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IT Regional Advisors for Africa

Languages: English, French and Arabic


- English version: Ossama A. ABDEL-KAWY, UNEP/GEF Cartagena Protocol Regional Advisor, is currently a lecturer of Microbiology and Immunology at the Atomic Energy Authority, Egypt. He performs consultancies on Biosafety related issues at the Environmental Affairs Agency in Cairo, Egypt. He is also, coordinating the national Biosafety Clearing House project.

In terms of education, Ossama holds a BSc. of Pharmaceutical Sciences (2003), Cairo University; Diploma of Genetic Engineering (2004), Scientific Informatics Research Academy; a MSc. of Microbiology and Immunology (2007), Cairo University. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in Biotechnology. Additionally he took several computer related courses, and holds a Professional Diploma in Web Design (2002). 
He is experienced in training both formally (in educational institutions) and informally in training seminars and workshops on issues related to Biotechnology, Biosafety, Biodiversity and Comprehension of the Cartagena Protocol. He is also highly competent Web Designer. He designed several websites including the Egyptian Biosafety Clearing House.

VERSION FRANÇAISE - Ossama A. ABDEL-KAWY, Conseiller Régional CP auprès de UNEP-GEF, est actuellement assistant de recherche de Microbiologie et Immunologie à l' Agence Egyptienne de l’Energie Atomique. Il exécute des cabinet-conseils sur la Biosécurité à l'Agence Egyptienne des Affaires Ecologiques et il est aussi le Coordinateur National du projet de la Biosécurité et du Centre d’échange.

Ossama est titulaire d’un BSc. de Sciences Pharmaceutique (2003), Université du Caire ; Un diplôme de biotechnologie (2004), l'Académie Scientifique de Recherche d'Informatique; un MSc. de Microbiologie et Immunologie (2007), Université du Caire. Il complète actuellement son Ph.D de Biotechnologie. En plus, il est titulaire d’un diplôme professionnel de webdesign (2002).

Il est éprouvé dans l’éducation formelle (dans les institutions éducatives) et l’entraînant informelle dans les séminaires et les ateliers de formation sur la Biotechnologie, la Biosécurité, la Diversité biologique et la Compréhension du Protocole de Cartagena. Il est aussi un webdesigner extrêmement compétent et Il a conçu plusieurs sites web y compris la chambre d’échange des informations concernant la biosécurité de l’Egypte. Il parle couramment français et anglais.

النسخة العربية:
أسامة أحمد أحمد عبد القوي (مستشار إقليمي لإتفاقية قرطاجنة الدولية / اليونيب – جيف) باحث الميكروبيولوجيا و المناعة هيئة الطاقة الذرية، مصر. خبير السلامة الأحيائية و منسق المشروع .الوطني لغرفة تبادل المعلومات الخاصة بالسلامة الأحيائية بجهاز شئون البيئة
حاصل علي بكالوريوس العلوم الصيدلية ، جامعة القاهرة (2003)؛ دبلومة الهندسة الوراثية، أكاديمية البحوث للتقنيات العلمية (2004)؛ ماجيستير الميكروبيولوجيا و المناعة ، جامعة القاهرة (2007) و يقوم حاليا بإجراء التجارب الخاصة بدكتوراه الفاسفة في الهندسة الوراثية. كما اجتاز العديد من الدورات في مجال تكنولوجيا المعلومات. و حصل علي دبلومة إحترافية في مجال تصميم .المواقع الدعائية علي شبكة الإنترنت
وقد ساهم في إجراء العديد من الدورات في مجال التكنولوجيا الحيوية ، السلامة الأحيائية ، التنوع البيولوجي و التعريف بإتفاقية قرطاجنة الدولية. كما قام بتصميم بعض المواقع الدعائية علي شبكة .الإنترنت و منهم الموقع الخاص بغرفة تبادل المعلومات الخاصة بالسلامة الأحيائية المصرية

Ivory Coast based in Dakar, Senegal.
Language: English, French

Programmer Analyst, Microsoft certified professional has completed a Network and Telecom Engineer study.

He is currently Email support coordinator in the Un system, covering western and eastern Africa region. He has more that 16 years experience in IT management and spent more that 15 years working as an IT expert in Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea Bissau, Burkina Faso, Senegal where he has provided IT advise and support to several UN agencies and to African Development Bank. He has a working experience in New York, Montreal (CANADA), Amman (Jordan). His areas of expertise cover Network, Telecom, Email, Vsat setup and Management, IT training design and implementation both in French and English, Database and website design and implementation, User support and Helpdesk management. During his working experience, he has developed web based application and participated to the implementation of a large-scale web based application in the UN system and for NGOs and Private Computer Institute in Côte d'Ivoire.


Bewketu BOGALE (Mr.)
Language: English

n 1998, Bewketu has joined United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Addis Ababa as an IT consultant. Since then providing IT training and developing and managing database remain his major duties and responsibilities. He holds Bachelor of Information Science from Addis Ababa University in 1993. He has 12 years of experience in the area of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) specifically in IT training and Database Development. Moreover he has been assigned to give services in five Regional Conferences as a database manager and involved in different projects within and outside of the commission he is working with. For more than two years he has been employed by USAID-BESO Project and provide consultancy services in deploying information system in all sites of the project. He is interested to pursue his advanced degree in ICT and developed his career.

Challenges and Prospects: Implementing of National Information Policy in Ethiopia.
Internet towards the "Boom or Doom" of HIV/AIDS

Rohit KHANNA, 
Language: English

Rohit Khanna is an advisor in the Information Technology field with an experience of over 13 years. He started his career as an Analyst Programmer with the Government of Seychelles and is the Information Technology and Communications Manager of a large leisure and travel business. He has been involved in various projects ranging from advising government departments on infrastructure building to the design, implementation and management of large computer systems. With qualifications in the Information Technology field supplemented by training & experience in Management, he has been actively involved in advising Chief Executives of both government and private sectors, in the process of decision making and project management.

List of Publications 
Internet Marketing Strategy for a Destination Management Company. 
Implementation of Definitive Notations.

Hervé Patrick KOUASSI, 
Ivory Coast 
Language: English, French

ENGLISH VERSION - Patrick KOUASSI holds a Maitrise in MIAGE (Méthodes Informatiques Appliquées à la Gestion des Entreprises; Data-processing Methods Applied to the Business Management) from UFR (Training and Research School) of the School of Mathematics/Computer Science. He also has a Maitrise in Management Sciences from UFR of the School of Management and Economics of University of Cocody in Abidjan (Côte dIvoire).

With some experience in CIS (Computer Information System) he worked at SNDI (National data processing system Development Company) in CIS and technological Survey, in research and development the department. He put in place under different Operating Systems UNIX, LINUX (Freebsd, Debian, RedHat, WhiteBox) and WINDOWS, a hotline for trouble Ticket management, a Content Management System (CMS) for many Websites, a Proxy Server and Messaging Server. In addition, he was employed in a certified public accountant firm as data processing manager.

VERSION FRANÇAISE - Patrick KOUASSI est titulaire d'une Maîtrise MIAGE (Méthodes Informatiques Appliquées à la Gestion des Entreprises) des filières professionnalisées de l'UFR (Unié de Formation et de Recherche) des Mathématiques/Informatique de l'Université de Cocody d'abidjan en Côte d'Ivoire.Il est aussi titulaire d'une Maîtrise des Sciences de Gestion l'UFR Des Sciences Economiques et de Gestion de cette même Université.

Avec une expérience en NTIC (Nouvelles Technologies de l'Information et de la Communication), il a traviallé à la SNDI (Société Nationale de Developpement Informatique) au Service de la Veille Technologique et des NTIC dans le Departement d'Etudes et Developpement.Dans laquelle,il a mis en place et administré à travers différents systèmes d'exploitations tels que UNIX, LINUX (Freebsd, Debian, RedHat, WhiteBox) et WINDOWS,une Hotline pour la gestion des incidents,un systèmes de gestion Contenu de Sites Web,des serveurs Proxy et de Messageries.En plus,il a été responsable informatique dans un Cabinet d'Expertise Comptable Associé.

Language: English
  • Lead PCI Data security services: gap analysis assessments and certification assessments.
  • Provide subject matter expertise on security controls and PCI DSS controls and general security best practice
  • Interpret PCI DSS requirements into realistic business oriented long term security controls
  • Define and Validate key information security management procedures to obtain and maintain compliance
  • Develop an information security compliance road map for clients for PC] DSS and other standards         compliance.
  • Managing security consulting, project engagement lifecycle, project definition, data gathering and report writing Analysis of the security settings for all platforms according to standards specified and reporting of problem areas identified to management.
  • Advise on information security compliance activities relating to the Payment Card Industry Data Protection
    Standard (PCI DSS) and other compliance requirements

Language: English
  • Develop, manage and support a comprehensive Information Technology Strategy.
  • Monitor and manage the implementation of the organisation’s donor funded projects.
  • Management and coordination of organizational functions e.g. workshops
  • Support and maintenance of information systems (software and hardware systems)
  • Data Information analysis, Interpretation and Management
  • Advice Management regarding any proposed upgrade of existing and acquisition of new IT products and services.
  • Identifying training needs of different classes of users and delivery of the training

Lamine SANO
Ivory Coast
Languages: French, English

Lamine Sano is a Sr. expert and consultant in ICT, primarily with the U.N. system and the European Union projects, and has about 20 years of experience in the financial and telecommunications industries. He holds a BA in Mathematics/Computer Science and a MS in Telecommunications Management respectively from Jersey City State College, Jersey City, N.J.,U.S.A. and Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, N.J.,U.S.A., where he is a Ph.D. candidate in Telecommunications Management.
He joined the BCH project from its inception, back in 2005, and since then, has developed a good level of expertise in the field of biosafety, especially as it relates to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the Biosafety Clearing-House.  In his capacity as a BCH Regional Advisor, he facilitated numerous workshops and training activities at the global (Curitiba 2006, Bonn 2008 COP-MOP), regional (Egypt, South Korea, Geneva 3rd ToT), and national (25 African countries and Haiti) levels.
He is fully fluent in both English and French.
Lamine Sano est un expert et consultant dans le domaine des NTICs, principalement sur des projets du système des Nations Unies, de L’Union Européenne, et dispose d’environ 20 ans d’expérience dans les industries de la finance et des télécommunications.  Il est titulaire du diplôme de Bachelor en Mathematiques/Informatique et du diplôme de Masters en NTIC, respectivement de Jersey City State College, Jersey City, N.J., U.S.A. et de Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, N.J.,U.S.A., ou il est également doctorant en NTIC.
Il a rejoint le projet dès ses débuts, en 2005, et depuis, il a acquis un bon niveau d’expertise dans le domaine de la biosécurité, surtout en ce qui concerne le protocole de Cartagena sur la prévention des risques biotechnologiques et du centre d’échange pour la prévention des risques biotechnologiques (BCH).  En sa capacité de conseiller régional BCH, il a animé un grand nombre d’ateliers et d’activités de formation aux niveaux global (COP-MOP Curitiba 2006, Bonn 2008), régional (Egypte, Corée du Sud, 3ie ToT à Genève), national (25 pays Africains et Haiti).

Il est parfaitement bilingue en Français et Anglais.


Charles Aubin Kouassi
Côte d’Ivoire
Language: English, French

Charles Aubin Kouassi est spécialiste en TIC avec plus de 12 années d’expérience professionnelle. Il a une connaissance importante de la mise en œuvre des systèmes TIC et de la formation au niveau national et international. Il est ingénieur réseau Informatique et Télécommunications et détient la plupart des certificats Microsoft (MCSE, MCSA, MCTS, MCITP) avec une expérience en support matériel et logiciel. Conseiller régional en Technologie de l’information au cours du Projet BCH-I, il a animé plusieurs ateliers de formation sur l’utilisation du Centre d’Echanges pour la Biosécurité (BCH) dans plus de 15 pays africains (Niger, Cap Vert, Cote d’Ivoire, Algérie, Tunisie, Burkina Faso, Gambie, Tchad, République Centrafricaine, Guinée Bissau, Gabon, Djibouti...)

Charles Aubin Kouassi is an IT Specialist with more than 12 years of professional experiences. He has a valuable knowledge on ICT systems implementation and training delivering at both national and international levels. He holds an engineering degree in Computer and Telecommunications networks and most Microsoft certificates (MCSE, MCSA, MCTS, MCITP) with a significant experience in hardware and software support. He has been regional Advisor for the BCH-I where he has gathered worldwide experience in more than 15 countries; designing and conducting biosafety training workshops on the use of BCH.

Dr. Hope WEBBER, PhD
Language: English,Dutch,French,Bulgarian,Russian

Responsible for ICT Education and Research at Masters and PhD levels. Managing Professors, Lecturers, Head of Administration, Techno-Facility Manager, Systems Administrator and support staff. Developing institutes strategies and policies. Acquisition of research projects and financial means. Developing good relationships with local and international organizations, sponsors and government bodies.Vice Chair of the management team, academic board and member of the executive board.