Speakers at First Multistakeholder Meeting

Dawit Bekele
Regional Bureau Director for Africa


Prior to joining ISOC, Dawit worked at Addis Ababa University on teaching and research positions in computer science, since 1994. He also established and managed for more than 4 years a private company that provides Internet related services. Moreover, in the last ten years, Dawit has worked as a consultant for major international organizations such as United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Bank. His activities enabled him to travel around Africa with a large number of Information and Communication Technology professionals of the continent.

Dawit is an Ethiopian citizen living in Addis Ababa. He received his undergraduate, Masters and Ph.D degrees from Université Paul Sabatier in France, all degrees in Computer Science.

Ndeye Maimouna Diop
ICT Pioneer


Mrs Ndeye Maimouna Diop has worked as ICT director at Senegal’s Ministry of Communications, Telecommunications and ICT, from April 2004 to September 2012.

She designed a strategic ICT4D master plan for Senegalese government. She was the Senegalese government representative at several global initiatives like G8 DOT Force, UN ICT Task Force, the Government Advisory Committee (GAC) of ICANN and the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) of Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Prior to that, she has worked as a technical advisor on ICT for the Senegalese Government from 2000 to 2004. From 2001 to 2002, she was ICT advisor on Ministry in charge of ICT and coordinated the national ICT strategy plan to move Senegal on Information Society. From 2002 to 2004 she was in charge of telemedicine strategy. As chief of IP service at SONATEL, she installed and administrated the first national IP Backbone with ATM and Cisco technologies in 1998.

She was elected as AfrNIC Board member (2011-2013) and served as chair of the board for 2011-2012. She takes part on activities of the forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), she is a member of the Observatoire sur les Systèmes d’Information, les Réseaux et les Inforoutes au Sénégal (OSIRIS). She is Chair of the Senegalese Chapter of Internet Society (ISOC-SN).

Ndeye Maimouna Diop holds a degree in Data Processing, Computer Science Engineering and Technology. She also got a degree on Internet Governance. She is currently a Ph.D candidate on Internet Of Things.

Jean Erick P. A. Fargeas
Coordinateur du Département Infrastructures et Systèmes d’Information Métiers DISI/UCAD et membre ISOC-Ch-SN


Ingénieur informaticien de formation, Erick FARGEAS a intégré la DISI/UCAD en 2000. A ce jour, en plus de la mission de coordination du département, son profil d’Urbaniste SI lui permet d’assurer la direction de nombreux projets à forte valeur ajoutée avec un réel impact sur la transformation institutionnelle. Il nourrit un réel intérêt pour toutes les questions liées à la gouvernance des SI.

En qualité de membre actif ISOC-Ch-SN, l’accessibilité à la ressource Internet aux couches défavorisées et l’Internet, outil à part entière d’apprentissage, de formation et de valorisation des talents motivent sa participation aux activités de terrain. Travailler avec les enfants est un plaisir de tout instant.

Andrew Sullivan
President & CEO, Internet Society


Andrew Sullivan joined the Internet Society as President and Chief Executive Officer in September 2018. He has worked on Internet infrastructure and standards since 2001. In 2012 he joined Dyn (later, Oracle Dyn) to establish Dyn Labs and then to manage the DNS development and architecture departments. His activities in this area led to him being appointed to the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) in 2013. His IAB colleagues elected him Chair in 2015 and 2016.

Andrew’s IAB tenure coincided with the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) stewardship transition and he was deeply involved in the community’s efforts around the transition and played a central role in its eventual success.

Before joining Dyn, Andrew was a principal contributor to the Variant Issues Project (VIP) undertaken by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). At the beginning of Andrew’s Internet infrastructure career, he worked to launch the .info Internet top-level domain in 2001. Because of that experience, he was part of the team that collaborated with the Internet Society to launch Public Interest Registry, and take over the operation of the .org top-level domain.

Andrew was born in Buffalo, NY, USA to Canadian parents, and has lived most of his life in Canada. He holds a Baccalaureate of Arts (Hons) from the University of Ottawa, and a Master of Arts from McMaster University, both in Philosophy.

Aminata SY SECK
Vice présidente, Chapitre Sénégalais, Internet Society

Aminata SY SECK est actuellement la vice présidente du Chapitre Sénégalais d’Internet Society. Depuis 2009, elle est une membre active de ISOC Senegal.

Mme SECK travaille parallèlement à la Direction de l’Informatique et des Systèmes d’Information(DISI) de l’Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (UCAD) en tant que Chef de la Division de l’information et de la communication. Elle a une formation d’ingénieur de conception en informatique.

En tant que spécialiste du l’Internet et passionné du web, Mme SECK a eu à diriger l’Equipe « NextGeneration » qui est un programme « novateur du Chapitre Sénégalais de l’Internet Society dont le but est de rassembler un groupe de jeunes gens qui préconise l’utilisation de l’Internet et des solutions IT par la jeunesse sénégalaise.

Katie Watson
Policy Advisor, North America, Internet Society


Katie Watson is Policy Advisor, North America at the Internet Society. She joined the organization in March 2018 and currently supports, develops, and advocates for the Internet Society’s Internet-related public policy positions on access, security, and privacy in the United States and Canada.

Katie received her B.A. from the University of Virginia, where she majored in Foreign Affairs and Media Studies. After graduation, she worked as a Google Public Policy Fellow at New America’s Open Technology Institute and as a Policy and Program Manager at Next Century Cities, where she assisted mayors with local broadband, digital inclusion, and civic tech initiatives. Most recently, she served as the Development Manager at Public Knowledge, where she led development efforts and explored emerging technologies.