Justin Arenstein

He is an award-winning investigative journalist and digital strategist currently helping Google and the International Center for Journalists strengthen Africa’s watchdog media by working with newsrooms to implement better forensic research and evidence-based reportage. This includes helping media adopt digital tools and data journalism strategies. Justin manages the $1m African News Innovation Challenge, is rolling out HacksHackers chapters across Africa, and supports newsroom-based experiments with citizen reporting, mobile news, and augmented reality platforms. Justin is a former Press Councillor in South Africa, and continues to serve on several media industry bodies and think tanks. His investigative reportage has helped put a senator, two legislature speakers and a provincial cabinet minister behind bars, and contributed to the ouster of two provincial premiers and several other cabinet ministers and state officials on charges ranging from child rape to corruption.

Seember Nyager

Seember Nyager is CEO at the Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC) in Nigeria, an organization that mobilizes people to monitor and report on public procurement processes. Through her organization, she successfully advocated for the adoption of the Open Contracting Data standards by the Nigerian Government; using a platform called Budeshi to demonstrate the utility of the standards.

Nkechi Okwuone

Nkechi currently works in Microsoft Nigeria with the Philanthropies team under the Public Sector Business Segment. At Microsoft, she leads the employability and career motions to get 100,000 youth ready for the workplace by 2020. Before this, she was the Head of Unit Open data, Website and Social media in the Information Communication Technology Agency, Edo State Government. She led the team managing the State’s Government website, social media and Open Data portal, the first sub-national Open Data portal in Africa.

She is currently undergoing an M.sc program in Information Systems Management at the University of Salford Manchester and holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Electronics Engineering from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
She is a founding member of SabiHub, a non-profit organization with a vision to solve social problems using technology where she manages a vibrant open data community and supports entrepreneurs. As a School of Data 2015 Fellow, she empowers journalists and citizens with the skills they need to use data effectively.
Finally, she recently completed Public Management Institute training at Arizona State University, USA from June to July 2016 as a part of the President Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

Seun Onigbinde

Oluseun Onigbinde, a graduate of Engineering from the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria, co-founded Nigeria’s civic tech organization, BudgIT  in 2011. BudgIT uses technologies of any form that appeal across every literacy span to make public data more accessible, transparent and understandable to Nigerians and great people of the world. Oluseun Onigbinde is a recipient of the Ashoka Fellowship, Future Africa Awards, Quartz Africa 30 Innovators Award, Draper Hills Fellowship at Stanford University, Aspen New Voices.  He sits on the ONE Africa Policy Advisory Board and also worked as a Knight Innovation Fellow with the International Center for Journalists. He also had Executive Education at Stanford University Graduate School of Business on Social Entrepreneurship.

Blaise Aboh

Blaise Aboh is a Citizen Data Scientist and founding partner of Orodata Science Nigeria, a Civic Tech organization using Open Data, Data Visualization and related methodologies to democratize public information towards transparency and citizen inclusion.  As Lead Data Analytics/Design, his work revolves around using in-depth visual analysis to simplify and explain some of Nigeria’s multidimensional issues in order to influence public policies and opinion. In 2014 his Election Data Analytics and Visualization (EDAV) project aimed at voter education and citizen engagement reached over 926,000 people online, leveraging insights from social media behavioral analysis and key election data, hence contributing greatly to the democratic electoral process in 2015.

Blaise is a recipient of LEAP SIPA Fellowship and was featured in datastori.es ‘Dataviz Around The World – 2016 Year Review’.  He is a trained Engineer and also has an education at Stanford University – Lagunita on Technology for Accountability and Transparency. Recently, Blaise helped train over 80 Residential Information Communication Officers in government MDAs under the European Union (EU) Support to Federal Governance Reform Program (SUFEGOR) on Improving Government Communication and Engaging Citizens. He is always concerned about discovering data and using it to bridge the huge gap between government and citizens.

Joshua Olufemi

Bio:  Joshua Olufemi is the head of knowledge and innovation unit of Premium Times where he leads on digital innovations and knowledge development. He doubles as the Program Manager of Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) where he coordinates grant management, program development and implementation. Joshua has done great data-driven investigations and reporting of corruption, failure of regulatory agencies, and human rights abuses. He is an advocate of open data for development (OD4D) and currently contributes to open data initiatives such as Budeshi, PHC-Tracker and NigeriaPoliceWatch.

Atiku Samuel

Atiku Samuel is the Research Lead at BudgIT. He has undertaken series of Executive training and professional courses in accounting, monetary policy analysis, project finance, econometric modeling techniques, statistics, data science, fiscal policies, budgeting, economics, data gathering, analysis and visualisation among others. Atiku is a graduate of Actuarial Science from the University of Lagos, Nigeria with over 8 years professional experience.

Atiku Samuel is currently working on series of research covering different aspect of the economy including the interaction between monetary, fiscal policy and poverty in Nigeria.

Atiku’s work also includes research into developmental and social policies, including underemployment/unemployment, inequality, Exchange rate, digital currency and inflation.

Jacopo Ottaviani

Jacopo Ottaviani is a computer scientist and journalist. He is experienced in data journalism and cross-border media projects (see Columbia Journalism Review). He builds narratives and visualisations around data and his work has been published by, among others, The Guardian, Al Jazeera International, Foreign Policy and Internazionale.

In 2014 he took part in the team which produced The dark side of the Italian tomato, an interactive documentary published by Al Jazeera, RFI and Internazionale. He won the 2014 Data Journalism Award with The Migrants Files, a cross-border data project that uncovered exclusive information on the plight of migrants trying to reach Europe. He coordinated Generation E, a cross-border, crowdsourced and data-driven project on South-European migration, published by a variety of international media. In 2015 he made the web-documentary E-waste Republic which won the 2015 DIG Awards and the 2015 Lorenzo Natali Media Prize.


With Support From:

Evangeline de Bourgoing

Evangéline is the GEN Programme Director. She spearheads the Editors Lab programme, a worldwide series of media hackathons and Startups for News, a competition rewarding the best startups bringing novel solutions to newsroom challenges. Before joining GEN, she has worked as a news producer at Radio France and in the product development departement at Axel Springer. She has graduated from LSE -London School of Economics and Political Sciences-, La Sorbonne and ESSEC Business School.

Taiwo Kola-ogunlade

Taiwo is one of the region’s top advocates for digital / web technologies in journalism and head of Communications & Public Relations for Google in West Africa. In addition to managing Google’s communications strategies and efforts in the region, Taiwo also focuses on helping the media understand how to incorporate new media and online strategies into their trades.

Taiwo’s communications consulting experience spans major sectors as Telecommunications, Electronics and Home appliances, Banking and Pension management, and FMCG through a 15-year period . Prior to joining Google, Taiwo was Brands Director at Insight Grey, managing the communications function of some the most active and notable brands in the Nigeria and the West African region.

He has been a regular speaker at conferences, including major journalistic events in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and the United Kingdom, currently serves on the training faculty in some media institutions in the region, and has been a judge on a number of digital web / media awards programs.

A trained Biochemist who found his love in communication, he derives joy from helping people understand how to use web tools and social media to solve problems. His other passions are music and photography.


Lillian Nduati

Lillian Nduati is the Knowledge and Engagement Lead at Code for Africa, developing and supporting the Code for Africa pan-African community network of journalists, civic hackers, civil society organizations, developers, designers, and #journocoders. This includes 16 HacksHackers Africa chapters, 19 d|Bootcamps, Codebridge communities, and CodeforAfrica Chapters in 10 countries.

Most recently, Lillian helped to scale the global Impact Hub Network into 12+ African cities, and before that, was a data and business journalist at the Nation Media Group. Lillian is passionate about the space where media meets technology and innovation – converging her strengths as an entrepreneur, journalist, coder, and communicator to connect people and ideas to create positive impact.

Our Mission

To boost analytical, evidence-based public discussion
by giving citizens, journalists and civil society
access to the data, digital tools, and computational skills
necessary for transforming our societies into digital democracies.