Event Agenda

June 28 – Monday

08:00-09:00 Coffee and Registration
09:00-10:15 Opening Session

  • Moderator: Fred Otunnu, Manager, Communications, Uganda Communications Commission
  • Patrick Mwesigwa, Acting CEO, Uganda Communications Commission, and Chairman, East Africa Communications Organisations

  • Lynn St. Amour, President, Internet Society (ISOC), opening remarks (PDF)
  • Kathryn Brown, Senior Vice President, Public Policy Development and Corporate Responsibility, Verizon Communications
  • Dr. Ahmad K. Sengendo, Rector, Islamic University in Uganda, Chairperson, Uganda Vice Chancellors’ Forum
  • Philip Ayoo, The Inter-University Council for East Africa
  • Sami Al Basheer, Director, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Development Sector

Keynote Address and Opening of Symposium

10:15-10:30 Group Photo and Tea Break
10:30-11:45 Roundtable 1: "Connecting Institutions of Higher Education – The Road to the East Africa Knowledge Society"

International broadband has arrived in East Africa and domestic broadband is taking shape across much of the region. Efforts to utilize ICT in creating an East African economic community and to expand adoption of university research and education networks are proceeding apace. Universities across the region have ambitions for utilizing broadband to transform their administrative capabilities, their curricula, their access to content and shared expertise, and their shared research capabilities. Moreover they view broadband and the content it can deliver as the lynchpins for offering their students world-class educations by which they can succeed in a knowledge driven world. The experts brought together for this roundtable will draw from their experiences to discuss what they see as key value propositions for universities, governments and the ICT industry of broadband connectivity; the challenges for the ICT sector and academia of providing national and regional connectivity, as well as the steps to e-readiness by universities.

12:30-02:00 Luncheon – Victoria Ballroom

Keynote: U.S. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Judith McHaleKeynote Speech – Introduction by Kathryn Brown, Verizon

02:15-02:30 Keynote Address

02:30-03:45 Roundtable 2: "Policy and Regulatory Challenges/Part I: The Vision for Broadband Deployment"

Challenges exist within each country and within East Africa as a whole to ensure that appropriate priority is given to broadband interconnection, with an emphasis on universities. It is critical as well that the relevant stakeholders have within their scopes of authority the ability to appropriately meet such challenges. This roundtable will address what are the policies in place and the remaining policy challenges to facilitate expeditious, low cost and reliable access to broadband and its benefits for universities and research institutions; to preserve the ability of industry to operate within an enabling market climate; and to ensure that incentives for achieving those ends are aligned throughout the region.

  • Moderator: Amb. David Gross, Partner, Wiley Rein and former head of US Department of State Office of Communications and Information Policy
  • Dorothy Okello, Commissioner, Uganda Communications Commission, Chairperson of Rural Communications Development Fund, Women of Uganda Network
  • Yesse Oenga, Managing Director, Zain Uganda
  • Nzioka Waita, Head of Legal & Regulatory Affairs, Safaricom
  • Mwambu Wanendeya, Vice President & Head of Communications Africa, Ericsson
  • David Souter, Managing Director, ict Development Associates
  • Coordinator: Leslie Martinkovics, Director, International Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Verizon Communications
03:45-04:00 Tea and Networking Break
04:00-05:15 Roundtable 3: "Policy and Regulatory Challenges/Part II: The Regulator as Partner with Industry and the Academic and Research Communities

Regulators from East Africa have frequently been leaders in driving broadband connectivity in their countries, in working with industry to understand and create enabling market conditions, and in balancing market considerations with the special challenges of achieving universal access to ICT, and connectivity of schools and universities. Added to this mix are National Research and Education Networks, which are generating new connectivity models and with them additional regulatory challenges. Participants in this roundtable will discuss what they see as regulatory approaches that have been effective thus far; how their institutions within their mandates and together with others are meeting the challenges posed by a drive for domestic and regional broadband connectivity, and for what many envision as a new "eco-system " for universities and other knowledge centers; and whether there are policies and regulations that need to be put in place that could further facilitate progress going forward.

  • Moderator: Amb. David Gross, Partner, Wiley Rein and former head of US Department of State Office of Communications and Information Policy
  • Dorothy Okello, Commissioner, Uganda Communications Commission, Chairperson of Rural Communications Development Fund, Women of Uganda Network
  • Yesse Oenga, Managing Director, Zain Uganda
  • Nzioka Waita, Head of Legal & Regulatory Affairs, Safaricom
  • Mwambu Wanendeya, Vice President & Head of Communications Africa, Ericsson
  • David Souter, Managing Director, ict Development Associates
  • Coordinator: Leslie Martinkovics, Director, International Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Verizon Communications
06:30-09:30 Dinner Reception

June 29 – Tuesday

08:00-09:00 Coffee and Registration
09:00-10:15 Roundtable 4: “Tapping the Bandwidth Value Propositions – Paths to Academic Transformation”

Broadband connectivity to and among universities and between universities and research institutions and other knowledge centers within and outside of East Africa will undoubtedly transform the contributions that universities will be able to make to their students, to their countries and to society at large. Broadband will also help universities ease their administrative burdens through digital treatment of management, registration, and curricula, and interaction with students and faculty. During this roundtable, we will hear about some of the activities underway in the region and elsewhere that illustrate the wealth of options available through broadband.

  • Moderator: Prof. Charles Olweny, Vice Chancellor, Uganda Martyrs University
  • Themba Khumalo, CEO MTN Uganda
  • Jonathan Mwakijele, MCM Programme Coordinator, System Administrator, Kigali Institute of Science and Technology
  • Nyimbi Odero, Google Lead for English Speaking West Africa, expert on Google University Access Program
  • Alex Twinomugisha, General Manager Africa, Global e-Schools and Communities Initiative (GeSCI)
  • Kathryn Brown, Senior Vice President, Public Policy Development and Corporate Responsibility, Verizon Communications
  • Coordinator: Walda Roseman, CEO, CompassRose International
10:15 -11:30 Roundtable 5: "Making the Connection: Matching Bandwidth and Technology to Academic Potential"

Universities are being asked to determine what will be their broadband requirements so that their digital capacity can be appropriately scaled to each university’s plans for broadband use and to their abilities to afford bandwidth. NRENs have been formed throughout the region to facilitate connectivity. Participants in this roundtable will discuss their experiences with identifying bandwidth and matching their digital requirements with their plans to for their universities. We will also hear from the industry and NRENs about what are their considerations, plans and challenges associated with academic connectivity.

11:30-12:00 Tea and Networking Break
12:00-01:30 Break-out Sessions A and B.Following the tea break, Symposium participants are invited to attend one of two parallel break-out sessions

Break-out Session A – "E-readiness – Getting ready for Broadband" — will examine what might be the key elements of university e-readiness planning that need to precede effective scaling of bandwidth requirements and successful utilization of broadband. The discussion will include such issues as administration and faculty capacity building; developing advanced digital skills, including for students; program planning, including administration, curricula , shared programs, and research plans; consideration for how youth use computers and the Internet; inside equipment, software and other requirements; cross-border interconnection issues; sharing e-learning platforms; and other issues that can ensure successful utilization of broadband connectivity.

Break-out Session B – "Creating an Enabling Environment of East African Connectivity" — will focus its discussion on some of the key issues facing the ICT sector in achieving national, regional and international broadband connectivity, particularly involving academia. It will cover such issues as rural connectivity, gender mainstreaming, interconnection, spectrum, reliability and quality of service, achieving affordable access for universities and research institutions, cross border and international connectivity of national education and research networks, domain name issues, and local and other content.

  • Moderator: Alice Munyua, Convener, Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet) and East African Internet Governance Forum (EA-IGF), Communications Commission of Kenya Board Member
  • Mario Maniewicz, Chief Policies & Strategies Department Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT), International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
  • Olivier DuPont, CISCO
  • Prof. Donald Riley, Professor of Information Systems, University of Maryland
  • Coordinator: Jacquelynn Ruff, Vice President, International Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Verizon Communications
01:30-03:00 Luncheon and Special KeynotePhillip Clay, Chancellor MIT
03:00-03:30 Special Presentation on iLABs Collaboration
03:30-05:00 Roundtable 6: "Discussion Panel: Wrap-up and the Way Forward"

This will be a discussion session that will pull together the key elements of the symposium. This roundtable can serve as a basis for the key conclusions emanating from the Symposium. Session Moderators will present the major points made during their sessions and discuss next steps for e-readiness and connectivity for players in the ICT and academic sectors. It will conclude with a framework that will note the major points that each sector – academia, NRENs, policy community, regulators, industry – identifies as important to it to effect broadband connectivity of universities and research institutions and to prepare for its transformative powers. It will also serve as a basis for future communications among along all stakeholders.

  • Moderator: Dorothy Okello, Commissioner, Uganda Communications Commission; Chairperson, Rural Communications Development Fund
  • Nyimbi Odero, Google Lead for English Speaking West Africa, Expert on Google University Access Program
  • Amb. David Gross, Partner, Wiley Rein and former head of US Department of State Office of Communications and Information Policy
  • Patrick Mwesigwa, Acting CEO, Uganda Communications Commission, and Chairman, East Africa Communications Organisations
  • Prof. Charles Olweny, Vice Chancellor, Uganda Martyrs University
  • Margaret Ngwira, Malawi, Co-founder UbuntuNet
  • Lynn St. Amour, President, Internet Society (ISOC)
  • Alice Munyua, Convener, Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet) and East African Internet Governance Forum (EA-IGF), Communications Commission of Kenya Board Member
  • Coordinator: Leslie Martinkovics, Director, International Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Verizon Communications
05:00-06:00 Closing Session and Closing Remarks

06:00-07:00 Closing Reception