Africa Working Group

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The Africa working group was officially inaugurated on the 16th of October 2020 and has regular meetings on the 2nd Friday of every month. The group has the following mandate:

  • Develop a good cross section of African representation.
  • Set up ISVx student branches in all African Technical Universities
  • Develop working solar model with each student branch for hands-on experience.
  • Support African Projects and be available to travel to various sites on an annual basis.
  • Support the ISVx PowerAfrica21 and later conferences.
  • Help create and propose new ISVx projects in Africa.
  • Increase number of females in ISVx & IEEE.

To achieve these mandates, the team swiftly created an online form to reach out to volunteers across Africa. More than 50 volunteers from 12 African countries and abroad have signified interest to support the group.

Key identified projects by the group which will be our focus in 2021 include:

  • Six (6) pilot telehealth projects in Uganda and Kenya with the plan to scale to other Africa countries.
  • Five (5) pilot student branches to be created in Africa Universities in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Mauritius, and Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Power Africa 2021 Conference
  • Visibility for ISVx for the continent of Africa

The group created three sub-committees: Project support, Education/Conferences and Membership/ Marketing sub-committees. These committees will collaborate with the respective global committees.

The Volunteer lead roles of the groups are:

  • Vice President – Abdulallateef Aliyu
  • Secretary – Azuka Jude Ofogu
  • Chair, Education/Conference Sub-Committee – Avoki Omekanda
  • Secretary, Education/Conference Sub-Committee – Mary Omowunmi Longe
  • Chair, Project Support Sub-Committee – Humphrey Muhindi
  • Vice Chair, Project Support Sub-Committee – Muhammad Buhari
  • Secretary, Project Support Sub-Committee – Ciza Ndegey
  • Chair, Membership/Marketing – Anita Mekwunye
  • Secretary, Membership/Marketing – Cyiza Augustin