ETAP Forum in Namibia, Africa

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30 May 2017
Safari Hotel Conference Centre
Corner of Auas and Aviation Streets
Windhoek 9000, Namibia

Combatting cyber crime while advancing internet inclusion for all


IEEE ETAP Windhoek, Africa 30 May 2017 post-event report


IEEE in cooperation with IST-Africa hosted the IEEE Experts in Technology and Policy (ETAP) Forum focused on internet governance, cybersecurity, privacy and internet inclusion issues and opportunities across the African continent. The 30 May event in Windhoek, Namibia, was IEEE’s first ETAP Forum in Africa and took place as the pre-conference event to the IST-Africa 2017 Conference.

The IST-Africa 2017 Conference took place 31 May - 02 June 2017 as part of IST-Africa Week 2017. An activity of IST-Africa, which is supported by the European Commission and African Union Commission and co-funded under the EU Framework Programme, IST-Africa 2017 was the twelfth in an annual conference series bringing together senior representatives from leading public, private, education and research organizations, to discuss ICT policy, showcase research results and share knowledge.

As well as sharing experiences and good practices, IEEE ETAP Forum participants discussed issues, barriers and opportunities associated with achieving a safe, secure, trusted, affordable internet for all. This objective is a key enabler of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Learn more in the event backgrounder about the conference theme, Cybersecurity: Combatting cybercrime while advancing internet inclusion for all.


Speaker presentation video recordings

Video recap of 30 May event

ETAP Forum event photos

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The ETAP Forum is an invitation-only event bringing together technology developers and policy makers, and capacity is limited. Those interested in actively contributing to the discussion, please contact the IST-Africa Conference Secretariat at

For Namibia travel requirements, please see IST-Africa Visa Information.

For location details, please see IST-Africa venue information.


Start Time End Time Activity
10:00 11:00 Registration and Coffee
11:00 11:10 Welcome Participants
11:10 11:20 Welcome Address
Mr. Nhlanhla Lupahla, Deputy Director: Innovation, Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Namibia
11:20 11:40 Cyber Security Awareness (CSA) in Africa
Prof. Basie von Solms, Centre for Cyber Security, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
11:40 12:00 Internet Governance and Cybersecurity in Namibia
Ms. Elizabeth Kamutuezu, Acting Deputy Director: IPRM, Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, Namibia 
12:00 12:20 Cybersecurity and Multi-Stakeholder Internet Governance - The case of the AU Convention on Cybersecurity
Dr. Towela Nyirenda-Jere, Principal Programme Officer, NEPAD Agency, South Africa
12:20 12:40 Implementation of a Framework to Support Cybersecurity and Internet Governance in Cameroon
Mr. Njei Check, Agence Nationale des Technologies de l'Information et de la Communication, Cameroon
12:40 12:55 Panel Q&A
12:55 13:15

Working Group Topic Selection

Participant Introductions – Name, Affiliation, Country
  – Most important topic for Working Group discussion
13:15 14:00


14:00 14:15

IEEE Internet Initiative - Mission and Goals; Review of Previous ETAP Forums; Goals for ETAP Namibia

Dr. Maike Luiken, Vice-Chair, Policy Track, IEEE Internet Initiative
14:15 14:25

Working Groups Breakout

Participants move to their chosen working group tables
14:25 15:30 Working Group Discussions – Current Status & Practices
15:30 15:40 Coffee Break
15:40 16:40 Working Group Discussions – Desired Future & Path Forward
16:40 17:50 Working Group Reports
17:50 18:00 ETAP Forum Wrap-Up
18:00 20:00 IEEE Internet Initiative Reception


Topics addressed in keynote remarks, panel and working-group discussions during the IEEE ETAP Forum include:

  • Combating cybercrime while maximizing internet inclusion for all
  • Balancing privacy concerns while combating cybercrime
  • Multi-stakeholder internet governance
  • Public awareness and education on internet safety and cybercrime
  • Developing/operationalizing legal frameworks and strategies related to national cybersecurity, cybercrime and internet governance
  • Trends in cyberattacks and cybercrime
  • Data protection and privacy in the era of internet of things (IoT)
  • National computer incident response team (CIRT) development
  • Developing critical information infrastructure protection frameworks
  • Security audits of information systems in public administration
  • National public key infrastructure (PKI) development




Njei Check

Njei Check

Njei Check currently heads the Security Audit Division of the National Agency for Information and Communication Technologies (ANTIC), Republic of Cameroon. He has led over 30 security audit missions for information systems in both public and private organizations in Cameroon. He also played an important role in the development of Cameroon’s public key infrastructure and actively worked on the development of e-government strategy and national security policy for Cameroon. He participates in the organization of the annual Internet Governance Forum in Cameroon, where he presents issues and solutions related to cybersecurity on the internet. He has also participated in several international conferences to present research on e-government and the security of information systems.

Njei has more than 14 years of experience in ICT solution development. He was instrumental in establishing various skills in software development, innovation, project management, and strategy development in the complex governmental environment. He manages ICT-related projects that have been implemented across several government agencies.

Njei (Msc. in computer engineering, National Advanced School of Engineering-Polytechnic Yaounde, 2004) has earned several credentials, such as Project Management Professional (PMP), COBIT, ITIL, and ISO 27001. He had a fellowship at United Nations University/International Institute for Software Technology in Macao, China from March 2010 to October 2010, and he has attended several training programs both in Cameroon and abroad.


Towela Nyirenda Jere

Towela Nyirenda Jere

Dr. Towela Nyirenda Jere works in the Regional Integration, Infrastructure and Trade Programme at the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency as a Principal Programme Officer focusing on policy, legal, and regulatory aspects of infrastructure and services. She has over 15 years of experience working in the private sector, academia, and currently in international development. She initiated the NEPAD Internet Governance Programme, helped to launch the Southern Africa Internet Governance Forum, and co-founded the African School on Internet Governance. She represents NEPAD on the ICANN Government Advisory Council and served on the IGF Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group in 2014 and 2015. She holds a PhD in electrical engineering (networking and telecommunications) from the University of Kansas, a Master of Arts in contemporary diplomacy (internet governance), an ACCA Diploma in financial management, and is a qualified project management professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute (USA). Towela is a member of the Malawi Institution of Engineers, the Internet Society (ISOC), and the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).  She also serves on the IEEE ad-Hoc committee on Africa activities. She continues to advocate for increased awareness among African policy makers of the importance and significance of infrastructure and ICT development, internet governance, and policy processes at national and continental level.


Towela Nyirenda Jere

Elizabeth Ujarura Kamutuezu

Elizabeth Ujarura Kamutuezu is currently Acting Deputy Director for Institutional Policy Regulation & Monitoring, Directorate: ICT Development in the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology. Her main responsibilities involve providing professional and/or technical support in the undertaking of comprehensive research and analysis on different issues relating to information and communication technology (ICT) policies and the functioning of government, aimed at achieving coordination and harmonization of functions, programs, and projects. She also assists in formulating policies for the government through the MICT with respect to information and communication service provisioning and technology and infrastructure development and maintenance in Namibia. She was the national coordinator for the Namibia Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) migration, through which Namibia successfully attained a 72% population migration. She served as a board member of the Namibia Internet Exchange Point (IXP). She is a member of the Internet Governance Forum Working Committee.

Elizabeth Ujarura Kamutuezu has more than 15 years of experience in development planning and policy analysis. She obtained a Bachelor of Economics from University of Namibia in 1998, majoring in economics and management science; a Bachelor of Philosophy (Hon) in sustainable development planning and management from the University of Stellenbosch in 2010; a Graduate Diploma in leadership development in ICT and knowledge society in 2013 from Dublin City University; a Master’s degree in leadership development in ICT and the knowledge society from the University of Mauritius in April 2017; and is currently busy finalizing her MBA in international business at Amity University, India.


Towela Nyirenda Jere

SH (Basie) von Solms

Professor SH (Basie) von Solms is a Research Professor at the Academy for Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Johannesburg in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is also the Director of the Centre for Cyber Security at the University of Johannesburg and Associate Director of the Global Cybersecurity Capacity Centre of the University of Oxford in the UK.

Professor von Solms specializes in research and consultancy in the area of information and cyber security, critical information infrastructure protection, cyber crime, and other related cyber aspects. He has written and presented more than 130 papers about these fields—most of which have been presented at international research conferences and/or published in international subject journals. In addition, he has supervised more than 120 post-graduate students in the ICT field.

Professor von Solms is a past president of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP). He is a Fellow of the Computer Society of South Africa, a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Chartered Information Technology Professional (CITP), and a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal for Business and Cyber Security. His personal home page is at


Paul M Cunningham

Paul M Cunningham

Paul is the President and CEO of International Information Management Corporation, Founder and Director of the IST-Africa Institute, a visiting senior fellow at Wrexham Glyndŵr University, and Founder and Coordinator of mHealth4frika. Paul works as a technology, strategy, and policy expert for organizations including the World Bank as well as European and nationally funded research and innovation programs in Europe and Africa.

Supported by the European Commission and African Union Commission, IST-Africa is a not-for-profit strategic collaboration with ministries and national councils responsible for innovation, science and technology adoption, implementation, policy and research in 18 African countries. NCRST (National Commission on Research, Science and Technology) is the IST-Africa Partner for Namibia.

At Wrexham Glyndŵr University, Paul is focused on Social Implications of Technology and ESGDC (Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship).

Supported by the European Commission under Horizon 2020 (European Research and Innovation Framework Programme), mHealth4Afrika is co- designing an open source, multilingual mHealth platform integrating electronic medical records, medical sensors, and generation of monthly aggregate health indicators to strengthen primary healthcare delivery in rural and deep rural health clinics in Africa. Pilots focused on maternal & newborn healthcare are taking place in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi and South Africa. 

An IEEE Senior Member, Paul is currently President, IEEE Society for the Social Implications of Technology (SSIT); Projects Chair, IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee; member, IEEE Technical Activities Board and IEEE Global Public Policy Committee; and Founder and Chair, IEEE SSIT SIGHT (Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology). Paul is an IEEE SSIT Distinguished Lecturer, Conference Chair of eChallenges and IST-Africa Week, and Technical Program Chair for IEEE GHTC 2017. 

Paul is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College Dublin; has studied at postgraduate level in Hungary and USA; and is completing a PhD at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences (DSV), Stockholm University. Paul is a member of Institute of Directors in Ireland (M Inst D.) and a former Board Director (2008 – 2012) of Meeting Professionals International.


Maike Luiken

Dr. Maike Luiken, FEIC, SMIEEE

Maike is the incoming member of the IEEE Board of Directors representing Canada (2018-2019). She is a member of the IEEE Internet Initiative and Vice-Chair of the IEEE Internet Initiative Policy Sub-Committee. Maike has a long track record addressing digital communications and computing and is committed to supporting strategies for sustainable development.

Her areas of expertise include sustainable development, data communications, water-energy-food nexus, alternative energy technologies/clean tech, additive manufacturing, new technologies and systems development.

Maike Luiken is former Director of the Bluewater Technology Access Centre (BTAC) at Lambton College in Canada, where she was previously Dean. Dr. Luiken led development of the Applied Research strategy and portfolio at Lambton College attracting of more than $10 million of public envelope funding to the college.

Prior to joining Lambton College she was Vice-President Research Alliances, National Capital Institute of Telecommunications, Ottawa.

Maike obtained her Staatsexamen, Mathematics and Physics, from the Technical University, Braunschweig, Germany and her Ph.D., Physics, from the University of Waterloo, Canada. She has over 30 years of professional experience in teaching and research, educational and research leadership, management, community and network building – focused on connecting industry, government agencies and researchers in advanced technology projects. Maike has worked in the public and private sectors in Canada, the USA and Germany.

Maike is or has been, respectively, engaged on the boards or advisory boards of numerous organizations including Tech-Access Canada Advisory Board, Nano Ontario, IEEE Canada, IEEE Canadian Foundation, Sarnia-Lambton Workforce Development Board, Bluewater Sustainability Initiative, Rotary Club of Sarnia, Sarnia-Lambton Chamber of Commerce, Unmanned Systems Canada, OCE Advanced Manufacturing Sector Advisory Board, and RAIL Advocacy in Lambton.