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I have elected to submit my MAG nomination based on my current job role and the recognition of the need to amplify the participation of African governments in IG spaces. I have been privileged to have a career that includes working in academia, in the private sector, in and with civil society organisations. I am also a member of technical organisations like ISOC and the IEEE. I hope that the Diplo Community will support and endorse my application.
Full name: Towela Nyirenda-Jere
Country of residence: South Africa
Organisation: NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency
Stakeholder group: government
Background and/or experience in IG: Helped to establish Southern Africa IGF (2011); contributor to pre-events at Africa IGF (2012, 2013); co-initiated and helped to organize inaugural African School on IG (2013); Have participated in 2 global IGFs (Nairobi, Baku) and 3 ICANN meetings (Nairobi, Cartagena, Beijing); advocated for and got NEPAD observer status to ICANN GAC. (Have also taken several courses with Diplo, the ITU Academy, the Academy of Global Governance, the European Summer School on IG)
Motivation and goals: Strengthening policy processes for Internet and ICT development in Africa through meaningful and effective engagement at national, regional and global levels. I see my role as helping to support and complement the efforts of civil society and other actors by bringing the regional (inter-governmental) perspective and enhancing linkages between African governments and the other stakeholder groupings.