Board of Trustees

The Board comprises up to 9 Trustees, including the Chairperson and the Chief Executive Officer. The Trustees do not represent their individual countries, but the interests of the Alliance as a whole. The Association of African Universities (AAU) runs a process to appoint the Chairperson, who sits for a term of 3 years.

Current Board (2015 - 2017)  |  Previous Boards

Professor Hellicy Ng'ambi - Vice Chairperson (Acting Chairperson)

Prof. Hellicy Ng'ambi is the Vice Chancellor of Mulungushi University in Zambia. She chairs the Zambia Association of Public Universities and Colleges (ZAPUC) which she initiated and is also the Chairperson of the Zambia Research and Education Network Board (ZAMREN). Prof Ng'ambi has lectured at several reputable universities including the University of South Florida (USA). She holds a doctorate in Business Leadership (DBL), Unisa, RSA; a Master of Science in Management (MSc, Cum Laude), a Master of Business Administration (MBA, Marketing), BSU, USA; and a Bachelor of Arts degree with merit (BA-Econ) UNZA, Zambia. She boasts of over 135 publications and presentations and she has authored and edited highly acclaimed books on leadership. 

Dr. Pascal Hoba - Chief Executive Officer

Dr Pacsal Hoba was appointed as the CEO of the UbuntuNet Alliance from 1st January 2015. Before his appointment, he served as the Director of Knowledge Management, Information and Communications at the Association of African University (AAU) since 2005. A  graduate in business law from Law school of Aix en Provence, France, Dr Hoba  also holds a Masters Degree and PhD in Scientific and Technical Information from the University of Marseilles in France where he also worked as Lecturer in Information Communication from between 1999 and 2005.

Professor Dibungi Kalenda

Professor Kalenda holds a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences and is a professor and conducts research on medicinal plants at the University of Kinshasa in DRC. He is also the Chief of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy and Coordinator of Eb@le, the Congolese National Research and Education Network from 2007 to date. He has been on the Board of the Alliance since 2009.

Eng. Isaac Kasana

Eng. Isaac Kasana is the CEO of the Research and Education Network for Uganda (RENU). The electrical engineer formerly served as the ICT director of Uganda Christian University. He has extensive engineering experience working in East Africa.

Professor Idris Rai

Professor Idris Rai is the Vice Chancellor of The State University of Zanzibar (SUZA) since 2011. He holds a PhD in Networking and Computer Science from Telecom ParisTech in Paris, France. He obtained his MSc. and BSc. degrees, both in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, awarded respectively by Bilkent University and Bogazici University, in Turkey.

 Prof. Rai worked as a Research Associate at Lancaster University for three years until 2007. Prior to this appointment, he was a Professor at the School of Computing and Informatics Technologies of Makerere University, Uganda. He has received various awards and recognition as a result of his contribution in research and academics. He is the winner of competitive 2009 IBM Faculty award, 2010 Google research grant and the 2009 and 2010 Internet Society fellowship.


Professor  Raft Razafindrakoto

Professor Raft Nicolas Razafindrakoto is the Director of ICT at the University of Antananarivo in Madagascar. He teaches ICT at the Higher Polytechnic School (ESPA) and Higher Institute of Technology (IST-T) in Antananarivo. He is also a Member of the Standing Committee of the African Conference on Research in Computer Science and Chairman of the Internet Society of Madagascar.

Professor Juma Shabani

Professor Shabani is the current Professor of Theoretical and Mathematical Physics, Department of Mathematics at the University of Burundi and the Advisor to the Rector of the University of Burundi responsible for University cooperation. He holds a PhD in Mathematical Physics from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium and obtained his Master of Science in Mathematics from the State University of Kharkov, Ukraine and a Master of Science in Physics also from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. He is the President of the International Conferences on Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Africa,  President of the African Academy of Sciences Commission on the African Science Heritage and member of the Executive Committee of the Global University Network for Innovation, Barcelona, Spain among other positions.

Professor Timothy Waema

Professor Waema is a Professor of Information in the School of Computing and Informatics at the University of Nairobi. He is also currently the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of KENET and has also served as Board Member of the ICT Authority of Kenya. He was founding ICT Director of the University of Nairobi. He holds a B.Sc in Electrical Engineering (Bath University, UK) and a PhD in Computer Information Systems.

The current Board of Trustees was elected for a 2 year term at the 11th Annual General Meeting of Members, which was held in Livingstone, Zambia on 21st April 2017.