The Diplo Project Team
Vladimir Radunović, Project Co-ordinator [top]
Vladimir Radunović has been the co-ordinator of the Internet Governance and Policy educational and training programmes with DiploFoundation since 2005. He has actively participated in the global process since the WSIS Geneva meeting in 2003, and has been a key resource person and speaker on Internet governance, ICT policy, capacity development, education of policy-makers and community building, at a number of international events. Mr Radunović holds a Diploma (dipl.ing.) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Belgrade, Serbia, and a Master in Contemporary Diplomacy from the University of Malta. His research interests are in capacity development and online learning, policy and process negotiations and planning, e-diplomacy, broadband and access policy, network neutrality, cyber-security and Internet safety, and strategies for bridging the digital divide. Mr Radunović is also managing director of AVAcom Ing, an ICT deployment company based in Belgrade, Serbia.
Virginia (Ginger) Paque, Internet Governance Capacity Building Co-ordinator [top]
Virginia (Ginger) Paque was born in the United States, but has lived in Venezuela for the past 35 years. An educator and administrator by profession, she has 25 years’ experience in business and manufacturing systems consulting. As a board member of the United Nations Association of Venezuela, her work as the Venezuelan member of the World Federation of United Nations Associations Task Force on WSIS brought her into the world of Internet governance. She is currently IGCBP co-ordinator for DiploFoundation, enjoying the opportunity to extend online capacity building programmes to developing countries in different languages. The research and implementation of e-participation and online inclusion possibilities for global policy processes is an another important priority area.
Jovan Kurbalija, Director of DiploFoundation, IG Expert and Project Advisor
Jovan Kurbalija is the founding director of DiploFoundation. He is a former diplomat with a professional and academic background in international law, diplomacy, and Information Technology. Since the late 1980s he has been involved in research into ICT and law. In 1992, he established the Unit for IT and Diplomacy at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies in Malta. In 2003, after more than 10 years of successful work in the field of training, research and publishing, the Unit evolved into DiploFoundation. Jovan currently directs online learning courses on ICT and diplomacy and lectures in academic and training institutions in Switzerland, the United States, Austria, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Malta. His main areas of research are diplomacy and the development of an international Internet regime, the use of hypertext in diplomacy, online negotiations, and diplomatic law.
E. Tanner, Project Reporting Co-ordinator
Ms Tanner directs DiploFoundation’s development of new projects and is responsible for identifying strategic partnerships. She has been associated with DiploFoundation since 1992 when it first started as the Unit for IT and Diplomacy at the Mediterranean Academy for Diplomatic Studies, as a conference assistant for the Unit in Malta. Ms Tanner is now based in Geneva and works extensively with the diplomatic and international community, particularly with developing country missions and NGOs working with the various specialised UN agencies. She has experience in resource mobilisation, finance and communication while working with the Quakers UN Office Geneva. Her educational background includes Business Administration, Psychology, and Transportation Planning and Engineering.
Hannah Slavik, Educational Programmes Director
Hannah Slavik is the educational programmes director for DiploFoundation. She has eight years of experience in designing educational methodology, planning educational policy, co-ordinating materials development, and evaluating online learning programmes in the fields of diplomacy, international relations, and human rights. Her regular travels and encounters with different cultures have made her particularly sensitive to intercultural issues in course design. Hannah holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Online and Distance Education and an MA in Linguistics. She has edited and co-edited three recent DiploFoundation publications: Language and Diplomacy, Intercultural Communication and Diplomacy and Roma Diplomacy.
Dejan Dinčić, Project Technical and Online Architect Director
Dejan Dinčić is technical director of DiploFoundation, where he designs software and co-ordinates technical activities supporting innovative online learning and research programmes. With a professional and academic background in information and educational technologies, Dejan has more than 20 years of experience in information architecture and management, online communications, and systems design. Before joining DiploFoundation, he worked on harnessing the potential of ICT in the developing world. His major research interests include software usability, instructional design and online communities' facilitation.
Martin Aquilina, Accounts Manager
A Fellow of the Malta Institute of Accountants and a Certified Public Accountant, Martin has been with DiploFoundation since its incorporation in 2002. For a number of years he was the Financial Controller and a non-voting executive board member of the National Tourism Organisation - Malta following which he was the General Manager of various service-related enterprises. He is also a 2 star CMAS & FUAM diving instructor, a writer for diving-related magazines and was also the joint co-ordinator of the Blue Dolphin of Malta international underwater photographic competition.
Emmanuel Edet, Tutor and Content Specialist
Emmanuel Edet is a lawyer, currently heading the Legal Unit of the National Information Technology Development Agency in Nigeria. He has been involved in pioneering activities in the development of legal and institutional framework for Information Technology in Nigeria. He holds a bachelor’s degree in law and has additional qualifications in Internet Governance, e-Government Policy and Strategy Development and Cybercrime Investigations and Prosecution. His interests includes technology contracting, outsourcing, Internet governance, Information Technology policy and strategy development and electronic commerce issues. He is also involved with capacity building in the area of Internet governance as a tutor with DiploFoundation on the Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme (IGCBP).
Adela Danciu, Tutor
Adela Danciu is a Law and Political Sciences graduate of the University of Bucharest. She holds an MA in International and EU Law. She worked for nine years as a legal expert on the Committee for IT&C of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies. Adela was a student of the IGCBP in 2006, and has since then become more involved by tutoring and co-ordinating subsequent phases, writing course texts, and participating in IGF and EuroDIG meetings, as well as participating in the European Summer School on IG in Meissen, 2007, as a Diplo fellow. Her Internet governance interests focus on human rights and legal issues.
Marsha Guthrie, Tutor
Marsha Guthrie is from the island of Jamaica, and is currently an Online Market Research Executive with PricewaterhouseCoopers. She is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados, and the University of Westminster, London, where she obtained an MA in Applied Social and Market Research. She has been a tutor with the DiploFoundation on the Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme since 2006, and has contributed in various fora on Internet governance issues over the years. Her specific areas of interest are Internet security and the use of technology for sustainable development.
Tracy Hackshaw, Tutor
Tracy Hackshaw is an alumnus of DiploFoundation’s Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme (2008), and an ICANN Fellowship Alumni at both the Sydney and Seoul meetings (2009), and at the Cartagena meeting (2010). Tracy was an Internet Society (ISOC) Ambassador to the 4th IGF in Sharm-el Sheikh (2009), and returned as an ISOC Ambassador for the 5th IGF in Vilnius (2010). He is the vice-chair of the ISOC Trinidad and Tobago Chapter (in formation) and a member of DiploFoundation's research and teaching faculty. Tracy is a national of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and has been educated at first-degree level in Sociology and Psychology at the University of the West Indies (St Augustine) and at graduate level in International Management at the University of London (Royal Holloway). Professionally, he is the Chief Solution Architect and Team Lead of the Solution Architect Office for the Government of Trinidad and Tobago’s National ICT Company (iGovTT). He is part of a team providing ICT thought leadership to iGovTT, and by extension, the Government, in several areas falling under the rubric of Internet Governance including the flagship and award-winning ‘ttconnect Multi-Channel Service Delivery initiative’.
Anju Mangal, Tutor
Anju Mangal is a tutor for DiploFoundation’s ICT Strategy Course, a research expert and an active member of DiploFoundation’s research and teaching faculty. Anju is an alumni of the IGCBP 2009. She was an ISOC Ambassador to the IGF in 2008 in Hyderabad, India, and a Commonwealth IGF fellow in Sharm El-Sheikh, and was on the UN IGF Secretariat team. She was chosen to represent her country and work as a fellow at the UN IGF Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland. Anju was a board member of the Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society (PICISOC) and is currently the chairwoman of the PICISOC Women and ICT working/special interest group. Anju holds an MA in Governance, and a BSc in Information systems, GIS and Geography. Anju is affiliated with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC); she is the information specialist and co-ordinator for the development of ICT and IKM activities in SPC and oversees, and provides an advisory role to the staff on the implementation of ICT-IKM activities. She also provides leadership, and is a trainer, on the use of ICT and e-learning platforms in the Pacific. Her role is to co-ordinate and develop new regional capacity building programmes in information, communication and knowledge management, and ICT for development. She provides leadership on Internet governance issues to youths and stakeholders in the Pacific. She has assisted with the formulation of the youth in agriculture strategy towards fostering ICT for development. She also provides an advisory and support role to the Youth and Agriculture Co-ordinator for administering and delivering programs for youth and ICT in the community.
Sheba Mohammid, Tutor
Sheba Mohammid, from Trinidad and Tobago, is interested in multi-disciplinary and transformative strategies for ICT4D. Her work is focused on Digital Inclusion in Small Island Developing States. She serves as a Research Expert on the Internet Governance Africa Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Programme, a Commonwealth fellow and an ACP fellow to the IGF where she has presented and moderated panels on Media Literacy and ICT4D. She is also a trainer in Internet Governance and ICT Policy and Strategy for DiploFoundation. Sheba continues research on Human Behaviour on the Internet, Youth Use of Social Media, and Futurist Deployment of ICT as a Catalyst for Development. Sheba works in Trinidad where she is an ICT Policy Specialist. Here she has responsibility for major considerations in creating an enabling Policy and Legislative Environment. Her work has spanned issues of an emerging Knowledge Society such as ICT Strategies, ICT Governance, A2K, e-Waste, Multi-Channel Service Delivery, Data Protection and e-Transactions.
Benson Ncube, Tutor
Benson Ncube is an alumnus of DiploFoundation’s IGCBP 2010, and a fellowship recipient for IGF 2010 in Vilnius, Lithuania, and the Southern African IGF 2011. He was a facilitator during the ICT Policy training workshop, organised by Diplo and the Botswana Information Technology Society (BITS) in Gaborone, Botswana, in October 2010. Benson was instrumental in the discussions that lead to the birth of the Southern African IGF. He currently sits on the Ad Hoc Working Group that was mandated to spearhead the establishment of the regional forum. In early professional years, he was one of two engineers that established the modern Zimbabwean 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). He was appointed on the Research Council of Zimbabwe from 2006 until 2008, and served as vice-chairperson for the Informatics Standing Committee within the Council. Benson was educated in Zimbabwe, where he attained his first degree in Electrical Engineering (1992) and an MBA (2003) from the University of Zimbabwe. In 1996, he undertook training in Advanced Planning of Telecommunications projects in Germany under the sponsorship of Carl Duisburg Gesellschaft. He currently works for an ICT service provider in Botswana, and tutors on Security for the IGCBP Advanced Phase.
Mwende Njiraini, Tutor
Mwende Njiraini has been a tutor of the IGCBP for the Africa Region since 2006, having graduated from the IGCBP in 2005. Mwende has represented her country, Kenya, at the IGF in Athens, Hyderabad, Sharm el Sheikh, and Lithuania and has been a facilitator in both the national and East African IGFs. Mwende is a Telecommunication Engineer by profession, and currently works at the Kenyan Communications Commission, the communications regulator in Kenya. She holds a Master of Communications Management with Merit in Business Management, Coventry University, and a Master of Communications Management, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.
Jean Paul Nkurunziza, Tutor
Jean Paul Nkurunziza, from Bujumbura, Burundi, works as a consultant and is involved in different civil society organisations registered in Burundi, including the Burundi Youth Training Centre, ISOC Burundi and Burundi Community Telecentre Network. After his graduation in Educational Sciences from the University of Burundi in 2001, he became interested in ICT issues. His began dealing with IG-related issues in 2007, when he attended the Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme as a participant. After taking part in the Training for Tutors programme soon after, he joined DiploFoundation as a tutor in 2008. He was granted a six-month fellowship with the IGF Secretariat in 2010.
Ulemu Nyasulu, Tutor
Ulemu Nyasulu holds a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) from the University of Malawi, and a Master of IT (Networking) from James Cook University, Queensland, Australia. Her career has spanned from lecturing in Computer Science, working as a fellow at the secretariat for the IGF, and tutoring at DiploFoundation. She spends most of her time doing research on ICT issues in Africa, so that she can be well prepared for her tutoring duties, and can participate meaningfully in different ICT forums, on a national, regional and global level. Ulemu has also been involved in the formation of the National Research and Education Network (NREN) of Malawi. NRENs are blossoming throughout Africa with the aim of interconnecting local higher education centres with fibre so that they can collaborate in research, and share e-resources and ‘real’ resources, such as lecturers via video conferencing. Since completing the IGCBP, Ulemu has a more balanced approach to her ICT career, with a better understanding of legal, socio-economic, and policy issues.
Judy Okite lives in Nairobi, Kenya. She first participated in the Diplo IGCBP in 2008, and was awarded a fellowship to attend the third IGF meeting in Hyderabad, India. She later attended the fifth IGF in Vilnius, Lithuania. Judy is an open source activist. She is a certified Linux/UNIX network administrator, web designer and an ICT consultant. Judy has remained active in the IG world: she is a member of the Kenya Internet Governance forum, East Africa Internet Governance Forum, Secretariat, and is the Internet governance co-ordinator at FOSSFA, the co-ordinating organisation for the West Africa Internet Governance Forum.
Kwasi Adu-Boahen Opare is an assistant lecturer at the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department, at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana. He holds an MSc in Telecommunication Engineering and a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, all from the same university where he lectures. Prior to his appointment as assistant lecturer, Kwasi worked as an ICT tutor and systems analyst (network/systems administrator) at the university. His interests include data communication networks and protocols, Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and electronic voting. He is also involved in the activities of the Ghana Network Operators Group (ghNOG) as a trainer. Kwasi successfully took part in IGCBP 2009, and was awarded a fellowship to attend the 2009 IGF meeting in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.
Stephanie Psaila, Tutor
Stephanie Borg Psaila is on Internet governance with DiploFoundation. She joined Diplo in 2005, first as a participant in the IGCBP then as tutor/supervisor. She attended WSIS and the inaugural IGF in Athens in 2006, and the IGF meetings in Tunis, Sharm El-Sheikh, and Vilnius, and has been involved in various DiploFoundation and other IG-related conferences. Stephanie holds a Bachelor's degree in Law and Communication, a Master's in Contemporary Diplomacy, and a Doctorate in Law (LL.D.). Her doctorate dissertation was on the jurisdictional problems of the Internet, while her areas of interest include legal aspects, freedom of speech, and human rights on the Internet. She is a former journalist with more than five years' work experience with The Sunday Times of Malta, and a former columnist on education with The Times of Malta.