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Preview of Africa Special Interest Group Session at 2018 Global Summit

Apr 16, 2018, by Sara Aly
Tags: 2018 Internet2 Global Summit, African Research and Education Community, eduroam, Frontpage News, Global Summit, International Community, Research & Education Networks

By Magreth Mushi, TERNET CEO and Nosiku Sikanyika, ZAMREN Systems Administrator

 

African national research and education networks (NRENs) like many other NRENs around the world have evolved from different roots and follow different models of governance, finance, and support for their member institutions. Some of these models have successfully built up strong NRENs while others still struggle.

In the Africa Special Interest Group session at the 2018 Global Summit, we will discuss different models of governing and financing NREN development. We will explore key factors for success/failure of the models and possible avenues for improvement and, ultimately, sustainability. Participants will have an opportunity to hear directly from different key players from the education and research community in Africa and participate in the discussion.

Apart from understanding the models, participants will have an opportunity to discuss and network among themselves, forge meaningful relationships and collaboration opportunities that will take education and research to greater heights. This session is also of great interest to a large number of Internet2 members with active collaborations with African institutions, international participants, and all those interested in global networking developments.

The session meets on Tuesday, May 8 at 7:30 am, with breakfast provided, and we can’t wait to meet a group of energetic people that morning! We are cordially inviting you to join us for this fruitful discussion.

 

Nosiku Sililo works as a systems administrator for the Zambia Research and Education Network (Zamren), the national research and education network in Zambia. She earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from Copperbelt University and a master's degree in information and knowledge management from Stellenbosch University. She has been instrumental in the deployment of Eduroam at several learning institutions in Zambia and is currently leading the charge to join Edugain and develop federated identity at Zambia's colleges and universities. She is also the lead engineer in the development of Zamren's High Performance Computing cluster.

Magreth Mushi is Tanzania Education and Research Network’s (TERNET) chief executive officer since April 2017 and a PI at the Open University of Tanzania. She holds a doctorate with a specialization in network security from North Carolina State University under Fulbright and Google Anita Borg Scholarships (2012-2016). She earned her master's and bachelor's degrees in computer science from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 2005 and 2008 respectively. Her areas of research interest include network security, as well as network administration and management in software defined networks. She has also engaged with the newly emerging field of Science of Security (SoS), where she seeks to foster her research in network security.