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Full Name: Benson Ncube

Gender: Male

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Country of Residence: Botswana

Organisation: Cabling for Africa

Stakeholder group: Private Sector

Background (50 words):
Benson has a degree in Electrical Engineering (1992) and an MBA (2003) from the University of Zimbabwe. He has also been trained in Advanced Planning of Telecommunications projects in Germany under the sponsorship of Carl Duisburg Gesellschaft. Currently he is working for an ICT service provider in Botswana and tutoring IGCBP Advanced Security.

Benson was instrumental in the discussions that lead to the establishment of the Southern African Internet Governance Forum. He currently sits on the Ad Hoc Working Group that was mandated to spearhead the establishment of the regional forum. In his early years of his profession, he was one of the two engineers that established the modern Zimbabwe Internet Backbone that immediately gave Internet access to the Zimbabweans. He was the first Technical Point of Contact for the Country Code Top-Level-Domain for Zimbabwe (ccTLD .zw). Since then, he has developed a strong affinity for Internet services and would like to see everyone having universal access for Internet services. Due to his diligence and contribution in the ICT space he was appointed to the Research Council of Zimbabwe from 2006 until 2008. He served as a vice chairperson for the Informatics Standing Committee within the Council.

Benson Ncube is a Diplo Foundation Fellow and attended IGF 2010 and the Southern African IGF in 2011. He facilitated the Diplo Foundation – BITS Internet Governance workshop in October 2010 in Gaborone, Botswana.

Motivation and goals (50 words):
The passion to have universal Internet access on equitable basis drives me to contribute to the IGF discussions. So far my contribution to the region calls for more aggression to ensure that the critical Internet resources are shared appropriately. For further information regarding mu contribution in the Internet space please refer to the link http://www.commonwealthigf.org/blog/regional-perspectives-a-souther...

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