Towela Nyirenda Jere

Towela has 20 years of experience spanning the academic, private and civil society sectors and is currently working with the e-Africa Programme at the NEPAD Agency (a technical agency of the African Union charged with facilitating and coordinating priority development programmes). The e-Africa Programme is the ICT task team of the Agency focusing on 4 key areas: ICT Broadband Infrastructure e-Skills & Capacity Development, e-Applications and Services and Enabling Environment, Governance and Partnerships.


In the realm of Internet Governance, Dr. Jere is a graduate of the inaugural ISOC Next Generation Leaders Programme; has completed several Internet Governance training programmes offered by the Diplo Foundation (Introductory and Advanced phases; Internet Governance Strategy, Policy and Research), has participated in the European School on Internet Governance. She advocated for and obtained observer status for the NEPAD Agency to the ICANN GAC, helped to launch the Southern Africa Internet Governance Forum, contributed to launching the African School on Internet Governance and continues to advocate for increased awareness among African policy makers of the importance and significance of Internet Governance processes at national and continental level. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts with specialisation in Internet Governance through the University of Malta and the Diplo Foundation.