Dr. Bitange Ndemo, the former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Technology is now part of the advisory board of iHub. Being a government official in the same area of ICT, he has seen the development of the particular sector.
iHub had this to say: “He (Ndemo) has for a long time been a friend of the iHub, and has been very supportive to the tech community, having been part of numerous barcamps and other events, interacting freely with startups and young entrepreneurs, He brings to the iHub community lots of experience from his time working in government as a technocrat, unbridled passion and energy as a knowledge-based economy evangelist, and will continue to be very instrumental in shaping Kenya’s tech future with us.”
It is in his term that internet in Kenya has received a major boost due to the inclusion of fibre optic cables, hence acquiring the name ‘Father of broadband’. Dr. Ndemo, is currently steering a campaign to lower the cost of accessing ICT (Connectivity, Hardware and Software) in Kenya and the region.
He is at the forefront of developing the demand side of ICT by actively promoting Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) in urban centres to showcase ICT entrepreneurial opportunities through digital villages in rural Kenya. He is also the Honorary Chair of the recently launched Alliance for Affordable Internet, Advisor to the Better than Cash Alliance and Strategic Panelist at ICANN. He is also a Senior Lecturer of Entrepreneurship and Research Methods at the University of Nairobi. His interests include Technology, Culture, Education and the Economy.