Fellows profiles

Nigerian Communications Commission
Work programme: Impact of Over-The-Top (OTT) services

Richard Eyo

Richard Eyo is a graduate of Economics and holds an MSc Degree in International Management awarded by the University of Liverpool, UK. He is also an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria (ICEN) and has completed several regulatory and telecom related courses such as; Assessing Competition & Economic Analysis in Telecommunications (University of Bradford); Utility Regulation and Telecom Economics (Digital Bridge Institute); Competition Regulation in the Telecommunications Industry (CTO); Effective Policy Analysis & Implementation (HMC, Dubai); and Advanced Project Management and Project Risk Management (University of Oxford, UK); amongst many others.

He is presently a Deputy Manager in the Policy, Competition and Economic Analysis Department of the Nigerian Communications Commission and has worked in various capacities in the Commission over the past nine years. Some of these roles include conducting research on emerging issues in the global and national telecom space to aid regulatory intervention; policy formulation and analysis; collection and analysis of telecom industry statistics; periodic assessment of the performance of the Nigerian telecoms industry; strategic management; corporate performance management; project management; as well as liaison with local and international organizations on telecom policy and telecom/ICT statistics related issues.

Under the Commonwealth Professional Fellowship, Richard’s work at the CTO was focused on understanding the dynamics and impact of Over-The-Top (OTT) services and He actively participated in conducting and analyzing the results of a survey on OTTs conducted across the Commonwealth and beyond.

Nigerian Communications Commission, Work Programme: Spectrum Management

Ifeanyi Ifebigh

The World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC 15) resulted in a number of decisions on the management and utilisation of Spectrum, which is a finite, hence a valuable resource. It is important to implement these decisions in a manner that maximise the economic benefits to the country, while taking into account the competing interests of stakeholders. Moreover it is important to map the engagement of the Commonwealth countries, individually as well as a block, at WRC 19 due to be held in 2019.

Based on its mandate by the Commonwealth ICT Ministers, the CTO coordinates the Commonwealth’s position at Global ICT fora, which this work programme will contribute to. The project will contribute to the Commonwealth’s preparations for WRC-19. Part of the task will involve working closely with the International bodies like ITU and other professionals in the work of WRC. In addition, this will assist in identifying key issues of interest to Commonwealth countries including 5G, spectrum options and emerging technologies & trends, as well as identifying industrial associations that have an interest in the work of the WRC.

  • Study the Outcomes of the WRC-15 to identify the key aspects of the decisions.
  • Identify the potential impact these decisions have on the Commonwealth countries.
  • Identify key issues of interest to Commonwealth countries 5G, spectrum options and emerging technologies & trends
  • Develop a Framework to facilitate the engagement of Commonwealth countries at WRC-19

Botswana Telecommunications Corporation
Work programme: Capacity Building

Tshegofatso Mankonyane

Capacity Building is one of the key services the CTO offers to its members. CTO’s Programme for Development and Training has been operating for over 25 years, delivering more than 40 training courses every year on all aspects of the ICTs. The organisation has developed a course catalogue with more than 100 courses that address the training needs of the ICT sector. The Fellow will work on the CTO’s Programme for Development & Training (PDT), looking at the current portfolio of courses offered for PDT members and benchmarking them against other suppliers in order to demonstrate the value of PDT membership. They will also carry out a survey of beneficiaries of the CTO’s capacity building programmes to identify areas for improvement and recommend new courses if necessary.

Vodafone Ghana
Work programme: Cybersecurity

Victor Gordon Nyamadi

Cybersecurity 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. This model has been and is being adopted by commonwealth countries, especially Africa.
In 2015, CTO evaluated the scale of development and implementation of national cybersecurity strategies in African and Caribbean Commonwealth countries, identified implementation challenges and designed responses. CTO, having built a body of knowledge on Cybersecurity strategy development and implementation, the Fellow will identify options to expand the CTO’s Cybersecurity work by evaluating the cyber-readiness of selected countries in West Africa and identifying opportunities to assist these countries develop and improve their National Cybersecurity Strategies. This Fellowship will provide an opportunity to the Fellow to gain a comprehensive understanding of Cybersecurity capacity maturity model and to link up with some key decision makers of cybersecurity implementation working groups.

  • Study the Commonwealth Cybergovernance Model (the Commonwealth approach to developing national Cybersecurity strategies) and the current stage of CTO’s projects to develop National Cybersecurity Strategies.
  • Carry out a survey of the Cybersecurity needs in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo, which are the members of the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS), particularly to identify the need to develop or update National Cybersecurity Strategies.
  • Drawing on CTO’s network and knowledge base, prepare individual assistance programmes for the countries and work with the CTO to canvass countries to implement the programmes with the CTIO’s help

Lead Information Systems Security, Internal Assurance, Airtel

Lusungu Mkandawire

ICT Innovation can be harnessed for development, but it can also be used for malicious or illegal activities. This is truer of cybercrime than of perhaps any other crime area. And cybercriminals are also getting more aggressive.

Cybercrime is a growing problem for countries, such as African Union (AU) Member States, in most of which internet infrastructure is developing and payment systems are online 24/7. The number and frequency of data breaches are on the rise, and this in turn is leading to more cases of fraud and extortion.
Lusungu Mkandawire is working with Airtel Malawi, as an Information Systems Security Manager. He possess a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Information Systems (Accounting and IT) obtained from University of Malawi, The Polytechnic, and a Diploma in Accounting (ICAM(PAEC)) from Malawi College of Accountancy. He also has the following professional IT certifications awarded by ISACA, Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT), and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM.

Under the Commonwealth Professional Fellowship, Lusungu’s work at the CTO was focused on coming up with a good practices guide on handling cybercrime with the help of Telco’s in Malawi. Looked at similar projects that were being implemented in Nigeria, Pakistan, Botswana and Bangladesh. Worked in conjunction with Internet watch foundation (IWF), GSM Association (GSMA) and Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA). I also worked with Telecommunications institutions in UK and Malawi for their input on combating Cybercrime.

The CTO is currently carrying out a project to develop the National Cybersecurity Strategy of Malawi. Lusungu is a member of the Cybersecurity strategy workgroup working developing the NCS for Malawi.