Mentor Ida Ng'ang'a is the outgoing Chairman, Membership & Outreach for Kenya, for the Internet Society (the organization that sets the standards on how the internet operates). She was elected in September 2016, the first woman to hold this position.
She is a Lead Ambassador for the Africa Code Week Program by UNESCO/SAP. She is passionate about technology and has vowed to make internet opportunities, digital learning, computer programming and mobile application development skills accessible to as many youth and women as possible. She is the Founder of Fem-Hub Africa, a coaching and business accelerator for women in STEM.
She currently leads Internet for Education discussions globally for the Internet Society. She is also the Founder of the Network of Young Women Leaders (NYWL) which has members in over 70 countries and sits on the boards of Internet for Development & Education SIG, Women in STEM and Africa Gender Taskforce. She is on the UN Women Young Women's Leadership Taskforce and Youth4Gender team based in New York, as well as Women@Facebook Roundtable. She was recognized by Mara Foundation and the United Nations on International Women's Day (Prolific Woman, 2015) for mentoring young entrepreneurs in Africa.
She is the winner of the African Leadership Top Award 'Outstanding Mentor' 2016, Internet Society African Fellow 2017, African Internet of Things Innovator 2018, Timeless Woman Governance Award 2016, Leaders in Kenya Award 2015, 2014 amongst other recognitions.
Accreditation: 1) Post Graduate: ✓ Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning ✓ Mobile Information Technology
2) Under Graduate: ✓ Public Policy & Governance
Other: Harvard Business School – Executive Development
Occupation: CEO - The Regional Consortium for Development (RCD Africa)
Interest areas: ICT Regulation, Policy Development, Education, Internet Governance, Youth, Gender Diversity & Digital Inclusion, IoT, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Block Chain Technology
The 2016 winner of the African Leadership Top Award 'Outstanding Mentor', Ida Ng'ang'a, champions Sustainable Development initiatives, provides technical expertise, and connects partners and funders to aid this process, for the Regional Consortium for Development (RCD Africa). FOCUS: Policy, Sustainability, Digitalization, Emerging technology, Employee development, Gender mainstreaming & Youth/women upskilling. She acts as consulting advisor to government, academia, NGOs, civil society & private sector.
She has sat in various committees including the World Health Organization – Mobile App Development for Sexual & Reproductive Health, the National AGOA Committee at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs/International Trade, Women@Facebook roundtable on online harassment and Child Online Protection by Communications Authority. She is Co-Chair (together with Ben Roberts - Chief Technology & Innovation Officer Liquid Telecom / Chairman Liquid Telecom Kenya) of the Internet for Development Global Community that's contributing to the development of a non-formal digital literacy curriculum.
She has represented Kenya and Africa in numerous regional and global conferences that include, State of the Union Consultation in Rwanda, African Union High Level Dialogue in Senegal, UN Financing for Development in Ethiopia, Tana Forum on Peace & Security in Africa on invitation by the Chair and former president of Nigeria H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo, the 1st Global Forum on Youth Policies in Azerbaijan, the 2nd World Human Rights Forum in Morocco, Online Protection & Safety at the 2015 ECOSOC Forum at the UN Headquarters in New York, the 2015 Open Square Summit on Digital Education and Violence Prevention in Washington DC, USA, UNESCO Mobile Learning Week 2019 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, COMTECDEV 2019 conference by Chaire UNESCO at the University of Bordeaux Montaigne, eCommerce Week 2019 at UNCTAD Geneva among others.
She is a mentor for the Presidential Digitalent Program (www.digitalent.co.ke), Judge, Nairobi Innovation Week (www.innovationweek.co.ke) and a partner to the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) Digital Innovation Framework. She is also a member of African Telecommunications Union as well as ICANN and AfriNIC Governmental Advisory Committees.
She is currently working on a project that promotes, digital economy, computing skills and internet education policies and interventions for regulators and government (with the help of the private sector); as well as promoting wireless community networks as an affordable solution for internet access.
- Runner-Up to an eminent first woman high court judge in the Timeless Woman Governance Award 2016.
- Prolific Woman 2015 by Mara Foundation & the United Nations for her work in mentoring youth in Africa.
- Leaders in Kenya 2014 & 2015.
- Formerly appointed Director for Leadership, ICT & Entrepreneurship, by the Global Peace Foundation.
Personal profile: https://about.me/ida.mentor