Reimagining Policy and Governance
During this session, the speakers presented stories from their respective countries regarding their transformation journey in the digital age. They spoke about how the journey has been and the lessons they have drawn out of the process. They shared practical actions for governments, civil society, and business could consider in being responsive to some of the policy and governance challenges Africa is experiencing. Discussion around the digital systems such as eGov and Open Gov that transformed policy and what it means for government, civil society business and other urban stakeholders ensued.
Deputy Director-General for Trade and Investment in the South African Department of Trade and Industry (the dti)
Ms Lerato D. Mataboge is currently the Deputy Director-General for Trade and Investment in the South African Department of Trade and Industry (the dti). Prior to this role, Ms Mataboge founded and headed Trade Invest Africa, an initiative of the dti aimed at creating sustainable partnerships with the private sector towards the attainment of greater levels of intra-African trade and intra-African investments. She previously held the position of Chief Director for Africa at the dti. In June 2011, she completed her term as a diplomat (Minister: Economic) to the USA, based in Washington D.C. Ms Mataboge is a passionate advocate for Africa’s economic growth and development. She holds a BA (Law and International Relations) degree as well as an Honours degree in International Relations from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. She obtained a Masters degree in International Political Economy (International Trade and Global Finance) from the University of Warwick in the UK. Ms Mataboge also holds certificates in trade negotiations, bilateral investment treaty negotiations as well as project management; awarded by the European Institute of Public Administration in the Netherlands and WTO/UNCTAD, respectively. She completed Executive Training in infrastructure project conceptualization and preparation - “Infrastructure in a Market Economy” - from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2013. Ms Mataboge is an Archbishop Desmond Tutu – Oxford University Fellow for African Leadership. She was featured in the Destiny Magazine’s “Power 40 under 40” feature in November 2015, in recognition of her leadership on African economic issues. Ms Mataboge was co-chairperson of the South African Presidential Working Group on the North-South Corridor (2011-2015). She currently serves on the Board of the Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa (ECIC).
Executive Director of Twaweza East Africa
Aidan Eyakuze, an economist, is Executive Director of Twaweza East Africa. Twaweza works to enable children to learn, citizens to exercise agency and governments to be more open and responsive in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. Aidan is a member of the Steering Committee of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and the Board of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. He is an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow. He has 15 years of experience as a scenario practitioner, through participation in national scenario-building projects in East Africa, South Africa and Nigeria.
Research Specialist in the Impact Centre at the Human Sciences Research Council
Paul Plantinga is a Research Specialist in the Impact Centre at the Human Sciences Research Council in South Africa. In this position he is managing the Policy Action Network (PAN) project and exploring the use of digital technologies to support evidence-informed decision-making. Between 2012 and 2016 he led open innovation and open data work at The Innovation Hub. Prior to this he was researching ICT governance in the Centre for Organisational and Social Informatics (COSI) at Monash University, and was a solution architect and engineer in mobile telecoms and VoIP with Accenture and SAAB.