BA in Political Science, Keio University, Japan
MSc in ICTs for Development, University of Manchester, UK
After working for an IT company in Japan, participated in JOCV (Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer) and worked as an IT teacher in Ethiopia
Embassy of Japan in Ethiopia
JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency)
Field of study / subjects
- Fundamentals of ICT4D
Field of Study / Speciality
- Project management for development projects at grassroots level such as school construction, well and irrigation system establishment, sanitation improvement, etc.
- Project management for ICT4D projects in technical assistance, grant aid assistance and loan assistance
- Presentation on ‘FOSS as a driver: Perspectives from the ICT development agenda’ at the 8th International Conference for Open Source Software 2012 in Tunis
- ‘FOSS as a driver: Perspectives from the ICT development agenda’ in Free and Open Source Software Technology for Sustainable Development (2012) edited by Sulayman K. Sowe, Govindan Parayil and Atsushi Sunami, United Nations University Press
ICT is a powerful tool for development
When I was an IT teacher in Ethiopia as JOCV, satellite network distance learning system was introduced in high schools all over country by Ethiopian government. It inspired me to work for ICT4D. Currently, I work for various kinds of ICT4D projects in JICA such as projects for ICT infrastructure improvement and projects utilizing ICT as a tool for development in developing countries. ICT is a powerful tool for development as well as business. However, there are not many experts who understand both development and ICT. This course provides a valuable opportunity for you to acquire knowledge and skill in the both fields. Such a Master Degree course is very few in the world.
In my lectures, based on my both extremes experiences as an IT teacher seeing reality in local Ethiopian ICT4D project and as a large aid agency staff managing many projects in technical assistance, grant aid assistance and loan assistance. I would like to share broad knowledge and skill which become fundamental of ICT4D practitioners.