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Mankind and Artificial Intelligence Expert Bio

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Solomon Okedara

Solomon Okedara is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, a practicing legal Practitioner and Researcher with over fourteen (14) years post–call experience and expertise in litigation and non–litigious areas of practice. 
Solomon has a special bias for Human Rights (specially focusing on Freedom of Expression, Data Protection & Privacy, Digital Identity, Access to Internet and Online Expressions). 
A partner at Solomon Okedara & CO (a firm of Barristers and Solicitors) and a co–founder at Digital Rights Lawyers Initiative – a not for profit NGO that focuses on promotion and protection of digital rights through Litigation, Advocacy, Research and Training (LART) – he has litigated on Digital Rights and Freedom of Expression subjects in courts across Nigeria and at the ECOWAS Court.
Solomon currently serves as a Legal Researcher with Columbia University in the city of New York for the ivy–league school’s Global Freedom of Expression project where he analyses judgments bothering on Freedom of Expression subjects covering over 120 jurisdictions across the world including United States, Europe, India, and Africa among others. 
Solomon has many honours to his name including the honour of being a Finalist at the 2018 Global Freedom of Expression Prize of Columbia University.

Kazeem Oyebode

Dr. Kazeem Oyebode is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Media and Communication, Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos, Nigeria. He holds a doctorate in Computer Engineering (Computer Vision) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Before joining Pan-Atlantic University, he worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the French South African institute of technology, South Africa, where he developed computer vision models for indoor environment recognition.
Kazeem’s primary research interest is computer vision, which means developing non-trainable and trainable algorithms for indoor environment recognition, abnormal activity detection, scene understanding, seismic data analysis, and medical image analysis.
He has seven years of teaching experience locally and internationally and he is a registered member of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).

Essa Mohamedali

Essa Mohamedali is the Co-founder & Community Manager at Tanzania AI Lab. He is also the Co-founder & strategy lead at Afya Intelligence. 
Essa sits as a Board Member at Tanzania Open Innovation Organisation and Volunteers at Alliance4AI and AI4Afrika.
Essa has worked with the Tanzania Ministry of Health in Developing an AI Policy framework for the health sector, is a certified AI Ethics trainer, and is currently an expert volunteer on Nigeria’s National AI Policy.
He also focuses on supporting youth in developing skills in technology and creating environments to apply those skills.

Desmond Moru

Dr. Desmond Moru holds a doctorate degree in Computer Science from TECNUN School of Engineering of the University of Navarra Spain, and M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Benin, Benin City. He worked as a researcher with the Division of Computer Vision and Robotics CEIT-BRT in San Sebastian Spain. He was responsible for developing and deploying European Union (EU) industrial projects. He was a visiting scholar at the Smart Production laboratory at Aalborg University (AAU) Denmark in 2019. He is a member of IEEE and Association of Computing Machinery (ACM).
Prior to joining the School of Science and Technology of Pan Atlantic University, he co-founded a software company. He was responsible for managing, developing, and deploying applications in the fields of education, industry, commerce, and entertainment. Having worked as CEO for some years, he has gained ample experience on how to manage projects and people effectively.
His main research interests include computer programming, machine vision algorithms, image-based processing, industrial inspections, artificial intelligence and metrology.

Noe Elisa

Noe Elisa received his PhD degree in Cyber Security with Artificial Intelligence from Northumbria University, UK, in 2021, under the support from the Commonwealth Scholarships commission in the UK. Prior to that, he received his M.Tech degree in Computer Networks and Information Security from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India, in 2014. He received a B.Sc degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Dar es salaam, Tanzania in 2010. Dr. Noe has more than ten years of teaching experience with the University of Dodoma, Tanzania, where he worked as a lecturer. His research interests include artificial intelligence, computational intelligence, machine learning, information security, privacy assurance, e-Government systems, smart cities, blockchain technology, human computer interaction and cloud computing. He has about 15 publications in the domain of computational intelligence and cyber security.

Devotha Godfrey Nyambo

Devotha Godfrey Nyambo is a researcher and lecturer at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, Tanzania. She has a PhD in Information and Communication Sciences and Engineering from the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (2020). Her research focus has been on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and modeling of agricultural systems, especially the livestock systems. She leads the Artificial Intelligence and Complexity Sciences research group at the institution, and also leads the Agriculture and Environmental Conservation group at Africa’s Anglophone Artificial Intelligence for Development (AI4D) Multidisciplinary Research Lab. Her current project is on Leveraging Multi-Agent Models for Learning Recommendations and Improvement of Farmer-to-Farmer Interactions in Small Scale Dairy. Devotha Godfrey Nyambo research interests extend to the application of AI in the health and education sectors. Devotha is a member of the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) and also, the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD).

Gloriana J. Monko

Gloriana J. Monko is a Lecturer, AI practitioner and researcher at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of the College of Informatics and Virtual Education – The University of Dodoma (UDOM). She is currently pursuing her PhD studies at Shibaura Institute of Technology, Tokyo in the field of Artificial Intelligence – Natural Language Processing. She has fairly an experience on research projects and consultancies around the area of her expertise and her research interests focus on: Computer Science, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing; STEM initiatives, Promoting Gender equality and inclusion; Critical thinking and Problem solving for employability and social change. She has also been involved in a research of Improving Pharmacovigilance Systems Using Natural Language Processing on Electronic Medical Records. Gloriana is also a co-founder with Northwest University in Chicago for establishing the organization named Women Supporting Women in the Sciences (WS2) She is also a member of the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD). Gloriana is serving as Liaison Manager and Gender Coordinator of Africa’s Anglophone AI4D Lab, a lab run by the collaboration of two universities (i.e The University of Dodoma and Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology)

Adaeze Nwoba

Adaeze Nwoba is a dedicated and passionate lawyer, who has been working tirelessly to protect the rights of indigent women and children and to build stronger, more inclusive communities. With over 5 years of experience in this field, Adaeze has built a reputation for being an effective and compassionate advocate for those in need. She obtained her first degree in Business Management and International Relations from Keele University and a law degree from the University of Leicester.  She has since used her education and skills to work with various charitable organizations and government agencies to lobby and promote laws and policies that protect the human rights of marginalized communities.  In addition to her legal work, Adaeze is also deeply involved in grassroots community-building initiatives, using her platform to educate and empower individuals and families to claim their rights and improve their own lives and communities. She has collaborated with organizations such as Innovations for Impact and Development (IIDEV), Chowberry Foundation, Oluaka Institute, Friends with a Goal to design impactful community outreach programs. She has also been recognised as a youth influencer with UNICEF, and delivered various seminars with the Nigerian Bar Association. With a commitment to justice and deep compassion for those in need, Adaeze continues to be a voice for the voiceless and a champion for human rights and social development. University of Dodoma and Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology)

Karen Ann Walstra

Karen Ann Walstra is an independent educational consultant, who promotes creative and critical thinking, incorporating digital tools, to address educational and learning transformation, assisting schools to adapt to change. She presently works with individual schools and educational organisations exploring long-term planning and educational change related to future technologies.

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