South African Emerging Leaders on Internet Governance

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The South African Emerging Leaders on Internet Governance (SA-ELIG)


The South African Emerging Leaders on Internet Governance (SA-ELIG) hopes to unlock and unleash young minds to infiltrate the space of Internet Governance locally, regionally and global spaces. SA ELIG believes that the present and the future of Internet Governance is in young minds.


Objective:

The South African Emerging Leaders on Internet Governance (SA ELIG) is an initiative that aims to harness and develop the next generation of thought leaders who will engage meaningfully in robust discussions in the Internet Governance fora.


Vision statement:

The South African Emerging Leaders on Internet Governance (SA ELIG) is an initiative that aims to harness and develop the next generation of thought leaders who will engage meaningfully in robust discussions in the Internet Governance fora.


Strategic

Strategic Focus:

Active participation of youth in local, regional Internet Governance forum
African Youth Internet Governance leaders
Wider and effective participation of African youth on policy discussions in the national, regional and global IG forums.

Strategic Activities:

ICANN 59 in Johannesburg South Africa ( 26 - 29 June 2017)
During this event we plan to organise a youth focused side event. The event will serve as an orientation to youth participants about some of the pertinent IG issues, with first-hand experience

Strategic Activities:

South African Internet Governance School (September ) in collaboration with various organisations already involved in Internet Governance
Outreach programs to build awareness on IG, targeting higher learning institutions like Universities and FTE colleges.
Capacity building for youth to enable them to participate in Internet Governance policy processes through workshops and online training.

Members

Yolanda Mlonzi

Communications and Marketing

Yolanda is a young and vibrant apprentice in the field of media research and analysis. She is an Bachelor of Arts (Honours) graduate from the University of the Witwatersrand, where she majored in International Relations and Media Studies. Her interests include ICT policy and regulation, youth in internet governance, media policy and regulation, human rights, and the media in society. She is a writer and researcher, who recently wrote an academic paper on communications surveillance and constitutionalism in modern democratic states like South Africa.

Gabriel Ramokotjo

Stakeholder Engagement

Gabriel Ramokotjo is an Founding Partner of I-Village, Head of Operations are Orengeneering. A former President of Internet Society Gauteng Chapter and A member of the South African Internet Governance Forum Advisory Committee. Gabriel has participated on local, regional and global Internet Governance meetings. An Internet Governance Academy Fellow, Nepad African School on Internet Governance Fellow and ICANN Fellow.

Chenai Chair

Project Co-ordinator

Chenai’s interest in the ICT sector developed from learning of mobiles for development as she wrote her master’s thesis on how women made use of mobile phones to better themselves and their informal businesses in 2014. Since then, Chenai, has worked as a researcher and recently communication and evaluations advisor at Research ICT Africa. RIA is a Cape Town-based think-tank which hosts an Africa-wide ICT policy and regulatory research network established a decade ago with the purpose of developing the data and analysis necessary for evidence-based

Thato Mfikwe

ISOC Gauteng (Strategy and Advocacy)

Thato is a social entrepreneur who serves in various organisations. He is currently CEO of Soweto Wireless User Group and President of Internet Society Gauteng Chapter. He graduated from Tshwane University of Technology after completing a Diploma in Public Finance and Accounting, he is certified in Project Management and Social Innovation, Strategic leadership and management. Thato has experience in market research and analysis, financial management and policy development.

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