Fellows profiles

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission
Work programme: Cybersecurity

Mehfuz Bin Khaled

Cybersecurity is a global concern nowadays and hence it is a key field of work for the CTO in view of its implications to member countries and to the entire ICT sector. In March 2014 the Commonwealth Principles on Cybergovernance developed by the CTO was adopted by the Commonwealth ICT Ministers and in July 2014 CTO presented the “Commonwealth approach to developing National Cybersecurity strategies” based on those principles. The CTO is currently carrying out a project to develop the National Cybersecurity Strategies of Botswana, Cameroon and Uganda. In early 2015, the CTO hosted Ms Anita Sohan of Trinidad and Tobago under a Commonwealth Professional Fellowship to evaluate the scale of development and implementation of national Cybersecurity strategies in Caribbean Commonwealth countries, identify implementation challenges and design responses. In October 2015 Mr Vincent Ikovo Ngundi of Kenya, under another Fellowship, will evaluate the implementation of National Cybersecurity strategies in African Commonwealth countries, focusing particularly on Kenya, Botswana, Cameroon and Uganda. These projects have built a body of knowledge on Cybersecurity strategy implementation. The Fellow will learn from the outcomes of the CTO projects and the previous fellowships and contribute to Bangladesh’s National Cybersecurity Strategy development with particular emphasis on minimizing implementation challenges.

  • Study the Commonwealth Cybergovernance Principles and the Commonwealth approach to developing NCS
  • Study the outcomes of the previous Fellowships on implementation challenges of NCS
  • Study the strategies being developed by CTO
  • Contribute to the drafting/improvement of the strategies being developed by CTO
  • Apply the learning to Bangladesh’s context and develop an outline NCS for Bangladesh
  • Work with the CTO team to disseminate the outcomes to key stakeholders in Bangladesh

Nigerian Communications Commission
Work programme: Mobile Broadband

Aderonke Adeniyi

Aderonke Adeniyi works with the Nigerian Communications Commission [NCC] as Manager; Policy Competition & Economic Analysis. She has worked in the telecoms Industry for over fourteen years, her broad skills includes; telecoms regulation management, licensing & authorization, policy review & formulation, research & analysis of market trends, review of mobile voice & data tariff as well as competition practices in the industry, amongst other functions. She is also focused on programs such as innovative technological developments, internet governance and capacity building. She is passionate and highly committed to the development of telecoms in Nigeria.

She is an alumni of Strathclyde Business School, Glasgow, British Chevening, NUFFIC/Maastricht School of Management. Also, an ICANN Fellow, ISOC Member, Nigerian Representative at GAC/ICANN. Aderonke as a 2014 CTO fellow is working on the Mobile Broadband Program with focus on reviewing and updating replicable mobile VAS & Apps within the developing countries of the Commonwealth, identify potential future VAS & Apps applicable to Nigeria and also determine what will or might influence its uptake within all stakeholders of the mobile broadband ecosystem in Nigeria. She enjoys travelling, meeting people and dancing.

Under the Commonwealth Professional Fellowship, Aderonke’s work at the CTO has been focused on challenges faced by Commonwealth Member States in implementing their own national strategies.


Ministry of National Security in Trinidad and Tobago
Work programme: National Cybersecurity Strategies

Anita Sohan

Anita Sohan is an International Affairs Officer at the Ministry of National Security in Trinidad and Tobago with responsibility for issues relating to public security. Her portfolio also includes the coordination of the Ministry’s relationships with regional and international organisations.

Anita was a member of the Cabinet-appointed Inter-Ministerial Committee that developed the National Cyber Security Strategy, which was approved by the Trinidad and Tobago Government in December 2012. She has also been directly engaged in the coordination of several Cybersecurity activities that involved the implementation of the Strategy, including capacity building and cooperation with international organisations like the Organization of American States, the International Telecommunication Union and the Commonwealth Secretariat.

Under the Commonwealth Professional Fellowship, Anita’s work at the CTO has been focused on challenges faced by Commonwealth Member States in implementing their own national strategies.

Division of Energy and Telecommunications within the Prime Minister’s Office in The Barbados Government.
Work programme: Developing a National Broadband Strategy.

Clifford A. Bostic

Clifford A. Bostic currently holds the position of Deputy Chief Telecommunications Officer in the Division of Energy and Telecommunications within the Prime Minister’s Office in The Barbados Government.

Qualifications include a Masters of Sciences Degree (MSc) in Project Management and Evaluation (2003), a Bachelor of Science Degrees (BSc) in Natural Sciences (1985), and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Sciences (2000.Clifford’s Management experience includes Deputy Chief Telecommunications Officer, Manager Retail Sales and Services, Manager, Projects and Programs, Team Leader Development, Coordinator – Service Management, Training and Development Officer, Part Time Lecturer & Teacher. His experience in Information & Communications Technologies spans over twenty nine (29) years in the industry. He is married with one son and enjoys gardening, cycling, sightseeing and motor sports

Under the Commonwealth Professional Fellowship, Clifford’s work at the CTO has been focused on cDeveloping a National Broadband Strategy for Barbados and a template for the Caribbean Region

Department of State Services, Nigeria
Work programme: Computer Emergency Response Teams

Stephen Gbaja Anthony

Over the past 6 years Stephen has been worked as a Network Administrator/Systems Engineer for the Department of State Services (DSS NOC) in Nigeria. Stephen’s roles include network monitoring, creating awareness on emerging cyber threats, Computer forensic investigation, Computer System exploitation, installation, repair and hardware support (desktops/laptops), installation, configuration and administration of LAN and WAN devices like switches and routers.

Stephen graduated with a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Computer Science at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi, Nigeria, with a passion for cybersecurity which spurred him to obtain certificates in Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) in 2007, Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) in 2008 and Cisco Certified Network Associate Security (CCNA SECURITY) in 2013. The DSS sponsored his training in Computer Forensics Investigation and Ethical Hacking/Counter measures in Nigeria (2010). Similar courses were equally undertaken in Israel (2011), Ghana (2012) and South Africa (2013).

Under the Commonwealth Professional Fellowship, Stephen’s work at the CTO has been focused on Computer Emergency Response Teams.

Communications Authority of Kenya (CA)
Work programme: Computer Emergency Response Teams

Vincent Ngundi

Mr. Vincent Ngundi has over 10 years experience in the ICT industry, mainly in information security, ICT regulation and Internet governance and management. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and is currently finalizing a Masters degree in the same field, both from the University of Nairobi. Vincent is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), a Certified Security Analysts (ECSA) and a Project Management Professional (PMP).

Vincent works for the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA), Kenya’s ICT regulator. As the Assistant Director in-charge of Cyber Security & E-Commerce, he is currently involved in implementing Kenya’s national cybersecurity management framework, where he heads Kenya’s National Computer Incident Response Team – Coordination Centre (National KE-CIRT/CC), among other national cybersecurity management engagements. He is alos a member of Kenya’s National Cybersecurity Steering Committee. Prior to CA, Vincent was the General Manager of KENIC (the Dot KE domain name registry manager).

Vincent is a former Chair of the AfriNIC Policy Development Process Moderator Group (PDP-MG), a representative of Africa in the Address Supporting Organization Address Council (ASO-AC), Director of Capacity Building for the AfTLD, member of Kenya’s national IPv6 taskforce and member of the East Africa Internet Governance Forum (IGF) steering committee.

Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT)
Work programme: Building an ICT Knowledge Base

Jerome Lynch

Jerome Lynch is a Telecommunications Inspector and Regulatory Officer with the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT), where he is involved in the implementation of International Treaties such as the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between CARIFORUM and the European Union (EU).

He represented Trinidad and Tobago at the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL), an entity of the Organization of American States (OAS), and is a member of the Internet Society (ISOC).

Jerome is an alumnus of the University of Liverpool and past Valedictorian at the United States Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI). Over the past fifteen (15) years, he has led teams and provided professional Information and Communication Technology (ICT) consultancy to the Caribbean and North American regions, in the fields of Telecommunications and Broadcasting, Education, Banking and Finance, Shipping and Logistics, and Hospitality and Tourism.
Under the Commonwealth Professional Fellowship, Jerome’s work at the CTO focused on the development and delivery of an appropriately indexed and scalable ICT Knowledge Base that clearly defined stakeholder value propositions for CTO’s knowledge capacity, including mechanisms to sustainably monetize same. The ICT Knowledge Base also helped to develop standards for effective on-demand dissemination and delivery of research/knowledge products to Commonwealth Member States, CTO partners and affiliates.