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H-Net Africa Internet Connectivity Workshop 1998
Participant Bios

Cote d'Ivoire Ghana Senegal South Africa Zambia
Albert Adjo Dadie
Claire Konate
Kouakou Kouadio
Aissata Toure-Bourgoin
Harry Akussah
Amos Anyimadu
Joseph Budu
Yaa Osei-Brimpong
Fatimata Ba
Gora Dia
Madiama Mbaye
Ibrahima Thioub
Bennett Alexander
Rekha Jhilmeet
Zandi Lesame
Samuel Leshoro
Lulu Makhubela
Velaphi Myeni
Andile Siyengo
Ann Tothill
Monde Quvane
Fiona Wilson
Sekelani Banda
Musonda Lemba
Bertram Mmembe
Norah Mumba
Mutumba Namafe

Cote d'Ivoire

Albert Adjo Dadie is an information specialist in charge of computing and information management within the Ministry of Higher Education, Research, and Technological Innovation. He has a master in applied economy from the University of Abidjan and has also earned a degree in computer engineering.

Claire Konate is the head of the information service at the library of the Ivorian Ministry of Higher Education, Research, and Technological Innovation. He earned a baccalaureate in 1989 and was trained at EFAC as a documentalist.

Kouakou Kouadio is the head of computing and information service at the Université de Bouaké. He has a BEP (certificate in vocational studies) in commerce from the University of Boake and earned a degree in computer analysis and programming.

Aissata Toure-Bourgoin is an archivist who is the Director of the Documentation Center at the Université d'Abobo-Adjamé. She has also been an English teacher at the university; she earned a B.A. with a major in English from the University of Abidjan and was trained as an English teacher at the Ecole Normale Superieur. She also earned a diploma in teaching English as a second language from the Moray House College of Education in Edinburgh, Scotland.


Harry Akussah is a senior lecturer in the department of Library and Archival Studies, University of Ghana-Legon. He has a M.Sc. in Information Science from the University College of London and his areas of specialization including automating information systems, information technology, Reprographics, and records management. His research area is electronic records and automated record management.

Amos Anyimadu is a lecturer in the Political Science department of the University of Ghana-Legon. His areas of expertise include methodology of the social sciences including elements of electronic information retrieval. His research interests include new information media and research in Africa. He is currently undertaking a study of infrastructure research in Ghanaian universities and a study of telematic activity in Ghana. He has published an assessment of social science CD-ROMs for Africa.

Joseph Budu is the Deputy Registrar of Planning, University of Ghana-Legon. He is currently the head of the Planning Unit and is responsible for management information systems, strategic planning, institutional research, educational statistics, and institutional linkages. Mr. Budu reviews and prepares the University statistical digest and teaches a course in sample surveys and population censuses. Since 1995 he has served as a project liaison for a World Bank-sponsored project to implement computerized management information systems for three universities in Ghana.

Yaa Osei-Brimpong is the Director of the Ministry of Communications. She has an M.A. in Development Studies from the Institution of Social Studies, The Hague. Her degree focused on public policy and administration with an emphasis on housing policy.


Fatimata Ba works as a Technical Advisor at the Senegalese Ministry of Education. She is responsible for developing new technology initiatives in connectivity for the Ministry. She has degrees in Education, Psychology, and Anthropology with her most recent degree being a doctorate in Applied Computer Science for Education from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Her doctoral research explored the uses of computers as tools for teaching reading in elementary education.

Gora Dia is a librarian and archivist and the head of the Documentation Service at the Institut Fondamental d'Afrique Noire (IFAN) affiliated with the Université Cheikh Anta Diop. IFAN is a research institute in the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences with a specific focus on West African societies. Mr. Dia has a degree in library science and archival studies from the Ecole des Bibliothécaires, Archivistes et Documentalistes de l'Université de Dakar. He has been at IFAN for nine years and has published articles on the impact of globalization and the Internet and on the collaborative relationships between academic researchers and library professions at IFAN.

Madiama Mbayeis a Program Assistant and the current computer specialist at the West African Research Center and will eventually be the systems manager of the server there. He also works as a test administrator at the Sylvan Technology Center. His university studies include courses in English and American literature and he has been an officer of the English Club. He completed his masters degree in English in 1997. He is currently taking courses in international marketing and commerce at the University of Dakar.

Ibrahima Thioub is a professor of history at the Universite Cheikh Anta Diop. His current research addresses the history of incarceration from the colonial period to the present and the iconography and representation of Senegalese religious leaders. He has published on numerous topics including health in colonial prisons in Senegal, alcoholism in the AOF, and the liberalization of Senegal's economy. His doctoral research was entitled "Enterprises, entrepreneurs and the State in a dependent economy: foreign domination and the marginalization of African nationals: 1930-1973" and was earned in 1989 at the Université Paris VII-Dénis Diderot.

South Africa

Bennett Alexander is a professor of Engineering at Peninsula Technikon and recently served as the Degree Programme coordinator for the Electrical Engineering Department. He received his Bachelors of Science from the University of Cape Town and earned a Masters degree in Science from Indiana State University. He has published an electrical engineering textbook and another is forthcoming. He has conducted research on students perceptions of the Electrical Engineering program and has been involved in developiong new teaching models.

Rekha Jhilmeet is a liaison officer at the eastern seaboard Association of Tertiary Institutions (esATI) which coordinates collaboration between all of the universities and technikons in the KwaZulu/Natal region. She earned a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of South Africa (UNISA) and is continuing her studies of private and mercantile law and economics. Ms. Jhilmeet also earned a degree in education from the University of Durban-Westville.

Zandi Lesame is a lecturer in the Department of Communications at the University of Fort Hare. She earned her B.A. in communication and political science at Fort Hare University. She received a Masters degree in International Communication from Marquarie University in New South Wales, Australia. Her Masters research addressed the role of language translation and the use of technology in Transnational News Broadcasting, most specifically as it relates to land reform in South Africa. She has also published on the relationship between development and communication.

Samuel Thabo Leshoro works as a systems administrator in PC and Software Support at the University of Zululand and earned his B.A. in Communication Science from the same university. He is involved in training and assisting staff in hardware and software and has also taught computer literacy courses to research students.

Patricia Lulama Makhubela is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Library and Information Science at the University of the Western Cape. She earned her Masters degree in Librarianship at the College of Librarianship, Wales and will soon receive her Doctorate in Library and Information Science from the University of the Western Cape. Her doctoral research addresses public libraries intervention in the delivery of adult literacy programes in the Western Cape Province.

Ann Tothill is a Research Specialist at the Centre for Science Development (HSRC).

Monde Quvane is a Junior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology at the University of Transkei (UNITRA). He earned his Bachelors degree in science from UNITRA with majors in computer science and mathematics. In 1997 he coordinated a Computer Skills program for all UNITRA students to ensure that they will be familiar with Information Technology upon graduation. In addition to his teaching responsibilities he is in charge of software maintenance for the computer science lab.

Fiona Wilson is a Multimedia Developer in the Multimedia Education Group at the University of Cape Town. She rearned her B.A. in English Literature at the University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom and her M.A. in English Literature from the University of the Western Cape. She has worked as a research assistant for the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cape Town and in the Department of English at the University of Port Elizabeth. She is currently undetaking a study of interactive narrative with particular emphasis on the role of hypertext within a multimedia and web environment.


Dr. Sekelani Banda is a lecturer and Assistant Dean at the School of Medicine, University of Zambia. He received his degrees in anatomy and medicine from Glasgow University. He has organized medical education workshops for the medical school and has edited and published a medical education newsletter. He has also been very involved in redesigning course curricula and developing community-based education courses. Dr. Banda worked as a coordinator for the Computers for Administration, Management, and Academic Support project for the School of Medicine and has acted as a systems manager for the project. Dr. Banda is currently involved in a United Nations-sponsored project on maternal mortality in Zambia.

Dr. Musonda Lemba is a senior lecturer in Demography within the Department of Social Development Studies, School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Zambia. He earned a Ph.D. in sociology with a focus on demography from the University of Pennsylvania. Most recently he earned a post-doctoral certificate in Demography from Princeton University. He has conducted research on adolescent reproductive health and men's perceptions of reproductive health in addition to baseline research on family planning in Zambia.

Mr. Bertram Mmembe is a Deputy-Minister of the Zambian Ministry of Education. He has a Msc. in Pharmaceutical Technology from Chelsea College, University of London. He received his Bachelor's in Pharmacy from Banaras Hindu University in India. Before coming to the Ministry of Education in 1996 Mr. Mmembe worked in the private sector as the managing director of the Zambian National Drug Company and managing director of Global Druggists Ltd.

Ms. Norah Mumba is a medical librarian at the Medical Library, University of Zambia. She earned her B.A. in library studies from the University of Zambia and most recently earned a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Rights Law from the same institution. She has published on numerous topics including information and librarianship, inheritance and succession law, women's issues and other social issues. She has received training in Management of Information Services and has developed a web page about health in Zambia. She is currently training all of the School of Medicine students at the University in computer basics such as word processing, using the Medline database, and doing research on the Internet.

Ms. Mutumba Namafe is an administrator at the Computer Center, Consultancy and Training Unit at the University of Zambia. She earned a City and Guilds Certificate in Applications Programming from the Polytechnic Institute of North London and Barnet College, United Kingdom. [an error occurred while processing this directive]