11th Annual Heads of Institutions Forum – December 10-11, 2019
The KENET 11th Annual Heads of Institutions Forum will be held at the Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort and Spa, Mombasa from 10th to 11th December 2019. The two-day event will be attended by various KENET member institutions (VCs, Principals, Directors etc) or their representatives with over 129 participants representing; 32 Public Universities and University Colleges, 31 Private Universities and University College, 26 TVETs, 8 Teaching Hospitals, 15 Government Institutions, 14 Research Institutions and 3 Affiliates. Invited guests and KENET Trustees, Management Board and Staff will also be in attendance.
This year’s theme will be, “Scaling up the Development of Digital Skills: The Critical Success Factor in Institutional Transformation” The keynote speaker at the forum will be, Dr. Sajitha Bashir, Adviser, Science, Technology and Innovation, World Bank. She will be speaking on the African Digital Economy Moonshot and Digital Skills Development.
Key Note Speakers Profiles
Dr. Sajitha Bashir
Dr. Sajitha Bashir is Adviser for Science, Technology and Innovation in the Office of the Global Director of the Education Practice in the World Bank. She was the Education Practice Manager in the Eastern and Southern Africa region of the World Bank for 7 years, where she oversaw a large portfolio of country and regional education projects and analytical work in over 20 countries. She catalyzed the creation in 2013 of the Partnership for Skills in Applied Science, Engineering and Technology (PASET) and represents the World Bank on the Executive Board of the PASET.
Daniel Onyango Obam is an expert in policy, regulatory and operational aspects of ICTs, especially telecommunications and broadcasting. He has led development of national ICT policies, strategies and master plans including the roadmap for migration from analogue to digital TV in Kenya, the National ICT Policy, the National Broadband Strategy and the Kenya Digital Economy Blueprint for Africa, among others. Currently chair of the taskforce developing the Digital Economy Strategy for Kenya.
KENET provides affordable, cost-effective and low-congestion Internet bandwidth services to member institution campuses in Kenya. We have setup a gateway to the advanced e-infrastructures for research that are available exclusively within the Research and Education Community anywhere in the world. We also provide shared services such as; co-location of servers, dedicated Virtual servers for e-learning systems, video and web conferencing, and capacity building for technical staff. KENET is the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) for the academic community. For more information about KENET services please download our brochure here
2. KENET Annual Community Newsletter
The KENET Annual Community Newsletter highlights the achievements and success stories that have been captured within the course of the year 2019. In this newsletter we share stories of how we have continued to support research and faculty champions in data intensive research areas through research and travel grants, and the KENET virtual lab (see https://vlab.ac.ke). The virtual lab is an example of cloud-based scalable digital infrastructure that can be used to support the development of advanced digital skills. The virtual lab currently provides compute and storage services for researchers, faculty and graduate students that are early adopters of new digital skills. download our KENET Annual Community Newsletter