Abdul-Hakeem Ajijola (AhA) is the Chair of the African Union Cyber Security Expert Group and Chair of the Working Group on Cyber Incident Management and Critical Information Protection at the Global Forum for Cyber Expertise (GFCE). A leading professional in the cyber industry he is also ranked #1 on the IFSEC 2020 Global Cybersecurity professionals' influencers and thought leaders list. He serves on a number of multi-lateral bodies including as a Commissioner at the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) and as a resource to the United Nations Office on Disarmament Affairs (UNODA). Mr Ajijola also serves on numerous Nigerian cyber security related bodies that includes government, academia and the private sector.
Dr Jabu Mtsweni
Jabu Mtsweni is Head of Information and Cyber Security Centre at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), an NRF-Rated Researcher (C2), Certified Cybersecurity Manager, Research Fellow at University of South Africa, Information Warfare Board Member at DoD, and Technical Leader of the National Policy Data Observatory supporting NATJOINTS, NCCC and Inter-Ministerial Committee on Vaccination Programme. His research interests and technical expertise are in digital security, digital transformation, data science, information warfare, cybersecurity, and cybercrimes. Dr Mtsweni has over 19 years of experience combined in research and development, ICT projects implementation, ICT solutions design, development, testing and deployment, strategy development and implementation, technology assessments, software and systems engineering, technical management, research, development and innovation, teaching, training, mentorship, supervision, leadership and management, business development, contract and project management, risk management, technology transfer and commercialization, and overall cybersecurity engineering.
He has published over 70 peer-reviewed conference and journal articles with several collaborators. Dr Mtsweni holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of South Africa
Dr Nate Allen
Dr. Nathaniel Allen is an Assistant Professor for Security Studies, responsible for overseeing the Africa Center's academic programming on cybersecurity and peace support operations and integrating these considerations into the Center's research and outreach. His work focuses on cyber issues, emerging technology, civil-military relations, and regional security partnerships across Africa.
Prior to the joining the Africa Center, Dr. Allen was a policy advisor at the U.S. Institute of Peace Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States. He has also worked at the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, for the Foreign Affairs and the Armed Services Committees of the U.S. House of Representatives, and with NORC at the University of Chicago's International Projects Department. Dr. Allen's research has been published in leading policy journals and newspapers. Dr. Allen holds a Ph.D. in international relations and African studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.