About Us

We are a membership organisation of National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) in Eastern and Southern Africa.  We collectively seek to facilitate access by the region’s knowledge communities to their and global research and educational resources, and enable and proactively supporting research collaboration for the digital transformation of the higher education and research sectors.

This direction is in direct support of Africa Agenda 2063, specifically Aspiration 1, A prosperous Africa, based on inclusive growth and sustainable development” and Aspiration 6 An Africa whose development is people driven, relying on the potential offered by African people, especially its women and youth, and caring for children”

Research and innovation, catalysed through enhanced regional collaboration,  has a strong potential to spur inclusive and sustainable socio-economic development.

UA and member NRENs actions in supporting their knowledge communities contribute to national and continental realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), primarily:  SDG 4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all SDG 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; SDG 5 – Gender equality, and SDG 8 – Decent work and economic growth.

Vision

“A vibrant connected and sustainable community of NRENs, enabling and strengthening collaboration and innovation among and between their knowledge communities.”

Mission

“To develop and grow a thriving sustainable community of NRENs and partners within Eastern and Southern Africa, collaborating and innovating to provide the NRENs’ research and education communities with connectivity and holistic innovative research and education services.”

Core Values

  • Collaboration – We derive our strength from working together internally as a community, and externally with other research and education networks, stakeholders and service providers.

  • Accountability – We are responsible and transparently accountable for our actions and decisions.

  • Pro-activeness – We embrace an action and result-oriented culture.

  • Community – We strive to be aware of the needs of those within the communities we serve.
  • Dynamism – We adapt and respond to changing internal and external environment.
  • Equity and Fairness – We focus on inclusive equity and fairness in the way we treat and work with each other, our members and our stakeholders.

Board of Trustees

Stephen Simukanga  has served as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Zambia from July 2007 to 22nd June 2015. He holds a PhD in Process Metallurgy from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK. He is Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and Chartered Engineer of the Engineering Council of the United Kingdom. He is also a Fellow of both the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Engineering Institution of Zambia. He served as Registrar of the Engineers’ Registration Board of Zambia from 2000 to 2010. He is currently Vice-President, Membership and Continuous Professional Development, of the Engineering Institution of Zambia, postion held since April 2014. He has served the University of Zambia for 23 years, before July 2007 as a lecturer/Researcher in the School of Mines of the University of Zambia where he rose to the position of Professor in Metallurgy and Mineral Processing. Stephen Simukanga has served as visiting lecturer at the University of Cape Town and University of Zimbabwe.

Dr. Sansa-Otim is a resourceful and productive researcher who takes pride and initiative in going above set objectives. She is a pleasant and keen learner who finds work within collaborative partnerships exciting. She is currently a senior Lecturer at Makerere University College of Computing and Information Sciences and leads the WIMEA-ICT lab where low cost automatic weather stations research, forecast modeling and software development for weather services are conducted.

Prof Madara Ogot has worked as a Professor in Mechanical Engineering in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Nairobi, Kenya where he previously served as the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research, Innovation and Enterprise. He is a holder of two doctorate degrees; a PhD in Mechanical Engineering obtained from Pennsylvania State University (United States) in 1991 and in Business Administration (Strategic Management) from the University of Nairobi in 2014. He graduated with a BSE (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University (United States) in 1987, an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University (United States) in 1989 and an MBA (Strategic Management) from the Rutgers University Graduate School of Management (United States) in 1997. He served as Managing Director of the University of Nairobi Enterprises and Services Ltd (UNES), the commercial arm of the University from 2006-2011 before joining Maseno University as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs in 2011. He was appointed Director for Research and Extension at the University of Nairobi in 2016 before ascending to the position of Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Production and Extension in 2018. In 2019, he was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Innovation and Enterprise at the University of Nairobi.

Prof Idris Rai is an Associate Professor at The State University of Zanzibar (SUZA)  where he also served as a Vice Chancellor from 2011 – 2019. He holds a PhD in Networking and Computer Science from Telecom ParisTech in Paris, France. He obtained his MSc. and BSc. degrees, both in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, awarded respectively by Bilkent University and Bogazici University, in Turkey.

 Prof. Rai worked as a Research Associate at Lancaster University for three years until 2007. Prior to this appointment, he was a Professor at the School of Computing and Informatics Technologies of Makerere University, Uganda. He has received various awards and recognition as a result of his contribution in research and academics. He is the winner of competitive 2009 IBM Faculty award, 2010 Google research grant and the 2009 and 2010 Internet Society fellowship.

Dr Magreth Mushi is the former CEO of the Tanzania Education and Research Network and a Lecturer at the Open University of Tanzania. She holds a PhD in Network Security from North Carolina State University. She chairs the Commercial and Technical Committee of the UbuntuNet Alliance and has extensive leadership experience in a variety of public benefit organisations.

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Prof Hellicy Ng’ambi is the Vice Chancellor of Mulungushi University in Zambia. She chairs the Zambia Association of Public Universities and Colleges (ZAPUC) which she initiated and is also the Chairperson of the Zambia Research and Education Network Board (ZAMREN). Prof Ng’ambi has lectured at several reputable universities including the University of South Florida (USA). She holds a doctorate in Business Leadership (DBL), Unisa, RSA; a Master of Science in Management (MSc, Cum Laude), a Master of Business Administration (MBA, Marketing), BSU, USA; and a Bachelor of Arts degree with merit (BA-Econ) UNZA, Zambia. She boasts of over 135 publications and presentations and she has authored and edited highly acclaimed books on leadership.

Prof Raft Nicolas Razafindrakoto is the Director of ICT at the University of Antananarivo in Madagascar. He teaches ICT at the Higher Polytechnic School (ESPA) and Higher Institute of Technology (IST-T) in Antananarivo. He is also a Member of the Standing Committee of the African Conference on Research in Computer Science and Chairman of the Internet Society of Madagascar.

Duncan Greaves trained at the University of Natal, an institution that he later served variously as a lecturer in political theory, as Academic Computing Manager, and as IT Director. He joined TENET in 2003, initially as Capacity Development Program Manager and later as Service Manager. He was appointed CEO of TENET at the beginning of 2013.

Professor Waema is a Professor of Information in the School of Computing and Informatics at the University of Nairobi. He is also currently the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of KENET and has also served as Board Member of the ICT Authority of Kenya. He was founding ICT Director of the University of Nairobi. He holds a B.Sc in Electrical Engineering (Bath University, UK) and a PhD in Computer Information Systems.

Previous Boards

  • Prof John Ssebuwufu – Chairperson (ex oficio)
  • Prof Iman Abuel Maaly Abdelrahman – Deputy Chair
  • Dr Pascal Hoba – CEO (ex oficio)
  • Prof Hellicy Ngambi
  • Ms Josephine Nyiranzeyimana
  • Mr Duncan Greaves
  • Prof Meoli Kashorda
  • Prof Dibungi Kalenda
  • Prof Raft Razafindrakoto
  • Prof John Ssebuwufu – Chairperson (ex oficio)
  • Prof Iman Abuel Maaly Abdelrahman – Deputy Chair
  • Dr Pascal Hoba – CEO (ex oficio)
  • Prof Hellicy Ngambi
  • Ms Josephine Nyiranzeyimana
  • Mr Duncan Greaves
  • Prof Meoli Kashorda
  • Prof Dibungi Kalenda
  • Prof Raft Razafindrakoto
  • Prof John Ssebuwufu – Chairperson (ex oficio)
  • Prof Iman Abuel Maaly Abdelrahman – Deputy Chair
  • Dr Pascal Hoba – CEO (ex oficio)
  • Prof Hellicy Ngambi
  • Ms Josephine Nyiranzeyimana
  • Mr Duncan Greaves
  • Prof Meoli Kashorda
  • Prof Dibungi Kalenda
  • Prof Raft Razafindrakoto
  • Prof John Ssebuwufu – Chairperson (ex oficio)
  • Prof Iman Abuel Maaly Abdelrahman – Deputy Chair
  • Dr Pascal Hoba – CEO (ex oficio)
  • Prof Hellicy Ngambi
  • Ms Josephine Nyiranzeyimana
  • Mr Duncan Greaves
  • Prof Meoli Kashorda
  • Prof Dibungi Kalenda
  • Prof Raft Razafindrakoto
  • Prof John Ssebuwufu – Chairperson (ex oficio)
  • Prof Iman Abuel Maaly Abdelrahman – Deputy Chair
  • Eng Dr Francis F. Tusubira – CEO (ex oficio)
  • Dr Boubakar Barry
  • Prof Dibungi Kalenda
  • Mr Duncan Greaves
  • Prof Meoli Kashorda
  • Prof Stephen Simukanga
  • Prof Zimani D. Kadzamira – Chairperson (ex oficio)
  • Prof Iman Abuel Maaly Abdelrahman – Deputy Chair
  • Eng Dr Francis F. Tusubira – CEO (ex oficio)
  • Dr Lishan Adam
  • Dr Boubar Barry
  • Prof Dibungi Kalenda
  • Prof Meoli Kashorda
  • Prof John Kondoro
  • Dr Duncan Martin
  • Prof Zimani Kadzamira – Chairperson (ex oficio)
  • Dr Iman Abuel Maaly Abdelrahman – Deputy Chair
  • Dr Duncan Martin
  • Prof Meoli Kashorda
  • Mr Steve Song
  • Prof John Kondoro
  • Ms Margaret Ngwira
  • Mr Albert Nsengiyumva
  • Eng Dr Francis Tusubira – CEO (ex oficio)
  • Prof Zimani Kadzamira – Chairperson (ex oficio)
  • Mr Albert Nsengiyumva – Deputy Chairperson
  • Eng Victor Kyalo
  • Dr Duncan Martin
  • Dr Jameson Mbale
  • Dr Americo Muchanga
  • Ms Margaret Ngwira
  • Dr Francis Tusubira
  • Eng Victor Kyalo
  • Dr Duncan Martin
  • Mr Albert Nsengiyumva
  • Ms Margaret Ngwira
  • Mr Americo Muchanga

For More Information or Assistance on Administrative Affairs Contact:

Beatrice Ng’ambi
Ag. Finance and Administration Manager
beatngambi@ubuntunet.net