia University of Science and technology (NUST). She is an alumni of the NUST cyber security team. Her research interests are focused on Child Online Protection, Cyber security, Human Computer Interaction and Digital forensics.
Dr Mercy CHITAURO
Dr Mercy Chitauro is a Senior lecturer in the department of Computer Science at Namibia University of Science and Technology. Her main research areas are in cyber security, critical infrastructure security, network security and child online protection.
Since 2018 Emmanuel Solomo is the Co-founder and Head of Pedagogy EpiTech BENIN. He has a wide range of competences ranging from Solution Architect, Lead DevOps and Infrastructure Architecte at many Institutions all over Europe. He is a graduate from EpiTech France and has been a passionate of education for a long time. He will be assisting with the training and the conditioning of the Benin team
Dr Renier VAN HEERDEN
Currently, I am the Science Engagement Officer at South African Research and Education network (SA NREN). My role is to engage with the NRENs main stakeholders to identify current and future requirements.
Previously I was the acting group leader Services Development and Incubation (SDI). This group aim is to develop and incubate new services for the South African Research and Education network (SA NREN).
Previously I was deployed as a principal researcher at Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria, South Africa in the field of Cyber Security at the Meraka Institute, SANReN Competency Area (CA).
The following domains are my interest: network security, password security, network attacks and network ontologies.
Prior to joining the CSIR I worked as a software engineer in advanced optics applications for South African based Denel Optronics and as a Lecturer at the University of Pretoria.
Additionally, outside work, I obtained protea colours in Mindsport, Wargaming and was the national champion 2010 and 2011 for the Ancients discipline. Currently, I am an active participant in the Flames of War wargaming community, where I presented South Africa at the European Team Championship in 2015 and 2017.
Nthabiseng Pule is the Project and Outreach Manager for C3SA. She has experience in information and communications technology sector regulation, having worked for the Lesotho Communications Authority, first as an Information Technology (IT) manager, and then as Executive Secretary for the Universal Service Fund. She has also been involved in the development of policy and regulatory frameworks for cybersecurity in Lesotho. Her areas interest include cybersecurity, digital inclusion and digital transformation. She is a member of the Internet Society.