Edmund Katiti

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Email: edmundk[at]nepad.org
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Dr. Edmund Katiti is the Acting Head of NEPAD e-Africa Programme, (The New Partnership for Africa's Development), which he joined in November 2005. NEPAD is part of the African Union.[1] On joining the NEPAD Agency, Dr. Katiti first served a Policy and Regulatory Advisor, in which capacity he coordinated the development of policy and regulatory frameworks for NEPAD ICT infrastructure programmes and projects. He is involved in regional and international ICT fora, such as ICANN, the ITU, the IGF, UNCTAD, the IEEE, and others.[2] He has been involved with ICANN's ASO.[3]


As ICT Coordinator for NEPAD Agency, Dr. Katiti is responsible for harmonisation and coordination of regional and continental ICT programmes and projects. Dr. Katiti is also involved in convening consensus-building stakeholder meetings and workshops, participating in regional meetings and conferences related to ICT development, conducting studies as needed, and reporting back to the stakeholders.[4]

Dr. Edmund Katiti was responsible for developing and implementing the Kigali Protocol (2006), which is a policy and regulatory framework to accelerate development of ICT broadband infrastructure in Africa. The Protocol is guided by policy principles based on non-discriminatory, open access and equitable joint ownership of the backbone infrastructure across the region; the use of Special Purpose Vehicles( SPV’s) to build, own and operate the NEPAD Network, which is considered a ‘’public good’’; and the need to apply the principle of Public Private Partnership to develop the network. The protocol promotes and facilitates the provision of ICT broadband infrastructure on the continent that will support high-quality speed and reliable electronic communication at affordable prices.[5][6]

He is currently working with the African Union and UniForum with regards to the latter's bid for the .africa New gTLD.[7]


Dr. Katiti's previous roles include Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Kampala International University; founding Director of the Institute of Computer Science, Makerere University, Uganda; President of the Uganda Computer Society (1998-1990); and Chairman of the Uganda National Standards Council (1995-2000).[8][9]

He studied Electrical and Electronics Engineering at the South Bank Polytechnic in London, UK, after which he pursued a Masters in Telecommunication Systems Engineering and a Ph.D. in the same field at the University of Essex, UK.

Personal Achievements

  • William Beedie Esson Scholarship from the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE), 1975/76
  • Undergraduate Scholarship from the IEE, 1976/77
  • Invented a Technique for Image Transform Coding with Offsets. Reported in Electronics Letters, Vol. 17 pp. 803 – 805, August 1981
  • Invented technique for improving computational efficiency of orthogonal transforms. Reported at the 1st International Conference on Electronic Image processing, York, UK July 1982
  • Invented variety of Television special effects. See Ph.D. Thesis, Aug. 81 – Oct. 82
  • Demonstrated that the Discrete Sine Transform is a more efficient Image Processor than the Discrete Cosine Transform. See Ph.D. Thesis, March 1983
  • Founded the Institute of Computer Science, Makerere University, 1984 – 1986
  • Created the first private television broadcasting station in Uganda, 1992
  • Lead Consultant for the Uganda National Task Force on formulation of an national ICT Policy, Feb 2000[10]