Prof Timothy M. Waema
Prof. Timothy Mwololo Waema is an Associate Professor in the School of Computing and Informatics in the University of Nairobi, Kenya. He has extensive experience as an ICT4D researcher and consultant with more than 25 years in various facets of ICTs and development. He holds a PhD in Strategic Management of Information Systems from University of Cambridge (UK) and an Honours Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from University of Bath (UK).
Prof. Waema has carried out research and consultancy in many aspects of ICTs and development, including the growth of the Internet market in Kenya, assessment of Kenyan ICT sector performance, policy development for business process outsourcing and off-shoring in Kenya, development of a centre of excellence for training in BPO/IT enabled services (ITES) in Kenya, impact of ICTs on governance, bridging the global digital divide in ICTs and agriculture, role of ICTs in alleviating poverty, and e-readiness assessment of 50 universities in the Eastern Africa region and building roadmaps for accession to higher levels of e-readiness. He has also consulted for numerous organizations in both public and private sectors in Kenya and other African countries.
Prof. Waema has published widely in journals, conference proceedings and in books in information systems and ICTs for development. He has edited a book on electronic governance and he is now editing another one on ICTs and poverty. He is a professional member of the ACM.
Tonny Omwansa is a lecturer at the School of Computing and Informatics of the University of Nairobi in Kenya. He specializes in Information Systems and Information Technology for Development (ICT4D). His research interests are in design and implementation of low-cost technologies for developing countries, with particular emphasis on mobile applications and their socio-economic impacts. He is pursuing a PhD, exploring the impact of mobile money at the bottom of the pyramid. He works with GSMA Fund's Mobile Money for the unbanked initiative, with support from Bill & Melinda Gate's Foundation. Omwansa has presented at several ICT4D conferences, discussing mobile money and the M-PESA experience in Kenya. He is author of "M-PESA: Progress and Prospects"(Innovations Journal, MIT Press) and a contributor to M-Banking Status in Kenya, Economic Commission of Africa(2008). He co-authored the "m-Transactions and m-Banking" chapter of "The Innovative Use of Mobile Applications in East Africa(2010)". He is a recipient of the prestigious Bellagio Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation to write a book on M-PESA and mobile money, which could be out by early 2012.