Incorporation of the External Advisory Board in EPICA
During the 3rd Consortium meeting of the EPICA project that took place in Potsdam from December 10 - 11, the consortium partners had the great pleasure to welcome the newly appointed External Advisory Board (EAB) to the EPICA Initiative.
The role of these high-level experts will be to provide external objective feedback on the activities of the project throughout its duration. The EPICA partners were very pleased to welcome the three members of the EAB, whose diverse professional backgrounds and expertise will add immense value to the ongoing tasks ahead.
The three members of the EPICA External Advisory Board are:
Prof. Jude Lubega, Professor of Information Technology, with a longstanding and wide ranging experience in ICT4D. He is currently the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Uganda Technology and Management University. He previously served at Makerere University from 2007 to 2012 as the Deputy Dean and the Head of the Information Technology Department in the College of Computing and Information Sciences. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of Eight Tech Consults, one of the leading ICT consulting companies in Uganda.
He is an experienced ICT4D consultant and has been involved in numerous researches and projects both nationally and internationally. He is a member of several boards and has been awarded research funding to undertake several ICT4D projects. He is formerly a researcher and lecturer in the School of Systems Engineering at the University of Reading, UK. He has been involved in developing several information systems including election monitoring using mobile devices.
Ildikó Mázár is currently holding a position as Research and Development Associate at the Knowledge Innovation Centre (KIC) in Malta. She has been working in the field of open & distance education and e-learning since 1998, and for 3 years she served as Deputy Secretary General at the European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN). During these years Ildiko faced many challenges of differentiating between robust and impracticable ICT solutions, while she also played an active role in identifying when changes in policies and practices were needed to enable progress.
Throughout her career, both as employee and (since 2017) freelance consultant, she accumulated experience in research and development of innovative educational practices, as well as in facilitating their effective dissemination and multiplication. She has a deep understanding and knowledge of past and current EU funding mechanisms, the authoring and management of EU co-funded projects, and she enjoys collaborating with partners across borders, cultures and various educational and training sector. These qualities allow her to advise the EPICA partnership on both the content aspects and the formal delivery of the project outputs.
Albert Nsengiyumva, Executive Secretary of ADEA, the Association for Development of Education in Africa and an expert in the field of technology supported education and training and on technical and vocational skills development. Prior to this, he was a Cabinet Member in the Rwandan Government from 2011 to 2015 and served as Minister of Infrastructure from 2011 to 2013 and Minister of State in charge of TVET from 2013 to 2015. Before joining the Cabinet, Mr Nsengiyumva worked for the National University of Rwanda as Director of ICT, the Ministry of Education as Coordinator of ICT in Education, and for the Workforce Force Development Authority (WDA) as Director General. Since 2001, Mr Nsengiyumva has worked as freelance consultant for various international and bilateral development organisations particularly in ICT Policy and Regulation as well as Technical and Vocational Skills development. He has built an extensive research expertise in both ICT and TVET working with the Washington State University, University of Washington, University of Maryland in the United States and the Research ICT Africa Network that was based at University of Witwatersrand in South Africa among others.
During the EPICA Initiative, their expected roles will be:
- To provide expert advice, feedback and recommendations on the development and results of EPICA.
- To provide input into the different work packages according to their expertise.
- To build relationships with stakeholders in Africa and in Europe that could be relevant to future exploitation and dissemination activities beyond the consortium.
- To promote the EPICA project within their networks to increase its visibility at all levels.
The EPICA consortium partners are grateful for their valuable inputs during the meeting in Potsdam and appreciate that they will continue to contribute to the project by suggesting ways to improve the performance and outcomes of the EPICA Initiative.