Nyirenda - Towela

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Dr. Towela Nyirenda Jere holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering (Networking and Telecommunications) from the University of Kansas, an ACCA Diploma in Financial Management and is a qualified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute (USA). She is currently the Programmes Manager with the NEPAD e-Africa Programme and interim Manager of the African Science Technology and Innovation Indicators (ASTII) Initiative at the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA). Prior to this appointment she was the Projects Coordinator at the Malawi Polytechnic, University of Malawi. From 2004-2007, Dr. Nyirenda-Jere was the Technical Director at ICT Networks Ltd, a local ICT networking, design and installation company based in Blantyre, Malawi. During this time she managed several large ICT installations in the banking, academic and public sectors in Malawi. From 2002-2005, Dr. Nyirenda-Jere was a Senior lecturer with the University of Malawi and lectured in Telecommunications, Control Systems and Information Technology.  She has served as a United Nations Volunteer (UNV) with the Cisco Networking Academy Program and as a facilitator for the British Council InterAction Leadership Program. She is a Trustee of the Malawi Women in Science and Technology Network (WISTNET), a member of the Malawi TEVETA ICT Sector Advisory Board, a member of the Malawi Institution of Engineers, a member of the Internet Society (ISOC) and a member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
In the realm of Internet Governance, Dr. Jere is a graduate of the inaugural ISOC Next Generation Leaders Programme; has completed several Internet Governance training programmes offered by the Diplo Foundation (Introductory and Advanced phases; Internet Governance Strategy, Policy and Research)  and has received fellowships from ICANN and AfriNIC. She co-organised the inaugural Southern Africa Internet Governance Forum and continues to advocate for increased awareness among African policy makers of the importance and significance of Internet Governance processes at national and continental level.