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A4AI welcomes new Advisory Council members


A4AI is pleased to welcome seven new members to its Advisory Council. These newest members — elected by the A4AI membership in May 2018 — come from across the public, private and civil society sectors, and started their three-year term on July 1st.


As of July 1, the A4AI Advisory Council comprises the following 12 members (with the seven new representatives indicated with an asterisk):


Public Sector & Academia

  • Laminou Ehl Maman, Executive Secretary, West Africa Telecommunications Regulators Association*
  • John Garrity, Senior Connectivity Advisor, USAID (former Deputy representative)*
  • Boutheina Guermazi, Practice Manager, Digital Development, World Bank*
  • Johan Hellstrom, SIDA


Private Sector

  • Barbara Baffer, Vice President, Government and Industry Relation, Ericsson*
  • Kojo Boakye, Africa Public Policy Manager, Access and Connectivity, Facebook (former Deputy representative)*
  • Belinda Exelby, GSMA
  • Funke Opeke, CEO, MainOne Cable Company*


Civil Society and Foundations

  • Njideka Harry, Youth for Technology Foundation
  • Jensine Larsen, World Pulse
  • Osama Manzar, Director/Founder, Digital Empowerment Foundation (re-elected)*
  • Paul Rowney, AFICTA


As we look forward to working together with the new iteration of the Advisory Council, we would like to take a moment to thank the outgoing members for their time, contributions, and invaluable insights:


  • Jonathan Dolan, USAID
  • Lakshmi Puri, UN Women
  • Americo Muchanga, INCM
  • Staci Pies, Google
  • Ebele Okobi, Facebook

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